Here are the week’s prime tales, and a glance forward.
1. The Democratic Party is having an identity crisis.
The major upsets of firm politicians — together with the victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a newcomer, over a longtime incumbent in New York — have thrown the way forward for the get together into query.
And a Supreme Court ruling weakened labor unions, a spine of the get together, whereas one other upheld President Trump’s journey ban.
Last week’s selections had been the most recent in a run of victories for a conservative agenda that has more and more been constructed on the muse of free speech. And Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement leaves the likelihood for Mr. Trump to cement a conservative majority within the Supreme Court.
2. “In that second, I believed I used to be going to die.”
When the first shots went rang out in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Md., journalists struggled to know what was taking place.
Five workers had been killed, and a suspect, Jarrod Ramos, has been charged with 5 counts of homicide. Mr. Ramos had a historical past of constructing threats towards the paper. Above, a memorial exterior the newsroom on Friday.
Thursday’s assault rattled newspapers across the country. Disgruntled readers are hardly a brand new phenomenon. But in a time when President Trump recurrently inveighs towards the information media, journalists are on greater alert.
“I think we all know this person, or some variation of him,” Robyn Tomlin, the manager editor of The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., mentioned of Mr. Ramos.
Three. Publicly, Rod Rosenstein, the deputy lawyer normal, has proven no trace that he had second ideas about his function within the firing of James Comey, the previous director of the F.B.I.
But privately, sources say, Mr. Rosenstein appeared “frantic, nervous, upset and emotionally disregulated,” expressing anger about how the Trump administration used him to rationalize Mr. Comey’s firing.
And on Thursday, a long-simmering battle between House Republicans and Mr. Rosenstein broke into an unpleasant public battle.
Republicans voted to present the Justice Department seven days handy over paperwork associated to the Russia inquiry and the F.B.I.’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of personal e-mail.
The measure put Mr. Rosenstein on discover that lawmakers had been keen to take punitive motion if their calls for weren’t met.
For extra from Washington, try our roundup of the week’s biggest stories in American politics.
5. Mexicans head to the polls on Sunday, in what could be the nation’s greatest normal election ever. The lead-up might also have been essentially the most violent.
Organized crime teams have all but determined the outcome of sure native elections, threatening and even killing candidates. Above, a funeral for a slain candidate.
But one presidential front-runner is pledging to bring down what he calls Mexico’s “mafia of power” and to battle the nation’s entrenched inequality.
If polling numbers bear out, Andrés Manuel López Obrador — a three-time presidential candidate — stands to win by a landslide. His victory would set up a leftist chief in Latin America’s second-largest nation for the primary time in many years.
6. It had all the trimmings of a ravishing friendship: Fox News beloved the scores spike it received from Donald J. Trump, and he noticed the community as protected area freed from criticism or pushback.
Since his election, the connection between Fox News and President Trump has solely deepened, and both are reaping the benefits.
“Fox & Friends,” whose speaking factors continuously pop up within the president’s Twitter feed, can resemble a Trump cheerleading rally one morning and a counseling session the subsequent.
Without a flagship government just like the community’s late founder, Roger Ailes, Fox workers say producers and hosts have adjusted their reveals after intuiting that their audiences strongly help Mr. Trump.
7. Did Russia assist promote Brexit?
Arron Banks, middle, the largest donor to the Brexit marketing campaign, has lengthy bragged a couple of prolonged lunch he had with the Russian ambassador months earlier than the vote. But leaked messages suggest he and a detailed adviser had a extra engaged relationship with Russian diplomats than he has disclosed.
Britain is now grappling with whether or not Moscow used ties to British residents to result in an exit from the E.U.
There are parallels within the U.S.: Investigators for the particular counsel and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have additionally obtained data of Mr. Banks’s communications, together with some with Russian diplomats and about Russian enterprise offers.
They have taken a particular curiosity in ties Mr. Banks and different Brexit leaders constructed to the Trump marketing campaign.
eight. The battle in Afghanistan claimed his father, his uncle and his eyes. But the toughest loss could have been his longtime sweetheart.
Zaheer Ahmad Zindani, one of many founders of the march for peace in Afghanistan, misplaced his eyes in a Taliban assault. Mr. Zindani, above, knew it dealt a blow to his hopes to marry his love, whose father had all the time been skeptical of the connection. Blind and unable to offer for a household, his hopes had been dashed.
“If I had lost my eyes and had her hand, I would still be happy,” he mentioned. “But now I neither have eyes, nor her.”
10. Finally, a journey into the wilds with Kanye West, our evaluation of the chemical assault in Syria and life after sharing #MeToo tales, above. We have these tales and extra on this roundup of our best weekend reads.
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