Today in 5 Lines
President Trump said he will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, drawing criticism from Republicans and prompting the Dow to drop 420 points. MSNBC reports that the White House is preparing to replace National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster “as early as next month.” The Senate Intelligence Committee found that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee leaked private text messages between the Senate panel’s top Democrat, Mark Warner, and a Russian-connected lawyer, according to a New York Times report. President Vladimir Putin said Russia has developed highly advanced nuclear weapons he claims are impossible to intercept. Equifax said hackers were able to access the personal information of 2.4 million Americans during a summer security breach, more than previously reported.
Today on The Atlantic
Politics vs. the People: In the wake of the Parkland shooting, conservatives have retained political power. So why do they still feel vulnerable? (Peter Beinart)
What’s the Biggest Threat to Dems in 2018?: Republicans are successfully selling their tax cuts to voters. (Ronald Brownstein)
‘Built Into the Very Bones of This Place’: Jesmyn Ward reflects on raising her children in her home state of Mississippi, where the forces that Martin Luther King Jr. fought against persist.
The Meltdown Over Steel Tariffs: For a few months, it seemed like the White House had finally regained its footing. February destroyed that illusion. (David A. Graham)