‣ President Donald Trump stormed out of an infrastructure meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer today, after Pelosi accused him of a “cover-up” related to the administration’s stonewalling of congressional investigations. (“I don’t do cover-ups,” the president said to reporters after the meeting.)
Who’s Afraid of Impeachment?: In the past 48 hours, a slew of Democrats, most notably moderate members of the rank and file, have publicly announced their support for—or at least their openness to—launching a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The shift suggests that the Democrats are getting tired of the party’s current investigative strategy.
A Life Outside: The “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh, the first American tried in the post-9/11 War on Terror, is leaving prison after 17 years. More than 60 other U.S. citizens convicted of terrorism-related offenses will be released over the next half decade, according to one study. It’s not clear whether the country is prepared to deal with any of them.
Trump Should Be Thanking Him: The president has turned on his former lawyer, Don McGahn, in recent weeks. But instead of being angry, reports Peter Nicholas, he should be grateful: “McGahn’s service may have been more valuable to Trump than he realizes—it could even wind up prolonging his presidency.”
President Trump holds up a stat sheet related to the Mueller report as he speaks in the Rose Garden on Wednesday. (Andrew Harnik / AP)
Ideas From The Atlantic
Trump Was Right Not to Sign the Christchurch Call(Graeme Wood)
“The [pledge] was written with deliberate, strategic vagueness, so that an expression like freedom of expression can be taken to mean whatever a signatory wishes it to mean. But that vagueness poses risks, and if there is any chance that signing on would make the U.S. seem to endorse a French or Kiwi version of free expression, we should stay away.” → Read on.
There’s More to College Than Getting Into College(David Coleman)
“According to a 2014 study by Gallup and Purdue University, only 3 percent of students have the kind of transformative experience in college that fosters personal success and happiness. Three percent. Even as the pressure of college admissions haunts students throughout their adolescence, whispering premature anxiety into questions of what to learn and how to spend time, the admissions process as we know it often misses the heart of the matter: What kind of education is really worth investing in?” → Read on.