Today in 5 Lines
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate for a final confirmation vote, but it won’t be easy: Senate Democrats have reached the 41 votes required to filibuster his confirmation, and if they do so, Republicans have hinted that they’ll resort to the so-called “nuclear option”—changing the rules to confirm Gorsuch with just a simple majority vote. President Trump praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s leadership during a meeting at the White House. A spokesman for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, is visiting Iraq “to receive an update on the status of the counter-ISIS campaign in Iraq and Syria.” At least 10 people were killed and 47 were wounded in explosions on a metro in St. Petersburg in what Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev labeled a “terrorist attack.”
Today on The Atlantic
Unfit to Serve?: Unlike his recent predecessors, Donald Trump doesn't seem to care about physical fitness. But, Stephanie Hayes writes: “The sporting lives of past presidents have often been taken as symbols of their character and even their political beliefs.”
Finding an Answer: Last month, a painting by a white artist depicting the 1955 open-casket funeral of Emmett Till rekindled the debate about cultural appropriation. Conor Friedersdorf spoke with a Cato Institute scholar about what constitutes cultural appropriation and whether engaging with it is wrong.
America’s First TV President: Recent commanders in chief have used television as a temporary escape from the pressures of the job, “but none consumed as much television as Trump, or reacted as quickly or directly to what they were seeing.” (Elaine Godfrey)