At least 68 high-profile men in the entertainment, news media, and other industries have been fired or resigned since the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal broke. The latest include casino magnate Steve Wynn, Metropolitan Opera stage director John Copley, and Wayne Pacelle, the chief executive of the Humane Society.
The New York Times
The U.S. military has added 4,284 names to the list of dishonorably discharged military personnel prohibited from owning firearms. The names were added after an ex–U.S. airman shot more than two dozen people in a Texas church in November.
Unlike his predecessors, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt often flies first class for what he says are security reasons. He spent $90,000 on taxpayer-funded travel in early June alone, including a $1,641.43 first-class seat for a short flight from Washington, D.C., to New York City, and a $36,068.50 flight on a military jet. The overall total does not include costs for Pruitt’s round-the-clock security detail.
The Washington Post
The flu and the pneumonia cases it causes are killing 4,000 Americans a week, and were responsible for 1 in 10 of all U.S. deaths in the first week of February. The number of flu-related illnesses being reported now is as high as at the peak of the swine flu epidemic in 2009.
Despite strong pressure from President Trump, fewer than half of NATO’s 29 members—including Germany and Belgium—plan to meet the alliance’s military-spending target of 2 percent of their economic output by 2024. But the U.S.’s allies did increase their defense spending last year by a combined total of 15 percent.
The Wall Street Journal
57% of Americans think it is “likely” that Russia will interfere with the 2018 midterm elections, including 34% of Republicans, 58% of independents, and 80% of Democrats. 79% think the country’s voting systems are vulnerable to hacking, and 68% are not confident that tech companies are doing enough to prevent foreign countries from influencing future elections. 55% are not confident the federal government is doing enough, either.