Today in 5 Lines
On Twitter, President Trump, who is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, said “everybody” has better health care than the United States, but that “our healthcare will soon be great.” The Senate Intelligence Committee reportedly asked a number of Trump campaign aides to turn over records of their communications with Russian officials as part of its investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election. Angella Reid, the first woman and second African American to serve as White House chief usher, has left the post. A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in Somalia, the first American combat death in the country since 1993. The U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs in April, and the unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent.
Today on The Atlantic
Tillerson’s Misunderstanding: During a speech to the employees of the State Department on Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson repeatedly invoked the president’s message of “America First.” But, writes Eliot A. Cohen, this foreign policy strategy conflicts with the country’s core values, and misreads U.S. history.
Appropriating Words: In her new book, Ivanka Trump quotes the famous and the wise—from Oprah to Toni Morrison. In doing so, Megan Garber argues, she is not just borrowing other people’s words, “Trump is taking those words out of their original contexts, and blithely, if not willfully, misunderstanding them.”
‘Not One Bad Apple’: More than 140 U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have been arrested or convicted on corruption charges in recent years. Jeremy Raff examines how the problem could worsen as CBP relaxes its hiring standards in order to meet President Trump’s mandate for 5,500 new agents.