The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Howdy, Pardoner

By Elaine Godfrey

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)

Today in 5 Lines

  • President Trump pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond, two ranchers in Oregon who were sentenced to prison for arson on public lands, and whose imprisonment inspired the 41-day occupation of a wildlife refuge in 2016.

  • Trump is reportedly preparing to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese products.

  • Dozens of children will be released from government custody and reunited with their parents after being separated at the U.S. border, according to the administration. On Monday, the Trump administration said they would only be able to reunite about half of the children under age 5 by Tuesday, the court-imposed deadline.

  • All 12 members of a boys’ soccer team and their coach have been rescued after spending 18 days trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand.

  • Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, began meeting with Senate leaders on Capitol Hill.


Today on The Atlantic

  • Breaking Precedent: Supreme Court nominees never discuss how they feel about specific court cases. But Democratic leaders believe President Trump’s pick has an obligation to share his personal views. (Russell Berman)

  • The Case That Broke America: Five years after the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder, it’s clear that an era of white hegemony has begun, writes Vann R. Newkirk II.

  • Staying Loyal: President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has earned him a wave of praise from establishment conservatives—a sign the party and its donors will remain loyal to Trump. (Elaina Plott)

  • Moment of Truth: At some point, American and South Korean leaders will have to decide whether the denuclearization of North Korea is really achievable. That time is coming soon. (Uri Friedman)


Snapshot

Vice President Mike Pence, right, speaks about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, center, as Senate Majority …read more

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