The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Gina Hasvotes

Virginia Senator Mark Warner announced his support for President Trump’s pick for CIA director, Gina Haspel.

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-Written by Taylor Hosking (@Taylor__Hosking), Lena Felton (@lenakfelton), and Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)

Today in 5 Lines

  • Virginia Senator Mark Warner announced his support for President Trump’s pick for CIA director, Gina Haspel, after she sent him a letter clarifying that, in hindsight, the agency’s “enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken.” Haspel now likely has enough votes to be confirmed for the position.

  • The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the recent violence in Gaza. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said she believes Israel exercised “restraint” in Monday’s clashes with protesters, adding that the unrest was not caused by the relocation of the U.S. embassy.

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lifted a hiring freeze put in place by his predecessor at the State Department, Rex Tillerson, allowing it to fill various key positions.

  • The Trump administration is reportedly considering using military bases to house migrant children. The Obama administration also used bases to shelter children during the 2014 child-migrant crisis.

  • A South Korean news agency reported that North Korea is threatening to cancel the historic summit it’s planned with the United States over ongoing military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea.

The Races We’re Watching

Voters in Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, and Pennsylvania will select nominees for House, Senate, and gubernatorial races in their states’ primary elections.

We’ll be monitoring several races in Pennsylvania, where the state Supreme Court replaced a Republican gerrymander with a new congressional map that is much more favorable to Democrats. In the state’s 7th district, the conservative Democrat John Morganelli is favored to beat the five other Democratic candidates running to replace retiring Republican Charlie Dent. Republican voters, meanwhile, will decide whether U.S. Representative Lou Barletta or state lawmaker Jim Christiana will challenge incumbent Bob Casey, one of several Senate Democrats running for reelection in November.

Pennsylvania polls close at 8 p.m. ET.

Here are other noteworthy primary races to watch tonight.

Today on The Atlantic

  • Obama’s Foreign-Policy Reckoning: Eliot A. Cohen argues that President Trump’s decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal should serve as a lesson to Obama administration alumni: Policies instituted by executive order are easily blown up through the same means.

  • Drip, Drip, Drip: Bill Clinton was able to slow the flow of leaks coming out of his White House in his second year in office, but those methods won’t necessarily work for Trump. Here’s why. (David A. Graham).

  • Looking for a History: Palestinian writer Seraj Assi grew up in Israel, but didn’t hear the word that many Palestinians use to describe their exodus from Israel—nakba, meaning “catastrophe”—until he was 20 years old. His father purposely kept it that way.


President Trump hugs Adrianna Valoy, the mother of the slain New York City police detective Miosotis Familia, during the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the Capitol. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

What We’re Reading

Today in Gaza: While some families are spending the day burying loved ones, others have continued into another day of protest. (The New York Times)

His Untold War Story: Special Counsel Robert Mueller rarely speaks about serving in Vietnam as a Marine. But that year of combat was one of the most formative experiences of his life. (Garrett M. Graff, Wired)

The War-Weary Generation: According to Matt Purple, factions on the right are increasingly emphasizing domestic policy. And there’s a reason for that, he argues: Millennials are experiencing something of a foreign-policy “hangover.” (The American Conservative)

The Power of a Badge: In some counties, bodyguards, celebrities, and political donors are taking advantage of concealed-carry privileges meant for cops. (Zachary Mider and Zeke Faux, Bloomberg)

Up for Debate: Many voters think “Medicare for All” sounds like a good idea, but they might not actually be thinking of single-payer health care. (Molly Hensley-Clancy, BuzzFeed)


Where Do Graduates Move After College?: It’s not always to America’s biggest cities. (The Wall Street Journal)