Today in 5 Lines
After the GOP health-care plan was stalled by unexpected GOP opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will instead hold a vote “in the near future” to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it at a later date. Republican Senators Shelley Moore Capito, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins came out against the plan, making it unlikely to pass. President Trump told reporters that Republicans should “let Obamacare fail” in order to force Democrats to negotiate on health care. Meanwhile, in the House, Republicans released a 2018 budget plan that includes cuts to Medicare and Social Security. And CNN reports that Ike Kaveladze was the eighth person present for the June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower.
Today on The Atlantic
‘Republican-on-Republican Violence’: The health-care debate has increased tensions in Congress, writes Molly Ball, but rather than turning on President Trump, congressional Republicans are turning on each other.
It’s Not Universal: Support for a single-payer health-care system is growing on the left, but Democrats are far from reaching a consensus on the issue, foreshadowing a fight between the party’s liberal and centrist wings. (Clare Foran)
Sticks and Stones: Critical speech is not the same as violence, argue Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff, and conflating the two is both regressive and harmful.