The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Zero Tolerance

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Rio Grande Valley Sector / AP

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)

Today in 5 Lines

  • During a meeting of the National Space Council, President Trump ordered the Pentagon to create a “space force,” which would be the sixth branch of the U.S. military.

  • Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy amid mounting pressure from Democrats and Republicans to stop the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump also chimed in, again blaming Democrats for the unfolding crisis.

  • The administration continued to receive pushback over its “zero tolerance” policy: A growing number of GOP lawmakers condemned the policy and called for legislation to address it. All 49 Democratic senators signed onto a bill prohibiting the separation of children from their families at the border, except in specific instances. California Senator Kamala Harris also went a step further—calling on Nielsen to resign.

  • During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz defended his review of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, saying there was no “documentary evidence” of political bias.

  • The Supreme Court avoided ruling on two major cases dealing with partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin and Maryland, allowing the current district maps to be used in November’s midterm elections.

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