Today in 5 Lines
Today marked the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s election. Ralph Northam’s victory in the Virginia governor’s race energized Democrats nationwide, as they look to make gains in 2018. During his visit to China, Trump called on Beijing to put greater economic pressure on North Korea. In her confirmation hearing, Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security, said she backed border security, but opposed a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border. The Justice Department called on AT&T to sell Turner Broadcasting, which includes CNN, for approval of its $85.4 billion merger with Time Warner.
Today on The Atlantic
A Nation’s Moral Character: From Republicans refusing to take a stand against President Trump to university faculty yielding to political correctness, America is facing a crisis in courage. (Eliot A. Cohen)
Grading the Presidency: Julian E. Zelizer argues that by some metrics, such as executive orders, Trump has been successful thus far. But by other, more important ones, he has failed.
The Coalition Reforms: Democratic victories Tuesday night were largely due to the realignment of college-educated white voters, but the party will still have to win over more of Trump’s supporters to succeed in the 2018 midterms. (Ronald Brownstein)
Introducing The Atlantic Interview: In the inaugural episode of The Atlantic Interview, The Atlantic's editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg talks with the novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about race, identity, and her reaction to a nervous interviewer calling her “Chimichanga.” Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates makes a cameo.