Today in 5 Lines
During a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, President Trump said he hopes to achieve “one of the toughest deals of all,” peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. (In a press release, the White House mistakenly said that one of Trump’s goals for the trip was to “promote the possibility of lasting peach.”) Trump also told reporters he “never mentioned the word or the name Israel” in a recent meeting where he reportedly shared classified information with Russian officials, although news reports never accused him of naming Israel. Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national-security adviser, refused to share documents subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, invoking his constitutional right against self-incrimination. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a district court’s ruling that two congressional districts in North Carolina were drawn unconstitutionally. The Trump administration extended the legal status of nearly 59,000 Haitians who came to the United States after the 2010 earthquake.
Today on The Atlantic
Presidents’ Precedent: FBI Director James Comey's dismissal has prompted questions about what the president is allowed to do. David Frum argues, however, that it's not about what the president can do, but rather how his actions break with precedent.
Not What They Wanted: President Trump’s stop in Israel should have been the highlight of his first overseas trip, but his recent reversals and missteps have the Israeli government more worried than excited. (Gregg Carlstrom)
Jeff Sessions’s Defenders: During the Obama administration, the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, a relatively small organization, lobbied against criminal-justice reform. Now the group’s former president works in the Justice Department, giving the organization an outsized influence in the Trump administration. (Maura Ewing)