What We’re Following
Investigation Intrigue: House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes is under fire again after it was revealed that he visited the White House the day before making his sudden announcement about possible government surveillance of Trump’s transition team. Nunes says his visit was innocent, but his story raises questions, and feeds speculation that he’s too close to Trump to carry out an independent investigation into the alleged collusion between his campaign and Russian intelligence. Meanwhile, the president himself may be vulnerable to hackers: Some of his tweets suggest he’s still using an unsecured Android phone.
Voters vs. Politics: Last week, the failure of the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare dealt a crushing blow to the GOP. But it could be an unexpected boon for Trump: Though his dealmaking reputation is damaged, he might now have a chance to reshape his agenda, pursuing the policies that help his supporters instead of those that align with the GOP establishment’s priorities. Right-wing pundits may be partly to blame for what happened: Their fear-mongering over Obamacare obscured the actual costs of repealing the law, writes Conor Friedersdorf. But the gap between people and politics is wide, and it doesn’t stop at health care. Here’s how some state legislators are working to overturn ballot initiatives passed by their own constituents.