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Compilation and Webpage © 2017 michaelbucci.com

 

 

A daily update of press and news headlines about the Donald Trump presidency and the actions of the Republican controlled 115th Congress.

 

The First Six Months

Trump’s Deadly Legacy January 20, 2017 – July 19, 2017

 

Note: With few exceptions, sources are from mainstream media.

 

 

January 20, 2017 Trump Inauguration (Friday):

- Trump signs first executive action canceling Obama’s FHA mortgage rate premium cuts

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-20/trump-administration-overturns-obama-s-fha-mortgage-fee-cut

- Trump signs executive order to roll-back Obamacare hours after taking office

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/20/politics/trump-signs-executive-order-on-obamacare/

- Trump writes memo temporarily banning new federal government regulations.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/20/politics/reince-priebus-regulations-memo/

 

January 21, 2017 (Saturday)

- Massive Women’s March in U.S. and World.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/21/world/womens-march-pictures.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/21/politics/trump-women-march-on-washington/

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/peace-positivity-massive-women-s-march-make-voices-heard-d-n710356

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/womens-march-washington-chicago-massive-turnout-change-of-plans/

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/women-world-protest-president-trump-170121134424671.html

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/315442-massive-womens-march-crowds-swarm-dc-metro

- U.S. Customs asks Canadians entering for D.C. if “pro-Trump” or “anti-Trump”. Some anti-Trump barred from entering.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/01/21/u-s-border-agents-turned-away-canadians-hoping-to-come-to-the-womens-march/

- Throughout weekend, Trump argues about size of his inaugural crowds compared to those who attended Women’s rally

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/315484-trump-defends-size-of-his-inaugural-crowd

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/21/us/politics/trump-white-house-briefing-inauguration-crowd-size.html

 

January 23, 2017 (Monday):

- Trump signs repeal of TPP.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/315654-trump-signs-orders-on-tpp-abortion-federal-hiring-freeze

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/23/us/politics/tpp-trump-trade-nafta.html

- Trump freezes federal hiring (except military).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-freezes-hiring-of-federal-workers/2017/01/23/f14d8180-e190-11e6-ba11-63c4b4fb5a63_story.html

- Trump bans federal money to those who counsel on abortions (incl international groups).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/01/23/trump-reverses-abortion-related-policy-to-ban-funding-to-international-health-groups/

- Trump blames voter fraud for loss of popular vote.

http://elections.ap.org/content/trump-wrongly-blames-fraud-loss-popular-vote

 

January 24, 2017 (Tuesday)

- Executive Order to continue construction of Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/24/keystone-xl-dakota-access-pipelines-revived-trump-administration

- Trump orders EPA freeze and media blackout, banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency's social media accounts. Also told Agricultural and Interior Depts, if not also DHS.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/01/23/trump-administration-tells-epa-to-freeze-all-grants-contracts/

 

January 25, 2017 (Wednesday)

- Trump sends directives to build a 2,000 mile wall at the US-Mexican border and curtail immigration.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/us/politics/wall-border-trump.html

- Trump vows to strip funding from cities shielding illegal immigrants.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/01/25/trump-slashes-federal-funding-sanctuary-cities/CEXMyIvNZXEgtDTOOoyn3N/story.html

- Trump to direct federal resources toward building a border wall.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/24/politics/donald-trump-immigration-refugees/

- DOW hits 20,000

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-idUSKBN1591HP

http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/25/investing/dow-20000-stocks/index.html

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/markets/dow-hits-20-000-first-time-history-n698381

 

January 26, 2017 (Thursday)

- Trump calls Chelsea Manning an “ungrateful traitor.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-manning-234207

- Trump tells Republicans meeting in PA, “now is the dawn of a new era."

https://www.c-span.org/video/?422829-1/president-trump-tells-congressional-republicans-now-deliver

- Mexico cancels meeting with Trump citing disagreement over paying for wall.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/world/mexicos-president-cancels-meeting-with-trump-over-wall.html

- Trump calls for 20% tax on Mexican imports to pay for border wall.

http://www.businessinsider.com/sean-spicer-trump-considering-20-tax-on-mexican-imports-2017-1

- Scientists move Doomsday Clock ahead 30 seconds, closest to midnight in 63 years, due to threats such as nuclear weapons, climate change and Donald Trump's election

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-science-doomsdayclock-idUSKBN15A2JJ

http://thebulletin.org/sites/default/files/Final%202017%20Clock%20Statement.pdf

- Bannon tells the NY Times the media is the "opposition party" of the new administration and should “keep its mouth shut.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/steve-bannon-donald-trump-war-media-transparency-liberal-elite-interview-new-york-times-a7548406.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/business/media/stephen-bannon-trump-news-media.html

- Trump signs first presidential proclamation declaring this week “National School Choice Week.”

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/president-trump-proclaims-national-school-195900813.html

- DHS has temporarily halted trips by staff to interview refugees abroad

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-refugees-idUSKBN15A2TD

- Trump pulls ad budget in the closing days of HealthCare.gov. Former Obama officials call it “sabotage”.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/27/news/economy/obamacare-ads-trump/

 

January 27, 2017 (Friday)

- U.S. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned U.S. allies if they don’t support Washington, she is “taking names” and will respond.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/world/americas/nikki-haley-united-nations.html

- Trump signs executive order that will limit immigration and refugees from some Muslim-majority countries for six months; suspends the United States' Syrian refugees program indefinitely.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/us/politics/refugee-muslim-executive-order-trump.html

- Trump signs executive action to begin military buildup

http://www.defensenews.com/articles/report-draft-executive-order-would-give-pentagon-short-term-funding-boost

- British PM Theresa May and Trump pledge allegiance to special relationship. White House misspelled Theresa “Teresa” three times. British press corp was locked outside the White House because their birthdates were submitted in UK format and Secret Service didn’t understand it.

http://news.sky.com/story/theresa-may-pledges-to-renew-special-relationship-ahead-of-trump-talks-10742727

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/theresa-may-teresa-spelling-misspell-donald-trump-republican-retreat-speech-a7548616.html

- Melania Trump wins first round in libel lawsuit against MD blogger (Webster Tarpley) for citing she was in escort service. Tarpley asked for dismissal of suit and denied by judge.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/melania-trump-libel-suit-blogger-234263

- Trump tells Mexican president Peña Nieto, “You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/no-gday-mate-on-call-with-australian-pm-trump-badgers-and-brags/2017/02/01/88a3bfb0-e8bf-11e6-80c2-30e57e57e05d_story.html

 

January 28, 2017 (Saturday)

- Trump's immigration ban causes chaos and controversy

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/28/airports-us-immigration-ban-muslim-countries-trump

- Trump and Putin discuss 'mutually beneficial' trade, security

(Leaked later – Feb. 9 - and reported by Reuters, Putin raised possibility of extending START treaty. Trump asked his aides what it was and then told Putin the treaty was one of several bad deals negotiated by the Obama administration, saying that New START favored Russia. Trump also talked about his own popularity, the sources said.)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-putin-idUSKBN15O2A5

- Trump signs executive order banning administration officials from ever lobbying the U.S. on behalf of a foreign government and imposing a separate five-year ban on other lobbying.

http://time.com/4652703/president-trump-lobbying-ban/

- Trump signs memorandum giving military leaders 30 days to construct and present a report outlining the U.S. strategy for defeating ISIS.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-executive-order-isis-defeat-30-days-a7551521.html

- Trump signs memorandum ordering a reorganization of the National Security Council, gives seat to Steve Bannon.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/28/lobbying-ban-trump-executive-order-isis-strategy

- Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refugee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/no-gday-mate-on-call-with-australian-pm-trump-badgers-and-brags/2017/02/01/88a3bfb0-e8bf-11e6-80c2-30e57e57e05d_story.html

- The federal court for the Eastern District of New York issued an emergency stay halting President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry to the US from seven majority-Muslim countries

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/refugees-detained-at-us-airports-challenge-trumps-executive-order/2017/01/28/e69501a2-e562-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html

 

January 29, 2017 (Sunday)

- Trump travel ban continues to sow chaos at airports, outrage at protests.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/29/protest-trump-travel-ban-muslims-airports

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/29/nyregion/trump-travel-ban-protests-briefing.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-protests-idUSKBN15D15H

- Judges in Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington state block federal authorities from enforcing Trump's executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/01/29/four-federal-judges-issue-orders-blocking-parts-of-trumps-executive-order-on-immigration/

- Global backlash:

German Chancellor Merkel: global fight against terrorism “does not justify putting people of a specific background or faith under general suspicion.”

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “Divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality.”

French President Hollande: defending democratic principles required compliance with "the principles on which it is founded, in particular the acceptance of refugees".

UK PM Theresa May said she "did not agree" with the restrictions.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands said his country believes refugees "deserve a safe haven" ... “we reject this travel ban.”

- Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said television networks should be “cleaning house” of “these people who said things that just weren’t true [about Donald Trump] ... The election was three months ago. None of them have been let go.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/president-trump-seeks-to-quash-dissent-inside-the-government/2017/02/01/788bdefa-e7ed-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html

 

January 30, 2017 (Monday)

- Mass protests continue over Trump immigration ban.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/30/politics/travel-ban-protests-immigration/

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-protests-idUSKBN15D15H

- Trump denies chaos at airports from immigration ban but from computer glitch, demonstrators and “fake tears” of Charles Schumer.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-31/trump-denies-immigration-ban-to-blame-for-airport-chaos/8225196

- Trump signs an executive action aimed at cutting regulations for small businesses - a "one in, two out" plan, requiring government agencies requesting a new regulation to identify two others they will cut.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38800090

- Trump fires acting justice department head Sally Yates for refusing to enforce immigration ban.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/30/justice-department-trump-immigration-acting-attorney-general-sally-yates

- State Department officials circulated a draft memo criticizing Trump's executive order on immigration.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-cables-idUSKBN15E21X

- Washington State sues Trump over immigration order.

http://www.businessinsider.com/washington-becomes-first-state-to-sue-trump-over-immigration-order-2017-1

- Trump replaces acting Immigration Enforcement head.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/317025-trump-boots-acting-ice-head-report

 

January 31, 2017 (Tuesday)

- Democrats stall confirmation hearings of Steven Mnuchin (Treasury) and Tom Price (DHHS).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-democrats-face-a-key-test-tuesday-amid-promises-to-stand-up-to-trump/2017/01/31/1685487a-e7bd-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html

- More State Dept protests on their dissent channel drawing 1,000 signatures.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/world/americas/state-dept-dissent-cable-trump-immigration-order.html

- New York, Massachusetts and Virginia join Washington state sue Trump over immigration ban.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/31/trump-travel-ban-state-lawsuits

- Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch to be associate justice of the Supreme Court.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-trump-idUSKBN15F1OW

- European Commission President Donald Tusk lists US administration as one of EU's 'external threats'.

http://www.dw.com/en/ec-president-tusk-lists-us-administration-as-one-of-eus-external-threats/a-37360291

 

February 1, 2017 (Wednesday)

- Senate Republicans suspend the rules to approve two Trump nominees, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) for secretary of health and human services and Steve Mnuchin to lead the Treasury. Republicans also advanced the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general, and they finalized confirmation of former ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson for secretary of state by a vote of 56 to 43. Trump urged Senate Republican leaders Wednesday to be prepared to tear up the rules of the Senate and “go nuclear” if Democrats try to block Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch — that is, change long-standing Senate rules to permit the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee with a simple majority vote.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/republicans-ram-through-committee-approval-of-trump-cabinet-nominees/2017/02/01/aa2b5458-e87f-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html

- Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn delivered a tight-lipped warning to Iran over its most recent ballistic missile test, “As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/with-flynn-putting-iran-on-notice-the-first-days-of-president-trumps-foreign-policy-set-a-combative-tone/2017/02/01/0645f248-e709-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html

- Trump reverses campaign pledge to let Medicare negotiate for lower prescription drug promises. After meeting with Big Pharma lobbyists, he would oppose apparent “price-fixing” by Medicare, rather than working to stymie the industry’s grip on drug prices.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-big-pharma-prescription-drug-prices-lobbyists-medicare-negotiations-a7557726.html

- Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, sworn in.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/01/us/politics/rex-tillerson-secretary-of-state-confirmed.html

 

February 2, 2017 (Thursday)

- The European parliament’s main political parties are making an unprecedented attempt to block Trump’s likely choice as ambassador to the European Union from EU buildings, describing Ted Malloch as hostile and malevolent.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/02/european-union-trump-ambassador-ted-malloch-parliament

- Defense Sec. Mattis warns North Korea of “effective and overwhelming” retaliation if country attacks U.S. ally.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-usa-mattis-idUSKBN15I060

 

February 3, 2017 (Friday)

- Trump signed a pair of executive orders aimed at lightening the regulatory load on financial institutions, setting the stage for a broader push to scale back the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/317799-trump-signs-executive-orders-to-loosen-wall-street-regs

- The Trump administration slapped new sanctions on Iran after the administration signaled it wanted to punish Tehran for its latest ballistic missile test. The Treasury Department announced that 13 people and 12 companies face new restrictions

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/iran-sanctions-234604

- COURT TEMPORARILY BLOCKS TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN, and Airlines Are Told to Allow Passengers.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/federal-judge-declines-to-extend-one-week-freeze-against-trumps-travel-ban/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/03/us/visa-ban-legal-challenge.html

Trump Cries ‘Witch Hunt’ as Russia Questions Pile Up.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/trump-cries-witch-hunt-russia-questions-pile-n728611

 

February 4, 2017 (Saturday)

- Trump administration filed notice of appeal to suspension of immigration ban.

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/trump-administration-appeals-seattle-judges-halt-of-refugee-travel-ban/

- “So-called” judge in immigration hold decried by Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/04/trump-lashes-out-at-federal-judge-who-temporarily-blocked-travel-ban/

- Tens of thousands join marches across UK against Trump's travel ban.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/04/tens-of-thousands-in-new-march-against-trumps-travel-ban

- Thousands swarm New York’s Stonewall Inn to protest Trump.

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Hundreds-Push-Back-Against-Executive-Orders-at-Stonewall-Inn-LGBTQ-Rally-412783683.html

- Hundreds of anti-Trump protesters marched on Trump's private Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. Other protests at White House, Supreme Court and Paul Ryan’s hometown office.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/317942-hundreds-of-anti-trump-protesters-march-on-mar-a-lago-resort

- Trump stands by voter fraud claim in Fox News interview.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/317946-trump-defends-claims-of-widespread-voter-fraud

- Iran would use its missiles if its security is under threat after Trump imposed sanctions on entities linked to the Revolutionary Guards. Flynn said it put the country “on notice” after it test-fired ballistic missiles.

http://in.reuters.com/article/iran-usa-military-missiles-idINKBN15J0DX

 

February 5, 2017 (Sunday)

-  A federal appeals court denied an initial bid by the Trump administration to restore its controversial immigration order.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-travel-ban-20170205-story.html

- Trump attacks judge and court system. Trump said Americans should blame U.S. District Judge James Robart and the court system if anything happened.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-idUSKBN15K0AF

- Trump said he would put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of a commission to probe what he believes was voter fraud in last November's election.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-voterfraud-idUSKBN15K0TS

 

February 6, 2017 (Monday)

- Corporate titans among 100 companies joining brief against Trump travel ban. “The order inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth as a result. Immigrants or their children founded more than 200 of the companies on the Fortune 500 list.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/06/amicus-brief-trump-travel-ban

- Trump reaffirmed his support for NATO before military leaders and troops at U.S. Central Command, and laced his speech with references to homeland security.

http://www.voanews.com/a/trump-to-visit-centcom/3707656.html

- New York Assembly passes bill to make New York State a “sanctuary state” in response to Trump’s promised crackdown on sanctuary cities.

http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2017/02/assembly-passes-sanctuary-state-bill-as-trump-response-109389

 

February 7, 2017 (Tuesday)

- Betsy DeVos is confirmed Education Secretary. Senate voted 50-50 with V.P. Pence casting decisive vote.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/us/politics/betsy-devos-education-secretary-confirmed.html

- Blogger Webster Tarpley settles defamatory lawsuit filed by Melania Trump paying her a “substantial sum”. He had repeated rumors in his blog that Melania Trump had worked as a “high-end escort”. Her lawyers claimed she suffered “multiple millions of dollars” in economic damages because of the lost value to her brand.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/zoetillman/melania-trump-settles-her-defamation-lawsuit-against-a-blogg

- Sen. Elizabeth Warren was stopped by Republicans from reading a nine-page letter written by the late Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King’s widow. In the 1986 letter, addressed to Strom Thurmond, then the Senate Judiciary committee chairman, King expressed her opposition to Sessions, who had been nominated for a federal judgeship in Alabama. She was accused of 'impugning' Jeff Sessions.

http://time.com/4663497/coretta-scott-king-letter-warren-senate-sessions/

 

February 8, 2017 (Wednesday)

- Jeff Sessions confirmed as Attorney General.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/us/politics/jeff-sessions-attorney-general-confirmation.html

- Trump bashes Nordstrom after it drops Ivanka's line.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/08/514203791/trump-slams-nordstrom-for-dropping-ivanka-s-clothing-line

- Supreme court nominee Neil Gorsuch calls Trump judge attacks 'demoralizing' and ‘disheartening.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/21/politics/neil-gorsuch-trump-criticism-disheartening/

- Trump went after a panel of federal judges weighing whether a court order blocking his travel ban should be lifted. Trump argued the law gives him broad powers to control who enters and leaves the U.S.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/318451-trump-attacks-judges-weighing-travel-ban

- ACLU vows to sue Sessions if he violates Constitution as AG.

http://www.businessinsider.com/aclu-warns-jeff-sessions-attorney-general-trump-civil-rights-2017-2

- New York Post reporter sues after being fired for critical Trump tweet. He Bart Hubbuch called Trump’s election a “national tragedy,” and compared his victory to the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/writer-sues-new-york-post-firing-anti-trump-tweet-article-1.2967303

 

February 9, 2017 (Thursday)

- British PM Theresa May says Trump’s travel ban is wrong and Britain does not plan to adopt a similar policy.

http://thehill.com/policy/international/318676-british-pm-theresa-may-says-trump-immigration-order-was-wrong

- NY Times and Washington Post report Michael Flynn, National security adviser, discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador during the month before Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Trump officials, current and former U.S. officials said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/national-security-adviser-flynn-discussed-sanctions-with-russian-ambassador-despite-denials-officials-say/2017/02/09/f85b29d6-ee11-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html

- Trump signs three executive orders to combat crime, further his “law and order” agenda, crack down on international crime and crimes against law enforcement.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/us/politics/trump-law-enforcement-drug-cartels-order.html

- In call with Putin, Trump denounced Obama-era nuclear arms treaty.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-putin-idUSKBN15O2A5

- Federal appeals court rules 3 to 0 against Trump on travel ban, a sweeping rebuke of the administration’s claim that the courts have no role as a check on the president.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/us/politics/appeals-court-trump-travel-ban.html

- Trump calls the appeals court ruling "a political decision." “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/318838-trump-responds-to-ruling-see-you-in-court

- Trump promises Chinese president Xi Jinping he'll honor 'One China' policy.

http://fortune.com/2017/02/09/trump-one-china-xi-jinping/

 

February 10, 2017 (Friday)

- Trump meets with Japan’s President Shinzo Abe but only takes questions from Murdoch owned media reporters from the New York Post and Fox Business Network.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/318971-rupert-murdoch-owned-outlets-get-only-us-questions-at-trump-japan

- Trump hints at new travel order coming next week.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-hints-at-new-travel-order-coming-next-week/ar-AAmOqxG

- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was greeted with protesters when she tried to enter a Washington middle school.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/protesters-rally-at-dc-school-ahead-of-visit-by-education-secretary-betsy-devos/2017/02/10/faad4962-ef06-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html

- British government drops plan to allow Trump to address joint houses of Parliament. Officials are trying to ensure that Trump is not in London at a time when parliament is sitting, in order to avoid a formal snub.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/10/british-officials-drop-plans-donald-trump-address-parliament-queen-elizabeth

- Obamacare opponent Tom Price sworn in as Health Secretary.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/us/politics/tom-price-health-secretary-senate.html

- The Central Intelligence Agency has denied elite security clearance for Michael Flynn’s top National Security Council deputy Africa Robin Townley.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/319073-top-flynn-aide-rejected-for-key-security-clearance-report

- Democrats call for Michael Flynn's dismissal after reported Russia talks, a potential violation of the Logan Act, which prohibits private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments in disputes involving the American government.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/flynn-holds-call-with-pence-amid-calls-for-probes-of-contacts-with-russian-ambassador/2017/02/10/f8fb83a0-efe1-11e6-9973-c5efb7ccfb0d_story.html

- Undocumented Immigrants Arrested Nationwide, Stoking Fears Of Trump’s ‘Deportation Force’.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-immigration-raids-deportation_us_589e1eb0e4b094a129eb03b0?2t8f9pbl78u22ihpvi

 

February 11, 2017 (Saturday)

- Anti-abortion protesters rallied at scores of Planned Parenthood clinics to urge Congress and President Trump to strip the health services provider of federal funding, while supporters of the organization staged counter-demonstrations around the United States. All told, rallies and marches were called in 45 states in cities large and small.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-abortion-idUSKBN15Q0AS

- Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/11/standing-rock-army-veterans-camp

- Trump claimed that his daughter Ivanka had been "abused" by news media following renewed scrutiny over the family's potential conflicts of interest.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-media-abused-ivanka-234933

 

February 12, 2017 (Sunday)

 NO ENTRIES

 

February 13, 2017 (Monday)

- GOP says it will not investigate Trump’s tax returns.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-tax-returns-idUSKBN15S2GZ

- Senate confirms Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/02/13/senate-confirms-mnuchin-as-treasury-secretary/

- Justin Trudeau meets with Trump at W.H.

