The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: It Goes Down in the DM

By Elaine Godfrey

Today in 5 Lines

President Trump nominated former pharmaceutical executive Alex Azar to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. Lawmakers continued to withdraw their endorsements of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in light of allegations that Moore pursued teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Moore to drop out of the race. And later in the day, an Alabama woman accused Moore of sexual assaulting her when she was 16. The White House said Trump “briefly” touched on human rights during a private meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila, but a spokesman for Duterte said human rights were not discussed.

Today on The Atlantic

  • ‘Strongly Suggest Your Dad Tweets This Link’: In private communications, WikiLeaks asked Donald Trump Jr. for his father’s tax returns, and urged the Trump campaign to challenge the election results. Read their secret correspondence here. (Julia Ioffe)

  • Making Things Right: Now that the American public has decided it will believe women’s accounts of sexual assault and workplace harassment, it’s time for Democrats to reckon with accusations against former President Bill Clinton. (Caitlin Flanagan)

  • The Case for the Estate Tax: Derek Thompson lays out the very bad arguments for ending the estate tax for good.

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