Flynn’s Foreign Work, Volkswagen Pleads Guilty, and More

Another day, another piece of information released to the public. 

President Trump’s former national security adviser Mike Flynn, who was asked to resign a few weeks ago for not disclosing his ties to Russia, also had ties to Turkey: He did paid work for a company owned by a Turkish businessman and that could have helped the Turkish government. 

Under the Foreign Agent Registration Act, U.S. citizens who lobby on behalf of foreign governments or political entities must disclose their work to the Justice Department, which he did. But Vice President Mike Pence says that the move was “an affirmation of the president's decision to ask General Flynn to resign.” Read the story from The AP.

Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen pleaded guilty for attempting to get around the U.S. emissions rules on more than 600,000 diesel cars. The car company’s total cost of the scandal has been pegged at about $21 billion, including a pledge to repair or buy back vehicles. Read the story from The AP.

Lights Out

The lights that illuminate the Statue of Liberty went out on the night that President Trump issued his revised travel ban. That must mean something, right? Read the story from The Atlantic. 

WikiLeaks Leak

If we’re to believe the latest CIA data dump from WikiLeaks, then it means one important thing: Encryption works. Read the story from The AP. 

Journalists might be using the data dump as a treasure trove of scoops. But should they? Read the story from The Atlantic. 

What Long Reads You Missed

Peter Thiel wants kids to drop out of college; what it’s like to live in the New York apartment buildings bearing Trump’s name; and 10 things the financial crisis taught us: Take a look at some of the long reads you might’ve missed as we head into the weekend.

What Book You Missed

It’s been a hectic few months. So, this weekend, take some time for yourself. This easy guide to meditation is perfect for people who think they’re too busy to meditate, and shows why slowing down every now and again is crucial. You know you should, and this short audiobook (only 4 hours!) is an easy way to achieve the first step towards a more zen outlook. Listen this weekend, and wake up Monday more focused, relaxed, and productive.