The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Madame Director

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)

Today in 5 Lines

  • On the first anniversary of the special counsel’s Russia probe, President Trump reiterated his claim that there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russians.

  • Trump told reporters that he was referring to MS-13 gang members when he called some undocumented immigrants “animals” on Wednesday.

  • The Senate confirmed Gina Haspel as CIA director. She’ll be the first woman to lead the agency.

  • Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted again, sending a plume of ash 30,000 feet into the sky. The explosion comes after two weeks of volcanic activity that has destroyed at least 26 homes on the Big Island.

  • Authorities said one teacher and one student were killed, and more than 40 others were injured, in a school-bus crash in New Jersey.

Today on The Atlantic

  • DIY Education: Some black parents are turning to homeschooling to protect their kids from the systemic racism embedded in America’s public education system. (Melinda D. Anderson)

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