Today in 5 Lines
President Trump announced on Twitter that the U.S. will no longer “accept or allow” transgender people to serve in the military. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain denounced the announcement, calling it “unclear.” During the second day of deliberations, Senate Republicans voted against repealing major parts of the Affordable Care Act. Senators are expected to move on to the vote-a-rama period, a time when both parties can offer amendments to be voted on, as early as Thursday. Representative Steve Scalise, who was shot last month in an attack on a congressional baseball practice, was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Today on The Atlantic
A Democrat in a Sea of Republicans: What’s it like to be a Democrat on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity? Vann R. Newkirk II spoke with Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of three Democrats in the group, to discuss why he joined the commission and what he expects will come of it.
Jeff Flake’s Bet on Decency: The Arizona senator is worried about the decline of civility in politics—and has refused to fall in line behind President Trump. Is there still a place for him in Trump’s America? (McKay Coppins)
From Russia With Love: The 2016 presidential election wasn’t the first time a foreign power tried to influence an American election: More than 40 years ago, a Russian leader privately vowed to “do everything we can” to help President Gerald Ford’s reelection bid. (Jan M. Lodal)