Today, an appeals court revived the lawsuit brought by the parents of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich against Fox News, which pushed the conspiracy theory that Rich was assassinated for ties to Wikileaks. Last year, a lower court judge in Manhattan threw the suit out. You can read the full ruling here.
NBC News reports that the U.S. will not grant even temporary protected status to people from the Bahamas who’ve been displaced by Hurricane Dorian, which decimated the islands. While the official death toll is listed at 50 so far, the BBC reported 2,500 are missing and tens of thousands require aid. And yet.
Bahamians who were turned away from evacuating Hurricane Dorian to the U.S. because they didn’t have visas received word Monday that they would be allowed to enter. However, President Trump messed that up, later saying they did need visas and that “very bad people” may have infiltrated the Bahamas.
We have such precious little time on this Earth. And yet: You, a lucky Atlantic reader who might just so happen in Dresden on the night of Sept. 22, could sip a lager with David Frum. Imagine the intellectual depths you might plumb: Ilhan Omar, bigot? Or perhaps: immigrants, existential threat to America? Act fast!
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he’d stand up to the NRA to close the background check loophole on private gun sales, only to defend the loophole on gun transfers between friends, “though he acknowledged that could be abused,” the Dallas Morning News reported Friday. Texas fails its people, once again.
A story about billionaires’ priorities: Tom Steyer, a major donor to progressive causes, left Center for American Progress’ board to spend millions running for president. Today CAP shuttered its news site, ThinkProgress, because it couldn’t find a patron. Steyer’s apparently now offering writers jobs...on his campaign
Because if things in Trumpworld can get stupider they always will, Team Trump is seizing on the fervor around Sharpie-gate by selling knockoff Sharpies featuring Trump’s signature. Just $15 for a set of five! Will never run out, will work in a hurricane, will make you rich and handsome!
A crushing blow to such Republican challengers to President Trump as racist things sayer Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld: Politico reports that four states are “poised” to cancel their GOP 2020 primaries and caucuses as part of an effort to tamp down any opposition to Trump. Sad!
Nearly 200 years after a treaty created a nonvoting seat for the Cherokee Nation in the U.S. House, the seat has been filled for the first time by Kimberly Teehee, a lawyer and former Obama appointee with deep roots working on Native issues like the Violence Against Women Act on Capitol Hill.
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Seth Ator, the man suspected of murdering seven people and injuring 22 more this weekend in Odessa, TX, used a glaring legal loophole to purchase his AR-15-style assault rifle from a private seller, thereby avoiding a federal background check he had previously failed.
Fresh off reporting that Russian oligarchs “close to Vladimir Putin” signed off on loans to Donald Trump, MSNBC’s Laurence O’Donnell backed off that bombshell today, saying it “didn’t go through our rigorous verification and standards process.” Republicans are, as you might expect, having a blast.