Today in 5 Lines
President Trump told reporters he is “not happy” about reports that Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price used taxpayer-funded private planes, and said “we’ll see” about firing him. In Indiana, Trump laid out his vision for tax reform that includes a range of tax cuts for individuals and businesses. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said 97 percent of Puerto Ricans are without power, and about half still don’t have running water, one week after Hurricane Maria struck the U.S. territory. House Republicans proposed a plan to provide $10 billion for Trump’s border wall. And the Trump administration announced it will slash the number of refugees admitted into the United States next year to 45,000.
Today on The Atlantic
Who Needs Trump?: Roy Moore’s victory in Alabama’s Senate primary demonstrates that Trumpist candidates don’t necessarily need an endorsement from Trump to win. (Rosie Gray)
One-Trick Party: Republicans are using the same party-line approach to pass tax reform that they used in their failed attempts to pass health-care repeal. Why? (Russell Berman)
The Racism of Bankruptcy: An analysis from ProPublica shows that African Americans are less likely to be approved for bankruptcy than their white counterparts. (Paul Kiel)
Trump’s ‘Dark Angel’: Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy and Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon draw two conflicting pictures of the president and his priorities. (Elaine Godfrey)