Today in 5 Lines
Sean Spicer’s comments on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Adolf Hitler drew ire on social media, leading the White House press secretary to release a clarification to the press. During remarks at a G-7 meeting in Italy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Assad’s reign is “coming to an end,” and discouraged Russia from continuing to support him. In Kansas, voters head to the polls to vote in a special election for a House seat, which belonged to Mike Pompeo before he became the director of the CIA. During a speech at the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, Attorney General Jeff Sessions outlined the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration enforcement, saying “the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch and release practices of old are over.” United CEO Oscar Munoz issued an apology after a passenger was dragged off an overbooked flight on Sunday.
Today on The Atlantic
The Deeper Story: The U.S. strike against a Syrian air base refocused the American public’s attention on the conflict. American aid organizations working with Syrian refugees, however, worry that the attention won’t last. “This wave will end,” said a Syrian American who runs a non-profit, “and we’ll be back where we were: left alone to watch these massacres daily.” (Emma Green)
Sending Reinforcements: The Trump era’s first congressional election “should have been a cakewalk for Republicans,” writes Russell Berman. And yet, the GOP has grown anxious about their prospects of winning in a Kansas district Trump carried by 30 points in November. (Russell Berman)
What Does it Mean?: President Trump has kept quiet about his motivations for ordering a strike in Syria and hasn’t provided any details about U.S. policy toward Syrian President Bashar al-Assad going forward. David A. Graham reviews ideas about the United States’s position from several key officials.