Today in 5 Lines
Donald Trump officially won Michigan’s 16 electoral votes. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said there is “no evidence” of Trump’s claim on Sunday that “millions of people” voted illegally in the election, and Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller didn’t cite any evidence to support the claim in a call with reporters. Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina in 2015, was granted permission by a federal judge to represent himself at trial. Authorities identified Abdul Razak Ali Artan as the suspect in an attack at Ohio State University that left at least nine people injured. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will not attend the funeral of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Today on The Atlantic
Making Excuses: Republicans have long insisted that African Americans in inner cities take “personal responsibility” for their economic hardship. Rather than apply this rhetoric to working-class whites, however, Donald Trump instead blames their struggles on external forces. (Peter Beinart)
Behind Trump’s Success: Longtime media and advertising executive Jerry Cave unpacks Donald Trump’s unconventional marketing strategies that ultimately won over voters and led to his victory. (Yoni Appelbaum)
Questioning Democracy: Donald Trump alleged on Twitter over the weekend that “millions of people” voted illegally in the 2016 presidential race. Despite no evidence to support this claim, David A. Graham writes, “simply by raising the question, the president-elect sows the seeds of doubt.”