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/trudeau-trump

 

February 14, 2017 (Tuesday)

- Trump national security aide Flynn resigns over Russian contacts.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-flynn-idUSKBN15S0BR

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/michael-flynn-resigns-as-national-security-adviser/2017/02/13/0007c0a8-f26e-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html

- Secret Service director to step down.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-secretservice-idUSKBN15T2J0

- Intel leaks reveal Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/14/politics/donald-trump-aides-russians-campaign/index.html

- Trump signs repeal of transparency rule for oil companies, to scrap Dodd-Frank rule on oil extraction.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-signs-law-rolling-back-disclosure-rule-for-energy-and-mining-companies/2017/02/14/ccd93e90-f2cd-11e6-b9c9-e83fce42fb61_story.html

 

February 15, 2017 (Wednesday)

- NY Times and Washington Post cast doubt on claims made by Trump's team that there had been no contact with Russian officials; report intel knows of contacts between Trump campaign figures and Russia. “Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/02/15/daily-202-it-s-bigger-than-flynn-new-russia-revelations-widen-trump-s-credibility-gap/58a3c5b9e9b69b1406c75cb4/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/us/politics/russia-intelligence-communications-trump.html

- Andy Puzder withdraws nomination for labor secretary after he admitted employing an illegal immigrant as a former housekeeper.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/15/politics/top-senate-republicans-urge-white-house-to-withdraw-puzder-nomination/

- Trump blasts 'criminal' leaks by intelligence agencies, calls Flynn 'wonderful'.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-flynn-idUSKBN15U2C1

 

February 16, 2017 (Thursday)

- Trump gives 76 minute press conference and berates media.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-media-out-of-control_us_58a5ea16e4b07602ad529bb7

- Mick Mulvaney, staunchly conservative tea-party, confirmed by Senate to run Trump's OMB.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/16/515578360/senate-narrowly-confirms-mulvaney-as-trumps-nominee-for-omb-director

- Six Donald Trump staffers fired today, escorted out of White House, after flagged by FBI.

http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/donald-trump-forced-fire-six-white-house-staffers-fail-fbi-background-checks/1564/

 

February 17, 2017 (Friday)

- Senate confirms climate-denier Scott Pruitt to head EPA.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/02/17/scott-pruitt-long-time-adversary-of-epa-confirmed-to-lead-the-agency/

- John McCain broke with the reassuring message that U.S. officials visiting Germany have sought to convey saying that the administration of President Donald Trump was in "disarray".

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-security-usa-idUSKBN15W1J2

- Trump considered using national guard to round up immigrants, memo suggests.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/17/trump-immigration-roundup-national-guard

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-admin-considers-using-100000-national-guard-troops-for-immigration-raids/

- Trump Calls the News Media the ‘Enemy of the American People’.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/business/trump-calls-the-news-media-the-enemy-of-the-people.html

- Senate Intelligence Committee meets behind closed-doors, summoning Comey, to discuss Trump-Russian ties.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/320161-comey-meets-with-intel-senators-amidst-russia-uproar

- Senate Intelligence Committee asked more than a dozen agencies, organizations and individuals to preserve communications related to the panel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. (This wasn’t reported until days later.)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/19/politics/senate-intelligence-committee-russia-materials/

 

February 18, 2017 (Saturday)

- (story) Eight people flee U.S. border patrol to seek asylum in Canada.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-refugees-idUSKBN15W2GN

- Trump holds rally in Orlando complete with promises to repeal the health care law, insults for the news media and a playlist highlighted by the Rolling Stones.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/18/donald-trump-attacks-press-dishonest-media-florida-rally

- At Orlando rally Trump states that a terrorist attack had occurred in Sweden, which has admitted tens of thousands of refugees in recent years. He based it on a Fox News report. (No such attack took place.)

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/19/sweden-trump-cites-non-existent-terror-attack

- Memos signed by DHS secretary describe sweeping new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/memos-signed-by-dhs-secretary-describe-sweeping-new-guidelines-for-deporting-illegal-immigrants/2017/02/18/7538c072-f62c-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html

- U.S. inquiries into Russian election hacking include three FBI probes.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-cyber-idUSKBN15X0OE

 

February 19, 2017 (Sunday)

- NY Times reveals a back-channel plan for Ukraine and Russia was circulated with aims to unseat President Poroshenko, install a pro-Russian president, lift sanctions, “lease” Crimea to Ukraine.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/us/politics/donald-trump-ukraine-russia.html

 

February 20, 2017 (Monday)

- Trump named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser, again turning to the U.S. military to play a central role on his foreign policy team.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-idUSKBN15Z1Z0

- Russia's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/russian-ambassador-un-vitaly-churkin-dead-diplomat-dies-suddenly-new-york-puton-a7590366.html

- Norway pledges $10 million to counter Trump's global anti-abortion move.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-norway-abortion-idUSKBN15Z1KL

- Protests take place across the US for "Not My President's Day".

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/20/us/not-my-presidents-day-protests/index.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/not-my-presidents-day-protests/

- The Senate Intelligence Committee has now informed more than a dozen government agencies that they must secure documents relating to the Trump-Russia investigation and are not allowed to destroy them.

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trumps-russia-scandal-takes-unexpected-turn

- More than 100 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery in St Louis were damaged or knocked. More than 50 bomb threats had been made against Jewish organisations in the US since January, including 11 today.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/21/vandals-damage-dozens-of-headstones-in-jewish-cemetery-in-missouri

 

February 21, 2017 (Tuesday)

- Millions of people living in the United States illegally could be targeted for deportation - including people simply arrested for traffic violations - under a sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the Trump administration. The broad scope of the president’s ambitions are: to publicize crimes by immigrants; enlist local police officers as enforcers; strip immigrants of privacy rights; erect new detention facilities; discourage asylum seekers; and, ultimately, speed up deportations.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/21/us/politics/dhs-immigration-trump.html

 

February 22, 2017 (Wednesday)

- Mexico fumes over Trump deportations to Mexico. DHS unveiled plans on Tuesday to consider almost all illegal immigrants subject to deportation, and will seek to send many of them to Mexico if they entered the United States from there, regardless of their nationality.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-mexico-idUSKBN16127O

- Police surrounded the Standing Rock camps to evict the remaining Native American activists fighting the Dakota Access pipeline.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/22/dakota-access-pipeline-standing-rock-evacuation-police

- DoJ moves to prevent CIA official from detailing role in Bush-era torture.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/22/cia-torture-gina-haspel-court-deposition-trump

- Trump Administration Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/learning/questions-for-trump-rescinds-rules-on-bathrooms-for-transgender-students.html

 

February 23, 2017 (Thursday)

- Alt-right leader Richard Spenser expelled from CPAC after organizer denounces ‘sinister organization’. Dan Schneider, the executive director of the American Conservative Union labeled the alt-right leftist: “We must not be deceived by [a] hateful, left-wing fascist group,” a reference to National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism”.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/23/cpac-organizer-denounces-alt-right-as-left-wing-fascist-group/

- Conservative activist O'Keefe posts tapes targeting CNN.

https://www.yahoo.com/tv/conservative-activist-james-okeefe-release-cnn-tapes-115023325.html

- At CPAC, Bannon states Trump administration is locked in an unending battle against the media and other globalist forces to “deconstruct” an outdated system of governance. “If you think they are giving you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/23/bannon-trump-administration-is-in-unending-battle-for-deconstruction-of-the-administrative-state/

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/2/23/1637159/-President-Bannon-threatens-media-We-re-going-to-make-it-worse-every-day-for-you

- Trump says efforts to remove undocumented immigrants is a “military operation.”

http://www.politico.com/blogs/donald-trump-administration/2017/02/trump-undocumented-immigrants-military-operation-235308

- At CPAC, Ted Cruz suggested that another seat on the U.S. Supreme Court will open up this summer (with no explanation).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/02/23/ted-cruz-predicts-second-supreme-court-vacancy-this-year-but-doesnt-explain-why/

- Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Thursday invoked the 2011 shooting of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) at a constituent event as a reason not to hold a public town hall. "At this time there are groups from the more violent strains of the leftist ideology, some even being paid, who are preying on public town halls to wreak havoc and threaten public safety," Gohmert said in a statement.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/2/23/1636854/-Louie-Gohmert-invokes-Giffords-shooting-as-reason-not-to-hold-town-hall

- White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/23/politics/fbi-refused-white-house-request-to-knock-down-recent-trump-russia-stories/index.html

- Trump tells Reuters he wants to expand nuclear arsenal, make US 'top of the pack'.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/23/trump-tells-reuters-he-wants-to-expand-nuclear-arsenal-make-us-top-of-the-pack.html

 

February 24, 2017 (Friday)

- Trump addresses CPAC: calls for an arms-race, vows military build-up, hammers nationalist themes; reiterates that media is “enemy of the people”. He vowed to “do something about it [the press].”

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-idUSKBN1630HH

- Trump blasted the FBI for being “totally unable to stop the national security ‘leakers’ that have permeated our government for a long time.”

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/fbi/320954-trump-fbi-totally-unable-to-stop-leaks

- Trump promises border wall 'soon, way ahead of schedule'.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39080356

- Trump issues executive order requiring federal agencies to create “deregulatory” task forces responsible for eliminating outdated and unnecessary rules.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/02/24/presidential-executive-order-enforcing-regulatory-reform-agenda

- Media outlets were denied entry to later press briefing by Spicer: Guardian, the New York Times, Politico, CNN, BBC, LA Times, The Hill, NY Daily News, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, BuzzFeed and others. AP, USA Today and Time were invited but boycotted the briefing to show solidarity with fellow news outlets. The White House Correspondents Association condemned the White House’s move

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/24/media-blocked-white-house-briefing-sean-spicer

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-media-makes-up-sources-235345

- State legislators take steps to criminalize protests.

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/321018-state-legislators-take-steps-to-criminalize-protests

- The White House acknowledged its chief of staff Reince Priebus asked the FBI's deputy director to dispute a New York Times article alleging Moscow links.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39080673

- Trump puts regulation monitors in U.S. agencies. Trump signed the executive order in the Oval Office with chief executives of major U.S. corporations standing behind him including Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin Corp. and U.S. Steel Corp.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-regulations-idUSKBN1631NV

- Hate crime is feared as 2 Indian engineers are shot in Kansas. It raised new alarms about a climate of hostility toward foreigners in the United States, where Trump has made clamping down on immigration a central plank of his “America first” agenda.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/24/world/asia/kansas-attack-possible-hate-crime-srinivas-kuchibhotla.html

- John Dean Accuses The White House Of A Russia Cover-Up.

http://www.politicususa.com/2017/02/24/john-dean-trump-white-house-covering-russia-scandal.html

 

February 25, 2017 Saturday

- Wary of Trump unpredictability, China ramps up naval abilities.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-defence-navy-idUSKBN16500P

- Trump decides to skip White House press dinner. U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he would not attend the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, a high-profile event that draws celebrities, politicians and journalists.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-press-idUSKBN1640TF

- Former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez was elected DNC Chair in a close election, and in his first move as Chair, he created the new position of DNC Deputy Chair for his opponent Keith Ellison. The Democratic Party is now led by a Hispanic son of immigrants and a Muslim.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/25/us/politics/dnc-perez-ellison-chairman-election.html

 

February 26, 2017 Sunday

- Trump's first budget proposal will spare big social welfare programs such as Social Security and Medicare from any cuts, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in an interview. (Entitlements will be cut, says a NYT report.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-economy-idUSKBN1650LL

- Spicer cracking down on leaks coming out of the West Wing, with increased security measures that include random phone checks of White House staffers, overseen by White House attorneys.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/sean-spicer-targets-own-staff-in-leak-crackdown-235413

- Sixty to one-hundred Jewish headstones vandalized in Philadelphia.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/26/us/jewish-cemetery-vandalism-philadelphia/

 

February 27, 2017 Monday

- House Intelligence chairman Nunes denies evidence of Trump team’s ties to Russia. Nunes contended there was no need at this time for a special prosecutor. Instead, the “major crimes” that have been committed are leaking to the news media on the subject of Russia.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-intelligence-chairman-denies-evidence-of-trump-teams-ties-to-russia/2017/02/27/66495ce8-fcfd-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html

- Trump will propose a federal budget that dramatically increases defense-related spending by $54 billion while cutting virtually all other federal agencies by the same amount.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-to-propose-10-percent-spike-in-defense-spending-massive-cuts-to-other-agencies/2017/02/27/867f9690-fcf2-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html

- Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., a former banker and investor who earned billions during decades of buying and selling industries, dubbed the “king of bankruptcy”, was confirmed as secretary of commerce by the Senate in a 72-to-27 vote.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/02/27/billionaire-investor-wilbur-ross-confirmed-as-trumps-secretary-of-commerce

-  Trump administration will formally end opposition to Texas voter ID law. Justice department says administration won’t challenge the strict law, in a shift from Obama-era opposition to such discriminatory laws.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/27/texas-voter-id-law-trump-administration-no-challenge

- Jewish community centers in Cherry Hill, NJ, North Jersey, Wilmington, Delaware, and York, Pennsylvania, were among those evacuated, targeted in wave of bomb threats. NBC News lists at least 20 bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers and day schools in 13 states.

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/south-jersey/2017/02/27/cherry-hill-jewish-community-center-evacuated/98476938/

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/321338-new-wave-of-bomb-threats-against-jewish-community-centers

- A federal appeals court rejected a Justice Department request to place on hold an appeal over President Donald Trump's travel ban on people from seven majority-Muslim countries.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-court-idUSKBN16627W

- House Republicans beat back a Democratic attempt to smoke out President Donald Trump’s tax returns, after the issue was forced on the floor.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/house-gop-thwarts-democrats-pursuit-of-donald-trumps-tax-returns-1488251818

- Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) argue they want full repeal of Obamacare.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/321489-cruz-lee-paul-demand-full-repeal-of-obamacare

 

February 28, 2017 Tuesday

- Washington Post reports FBI once planned to pay MI6 agent Christopher Steele. An agreement with the FBI was reached a few weeks before the election for the bureau to pay him to continue his work.The agreement fell apart once Steele’s dossier was published and reported.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/fbi-once-planned-to-pay-former-british-spy-who-authored-controversial-trump-dossier/2017/02/28/896ab470-facc-11e6-9845-576c69081518_story.html

- White House lawyers instructed Trump's staff to preserve materials that could be connected to Russian interference in November's election.

https://apnews.com/23cca28e11b74f0cb369fda6fac64d67

- Trump gives address to Congress heralding a “new chapter of American greatness,” overhauling the health care system, boosting military spending, spending $1 trillion to upgrade infrastructure, tax relief for middle-class and reduction in corporate tax rates, promotes new immigration crime office. Trump invited relatives of those killed by undocumented people to Capitol Hill.

- Donald Trump signs bill allowing mentally ill people to buy guns.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-guns-bill-mentally-ill-background-checks-nra-a7604876.html

- House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines not to investigate the Trump-Russia scandal.

https://thinkprogress.org/house-republicans-government-information-trump-russia-852121abe2d6

 

March 1, 2017 Wednesday

- Senate confirms Ryan Zinke to head Interior Department.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/01/senate-confirms-ryan-zinke-as-interior-secretary/

- Justice Department admits Sessions had contacts with Russians, though he had denied it earlier. Adam B. Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that if the reports about Mr. Sessions were accurate, “it is essential that he recuse himself from any role in the investigation of Trump campaign ties to the Russians.” Mr. Schiff added, “This is not even a close call; it is a must.” Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the House, called on Mr. Sessions to resign, saying on Twitter that “he is not fit to serve as the top law enforcement officer of our country.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/us/politics/obama-trump-russia-election-hacking.html

- House Intelligence Committee has agreed an investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US elections.

http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/83382

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/321924-house-intelligence-sets-goals-for-russia-investigation

- Trump Delays New Travel Ban After Speech to Congress Gets High Marks. “We want the [executive order] to have its own ‘moment,’” a White House official told CNN.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/28/politics/trump-travel-ban-visa-holders/

 

March 2, 2017 Thursday

- Ben Carson confirmed to head HUD.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/politics/ben-carson-housing-urban-development.html

- Trump stands by Session in Russia controversy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-sessions-idUSKBN16908L

- Euro lawmakers press EU to impose visas on U.S. citizens. (File under Western nationalism.)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-usa-visa-idUSKBN1691Q9

- Senate confirms Rick Perry as Energy Secretary.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/rick-perry-confirmed-energy-secretary-235617

- Sessions recuses himself on all current and future investigations into Russia ties with the Trump campaign.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/top-gop-lawmaker-calls-on-sessions-to-recuse-himself-from-russia-investigation/2017/03/02/148c07ac-ff46-11e6-8ebe-6e0dbe4f2bca_story.html

- White House EPA budget proposal cuts climate protection program 70 percent to $29 million, targets climate, clean water programs. An EPA climate protection program on cutting emissions of greenhouse gases like methane that contribute to global warming would be cut 70 percent to $29 million.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-epa-budget-idUSKBN1692XA

- Adam Schiff, leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, claims FBI holding back information on Russia probes. “At this point we know less than a fraction of what the FBI knows.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/fbi-not-answering-congress-questions-russia-probe-democrat-190000262.html

- Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct public business when he was governor of Indiana, a practice that was legal but raised questions about the security of the communications, some of which addressed sensitive topics.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/us/mike-pence-used-private-email-as-governor-news-report-says.html

- ‘The fuse is lit’: Dan Rather says Trump-Russia scandal is about to go off like a bomb.

