Today in 5 Lines
The New York Times reported that two White House officials provided House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes with intelligence information about Trump campaign officials. In a tweet, President Trump warned the House Freedom Caucus that they will “hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team,” and vowed to “fight them” in the 2018 midterm elections. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed legislation repealing H.B. 2, the so-called “bathroom bill” that barred transgender people from using bathrooms corresponding with their gender identities. Vice President Mike Pence broke a tie-vote in the Senate, advancing legislation that would allow states to block federal family-planning funds to abortion providers. The White House confirmed that Trump will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump’s Mar-a-lago resort in Florida next week.
Today on The Atlantic
The Bathroom Bill Resurfaces: Last year, North Carolina Republicans passed H.B. 2, a law that barred transgender people from using the bathroom consistent with their gender identities. Since then, however, the state has tried to find ways to reverse it. Could a new bill be the solution lawmakers have been searching for, or is it a sham? (David A. Graham)
The Culture Wars: A Wednesday Washington Post article cited a 2002 comment from Vice President Mike Pence about his refusal to be alone with any woman other than his wife. The waves of mixed reaction to the report highlight “how radically notions of gender divide American culture.” (Emma Green)
Plan B: Increasing Democratic resistance against Neil Gorsuch means he may not secure the votes he needs to be confirmed. If faced with this challenge, Republicans could change the rules and invoke the “nuclear option.” (Russell Berman)