What You Missed: Trump Fires Acting Attorney General, SAG Awards, and More

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

Over the weekend, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that effectively blocks people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. 

People around the world are protesting, saying that it’s discrimination and unconstitutional. (Read Scribd’s statement here.) And that includes Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who publicly questioned the legality of the order and said her office would not defend it in court. 

Then she was fired and replaced by federal prosecutor Dana Boente. Confirmation hearings for Sen. Jeff Sessions, who Trump tapped to be the attorney general, have been delayed. 

Political Speeches With a Side of Awards

A politically charged night at the SAG Awards

The Golden Globes last month signaled the beginning to a very long awards season that is sure to be peppered with politics. Read the story from The Atlantic.

Small Victories

Boy Scouts will allow transgender children into programs


The Scouts will base enrollment on the gender of the child that’s listed on the enrollment form, rather than what’s on the birth certificate. Read the story from The AP.

IPO Season

Snapchat can’t keep it private

Snapchat is on the brink of going public, but that means its CEO has to, too. Read the story from Bloomberg Businessweek. 


The moon may be covered with oxygen beamed from earth

The oxygen has been traveling to the moon for the last 2.4 billion years, but it really happens only 5 days out of every 27 (when the Earth’s magnetic field blocks the moon from solar winds). That means the first breaths ever breathed on Earth, might still be hanging around the moon. Read the story from The Atlantic.

What Book You Missed

This new release from Trayvon Martin’s parents comes shortly before the fifth anniversary of his tragic death. An affecting depiction of the crime, the family’s grief, and the societal reaction and mobilization that followed his death, it’s at once a deeply intimate portrayal of a young man whose name is still remembered, and a story of the demand for justice and accountability that his end engendered.