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/the-fuse-is-lit-dan-rather-says-trump-russia-scandal-is-about-to-go-off-like-a-bomb/

 

March 3, 2017 Friday

- Women and children crossing together illegally into the United States could be separated by U.S. authorities under a proposal being considered by the Department of Homeland Security.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-children-idUSKBN16A2ES

- Vice President Pence said there was "no comparison whatsoever" between his use of a private email account for state business while he was governor of Indiana and the email woes of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/03/politics/mike-pence-personal-email-address/http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/03/politics/mike-pence-personal-email-address/

- Trump administration is seeking a 17 percent cut to the budget of the government's meteorological agency that monitors the climate and issues daily weather forecasts. Proposed reductions in NOAA would affect research and satellite programs and eliminate funding for some smaller programs.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/03/white-house-proposes-steep-budget-cut-to-leading-climate-science-agency/

- Current and former officials said that in a departure from past practice, access to a classified computer system at the White House has been tightened by political appointees to prevent professional staffers from seeing memos being prepared for the new president. And at the Department of Homeland Security, some officials told Reuters they fear a witch hunt is under way for the leaker of a draft intelligence report which found little evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries covered by Trump's now-suspended travel ban pose a threat to the United States.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-secrecy-exclusive-idUSKBN16A0GD

- The Transportation Security Administration has started using a new and more rigorous pat-down at airports, which one passenger this week likened to “groin scrutiny.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-03/u-s-airport-pat-downs-are-about-to-get-more-invasive

- European Parliament votes to end visa-free travel for Americans. The passing of the non-binding resolution comes after the US failed to agree visa-free travel for citizens of five EU countries.

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/european-parliament-ends-visa-free-travel-for-americans-117030301077_1.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/world/europe/eu-visas-parliament-united-states.html

- Trump leaves White House furious that Sessions recused himself.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/322363-reports-trump-told-aides-sessions-shouldnt-have-recused-himself

- Carter Page, Adviser Once Linked to Trump Campaign, Met With Russian Ambassador.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/carter-page-adviser-once-linked-trump-campaign-met-russian-ambassador-n728511

 

March 4, 2017 Saturday

- Trump suggested Obama had improperly tapped his phones, without citing evidence, in a series of tweets on Saturday morning. "No president can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you," Ben Rhodes wrote on Twitter.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-obama-idUSKBN16B0CC

- The White House budget director Mulvaney confirmed that the Trump administration will propose "fairly dramatic reductions" in the U.S. foreign aid budget later this month.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-budget-idUSKBN16B0NC

- Mexico opened legal aid centers at its 50 consulates across the United States on Saturday to defend its citizens, the Mexican government said, amid worries of a crackdown on illegal immigration under U.S. President Donald Trump.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-mexico-immigration-idUSKBN16B0PL

- Supporters of Trump held a second day of small rallies in communities around the country, a counterpoint to a wave of protests that have taken place since his election in November.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-backers-series-small-rallies-support-president-563923

- The U.S. Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services will temporarily suspend expedited processing of H-1B visas, halting the option for American companies to quickly bring skilled immigrants to the United States for employment.

http://time.com/money/4691238/us-suspends-expedited-processing-h1b-visas/

- Before heading to his so-called winter White House in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump summoned some of his senior staffers to the Oval Office and went "ballistic," a senior White House source told ABC News. Trump furious that Sessions recused himself. Washington Post reporter Robert Costa tweeted Saturday morning that Trump left the White House "in a fury" on Friday, "fuming about [Jeff] Sessions's recusal and telling aides that Sessions shouldn't have recused himself," also calling the reports of his meeting "bull."

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/322363-reports-trump-told-aides-sessions-shouldnt-have-recused-himself

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-flashes-anger-sessions-recusal-russia-stories-tense/story

 

March 5, 2017 Sunday

- White House asks Congress to probe Trump's accusation of Obama wiretap.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-idUSKBN16C0MG

- Former DNI James Clapper tells “Meet the Press” “There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate or against his campaign.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-idUSKBN16C0MG

- James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I., asked the Justice Department to publicly reject President Trump’s claim that former President Barack Obama ordered his phones to be tapped. It has not.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/us/politics/trump-seeks-inquiry-into-allegations-that-obama-tapped-his-phones.html

- In a Mere 6 Weeks, Trump Alters More Than 90 Regulations. The Trump administration has pushed a flurry of deregulations, giving more freedoms to gun sellers, bankers and miners, and corporate lobbyists are clamoring for more.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/us/politics/trump-deregulation-guns-wall-st-climate.html

- Priebus and Bannon didn’t fly with Trump to Florida. Various interpretations allege Trump punished them.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4284566/Video-emerges-Trump-s-Oval-Office-row-Bannon.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/04/politics/donald-trump-jeff-sessions-reince-priebus/

 

March 6, 2017 Monday

- Trump signed a revised executive order for a U.S. travel ban, leaving Iraq off the list of targeted countries.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-exclusive-idUSKBN16D154

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/new-executive-order-bans-travelers-from-six-muslim-majority-countries-applying-for-visas/2017/03/06/3012a42a-0277-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html

- Senators push Trump to release White House, Mar-a-Lago visitor logs.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-visitors-idUSKBN16D2AG

- House Republicans reveal bill to repeal and replace Obama's healthcare law. American Health Care Act would shrink government role in healthcare and could leave more people without insurance despite Trump administration promises. Replaces subsidies with tax credits.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/06/house-republicans-healthcare-law-bill-obamacare-repeal

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/new-details-emerge-on-gop-plans-to-repeal-and-replace-obamacare/2017/03/06/04751e3e-028f-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html

- Senate votes to repeal labor protection laws that safeguarded poultry workers.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/mar/06/labor-protection-laws-repeal-poultry-industry-workers

- Ben Carson compared slaves to immigrants seeking a better life in his first official address Monday as HUD secretary.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/03/06/carson-compares-slaves-to-immigrants-coming-to-a-land-of-dreams-and-opportunity/

- Gold Star father of American soldier killed in Iraq who criticized Trump says travel rights reviewed. Khizr Khan had planned to speak at a luncheon in Toronto on Tuesday in a discussion about President Trump's administration.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-khan-idUSKBN16D2MI

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/khizr-khan-toronto-talk-cancelled-1.4012696

- The US has temporarily suspended the fast-track processing of H1B visas, leaving many foreign workers in limbo. H1B visas allow skilled workers to come to the US temporarily. They are in high demand, particularly in Silicon Valley and the medical sector, and are allocated by lottery.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/06/us-h1b-visa-program-suspended-trump-silicon-valley

- The Homeland Security Department is considering separating children from parents caught crossing the Mexican border illegally, Secretary John Kelly said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/07/dhs-is-considering-separating-mothers-and-children-who-cross-the-border-illegally/

- The Supreme Court is leaving the issue of transgender rights in schools to lower courts for now after backing out of a high-profile case.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/8cb7fb31f1214e63851028bd731bc332

- Top member ff House Intel Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, questions Trump’s mental state on MSNBC.

http://www.politicususa.com/2017/03/06/top-member-house-intel-committee-questions-trumps-mental-state-msnbc.html

 

March 7, 2017 Tuesday

- House intelligence chief has seen no evidence to back Trump's wiretap charge.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-hearing-idUSKBN16E2RS

- House schedules first hearing in Trump-Russia investigation.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/house-trump-russia-investigation-hearing-235789

- Conservatives rebel against Trump-backed Republican healthcare plan. Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky decried it as "Obamacare Lite." Conservative groups including Heritage Action for America, the Club for Growth, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, backed by the billionaire Republican donor Koch brothers, urged its defeat for different reasons.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-obamacare-idUSKBN16D2RC

- Bomb threats against Jewish centers continue: The threats Tuesday targeted facilities in at least eight states, Washington, D.C., and Toronto, officials said. “Four ADL offices in Atlanta, Boston, New York and Washington D.C. received bomb threats. Before Tuesday, the ADL had reported 121 bomb threats made across the United States and Canada.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security-jewish-idUSKBN16E1X5

- A vast portion of the CIA’s computer hacking arsenal appeared to have been exposed by the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, which posted thousands of files revealing secret cyber-tools used by the agency to convert cellphones, televisions and other ordinary devices into implements of espionage.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/wikileaks-says-it-has-obtained-trove-of-cia-hacking-tools/2017/03/07/c8c50c5c-0345-11e7-b1e9-a05d3c21f7cf_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/03/07/as-more-jewish-facilities-get-threats-senators-ask-trump-administration-for-swift-action/

- Trump’s nominee for deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, declined Tuesday to endorse the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, bucking pressure from Democrats.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/322772-doj-nominee-declines-to-back-special-prosecutor-on-russia

 

March 8, 2017 Wednesday

- Trump's administration is weighing a deployment of up to 1,000 American soldiers to Kuwait to serve as a reserve force in the fight against Islamic State as U.S.-backed fighters accelerate the offensive in Syria and Iraq, U.S. officials told Reuters.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-islamicstate-exclusive-idUSKBN16F2SK

- Mexico has canceled existing sugar export permits to the United States. The letter sent by Mexico's sugar chamber to mills on Monday partly blamed the situation on unfilled positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce, which it said has led to a "legalistic" interpretation of rules with no U.S. counterparts in place in Washington for Mexican officials to negotiate with.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/07/mexico-cancels-sugar-export-permits-to-the-us-in-absurd-dispute.html

- China has granted preliminary approval for at least 35 trademarks linked to Donald Trump, documents on China's state trademark office show, giving the U.S. President and his family protection were they to develop the "Trump" brand in the market.

http://www.newsweek.com/china-donald-trump-trump-hotel-trump-business-565511

- Pivotal industry and consumer groups mounted intensifying opposition to the Republican health care bill. The American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and AARP, the nation's largest advocacy group for older people, were arrayed against the GOP measure.

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/politics/GOP-Heath-Care-Bill-Committee-Votes-415675993.html

- Many American women stayed home from work, joined rallies or wore red to demonstrate how vital they are to the U.S. economy, as International Women's Day was observed with a multitude of events around the world.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/08/world/gallery/international-womens-day-marches-2017/index.html

- The Trump administration has considered more than $6 billion in cuts at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to preliminary budget documents obtained by The Washington Post. The plan would squeeze public housing support and end most federally funded community development grants. HUD’s budget would shrink by about 14 percent to $40.5 billion in fiscal 2018, which begins in October. While suggesting significant cuts, the preliminary budget maintains the same level of funding to rental assistance programs and avoids reductions that could directly put families on the streets. Budgets for public housing authorities — city and state agencies that provide subsidized housing and vouchers to local residents — would be among the hardest hit. Under the preliminary budget, those operational funds would be reduced by $600 million, or 13 percent. Under the proposal, direct rental assistance payments — including Section 8 Housing and housing vouchers for homeless veterans — would be cut by at least $300 million, to $19.3 billion. Additionally, housing for the elderly — known as the Section 202 program — would be cut by $42 million, nearly 10 percent.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-considers-6-billion-cut-to-hud-budget/2017/03/08/1757e8e8-03ab-11e7-b1e9-a05d3c21f7cf_story.html

- Hawaii Mounts Legal Challenge To Trump's Revised Travel Ban.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/08/519263084/hawaii-will-mount-legal-challenge-to-presidents-revised-travel-ban

- Turkish client paid $530,000 to Michael Flynn's consulting firm. Flynn, fired last month from his White House post, formally registered as a foreign agent this week with the Justice Department and disclosed the details of his work for Inovo BV, a Dutch consulting firm owned by a Turkish businessman with ties to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/09/michael-flynns-lobbying-firm-received-530000-turkish-client/

 

March 9, 2017 Thursday

- Two House of Representatives committees approved the legislation that would undo much of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, moving it closer to a vote before the full House.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-obamacare-idUSKBN16G0DP

- Three states suing to block Trump's new travel ban: Hawaii, NY and Oregon.

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/323226-three-states-sue-to-stop-trumps-new-travel-ban

- EPA head Scott Pruitt denies that carbon dioxide causes global warming.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/09/epa-scott-pruitt-carbon-dioxide-global-warming-climate-change

- Bill Clinton, “Resurgent nationalism ‘taking us to the edge of our destruction’”

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/bill-clinton-nationalism-235894

- U.S. Is Sending About 400 Marines To Syria.

 

March 10, 2017 Friday

- Trump’s administration is asking for resignation letters from all 46 remaining U.S. attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/us/politics/us-attorney-justice-department-trump.html

- More States Join Legal Challenge to Trump Travel Ban: Massachusetts, Minnesota New York and Oregon.

http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/more-states-join-legal-challenge-to-travel-ban

- Maryland joins states suing over Trump's travel ban.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/323509-maryland-joins-states-suing-over-trumps-travel-ban

- State Dept asked NYC Medical Examiner not to disclose cause of death of Russian UN ambassador who died last month.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/323403-state-dept-asks-ny-medical-examiner-not-to-release-russian

- Seattle synagogue targeted by anti-Semitic vandalism. "Holocaust is fake history" was spray-painted across a wall of Temple de Hirsch Sinai, with each instance of the letter "S" replaced with dollar signs.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/323545-seattle-synagogue-targeted-by-anti-semitic-vandalism-report

- Trump's revised travel ban dealt first court setback. A federal judge in Wisconsin dealt the first legal blow to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on Friday, barring enforcement of the policy to deny U.S. entry to the wife and child of a Syrian refugee already granted asylum in the United States.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-court-idUSKBN16I02F

 

March 11, 2017 Saturday

- Defiant U.S. prosecutor fired by Trump. New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, a prominent Obama appointed U.S. prosecutor said the Trump administration fired him on Saturday after he refused to step down, adding a discordant note to what is normally a routine changing of top attorneys when a new president takes office.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-justice-idUSKBN16I0PZ

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/attorney-preet-bharara-donald-trump-lawyer-manhattan-us-barack-obama-a7625081.html

- Man faces 10-year sentence after scaling White House fence.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-intruder-idUSKBN16I0KU

- A federal court has dealt Texas another loss over voting rights, finding that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the electoral influence of the state's booming minority population. A federal three-judge panel in San Antonio invalidated three Texas congressional districts for violating the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution in a decision late Friday night.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/texas-redistricting-racial-lines-235956

https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/invalidated-texas-congressional-districts

- 134 foreign policy experts condemn Trump travel ban

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/323559-134-foreign-policy-experts-condemn-trump-travel-ban

- Sanders: US facing 'very scary times'. “We have a president who is a pathological liar. Trump lies all of the time. He lies in order to undermine the foundations of American democracy.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/323550-sanders-very-scary-times-but-we-must-fight-back

- ACLU To Hold ‘Resistance Training’ So Americans Can Fight Trump’s Dangerous Policies.

http://www.politicususa.com/2017/03/11/aclu-host-resistance-training-americans-fight-trumps-dangerous-policies.html

- Preet Bharara was investigating Fox News when Sean Hannity urged Donald Trump to fire him.

http://www.palmerreport.com/politics/preet-bharara-was-investigating-fox-news-when-sean-hannity-urged-donald-trump-to-fire-him/1887/

 

March 12, 2017 Sunday

- Aides to Trump attacked the credibility of The Congressional Budget Office that will analyze the costs of a replacement for Obamacare, as the White House sought to quell opposition from many conservative Republicans.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-obamacare-idUSKBN16J0XH

- Mayors of Santa Fe and Philadelphia said in a SXSW panel that the president’s orders and immigration policies represent a threat to the safety and prosperity of US cities. ‘We cannot submit to a bully’.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/12/trump-immigration-sxsw-sanctuary-cities-philadelphia-santa-fe

- A Jewish community center in Rochester, New York, closed temporarily on Sunday after receiving its second bomb threat in less than a week.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/12/us/jcc-rochester-ny-bomb-threat/index.html

- Kellyanne Conway suggests Obama could have spied on Trump through a microwave.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/kellyanne-conway-donald-trump-barack-obama-spying-through-microwave-claims-a7626826.html

- Trump budget expected to seek historic contraction of federal workforce.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/through-his-budget-a-bottom-line-look-at-trumps-new-washington/2017/03/12/29739206-05be-11e7-b9fa-ed727b644a0b_story.html

 

March 13, 2017 Monday

- CBO: 14 million would lose coverage in 2018 under GOP Obamacare repeal.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/cbo-gop-obamacare-repeal-plan-236007

- Trump gives CIA authority to conduct drone strikes. The move would be a change from the policy of former President Barack Obama's administration of limiting the CIA's paramilitary role.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-cia-drones-idUSKBN16K2SE

- White House Seeks to Cut Billions in Funding for United Nations. U.S. retreat from U.N. could mark a “breakdown of the international humanitarian system as we know it.”

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/03/13/white-house-seeks-to-cut-billions-in-funding-for-united-nations/

- The chief federal prosecutors in Connecticut and northern New York have won short-term reprieves from Trump's abrupt action Friday demanding immediate resignations from several dozen U.S. attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama.

- Trump signs Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch. The order directs OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to "propose a plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies ... components of agencies and agency programs." The Executive Branch Is About to Be 'Reorganized' into Oblivion. Steve Bannon’s time has come.

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a53848/trump-executive-order-reorganization/

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/13/trump-to-sign-executive-order-aiming-to-see-where-money-is-being-wasted-in-government-spicer-says.html

 

March 14, 2017 Tuesday

- ‘Never Trump’ Republicans join call for select committee to investigate Russia and Trump. “Never Trump” Republicans are planning to pressure GOP leaders to establish a bipartisan select committee to take over the inquiries and settle the matter once and for all.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/josh-rogin/wp/2017/03/14/never-trump-republicans-join-call-for-select-committee-to-investigate-russia-and-trump/

- Secretary of State Tillerson told the U.N. advocates and human rights groups that the U.S. “continues to evaluate the effectiveness” of the Human Rights Council but is skeptical about being in a group with nations such as China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which have poor human rights records. UN Human Rights Council must reform or US will leave.

http://thehill.com/policy/international/un-treaties/323926-tillerson-to-un-rights-council-reform-or-we-leave

- Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned Republicans on Tuesday that they'd risk a government shutdown if they try to attach money for Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall to a must-pass bill to keep the government open. The same applies to any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, Schumer said.

