What We’re Following Today
It’s Monday, April 8.
Where’d Everybody Go?: The Department of Homeland Security has lost two of its top officials in just two days. Today, Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles was ousted, and on Sunday Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned, reportedly under pressure from Donald Trump. The child-separation policy enacted during Nielsen’s tenure shows that not even career bureaucrats can stop Trump from doing what he wants, writes David A. Graham. “Her tenure is the plainest example yet of the futility of trying to restrain Trump from inside—and the personal cost to those who try.”
An Escalation: Today, Trump announced that the United States has labeled Iran’s state security services a “Foreign Terrorist Organization.” It’s an escalation of the administration’s stance against Iran, Kathy Gilsinan reports—and “it also potentially exposes U.S. troops to a different kind of risk: the possible need to coordinate with a group their government considers a terrorist organization.”
2020 Watch: Senator Kamala Harris of California is one of the foremost contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination. “She’s a black female prosecutor; we have a racist, misogynist, possibly criminal president. All of that caretaking of her political future—what was it for if not this?” writes Elizabeth Weil in a profile of Harris for The Atlantic’s May issue. And Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado isn’t letting a cancer diagnosis stop him from a presidential run. After a coffee-shop session in New Hampshire, he told Edward-Isaac Dovere that it’s made him even more set in his ambitions.