Today in 5 Lines
President Trump called for national unity after a gunman attacked a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson, shot five people, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who hospital officials said remains in critical condition. Members of Congress convened on the House floor, where Speaker Paul Ryan condemned the shooting, saying “an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” Michigan Health Director Nick Lyon and four other officials were charged with involuntary manslaughter for failing to act on a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak related to the Flint, Michigan, lead-poisoning crisis. The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate to between 1 and 1.25 percent, citing confidence in the steady growth of the U.S. economy.
Today on The Atlantic
Confusion at the Convention: A resolution condemning white supremacy and the alt-right caused chaos at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, revealing deep tensions within a denomination that was explicitly founded to support slavery. (Emma Green)
‘Tone Down the Rhetoric’: Research suggests that violent political rhetoric can have an effect on an individual's actions. In light of Wednesday's shooting, progressives must grapple with a key question: How do they express their moral fury without embracing such language? (Peter Beinart)
How Did We Get Here?: Veteran health-care reporter Julie Rovner writes that Senate Republicans’ extreme secrecy in drafting a health-care bill “is a situation without precedent.” But both Democrats and Republicans are to blame for the breakdown in transparency.