Today in 5 Lines
President Trump railed against the removal of Confederate monuments, tweeting that he is “sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on Speaker Paul Ryan to take down the Confederate statues in the U.S. Capitol Building, but a spokesman for Ryan said Congress should leave that decision to the states. In an email to staff, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos condemned the “tragic and unthinkable” events last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and denounced “neo-Nazis and other racist bigots.” At least 13 people were killed and 50 injured after a driver plowed into a pedestrian area in Barcelona in what authorities are describing as a terrorist attack. Trump condemned the attack on Twitter, saying the U.S. “will do whatever is necessary to help.”
Today on The Atlantic
White Supremacists Need Not Apply: Many U.S. military chiefs have issued statements condemning racism and extremism after the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia. There are two important motivations behind those statements. (Andrew Exum)
Emboldening the Alt-Right: Michael German, a former FBI special agent and counterterrorism expert, tells Clare Foran that President Trump’s response to Charlottesville is helping push far-right views into the political mainstream.
The Tax Break Dividing the GOP: After failing to repeal Obamacare, Republicans are turning to tax reform, which is already proving to be an uphill battle. (Russell Berman)