The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: A Crack in the Trump Foundation

A new lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general alleges that the Donald J. Trump Foundation and its board of directors engaged in a years-long pattern of illegal behavior.

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Written by Lena Felton (@lenakfelton) and Taylor Hosking (@Taylor__Hosking)

Today in 5 Lines

  • A new lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general alleges that the Donald J. Trump Foundation and its board of directors, including the president and his three eldest children, engaged in a years-long pattern of illegal behavior. Trump responded to the suit on Twitter, saying he wouldn’t settle the case.

  • A highly-anticipated report by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog found no political bias in the Hillary Clinton email probe, but concluded that former FBI Director James Comey and other agency employees violated Justice Department rules and protocols in their handling of the investigation.

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan said he opposed separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, but blamed a court ruling, not the administration, for the separations.

  • A video released by North Korea’s state media shows Trump saluting a North Korean general, a stunning display of respect by an American president to an officer of a hostile regime.

  • A year after a gunman opened fire on a GOP congressional baseball practice and shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the Republican team—including Scalise—will face the Democrats in the annual charity game at 7 p.m. ET.

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What We’re Reading

Did Comey Cost Clinton the Election?: The evidence from the polls is inconclusive, which is why we may never know. (Nate Cohn, The New York Times)

How to Respond to a Shooting: With mass shootings on the rise in the United States, some members of Congress are providing bystander trainings to staffers. (Lissandra Villa, BuzzFeed)

The Votes Are In: London Breed is San Francisco’s first woman of color to be elected mayor. But she stands out among her counterparts in America’s other largest cities, too: They’re all men. (Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle)

Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be: Trump sent up to 4,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in April to bolster security, but most of those troops are reportedly doing “busywork like clearing vegetation, shoveling manure, and making repairs. (Bryan Bender, Politico)


Inside the Biggest Youth Immigrant Housing Center: A former Walmart store near the U.S.-Mexico border now houses nearly 1,500 immigrant children. Life inside was a mystery to the public, until now. (Michael E. Miller, Emma Brown, and Aaron C. Davis, The Washington Post)