Today in 5 Lines
During a news conference on Capitol Hill, Speaker Paul Ryan defended House Republicans’ new health-care bill, saying he has “no doubt” the House will pass it, despite opposition from Democrats and conservative Republicans. (And if it doesn't pan out, Representative Pete Sessions is prepared with the "World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017.”) White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Trump is “very proud” of the new legislation and that Republicans are in “full sell mode all around the country.” Senators Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting evidence of Trump’s claim that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. Women across the country participated in “A Day Without a Woman,” a protest intended to draw attention to the role of women in society.
Today on The Atlantic
The Purge: Donald Trump boasts of his fierce loyalty both to staff and his supporters, but his inner circle has been reconstructed many times throughout his life and career. McKay Coppins unpacks the president’s willingness “to throw even the most dedicated allies under the bus at moments of peak crisis.”
A Lesson on Protests: Robinson Meyer spoke with historian L.A. Kauffman about her new book, Direct Action, and how Wednesday’s “Day Without a Woman” protest compares to other post-1960s actions. “This kind of strike is really something new,” Kauffman said. “It’s redefining the general strike without the sense of it being led by a labor movement.”
‘A Tale of Two Betsy DeVoses’: In Grand Rapids, Michigan, residents know the education secretary as pragmatic and generous. As a member of Donald Trump’s Cabinet, however, she’s been described as “unprepared” and “tone deaf.” How does her community reconcile the two? (Emily DeRuy)