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In a statement, Trump called the ruling a “profound vindication.” In a win for the pro-life movement, the Court also struck down a California law that requires crisis-pregnancy centers to provide information about state-sponsored abortion services. Trump threatened that Harley-Davidson will be “taxed like never before” following the company’s announcement that it will move some of its operations outside the U.S. to avoid European tariffs. House Republican leaders plan to file a narrow legislation Tuesday night that addresses the family-separation crisis. The White House is reportedly preparing for a potential July 15 meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. The Races We’re Watching Voters in Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, and Utah will select nominees in their primary elections. In Maryland, six candidates in the Democratic gubernatorial primary are angling to unseat Larry Hogan, the popular Republican governor. If he wins, Ben Jealous, the former NAACP chief and a veteran of Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign, could go on to become the state’s first black governor. Today on The Atlantic Nine Days of Agony: A Honduran father detained in Texas spent more than a week trying to locate his 7-year-old son. “Don’t think I abandoned you,” he wrote in a letter to his son. (Jeremy Raff) A New Dawn: The post-Millennial generation has shown a willingness to break with their parents’ party in favor of more progressive policies—which could change the political landscape as soon as November.
The Senate Judiciary Committee released nearly 2,000 pages of testimony and exhibits related to a 2016 meeting between Trump aides and a Kremlin-connected lawyer. During his testimony before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has been under scrutiny for his conduct and spending, admitted to some of the accusations against him while denying he was wholly to blame. Michigan State University reached a $500 million settlement with 332 victims of Larry Nassar, the former Olympic doctor convicted of sexually abusing young female athletes. The Senate Intelligence Committee voted to advance the nomination of Gina Haspel, Trump’s pick to be CIA director. Today on The Atlantic The 9.9 Percent: “The meritocratic class has mastered the old trick of consolidating wealth and passing privilege along at the expense of other people’s children,” writes Matthew Stewart in this month’s cover story. Lingering Mysteries: It’s been a year since Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to lead the investigation into Russia’s election interference. (Natasha Bertrand) The Great Immigration Bargain: Reihan Salam argues that it’s possible for President Trump to implement the restrictionist immigration agenda he wants—he just has to accept that a sweeping amnesty is the only way to make it happen. (Nick Corasaniti, The New York Times) How House Republicans Are Trying to Win the Midterms: They’re bombarding voters who are less likely to support traditional GOP candidates with Trump-specific digital advertising. (David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner) ‘They’ve Had a Whole Year’: The special counsel’s probe isn’t likely to wrap up any time soon, but that’s not stopping Trump’s team from pressuring Robert Mueller to do so. (Darren Samuelsohn, Politico) A Historic Win: On Tuesday, Paulette Jordan won the Democratic nomination in Idaho’s governor’s race, bringing her one step closer to becoming the nation’s first Native American governor.
-Written by Taylor Hosking (@Taylor__Hosking), Lena Felton (@lenakfelton), and Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) Today in 5 Lines Virginia Senator Mark Warner announced his support for President Trump’s pick for CIA director, Gina Haspel, after she sent him a letter clarifying that, in hindsight, the agency’s “enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken.” Haspel now likely has enough votes to be confirmed for the position. The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the recent violence in Gaza. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said she believes Israel exercised “restraint” in Monday’s clashes with protesters, adding that the unrest was not caused by the relocation of the U.S. embassy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lifted a hiring freeze put in place by his predecessor at the State Department, Rex Tillerson, allowing it to fill various key positions. The Trump administration is reportedly considering using military bases to house migrant children. The Obama administration also used bases to shelter children during the 2014 child-migrant crisis. The Races We’re Watching Voters in Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, and Pennsylvania will select nominees for House, Senate, and gubernatorial races in their states’ primary elections. We’ll be monitoring several races in Pennsylvania, where the state Supreme Court replaced a Republican gerrymander with a new congressional map that is much more favorable to Democrats. Drip, Drip, Drip: Bill Clinton was able to slow the flow of leaks coming out of his White House in his second year in office, but those methods won’t necessarily work for Trump. (David A. Graham).
-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey), Taylor Hosking (@Taylor__Hosking), and Lena Felton (@lenakfelton) Today in 5 Lines President Trump outlined a plan to lower prescription-drug prices by cutting out the middleman and encouraging market competition, but opted not to change rules restricting the federal government from negotiating drug prices directly with drug manufacturers. In a memo to employees, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that hiring Michael Cohen as a political consultant “was a serious misjudgment.” The company hired Cohen on a one-year contract for $50,000 per month in early 2017. In a wide-ranging interview with NPR, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly offered his thoughts on a number of the administration’s policy decisions, and said he has a close relationship with Trump. A 14-year-old male is in custody after he allegedly shot another student in the arm at Highland High School in Palmdale, California, said the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. White House official Kelly Sadler apologized to Meghan McCain, Senator John McCain’s daughter, after reports that she mocked the senator’s brain-cancer diagnosis. Today on The Atlantic The Bitter Truth: Conor Friedersdorf argues that President Trump is betraying one of his key campaign promises: He’s not draining the swamp; he’s only enriching it. A Promise Democrats Don’t Know How to Keep: Progressives want to create a jobs guarantee—but they’re facing “a trillion-dollar logistical puzzle, wrapped in a politically fraught stimulus effort, inside an experimental economic enigma,” writes Annie Lowrey. The Art of the Small Lie: How does President Trump keep getting away with lies? He simply keeps insisting that what he says is true. (David A. Graham) Assessing a New Threat: The escalation of hostilities between Iran and Israel has many on both sides of the conflict wondering: Is there war ahead?