Today in 5 Lines
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, lawmakers questioned Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about a White House meeting where President Trump allegedly made vulgar comments about certain countries. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said the debate over Trump’s comments has become “a s-show,” and later told reporters that White House staffers gave the president “really bad advice” on immigration. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, was subpoenaed last week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury. The Justice Department announced it will ask the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling that partially revived the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. White House Physician Ronny Jackson said Trump is in “excellent” health and that he has “no concerns” about the president’s cognitive ability.
Today on The Atlantic
The Story of ‘The New Colossus’: The sonnet inscribed on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty is widely quoted. But it’s also widely misunderstood. (Walt Hunter)
No Doctrine but Nullification: Vann R. Newkirk II writes that Donald Trump is the embodiment of five decades of resistance to the movement led by Martin Luther King Jr.
Tomato, Tomato: Does it matter whether President Trump used the word “shithole” or “shithouse” to describe certain countries? A linguist breaks down the uses of the two terms. (Ben Zimmer)