Today in 5 Lines
During a joint news conference with King Abdullah of Jordan, President Trump said the recent chemical attack in Syria “crossed many lines” and that his attitude toward Syria and President Bashar al-Assad “has changed very much,” but didn’t specify how the U.S. would respond. In an interview with The New York Times, Trump suggested, without citing evidence, that former National Security Advisor Susan Rice may have committed a crime by requesting the identities of Trump associates who were swept up in U.S. surveillance. Trump also defended Fox News host Bill O’Reilly from accusations of sexual harassment, saying “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.” Trump removed White House chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, signaling the growing influence of the president's new national-security adviser, H.R. McMaster. U.S. officials said North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan, a day before Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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Seen This Before: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch allegedly copied the text and language of several sources without proper attribution in two of his written works. The allegation likely won’t affect the Senate confirmation process, but Matt Ford notes: “Rebutting plagiarism allegations is a familiar experience for the Trump camp.”
A Blind Eye: A law passed in the aftermath of the 1991 beating of Rodney King gives the federal government authority to investigate and oversee reforms in local police departments. But Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recently indicated that Americans are now “on their own” when it comes to police abuses. (Adam Serwer)
In Denial: The “reproducibility movement” began within the science community to promote reliable, transparent research amid concerns that some published findings were not credible. Scientists are worried, however, that GOP lawmakers will cite the movement as a reason to discredit and defund research. (Ed Yong)