- Trump set to completely scrap US consumer protection agency.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-scrap-us-consumer-protection-agency-randy-neugebauer-cfpb-texan-congressman-finance-a7614731.html

- Trump gives CIA power to carry out its own drone strikes. New authority sparks fears about accountability as until now all lethal remote strikes had to be launched by military.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-cia-power-drone-strikes-military-a7628561.html

- Trump's administration is preparing to release a wide-ranging executive order to reduce the role that climate change plays in policy decisions. The move could alter how U.S. agencies weigh regulations on a broad array of industries, from drilling, coal mining and auto manufacturing to refining.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-carbon-idUSKBN16L2R4

- Kushners, Trump In-Laws, Weigh $400 Million Deal in sale of NY skyscraper with Chinese Firm. The Kushner family, owners of the tower, would reap a financial windfall courtesy of a Chinese company, even as Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to Mr. Trump as well as his son-in-law, helps oversee American foreign policy.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/nyregion/kushner-companies-anbang-insurance-group.html

 

March 15, 2017 Wednesday

- Hawaii judge halts Trump's new travel ban before it can go into effect. A U.S. federal judge in Hawaii dealt another legal blow to President Donald Trump on Wednesday, issuing an emergency halt to his revised travel ban just hours before it was set to go into effect early on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson put out an emergency stop on Trump's executive order, which aimed to temporarily bar entry to the United States of most refugees as well as travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-court-idUSKBN16M17N

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/lawyers-face-off-on-trump-travel-ban-in-md-court-wednesday-morning/2017/03/14/b2d24636-090c-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html

- The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm former Republican senator Dan Coats to be Trump's director of national intelligence and to approve Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster's transfer to become his national security adviser.

http://www.businessinsider.com/senate-confirms-gop-senator-coats-as-director-of-national-intelligence-2017-3

- The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, who has been one of the few defenders of Trump's claims, made clear Wednesday that there is zero evidence to suggest Trump Tower was wiretapped.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/15/the-evidence-of-trump-tower-being-wire-tapped-just-does-not-exist/

-  US Federal Reserve raises interest rates to 1% in bid to hold off inflation. Fed chair Janet Yellen says US economy in strong health as she announces third rate rise since 2008 and the first of several expected this year

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/15/fed-raises-rates-at-march-meeting.html

- US charges two Russian spies and two hackers in Yahoo data breach.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/15/fbi-charges-two-russian-spies-hackers-yahoo-data-breach

- Trump has begun the process of rolling back carbon pollution standards for vehicles following a meeting with automakers in Detroit, Michigan. Trump has directed the EPA to review fuel efficiency standards that were a key plank of Barack Obama’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The move is a victory for carmakers who have claimed the standards are too onerous and out of step with Americans’ car buying habits.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/us/politics/trump-obama-fuel-economy-standards.html

- FBI Director James Comey briefed a group of top senators Wednesday amid growing demands that he clarify if the bureau is investigating any contacts between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/324194-fbi-director-briefs-top-senators-on-russia

 

March 16, 2017 Thursday

- The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Thursday they saw no evidence to support Trump's claim that the Obama administration tapped his phones during the 2016 presidential campaign.

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-wiretap-trump-tower-barack-obama-senate-569273

- Trump vows to appeal against travel ban ruling to Supreme Court.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-court-idUSKBN16N0YS

- Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget, proposing a far-reaching overhaul of federal spending that would slash many domestic programs to finance a big increase for the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-federal-budget-2018-massive-cuts-to-the-arts-science-and-the-poor/2017/03/15/0a0a0094-09a1-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/us/politics/trump-budget.html

 

March 17, 2017 Friday

- The White House has apologized to the British government after alleging that a UK intelligence agency spied on President Donald Trump at the behest of former President Barack Obama.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/17/politics/gchq-trump-wiretap-denial/index.html

- U.S. prepared to take military action against N. Korea, if necessary, Sec. of State Tillerson says.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/17/politics/tillerson-south-korea-dmz/index.html

- German Chancellor Angela Merkel Meets Trump, the Defender Versus the Disrupter.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/world/europe/angela-merkel-donald-trump.html

- Trump defiantly backs-away from apologies to Britain at his news conference with Angela Merkel, making clear that the White House had nothing to retract or apologize for because his spokesman had simply repeated an assertion made by a Fox News commentator. Fox itself later disavowed the report.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/17/world/europe/trump-britain-obama-wiretap-gchq.html

- Immigration judges headed to 12 U.S. cities to speed deportations.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-judges-exclusive-idUSKBN16O2S6

- The U.S. government took the legal battle over Trump's travel ban to a higher court, saying it would appeal a federal judge's decision that struck down parts of the ban on the day it was set to go into effect.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-appeal-idUSKBN16O2MT

 

March 18, 2017 Saturday

- On the heels of a visibly awkward visit from the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, Donald Trump said that Germany owed “vast sums of money” to Nato and the US, even though the alliance does not stipulate payments to America. His remarks prompted a former US permanent representative to Nato to reply “that’s not how Nato works.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/18/trump-merkel-nato-germany-owe-money-tweet

- China has rebuffed Donald Trump’s latest Twitter attack after the US president accused Beijing of doing little to help force North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, to abandon his nuclear ambitions. Speaking in Beijing alongside the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, claimed a responsible China had “devoted a lot of energy and effort over the years” to resolving the North Korean issue.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/18/china-rejects-trump-criticisms-over-north-korea

- G20 Leaders Roll Back Free Trade Pledge After Pushback From Trump Administration. At a meeting of finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 industrialized and emerging nations and the European Union, Steven Mnuchin signaled that American policy would follow the campaign promises made by President Trump to put “America first” and review existing trade agreements to seek better deals for the United States.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/18/business/group-of-20-summit-us-trade.html

- Roger J. Stone Jr., an informal adviser to President Trump, has been asked by the Senate Intelligence Committee to preserve any records he may have in connection to a broader inquiry into Russian attempts to interfere with United States elections.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/18/us/politics/roger-stone-senate-trump-russia-documents.html

- One person was in custody after a car drove up to a White House checkpoint and the driver claimed to have a bomb in the vehicle, CNN reported. There wasn't any immediate confirmation that a device was in the car, but the vehicle was being checked, CNN reported citing law enforcement sources. The report followed another incident earlier Saturday when a man was detained after jumping a pedestrian barrier near the White House.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/324669-1-person-in-custody-after-driver-makes-bomb-claim-at-wh-report

 

March 19, 2017 Sunday

- Germany rejects Trump's claim it owes NATO and U.S. 'vast sums' for defense.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-germany-defence-idUSKBN16Q0D8

- Sir Peter Westmacott, writing in the Guardian, has accused the White House of ‘peddling falsehoods’ by suggesting British intelligence spied on Trump Tower.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/19/white-house-trump-wiretap-uk-ambassador-peter-westmacott

- Intruder Arrested at White House After Saying He Has ‘Bomb in the Trunk’.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/19/us/politics/white-house-intruder-bomb.html

- White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/white-house-installs-political-aides-at-cabinet-agencies-to-be-trumps-eyes-and-ears/2017/03/19/68419f0e-08da-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html

- Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes told Fox News host Chris Wallace on-air that a current person in the White House is under investigation and surveillance.

http://shareblue.com/wait-what-house-intel-chair-says-no-one-at-white-house-under-surveillance-but-one/

- The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, said there was "circumstantial evidence" of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials — and "direct evidence" of deception.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/schiff-trump-russia-democrats-investigation-236231

 

March 20, 2017 Monday

- Day 1 of Neil Gorsuch Senate Hearings.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/20/us/politics/judge-gorsuch-supreme-court-confirmation-hearings.html

- FBI: Trump campaign, Russia ties investigated, no wiretap evidence found. In a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, FBI Director James Comey said for the first time that the bureau is investigating whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow while Russia was interfering in the presidential election. Comey also delivered an implicit rebuke to President Donald Trump, saying that he had "no information" to support claims by the President that he was wiretapped on the orders of predecessor Barack Obama. What made the moment even more extraordinary was Trump’s tweeted commentary on – and misrepresenting of – the hearing as it was happening. Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer said Trump would not apologize to Obama for the accusations against him, adding that there were questions still remaining about surveillance that may or may not have taken place during the campaign.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/20/politics/comey-hearing-russia-wiretapping/index.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/20/fbi-director-comey-confirms-investigation-trump-russia

http://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-us-canada-39328507

- Donald Trump tweets lies during Russia hearings, but MSNBC corrects him in real time.

http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/donald-trump-live-tweets-russia-hearings-but-msnbc-corrects-his-false-claims-in-real-time/1992/

http://www.palmerreport.com/politics/lie-james-comey-donald-trump-russia-tweet/1994/

 

March 21, 2017 Tuesday

- Day 2 of Neil Gorsuch Senate Hearings.

- Trump tells GOP critics of health-care bill: ‘I’m gonna come after you’

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-arrives-on-capitol-hill-to-sell-house-gop-health-care-package/2017/03/21/e8ede3d2-0e2b-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_story.html

- Chair of House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes received a phone call that caused him to bail on his Uber ride and disappear from the staffer he was with.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/24/devin-nunes-vanished-the-night-before-he-made-trump-surveillance-claims.html

 

March 22, 2017 Wednesday

- House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes - without any notice to the committee’s Democrats - held a press conference and then briefed the White House on what he called new evidence, provided to him by an unnamed source, that members of the Trump transition might have been improperly monitored by U.S. intelligence agencies following the November election.

 

March 23, 2017 Thursday

- Trump hosted conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh for dinner at the White House. Limbaugh and his wife had dinner with the president, Vice President Pence and Pence's wife Karen at the White House.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/327525-trump-invited-limbaugh-to-dine-at-the-white-house-report

 

March 24, 2017 Friday

- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling what police said was a racially-motivated murder of a black Manhattan resident by a white man who traveled to the city from Baltimore an "act of domestic, racist terrorism." And he believes that "a dynamic of hatred" is growing in America that "is clearly related to the rhetoric of Donald Trump and even other candidates during the presidential election.”

http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2017/03/de-blasio-dynamic-of-hatred-is-clearly-related-to-donald-trump-110677

- Republican Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Intelligence Committee cancels next week’s open hearing where Sally Yates, John Brennan and James Clapper were to give public testimony. Democratic Co-Chair Schiff strongly objected, calls it a “serious mistake”.

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-election-probe-public-session-canceled-house-intelligence-chair-573893

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/3/24/1646841/-Breaking-Nunes-Cancels-Public-Intelligence-Committee-Hearings

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/adam-schiff-slams-intel-chair-devin-nunes-for-caving-to-white-house-and-canceling-key-russia-hearing/

- Devin Nunes, the head of the House Intelligence Committee, secretly went to the White House grounds to meet with a source, before he surprised his colleagues by briefing the president — and the press — on information they hadn't seen.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/27/521667814/head-of-house-intel-committee-went-to-white-house-grounds-to-meet-source

- Democrats are plotting their next move after questioning House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ fitness to lead the panel’s investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/devin-nunes-russia-trump-investigation-democrats-236471

- House repeal and replacement of ACA fails, is pulled lacking enough votes. Ryan said he told President Trump the best thing to do was pull this bill and Trump agreed with that decision. Trump blamed Democrats.

http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/ryan-concedes-on-health-care-says-house-will-move-on

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-leaders-prepare-to-vote-friday-on-health-care-reform/2017/03/24/736f1cd6-1081-11e7-9d5a-a83e627dc120_story.html

- FBI Director James Comey was at the White House, days after he confirmed his bureau is investigating ties between associates of President Trump and Russia. The White House said Comey visited to attend a “routine interagency meeting,” but did not say with whom he met. No meeting with Comey was listed on the president's public schedule. Comey was spotted leaving the White House less than an hour later after television cameras showed him entering the West Wing.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/325670-fbi-director-comey-visits-white-house

- NBC News Chief Andrea Mitchell has learned that staffers in the Trump Administration are racing to “purge their cellphones” of relevant information as the threat of a subpoena by one of the three investigations into the Trump team’s potentially treasonous collusion with the Russian Federation grows with each passing day.

http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/03/25/nbc-just-busted-trump-team-purging-smartphones-hide-proof-russian-treason/

 

March 25, 2017 Saturday

- New York Mayor De Blasio blames Trump for 'dynamic of hatred' in US.

http://thehill.com/homenews/325782-nyc-mayor-links-race-related-murder-to-trump

- Fights erupt at pro-Donald Trump rally on California beach.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/26/fights-erupt-at-pro-donald-trump-rally-on-california-beach

- Trump aide Boris Epshteyn leaving White House, officials say.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/25/politics/epshteyn-leaving-white-house/

- Politico and London Times reveals Trump handed Angela Merkel a bill thought to be for more than £300 billion supposedly owed by Germany to NATO.

http://www.politico.eu/article/donald-trump-handed-angela-merkel-outrageous-nato-bill-report/

 

March 27, 2017 Monday

- Devin Nunes said that he did not coordinate his allegations that Trump’s transition team was monitored by U.S. intelligence officials with the White House. CNN reported on Monday morning that Nunes had gone to the White House grounds to view those documents, which further raised the question of whether the Trump administration had given them to him and coordinated the story.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/devin-nunes-trump-intelligence-wiretapping-236567

- The storm around intensified after it was revealed that Nunes secretly visited the White House grounds the day before announcing incidental surveillance of Trump’s transition team. The visit raised questions about whether the White House itself was the source of the mysterious intelligence that Nunes, but no one else on Capitol Hill, has seen. Nunes has vowed to protect his source while offering contradictory descriptions of what the documents reveal.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/326036-storm-builds-around-intel-chair-after-secret-white-house-trip

- Pelosi, Schiff call on Devin Nunes to recuse himself from Russia probe. The calls are a stunning breakdown for a committee that has traditionally operated in a bipartisan manner.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/schiff-calls-on-nunes-to-recuse-himself-from-russia-probe-236565

- Trump is reportedly creating a new White House innovation office that will be led by his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. The new office, which is described in the Post report as a “SWAT team” to fix the federal bureaucracy, is working with tech giants. It is expected to pull ideas from the business world and may consider privatizing some government functions. The team will include former business executives, according to the report.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/325869-kushner-to-lead-white-house-innovation-office-report

- Trump criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's policies on Russia in a series of tweets, adding, the "Trump Russia story is a hoax."

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-clinton-russia-236571

 

March 28, 2017 Tuesday

- Trump administration sought to block Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-administration-sought-to-block-sally-yates-from-testifying-to-congress-on-russia/2017/03/28/82b73e18-13b4-11e7-9e4f-09aa75d3ec57_story.html

- Trump signs executive order to sweep away Obama-era climate change regulations. The decree's main target is Obama's Clean Power Plan that required states to slash carbon emissions from power plants - a critical element in helping the United States meet its commitments to a global climate change accord reached by nearly 200 countries in Paris in 2015. The so-called "Energy Independence" order also reverses a ban on coal leasing on federal lands, undoes rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas production, and reduces the weight of climate change and carbon emissions in policy and infrastructure permitting decisions.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-energy-idUSKBN16Z1L6

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-moves-decisively-to-wipe-out-obamas-climate-change-record/2017/03/27/411043d4-132c-11e7-9e4f-09aa75d3ec57_story.html

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article141773404.html

- Europe poised to take baton from US as leader in global efforts to fight climate change, with America’s commitment to Paris accords at risk.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/28/climate-change-eu-leader-trump-executive-order

- White House backs repeal of broadband privacy rules.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-internet-idUSKBN16Z2JI

- Congress voted to kill rules meant to prevent internet service providers from selling users’ web browsing histories and app storage histories to advertisers.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/28/privacy-protection-sell-web-browsing-history-data

- House of Representatives Republican leaders said they still intended to repeal and replace Obamacare after their White House-backed bill failed to get enough support and collapsed last week.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-obamacare-republicans-idUSKBN16Z23K

-  House Republicans blocked more attempts by Democrats to obtain Trump's tax returns from the IRS.

http://www.wcax.com/story/35017580/house-gop-blocks-effort-by-democrats-to-obtain-trumps-taxes

- Trump asks police union officials (FOP) to find out which cops didn’t vote for him.

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/watch-police-union-officials-laugh-uneasily-when-trump-asks-them-to-find-out-which-cops-didnt-vote-for-him/

- Veteran newsman Dan Rather warns Americans of Trump’s ‘power to decimate and destroy’.

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/he-is-a-threat-dan-rather-warns-americans-of-trumps-power-to-decimate-and-destroy/

https://www.facebook.com/theDanRather/posts/10158421087140716

- Trump Administration Omits LGBTQ People from 2020 Census.

http://www.out.com/news-opinion/2017/3/28/breaking-trump-administration-removes-lgbtq-people-2020-census

 

March 29, 2017 Wednesday

- (incidentally) Britain’s PM Theresa May triggers Brexit. Britain now has two years to negotiate the terms of the divorce before it comes into effect in late March 2019.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-39431428

- Trump's business network reached alleged Russian mobsters.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/29/trumps-business-network-reached-alleged-russian-mobsters.html

- A judge in Hawaii has extended a broad block on Trump's revised travel ban, turning aside pleas from the federal government to narrow or drop an earlier order forbidding the president from implementing key parts of his plan.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/trump-travel-ban-order-hawaii-236675

- A supervisor at the Energy Department's international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases "climate change," "emissions reduction" or "Paris Agreement" in written memos, briefings or other written communication, sources have told POLITICO.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/energy-department-climate-change-phrases-banned-236655

- Seattle filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Wednesday, charging that President Donald Trump’s executive order threatening funding for “sanctuary cities” is “unconstitutional and ambiguous,” and violates the 10th Amendment of the Constitution.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/seattle-trump-sanctuary-cities-236672

- Ivanka Trump will become a federal employee as part of unpaid White House role.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/ivanka-trump-federal-employee-unpaid-236657

 

March 30, 2017 Thursday

- First day of Senate Intelligence Committee hearings on Trump-Russia probe. Clinton Watts informed the committee that Russia had been targeting Rubio, along with other of Donald Trump’s Republican opponents, with propaganda or fake news stories during the primary.

- V.P. Pence broke a tie in a Senate vote to roll back federal funding for family planning and reproductive health (derail grants flowing to clinics that provide contraception and other health services to low-income women in states that want to block the funding, e.g., Planned Parentood). In recent years states such as Texas have blocked some healthcare providers from receiving the grants.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-abortion-idUSKBN1712NY

- Nineteen U.S. states have introduced bills that would curb freedom of expression and the right to protest since Donald Trump's election as president, an "alarming and undemocratic" trend, U.N. human rights investigators said on Thursday. Maina Kiai and David Kaye, independent U.N. experts on freedom of peaceful assembly and expression respectively, said in a statement that the state bills were incompatible with international human rights law.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-rights-un-idUSKBN1712SG

- Mike Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, has told the FBI and congressional committees investigating the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/mike-flynn-offers-to-testify-in-exchange-for-immunity-1490912959

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/30/michael-flynn-trump-russia-investigation-testify-immunity

 

March 31, 2017 Friday

- Trump urged Mike Flynn, his former national security adviser, to strike an immunity deal because he's facing “a witch hunt.”

