What You Missed: New Security Chief, Yahoo Deal, and More
In What You Missed, we round up the best stories for you to read on your evening commute.
President Donald Trump tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to replace Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor. Flynn was fired last week for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his discussion with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. before the inauguration.
Trump’s first choice to replace Flynn, Vice Adm. Robert Harward, turned him down.
But McMaster is a good choice for the role, according to The Atlantic’s Andrew Exum, as he’s not afraid to speak his mind. He’s perhaps best-known for his book Dereliction of Duty, about the government’s mishandling of the Vietnam War.
Yahoo-Verizon Deal Pushes On
Verizon still plans on buying Yahoo. But after two recent major security lapses, Verizon will now get a $350 million discount. Read the story from The AP.
Revised Travel Ban
The documents that are circulating now still target the same seven countries as the original ban, but includes several other revisions. The actual document will be released “soon,” according to government officials. Read the story from The AP.
Controversial anti-Semitic bigot Milo Yiannopoulos was disinvited to this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference after videos surfaced of him defending sex between boys and men. Simon & Schuster also pulled his book deal. Read the story from The AP.
Roe v. Wade
Norma McCorvey, who took on the legal pseudonym “Jane Roe” and was at the center of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, died on Saturday. Read the story from The AP.
Trump Decries Anti-Semitism
The president for the first time directly addressed recent incidents of anti-Semitism. Read the story from The AP.
The most recent of the crimes: Someone knocked over dozens of headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Missouri.
What Book You Missed
The first episode of HBO’s adaptation of the bestselling novel Big Little Lies aired Sunday evening, bringing the drama and danger of Liane Moriarty’s book to the small screen. The novel won accolades for its seamless blend of humor, suspense, and serious takes on issues like domestic abuse. If the first episode — and HBO’s general track record of terrific productions — are any indication, the adaptation will be sure to carry all these qualities through. Still, even when it comes to HBO, it’s rare for an adaptation to exceed its source material for quality. So give the book a listen before watching the show, and enjoy seeing the rest of the world try to uncover the mystery at the show’s center.