Today in 5 Lines
Republicans are hoping to vote on a stopgap proposal to fund the government for another month on Thursday. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly told lawmakers that the U.S. will never build President Trump’s proposed border wall, and that some of his campaign promises were “uninformed.” During an interview with Reuters, Trump said that Russia is hindering U.S. efforts to negotiate with North Korea, and that Pyongyang is getting “closer every day” to being capable of shooting a missile that would reach the U.S. In a speech on the Senate floor, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake compared Trump’s attacks on the media to the rhetoric of the late Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. North and South Korea agreed to march together under one flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month.
Today on The Atlantic
A Third Reconstruction?: For a few years after the Civil War, the South was the most progressive place in America. (Blain Roberts and Ethan J. Kytle)
Staying the Course: While congressional committees have succumbed to partisan squabbling, the special counsel is moving ever forward with the Trump-Russia investigation. (David A. Graham)
Started From the Bottom: Two famous populist figureheads, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and UK Independence Party Leader Nigel Farage, have been relegated to the political sidelines. Will they stay there? (Yasmeen Serhan)