The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Ted Cruz to Kiss the Ring

The Texas senator finally endorsed Donald Trump.

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Today in 5 Lines

Texas senator and former presidential contender Ted Cruz endorsed Donald Trump in a Facebook post after refusing to support him at the Republican National Convention in July. President Obama vetoed new legislation allowing families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government, a move which is expected to prompt the first veto override of Obama’s presidency next week. A new study from the RAND Corporation found that Hillary Clinton’s health-care proposal would provide coverage for 9 million more Americans, while Donald Trump’s plan would cause 20 million to lose coverage. Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were reportedly given immunity deals for cooperating with the FBI investigation into Clinton’s private email server. And the family of Keith Lamont Scott, the man fatally shot by police on Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, released a video showing the moments leading up to the shooting.

Today on The Atlantic

  • Trump in Steel City: In her interview with the Republican presidential nominee in Pittsburgh, Salena Zito pointed out that members of the press tend to take Trump “literally but not seriously,” while his fans “take him seriously but not literally.”

  • The Election Is Underway: The presidential election is just 46 days away but voters in several states are already casting their ballots, and other states are taking absentee ballot requests. David A. Graham tried to get a sense of which way the votes lean.

  • A Story of Black Lives: The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. officially opens to the public Saturday. Vann R. Newkirk II visited the museum and found it to be a “triumphant and crushing” reflection of black history.

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The Tennessee State University Marching Band performs on the South Lawn of the White House before a reception for the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Gary Cameron / Reuters

What We’re Reading

‘When America Met Hillary’: In a 60 Minutes interview in 1992, Hillary Clinton offered a “feisty but dutiful” defense of her husband that many believe ultimately helped him win the presidential election. But it also marked the beginning of America’s contentious relationship with the Democratic nominee. (Michael Kruse, Politico)

Post-Traumatic Trump Disorder: After waking up in “clammy, agitated horror” over the presidential election, Slate columnist Michelle Goldberg ventured to find others suffering from “Trump-related distress,” and spoke with them about their anxiety, nightmares, and other symptoms.

Hill Does a 180: Last year, Clinton blamed Republicans for the rise of Donald Trump, saying that Trump’s “hateful comments” were nothing new in the party. But now, her strategy is just the opposite: She’s doing her best to contrast Trump’s values with those of the GOP. (Ruby Cramer, BuzzFeed)

What About Trump’s Other Job?: Donald Trump’s image as a businessman and mogul has been significantly altered by his controversial presidential bid. How will his numerous businesses fair, particularly those in hospitality, if he loses the election in November? (Shannon Pettypiece, Bloomberg)

Come Hell, High Water, or Both: As extreme weather—from wildfires in California to record-breaking flooding in Louisiana—continues to grip the country this year, climate scientists warn that the effects of global warming are already underway. (Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone)


Tick-Tock: Is it too late to register to vote in your state? Find out when—and how—you can register using this handy, state-by-state list. (Jonah Engel Bromwich, The New York Times)

Question of the Week

Jeb Bush, one of the Republican presidential candidates this year, made a cameo as a limo driver during the Emmy Awards last Sunday night. Rick Perry, who also briefly ran for the White House, is now a contestant on Dancing With the Stars. This week, we asked readers where they expect to see the former 2016 presidential contenders on television, and we got some great answers.

Reader Jeremy Glenn predicts Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson will end up on “the next installment of Survivor.”

But our personal favorite comes from reader Joanne Allard, who expects Ben Carson to show up in an ad for the sedative Ambien, although “through the list of possible side effects, he'll have moved on to an ad for luggage.”

And finally, even though U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan never ran for president, Allard would not be surprised if the Crossfit fanatic ended up performing promotional videos “for extreme fitness programs that air at 2 a.m.”

Head on over to our Notes section for more great responses, and stay tuned for next week’s Politics & Policy Daily.

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) and Candice Norwood (@cjnorwoodwrites)