The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: UNESGO

By Elaine Godfrey

Today in 5 Lines

President Trump signed an executive order expanding the use of certain types of health plans, which could undermine Obamacare. Trump implied on Twitter that he may pull back on federal aid to Puerto Rico. The State Department announced that the U.S. will withdraw from UNESCO, the UN cultural organization, citing “anti-Israel bias.” An American woman and her family were freed, after being held in captivity for five years by a Taliban-connected group in Pakistan. The death toll from the wildfires raging in Northern California rose to 26.

Today on The Atlantic

  • Why Have People Stopped Moving?: A new report shows that while highly skilled workers can relocate to cities for better-paying jobs, low-income workers simply can’t afford the housing costs. (Alana Semuels)

  • In With the New: The Democratic Party has a major problem going into 2018: Its growing young and diverse voter base is not reflected in its leadership. (Ronald Brownstein)

  • Girls Allowed: After over a century of distinguishing themselves from the Girl Scouts, why do the Boy Scouts now want to include girls? (Taylor Hosking)

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President Trump introduces his Secretary of Homeland Security nominee Kirstjen Nielsen in the East Room of the White House. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

What We’re Reading

The Unofficial Count: The official death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico is 45 people. But reports on the ground show that there could be hundreds more. (Eliza Barclay and Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox)

Everything Is Fine: During a White House press briefing, Chief of Staff John Kelly refuted reports that tensions are growing between himself and the president: “Unless things change, I’m not quitting, I’m not getting fired, and I don’t think they’ll fire anyone tomorrow,” he said. …read more

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