Today in 5 Lines
U.S. House Republicans released a long-awaited report on the investigation into the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks. Donald Trump said globalization and free trade have caused “poverty and heartache” during a prepared speech in Pennsylvania, in front of a recycled-can backdrop. Senate Democrats blocked a bill that would have provided $1.1 billion in funding to combat the Zika virus over concerns with provisions restricting funding to Planned Parenthood. Five states head to the polls to vote in down-ballot races. Volkswagen agreed to pay up to $15.3 billion in the largest buyback offer in U.S. history. And at least 28 people were killed in an attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.
Today on The Atlantic
Cha-Ching. Super PACs are supposed to be transparent about their donors, but now that some are using a loophole that allows them to accept cash from other PACs, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to trace the actual sources of support. (Chisun Lee and Douglas Keith)
Summer Read ft. Donald Trump. Fiction writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has based a new short story on the business mogul and his family, and it stands out for one big reason: It includes the perspective of Melania, his silent, supportive wife. (Megan Garber)
Battle for the Soul of Harlem. Nine Democratic candidates are vying to replace Charlie Rangel, the highly controversial former chair of the Ways and Means Committee, in an election that could redefine the iconic Manhattan neighborhood. (Kia Gregory)