The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Eggsecutive Time

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

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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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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)


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)