The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: At Least It’s Friday

By Elaine Godfrey

Today in 5 Lines

The New York Times reported that President Trump told Russian officials James Comey’s dismissal eased “great pressure” on him, calling the former FBI director a “nut job.” The Washington Post reported that a senior White House adviser has been identified as a “significant person of interest” in the Russia investigation. Trump left for Saudi Arabia, the initial stop on his first overseas trip since becoming president. Trump reportedly wants to end key Obamacare subsidies, which could threaten the insurance markets and discourage insurers from participating next year. Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor.

Today on The Atlantic

  • A Legacy Topples: On Friday, the city of New Orleans removed a monument to the Confederate General Robert E. Lee, a figure whose role in preserving slavery and white supremacy was widely denied or glazed over after the Civil War. (Kevin M. Levin)

  • Say It Ain’t Joe: Former Senator Joe Lieberman is reported to be President Trump’s top pick for FBI director, but if Lieberman takes the position, “he will throw these decades of enlightened cultural conservatism in the trash.” (Peter Beinart)

  • Saudi Hospitality: During his trip to Saudi Arabia, President Trump will be reversing the tone and messaging of former President Obama, writes Andrew Exum.

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