The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: ‘It Is a Horrible Day For Us’

Family members embrace after a student walked out from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday in Parkland, Florida.

Today in 5 Lines

Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie said there are “numerous fatalities” after a gunman opened fired at a high school in Parkland, Florida, adding “It is a horrible day for us.” President Trump spoke with Florida Governor Rick Scott about the shooting and offered condolences to the families of the victims. Trump addressed former Staff Secretary Rob Porter’s domestic-violence accusations, telling reporters he’s “totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind.” Republican Representative Trey Gowdy said his House Oversight Committee is investigating the White House’s handling of Porter’s employment. Senate moderates are expected to unveil a bipartisan proposal on immigration Wednesday evening.

Today on The Atlantic

  • Inside Peak: A network analysis of previous administrations shows that Donald Trump’s inner circle of close advisors surprisingly resembles Bill Clinton’s more than Richard Nixon’s. (Niall Ferguson and Manny Rincon-Cruz)

  • ‘Deep Breaths and Calmer Second Thoughts’: The incensed reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s comments about Anglo-American legal heritage is “merely absurd” and threatens to inspire counter-radicalization. (David Frum)

  • Inching Toward the Senate Seat: North Dakota Representative Kevin Cramer received an offer from Oklahoma oil tycoon Harold Hamm to be his finance chair—the clearest sign yet that Cramer may launch a campaign to unseat Senator Heidi Heitkamp. (Elaina Plott)

  • Economy, Exhaustion, and Equilibrium: President Trump’s poll numbers seem to be improving. Here are three reasons why. (David A. Graham)

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