The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Thou Shalt Not Block

By Taylor Hosking

-Written by Lena Felton (@lenakfelton) and Taylor Hosking (@Taylor__Hosking)

Today in 5 Lines

  • A federal judge ruled that it’s unconstitutional for President Trump to block people from his Twitter account.

  • After more than a year-long delay, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner received a permanent White House security clearance.

  • NFL owners unanimously approved new rules that will require players on the field to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room.

  • Prominent Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson was removed from his post as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary amid backlash over past remarks he made about women and domestic abuse.

  • Six families of victims killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, along with an FBI agent who responded to the scene, filed a defamation lawsuit against talk-radio personality Alex Jones, who’s claimed the shooting was a hoax.

Today on The Atlantic

  • Can a Sitting President Be Indicted?: Garrett Epps asked several scholars—and they all had different opinions.

  • How Georgia Could Swing Blue: Stacey Abrams’s winning strategy in the state’s Democratic governor’s race relied on energizing minority voters. The migration of black people back to the South, to cities like Atlanta, could help her become the <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" …read more

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Collusion Happened

By David A. Graham

Trump aides colluded with foreign governments.

This is a simple, straightforward statement, and by this point, it ought to be an uncontroversial one. There’s ample evidence on many fronts, from legal documents to reliable reporting. This doesn’t mean that a crime was committed, because, as Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others have pointed out, collusion is not a crime per se. But it does mean that attempts to dismiss the Russia investigation as a witch hunt that lacks any evidence are not merely disingenuous—they’re simply wrong.

What do we mean by collusion? As the Columbia Journalism Review explored last year, there are a range of meanings, but a clean synthesis would be a secret compact or conspiracy with an illegal or deceitful aim. The examples of such cooperation, between Trump aides and agents of foreign governments, abound. So far, three people have pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about it. The unresolved question, at this stage of the investigation, is not whether such cooperation was attempted; it’s how successful it proved, how large an impact it actually had, who was involved, and whether they broke any laws.

There is, most prominently, the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, where Donald Trump …read more

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Breitbart‘s Raheem Kassam Is Out

By Rosie Gray

Updated on May 23 at 2:23 p.m. ET

Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam has left the company, a source with direct knowledge of his departure told The Atlantic, marking the exit of one of the most visible legacies of the company’s former chairman Steve Bannon within the organization.

Kassam was one of the last staunch allies of Bannon still working there. The former White House chief strategist had parted ways with the site in January after falling out with President Trump over disparaging comments he made to journalist Michael Wolff about the president’s family and campaign.

Bannon brought Kassam to Breitbart in 2014, hiring him to run the site’s London bureau. Kassam is closely associated with the anti-European Union, anti-immigration United Kingdom Independence Party and the pro-Brexit movement. He was also once a top aide to former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, and in 2016 launched a failed bid to lead UKIP himself.

Kassam declined to comment on his departure on the record beyond praising his replacement, Oliver Lane, who had been working as his deputy. “That role, editor in chief [of Breitbart London], was effectively managing editor, executive editor, and editor in chief rolled into one,” Kassam said, …read more

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The Undemocratic Spread of Big Brother

By Conor Friedersdorf Earlier this week, the ACLU led a coalition of two dozen civil-rights organizations in a new protest mounted in defense of an old proposition: that “people should be free to walk down the street without being watched by the government.” Facial-recognition technology threatens that proposition. Amazon is marketing a facial recognition product […]

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The Democratic Fight Over Prison Reform

By Russell Berman Many Democrats believed that a years-long bipartisan push to overhaul the federal criminal-justice system died with the election of Donald Trump. The president had proudly anointed himself the “law-and-order candidate” in 2016 and appointed as his attorney general Jeff Sessions, the Senate’s leading conservative critic of reducing mandatory-minimum sentences, improving federal prison […]

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The GOP’s ‘Unbelievably Absurd’ Response to Santa Fe

By Elaina Plott In the wake of mass shootings in America, Republicans and Democrats migrate to their respective marks as though urged on by a stage director. They read from their respective scripts, Democrats amping up their calls for gun control and Republicans stressing the need for more effective mental healthcare. Friday’s mass shooting in […]

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Reverse Migration Might Turn Georgia Blue

By Alana Semuels ATLANTA—Adrienne White remembers the first time she visited Atlanta as a junior in college. White, who is black, walked into a grocery store in an affluent neighborhood while she was staying with her uncle, and by the time she walked out, she hadn’t seen one white person. “I was shocked,” White told […]

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No One Knows If a President Can Be Indicted

By Garrett Epps Can the president be indicted while in office? Rudolph Giuliani, at this writing one of President Trump’s lawyers, apparently wants the public to believe that there is a clear answer to that question—the one that by coincidence favors his client. The one thing I am sure of is that there’s no clear […]

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Trump Almost Always Folds

By David A. Graham President Trump’s May 8 announcement that he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal should not have come as a surprise. He’d spent years railing against the plan—“the worst deal ever,” he dubbed it—and had promised to rip it up. And yet up to the moment when the president made the […]

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: A Tale of Two Staceys

By Elaine Godfrey -Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) Today in 5 Lines In a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae In, President Trump suggested that his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be delayed: “There’s a very substantial chance that it won’t work out,” he told reporters. The Treasury Department […]

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John McCain’s Greatest Fear

By Jeffrey Goldberg Let me stipulate at the outset that I am like many journalists in my fondness for Senator John McCain; let me also stipulate that this fondness derives in part from happy memories trailing McCain through Hungary and Germany and Ohio and the Middle East; and I will further note that this fondness […]


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