Today in 5 Lines
At a news conference, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said that the identities and communications of Trump transition officials might have been inappropriately revealed in intelligence reports after being collected as part of “legal” and “incidental” foreign intelligence surveillance operations. The Associated Press reports that Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, worked on behalf of a Russian billionaire “to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago.” After meeting with Trump at the White House to discuss the Obamacare replacement bill, a spokeswoman for the House Freedom Caucus said more than 25 members are still opposed to the legislation. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the administration is “optimistic” that the bill will pass the House. Metropolitan Police confirmed four people were killed, including the alleged attacker, and several more were injured in an attack near U.K.’s Parliament.
Today on The Atlantic
Netflix for Doctors: “Some hardcore conservatives do have pretty radical health-care ideas—they’re just not anything like the American Health Care Act” proposed by House Republicans. The Heritage Foundation’s Ed Haislmaier shares what he would like to see instead. (Olga Khazan)
The Salesman in Chief: When it comes to health-care policy, Donald Trump “doesn’t know his ear from his elbow,” Michelle Cottle writes. He is, however, a committed salesman for the Republican bill, and he has no problem making life uncomfortable for his challengers.
Day Three: During Wednesday’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Democratic senators adopted a new approach in an effort to pin down his position on abortion rights and campaign finance: “warning Gorsuch about what they see as the consequences of his decisions.” Here is his response. (Matt Ford)