The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Donations, He Wrote

By Elaine Godfrey

Today in 5 Lines

Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Sara Armstrong is leaving her post for a job at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Rescuers have begun a block-by-block search for survivors throughout the Houston area, where 31 people have been confirmed dead since the weekend. The State Department ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco and downsize its presence in Washington, D.C., and New York City. President Trump’s lawyers have reportedly met with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and “submitted memos arguing that the president didn’t obstruct justice by firing former FBI chief James Comey.” Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has resigned.

Today on The Atlantic

  • A Pollster’s Lament: Kristen Soltis Anderson, a young Republican pollster, says she’s become disillusioned by the GOP’s support of President Trump and worries for the future of the party: “I cannot think of a worse possible direction we could be going,” she said. (Ronald Brownstein)

  • Drawing Distinctions: Distinguishing between white supremacists, Black Lives Matter, and Antifa requires considering each group’s means and ends. (Conor Friedersdorf)

  • Forcing Trump’s Hand: President Trump is reportedly poised to end DACA, the Obama-era program shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation. “If he does,” writes Molly Ball, “he will have effectively been boxed in by immigration restrictionists—potentially against his own better political judgment.”

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