Today in 5 Lines
The House overwhelmingly approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September. The White House is pushing for a vote on the GOP health-care bill after two defectors threw their support behind the legislation. During a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, President Trump vowed to be a “facilitator” of peace between Israel and Palestine. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director James Comey defended his handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, but said the idea that he might have affected the outcome of the 2016 election made him “mildly nauseous.” Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy in the biggest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.
Today on The Atlantic
The Push to Reduce Medicaid: A number of the Republican-led states that resisted Medicaid expansion are reconsidering it in the wake of public-health concerns such as the opioid crisis. But the Trump administration is leveraging another alternative, as it tries to weaken dependence on Medicaid, and undermine Obamacare. (Vann R. Newkirk II)
Losing Faith: Democratic voters are less confident in the future of the United States than they were before the presidential election, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The results raise questions about the party’s ability to maintain voter trust in the Trump era. (Clare Foran)
An $8 Billion Shot: When two House Republicans voiced opposition to the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill, House leaders tried to persuade them to flip back. They succeeded, after agreeing to boost protections for people with preexisting conditions. Will the amendment be enough to get the bill passed? (Russell Berman)