If you were sum up this week in a word? Try breathless. President Trump ousted another cabinet member — his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson — and another Democrat claimed a special election victory in a heavily Republican district. Abroad, Russia is being blamed for releasing a deadly toxin that left two people in critical condition and for meddling in America’s last presidential election. Angela Merkel was elected to a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor and tributes poured in for theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who died at 76. | Want to support 1A? Give to your local public radio station at donate.npr.org/1A and subscribe to our podcast. Have questions? Email the show at firstname.lastname@example.org.