Today in 5 Lines
President Trump signed a reauthorization of the Veterans Choice Act and announced that he will hold a press conference on veterans’ issues on April 27 at the White House. Trump also compared the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory to his winning the 2016 presidential election during the team’s visit to the White House. In a statement, Representative Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said he won’t seek reelection in 2018. 21st Century Fox said that Bill O’Reilly “will not be returning” to Fox News, after it was reported that O’Reilly and the company had reached settlements with five women who accused him of sexual harassment. A Federal Election Commission filing shows that Trump’s inaugural committee raised a historic $106.7 million for his inauguration in January.
Today on The Atlantic
The Runoff: Democrats hoped that anti-Trump backlash would help the party’s candidate, Jon Ossoff, secure a win in Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s sixth congressional district. Despite the strong showing for Ossoff, the race will now advance to a runoff between him and Republican Karen Handel. (Clare Foran)
Looming Deadline: Donald Trump’s 100-day marker on April 29 comes the day before federal funding for most departments expires. Will the image-conscious president sign off on a bipartisan deal with Congress in time to avoid a government shutdown? (Russell Berman)
The Reality of Government Openness: The White House’s announcement that it will no longer release visitor logs sparked outrage from critics. But visitor logs don’t necessarily provide valuable information, writes Lee Drutman, and they don’t preclude an administration from concealing meetings.