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/michael-flynn-talks-congress-wary-prosecution-46484973

- Trump officials defend immigration arrests at California courthouses. Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly gave no indication that agents would stop the arrests.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-courthouses-idUSKBN1722T1

- Come Monday, the Trump administration may quietly revoke the ability of hundreds of thousands of immigrantsalmost all women — from legally working in the United States, forcing them to choose between heading back to their kitchens or leaving the country altogether.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-may-force-thousands-of-legal-immigrants-to-stop-working-or-head-home/2017/03/30/27d2d8c6-1586-11e7-833c-503e1f6394c9_story.html

- Trump’s EPA has issued a new, more detailed plan for laying off 25 percent of its employees and scrapping 56 programs including pesticide safety, water runoff control, and environmental cooperation with Mexico and Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

- Trump signs executive order aimed at identifying and targeting foreign trade abuses and orders stricter and more effective enforcement of US anti-dumping laws to prevent foreign manufacturers from undercutting US companies by selling goods at an unfair price.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/31/politics/donald-trump-executive-order-signing-walk-out/index.html

- The Trump administration released the financial disclosure forms from members of the White House staff.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/31/us/politics/white-house-releases-staff-financial-disclosures.html

 

April 1, 2017 Saturday

- A federal judge has rejected President Donald Trump’s free speech defense against a lawsuit accusing him of inciting violence against protesters at a campaign rally. Trump’s lawyers sought to dismiss the lawsuit by three protesters who say they were roughed up by his supporters at a March 1, 2016 rally in Louisville, Kentucky.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/judge-to-trump-no-protection-for-speech-inciting-violence/2017/04/01/e9320d68-1737-11e7-bb16-269934184168_story.html

- Wealthy White House staffers' finances detailed in new disclosures.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-disclosures-idUSKBN173331

- Fox, Bill O'Reilly settle claims with five women

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-twenty-firstfox-oreilly-idUSKBN1733W8

 

April 2, 2017 Sunday

- EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, said the Paris climate change agreement is a "bad deal" for the country. He did not confirm whether the United States would remain in the global climate change pact, under which nearly all countries agreed in 2015 to halt or curb their greenhouse gas emissions, even as the world's biggest emitter China reaffirmed its commitment to the agreement.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-paris-idUSKBN1740NP

- Adam Schiff accused Trump of trying to divert Congress from its investigations of Russia's role in the 2016 U.S. election and any links between Moscow and the Trump campaign. He said the Republican president and his aides have instead attempted to throw the focus on the possibility of illegal leaks of classified information and whether Trump or his associates were caught up in incidental collection by surveillance that was targeting foreigners.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1740OL

 

April 3, 2017 Monday

- Democrats secure enough votes to block Gorsuch, setting stage for ‘nuclear option’. Senate Democrats secured enough votes to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, increasing the likelihood that Republicans will change the rules of the U.S. Senate to ensure his confirmation later this week.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-panel-prepares-to-consider-gorsuch-as-threat-of-filibuster-looms/2017/04/03/129bcd8c-186a-11e7-bcc2-7d1a0973e7b2_story.html

- Trump signed a resolution approved by the U.S. House and Senate to revoke a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule banning most predator control on Alaska refuges.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article142522494.html

- Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered Justice Department officials to review reform agreements with troubled police forces nationwide, saying it was necessary to ensure these pacts do not work against the Trump administration's goals of promoting officer safety and morale while fighting violent crime.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article142521054.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-orders-justice-department-to-review-all-police-reform-agreements/2017/04/03/ba934058-18bd-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html

- Blackwater founder, Erik Prince, held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/blackwater-founder-held-secret-seychelles-meeting-to-establish-trump-putin-back-channel/2017/04/03/95908a08-1648-11e7-ada0-1489b735b3a3_story.html

- California lawmakers gave initial approval to a measure that prevents law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials, a measure that proponents said rebukes President Donald Trump for his immigration crackdown. It makes California a statewide sanctuary for many people who are in the country illegally.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article142506584.html

- The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the first hurdle in a week heading towards a political showdown and a permanent change to Senate rules.

http://time.com/4723448/neil-gorsuch-confirmation-vote-senate

- Top White House officials met moderate and conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives in an effort to revive a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-obamacare-pence-idUSKBN1752Q2

- Ever since he seized power in a military takeover nearly four years ago, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt has been barred from the White House. But Trump made clear on Monday that the period of ostracism was over as he hosted Mr. Sisi and pledged unstinting support for the autocratic ruler.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/03/world/middleeast/-egypt-sisi-trump-white-house.html

- Ex-Trump adviser, Carter Page, gave energy industry documents to Russian spy, court files show.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/03/trump-russia-carter-page-energy-industry-files-spy

- Trump signed into law a resolution that repealed protections requiring Internet service providers to get your permission before collecting and sharing data. Democrats and privacy advocates have argued this approach effectively hands over the customer's personal information to the highest bidder.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/03/technology/internet-privacy-law-trump/index.html

- Trump and his son hype misleading reports blaming Susan Rice for alleged wiretap. Right-wing conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich claims Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, ordered the “unmasking” of Trump campaign associates ensnared in U.S. surveillance of foreign agents. It was picked up by Bloomberg’s Eli Lake and then amplified in other conservative media outlets — as vindication of the president’s claims, which have been debunked by various lawmakers, intelligence officials and federal investigators.

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/trump-and-his-son-hype-misleading-reports-blaming-susan-rice-for-alleged-wiretap/

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-04-03/top-obama-adviser-sought-names-of-trump-associates-in-intel

- Fox News hit with new Ailes harassment suit in wake of O'Reilly bombshell.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/03/media/julie-roginsky-lawsuit-fox-news-roger-ailes/index.html

- Eleven killed in suspected suicide bombing on Russian metro train.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-blast-metro-idUSKBN17519G

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/03/europe/st-petersburg-russia-explosion/index.html

 

April 4, 2017 Tuesday

- A chemical attack occurred in Syria and Trump blamed the Syrian regime’s “heinous actions” on the Obama administration’s "weakness and irresolution."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/activists-say-gas-attack-kills-civilians-in-syria-as-eu-leaders-discuss-reconstruction/2017/04/04/16093d24-190a-11e7-8003-f55b4c1cfae2_story.html

- Advertisers flee ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ amid sexual-harassment claims against host.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/advertisers-flee-the-oreilly-factor-amid-sexual-harassment-claims-against-host/2017/04/04/38f63464-1959-11e7-855e-4824bbb5d748_story.html

- U.S. would slash EPA vehicle testing budget under Trump plan.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-autos-environment-idUSKBN1762R4

- Trump’s senior adviser Kushner meets Iraqi PM.

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/04/trumps-senior-adviser-kushner-meets-iraqi-pm-170404083555815.html

- Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro predicted Tuesday that the investigations into Trump's campaign's ties to Russia would lead to imprisonment for some of the key players. "I wouldn't be surprised after all of this is said and done that some people end up in jail."

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/04/politics/joaquin-castro-cnntv-jail/

- Republicans are set to use the “nuclear option” to get Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court.

http://mindy-fischer-writer.com/2017/04/republicans-using-nuclear-option-win-democratic-party-base/

- North Korea test-fires missile into sea ahead of Trump-Xi summit.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN1762XX

- Trump officials are evaluating whether to require foreign nationals who visit the U.S. to divulge cellphone contacts and passwords for social media; new rules could potentially force visitors to supply their phones to authorities to check their contacts. Another method would require visitors to supply authorities with the passwords for online accounts so they may view both public and private interactions. Foreigners entering U.S. could be forced to hand over phones, answer questions on ideology; changes could apply to allies like France and Germany.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/327133-administration-reviewing-extreme-vetting-policies-report

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-administration-considers-far-reaching-steps-for-extreme-vetting-1491303602

- Infowars host Alex Jones threatens Adam Schiff: “I’ll beat your goddamn ass”.

http://www.salon.com/2017/04/04/infowars-host-alex-jones-threatens-adam-schiff-ill-beat-your-goddamn-ass/

https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2017/04/04/trump-ally-alex-jones-threatens-beat-rep-adam-schiff-s-goddamn-ass-anti-gay-tirade/215903

- Politico.com reports Gorsuch plagiarized. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch copied the structure and language used by several authors and failed to cite source material in his book and an academic article, according to documents provided to POLITICO.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/gorsuch-writings-supreme-court-236891

 

April 5, 2017 Wednesday

- Trump removed his chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council on Wednesday, reversing his controversial decision early this year to give a political adviser an unprecedented role in security discussions. The New York Times reported Wednesday evening that Bannon “resisted the move” and threatened to resign if the change was made. It took the intervention of billionaire Rebekah Mercer to persuade him to stay after he was ousted from the NSC saying that achieving their shared nationalistic goals was a “long-term play” and that he needed to remain. The shifting roles also restored the Joint Chiefs chairman and intelligence director roles as “regular attendees” of the Principals Committee on the NSC.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-security-idUSKBN17724S

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/327534-bannon-threatened-to-quit-if-removed-from-national-security-council

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/04/bannon-threatens-to-quit-white-house

- House GOP mulls emergency meeting to push Obamacare repeal.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/obamacare-repeal-republican-emergency-236941

- White nationalists' latest tactic to recruit college students: paper flyers and tape.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/05/white-nationalists-posters-college-student-recruitment

 

April 6, 2017 Thursday

- Senate Republicans on Thursday crushed a Democratic blockade of Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee in a fierce partisan brawl, approving a rule change dubbed the "nuclear option" to allow for conservative judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation by Friday. Trump had encouraged Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to "go nuclear." "In 20 or 30 or 40 years, we will sadly point to today as a turning point in the history of the Senate and the Supreme Court, a day when we irrevocably moved further away from the principles our founders intended for these institutions: principles of bipartisanship, moderation and consensus," Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-gorsuch-idUSKBN17814Y

- Trump arrived in Florida to hold his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, facing pressure to make good on promises for trade concessions and prevent a spiraling crisis with North Korea.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-idUSKBN17815O

- Twitter Inc said in a lawsuit on Thursday that it had received a demand from U.S. officials for records that could reveal the user behind an account opposed to Trump and that it was challenging the demand in court.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-twitter-lawsuit-idUSKBN1782PH

https://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/twitter-sues-feds-over-attempt-to-reveal-identity-behind

- Devin Nunes steps aside from House intelligence committee's Russia inquiry. Nunes said he would ‘temporarily’ leave the inquiry into Trump’s connections to Russia, saying that ‘leftwing activists’ had filed ethics complaints against him.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/06/devin-nunes-leaves-house-intelligence-committee-russia-inquiry-ethics-inquiry

- Trump weighing military options following chemical weapons attack in Syria. When asked if Trump would be organizing an international coalition to remove Assad, Tillerson said, “Those steps are underway.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-weighing-military-options-following-chemical-weapons-attack-in-syria/2017/04/06/0c59603a-1ae8-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html

https://www.yahoo.com/news/tillerson-steps-way-remove-assad-power-syria-200018022.html

- The House Ethics Committee announced today that it is investigating Nunes' actions after "allegations of unauthorized disclosures of classified information," noting that the investigation "does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred."

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article143054719.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rep-devin-nunes-steps-russia-probe/story?id=46620555

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/devin-nunes-russia-probe

- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Republicans as they departed Washington on Thursday that their recesses could be cut short if a deal is reached on legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/327616-gop-leader-suggests-house-could-be-called-back-from-recess-to-vote

- TRUMP LAUNCHES MILITARY STRIKE AGAINST SYRIA. US warships launched between 50-60 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian government airbase where the warplanes that carried out the chemical attacks were based, US officials said.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/06/politics/donald-trump-syria-military/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-weighing-military-options-following-chemical-weapons-attack-in-syria/2017/04/06/0c59603a-1ae8-11e7-9887-1a5314b56a08_story.html

- Canada Welcomes Tech Companies That Are Spooked by Trump.

http://time.com/4728289/canada-welcomes-tech-companies-spooked-trump/

 

April 7, 2017 Friday

- The Republican-led Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court tilting it to the right for decades.

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/apr/07/senate-confirms-neil-gorsuch-supreme-court-trump

- Russia warns of “extremely serious consequences” from U.S. strike in Syria. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev charged that the U.S. strikes were one step away from clashing with Russia's military.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idUSKBN1782S0

- Russia is suspending a communications channel with the United States set up to avoid midair incidents between Russian and U.S. pilots in the skies over the Syria.

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/327751-russia-suspends-communication-line-with-us-meant-to-avoid-collisions-in-syria

-  Truck drives into crowd in Stockholm, killing four people. Suspect arrested over incident which police are treating as act of terrorism.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/07/truck-crashes-in-central-stockholm-sweden

- Syrian military officials appeared to anticipate Thursday night's raid on Syria's Shayrat air base, evacuating personnel and moving equipment ahead of the strike, according to an eyewitness.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/eyewitness-syrian-military-anticipated-us-raid/story

- Syrian strikes didn't target runway as to not effect Russians, says US military official, & Tomahawk type used was precision, not cratering. This might offer some reassurance to Assad that the air strikes were more a slap on the wrist than the beginning of a knockout blow.

https://twitter.com/CarlaBabbVOA/status/850358298918494209

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2017/0407/US-strike-sends-message-to-Syria-what-it-didn-t-say

http://en.addiyar.com/article/1340877-pentagon-informed-several-countries-of-planned-targeted-missile-strikes-in-syria

https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2017/04/269543.htm

- The US had provided Russia with advance information of its deadly missile strikes on Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

https://sputniknews.com/world/201704071052397457-russia-kremlin-syria-strike/

 

April 9, 2017 Sunday

- A joint command center made up of the forces of Russian, Iran and allied militia alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad said the U.S. strike on a Syrian air base crossed "red lines" and it would now respond to any new aggression.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-allies-idUSKBN17B0K7

Asked at a press conference whether the U.S. would lead an international coalition to oust the Syrian leader, Tillerson replied that "those steps are underway."

http://www.wfaa.com/news/world/tillerson-steps-are-underway-to-oust-syrias-assad/429294858

- Palm Sunday bombings of Egyptian Coptic churches kill 44.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-violence-idUSKBN17B06U

- As the US navy deployed a strike group towards the western Pacific Ocean, to provide a presence near the Korean peninsula, the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, said China agreed with the Trump administration that “action has to be taken” regarding North Korea.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/09/us-navy-strike-group-north-korea-peninsula-syria-missile-strike

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/08/politics/navy-korean-peninsula/index.html

- Third Trump ally KT McFarland removed from National Security Council. Her departure follows that of Michael Flynn and Stephen Bannon.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/kt-mcfarland-national-security-council-singapore-ambassador-stephen-bannon-michael-flynn-donald-a7675361.html

 

April 10, 2017 Monday

-  North Korea 'ready for war' after US navy strike team redeploys. Pyongyang cites ‘reckless moves’ by US and says it will defend the country from invasion ‘by powerful force of arms’.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/11/north-korea-ready-for-war-us-navy-redeploys

- White House warns of potential US 'red line' over Syria barrel bomb attacks

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/10/syria-top-of-agenda-as-g7-foreign-ministers-meet-in-italy

- Neil Gorsuch is Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice, placing a devoted conservative in the seat once occupied by Justice Antonin Scalia and handing President Trump a victory in his push to shape the court for decades to come.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/us/politics/neil-gorsuch-supreme-court.html

- Russia and Iran request an 'unbiased investigation' into Syrian chemical attack

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/syria-chemical-attack-russia-iran-joint-investigation-weapons-donald-trump-sergey-lavrov-mohammad-a7676856.html

- Russia and Iran warn US they will 'respond with force' if red lines crossed in Syria again.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/russia-iran-us-america-syria-red-lines-respond-with-force-aggressor-air-strikes-war-latest-a7675031.html

- Don Benton, the controversial former state senator from Vancouver who was an early Donald Trump supporter, will be nominated to head the U.S. Selective Service System.

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/after-tension-at-epa-ex-state-sen-don-benton-to-lead-selective-service/

[Other] It's not just Syria. Trump is ratcheting up wars across the world.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/10/not-just-syria-trump-ratcheting-up-wars-world

 

April 11, 2017 Tuesday

- White House spokesman Sean Spicer triggered an uproar on Tuesday by saying Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-hitler-idUSKBN17D2N9

- North Korean state media warned on Tuesday of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression, if provoked.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-idUSKBN17D0A4

- The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of Carter Page saying there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power (Russia).

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN17E00G

- Trump's message to bankers: Wall Street reform rules (Dodd-Frank) may be eliminated. Trump said major banking rules put in place after the 2008 financial crisis were planned to get a "major haircut".

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-business-idUSKBN17D1ZD

 

April 12, 2017 Wednesday

- Russian President Vladimir Putin said trust had eroded between the United States and Russia as Moscow delivered an unusually hostile reception to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a face-off over Syria.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-idUSKBN17E1AF

- Trump administration moving quickly to build up nationwide deportation force.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-moving-quickly-to-build-up-nationwide-deportation-force/2017/04/12/7a7f59c2-1f87-11e7-be2a-3a1fb24d4671_story.html

- Trump on NATO: ‘I said it was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete.’

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/12/trump-on-nato-i-said-it-was-obsolete-its-no-longer-obsolete/

 

April 13, 2017 Thursday

- U.S. drops 'mother of all bombs' in Afghanistan. The United States dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb (cost $16M), also known as the "mother of all bombs," in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants, the military said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-bomb-idUSKBN17F27U

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/04/13/u-s-military-drops-22000-pound-bomb-on-islamic-state-forces-in-afghanistan/

http://www.deagel.com/Defensive-Weapons/GBU-43B_a000978001.aspx

- China warns against force against North Korea. With a U.S. aircraft carrier group steaming to the area and tension rising, China said military force cannot resolve tension over North Korea.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-event-idUSKBN17E2CT

- NATO deploys troops to Poland. Poland on Thursday welcomed the first U.S. troops in a multi-national force which is being posted across the Baltic region to counter potential threats from Russia.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nato-russia-poland-idUSKBN17F290

- Improperly stored raw meat among violations found at Trump's Mar-a-Lago. Undercooled meat, potentially dangerous raw fish and broken coolers were among 13 violations found by restaurant inspectors at Mar-a-Lago.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-maralago-idUSKBN17F23A

- Trump signed a resolution that will allow U.S. states to restrict how federal funds for contraception and reproductive health are spent, a move cheered by anti-abortion campaigners.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-abortion-idUSKBN17F2IH

- CIA director labels WikiLeaks a ‘hostile intelligence service’.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/mike-pompeo-wikileaks-hostile-intelligence-service-237206

- British intelligence passed Trump associates' communications with Russians on to US counterparts.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/trump-russia-british-intelligence/index.html

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/apr/13/british-spies-first-to-spot-trump-team-links-russia

- Trump signs bill that guts Title X emboldening states that try to block access to health care, particularly at Planned Parenthood health centers, which provides basic health care, including family planning, to millions of Americans every year.

http://shareblue.com/donald-trump-just-killed-family-planning-for-millions-of-americans/

- The former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service went on the record saying Donald Trump owes money to Russia, putting Trump in a compromised position that “lingers” over him as president.

http://shareblue.com/breaking-former-uk-spy-chief-says-trump-likely-owes-money-to-russia/

- Trump administration issued a final rule that will shorten the Obamacare enrollment period and give insurers more of what they say they need, likely making it harder for some consumers to purchase insurance. It could also raise out-of-pocket medical expenses, the experts said, because it gives insurers more flexibility in determining the value of their coverage.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-rule-idUSKBN17F2RX

- Trump administration halts Obama-era rule aimed at curbing toxic wastewater from coal plants.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/04/13/trump-administration-halts-obama-era-rule-aimed-at-curbing-toxic-wastewater-from-coal-plants/

- Trump’s administration has been quietly loosening firearms restrictions in the United States after successfully seeking the support of gun owners on the campaign trail.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article144436204.html

 

April 14, 2017 Friday

- China fears North Korea-US conflict 'at any moment'. China said tension over North Korea had to be stopped from reaching an "irreversible and unmanageable stage."

