The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The NRA Breaks Its Silence

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Top congressional Republicans said they were open to reviewing rules on bump stocks, which investigators said were used by the Las Vegas gunman. Shortly after, in a rare move, the National Rifle Association backed “additional regulations” on the devices. The Justice Department issued a memo reversing an Obama-era policy banning transgender discrimination in the workplace. The House approved its 2018 budget resolution, the first step on the way to passing tax reform. President Trump reportedly plans to “decertify” the Iran Deal next week.

Today on The Atlantic

  • Mind the Gap: A report from the Pew Research Center found that the divide between Republicans and Democrats widened significantly during Donald Trump’s first year as president. (Clare Foran)

  • Fake News: President Trump’s suggestion that the Senate Intelligence Committee investigate news outlets demonstrates his interest in censoring the press. (David A. Graham)

  • The Power of Prayer: Often in the aftermath of mass shootings and other disasters, Americans offer “thoughts and prayers” to the victims. But do they help? (Ben Rowen)

  • ‘Death at Penn State’: In our November issue, Caitlin Flanagan tells the story of Penn State student Tim Piazza, a young fraternity pledge who fell victim to America’s college hazing culture.

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A woman writes a message on a sign at a makeshift memorial in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard following the mass shooting in the city. Chris Wattie / Reuters

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