What You Missed: Trump’s Trade Plans, Performance Art, and More
In What You Missed, we round up the best stories for you to read on your evening commute.
President Donald Trump has had a busy first week in office. And it’s only Tuesday.
He fulfilled one of his campaign promises by pulling the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And he reinstated a ban on providing federal money to international groups that perform abortions, known as the “Mexico City Policy.” (This ban has been lifted and reinstated by Democrats and Republicans, respectively, since 1984.)
Pulling out of the TPP was mostly symbolic — former President Barack Obama never sent the accord to Congress to be ratified, even after negotiating the deal for years — but Trump vowed he could do better.
No stranger to performance art, having once livestreamed himself riding up and down an elevator for 24 hours, Shia LaBeouf is back at it. But this time his performance will last four years.
A watchdog group didn’t wait long to slap a lawsuit on the president. The group, called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, is saying Trump’s business deals abroad are in violation of the Constitution. But some legal experts say the suit “barely passes the laugh test.”
And the Nominees Are ...
Academy Awards nominations were announced this week, and among the nominees is Lin-Manuel Miranda for his work on the Disney film Moana. He worked on the music while he was starring on Broadway in a little show you might have heard of called Hamilton.
What Book You Missed
Academy Award nomination announcements means it’s time to set up the betting pools. (Our money’s on La La Land, though our hearts are with Moonlight.) It’s also an ideal time to take a look back at the drama, politics, and intrigue of Oscars ceremonies past. The Big Show is the perfect book for anyone who’s ever wondered what goes on behind those velvet curtains and that glamorous façade.