Today in 5 Lines
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt refused to provide President Trump’s position on climate change. European Council President Donald Tusk called Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement a “big mistake” and touted new agreements between China and Europe as demonstrating “solidarity with future generations and responsibility for the whole planet.” National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn said the administration expects to provide Congress with a tax-reform plan later this year. Reuters reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is taking over the federal investigation into former National-Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s lobbying deals with Turkey. The U.S. economy added 138,000 jobs in May, and the unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent, the lowest since 2001.
Today on The Atlantic
‘Collective Action Is for Losers’: In this short video, Uri Friedman explains why President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement is his most dramatic statement yet.
Welcome to Zooniverse: People are looking for a distraction from the news, writes Marina Koren, and some are finding it by scanning satellite images for exploding stars.
Make the Planet Great Again: Many state governors and local officials have said they will continue to work to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. But can they actually make a difference on their own? (Robinson Meyer)