Today in 5 Lines
Former President Barack Obama reportedly warned President Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn as his national-security adviser. During a Senate judiciary subcommittee hearing, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified that she told the White House that Flynn was at risk of being blackmailed by Russians. Trump nominated 10 judges to federal courts around the country. He also called French President-elect Emmanuel Macron to congratulate him on his win over the weekend against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments over Trump’s revised executive order suspending refugee admissions and temporarily barring visa applications from several Middle Eastern and African countries.
Today on The Atlantic
Unenthused: David A. Graham analyzes Donald Trump’s “tepid” congratulatory statement to French President-elect Emmanuel Macron on Sunday. Trump’s response follows his embrace of France’s far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and his enthusiastic praise for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Rehabilitating Sebastian Gorka: President Trump’s deputy assistant appeared at a conference hosted by the Jerusalem Post on Sunday. The appearance, writes Rosie Gray, was part of a concerted effort—aided by White House outsiders—to salvage his image in the Jewish and pro-Israel communities.
Unanswered Questions: A number of states have either passed or are considering legislation allowing weapons permit holders over 21 years of age to carry concealed firearms on college campuses. But the ambiguities in these laws, Ian Bogost argues, make them difficult to implement.