Today in 5 Lines
Hurricane Harvey is projected to hit the Texas coast on Friday night. Texas Governor Greg Abbott warned that the storm “could easily lead to billions of dollars of property damage and almost certainly loss of life.” The Republican National Committee approved a resolution condemning white supremacists in light of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month. In an interview with the Financial Times, Gary Cohn, Trump’s top economic adviser, said the administration “can and must do better” in condemning hate groups. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen defended regulations put in place after the 2008 financial crisis, maintaining that they are necessary in keeping the financial system safe.
Today on The Atlantic
Not So Fast: Across the south, citizens are pushing for the removal of Confederate monuments in their communities. But some state laws prevent them from doing so. (David A. Graham)
Loving the Palace Intrigue: Yasmeen Serhan interviewed D.C. correspondents for foreign outlets to understand why people overseas suddenly seem to care so much about the goings-on at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
A Better Democratic Populism: Instead of fixating on free college tuition, writes Conor Friedersdorf, Democrats should turn their attention toward alternative paths to prosperity.
Are Smartphones Harming Kids? Jean Twenge, a psychologist who has studied generational behaviors, has found troubling signals that smartphones seem to be taking a visible toll on the mental health of post-Millennials. In this episode of Radio Atlantic, we talk with Twenge about her findings, hear from a few members of the post-Millennial generation about their relationships with their devices, and discuss what the research means for parents.