Today in 5 Lines
Representative Steve Scalise, the House Majority whip, returned to Congress after being shot at a congressional baseball team practice in June. Christopher Wray, President Trump’s pick to replace James Comey as the new FBI Director, was sworn in at the FBI Headquarters. Chief White House Economic Adviser Gary Cohn said the Trump administration’s new tax proposal is “purely aimed” at the middle class but said he “can’t guarantee” there won’t be tax increases for some middle-class families. The Trump administration temporarily waived the Jones Act, a law that would make it more difficult to send hurricane-relief supplies to Puerto Rico. Twitter executives met privately with members of both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, as part of the panels’ probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Today on The Atlantic
The Tipping Point: Trump’s divergent actions on economic and social issues could lead to the president, and the party, losing support from the GOP’s “country-club and working-class wings” alike. (Ronald Brownstein)
A Lost Vision: For decades, American liberals nurtured a vision for robust tax reform. Here’s how that vision died. (Julian Zelizer)
Happy Birthday, Food Stamps: Norm Ornstein explains the bipartisan beginnings of the Food Stamp Act, which Republicans have been trying to undo for years.
Tell Me What You Know: Virginia Senator Mark Warner called on media companies like Facebook and Twitter to be “extremely forthcoming” and help get to the bottom of Russian meddling in the presidential election. (Elaine Godfrey)