Today in 5 Lines
Michigan Representative John Conyers announced that he will retire on Tuesday, amid allegations of sexual harassment from former aides. The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, an important free speech and LGBT rights case that involves a baker refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. President Trump reportedly plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which would upend decades of U.S. policy holding that the city’s final status must be determined by a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake appears to have donated to the campaign of Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones, based on a photo of a personal check he shared on Twitter. And the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from attending the Winter Olympics over a state-sponsored doping scandal.
Today on The Atlantic
‘God’s Plan for Mike Pence’: In our January/February issue, McKay Coppins describes the vice president’s divine rise to power: “What critics should worry about is not that Pence believes in God,” Coppins writes, “but that he seems so certain God believes in him.”
Do the Politically Expedient Thing: After cutting ties with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore over sexual-misconduct allegations, the Republican Party has come slinking back to him, writes David A. Graham.
A Taxonomy of Predators: From the old-school flirts to the after-hours lechers, Michelle Cottle lays out the categories of creeps that female staffers on Capitol Hill learn to avoid.