What You Missed: Trump Report, George Lucas Museum, and More

In What You Missed, we round up the best stories for you to read on your evening commute. 

A little over a week before inauguration day, President-elect Donald Trump held a press conference for the first time in six months. 

The press conference was supposed to focus on how he would deal with potential business conflicts. And although he did discuss that, as well as announce that he would nominate David Shulkin to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, he spent time denouncing an unsubstantiated report about his relationship with Russia. 

CNN first broke the story, saying that Trump was briefed on the report, as were several other officials, including President Barack Obama. 

But CNN didn’t publish the report itself — which was compiled by a former Western intelligence operative — because they weren’t able to verify anything in it. 

Later BuzzFeed published it, even though they, too, were unable to verify its claims, “so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.”

Several news outlets, including Mother Jones and Newsweek, reported on the existence of the report months ago, but none published the actual documents. 

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art finally has a home in Los Angeles. Although George Lucas, who is financing the $1 billion himself, has ties to the Bay Area (which was the top contender to house the museum), organizers finally decided on building the museum in Exposition Park, near the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Science Center.

The Lucas Museum will house his personal collection, including 40,000 paintings, illustrations and film-related items, as well as Star Wars memorabilia. 

Dylann Roof Sentenced

Dylann Roof sentenced to death for killing 9 church members

Roof, who represented himself during the sentencing portion of the trial, put up no defense. 

What Book You Missed

Zadie Smith stopped by NPR today to discuss her most recent novel, Swing Time. It’s an expansive work that touches on everything from celebrity culture to diaspora pilgrimage, all while depicting relationships — both familial and platonic — with an exacting and ebullient eye.