The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Game of Sanctions

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Written by Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal) and Madeleine Carlisle (@maddiecarlisle2)

Today in 5 Lines

  • The Trump administration announced that the United States will reinstate sanctions on Iran that had previously been lifted under the Obama administration. Eight countries will receive temporary waivers allowing them to keep importing some oil from Iran. Following the announcement, Trump tweeted an image of himself overlaid with text saying, “Sanctions are Coming.”

  • A federal judge denied a Justice Department request to halt proceedings in a case accusing Trump of violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

  • In a reversal from his comments Thursday, Trump said that U.S. troops will not shoot at migrants heading to the southern border if they throw rocks.

  • The FBI confirmed that another suspicious package was sent to major Democratic donor Tom Steyer.

  • The U.S. economy added 250,000 jobs in October, and the unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent, a near 50-year low.

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Stamp, Out: You don’t need a stamp to mail in your absentee ballot. Why does everyone seem to think you do? (Susie Armitage, ProPublica)

An Endless War: Earlier this week, the Trump administration called for a ceasefire in Yemen’s civil war. It’s too little and much too late, argues Jonah Shepp. (New York)

The ‘Culture Wars’ Go Wide: Serious policy decisions are being dictated by “petty” partisan arguments, writes Michael Grunwald. Here's why that's a problem. (Politico)

A Voter’s Guide: Unsure of what you actually need when you show up to vote in your state? Emma Sarappo has you covered. (Pacific Standard)


Cheers to the Governor: This election cycle has a number of high-profile gubernatorial races. See which are likely to go Republican and which are likely to go Democratic. (FiveThirtyEight)