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Today in 5 Lines


Today on The Atlantic

  • The End of the Libertarian Moment: The end of the Cold War and the rise of Donald Trump have left libertarians, like Senator Rand Paul, without a political home. (Kevin D. Williamson)

  • The Prince & Me: In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Iran’s supreme leader “makes Hitler look good,” and recognized the Jewish peoples’ right to “their own land.”

  • Decoding Trump’s Twitter: The president’s latest social-media tirade clarifies his views, and shows the extent to which the White House builds policy on misunderstandings, half-truths, untruths, and contradictions. (David A. Graham)

  • Could Trump Use Military Funds for the Border Wall?: It’s complicated, writes Priscilla Alvarez: The president would have to overcome obstacles in Congress—and maybe even legal challenges—to use Department of Defense resources on construction.

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Snapshot

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump blow whistles for children gathered for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House. Carlos Barria / Reuters


What We’re Reading

‘A Betrayal’: A teenager talked to police about his gang, MS-13. But his cooperation put him on a path to deportation—and his likely death. (Hannah Dreier, ProPublica)

America On the Brink: Experts from the Hoover Institution argue that the country’s current debt spiral is close to becoming a crisis. The only way forward is to reform and restrain the growth of entitlement programs. (The Washington Post)

Not So Fast: Nathaniel Rakich challenges the narrative that the path to victory for Democrats is through the suburbs. (FiveThirtyEight)

Scripted: Sinclair Broadcast Group forced dozens of local news anchors across the country to read pre-scripted messages that warned viewers about “false news,” effectively turning its reporters into soldiers in Trump’s war on the media. (Timothy Burke, Deadspin)

But Is It a Big Deal?: Erick Erickson says no: Anti-Trump media outlets already engage in some of the same kinds of behaviors. Everyone can do better. (The Resurgent)

‘The Things You Do With 38 Minutes Left to Live’: Here’s what happened on January 13 when Hawaiians received an alert that a missile would be hitting the islands imminently. (Sean Flynn, GQ)


Visualized

Counting Matters: Here’s how adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census could affect states’ federal funding and congressional seats. (Alicia Parlapiano, The New York Times)

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)

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