Today in 5 Lines
In his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Donald Trump Jr. said he agreed to meet with a Russian lawyer last year because he thought it was important to learn about Hillary Clinton’s “fitness” for office, according to prepared remarks obtained by reporters. President Trump tried to reassure DACA recipients about their immigration status, after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi requested public clarification. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced plans to overhaul the Obama administration’s guidance for colleges on handling sexual assault. Hurricane Irma continued to batter Puerto Rico and is headed toward south Florida, while two other hurricanes are intensifying in the eastern Atlantic. The Senate passed legislation that temporarily raises the debt ceiling and funds the government, as part of a Hurricane Harvey relief package.
Today on The Atlantic
‘The First White President’: In the October issue of The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes that President Trump “truly is something new—the first president whose entire political existence hinges on the fact of a black president.”
Attacking Diversity: On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that a Kremlin-connected firm bought $100,000 in Facebook ads ahead of the U.S. election. While the ads didn’t directly reference the election, they appeared focused on spreading divisive social and political messages. (David A. Graham)
Guilty but Innocent: A new report from ProPublica shows that some wrongly convicted defendants are pressured to sign plea deals—even when new DNA evidence can exonerate them. (Megan Rose and ProPublica)