Today in 5 Lines
Congress passed a short-term spending bill, averting a government shutdown on the day before President Trump’s 100th day in office. During a speech to the National Rifle Association in Atlanta, President Trump promised an end to an “eight-year assault” on Second Amendment rights. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson encouraged the international community to enforce sanctions on North Korea and said that “all options for responding to future provocations must remain on the table.” The U.S. economy grew by just 0.7 percent in the first quarter, the lowest rate in three years. The 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner will take place on Saturday, but instead of attending, Trump will hold a rally in Pennsylvania.
Today on The Atlantic
Status Update: As Donald Trump prepares to mark his 100th day in office, the White House is scrambling to reach for accomplishments “to placate the president, and pad his record.” This, combined with Trump's public criticism of the milestone, is a sign of an administration in panic-mode. (McKay Coppins)
Trial on the Bayou: Vann R. Newkirk II unpacks a little-known legal battle between black voters in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, and state officials looking to circumvent voting-district requirements established by the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The French Election in America: If France had the same electoral system as the United States, Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate in the French presidential election, might have won the first round of the country’s election. This difference complicates the media narrative of a Western populist wave. (Uri Friedman)
Trump’s First 100 Days: April 29 will mark President Trump’s 100th day in office. Catch up on all our coverage here.