Today in 5 Lines
Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era policy that paved the way for the legalization of marijuana in states. The Trump administration said it will expand offshore oil and gas drilling, reversing a ban on drilling imposed by former President Obama. President Trump’s lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter to the author and publisher of a forthcoming book on the White House, claiming that the book is defamatory. Republican David Yancey won a tie-breaking “lot draw” in the race for Virginia’s House of Delegates, but his opponent, Democrat Shelly Simonds, still hasn’t ruled out seeking another recount. And Republican Representative Gregg Harper of Mississippi, the chairman of the House Administration Committee, announced that he won’t run for reelection.
Today on The Atlantic
What Everyone Already Knows: The details in Michael Wolff’s forthcoming book paint a distressing portrait of the Trump White House, but, James Fallows writes, the book’s major themes have always been an open secret.
Failing American Workers: The U.S. is sticking with the same worker-retraining strategies even though they were unsuccessful in the 1980s. Why? (Lolade Fadulu)
What Was Steve Bannon Thinking?: Here are six theories to explain why the former White House chief strategist bad-mouthed Trump in a new book. (Conor Friedersdorf)