Today in 5 Lines
President-elect Donald Trump held an off-the-record meeting with several prominent TV network executives and anchors at Trump Tower and continued to meet with potential Cabinet candidates, including former Texas Governor Rick Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. An AP photographer captured a photo of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach arriving at a meeting with Trump on Sunday and holding a document that outlines a plan for questioning “high-risk” immigrants about Sharia law and the U.S. Constitution. Authorities are searching for a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi, one of three officers shot in ambush attacks across the country on Sunday. And Pope Francis released a letter granting priests the power to forgive the “grave sin” of abortion.
Today on The Atlantic
A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The founders of the United States feared that “unfettered majority rule” could lead to the selection of a demagogue as president. They created the Electoral College as a way “in part to prevent the election of someone like Donald Trump.” (Peter Beinart)
‘America’s Pope Francis’: Blase Cupich plays one of the most influential roles in the Catholic Church, which includes restructuring the archdiocese of Chicago. Now, as a newly appointed Cardinal, how will he balance his responsibilities in Rome with his personal mission to help the Windy City? (Emma Green)
Breaking the Norm: Outgoing U.S. presidents have typically avoided criticizing their successors, but in a press conference Sunday, President Obama said he would consider breaking this tradition when it comes to “core questions about our values and our ideals.” (David A. Graham)