Today in 5 Lines
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it has “significant concerns” over how a $300 million contract was awarded to Whitefish Energy Holdings, a small Montana company, to rebuild Puerto Rico’s infrastructure. The White House said it was not involved in the decision. And in a statement, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said he did not advocate for Whitefish, which is based in his hometown, to receive the contract. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch said President Trump has agreed to shrink the boundaries of the Bear Ears National Monument, at Zinke’s recommendation. Spain dissolved Catalonia’s parliament and dismissed its president, after the region voted to declare its independence.
Today on The Atlantic
The Radicalization Process: Recent polling from the Pew Research Center shows that 97 percent of Democrats are more liberal than the median Republican—and for that, Donald Trump is likely to blame. (David A. Graham)
Senator Romney?: Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is telling friends that he might retire from Congress—and that Mitt Romney might run for his seat. (McKay Coppins)
Tying Trump’s Hands: Senator Chris Murphy explains why he’s introducing legislation to restrict President Trump’s war-making powers. (Uri Friedman)
Radio Atlantic: The journalism of Jodi Kantor, Katie Benner, and their colleagues at The New York Times has been a major catalyst for putting sexual harassment at the top of the national agenda. Kantor and her reporting partner Megan Twohey shared a byline on the October 5 investigation revealing three decades of sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein. As a technology reporter based in Silicon Valley, Benner has chronicled numerous reports of predatory behavior by investors, founders, and other influential figures in the tech industry. In this episode of Radio Atlantic, Kantor and Benner join Alex and Matt to discuss what they've discovered in their reporting, and where they think it will lead.