Today in 5 Lines
President-elect Donald Trump tapped Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for the position of attorney general, Kansas Representative Mike Pompeo for CIA director, and retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn for national security adviser. Trump reached a $25 million settlement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman involving fraud allegations related to the now-defunct Trump University. The World Health Organization said the Zika virus will no longer be considered a global health emergency, but noted that the virus is “here to stay.” Maryland Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen will serve as the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The Obama administration declared parts of the Arctic off-limits to oil and gas drilling as part of a five-year plan.
Today on The Atlantic
Countdown to Inauguration Day: President-elect Donald Trump’s transition appears, from the outside, to be “a mess,” in light of sudden leadership changes and disagreements among Republicans. Despite the drama, several veterans of the process say Trump’s team can still pull it together. (Russell Berman)
Let’s Talk About Race: On Friday, Trump selected Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III—“a man whose views on race once led a Senate committee to deem him unfit for a federal judgeship”—to be attorney general. What does this mean for the fate of civil-rights protections? (Adam Serwer)
The Freshmen Class: A crop of freshly elected members of Congress gathered in Washington, D.C. this week for orientation, where they can speak with senior lawmakers and learn about their new positions before they “get swept up in the ugly blood-sport” of their first legislative session. (Michelle Cottle)