Today in 5 Lines
President Trump signed the so-called “Buy American, Hire American” executive order. Voting began for the contentious special election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to vacate a stay of execution by the Arkansas Supreme Court, preventing the state from carrying out its first death sentence in 12 years. Vice President Mike Pence met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Authorities said Steve Stephens, the man suspected of fatally shooting a 74-year-old man and posting a video of the slaying on Facebook, killed himself after a police chase in Pennsylvania.
Today on The Atlantic
A Health-Care Disconnect: New research suggests that Medicaid expansion under Obamacare contributed to higher voter turnout in the 2014 midterm election. The uptick in political participation, however, did not result in more support for the Democratic leaders who backed the expansion. (Vann R. Newkirk II)
Under Trump’s Skin: Chris Jones explores Alec Baldwin’s complicated relationship with his role as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, and the significance of satire in an era of “political chaos.”
Contaminated: In 2012, North Carolina’s Republican governor sought to make the state more business-friendly by rolling back environmental regulations. Three years later, the state warned a neighborhood near a coal-fired power plant that the tap water was too dangerous to drink. (Alana Semuels)