Today in 5 Lines
Congress reached a deal to fund the government through September. In an interview with The Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito, President Trump questioned why the Civil War could “not have been worked out,” and suggested that Andrew Jackson was upset about the conflict, which began several years after his death. Separately, Trump told Bloomberg News that he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “under the right circumstances.” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that his department will roll back school lunch regulations promoted by former First Lady Michelle Obama. Fox News announced that co-president Bill Shine has left the network, days after anchor Bill O’Reilly was ousted amid sexual-harassment allegations.
Today on The Atlantic
The Path to Joining ISIS: In 2015, two academically talented, isolated students at Mississippi State University prepared to join the Islamic State in Syria after being drawn in by online propaganda. Within three short months, they ended up at the center of America’s debate over radicalization. (Emma Green)
A History Lesson: During an interview Monday, Donald Trump asked: “Why was there a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” What the president fails to understand, writes Yoni Appelbaum, is that “some issues aren’t amenable to deal-making."
Dismissing Sebastian Gorka: President Trump’s chief counterterrorism adviser is widely criticized by the national security community for making extreme statements and misguided assessments of jihadist groups. These judgments of Gorka make his critics reluctant to acknowledge when he has a point. (Graeme Wood)