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39600426

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-event-idUSKBN17E2CT

- Trump will keep list of White House visitors secret.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/14/trump-to-discontinue-obama-policy-of-voluntarily-releasing-white-house-visitor-logs/

- EPA chief Scott Pruitt calls for an ‘exit’ from the Paris climate agreement.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/04/14/trumps-epa-chief-scott-pruitt-calls-for-an-exit-to-the-paris-climate-agreement/

- Trump’s lawyers in a federal court filing argued that he cannot be sued for inciting his supporters to hurt protesters because, as the president, he is immune from civil lawsuits.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/trump-inciting-violence-protest-rally-lawsuit-237249

 

April 15, 2017 Saturday

- Thousands at U.S. rallies demand Trump release tax returns.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-taxes-idUSKBN17H0FW

- Right, left-wing protesters clash in Berkeley, California park.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-berkeley-protests-idUSKBN17H0LU

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article144817389.html

- U.S. judge puts hold on Arkansas plan for successive executions. Arkansas planned to begin the lethal injections of at least six convicted murderers on Monday and complete the executions before the end of April (totaling 8). Arkansas had scheduled the fast-paced series of executions in order to beat the expiration date on its batch of one of the three drugs used in its lethal injection cocktail.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-arkansas-execution-stay-idUSKBN17G1L4

- Former Afghan president calls decision to drop massive U.S. bomb 'treason'.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-bomb-idUSKBN17F27U

- North Korea displays apparently new missiles as U.S. carrier group approaches. New missiles centre of huge parade as Kim Jong-un aide threatens 'annihilating' nuclear strike

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-anniversary-idUSKBN17G0WU

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-war-weapons-tests-launch-kim-jong-un-donald-trump-parade-missiles-day-of-the-sun-a7684776.html

- Maxine Waters rallies Tax March crowd for Trump's impeachment.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/328979-waters-rallies-tax-march-crowd-for-trumps-impeachment

-  Man accused of assaulting woman at election rally says Trump inspired him. Lawyers for veteran being sued over an altercation at a Trump campaign rally in Kentucky says he acted at the candidate’s urging.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/15/trump-campaign-rally-lawsuit-assault-kentucky

- G.O.P. Bill Would Make Medical Malpractice Suits Harder to Win.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/15/us/politics/republicans-health-care-bill-medical-malpractice-suits.html

 

April 16, 2017 Sunday

- EPA emerges as major target after Trump solicits policy advice from industry, dramatic steps that Trump officials are likely to take in overhauling federal policies, especially those designed to advance environmental protection and safeguard worker rights.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/epa-emerges-as-major-target-after-trump-solicits-policy-advice-from-industry/2017/04/16/87a8a55a-205d-11e7-ad74-3a742a6e93a7_story.html

- ICE immigration arrests of noncriminals double under Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration-arrests-of-noncriminals-double-under-trump/2017/04/16/98a2f1e2-2096-11e7-be2a-3a1fb24d4671_story.html

- Trump reverses campaign pledge to label China 'currency manipulator' in light of North Korea

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-china-currency-manipulator-treasury-department-report-manufacturers-xi-jinping-meeting-a7686261.html

- Trump claimed that the tens of thousands of protesters that want his tax returns made public were paid; demanding an investigation into who paid them.

http://www.politicususa.com/2017/04/16/trump-bonkers-demands-investigation-protesters-tax-returns.html

-  Mike Pence warns North Korea: 'Era of strategic patience is over'; reiterates commitment to protect South Korea during visit the heavily armed border with the North.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/17/mike-pence-north-korea-missile-nuclear-strategic-patience-is-over

 

April 17, 2017 Monday

- Trump called Turkey's Erdogan to congratulate him on referendum win.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-election-usa-idUSKBN17J1M3

- Burying 'Trumpomania,' Kremlin TV says Trump scarier than North Korean leader.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-trump-media-idUSKBN17J16D

- Trump's travel policies hurting 'U.S. brand' and discouraging tourists, experts say.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/17/news/economy/trump-travel-tourism/index.html

- Trump says he has 'exposed the total failure' of Obama's foreign policy.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-obama-foreign-policy-failure-tweet-syria-afghanistan-twitter-a7687331.html

 

April 18, 2017 Tuesday

- Trump ordered federal agencies to look at tightening a visa program used to bring high-skilled foreign workers to the United States, as he tries to carry out his campaign pledge to put "America First."

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-visa-idUSKBN17K02U

- Asylum applications in Mexico surge after Trump election win.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-mexico-exclusive-idUSKBN17K2CE

- Congressional critics of the Department of Homeland Security should “shut up’’ and assume the agency is acting appropriately and following the law, the agency’s chief said in a combative public speech.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/dhs-secretary-kelly-says-congressional-critics-should-shut-up-or-change-laws/2017/04/18/8a2a92b6-2454-11e7-b503-9d616bd5a305_story.html

- Trump just targeted a new opponent — Canada's dairy trade industry.

http://time.com/4745273/donald-trump-canada-dairy-trade-industry/

- World Leaders On Edge as Trump Weighs Pulling U.S. Out of Paris Climate Deal.

http://time.com/4723481/donald-trump-paris-agreement-withdraw/

- Pruitt allies explore hiring private lawyers to rewrite EPA rule to bypass the EPA employees who spent five years writing the Waters of the U.S. regulation — the kinds of career federal bureaucrats whom supporters of President Donald Trump often deride as the "deep state."

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/pruitt-water-rules-private-lawyers-237339

- U.S. carrier not near North Korea after all despite what the president said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/18/world/asia/aircraft-carrier-north-korea-carl-vinson.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/despite-talk-of-a-military-strike-trumps-armada-was-a-long-way-from-korea/2017/04/18/e8ef4237-e26a-4cfc-b5e9-526c3a17bd41_story.html

 

April 19, 2017 Wednesday

- U.S. House banking chairman unveils Dodd-Frank replacement.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-banks-doddfrank-idUSKBN17L2VE

- Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election to Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-election-exclusive-idUSKBN17L2N3

- The EPA said it would begin the process of shrinking its 15,000-employee workforce through buyouts, in the wake of President Trump’s executive order last month aimed at streamlining agencies throughout the federal government.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/04/19/epa-plans-to-offer-buyouts-as-part-of-trump-push-to-shrink-workforce/

- Berkeley cancels conservative firebrand Ann Coulter’s speech over fears of more violent protests.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/04/19/berkeley-cancels-ann-coulter-speech-over-fears-of-more-violent-protests/

- [Other] How Bill O'Reilly created Donald Trump.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/19/politics/bill-oreilly-fox-news-ailes/index.html

- [Other] Neurologist Diagnoses Trump With ‘Cognitive Failure’ – Mental Ability Limited.

http://bipartisanreport.com/2017/04/19/neurologist-diagnoses-trump-with-cognitive-failure-mental-ability-limited-details/

http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/donald-trumps-mental-lapses-rapidly-worsen-as-he-keeps-calling-paul-ryan-by-wrong-name/2352/

http://www.palmerreport.com/politics/brain-specialist-doctor-believes-donald-trumps-frontal-lobe-is-failing/2354/

- The White House is gearing up for a government shutdown fight to secure money for a border wall, more immigration enforcement officers and a bigger military.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/19/donald-trump-border-security-shutdown-fight-237376

- [Other] Dan Rather: While we were distracted by O’Reilly, Trump brought us closer to World War III.

http://resistancereport.com/politics/dan-rather-oreilly/

 

April 20, 2017 Thursday

- White House Officials, Craving Progress, Push Revised Health Bill.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/20/us/politics/affordable-care-act-house-republicans-trump.html

- Trump launches trade probe targeting Chinese steel.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-steel-idUSKBN17M237

- U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, said on Thursday he has not ruled out leaving before his term finishes.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-politics-chaffetz-idUSKBN17M29S

- Rex Tillerson Warns Iran Over 'Alarming' Behavior in The Middle East.

http://time.com/4747912/rex-tillerson-iran-middle-east-nuclear-deal/

- Exxon seeking U.S. permission to resume oil project in Russia. With its old C.E.O. Rex Tillerson running the State Department, this should be a piece of cake.

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/04/exxon-russia-sanctions-rex-tillerson

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/19/business/energy-environment/exxon-mobil-russia-sanctions-waiver-oil.html

- U.S. defense secretary James Mattis met with Saudi royals, American officials suggested that Washington might provide additional military and intelligence assistance to the kingdom’s fight in Yemen.

http://www.newsweek.com/yemen-civil-war-us-saudi-arabia-airstrikes-houthi-rebels-587018

- US could end visa-free travel for Europeans, Trump's Secretary of Homeland Security says.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/us-visa-waiver-ends-european-travel-donald-trump-john-kelly-homeland-security-a7692861.html

- Trump hosts man who called for death of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at White House.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-ted-nugent-sarah-palin-white-house-visit-kid-rock-photo-a7693361.html

- Pentagon chief: US won't reveal 'mother of all bombs' toll.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article145732534.html

- A divided Supreme Court has rejected appeals that would have put off the execution of Arkansas inmate Ledell Lee. New justice Neil Gorsuch voted with the majority of five to deny the stay of execution sought by Lee and the other inmates.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article145719289.html

- US prepares charges to seek arrest of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/20/politics/julian-assange-wikileaks-us-charges/index.html

- UC Berkeley reverses course, re-books canceled Ann Coulter speech.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-coulter-idUSKBN17M1W1

- White House turns up heat on Congress to revise the Affordable Care Act.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-leaders-downplay-revisions-to-health-care-bill-offered-by-house-moderate/2017/04/20/3890a8f8-25d7-11e7-bb9d-8cd6118e1409_story.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/20/obamacare-repeal-republicans-new-deal-237397

- Trump’s lawyers argued in a Thursday court filing that protesters “have no right” to “express dissenting views” at Trump’s campaign rallies because such protests infringed on his First Amendment rights.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/20/donald-trump-protest-rallies-speech-237431

- Palin invited Ted Nugent and Kid Rock to the White House because 'Jesus was booked'.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/20/trump-ted-nugent-kid-rock-sarah-palin-237402

- Jeff Sessions doesn’t think a judge in Hawaii — a.k.a. ‘an island in the Pacific’ — should overrule Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/20/jeff-sessions-doesnt-think-a-judge-in-hawaii-a-k-a-an-island-in-the-pacific-should-overrule-trump/

- FCC votes to allow some broadcasters to buy more TV stations.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fcc-votes-allow-broadcasters-buy-165159526.html

 

April 21, 2017 Friday

- Sanctuary Cities Face Aid Cuts as Justice Dept. Tightens Screws. Trump administration sent letters Friday to nine jurisdictions telling them they were obligated to prove compliance.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/21/us/politics/sanctuary-city-justice-department.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-sanctuary-idUSKBN17N2JA

- California cities ready to fight Trump’s call to punish so-called ‘sanctuary cities’.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article146093959.html

- [Other] Tech firms look to Canada in light of Trump H1-B visa reform.

https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/tech-firms-look-canada-light-trump-h1-b-visa-reform-122513990.html

- Arkansas execution flurry marks early test for new Justice Gorsuch who casts death-penalty vote in one of his first Supreme Court cases. Gorsuch helped clear the way for Arkansas to hold its first execution in 12 years, a sign of the challenges facing other inmates seeking to block their executions next week.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/gorsuch-casts-death-penalty-vote-in-one-of-his-first-supreme-court-cases/2017/04/21/2d9bc5dc-26a8-11e7-a1b3-faff0034e2de_story.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-arkansas-execution-idUSKBN17N1IO

- Treasury Department will not grant exemptions to companies looking to drill in Russia, including Exxon Mobil, in a move aimed at showing the United States would maintain a tough stance on sanctions against Moscow.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-exxon-mobil-sanctions-russia-usa-idUSKBN17N2B5

- Trump: Marine Le Pen is 'strongest candidate' in French election. Trump claims he did not ‘explicitly endorse’ when appearing to support the far-right leader known for her Islamophobic and xenophobic platform.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/21/donald-trump-marine-le-pen-french-presidential-election

- Trump ordered his Treasury Department to review measures put in place by the Obama administration, setting the stage for a rollback of regulations that were intended to curtail corporate tax evasion and prevent another financial crisis.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/21/us/politics/trump-order-takes-aim-at-tax-regulations-imposed-by-obama.html

- U.S. states realign in legal battle over Trump's travel ban which faces its second challenge at a U.S. appeals court next month, and this time more Republican states are backing the measure.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-legal-idUSKBN17O00W

- Trump on US charging Julian Assange: 'It's OK with me'.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-julian-assange-wikileaks-response-a7696326.html

- Trump has 'dangerous mental illness', say psychiatry experts at Yale conference. Mental health experts say President is 'paranoid and delusional'.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-dangerous-mental-illness-yale-psychiatrist-conference-us-president-unfit-james-gartner-a7694316.html

- Indian techies, IT firms fret as Trump orders U.S. visa review.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-india-immigration-idUSKBN17N1VA

- Transcript of AP interview with Trump.

https://apnews.com/c810d7de280a47e88848b0ac74690c83

 

April 22, 2017 Saturday

- March for Science draws big crowds across U.S. The marches were effectively protests against steep cuts that Trump has proposed for federal science and research budgets and his administration's skepticism about climate change and the need to slow global warming. ‘There is no Planet B’. More than 600 marches held around the world, with organizers saying science ‘under attack’ from a White House that dismisses the threat of climate change.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/22/march-for-science-earth-day-climate-change-trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/big-turnout-expected-for-march-for-science-in-dc/2017/04/21/67cf7f90-237f-11e7-bb9d-8cd6118e1409_story.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-earth-day-usa-march-idUSKBN17O09F

- Trump's promised "big announcement" next week on overhauling the U.S. tax code will consist of "broad principles and priorities," an administration official said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tax-trump-idUSKBN17O0KY

- Trump officials delay grant for Caltrain upgrade. California officials, who had hoped the long-awaited project would mesh nicely with Trump’s call for fresh spending on the nation’s aging infrastructure but an otherwise popular initiative has become a GOP target, seen as a pet project of the former president.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/though-shovels-are-ready-trump-officials-delay-grant-for-caltrain-upgrade/2017/04/22/013ee458-160c-11e7-ada0-1489b735b3a3_story.html

- Surgeon general is removed by Trump administration, replaced by deputy for now.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/04/22/surgeon-general-vivek-h-murthy-removed-by-trump-administration-replaced-by-deputy-for-now/

- Trump and his top aides have been calling on Congress to take dramatic action in the coming week: vote on health care, take up tax reform and demand that Democrats agree to a stopgap spending measure that includes funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/ryan-promises-to-keep-government-open--and-makes-no-promises-on-health-care/2017/04/22/2f9aeaea-2769-11e7-b503-9d616bd5a305_story.html

 

April 23, 2017 Sunday

- (Other) North Korea says it is ready to strike U.S. aircraft carrier.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-japan-idUSKBN17P01Y

- Trump, Pence allies rake in millions as new Washington lobbyists.

http://www.wgrz.com/ext/news/nation-now/trump-pence-allies-rake-in-millions-as-new-washington-lobbyists/71/nationnow/5ouEeJqVqwEIg6sc00IOGI

- Senior US officials hint that Donald Trump’s Mexican border wall could lead to government shutdown.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/mexican-us-border-wall-funding-congress-donald-trump-veto-shut-down-government-john-kelly-mick-a7697846.html

- Trump has worst poll approval rating at 100 days than any President since 1945.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-worst-approval-rating-since-1945-barack-obama-higher-foreign-policy-jobs-hillary-a7697381.html

 

April 24, 2017 Monday

- Trump pressed congressional Republicans to use the threat of a government shutdown to win funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/showdown-looms-as-trump-demands-funding-for-wall-on-us-mexico-border/2017/04/23/5e0a2840-276a-11e7-b503-9d616bd5a305_story.html

- Trump’s boastful AP interview - Some of the claims are truly remarkable, including that he may have given the greatest speech in the history of the House chamber and that a Democrat told him he'd be among the greatest presidents ever.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/24/trumps-bragging-boastful-ap-interview-annotated/

- U.S. college campuses have been the “hotbed of anti-Semitism,” according to researchers at Tel Aviv University. The Anti-Defamation League found that anti-Semitic incidents overall, which it says were driven by the presidential election, skyrocketed last year and in first months of 2017.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/04/24/the-hotbed-of-anti-semitism-isnt-a-foreign-country-but-u-s-college-campuses-report-says/

- Trump calls for new U.N. sanctions on North Korea.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-idUSKBN17Q06N

- China urges 'restraint' amid North Korea threat to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier. Xi Jinping Urges Trump to 'Avoid Aggravating' North Korea.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39695503

http://time.com/4753577/xi-jinping-donald-trump-north-korea-restraint/

- Entire U.S. Senate to go to White House for North Korea briefing. All 100 senators have been asked to the White House for the briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-usa-senate-idUSKBN17Q1LR

- U.S. Senate confirmed former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-perdue-idUSKBN17Q2BS

- U.S. State Department website published an article this month about Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, stoking criticism from prominent ethics experts.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-resort-ethics-idUSKBN17Q2BC

- Students who invited conservative commentator Ann Coulter to speak at the University of California at Berkeley sued school officials saying their postponement of her talk was discriminatory and violated free speech rights.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-coulter-idUSKBN17Q22Y

- Trump to impose tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber.

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/business-a-lobbying/330335-trump-to-impose-tariffs-on-canadian-softwood-lumber

- AP uses the word “Unintelligible” sixteen times in its interview transcript with Donald Trump.

http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/ap-uses-the-word-unintelligible-sixteen-times-in-its-interview-transcript-with-donald-trump/2432/

- US Supreme Court clears way for rare double execution in Arkansas. Ruling came just minutes before another inmate was pronounced dead. Lethal injections will be first double execution in more than 16 years.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/24/arkansas-double-executions-supreme-court-jack-jones-marcel-williams

- Trump fumes about supposedly ‘fake’ polls giving him a dismal approval rating.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-fumes-supposedly-fake-polls-giving-dismal-approval-rating-131804187.html

- Trump seeks 15 percent corporate tax rate, even if it swells the national debt. Trump has instructed advisers to propose cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, according to White House officials.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-seeks-15-percent-corporate-tax-rate-even-if-it-swells-the-national-debt/2017/04/24/0c78a35c-2923-11e7-be51-b3fc6ff7faee_story.html

- Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote Monday that the court is developing a “disturbing trend” of siding with police officers accused of excessive force at the expense of their alleged victims, a notion disputed by two of her colleagues.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/sotomayor-sees-disturbing-trend-of-unequal-treatment-regarding-police-alleged-victims/2017/04/24/dfe8c368-2912-11e7-b605-33413c691853_story.html

- Republicans in Congress push for religious liberty executive order asking Trump to scale back Obama-era protections for gays and lesbians in order to make good on a campaign promise to protect religious liberty.

http://www.khou.com/news/politics/national-politics/republicans-in-congress-push-for-religious-liberty-executive-order/433803421

 

April 25, 2017 Tuesday

- German crowd boos Ivanka Trump for calling her father a ‘champion’ for families.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/04/25/ivanka-trump-wants-to-help-female-entrepreneurs-they-say-her-dad-is-making-their-work-harder/

- Public pans Republicans’ latest approach to replacing Affordable Care Act. American public disagrees with the course that Trump and congressional Republicans are pursuing to replace the Affordable Care Act with conservative policies, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/public-pans-republicans-latest-approach-to-replacing-affordable-care-act/2017/04/25/25355eb0-26aa-11e7-bb9d-8cd6118e1409_story.html

-  Trump signals delay on border wall funding to avoid government shutdown; tells conservative media his $1.4bn demand could be pushed to September, avoiding a spending freeze on his 100th day in office.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/25/trump-signals-delay-on-border-wall-funding-to-avoid-government-shutdown

- Michael Flynn's Russia payment likely broke disclosure laws, the leading Republican and Democrat on the House oversight committee said.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/25/michael-flynn-russia-payment-house-panel-investigation

- White House refuses to hand over documents to House Oversight Committee on Michael Flynn to Trump-Russia investigation.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-russia-investigation-michael-flynn-documents-white-house-a7701921.html

- Trudeau vows to defend Canada interests as U.S. targets lumber and trade tensions between the two countries escalated, sending the Canadian dollar to a 14-month low..

