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President Trump responded to an attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt, saying in a statement, “The bloodletting of Christians must end, and all who aid their killers must be punished.” Trump’s views on climate change are “evolving” after meeting with European leaders during the G7 summit in Italy, according to a top aide. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered the commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesley College. Speaking at a conference on Wednesday, former House Speaker John Boehner said Trump’s presidency has been “a complete disaster.” Republican Greg Gianforte won the special election for Montana’s open House seat, the same day he was charged for allegedly assaulting a reporter.

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‘Losing Planned Parenthood’: The organization is closing one-third of its clinics in Iowa, offering a preview of what might happen nationally if Republicans succeed in defunding it. (Elaine Godfrey)

A Day to Remember: David Frum explains how four events that happened on May 25 define the Trump era.

AHCA and the Opioid Crisis: In its current form, the Republican health-care bill would worsen America’s opioid epidemic by “diminishing both the prevention and the crisis-response functions of public health.” (Vann R. Newkirk II)

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The Lesser Part of Valor

You wouldn’t say that Preston Brooks sucker-punched Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber in 1856—but only because he used a cane. Brooks, a South Carolina congressman, began bludgeoning Sumner, the anti-slavery Massachusetts Senator, while Sumner wasn’t looking, and beat him unconscious as Sumner was still bent under his desk trying to stand up.

Brooks and his supporters in the South saw the incident as an act of great valor, as the historian Manisha Shinha writes. Brooks bragged that “for the first five or six licks he offered to make fight but I plied him so rapidly that he did not touch me. Towards the last he bellowed like a calf.” The pro-slavery Richmond Enquirer wrote that it considered the act “good in conception, better in execution, and best of all in consequence.” Other “southern defenders of Brooks,” Sinha writes, praised Brooks for his “manly spirit” and mocked Sumner for his “unmanly submission.” It would have been manlier for the unarmed Sumner not to have been ambushed.

The impetus for Brooks’s attack on Sumner was that Sumner had mocked Brooks’s second cousin, South Carolina Senator Andrew Butler, for his support of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The law put the question of slavery in the territories to a popular vote, exacerbating the tensions between North and South that would eventually lead to the Civil War. Sumner gave a speech accusing Butler of having chosen “the harlot, slavery,” as his “mistress.” Brooks’s defense of Southern honor was to ambush an unarmed man reaching under his desk. As Sinha writes, Brooks later said that attacking Sumner with a cane, rather than challenging him to a duel, was an attempt to humiliate Sumner for his abolitionism by treating him like a slave. Brooks was re-elected after resigning in protest of being fined for …read more

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Q of the Week: What Was Your Favorite Moment From a Presidential Trip?

A photo of President Trump, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi placing their hands on a glowing orb went viral this week, drawing comparisons online with comic-book villains and the Palantír from The Lord of the Rings. So we asked our Politics & Policy Daily readers to share the most memorable moments from trips taken by past presidents. Here’s what they said:

Several of you pointed to the infamous dinner when President George H. W. Bush vomited on the lap of Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, and then fainted. Reader Anna Bucciarelli felt for him: “I remember it so well and felt such empathy with the president. It had to have been the most embarrassing moment of his entire life.”

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