Today in 5 Lines
President Trump called for Congress to investigate Russia’s connections with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi after the two were shown to have previously met the Russian ambassador to the United States. Trump also visited a private religious school in Orlando, Florida, to promote his support for school choice. The FBI arrested Juan Thompson, a former journalist, who is accused of making at least eight threats against Jewish institutions and Jewish Community Centers. Janet Yellen, the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, said the Fed will likely raise interest rates this month. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said the United States launched more than 30 airstrikes against al-Qaeda in Yemen the past two days.
Today on The Atlantic
Take a Peek: Lawmakers will soon get a sense of the Trump administration’s spending priorities for the 2018 fiscal year when the White House presents its “skinny budget.” And at that point, Michelle Cottle writes, “shit starts getting real.”
The Battle of Ideas: There’s a division within the national security community over which ideology—“ISIS-style radical Islam” or “Russian-style autocracy”— represents the greatest threat to the United States. Uri Friedman argues that how America’s leaders decide to prioritize these threats, if they decide to do so at all, will set the course for American foreign policy.
Retaliation?: The FBI arrested a suspect Friday in connection with the bomb threats against Jewish institutions and community centers. The suspect allegedly made the threats as part of an elaborate plot to harass an ex-girlfriend, writes Emma Green, and seemed to think targeting Jews would “create fear and inflict maximal pain.”