The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Six More Weeks of Infrastructure

By Elaine Godfrey

Today in 5 Lines

The White House released a $4.4 trillion budget proposal that would boost defense spending and make cuts to the social safety net while envisioning huge budget deficits for years to come. Trump also unveiled his $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan to repair and rebuild roads, bridges, highways, and other infrastructure. The Senate is set to begin debate on immigration Monday evening. Vanessa Trump, the wife of Donald Trump Jr., was taken to the hospital as a precaution after she opened an envelope addressed to her husband that contained “an unidentified substance,” authorities said. The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were revealed at the National Portrait Gallery.


Today on The Atlantic

  • Lincoln’s Secret Visits: In the mid-1930s, the Federal Writers’ Project interviewed thousands of former slaves, some of whom claimed Abraham Lincoln had visited their plantations during the Civil War disguised as a beggar or peddler. (William R. Black)

  • Calling Spades: The problem with how the White House handled domestic-violence accusations against Staff Secretary Rob Porter wasn’t the disorganized response, but the inability to tell the truth. (David A. Graham)

  • ‘Contempt of Court’: Republican lawmakers are increasingly showing disdain for court rulings, argues Garrett Epps.

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Snapshot

Mail is collected across the street from 405 East 54th Street, New York City, where Donald Trump Jr.’s wife, Vanessa Trump, opened a letter containing white powder. Caitlin Ochs / Reuters


What We’re Reading

Trump’s Real Plan for 2018: The president will reportedly be looking for “unexpected cultural flashpoints” to stir up his base going into the midterm elections. (Mike Allen and Jonathan Swan, Axios)

A Big Reversal: For decades, eliminating the budget deficit has been a “North Star” for the GOP. …read more

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