The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Everybody Take Five

Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey), Madeleine Carlisle (@maddiecarlisle2), and Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal)

Today in 5 Lines

President Donald Trump said the U.S. is asking Turkey for the audio recordings they claim to have, relating to the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss Khashoggi’s disappearance.

A federal court in New York charged a senior Treasury Department employee with leaking to a reporter confidential government documents related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

To combat the growing federal deficit, Trump said he would ask each of his Cabinet secretaries to cut five percent from their budget proposals next year.

Democrats from multiple House committees said that their recent briefing from the Department of Homeland Security did not support Trump’s claims that Chinese interference in U.S. elections was greater than Russian interference.

Trump has chosen Washington lawyer Pat Cipollone to replace outgoing White House counsel Don McGahn.

Today on The Atlantic

Sessions in the Shadows: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been quietly remaking the country’s immigration courts in his image. (Priscilla Alvarez)

Mitt Is Not the #Resistance: If Mitt Romney is elected to the Senate, don’t expect him to be the “heroic opposition” to President Trump. (Dick Polman)

DNA Is Not Identity: That a DNA test can prove Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Native American ancestry is both scientifically and culturally suspect, argues geneticist Krystal Tsosie.

The Expatriate Allure: For generations, African Americans have left the U.S. seeking freedom from racism and oppression. They haven’t always found it. (Kimberly Springer)

SnapshotHonduran migrants walking to the U.S. start their day departing Chiquimula, Guatemala. The group of around 2,000 hope to reach the United States despite President Donald Trump’s …read more

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Michael Bloomberg Can Buy Popularity, but Can He Buy the Presidency?

Here’s the premise: A white, by then 78-year-old New Yorker, who built his fortune on Wall Street and is one of its most vocal defenders, and who’s had issues with African Americans and women, is the answer to what’s going on in the Democratic Party right now.

Oh, and he’s a former Republican. And he’s a terrible campaigner whose signature move is awkwardly asking kids to give him high fives. And he says he’s not sure how true all the accusations against Charlie Rose are. But … he does have close to $50 billion. And he did spend Saturday night in New Hampshire.

So Mike Bloomberg can maybe run for president as a Democrat?

Or, as so many politicos and reporters have been reacting to the talk: Are we really doing this again?

His team thinks he could win over voters who don’t like him, because they are desperate to win—his appeal is right in line with the people in the states the party needs. Donald Trump couldn’t mock him for being too far to the left, and even if the president is somehow worth what he claims to be, Bloomberg is worth at least 15 times as much.

They think he has until around next summer to decide.

We’re at the stage of the Bloomberg-for-president bubble inflation when pretty much no one believes he’ll actually go through with it, but his small circle of media-fascination-stoking virtuosos are excelling at what he pays them hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to do.

Bloomberg himself sees a campaign as still far-fetched, according to people who have spoken to him about it, though he misses the spotlight and can’t help wondering if it could work. The life of full-time philanthropy he said he was going to devote himself to when he finished as mayor of New York …read more

Source:: The Atlantic – Politics