The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Four-Star Review

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Today in 5 Lines

  • NBC News reports that comments from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly have “eroded morale in the West Wing in recent months,” leading some officials to believe he’ll leave by July. In response, Kelly called the report “total BS.”

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel obtained documents proving that Iran had lied about not pursuing nuclear weapons when it signed the nuclear agreement. The Israeli leader is a longtime skeptic of the nuclear deal and views Iran as an existential threat.

  • Adult-film star Stormy Daniels sued President Trump for defamation after he tweeted that a sketch of a man who allegedly threatened her in 2011 was “a total con job.”

  • ABC News reports that the Trump campaign spent nearly $228,000 to cover legal expenses for Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen.

  • At least 25 people, including nine journalists, were killed in a pair of bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Today on The Atlantic

  • They Can Dish It Out, But They Can’t Take It: David Frum explains why the outrage from the Trump administration over the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is pretty ironic.

  • A Big Waste of Time: The media has blown the controversy involving MSNBC host Joy Reid out of proportion, argues Conor Friedersdorf. Here's why.

  • What If Bobby Kennedy Had Become President?: A new Netflix documentary unpacks the Beatlemania-esque fervor inspired by the former U.S. senator during his 1968 campaign. (Sophie Gilbert)

  • The Difference Between Trump and Kim K: Since taking office, Donald Trump has repeatedly been referred to as a “reality-TV president,” writes Lucas Mann. That’s the wrong comparison to be making.

Recommended Reading


Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America sleep near the San Ysidro checkpoint after a small group of fellow migrants entered the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico. Edgard Garrido / Reuters

What We’re Reading

Left vs. Left: The Democratic primary in Ohio will be a proxy test to see which brand of liberal can best appeal to the party’s base. (Matt Flegenheimer, The New York Times)

‘Who the Hell Is This Person?’: A doctor with ties to President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club reportedly participated in several conversations about multi-billion dollar government projects. (Arthur Allen, Politico)

The Caravan, Explained: A caravan of 300 Central Americans seeking asylum has finally arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border. But to stay in the United States, they’ll have to overcome a number of obstacles. (Dara Lind, Vox)

Low Blows: Michelle Wolf was widely criticized for telling “mean” jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday. Many of those same critics have no problem with President Trump’s meanness, argues Katherine Timpf. (National Review)


Back From the Brink?: For 36 years, Detroit had been under oversight from state and federal officials that delayed city spending. Now that it’s regained control of its finances, here’s how the city is reviving. (Monica Davey, The New York Times)

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)