Today in 5 Lines
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced that President Trump’s 2016 tax returns are being audited and will not be released. Vice President Mike Pence issued a warning to North Korea, saying that the “era of strategic patience is over.” The first family hosted its first Easter Egg Roll at the White House. On his first day on the job, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch heard oral arguments. Local and federal law enforcement are searching for a suspect who posted a video to Facebook of himself shooting and killing a 74-year-old man in Cleveland on Sunday.
Today on The Atlantic
Open-Door Policy: For much of its history, the White House opened its doors to hundreds of daily visitors. That tradition has nearly disappeared with the exception of the annual Easter Egg Roll, “one of the last vestiges of an original mode of invitation-free White House entertaining.” (Susannah Jacob)
Tipping the Scales: White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has reportedly fallen out of favor with Donald Trump, but the tribal nationalism he espouses continues to grow within the GOP. (Peter Beinart)
Asking for Help: President Trump vowed to “solve North Korea” if China failed to do so, but some problems can’t be easily fixed. However the president ultimately decides to address North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, he will need to cooperate with China to be successful. (Ian Buruma)