Here are the top stories of the week and an outlook.
. 3 The White House refused to renounce the comment of an adjutant in a staff meeting or to apologize that Senator John McCain was irrelevant because he was about to die. (The Advisor, Kelly Sadler, named Meghan McCain, the Senator's daughter and host of The View, to apologize.)
"Your refusal to recognize the immorality of tort disqualifies," McCain said in a statement. But our Washington office reports that Ms. Haspel is likely to be confirmed.
. 4 There are hundreds of women running for the intermediate elections for the congress. But they face crowded primaries and tough races in November.
Many are challenging incumbents who historically almost always win. And many are Democrats in districts that republicans lean. Here is a closer look at the rise and a breakdown of the possible outcomes.
5. Should Colleges and Universities notify their parents if a student is obviously worried?
College officials generally treat students as adults and officials say they are restricted by privacy laws. But there are exceptions to these laws, such as a health emergency. And everywhere in the country, questions are piling up as to when educators should actually call home.
One case that animates the debate is Graham Burton, who hanged himself in his dorm at Hamilton College, New York. His parents said they did not recognize the extent of his depression and they deserve 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 university president.
6. Hundreds of immigrant children have been separated from their parents in the past few months on the border between the US and Mexico, and a new policy calling for the prosecution of those who make illegal pledges dramatically increases that number. Above: Men arrested after crossing the border near McAllen, Texas.
Family divisions are one of the most controversial aspects of Trump's new border policy. The A.C.L.U. Sues the practice and argues that this is a violation of a fair trial and harms children.
In the White House, Kirstenen Nielsen, Secretary of Internal Security, almost backed down after President Trump cursed her for border security. The tirade was the culmination of months of frustration over immigration and the border wall, writes our correspondent
7. The volcano Kilauea on Hawaii's Big Island wreaked havoc a week ago as the earth split, lava spewed hundreds of feet into the air, and molten rock swallowed up streets in a residential neighborhood.
Many houses were destroyed and 1,700 people were evacuated, but so far no deaths or injuries have been recorded. Now the island is on alert for the possibility of an explosive eruption on the summit of Kilauea volcano.
Our graphics team explained how the volcano erupted and what might happen next.
8. In the coming days anyone who wants to criticize Meghan Markle will have to deal with Tshego Lengolo, an 11-year-old Londoner and ardent fan. Markle is of course the American actress who will marry Prince Harry on May 19th. ( Here's our guide to everything you ever wanted to know about the royal wedding.)
If Tshego (SEH-ho) is this summer, she's royally-crazy, because Mrs. Markle is a racy woman, the daughter of an African-American woman and a white man. As she looks at Mrs. Markle, Tshego sees a version of her, new to England, trying to find a place among her racial codes.
Not long after her family moved from South Africa to London sent a child in her class She told her to "go back to where you came from." She never wants Mrs. Markle to feel that way.
9. This year's "Saturday Night Live" by Amy Schumer mostly stayed away from political humor. In the cold opening, the mothers of some of the performers 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 it, except for all the political stuff, we get it."