What We’re Following
On the 35th day of the U.S. government shutdown, President Trump announced that he would sign legislation to reopen the government for three weeks—up to February 15—without a $5.7-billion border-wall guarantee. Friday began with major airport delays throughout the northeast, and is ending with the bill to reopen the government passing in Congress and heading to the president’s desk. But the deadlock is ending how it began in December: with the president accepting a deal he’d earlier rejected.
Longtime Trump friend and associate Roger Stone was indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier in the day. The indictment connects a few more potential dots between WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign: After WikiLeaks released stolen Democratic emails in July of 2016, “a senior Trump campaign official was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information” WikiLeaks had “regarding the Clinton campaign.” Natasha Bertrand writes about the questions that remain unanswered. (Need a reminder of who exactly Roger Stone is? This timeline should help.)
Bryan Singer will still be directing the new film Red Sonja. After a recent Atlantic investigation containing accusations against Singer of alleged rape and coercive sex with men and underaged boys, the CEO of the company producing Red Sonja issued a terse statement, mentioning the amount of money Singer’s recent movie Bohemian Rhapsody generated. Here’s an industry where the ability to make money—for oneself or for a corporation—can serve as its own exoneration, Megan Garber writes.