The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Raiding Places

Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal attorney
Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal attorneyPablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Today in 5 Lines

  • The FBI raided the office of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and seized records related to several topics, including payments to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. Federal investigators also reportedly searched his home and hotel room.

  • Trump condemned the suspected chemical attack in Syria as a “barbaric act” and said he will make a decision on the U.S. response within the next 24 to 48 hours.

  • Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that he will run for U.S. Senate, challenging incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson.

  • Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth became the first senator to give birth while in office.

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met privately with several lawmakers on Capitol Hill ahead of  his planned testimony before a joint session of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees on Tuesday, followed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington to meet with Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

What We’re Reading

Expect an Expensive Race: Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that he’s launching a bid to unseat Democratic Senator Bill Nelson. Here’s what a Scott-Nelson race could look like. (Dylan Scott, Vox)

How Russia Could Steal the Midterms: Here’s what a worst-case scenario could look like, based on the fears of voting and cybersecurity experts. (Clare Malone, FiveThirtyEight)

Bait-and-Switch: President Trump and Republican leaders are hoping to use an obscure law to cut some domestic spending out of the omnibus bill. The move, writes David Dayen, “would centralize practically all governing power in the hands of one rather unstable man.” (The Nation)

On the Other Hand: Kimberley A. Strassel sees this as “a chance for Republicans to honor their promises of spending restraint” and redeem themselves with Trump’s conservative base. (Wall Street Journal)


Everybody’s Running: According to the soaring number of Democratic House candidates, the party’s best recruiting tool this year has been President Trump. (Jonathan Martin and Denise Lu, The New York Times)

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)