Today in 5 Lines
President Trump condemned a report in The New York Times that claimed his associates had contacted Russian intelligence officials in the year before the presidential election, tweeting that it was “an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.” During a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump said he “could live” with a one- or two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and asked Israel to “hold back on settlements for a little bit.” Andrew Puzder, who runs the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, withdrew his nomination for secretary of labor. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told NATO allies they must increase defense spending by the end of the year or the Trump administration will “moderate its commitment” to them. The Senate voted to block a rule that would prevent certain mentally impaired people from purchasing guns.
Today on The Atlantic
An Uprising: The resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is one of the challenges facing the Trump administration as the result of “a dissatisfied bureaucracy and a vigorous press,” writes Peter Beinart. Not only are these institutions pushing back against the president, but they are also having some success.
Inside the Deep State: Damaging leaks from the White House show an effort to undermine Donald Trump. “Even if there’s no grand conspiracy, there are any number of potential individual culprits,” writes David A. Graham. But do these actions defend or hurt democracy?
Taking a Pass: President Trump’s continued delay in releasing his tax returns prompted Democrats to introduce an amendment Tuesday “that would’ve triggered a request for the tax returns to the Treasury Department.” These 23 Republicans voted against the measure. (Conor Friedersdorf)