Today in 5 Lines
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he will recuse himself from any investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign after a Washington Post report revealed that he had met with the Russian ambassador to the United States last year. The revelation prompted calls from Democratic and Republican lawmakers for Sessions to step aside, and in some cases, resign. President Trump, for his part, said earlier in the day that he didn’t think Sessions should recuse himself. Senator Rand Paul spent the day hunting for draft legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare only to be denied entry into the room where it was reportedly being kept. The Senate confirmed Ben Carson as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and approved former Texas Governor Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy.
Today on The Atlantic
‘Sessions’s Unforced Error’: Adam Serwer unpacks an exchange between Senator Al Franken and Jeff Sessions during his confirmation hearing that has since landed the attorney general in “hot water.”
The Trump Card: Scott Pruitt, the new Environmental Protection Agency administrator, is expected to roll back the Obama administration’s efforts to improve fuel efficiency, prompting concerns among environmentalists. But a “unique authority that Congress granted to California under the Clean Air Act decades ago” might help them protect the former president’s legacy. (Ronald Brownstein)
The Whole Truth: During his address to Congress, President Trump invoked fallen Navy SEAL Ryan Owens in a controversial moment. While each side of the debate has its merits, Conor Friedersdorf argues that the administration should not take credit for the successes of the raid that killed Owens without acknowledging its failures.