The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Oh My Rod

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly suggested secretly recording President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (Andrew Harnik / AP)

Written by Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal)

Today in 5 Lines

  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested secretly recording President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office, according to a report in The New York Times. Rosenstein denied the story in a statement.

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee said they would push next week's hearing on Christine Blasey Ford's sexual-assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh to Wednesday. Chairman Chuck Grassley has given Ford until the end of the day to work out the terms of her committee appearance.

  • In a pair of tweets, President Trump questioned both the timing and substance of Christine Blasey Ford’s claims.

  • Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, who is challenging incumbent Texas Senator Ted Cruz, raised over $9 million online in August.

  • Trump will hold a rally in Springfield, Missouri, in support of Republican Josh Hawley, who is challenging Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Today on The Atlantic

  • Still Not Right: Advocates hailed a new bail algorithm as a necessary reform to a broken cash bail system. But civil-rights activists worry it’ll perpetuate discrimination. (Madeleine Carlisle)

  • No Surprise There: President Trump’s attempt to discredit Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, fits his usual pattern of responding to sexual-misconduct allegations. (David A. Graham)

  • Midterm Money: From Lin-Manuel Miranda to Jeff Bezos, here’s who’s spending money, and where, this election cycle. (Sarah Kleiner, Lateshia Beachum, Dave Levinthal, and Carrie Levine)

  • Give Someone Else a Chance: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should withdraw his nomination rather than be confirmed “with asterisks,” writes Benjamin Wittes.

  • Unlikely Clinics: A growing number of service workers are being trained to treat overdoses as opioid users turn to public bathrooms. (Lolade Fadulu)


Supporters of President Donald Trump cheer as he speaks during a campaign rally on Thursday night in Las Vegas. (Evan Vucci / AP)

What We’re Reading

‘I Was Not Consulted’: Newly-released emails show that the Pentagon was entirely unprepared for President Trump’s attempt to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. (Vera Bergengruen, BuzzFeed News)

Losing Everything: Kent Sorenson was a Tea Party hero, but then he went to prison. Here’s how incarceration changed him. (Tim Alberta, Politico)

The ACA Is A-OK: Republican incumbents facing tough reelection bids are lightening up on—and in some cases, completely abandoning—their opposition to Obamacare. (Gideon Resnick, The Daily Beast)

Women Are Angry: It’s not just the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. American women have a list of complaints with the system as-is, and they’re using democratic institutions to voice their fury. (Rebecca Traister, The Cut)


The Victims: See what we know about the victims of sexual assault in America. (Kathryn Casteel, Julia Wolfe, and Mai Nguyen, FiveThirtyEight)