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-canada-trade-idUSKBN17R1VZ

- Trump to strip all funding from State Department team promoting women's rights around the world.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-budget-2018-state-department-cut-office-global-womens-issues-oxfam-ivanka-a7701631.html

- Trump behaviour ‘showing a lot of signs’ of dangerous mental illness, says psychiatrist.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-mental-illness-signs-yale-psychiatrist-dr-bandy-lee-dangerous-us-president-goldwater-a7700816.html

- Hannity: Liberal 'fascism' trying to silence every conservative voice.

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/330362-hannity-liberal-fascism-trying-to-silence-every-conservative-voice

- Sen. Richard Burr, Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a recent interview that the U.S. and Russia are locked in a new Cold War.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/330439-burr-us-in-new-cold-war-with-russia

- A U.S. judge blocked Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, dealing another legal blow to the administration's efforts to toughen immigration enforcement.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-ruling-idUSKBN17R2QO

- [Other] New Alt-Right “Fight Club” Ready for Street Violence.

https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/04/25/new-alt-right-%E2%80%9Cfight-club%E2%80%9D-ready-street-violence

 

April 26, 2017 Wednesday

- Trump unveiled a one-page plan proposing deep U.S. tax cuts, many for businesses, that would make the federal deficit balloon if enacted, and would be the largest overhaul since Reagan era.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/us/politics/trump-tax-cut-plan.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tax-idUSKBN17S1CE

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/26/trump-tax-cuts-proposal-deductions-brackets

- Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing his tax returns.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/26/trump-no-tax-returns-steven-mnuchin-237642

- U.S. Commerce Department launched an investigation to determine whether a flood of aluminum imports from China and elsewhere was compromising U.S. national security, a step that could lead to broad import restrictions on the metal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-aluminum-idUSKBN17T044

- (Pew Research) Among white evangelicals, regular churchgoers are the most supportive of Trump.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/04/26/among-white-evangelicals-regular-churchgoers-are-the-most-supportive-of-trump/

- Republican lawmakers launched the next round in their fight against federal regulation as the U.S. Senate began work on legislation to change nearly every step agencies take in creating and applying new rules.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-regulation-idUSKBN17S33P

- The conservative House Freedom Caucus came out in support of a reworked U.S. healthcare overhaul bill. The bill would replace Obamacare's income-based tax credit with a flat age-based credit, roll back an expansion of the Medicaid government health insurance program for the poor and repeal most Obamacare taxes. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated 24 million fewer people would have insurance under the bill.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN17S2F1

- FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed overturning the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules that prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to certain internet services over others.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fcc-neutrality-idUSKBN17S2I3

- Trump looks to renegotiate, not cancel NAFTA With Canada.

http://time.com/4757113/trump-nafta-renegotiate-cancel/

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/27/525918213/trump-looks-to-renegotiate-nafta-with-canada

- Trump is considering splitting up the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after its recent rulings that have blocked two of his executive orders.

http://time.com/4756872/donald-trump-ninth-circuit-court/

- Pentagon and Trump officials sound alarm on North Korea nuclear threat, summoning all 100 senators to the White House to hear top defense officials declare that defending the U.S. from a possible nuclear attack has become a top priority.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article147000349.html

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/330791-senators-get-n-korea-briefing-in-rare-meeting

- Iran fires new cruise missiles amid gulf tensions with U.S.

http://www.newsweek.com/iran-military-fire-cruise-missiles-gulf-tensions-us-590462

- US conducts missile test amid growing tensions over North Korea.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-missile-test-intercontinental-ballistic-minuteman-california-donald-trump-north-korea-kim-jong-un-a7704391.html

- Nuclear attack drills staged near Manhattan as US-North Korea tensions escalate.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/new-york-nuclear-attack-drills-manhattan-north-korea-bomb-threat-trump-a7704516.html

- Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein on Trump-Russia investigation: 'Oh my god, there's a cover-up going on'.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-russia-investigation-cover-up-michael-flynn-carl-bernstein-a7704381.html

 

April 27, 2017 Thursday

- U.S. Senate confirms R. Alexander Acosta to head Labor Department, first Hispanic member of the Trump cabinet.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-labor-idUSKBN17T3D1

- FCC chief unveils plan to scrap Obama-era internet rules to reverse the landmark 2015 "net neutrality" order and disclosed the agency may withdraw "bright line" rules barring internet companies from blocking, throttling or giving "fast lanes" to some websites.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-internet-fcc-idUSKBN17T34W

- Mike Flynn under formal investigation by Pentagon over payments from Russia.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/27/mike-flynn-pentagon-formal-investigation-russia

- White House press secretary Spicer blames Obama for Flynn’s security clearance.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/330925-spicer-blames-obama-for-flynns-security-clearance

- Senate Minority Leader Schumer objected to a deal on passing a one-week stopgap government funding bill, citing concerns about ongoing negotiations over a larger spending agreement. Schumer said there were still unresolved "poison pill riders" being worked out on a longer spending deal that would fund the government through Sept. 30.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/331009-schumer-blocks-one-week-stopgap-funding-bill

- Senate Democrats are exploring a lawsuit against Trump on the grounds that his vast business empire has created conflicts of interest that violate the Constitution.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/330996-democrats-exploring-lawsuit-against-trump

- Rep. Adam Schiff said Trump is likely to blame his predecessor Barack Obama for any shortcomings or difficulties during his time in office. "I'm confident of this, Chuck: On the last day of the Trump administration, Trump will be blaming Obama for something," Schiff told MSNBC.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/331011-schiff-trump-will-blame-obama-during-his-entire-presidency

- Trump will abolish women's right to abortion, warns expert US doctor. Dr Willie Parker said he expected the Trump presidency to succeed in overturning Roe v Wade.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-abortion-illegal-dr-willie-parker-planned-parenthood-roe-v-wade-pro-life-choice-neil-a7670496.html

- House Republican leaders delayed a vote on their Obamacare repeal bill until next week at the earliest, denying Trump a major legislative victory during his first 100 days in office.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/27/house-republicans-obamacare-repeal-votes-237685

 

April 28, 2017 Friday

- The House passed legislation to avoid a government shutdown just hours ahead of a midnight deadline. The weeklong stopgap measure easily passed. After the Senate clears the bill late Friday, lawmakers will have one week to hash out a longer-term spending package that lasts through September.

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/331058-house-passes-bill-to-avoid-shutdown

- Attorney General Sessions recuses himself from any Michael Flynn investigation. The attorney general recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference in last year’s election amid reports that he had met on multiple occasions with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. during the campaign even though he had testified during his Senate confirmation hearing that he had not interacted with Russian officials.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/28/jeff-sessions-recusal-michael-flynn-investigation-237736

- Trump picks former anti-abortion leader, Charmaine Yoest, for health and human services post

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/28/trump-health-human-services-anti-abortion-charmaine-yoest

- Trump warns of 'major, major conflict' with North Korea, though he would prefer to solve the standoff over the country’s nuclear and missile programmes through diplomacy.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/28/donald-trump-warns-of-major-major-conflict-with-north-korea

- Trump pledges fealty to NRA gun lobby.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-guns-idUSKBN17U2SX

- House and Senate approve stopgap spending measure while negotiators work to reach an agreement over a longer-term funding package.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/28/government-shutdown-congress-hours-before-deadline

- Trump tells NRA: 'I am going to come through for you'.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/28/donald-trump-nra

- DeMint to be ousted from Heritage Foundation.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/28/demint-set-to-be-ousted-from-heritage-foundation-237754

- EPA scrubs website of references to Obama climate plans.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/28/epa-website-scrubbed-obama-climate-plans-237779

- North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN17U2XB

- U.S. could speed up North Korea sanctions in response to missile test.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-usa-idUSKBN17U34D

- U.S. says time to act on North Korea, China says not up to Beijing alone.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-un-tillerson-idUSKBN17U27O

 

April 29, 2017 Saturday

- North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure, fails for second time this month.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN17U2XB

- Pope warns of broad destruction if Korean tensions escalate.

http://www.wbrc.com/story/35284964/pope-warns-of-broad-destruction-if-korean-tensions-escalate

- Neo-Nazi leader: ‘Trump is controlled by the Jewish lobby’ (video).

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2017/apr/29/neo-nazi-art-jones-donald-trump-kentucky

- Armed neo-Nazis prepare for potential clash in small Kentucky town.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/29/neo-nazi-rally-pikeville-kentucky-anti-fascist

- Trump appeals for loyalty as 100th day fanfare threatens to fall flat.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/29/donald-trump-loyalty-day-100th-pennsylvania-rally

- Trump on Saturday marked his 100th day in office by saying he had brought "profound change" to Washington and reaffirming that "my only allegiance" is to those he governs.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Trump-to-spend-Day-100-in-office-talking-tough-on-11108412.php

- Opposition protests to counter President Trump’s 100-day rally.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/29/protesters-to-hold-opposition-march-as-president-trump-hosts-100-day-rally/

- Protesters marched in Washington on a second consecutive Saturday to challenge Trump's stance on the environment and call on him to stand by policies to stop climate change championed by his predecessor.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-protest-idUSKBN17V0B7

- Environmental protesters swarm outside White House as Trump hits milestone.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-protest-idUSKBN17V0B7

- Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-100days-idUSKBN17U0CA

- FULL TRANSCRIPT: President Donald Trump's interview with "Face the Nation" (recorded Apr. 29)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-interview-full-transcript-face-the-nation/

- Trump blames constitution for chaos of his first 100 days, slams 'archaic' US constitution that is 'really bad' for the country; claims the checks and balances on power woven into the US system is to blame for his problems.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/29/trump-blames-constitution-for-first-100-days-chaos-presidency

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-us-constitution-archaic-really-bad-fox-news-100-days-trump-popularity-ratings-barack-a7710781.html

- Trump rallies his base on his 100th day.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/29/politics/donald-trump-100-days-rally/index.html

- Trump mocks members of the media attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington DC during a rally in Pennsylvania.

https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2017/apr/30/trump-trolls-white-house-correspondents-dinner-video

- Trump's 100-day rally: president launches attack on 'failing' media. The speech in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania returns to familiar campaign themes and includes a dig at the ‘very boring’ White House correspondents’ dinner and repeats pledge on wall.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/30/trumps-100-day-rally-president-attacks-media-and-repeats-pledge-on-wall

- ‘Bikers for Trump’ mistake non-white rally-goer for protester and physically force him out of Harrisburg 100-day rally arena.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/30/trump-rally-goer-roughed-up-after-being-wrongly-ided-as-a-protester/22061975/

 

 

Trump’s first 100 Days: What media has said:

 

Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_100_days_of_Donald_Trump%27s_presidency

The White House:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/27/president-trumps-100-days-accountability

Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/04/28/the-32-word-history-of-trumps-first-100-days/

Wall Street Journal:

http://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/donald-trumps-first-100-days

New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/opinion/donald-trumps-first-100-days-the-worst-on-record.html

Fox News:

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/04/27/president-trump-best-and-worst-moments-his-first-100-days

NPR:

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/27/525584236/in-trumps-first-100-days-a-dramatic-reduction-in-immigration

Reuters:

http://www.reuters.com/news/picture/first-100-days-of-trump

Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/apr/27/the-simpsons-trump-first-100-days

Politico:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/26/trump-first-100-days-president-rating-accomplishments-215071

Time:

http://time.com/4748940/historians-president-trump-100-days/

Newsweek:

http://www.newsweek.com/simpsons-trump-first-100-days-us-president-590692

NBC News:

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/president-trumps-first-100-days

CBS News:

http://www.cbsnews.com/trump-first-100-days/

ABC News:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/photos/trumps-100-days-45102963/image-47090714

CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/28/politics/donald-trump-100-days-tweets/

BBC (UK):

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39724045

The Telegraph (UK):

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/25/donald-trumps-achievements-failures-first-100-days-president/

CBC (Canada):

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/donald-trump-100-days-analysis-boag-1.4083673

Deutsche Welle (Germany)

http://www.dw.com/en/100-days-of-us-president-donald-trump-what-you-need-to-know/a-38605502

France 24 (France):

http://www.france24.com/en/20170425-trump-mark-first-100-days-white-house-usa-president

RT (Russia):

https://www.rt.com/shows/boom-bust/386412-donald-trump-100-days/

Global Times (China)

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/president-trump-completes-100-days-so-did-he-keep-his-promises/story-8D8xGLYAyk5QShH3weh6KK.html

Hindustan Times (India)

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/president-trump-completes-100-days-so-did-he-keep-his-promises/story-8D8xGLYAyk5QShH3weh6KK.html

South China Morning Post (Hong Kong):

http://www.scmp.com/topics/donald-trumps-first-100-days

 

New York Times: Our White House Reporters Recall Their Most Vivid Moments of Trump’s First 100 Days.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/28/us/politics/trump-white-house-first-100-days-new-york-times-reporters.html

Washington Post: Winners and losers from President Trump’s first 100 days.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/29/winners-and-losers-from-president-trumps-first-100-days/

Reuters: In first 100 days, a reversal of fortune for Trump favorites on Wall Street.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-stocks-idUSKBN17U2JN

USA Today: Diary of Trump’s first 100 days: Highlights of an unconventional presidency.

http://www.9news.com/news/politics/national-politics/diary-of-trumps-first-100-days-highlights-of-an-unconventional-presidency/435508741

Associated Press: Trump's first 100 days: A president's very public education.

http://globalnews.ca/news/3414161/donald-trump-100-days-u-s-presidents-very-public-education/

Fortune: Larry King on 35 Years of Knowing Donald Trump: “His Ego is Beyond Egoism”. (video)

http://fortune.com/2017/04/28/donald-trump-larry-king-anniversary-interview/

CNBC: Here’s how Trump’s stock market in the first 100 days stacks up against the rest.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/27/heres-how-trumps-stock-market-in-the-first-100-days-stacks-up-against-the-rest.html

CNN: You know who's had a rougher 100 days than Trump? (video)

http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2017/04/29/jake-tapper-puts-trumps-100-days-in-perspective.cnn

CNN: 100 days of Russia drama for the Trump White House, with no end in sight.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/28/politics/russia-investigation-congress-donald-trump/index.html

Fox News: 100 Days of Disruption: How Trump rewrote the presidential script.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/29/100-days-disruption-how-trump-rewrote-presidential-script.html

Guardian: 100 days of Trump: orders, tweets, leaks and military attacks. (video)

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2017/apr/26/donald-trump-first-100-days-office-in-four-minutes-video

Newsweek: First 100 Days: Trump Runs Slap Bang Into the Constitution. (video)

http://www.newsweek.com/first-100-days-trump-runs-slap-bang-constitution-590787

Politifact: Tracking Donald Trump’s flip-flops in his first 100 days.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/apr/27/tracking-trumps-policy-reversals-his-first-100-day/

CBS News: Fact-checking Trump's claims about his progress in first 100 days.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-first-100-days-tracker-fact-checks/

Washington Post: FACT CHECKS: 100 days of Trump claims.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-claims/

Politico:  Trump’s First 100 Days, Ranked. The best, the worst and everything in between.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/04/29/trumps-first-100-days-ranked-215083

Politico:  The 100 most Donald Trump quotes about his first 100 days. ‘I really just see the bigness of it all.’

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/28/trump-100-days-quotes-237770

Politico: Which campaign promises has Trump kept?

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/29/donald-trump-first-100-days-campaign-promises-237746

The Hill: Report: Trump tweeted 470 times in first 99 days.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/331314-analysis-of-trumps-tweeting-habits-behind-99-days-in-office-report

AOL News: TIMELINE Trump's First 100 Days.

https://www.aol.com/news/trump-first-100-days/

MSNBC: 100 days of Trump = 100 days of the best late night jokes. (video)

http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/100-days-of-trump-100-days-of-late-night-jokes-932553283888

CNET: 'The Simpsons' trolls President Trump with '100 Days' video. (video)

https://www.cnet.com/news/the-simpsons-donald-trump-first-100-days-video/

CNN: Trump's presidency: Cartoon views from around the world and at home.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/29/opinions/gallery/trump-100-days-cartoon-gallery/index.html

Moyers: The 100 Days That Turned America Upside Down.

http://billmoyers.com/story/100-days-turned-america-upside/

 

 

What Trump said:

 

"My fellow Americans, I truly believe that the first 100 days of my administration has been just about the most successful in our country's history."

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/331154-trump-first-100-days-just-about-the-most-successful-in-history

 

“In my first 100 days, I kept my promise to Americans.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/president-trump-in-my-first-100-days-i-kept-my-promise-to-americans/2017/04/29/ad1c9574-2cfd-11e7-a616-d7c8a68c1a66_story.html

 

 

April 30, 2017 Sunday

- Trump dominates the 101st day with tweets, tough talk about health care.

http://www.wtsp.com/news/politics/national-politics/trump-dominates-the-101st-day-with-tweets-tough-talk-about-health-care/435411500

- Trump on whether he could start war with North Korea: 'I don't know. I mean, we'll see'.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-north-korea-nuclear-latest-war-a7710521.html

- South Korea said the United States had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after Trump said Seoul should pay for the $1-billion battery designed to defend against North Korea.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-idUSKBN17W04T

- Trump says China could have hacked Democratic emails.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-china-idUSKBN17W0N4

- McCain on pre-emptive strike on North Korea: 'We have to consider that option'.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/30/mccain-north-korea-missiles-237803

- U.S.-led fight on ISIS has killed 352 civilians: Pentagon.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-civilians-idUSKBN17W0ML

- Reince Priebus says White House is looking into change to libel laws.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/apr/30/reince-priebus-libel-law-change-media-white-house

- Attorney General Eric Holder: Trump's first 100 days full of 'chaos, carnage'.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/331329-holder-trumps-first-100-days-full-of-chaos-carnage

- Neo-Nazis and anti-fascist protesters leave Kentucky after standoff.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/30/neo-nazis-anti-fascist-protesters-kentucky-pikeville

- Trump invited President Rodrigo Duterte, an authoritarian leader accused of ordering extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in the Philippines, to visit him at the White House.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/us/politics/trump-duterte.html

- Spread of Hate Crimes Has Lawmakers Seeking Harsher Penalties.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/us/hate-crimes-legislation.html

- Immigrant workers at Churchill Downs fear deportation.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/immigrant-workers-fear-deportation-churchill-downs-134258304.html

- Trump guarantees protection for those with preexisting medical conditions — but it’s unclear how.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/30/trump-guarantees-protection-for-those-with-preexisting-medical-conditions-but-its-unclear-how/

- After a lost court battle, New Orleans protesters launch last-ditch effort to protect Confederate monuments.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/04/30/after-a-lost-court-battle-new-orleans-protesters-launch-last-ditch-effort-to-protect-confederate-monuments/

- Sebastian Gorka to leave White House. Gorka is a former Breitbart national security editor who has been outspoken on the need to confront Islamic terrorism.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/30/politics/gorka-leaving-white-house/index.html

(Opinion) Rick Perlstein: The Alt-Right Is Gunning for Anti-Trump Protesters.

http://www.newsweek.com/rick-perlstein-alt-right-gunning-anti-trump-protesters-590732

- FULL TRANSCRIPT: President Donald Trump's interview with "Face the Nation" (recorded Apr. 29)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-interview-full-transcript-face-the-nation/

- Pelosi accidentally refers to Trump as Bush: 'I am so sorry'.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/331283-pelosi-accidentally-refers-to-trump-as-president-bush

 

May 1, 2017 Monday

- Congress strikes budget deal that shortchanges Trump. The bill doesn’t include money for the border wall or block funds for ‘sanctuary cities.’

