The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Priceless

By Elaine Godfrey

Today in 5 Lines

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned, after it was reported that he spent more than $1 million in taxpayer money on private and military flights; President Trump plans to designate Don J. Wright, a deputy assistant secretary, to serve as acting secretary. During an address to the National Association of Manufacturers, Trump praised the GOP’s new tax plan as “a giant, beautiful, massive” tax cut. He also defended his administration against criticism that officials didn’t act quickly enough to send aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, and pledged that “we will not rest … until the people of Puerto Rico are safe.” The State Department ordered over half of its embassy personnel in Havana to leave the island, citing “specific attacks” that sickened at least 21 U.S. diplomats. The White House announced that Trump will make his first official trip to Asia during the first two weeks of November.

Today on The Atlantic

  • ‘Great Job!’: Lacking electricity, potable water, and access to banks, Puerto Ricans are still suffering more than a week after Hurricane Maria struck the island. So why does President Trump keep insisting that his administration’s response was a success? (David A. Graham)  

  • Permanently Linked: The controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem has some fans lamenting the introduction of politics into sports. But football has always been a battleground in America’s culture wars. (Vann R. Newkirk II)

  • Roy Moore? Really?: The Alabama Senate candidate is a “bit of a loon,” writes Michelle Cottle. And the former judge has made it clear that he won’t let facts—or the law—stand in his way.

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