The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The Wray We Were

By Elaine Godfrey

Today in 5 Lines

During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on global threats facing the United States, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said he expects Russia will try to disrupt the upcoming midterm elections. FBI Director Chris Wray said President Trump has not “specifically directed” the intelligence community’s efforts to counter future Russian meddling. Wray also told lawmakers that the bureau provided the White House with information about former staff secretary Rob Porter twice last year, contradicting White House testimony that the process of looking into Porter’s background “hadn’t been completed.” Porter resigned last week amid allegations of verbal and physical abuse by two ex-wives. Israeli police recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust.


Today on The Atlantic

  • Policing the Police: The recent convictions of several Baltimore police officers show what it actually takes to hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct. (David A. Graham)

  • Big Ben: Israeli police say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be charged with bribery and fraud. He won’t give up power so easily. (Krishnadev Calamur)

  • So Much for That: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened debate on immigration just yesterday, but already, the discussion has been stalled by partisan bickering. (Russell Berman)

  • ‘We See a World That’s Getting Better’: In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Bill Gates discusses his optimism for the future and his concern over the Trump administration’s “America First” doctrine.

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Snapshot

Two men dress as Donald Trump during the Society de Sainte Anne parade, on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans. Gerald Herbert/ AP


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