Today in 5 Lines
The Washington Post reports that Roy Moore, the GOP nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat, initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s. Multiple senators called for Moore to drop out of the race if the allegations detailed in the Post are true. “If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The House Ways and Means Committee voted to advance a Republican tax-reform bill. Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly pressured Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke to end protections for thousands of Hondurans living in the United States.
Today on The Atlantic
‘High Holy Day of MAGA’: During a speech in Michigan Wednesday, Steve Bannon insisted that Ed Gillespie’s loss in the Virginia governor’s race was not a sign that Trumpism had failed, but that he had not embraced the president enough. (Rosie Gray)
A Fighting Chance: Despite President Trump’s attempts to undercut Obamacare, voters Tuesday night showed overwhelming support for the health-care program. (Russell Berman)
Thinking Small on Taxes: The Republican Party risks putting forward a tax bill that is “unpopular, unpassable, and unpopulist,” argues Derek Thompson. Here’s how to fix it.