The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Cohen Cohen Gone

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-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)

Today in 5 Lines

  • Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, signaled that he’s willing to cooperate with the special counsel, telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he plans to “put family and country first.”

  • Trump said he’s interviewed four candidates to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and plans to meet with at least two more.

  • Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced that the disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a third woman in 2006.

  • The FBI arrested a man for allegedly plotting a terror attack on a Fourth of July parade in Cleveland.

  • The White House announced that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will leave for North Korea on July 5 to continue talks about denuclearization.

Today on The Atlantic

  • ‘His Brother’s Keeper’: As the chief spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department, it’s T.J. Smith’s job to announce each new homicide. On a summer day in 2017, he informed the city about homicide victim 173: his younger brother.* (Luke Mullins)

  • ‘I Am Not a Villain of This Story’: In an interview with ABC, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said he plans to “put family and country first.” Will he turn on Trump? (David A. Graham)

  • A Court Without Kennedy: There’s still a great deal of uncertainty about what the future of abortion rights will look like, writes Mary Ziegler.

  • Populism South of the Border: Mexico’s new president-elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has promised to take the country in a new direction. It can go one of two ways. (Krishnadev Calamur)

Recommended Reading


New York State Police block the entrance of Welch Road in Erwin, New York, as they investigate the scene of a killing near SUNY Corning Community College. Trooper Clark was shot and killed early Monday while responding to call about a suicidal and possibly armed man barricaded in his home near the Pennsylvania border. Heather Ainsworth / AP

What We’re Reading

Life in Denmark’s ‘Ghettos’: The Danish government is introducing new laws to regulate the country’s low-income immigrant neighborhoods. One proposal: require children to attend courses in “Danish values,” including the traditions of Christmas and Easter, and Danish language. (Ellen Barry and Martin Selsoe Sorensen, The New York Times)

An ‘Unfortunate Consequence’: Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s administration cut dental and vision coverage for 460,000 Kentuckians, after a federal judge ruled against Bevin’s plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program. (Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press)

Welcome to Cairo: Here’s how the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back several fair-housing rules are directly affecting the residents of a small town in Illinois. (Tim Murphy, Mother Jones)

Picture Perfect: First lady Melania Trump reportedly earned at least $100,000 from a deal with Getty Images, which paid royalties to the Trumps and required the photos be used in “positive stories only.” (Andrew W. Lehren, Emily R. Siegel, and Merritt Enright, NBC News)

Days of Rage: Angry demands from Democrats to abolish ICE and obstruct President Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee reveal one thing, argues Roger Kimball: The left “is slipping into terminal irrelevance.” (American Greatness)


Unchallenged: Representative Joe Crowley of New York, a 10-term incumbent, was the first House Democrat to lose a primary this year. Here are the 19 other House incumbents who haven’t had a primary challenger in at least a decade. (Troy Griggs and Adam Pearce, The New York Times)

* An earlier version of this newsletter misstated when T.J. Smith informed the city of his brother’s death. We regret the error.