What a year the last few days have been, huh?
This is news in the era of President Trump. It slaps you awake, follows you around all day, intrudes on your conversations, interrupts your dinner, whispers as you try to sleep.
It has been coming at a relentless pace. From a hundred directions at once. Breaking news alerts on your phone. Memes shared on Facebook. Angry tweets from your friends (or the president).
And cable news? Let’s just say there have been a lot of split screens and a lot of yelling.
A new bombshell came on Wednesday when Robert S. Mueller III, a former F.B.I. director, was named special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian meddling in the United States presidential election.
But the barrage began on May 9 when President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director.
It was hard to keep track of the reasons the administration gave for the firing. First, Mr. Trump’s advisers said Mr. Comey was dismissed because of how he had treated Hillary Clinton. But then the president went on television and said he had fired Mr. Comey because he did not want the F.B.I. to keep investigating possible ties between his campaign and Russia.
A few days later came reports that the president had shared highly classified intelligence about the Islamic State — which the United States had not even shared with its allies — with the Russian foreign minister.