The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: ‘No’ Problem

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Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey), Maddie Carlisle (@maddiecarlisle2), and Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal)

Today in 5 Lines

  • When asked by a reporter on Wednesday whether Russia was still targeting the U.S., President Trump answered, “no.” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later clarified Trump’s response, saying the “no” was in reference to answering reporters’ questions.

  • A federal judge ordered Maria Butina, an alleged Russian spy, to be held in jail until her trial. Federal prosecutors argued that Butina is a flight risk because of her connection to the Russian government.

  • During remarks at a Cabinet meeting, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said a denuclearization deal with North Korea “may take some time,” but that sanctions would continue being enforced.

  • House Republicans approved a symbolic measure praising Immigration and Customs Enforcement, after several progressive Democrats introduced legislation to abolish the agency.

  • The House voted to go to conference with the Senate on the 2018 farm bill.

Today on The Atlantic

  • The Russians Are Coming: President Trump appeared to suggest on Wednesday that Russia has stopped targeting the United States. He’s wrong, writes Amy Zegart: “We are at war. But only the…

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