Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead.
1. The balance of power on President Trump’s national security team is shifting.
The decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal offers insight into those dynamics. John Bolton, the new national security adviser, is emerging as an influential figure. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appears more isolated, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may play a swing role.
With the Iran deal in the rearview mirror, the next major test for Mr. Trump’s team will be his talks with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. That meeting is set for June 12 in Singapore.
2. The head of AT&T said hiring Michael Cohen, above, President Trump’s fixer, as a political consultant was a “big mistake.” Federal prosecutors are investigating Mr. Cohen’s business dealings, including a $130,000 payment to Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic film actress who goes by Stormy Daniels and claims she had an affair with Mr. Trump.
Late Friday, that case collided with another explosive news story: the fall of Eric Schneiderman, who resigned as New York attorney general amid allegations he assaulted four former girlfriends. A lawyer for two additional accusers against Mr. Schneiderman said he discussed their claims with Mr. Cohen in 2013.
3. The White House declined to renounce or apologize for an aide’s remark in a staff meeting that Senator John McCain was irrelevant because he would soon die. (The aide, Kelly Sadler, called Meghan McCain, the senator’s daughter and a host on “The View,” to apologize.)
Senator McCain, above, is at home in Arizona, battling brain cancer. The White House staff was discussing his opposition to the nomination of Gina Haspel to run the C.I.A. Ms. Haspel, an agency veteran, testified on Capitol Hill this past week, and came under scrutiny for her role overseeing a secret prison and destroying interrogation tapes.
“Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying,” Mr. McCain said in a statement. But our Washington bureau reports that Ms. Haspel is likely to be confirmed.
For more news from Washington, check out the week’s roundup of the biggest stories in American politics.
4. There are hundreds of women running for Congress in the midterm elections. But they’re facing crowded primaries and tough races come November.
Many are challenging incumbents, who historically almost always win. And many are Democrats running in districts that lean Republican. Here’s a closer look at the surge, and a breakdown of possible outcomes.
5. Should colleges and universities notify parents when a student is clearly troubled?
College officials generally treat students as adults, and officials say that they are constrained by privacy laws. But there are exceptions to those laws, such as a health emergency. And around the country, there are growing questions about when educators should, in fact, call home.
One case animating the debate is that of Graham Burton, who hanged himself in his dorm room at Hamilton College in upstate New York. His parents said they hadn’t known the extent of his depression, and they deserved the chance to try to save their son.
“I can assure you that I would have been far more aggressive in getting Graham the help he needed,” his mother wrote in a letter to the college president.
6. Hundreds of immigrant children have been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months, and a new policy calling for criminal prosecutions of people who illegally cross promises to drastically increase that number. Above, men who were detained after crossing the border near McAllen, Tex.
Family separations are one of the most contentious aspects of the Trump administration’s new border policies. The A.C.L.U. is suing over the practice, arguing that it is a violation of due process and harms children.
At the White House, Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of homeland security, nearly resigned after President Trump berated her over border security. The tirade was the culmination of months of frustration over immigration and the border wall, our correspondent writes.
7. The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island unleashed havoc a week ago when the earth split open, lava spewed hundreds of feet into the air and molten rock swallowed streets in a residential neighborhood.
Many homes have been destroyed and 1,700 people were evacuated, but no deaths or injuries have been recorded so far. Now the island is on alert for the possibility of an explosive eruption at the Kilauea volcano’s summit.
Our graphics team explained how the volcano erupted, and what might happen next.
8. In the days to come, anyone wishing to criticize Meghan Markle will have to contend with Tshego Lengolo, above, an 11-year-old Londoner and ardent fan.
Ms. Markle, of course, is the American actress set to marry Prince Harry on May 19. (Here’s our guide to everything you might ever want to know about the royal wedding.)
If Tshego (SEH-ho) is royal-crazy this summer, it is because Ms. Markle is biracial, the daughter of an African-American woman and a white man. When she looks at Ms. Markle, Tshego sees a version of herself, new to England, trying to find a place among its racial codes.
Not long after her family moved to London from South Africa, a child in her class sent her a message telling her to “go back where you came from.” She never wants Ms. Markle to feel that way.
9. This week’s “Saturday Night Live,” hosted by Amy Schumer, above, mostly stayed away from political humor. In the cold opening, the mothers of some of the cast members appeared with their children and urged them to stop making jokes about the White House.
Kenan Thompson asked his mother: “You like the show, right, Mom?” She replied: “I do. Except for all the political stuff. We get it.”
10. Finally, we invited Broadway’s best to pose for us just 24 hours after they were nominated for theater’s most prestigious award. Needless to say, they were a happy bunch. We have those stories and more of our signature journalism in this collection of our best weekend reads.
For more suggestions on what to watch, listen to and read, may we suggest a visit to our guide to the most binge-worthy TV shows, our music critics’ latest playlist or a glance at the New York Times best-sellers list.
Have a great week.
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