Today in 5 Lines
President Trump invited Senate Republicans to lunch at the White House, where he asked them not to leave town until they had a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare ready, adding that “inaction is not an option.” The Congressional Budget Office projected that repealing Obamacare would increase the number of uninsured by 32 million over the next decade. The Justice Department announced plans to broaden its use of civil-asset forfeiture, the practice of seizing money and property from criminal suspects. Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity held its first meeting. U.S. officials said that Trump will end a covert CIA program that aided moderate Syrian rebels battling the Syrian government.
Today on The Atlantic
What Is McConnell Doing?: By going forward with a vote to repeal Obamacare, David Frum argues that the majority leader is “reasserting his own personal leadership, punishing and rewarding senators all at once—in ways that diminish everybody in his caucus other than himself.”
Between Safety and Sovereignty: The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is considering a new strategy to combat the increased homicide rate: seek assistance from outside law enforcement. (Ian MacDougall)
Off the Hook: For most congressional Republicans, allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign is nothing more than “partisan noise.” They reject the idea that they aren’t doing enough to hold the president accountable. (McKay Coppins)
Two More Days: Our first podcast, Radio Atlantic, debuts this Friday, July 21. Tune in to hear Jon Batiste's full interpretation of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” as well as conversations with David Frum and Molly Ball about the past, present, and future of the American idea. Frum will expand on a question that worries him a lot: “To what extent is the President of the United States now in the chain of command?” Listen and subscribe at TheAtlantic.com/radio.