Today in 5 Lines
Voters head to the polls in Georgia and South Carolina to fill House seats vacated by congressmen who joined the Trump administration. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he has not talked with President Trump about whether he believes Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Trump called the death of Otto Warmbier, the American student who was recently freed by North Korea after being detained for over a year, “a disgrace.” Trump said on Twitter that he appreciates China trying to help the U.S. resolve tensions with North Korea, but it “has not worked out.” Authorities in Minnesota released squad-car footage of Officer Jeronimo Yanez fatally shooting black motorist Philando Castile during a traffic stop.
Today on The Atlantic
Where Have All the Cameras Gone?: The White House’s daily press briefings are becoming less frequent and are often being held off-camera. Asked for an explanation, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said, “Sean got fatter.” (Rosie Gray)
Riding the 2018 Wave: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Reed, the former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, explain what Democrats need to do to take back Congress in 2018.
A Shifting Platform: A few years ago, Democrats were much more critical and questioning of immigration, writes Peter Beinart. “If the right has grown more nationalistic,” he notes, “the left has grown less so.”