Today in 5 Lines
Arizona Representative Trent Franks moved up his resignation and left office on Friday, immediately before reports emerged that female staffers felt he had propositioned them when he brought up the possibility of them carrying his children as surrogate mothers. Before heading to Pensacola, Florida, where he will hold a campaign rally tonight, President Trump again tweeted in support of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls. Dina Powell, Trump’s deputy national-security adviser, will leave the administration early next year. Trump signed a spending bill that will keep the federal government running through December 22. The U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment remained the same, at 4.1 percent.
Today on The Atlantic
‘What’s College Good For?’: Students don’t seem to retain much from their college educations; nor is everything they learn useful. Bryan Caplan makes the case against college for everyone.
What If Trump Has Alzheimer’s?: Americans probably wouldn’t know, because the president isn’t required to take neurological exams—let alone share the results with the public. (Olga Khazan)
The Death of Daniel Shaver: President Trump and many other elected Republicans don’t believe that police in America have a killing problem. A graphic new video adds to the evidence that are completely wrong, argues Conor Friedersdorf.
Radio Atlantic: How did Mike Pence reconcile his deeply held Christian values with his defense of Donald Trump after the revelation of the Access Hollywood recording? Would he support Trump if the presidency were within his own reach? And what do his decisions illuminate about evangelical Christians' attachment to the president? In this episode of Radio Atlantic, McKay Coppins shares what he's learned about Pence from reporting on his stints as governor, radio host, and frat snitch.