Today in 5 Lines
The White House suggested Donald Trump may not have known that Michael Flynn had lobbied for Turkey, although Flynn’s lawyers had notified the transition team ahead of the inauguration. A spokeswoman for the Department of Justice said Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for the resignations of 46 attorneys appointed by former President Obama “in order to ensure a uniform transition.” The Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs in February, and the unemployment rate fell from 4.8 percent to 4.7 percent. When asked about Trump’s previous claims that federal jobs reports were “phony,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the jobs numbers “may have been phony in the past” but are “very real now.” Representative Justin Amash “broke down in tears” after he missed a roll-call vote, his first missed vote since arriving to Congress in 2011.
Today on The Atlantic
Keep Your Friends Close: Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy has become one of Donald Trump’s most visible unofficial spokesmen, highlighting the “unusual degree to which Trump relies on informal outside advisers and on familiar faces from his former life.” Rosie Gray recounts the history of their 20-year relationship.
Too Good to Last?: Wages are rising, unemployment is low, and consumer confidence is high. “Things are bound to fall apart soon,” writes Annie Lowrey. History shows that expansions tend to take a downward turn after six to 10 years. Will the Trump administration face a recession?
Under Attack: Many Americans believe religious bias exists in the U.S., according to a new Public Religion Research Institute poll, but they have wildly different interpretations of that bias. While most respondents named Muslims as the most marginalized religious group, white evangelicals generally believe Christians face more discrimination. (Emma Green)