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-Written by Lena Felton (@lenakfelton) and Taylor Hosking (@Taylor__Hosking) Today in 5 Lines Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, giving President Trump another slot to fill on the bench. The House rejected the GOP’s compromise immigration bill in a 121-301 vote. In a blow to labor unions, the Supreme Court ruled that public-sector workers who are represented by unions cannot be required to pay fees. The Justice Department said that a judge’s order to reunite families separated at the border within 30 days “makes it even more imperative that Congress” pass legislation “to give federal law enforcement the ability to simultaneously enforce the law and keep families together.” National-Security Adviser John Bolton confirmed that the White House has agreed on a time and a place for a summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and said that the subject of election interference is likely to come up at the meeting. Today on The Atlantic A Shocking Insurgent Victory in New York: Meet Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old Democratic Socialist who ran for New York’s 14th congressional district and beat Joe Crowley, one of the most powerful Democrats in the House, on Tuesday night. (The Washington Post) What Will America Look Like Without Anthony Kennedy? (Dylan Matthews, Vox) Against the Odds: The Black Women’s Congressional Alliance is trying to promote diverse voices in Congress, where minorities are underrepresented. (Reena Flores, Politico) After Charlottesville: James A. (American Greatness) Visualized Kennedy’s Voting Record: In his final term, Justice Anthony Kennedy sided with conservatives in close votes. Take a look at how he voted in major cases this session.
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 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?