The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Raise the (Debt) Roof

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After meeting with congressional leaders at the White House, President Trump cut a deal with Democrats to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling for three months, as part of an agreement to allocate money to Hurricane Harvey relief. Hours before, Speaker Paul Ryan had called the proposal to increase the debt limit “ridiculous.” Fifteen states, plus the District of Columbia, sued the Trump administration over the president’s decision to end DACA, an Obama-era program protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Arizona Senator John McCain expressed support for a new version of an Obamacare repeal bill sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, after voting against repeal in July. Hurricane Irma, the second-strongest hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean ever recorded, has hit the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and is heading toward the southeastern United States.

Today on The Atlantic

  • A Historic Mistake: By ending the DACA program, President Trump and the rest of the GOP are turning their backs on a fundamental American advantage—and the party will soon come to regret it. (James Fallows)

  • Action Bias: On Wednesday, President Trump bucked his own party to strike a deal with Democrats, showing that he’s more interested in reaching deals than in making good ones. (David A. Graham)

  • Will North Korea Give Up Its Weapons?: Former South African President F.W. de Klerk explains what motivated him to dismantle the country’s nuclear program. (Uri Friedman)

  • Murky…


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