Today in 5 Lines
During a joint news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw, President Trump said he’s considering a “pretty severe” response to North Korea’s recent missile tests. When questioned about Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, Trump said he thinks other countries could also be to blame, adding “nobody really knows.” Attorneys general from 18 states filed a lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, accusing her of illegally suspending student-loan regulations. Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics who has criticized the Trump administration repeatedly, announced he will resign before the end of his term. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that if the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act fails, the Senate might have to push for a partial bill that would address health-insurance markets.
Today on The Atlantic
Will the ‘Trump 10’ Pay a Price?: Ten Democratic senators from states that voted for Donald Trump in 2016 are up for reelection next year. And they’re hoping that opposing Trump’s agenda will help them win. (Ronald Brownstein)
Eye on the Prize: Liberal activists are struggling to keep the nation’s attention on the Republican health-care plan amid the barrage of news surrounding North Korea and President Trump’s twitter feed. (Clare Foran)
A Roadmap for Defeating Trump: Two decades ago, philosopher Richard Rorty predicted the rise of Donald Trump. Conor Friedersdorf argues that the 2018 midterms may hinge on whether liberals heed Rorty’s advice.