Today in 5 Lines
President Trump undermined Republicans’ plan to avert a shutdown by tweeting that an extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program shouldn’t be included in a short-term spending bill. The House is expected to vote on it tonight. Senate Democrats reportedly have the votes to stop the bill, raising the likelihood of a government shutdown. The Department of Health and Human Services announced a new office that will be tasked with protecting the conscience objections and religious freedoms of health providers. The House unveiled a bipartisan plan to overhaul Congress’s workplace-harassment system.
Today on The Atlantic
A Shaky Justification: Republicans argue that reducing legal immigration to the United States will increase the number of high-skilled immigrants allowed in the country. But that would do just the opposite. (Ronald Brownstein)
Tabloid Times: The forthcoming InTouch Weekly interview with an adult-film star who alleges she had an affair with Donald Trump perfectly fits with the president’s tabloid reality. (Adrienne LaFrance)
A Trump Dead End: In an excerpt from his recently released book, Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic, David Frum argues that the future of American democracy depends on conservatives abandoning Trump.