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Elaina Plott

Elaina Plott is a staff writer at The Atlantic. She was previously a staff writer at Washingtonian, and a Buckley Fellow at National Review.
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Trump’s ‘Major’ Border Deal Is No Deal for Democrats

January 20, 2019 The 29th day of the partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has been virtually indistinguishable from the first. On Saturday, President Donald Trump entered the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House to reveal the “major announcement concerning the Humanitarian Crisis on our Southern Border” he had teased...

Trump's Chief Advocate on Capitol Hill Has Somehow Survived

January 16, 2019 The ongoing government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, has crystallized for many Americans that Washington skews more “day-care center” than “center of the free world.” And as Republicans and Democrats alike address the furlough with all the sophistication of a playground brawl—dropping f-bombs, throwing “temper tantrums,” and snubbing lunch...

Analysis: Why Mike Pence Couldn’t End the Shutdown

January 8, 2019 Mike Pence was set up to fail. It seemed that way a lot over the past three weeks. In the days ahead of the federal funding deadline in December, it was the vice president who told Senate Republicans that the president would back a short-term spending bill to keep the...

Trump Picks a Washington Insider as His Next Attorney General

December 7, 2018 In a White House unsettled by the ongoing Russia probe—and unprepared for its conclusion—the president on Friday signaled a solution to at least one of the many problems before him: who would permanently replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Heading to Marine One on the South Lawn, Donald Trump said...

The White House Has No Plan for Confronting the Mueller Report

December 6, 2018 Nobody knows how the White House plans to respond to the Mueller report—including the people who work at the White House. The special counsel is reportedly nearing the end of his probe. Sentencing memos are dropping. Plea deals are being struck. The president’s legal team expects a response to his...

President George H. W. Bush’s Capitol Rotunda Ceremony Offers a Glimpse of Grace

December 4, 2018 The ceremony for the late president began at the Capitol as the sun set. A military guard carried his American-flag-draped casket into the Rotunda, where current and former lawmakers, Cabinet officials, Supreme Court justices, and his family stood waiting. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the opening eulogy for George...

The GOP’s Bill to Stop Family Separations Looks Dead for Now

June 28, 2018 Less than 24 hours after House Republican leaders planned to file a standalone bill addressing the family-separation crisis, multiple GOP sources conceded on Wednesday that the issue was likely dead for the week. Three House Republican sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal talks, confirmed that...

Pruitt Aide Resigns Amid Scandals

June 6, 2018 A top aide to Scott Pruitt, Millan Hupp, resigned from the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a source briefed on the matter and correspondence reviewed by The Atlantic. Her last day will be Friday. Hupp, who worked as the director of scheduling and advance, has been entangled in many of...

A Pruitt Aide's Attack on Zinke Angers the White House

May 3, 2018 As Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt faces a seemingly endless stream of scandal, his team is scrambling to divert the spotlight to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. And the White House isn’t happy about it. In the last week, a member of Pruitt’s press team, Michael Abboud, has been shopping...

An Internal Email Contradicts Scott Pruitt's Account of Controversial Raises

April 9, 2018 An email that suggests Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt personally signed off on a controversial pay raise for a favored aide last month is roiling the agency. In the last few days, top staffers became aware of an email exchange between one of two aides who received such a...