The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Don’t Know What You Got (Till It’s Sean)

By Elaine Godfrey

Today in 5 Lines

  • During a court hearing in Manhattan, Fox News host Sean Hannity was revealed as a client of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Cohen’s attorneys are seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the government from reviewing documents seized in last week’s FBI raids on Cohen’s home, office, and hotel room.

  • President Trump reportedly halted a preliminary plan to impose additional sanctions on Russia, backpedaling an announcement from UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.

  • The Government Accountability Office concluded that the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal law when it spent more than $43,000 to install a private phone booth in Administrator Scott Pruitt’s office.

  • Seven prison inmates were killed during fights that broke out overnight at Lee Correctional Institution in Lee County, South Carolina.

  • Desiree Linden won the Boston Marathon, the first American woman to do so since 1985.


Today on The Atlantic

  • The View From Inside: Sunday’s ABC interview with former FBI Director James Comey captured the surrealism that has pervaded American politics for the last two years. (David A. Graham)

  • ‘Unfit to Command’: America will soon face larger military decisions than whether to strike Syria, and President Trump is in no state to make them, writes David Frum: “He seethes with rage and resentment for all the world to view—and those emotions are visibly distorting his decision-making.”

  • Combating the Opioid Epidemic: In 1995, France made a policy change that led to a reduction in heroin overdoses by 79 percent. The U.S. could, too. (Olga Khazan)

  • How Did Syria End Up Like This?: It all started with a little graffiti. (Andrew Tabler)


Snapshot

Stormy Daniels arrives at federal court in New York to attend a hearing where a federal judge is considering how to review materials that the FBI seized from President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer …read more

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