Today in 5 Lines
President Obama visited Louisiana to tour neighborhoods hit with historic flooding that displaced thousands of residents and claimed the lives of at least 17 people. A federal court said that Ohio has the right to get rid of “Golden Week,” a period of time during which people can register and vote early. The National Labor Relations Board ruled that graduate students working as research or teaching assistants at private universities can unionize. The FBI is reportedly investigating a possible Russian hack targeting several New York Times reporters and other news organizations. Firefighters are working to protect the historic Hearst Castle in California, which could suffer damage from the Chimney wildfire that has raged through thousands of acres for days.
Today on The Atlantic
‘Take Me to Church’: A new survey from the Pew Research Center found that one of the reasons fewer Americans are going to church is due to the practicality of getting there, which suggests church services are no longer the focal point of social and cultural life. For many today, services are optional. (Emma Green)
Mission Impossible: It has been 20 years since Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda declared war on the U.S. After trillions of dollars spent and hundreds of thousands of lives lost, the extremist group met some of its goals. Ultimately, however, “neither side has won.” (Dominic Tierney)
Congress Is Not an Easy Fix: Women in Congress are more likely to cooperate across party lines, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper. While there are caveats, it raises the question: Would electing more female representatives lead to more bipartisanship? (Andrew McGill)