Day: December 7, 2018

Trump nominates William Barr as attorney general

President Donald Trump says he will nominate William Barr, a conservative lawyer and former attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, to be the next attorney general. The president announced his pick Friday, after reports circulated that Barr was the top contender for the job. Barr served as attorney general about 25 years ago, from […]

William Barr helped establish mass incarceration. Now Trump wants him as attorney general.

President Donald Trump will nominate William Barr as his next attorney general — and criminal justice reformers are very worried. The news means Barr, who formerly served as President George H.W. Bush’s attorney general, will replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions if the Republican-controlled Senate approves Trump’s nomination. (Matthew Whitaker is currently serving as acting […]

Advice for aspiring explainer journalists

One of the ongoing agonies of being a journalist is that aspiring journalists frequently write you and ask for advice: “What would you say to a young journalist starting out? How do I break into journalism?” I call it an agony not because it’s an annoyance, not because there’s anything wrong with it, not because […]