Today in 5 Lines
In an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice denied charges that she used intelligence information for political purposes. During a press conference, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the push to revive efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is in the “conceptual stage right now,” but didn’t offer a timeline for a new health-care bill. In a statement, President Trump called a chemical weapons attack in northern Syria that killed at least 58 people, including several children, “reprehensible,” and blamed the previous administration for its approach to the conflict. The National Collegiate Athletic Association ended its ban on holding championship events in North Carolina after the state repealed its so-called “bathroom bill.” Russia’s Investigative Committee identified Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, a 22-year-old native of Kyrgyzstan, as the attacker behind the explosion on a metro train in St. Petersburg Monday.
Today on The Atlantic
‘The Silence of Rex Tillerson’: The secretary of state has yet to detail the administration’s foreign policy and has been distant toward the press. “For a democracy’s foreign policy to succeed it must be understood and argued out,” writes Eliot A. Cohen. “That task the secretary of state has hitherto avoided.”
Changing the Rules: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to invoke the so-called “nuclear option,” which would allow Republicans to approve Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination by a simple majority vote. Here’s why the looming decision “won’t dramatically alter the way the Senate operates on its own.” (Clare Foran)
A Tricky Dance: David A. Graham analyzes the ambiguity of MSNBC’s interview with former National Security Advisor Susan Rice in which she denied conducting political spying on Trump or members of his team, but also suggested that she may have requested names to be “unmasked.”