The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Slow-Motion Train Rex

By Elaine Godfrey

Today in 5 Lines

The New York Times reported that the White House plans to force out Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace with him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. In a reversal, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on Representative John Conyers to resign amid sexual-harassment allegations. Senate Republicans unanimously approved a procedural motion to advance their tax bill, but several votes remain before the legislation’s final passage. A fifth woman accused Minnesota Senator Al Franken of groping her. And President Trump donated his third-quarter salary to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.


Today on The Atlantic

  • ‘The Phantom Czar’: President Trump has chosen White House counselor and former pollster Kellyanne Conway to be his “opioid czar.” But the Trump administration has no real plan to address the crisis, and there is no opioid office. (David Frum)

  • Islamophobia 2.0: President Trump’s tweets on Wednesday show that anti-Muslim bigotry no longer needs terrorism as a rationalization. (Peter Beinart)

  • An 11th-Hour Raid: Ronald Brownstein argues that the Republican tax plan benefits wealthy Baby Boomers most—and leaves the next generation of Americans with the bill.

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Note: In yesterday’s newsletter, we included an incorrect link for a Weekly Standard piece by Mark Hemingway. Here’s the right one.

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