Today in 5 Lines
A train carrying Republican lawmakers, family members, and staff to the GOP retreat in West Virginia collided with a dump truck, killing one person inside the truck and injuring others. Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced he will not seek another term in November. CNN reported that President Trump asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in December where the special counsel’s investigation was headed and if Rosenstein was “on my team.” The FBI warned against the release of a classified memo written by Republicans, saying in a statement that it has “grave concerns” about “accuracy.” The Justice Department filed to dismiss the corruption charges against New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez.
Today on The Atlantic
What’s Trump’s Next Move?: Trump’s State of the Union speech, coupled with other recent decisions made by his administration, indicate that the president could be readying for war with North Korea. (Peter Beinart)
Trump vs. the GOP?: Here are three ways Trump could hinder the midterms for Republicans. (Ronald Brownstein)
A President Lacking Power: David Frum argues that Trump’s failure to sell his immigration plan to members of Congress Tuesday night revealed his fundamental inability to persuade.