Today in 5 Lines
Reuters reports that Donald Trump Jr. hired New York lawyer Alan Futerfas to represent him in the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. On Twitter, Trump Jr. said he’s “happy to work with” the Senate Intelligence Committee, after Republican Senator Susan Collins suggested he be interviewed about a meeting he had with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign. Senate Republicans are reportedly planning to introduce a new draft of their health-care plan as early as Thursday. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed sanctions during their meeting last week, despite Trump’s tweet to the contrary. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared “total victory” over ISIS in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.
Today on The Atlantic
Not for Lack of Trying: If there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, writes David A. Graham, “it was not because top Trump aides were against it.”
Fearing Medicaid Cuts: Under the GOP health-care bill, millions of disabled Americans’ Medicaid benefits could be at risk. (Jeremy Raff)
‘Mosul Is Completely Destroyed’: It will take time, collaboration, and billions of dollars to rebuild Iraq’s second-largest city—and history shows it could be a reconstruction project plagued with problems. (Igor Kossov)