The Atlantic Daily: You Must Remember This

An unconstitutional appointment. Plus a storm of the century that no one followed, Brexit rumblings, and more

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May entering 10 Downing Street, in London on November 14, 2018 (Toby Melville / Reuters)

What We’re Following

Yutu: Or, what we weren’t following: A super typhoon that destroyed the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands several weeks ago was a relative blip in U.S. media coverage. Tens of thousands of Americans were affected—what happened while few eyes were turned to the region?

Deal or No Deal: The original referendum on Brexit took place more than two years ago. Since then, the actual process of leaving has been throttled by impasses, infighting, indecision, and resignations. Britain is poised to leave the European Union in fewer than 140 days. What does the embattled U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May now need to do to pass her plan for Britain’s life after the EU? And what will hold up the deal before the finish line?

Private Practice: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reportedly hired private firefighters to help save their home and neighborhood as wildfires continue to burn across swaths of California. Celebrities aside, the incident has spotlighted the American system of privatized firefighting operations. Another often forgotten contribution to firefighting efforts: prison inmates.


Old Hollywood, New Hollywood
The writer and critic Karina Longworth injects new life into the stories of classic cinema, and the myths and stars of Old Hollywood, through her podcast, You Must Remember This, introducing a new generation to forgotten figures—including many women whose talents had been overshadowed in most retellings of the history of the entertainment industry. Sophie Gilbert profiles Longworth and explores how she came to have such a cult following. (Image collage by The Atlantic)

Evening Read

President Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general goes against the U.S. Constitution, argues John Yoo, who was deputy assistant attorney general in the George W. Bush administration and has been known for his expansive view of presidential powers:

Whitaker’s appointment must still conform to a higher law: the Constitution. As the Supreme Court observed as recently as this year, Article II provides the exclusive method for the appointment of “Officers of the United States.” The president “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States.” The appointments clause further allows that “the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the courts of law, or in the heads of departments.”

Read the rest of Yoo’s reasoning.

What Do You Know … About Science, Technology, and Health?

1. Every year, American cities and states spend upwards of how many billion dollars in tax breaks and cash grants to encourage companies to move among states?

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2. When Jeff Sessions was forced to resign last week, stock prices for businesses in which industry went up?

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3. Where did the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in California state history, get its name?

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