Today in 5 Lines
During an address at the Values Voter Summit, President Trump boasted about “tremendous strides” against ISIS, pledged to end Obamacare, and said he hopes to have tax reform done by Christmas. Later, Trump announced that he is decertifying the Iran deal, leaving it to Congress to decide whether to amend existing U.S. legislation. Democratic and Republican lawmakers criticized Trump’s decision to kill key Obamacare subsidies. Maine Senator Susan Collins announced that she will not run for governor. At least 32 people have been killed in the wildfires blazing through Northern California.
Today on The Atlantic
Passing the Buck: President Trump’s choice to let Congress decide whether to leave the Iran deal in place is part of a larger trend, writes David A. Graham: “Seldom has a president sought to hang so many of his own burdens on a Congress controlled entirely by his own party.”
Facebook and Democracy: The 2016 presidential election marked the most significant shift in the technology of politics since the television—and almost no one saw it coming. (Alexis C. Madrigal)
No Luck: After enjoying a series of victories in September, the expiration of the Children’s Health Insurance Program has reminded Democrats of the grim reality of being the minority party. (Russell Berman)
Radio Atlantic: Few journalists have gotten a peek inside X, the secretive lab run by Google's parent company Alphabet. Its scientists are researching cold fusion, hover boards, and stratosphere-surfing balloons. Derek Thompson, staff writer at The Atlantic, spent several days with the staff of X. In this episode, he tells Matt and Alex all about what he found, and what it suggests about the future of technological invention.