The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: ‘It’s a Very Painful Day in Our City’

By Elaine Godfrey

Today in 5 Lines

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said eight people have died and multiple have been injured after a truck plowed through a bike path in Manhattan in what he called “an act of terror.” President Trump dismissed George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents, as a “low level volunteer… who has already proven to be a liar.” Executives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google testified before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee, as part of its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. A spokesman for Speaker Paul Ryan said Republican leadership intends to pass tax reform before the end of the year. Texas Representative Jeb Hensarling said he won’t seek reelection in 2018.

Today on The Atlantic

  • A Repeat of 2007?: Even though the American middle class has mostly recovered from the recession, the country is ill-prepared for the next one. (Annie Lowrey)

  • ‘Not That George Papadopoulos’: A former foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump recently pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. But his critics on Twitter are attacking the wrong guy. (Julia Ioffe)

  • Broken System: Republicans are refusing to perform their check-and-balance function, argues James Fallows, leaving groups like military generals and members of the press to fill their role.

  • Happy Halloween From The Atlantic: Read why big candy bars aren’t as great as you thought, and how your favorite pumpkin dessert might not actually contain any pumpkin at all. Learn why humans should give crows more credit, and check out this collection of spooky images from All Hallow’s Eve around the world.

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