The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Roseanne Barred

ABC canceled the show Roseanne hours after its star, Roseanne Barr, posted a racist tweet about former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

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-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)

Today in 5 Lines

  • The White House said it will impose a 25-percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods. The list of imports that will be covered will be announced by June 15.

  • A Harvard study found that Hurricane Maria killed roughly 4,600 people in Puerto Rico, more than 70 times the official death toll.

  • Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said he will resign by June 1. Greitens was arrested earlier this year on invasion of privacy charges, but the charges were dropped on May 14.

  • ABC canceled the show Roseanne hours after its star, Roseanne Barr, posted a racist tweet about former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

  • President Trump will headline a rally in support of Republican Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn in Nashville at 7 p.m. ET.

Today on The Atlantic

  • The China Problem: The United States’ most important relationship is with China, writes James Fallows. And Donald Trump, as well as members of America’s media class, are destroying it.

  • ‘Trump’s Right-Hand Troll’: The rise of Stephen Miller from high-school contrarian to White House policy adviser offers an answer to an urgent question: “What happens when right-wing trolls grow up to run the world?” (McKay Coppins)

  • What Is Elon Musk Doing?: The billionaire should know better than to criticize the media for stories he doesn’t like, argues Adrienne LaFrance. After all, Musk once dabbled in the news business himself.

  • The GOP’s Education Dilemma: If the Republican Party wants to win with rural voters, it had better develop a better approach to public education. (Reihan Salam)


A man tapes a sign to a door at a Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia. Starbucks closed more than 8,000 stores nationwide on Tuesday to conduct anti-bias training related to the arrests of two black men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, at this location. Matt Slocum / AP

What We’re Reading

Did the Trump Administration Lose 1,500 Migrant Children?: Not quite. (Sarah Kliff, Vox)

‘The Truth About Separating Kids’: The Trump administration has been separating migrant children from their parents at the border. Rich Lowry explains why that’s happening. (Rich Lowry, National Review)

The Man Who Kept Black Voters From the Polls: In 2016, Breitbart recruited Bernie Sanders activist Bruce Carter to encourage black voters to support Donald Trump—or stay home. (Lauren Etter and Michael Riley, Bloomberg)

Year of the (Republican) Woman: A historic number of women are running for office this year—not all of them are Democrats. (Rebecca Nelson, The Washington Post)


‘All American’: In this short documentary, a former World War II paratrooper recalls his involvement in D-Day and describes what it was like to come home after a years-long war. (Emily Buder, The Atlantic)