Today in 5 Lines
Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that 26 people, ranging from 18 months to 77 years old, were killed in a shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday. Officials said the alleged gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley, had previously sent threatening text messages to his mother-in-law, who attended the church, and revealed that Kelley had been discharged from the Air Force for assaulting his wife and a child. During a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, President Trump said the shooting was the result of a “mental health” problem, not “a guns situation.” The House Ways and Means Committee began their markup of the GOP tax reform bill. And Senator Rand Paul is recovering from multiple injuries after he was allegedly assaulted by a neighbor at his home; the suspect’s lawyer called the altercation a “matter that most people would regard as trivial.”
Today on The Atlantic
Republicans Are Not Racists: American conservatives must disentangle their ideology from America’s history of bigotry, argues Peter Beinart, but to do that, liberals need to stop the indiscriminate name-calling.
Google’s Misinformation Problem: In the wake of breaking-news events, like the shooting in Texas on Sunday, Google users fall vulnerable to accessing quickly disseminated, but often unreliable, information. (Alexis C. Madrigal)
Flynn Trouble?: If the special counsel brings charges against former National-Security Adviser Mike Flynn, it would bring the Russia investigation much closer to Trump’s White House. (David A. Graham)
Something New: When The Atlantic launches our new longform interview podcast—a weekly conversation between editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg and the figures shaping society—you’ll feel like you have a seat right at the table. Intimacy, candor, and personality set the tone for The Atlantic Interview, which premieres this Wednesday, November 8 with guest Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (plus a cameo by The Atlantic’s own Ta-Nehisi Coates). Listen to the trailer here.