Today in 5 Lines
Donald Trump chose Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as secretary of state, calling him “one of the truly great business leaders of the world.” The president-elect said he “discussed life” with Kanye West during a meeting at Trump Tower. Syrian rebels have reportedly reached a truce with Russia, and civilians are expected to evacuate Aleppo tonight, after a spokesman for the United Nations human rights office said at least 82 civilians were killed by government forces. The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected a law requiring doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, saying it violates the U.S. and Oklahoma Constitutions. Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but vetoed more restrictive legislation that would have prevented abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.
Today on The Atlantic
‘My President Was Black’: In the final months of Barack Obama’s administration, he and Ta-Nehisi Coates had a series of conversations about his ascension to the White House, race in the United States, and his legacy as the country’s first black president.
What About Those Tax Returns?: Congress should insist that Donald Trump disclose his tax returns, argues Conor Friedersdorf, because if he doesn’t, Americans can’t be sure whether the president-elect is acting in their best interests or his own.
Tension Building: Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, “sets up a battle between the Trump administration and Republicans in the Senate” due to Tillerson’s connections with Russia. (David A. Graham)