Today in 5 Lines
President Trump had lunch with Republican leaders to “start the process” of advancing his agenda after outlining his policy vision in an address to Congress on Tuesday night. Trump’s new executive order on immigration is expected to be released in the next few days and will reportedly remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary travel ban. The Senate confirmed Montana Representative Ryan Zinke to head the Department of the Interior. Three people were killed as severe storms plowed through Illinois, Missouri, and several other states in the Midwest on Tuesday and Wednesday. The National Park Service announced that the expected peak bloom date for the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. is March 14 through March 17, the earliest date on record.
Today on The Atlantic
A Clean Shave: “Imagine listening to the president’s address to Congress as if it were the first speech he’d given.” James Fallows attempted to set aside his preconceptions in order to offer a fresh take on Donald Trump’s speech. Here are his thoughts.
Trump’s Three Failures: Donald Trump received praise from cable and social media commentators for delivering an uncharacteristically calm address on Tuesday. While Trump achieved something important, David Frum writes, “he failed to achieve three other things that are even more important to his presidency.”
Scenes From the State Department: Julia Ioffe spoke with career foreign service officers and civil servants in the wake of layoffs and reports that Trump’s budget proposal will drastically cut the department’s funding. “I used to love my job,” one staffer said. “Now, it feels like coming to the hospital to take care of a terminally ill family member.”