The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Gee, 8?

G7 was a tale of two summits: one Trump wanted to will into existence (talk of readmitting Russia, support for a U.S.-China trade war), and one that actually happened.

President Trump raises a finger while French president Emanuel Macron points to a reporter in the distance.
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What We’re Following Today

It’s Monday, August 26. Here’s what we’re watching.


A Tale of Two Summits: As the G7 summit in France wrapped up today, President Donald Trump said he’d be open to meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, said he’s optimistic about China reaching a trade deal with the United States, and skipped the meeting to talk climate change. Throughout the summit, Trump made grandiose—but unsupported—assertions about his support among world leaders, Peter Nicholas reports: He at points commented he’d heard others support his trade war with China, and that they think readmitting Russia to the group is a good idea.

Warren’s Weekend of Wow: Democratic-establishment types were singing Elizabeth Warren’s praises during the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting in San Francisco over the weekend, Edward-Isaac Dovere reports. Warren’s popularity there seemed to confirm a central thrust of her campaign: being the insider’s outsider who could garner support from a spectrum of Democratic voters, from Hillary Clinton voters to Bernie Sanders supporters. How has she managed to do it?

+ Warren’s apparent appeal to both establishment Democrats and progressives to the left flies in the face of oft-cited “electability” arguments, Moira Donegan argues.

The Spy Who Added Me on LinkedIn: Global trade tensions have taken center stage as the Trump administration engages in an ongoing tariff-off with China. But a different war is unfolding in the shadows between the two world powers, U.S. intelligence officials tell Mike Giglio: Chinese spies are targeting American companies, federal agencies, and even veteran spies with ever more aggressive tactics, flipping former American intelligence operatives and stealing trade secrets from American businesses.


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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is presented with an honorary doctoral degree at the University of Buffalo School of Law in New York.

Ideas From The Atlantic

The Next Recession Will Destroy Millennials (Annie Lowrey)
“Millennials got bodied in the downturn, have struggled in the recovery, and are now left more vulnerable than other, older age cohorts. As they pitch toward middle age, they are failing to make it to the middle class, and are likely to be the first generation in modern economic history to end up worse off than their parents.” → Read on.

Trump Wants to Nuke His Way Out of Big Problems (David A. Graham)
“Although it’s only public now, Trump floated the idea of nuking hurricanes back in 2017, and he’s been calling for the wall and tariffs since 2015.” → Read on.

When Kamala Was a Top Cop (Conor Friedersdorf)
“Like her rivals, the [criminal-justice] reforms that Harris would sign into law as president would depend mostly on what Democrats in Congress could get to her desk. Far more important is how she would preside over a federal legal system and bureaucracy that is prone to frequent abuses. ” → Read on.

What Else We’re Reading

Investigative reporting started #MeToo. We’re now asking it to do too much. (Dahlia Lithwick, Slate)

Is America ready for its fourth Senator Kennedy? (Tina Nguyen, Vanity Fair)

Inside Susan Collins’ reelection fight in the age of Trump (Burgess Everett, Politico)

Bernie Sanders on his plan for journalism (Bernie Sanders, Columbia Journalism Review)

About us: This newsletter is a daily effort from The Atlantic’s politics writer Elaine Godfrey, with help from Christian Paz. It was edited by Shan Wang.

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