The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Havana Change of Heart

By Elaine Godfrey

Today in 5 Lines

President Trump announced renewed restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba, which had been eased under the previous administration. In a reversal of his campaign pledge, Trump will leave in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program shielding undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation. Trump appeared to criticize Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Twitter, calling the Russia investigation a “witch hunt.” Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile in 2016, was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter. The U.S. will reportedly send nearly 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan.


Today on The Atlantic

  • A Pointless Mistake: Ben Rhodes, a former deputy national-security adviser for Barack Obama, argues that President Trump’s decision to reverse U.S.-Cuba policy has put the two countries “back into the prison of the past.”

  • Gone Phishing: Recent media reports detailing extensive Russian hacking attempts illustrate how easily American election infrastructure can be compromised—and how difficult it can be to spot once it’s happened. (Vann R. Newkirk III)

  • Trump Betrays His Voters: The president decided not to reverse DACA, an Obama-era program he vowed to end during his campaign. David Frum translates: “If you voted for Trump because you believed him about immigration, you got played.”

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Snapshot

President Trump is seen on television as one person watches and others play chess, in Havana, Cuba. Reuters


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