The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Withdrawal Symptoms

President Trump announced the U.S. will pull out from the Iran nuclear deal and reinstate sanctions against the country.

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-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)

Today in 5 Lines

The Races We’re Watching

Voters in West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, and North Carolina will select nominees in their states’ primary elections.

In West Virginia, we’re keeping our eye on the Republican Senate primary between Representative Evan Jenkins, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, and the former coal executive Don Blankenship. President Trump urged voters on Monday not to support Blankenship, because he “can’t win” a general election. Polls close at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, two well-known progressives, Richard Cordray and Dennis Kucinich, are battling for the Democratic nomination in the governor’s race in Ohio. The Republican primary is also competitive, with sitting Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor facing off against GOP favorite Mike DeWine. Polls close at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Here are four other primary battles to watch today.

Today on The Atlantic

  • ‘Every Culture Appropriates’: There is nothing inherently wrong or oppressive about one person or people adopting the artifacts of another, argues David Frum.
  • 57,375 Years Lost: A new study finds that police violence exacted a greater toll than accidental gun deaths in 2015 and 2016, when calculating years of life lost. (Olga Khazan)
  • Yesterday’s Iraq Hawk, Today’s Iran Hawk: There are several striking parallels between the assumptions that led to America’s conflict with Iraq and the rhetoric surrounding Iran’s nuclear program. (Peter Beinart)
  • What Do Black Voters Want?: New data suggest that to win black voters, Democrats will need to find candidates willing to call out racism and run explicitly anti-racist campaigns. (Vann R. Newkirk II)


A Delaware toddler steps up to the podium during Zero to Three's second-annual Strolling Thunder event to urge Congress to make the potential of every baby a national priority on the East lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. Paul Morigi / AP Images for Zero To Three

What We’re Reading

The Case for Gina Haspel: Critics argue that the Senate shouldn’t approve someone who oversaw the torture of terror suspects to lead the CIA. But she understands Russia. (David Ignatius, The Washington Post)

Welcome to the ‘Intellectual Dark Web’: Academic renegades and media personalities are building their own mass-media channels to bring up topics largely avoided in mainstream conversation, writes Bari Weiss. (The New York Times)

Something Doesn’t Add Up: What if a $1.6 million payout from a GOP official to a Playboy model in 2017 was made to cover up another Donald Trump affair? Paul Campos explains his theory. (New York)


‘Computers Are Basically Insecure’: This map shows how much of the country uses electronic voting systems—systems that could be vulnerable to cyberattacks heading into the November midterms. (Miles Parks, NPR)