Today in 5 Lines
In a speech unveiling his national-security strategy, President Trump called Russia and China “rival powers” and reaffirmed commitment to his “America First” doctrine. Federal Judge Alex Kozinski resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Trump’s judicial nominee Matthew Petersen withdrew from consideration after struggling to answer basic legal questions at his confirmation hearing last week. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló ordered a recount of deaths related to Hurricane Maria. Officials said at least 77 people were hospitalized and multiple people killed after an Amtrak train derailed on an overpass near DuPont, Washington.
Today on The Atlantic
The Final Bill: Republicans have agreed on a tax bill. Here’s what’s in it. (Russell Berman)
‘Her Ability to Rise Above the Rest’: As Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen prepares to leave her role, four women economists reflect on what it meant to have a woman lead the Fed. (Gillian B. White)
A Deplorable Christmas: Conor Friedersdorf takes stock of the holiday goods Breitbart is selling online, from a #war flask to Donald Trump-themed popcorn.
Sacred or Scat?: On Monday, the Trump administration released its official National Security Strategy. Here are three ways to interpret it. (Eliot Cohen)