Today in 5 Lines
Hours before the government is set to shut down, senators scrambled to reach a deal to keep the government funded. President Trump met with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, saying on Twitter that he had an “excellent preliminary meeting in Oval with” the Democratic senator. The Senate is expected to vote on a short-term spending bill tonight. Trump addressed activists gathered at the National Mall for the annual March for Life rally via video feed, saying that his administration will always defend “the right to life.” The Supreme Court agreed to decide the legality of Trump’s latest travel ban.
Today on The Atlantic
‘Truth Has Been Under Assault’: Following a fiery floor speech in which he defended the press, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake spoke with McKay Coppins about the importance of fact-based journalism, and how the president’s rhetoric inspires dictators and authoritarians.
Pro-life, Pro-science: Pro-life advocates are using science to their advantage now more than ever. Here’s why. (Emma Green)
Not-so-Affordable Care: A new study reveals that health-care costs have been contributing to income inequality in the United States, even under the Affordable Care Act. (Vann R. Newkirk II)
Radio Atlantic: In the United States, 2017 saw emptied malls, shuttered department stores, and once-iconic brands falling into bankruptcy. Yet retail spending continues to grow, in strange new directions that could have significant effects. What will shopping look like in the future? How will these changes reverberate throughout the country? Atlantic editor Gillian White joins our hosts to discuss. If you listen to Radio Atlantic, we value your feedback. Please help us out by answering a quick survey. It should only take a few minutes. Just to go www.theatlantic.com/podcastsurvey.