The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: A Shooting in Annapolis

At least five people were killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire in the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, local authorities said. A suspect is in custody.

The 888 Bestgate Road building is seen after police received reports of multiple people being shot at The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. (Jose Luis Magana / AP)

Today in 5 Lines

Today on The Atlantic

  • What Kennedy’s Retirement Means for Abortion: Now that Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement, pro-life advocates see an opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade. Here’s how they plan to act on it. (Emma Green)

  • Abandoning Justice: The moderates calling for civility in political discourse are missing one key truism, argues Ibram X. Kendi: “What makes someone like Trump is not whether someone is engaging in political confrontation and harassment, but who and what someone is politically confronting and harassing.”

  • Where Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Diverge: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are both self-avowed democratic socialists. But when it comes to immigration, they aren’t on the same page. (Reihan Salam)

  • The Supreme Court Aligns With Trump: The Supreme Court’s recent decisions on voting rights, redistricting, and the travel ban show that it is unlikely to dissent from a “Trump-era GOP agenda,” writes Ronald Brownstein.


Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth brings her daughter Maile Pearl Bowlsbey to cheer on demonstrators opposing the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

What We’re Reading

Alone In Court: Immigrant children, some as young as 3 years old, are reportedly going to court for their own deportation hearings in Texas, California, and Washington, DC. (Christina Jewett and Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News)

A Growing Divide: By next year, there likely won’t be a single Republican in the House who supports abortion rights. Here’s what that means. (Jennifer Haberkorn and Didi Martinez, Politico)

A Bad Time to Be a White Male Candidate: One clear takeaway from the Democratic primary elections of 2018 so far: “You don’t want to run against a Democratic woman this year.” (Michael Scherer and David Weigel, The Washington Post)

‘Best of Luck, Comrades’: Many have taken Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s win in New York as a sign that democratic socialism is gaining prominence on the left. They might be misinterpreting the moment. (Robby Soave, Reason)


Why #MeToo Mattered: Twenty women and men explain how sharing their personal experiences with sexual harassment and assault changed their lives. (The New York Times)