Today in 5 Lines
The White House announced that President Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey. Hours earlier, ProPublica reported that part of Comey’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Hillary Clinton’s private email server was inaccurate. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly reviewing Obama-era rules that eliminated harsh punishments for low-level drug crimes. The Pentagon is reportedly proposing to increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The Energy Department activated its “emergency operations protocol” after part of a tunnel used to store radioactive materials collapsed at Hanford nuclear site in Washington state.
Today on The Atlantic
The Ex-President’s Dilemma: As a former U.S. president, Barack Obama now plays a tricky role, Dominic Tierney writes: He wants to remain an influential political figure, but with “virtually no hard power,” intervening too much in national debates could diminish his image.
Culture Shock: During the election, political experts argued that economic anxiety is what drove white, working-class Americans to vote for Donald Trump. But a new poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic indicates that it was cultural anxiety that ultimately motivated Trump’s voters. (Emma Green)
Getting By: When manufacturing jobs declined in the Rust Belt, opioid abuse increased, leaving many of the men “either on drugs or unemployed.” Now, the women are left to pick up the pieces and hold everything together. (Alana Semuels)