Today in 5 Lines
Senators will continue debate on a new health-care plan in what’s called a “vote-a-rama,” after which they could pass a “skinny” repeal of Obamacare. Alaska Dispatch News reports that Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan received calls from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke warning them that Tuesday’s procedural vote on health-care legislation threatened Alaska’s relationship with the administration. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters that he plans to introduce legislation that would prevent President Trump from firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, adding that if Trump goes after Mueller, it could be “the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency.” The head of the Boy Scouts of America apologized to the scouting community for Trump’s political remarks at the National Jamboree on Monday. In an interview with Fox News, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that Trump’s public criticism of him is “hurtful,” but that Trump is a “strong leader.”
Today on The Atlantic
Cain and Abel: As the new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci vowed to end leaks and repair a dysfunctional press office. Now, he’s accusing the chief of staff of leaking to the press. (David A. Graham)
What’s the Magnitsky Act?: The law banning Americans from adopting Russian children isn’t really about adoption at all, writes Julia Ioffe. It’s about money.
‘The Greatest Political Fraud’: The Senate failed to repeal major parts of Obamacare on Wednesday, and conservative activists are incensed: “What are we here for?” one activist asked. “If we don’t stand for this, what do we stand for?” (Elaine Godfrey)