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/30/budget-deal-congress-shutdown-237822

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/01/whats-in-the-spending-agreement-we-read-it-so-you-dont-have-to/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/us/politics/winners-and-losers-of-the-spending-deal-spoiler-alert-trump-lost.html

- After spending-bill win, Democrats confident they can block Trump agenda. By exploiting Republican divisions over spending priorities, Democrats secured nearly $5 billion in new money for domestic programs in the five-month budget deal. The lopsided victory means it will be very difficult — if not impossible — for the GOP to exert its will in future budget talks.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/after-their-spending-bill-win-democrats-confident-they-can-block-trumps-agenda/2017/05/01/5be2915e-2e97-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html

- Trump administration scraps Michelle Obama's health and education programs.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/01/michelle-obama-school-lunch-let-girls-learn-scrapped-trump

- GOP suffers surprise defection on Obamacare repeal. The scramble for votes is still very much on.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/01/does-gop-have-obamacare-repeal-votes-237843

- (Other) In Donald Trump, European elites see a threat that rivals Vladimir Putin. Three months into his presidency, the rest of Europe too [besides Sweden] is still deeply unsettled over this new president unlike any other, confused about whether he’s a dangerous ideologue or merely dangerously ignorant.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/01/trump-europe-carl-bildt-global-politico-215087

- The White House is quietly starting to pull the plug on its shadow Cabinet of Trump loyalists who had been dispatched to federal agencies to serve as the president’s eyes and ears.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/01/trump-starts-dismantling-his-shadow-cabinet-237819

- Trump voices confusion over US history: 'Why was there a civil war? Walks out on interview.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/01/donald-trump-civil-war-cause-andrew-jackson

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-jackson-idUSKBN17X20W

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/05/trump-interviews-civil-war-wiretapping

- U.S. issues travel alert for Europe, citing threat of terrorist attacks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-europe-alert-attacks-idUSKBN17X2CV

- May Day Marked With Defiant Rallies for Worker Rights Around the Globe.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-may-day-usa-protests-idUSKBN17X1H1

http://time.com/4761103/may-day-labor-day-rallies/

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2017/05/millions-hit-streets-worldwide-day-rallies-170501124327738.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p050y2s6

- Arrests made as thousands rally in US against Trump’s immigration and labor policies on May Day.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/immigrants-unions-march-us-rights-trump-47123801

- Trump says he would be ‘honored’ to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/01/trump-says-hed-be-honored-to-meet-with-north-korean-dictator/

- Trump keeps praising international strongmen, alarming human rights advocates. Trump appears to be buttering up totalitarian leaders with long records of human rights abuses.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-keeps-praising-international-strongmen-alarming-human-rights-advocates/2017/05/01/6848d018-2e81-11e7-9dec-764dc781686f_story.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/01/trump-duterte-dictators-white-house-237848

- Historians see a dark underside to Trump's Civil War riff.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/01/trump-civil-war-237854

- Trump’s treasury secretary, Steven T. Mnuchin, told a Beverly Hills audience at the annual conference of the Milken Institute, an economic research group: ‘Thank me for your bank stocks doing better’.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/05/01/trumps-treasury-secretary-thank-me-for-your-bank-stocks-doing-better/

- Senate Republicans introduce anti-net neutrality legislation.

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/331483-republicans-introduce-anti-net-neutrality-legislation

- Historian Timothy Snyder: “It’s pretty much inevitable” that Trump will try to stage a coup and overthrow democracy.

http://www.salon.com/2017/05/01/historian-timothy-snyder-its-pretty-much-inevitable-that-trump-will-try-to-stage-a-coup-and-overthrow-democracy/

 

May 2, 2017 Tuesday

- Trump Says U.S. Needs Government ‘Shutdown’ in September or an immediate end to filibusters in the Senate so that he might gain more leverage in the next round of budget talks.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/us/politics/good-shutdown-congress-trump.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/02/trump-raises-prospect-of-government-shutdown-to-leverage-better-budget-for-gop-in-fall/

- (Other: morning TV): Scarborough: 'I'm Not Saying He [Trump] Has Dementia' But...

http://theweek.com/speedreads/696001/joe-scarborough-frets-about-trumps-mental-state-compares-mother-dementia

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/05/scarborough-im-not-saying-he-has-dementia

- Democrats save arts funding for NPR and PBS from Donald Trump.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-npr-pbs-public-arts-cuts-democrats-save-funding-budget-a7712421.html

- Trump rally altercations could add to legal woes. The rough treatment of protesters by Bikers for Trump at the president's rally Saturday could provide fodder for lawsuits by people who had similar experiences during the campaign.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/02/trump-rally-fights-protesters-237861

- Clinton says Comey's letter, Russian hackers cost her the election.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-clinton-idUSKBN17Y2FF

- Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates plans to tell a Senate panel next week that she strongly warned the White House about then-national security adviser Michael Flynn weeks before he was fired.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/331640-cnn-yates-to-testify-that-she-gave-white-house-forceful-warning-on

- U.S. Senate votes to confirm Jay Clayton as SEC chairman.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-senate-sec-clayton-idUSKBN17Y2KS

- Senate intel panel to CIA headquarters for briefing on Russia probe.

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/05/02/politics/senate-intelligence-committee/index.html

- U.S. high school cancels Canada trip over fears students might not be let back in.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/02/washington-high-school-field-trip-canada

- FDA delays enforcement of stricter standards for e-cigarette, cigar industry.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/fda-suspends-enforcement-of-stricter-standards-for-e-cigarette-cigar-industry/2017/05/02/be7e557a-2ed6-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html

- USDA shifts Obama-era school lunch guidelines. The Trump administration is scaling back school meal nutritional requirements set by the Obama White House in 2012, relaxing standards in three key areas: whole grains, salt and milk.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/02/health/school-lunch-changes/index.html

- Trump and Putin discuss cease-fire in Syria in first conversation since U.S. airstrikes.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/russias-putin-to-talk-with-the-leaders-of-the-west--separately/2017/05/02/d77dd446-2ecd-11e7-a335-fa0ae1940305_story.html

- Frustrated by failures, Trump now demands more power.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/29/trump-is-now-talking-about-consolidating-his-own-power/

- Nouriel Roubini, the man who called the 2008 financial crisis, fears Wall Street is badly underestimating the negatives lurking beneath Trump's agenda.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/02/investing/roubini-dr-doom-trump-biggest-risk/index.html

- As tensions mount over Syria and North Korea, World War III again a U.S. fear.

http://www.kgw.com/ext/news/nation-now/as-tensions-mount-over-syria-and-north-korea-world-war-iii-again-a-us-fear/283/nationnow/jcv16fADCwcy4YKkUWKKC

- White House leaning toward exiting Paris climate pact.

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/331671-white-house-leaning-toward-exiting-paris-climate-pact

- Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross calls Trump’s Syria airstrikes ‘after-dinner entertainment’.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/wilbur-ross-calls-syria-airstrike-after-dinner-entertainment-article-1.3130681

 

May 3, 2017 Wednesday

- The House approved a bipartisan spending deal to keep the federal government funded through September and avoid a shutdown at the end of this week.

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/331773-house-passes-spending-deal-to-avoid-shutdown

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/us/politics/budget-spending-government-shutdown.html

- Trump wins over two Republican holdouts in new healthcare bill push breathing new life into the embattled effort to make good on the party’s top legislative priority of the last seven years.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/03/obamacare-repeal-healthcare-reform-trump-republicans

- FBI Director James Comey appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The tense, four-hour appearance exposed still-raw emotions over President Trump’s surprise victory in November. ‘Mildly Nauseous’ Over Idea He Swayed the Election.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/us/politics/james-comey-fbi-senate-hearing.html

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/331809-fbi-director-to-congress-no-regrets

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/03/politics/comey-senate-hearing-highlights/index.html

- Comey's Calculations Favored the GOP.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-03/comey-s-calculations-favored-the-gop

- Susan Rice declines Senate request to testify on Russian hacking.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/03/politics/susan-rice-refuses-graham-russia-hearing/index.html

- Rex Tillerson: 'America first' means divorcing our policy from our values, spoke of a separation between American values and policies that support its interests, a distinction that alarmed former diplomats.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/03/rex-tillerson-america-first-speech-trump-policy

- Scott Pruitt, EPA chief, argued that using coal for electricity is necessary for the reliability of the electric grid. Pruitt and President Trump have worked on numerous fronts in recent months to push policies that help coal, mainly through working to repeal regulations that harmed the industry.

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/331819-epa-chief-us-needs-coal-to-protect-electric-grid

- Trump Is Expected to Relax Tax Rules on Churches Taking Part in Politics.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/us/politics/trump-religion-executive-order-gay-rights.html

- 141 House Republicans support repealing defense budget caps.

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/331827-141-house-republicans-support-repealing-defense-budget-caps

- Code Pink activists convicted for disrupting Sessions's confirmation hearing.

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/331790-code-pink-activist-found-guilty-for-disrupting-sessions-confirmation

- Fed holds interest rates steady, downplays economic weakness.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fed-idUSKBN17Z28S

- Trump was elected 176 days ago. He's spent 68 of them talking about the election.

http://theweek.com/speedreads/696382/trump-elected-176-days-ago-hes-spent-68-talking-about-election

- House to vote Thursday on Obamacare repeal. GOP leaders are confident they have the support but acknowledge it will be very close.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/03/house-to-vote-thursday-on-obamacare-repeal-bill-237949

- GOP rushing to vote on healthcare without analysis of changes. House Republicans are once again fast-tracking consideration of their ObamaCare replacement bill without knowing the full impact of the legislation they’ll vote on.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/331863-gop-rushing-to-vote-on-healthcare-without-analysis-of-changes

- Groups brace for Trump's religious liberty order that they fear will give individuals and organizations a sweeping license to discriminate against women and LGBT Americans. The ACLU and the Human Rights Campaign are already on the attack.

http://thehill.com/regulation/administration/331792-groups-brace-for-trumps-religious-liberty-order

 

May 4, 2017 Thursday

- U.S. Senate passes bill to fund government through September.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-budget-idUSKBN1802FI

- House banking panel passes bill to undo U.S. financial crisis rules. With support only from the panel's Republicans, the bill approved by the House Financial Services Committee would eliminate significant parts of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and place new restrictions on regulators monitoring Wall Street.

- Jay Clayton sworn in as chairman of the U.S. SEC.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-sec-clayton-idUSKBN1802O6

- Trump signs order to ease ban on political activity by churches, an executive order on religious liberties designed to ease a ban on political activity by churches and other tax-exempt institutions. The order also mandates regulatory relief to religious employers that object to contraception. It does not include provisions to allow government agencies and businesses to deny services to gay people in the name of religious freedom, as was feared by some civil liberties and gay rights groups.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-religion-idUSKBN18025T

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-signs-order-aimed-at-allowing-churches-to-engage-in-more-political-activity/2017/05/04/024ed7c2-30d3-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/03/politics/trump-religious-liberty-executive-order/index.html

 

- GOP HOUSE DISMANTLES ACA 217-213. The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a bill to repeal Obamacare, handing Republican President Donald Trump a victory that could prove short-lived as the healthcare legislation heads into a likely tough battle in the Senate.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN18014F

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/us/politics/health-care-bill-vote.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/republicans-plan-health-care-vote-on-thursday-capping-weeks-of-fits-and-starts/2017/05/03/e7dd7c28-306d-11e7-9dec-764dc781686f_story.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/04/politics/health-care-vote/index.html

- Trump congratulated Republican members of the House after the passage of a bill to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act.

https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000005080570/trump-obamacare-repeal.html

- Trump savors health care win: ‘Hey, I’m president’.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/04/trump-health-care-win-238005

- State Dept. seeks tougher visa scrutiny, including social media checks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-visa-idUSKBN18020A

- Senate GOP to Snub House Obamacare Repeal Bill and Write Its Own. The decision will likely delay even further the prospect of any repeal bill reaching Trump’s desk.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-04/senate-gop-plans-own-obamacare-repeal-bill-after-house-action

- [Bloomberg Editorial Board] The Shame of the House. Nothing can redeem the Republicans' health-insurance legislation.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-04/the-shame-of-the-house-health-care-vote

- American Medical Association condemns House healthcare bill passage.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/331966-american-medical-association-condemns-house-healthcare-bill-passage

- Senators face lobbying onslaught from liberals, health care groups.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article148726669.html

- FBI Director Comey and NSA chief brief House panel amid Russia probe.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/332002-comey-rogers-brief-house-intelligence-committee

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article148719984.html

- The U. S. will shoot itself in the foot if it quits the Paris climate accord because China, India and Europe will snap up the best power sector jobs in future, U.N. Environment chief Erik Solheim said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-un-idUSKBN1802H3

- Secretary of State Tillerson urges ASEAN to cut North Korea funding, minimize ties.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-asean-northkorea-idUSKBN1802EI

- Protesters turn out for Trump's New York return. President forced to make a quick getaway after his first visit home since winning the White House.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332027-protesters-turn-out-for-trumps-new-york-return

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/05/hes-an-embarrassment-hostile-welcome-for-trump-on-return-to-new-york

- Trump's malignant narcissism is toxic: Psychologist.

https://www.intellinews.org/united-states/usa-today/2017/05/04/trumps-malignant-narcissism-is-toxic-psychologist/

 

May 5, 2017 Friday

- Republican healthcare bill heads to Senate, where it may undergo drastic changes.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/05/republicans-house-healthcare-bill-senate

- Trump-Russia investigation reignites as Senate asks aides to hand over notes – Carter Page, Roger Stone and others.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/05/trump-russia-investigation-senate-carter-page

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/us/politics/senate-russia-trump-associates.html

- Planned Parenthood head: 'Being a woman is now a pre-existing condition'.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/05/planned-parenthood-healthcare-bill-devastating-women-cecile-richards

- Trump rejoices: 'We will have truly great healthcare!' Trump touted House Republicans’ “very exciting” win, while predicting a bright future for American health care.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/05/obamacare-repeal-bill-passes-trump-tweet-response-238029

- Trump to stay in N.J. to avoid causing 'big disruption' in NYC. “Rather than causing a big disruption in N.Y.C., I will be working out of my home in Bedminster, N.J. this weekend. Also saves country money!,” Trump tweeted.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/05/trump-stay-in-new-jersey-tweet-238030

- North Korea accuses CIA of biochemical plot to kill Kim Jong-un.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/05/north-korea-accuses-cia-biochemical-plot-kill-kim-jong-un

- Saudi Arabia, U.S. in talks for billions in arms sales.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-arms-exclusive-idUSKBN18124K

- FCC chairman wants to cut regulations, speed new innovation approvals.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fcc-idUSKBN181273

- Poll: Most federal employees disapprove of Trump.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332125-poll-most-federal-employees-disapprove-of-trump

- Canada studying ban on U.S. coal exports from Pacific ports. Trudeau revealed the news in a letter to British Columbia premier Christy Clark, who asked him last month for the ban in response to fresh U.S. tariffs on Canadian exports of lumber.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-canada-coal-idUSKBN18125U

- S&P 500 hits record on rebound in U.S. job growth, energy shares.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks-idUSKBN18118G

- Make Pregnancy Expensive Again: A Woman's Guide to the New Health Bill.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-05/make-pregnancy-expensive-again-a-woman-s-guide-to-the-new-health-bill

- U.S. Bluntly Rebuffs Queries on Climate. The Trump administration, responding to skepticism about its commitment to the Paris climate accord from China and other countries, bluntly told them that it is putting American jobs first.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-05/u-s-bluntly-rebuffs-queries-from-china-u-k-on-climate-change

- White House fires its chief usher — the first woman in that job.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/05/white-house-fires-its-chief-usher-the-first-woman-in-that-job/

- FDA denies memo saying it only allows Fox News on TVs.

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/332133-fda-denies-memo-saying-it-only-allows-fox-news-on-tvs

- Mark Green withdraws his nomination for Army secretary. The decision by Green, Trump's second pick for the post, came after his nomination ran into trouble following a backlash after past controversial statements on LGBT issues, Islam and evolution were revealed.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/05/politics/mark-green-army-secretary-withdrawal/index.html

- Amid opioid epidemic, White House may cut drug control office budget.

http://www.9news.com/news/politics/national-politics/amid-opioid-epidemic-white-house-may-cut-drug-control-office-budget/437214011

- States That Voted for Trump May Have the Most to Lose Under House Health Care Bill.

http://time.com/4769170/congress-ahca-trump-voters/

- Senate Intelligence Committee Russia investigators issue veiled subpoena threat to Carter Page.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/05/senate-subpoena-threat-carter-page-238038

- Pentagon to lease privately owned Trump Tower apartment for nuclear 'football'.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pentagon-trumptower-idUSKBN1812B5

 

May 6, 2017 Saturday

- Trump suggests financing for historically black colleges may be unconstitutional.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/05/trump-historically-black-colleges-financing-unconstitutional-238061

- Chicago mayor Emanuel posts EPA’s deleted climate change page.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/06/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-posts-epa-deleted-climate-change-page-238067

- Commerce secretary warns Canada against 'retaliatory action' on lumber tariff.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/06/canadian-softwood-lumber-tariffs-wilbur-ross-retaliatory-action-238072

- U.S. far-right activists, WikiLeaks and bots help amplify Macron leaks: researchers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-election-cyber-idUSKBN1820QO

- U.S. Far-Right Activists Promote Hacking Attack Against Macron.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/06/world/europe/emmanuel-macron-hack-french-election-marine-le-pen.html

- Kushner family in Beijing: 'Invest $500,000 and immigrate' to US. The Kushner family hopes to lure investments from wealthy business owners in China with the promise of American visas.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/06/news/jared-kushner-nicole-family-event/index.html

- GOP Congressman Raul Labrador: 'Nobody Dies Because They Don’t Have Access to Health Care'.

http://time.com/4769830/raul-labrador-gop-congressman-nobody-dies-health-care/

- Warren Buffett, at Berkshire Meeting, Condemns Republican Health Care Bill.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/06/business/dealbook/warren-buffett-berkshire-health-care.html

- Trump former aide Carter Page refuses to provide Russia contacts to Senate.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-carter-page-russia-contacts-senate-refuse-putin-latest-a7721651.html

- Michelle Obama responds with class to reports Trump may abolish her flagship education policy for girls.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/michelle-obama-trump-response-let-girls-learn-policy-white-house-attack-a7720611.html

 

May 7, 2017 Sunday

- Reporters barred from Kushner Companies' visa-for-investment event in China.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-kushner-idUSKBN1830E7

- Jared Kushner's Sister Woos Chinese Investors With Much-Criticized U.S. Visa Program.

http://time.com/4769960/jared-kushner-sister-visa-chinese-investors/

- Trump and Kushner exploitation of presidency 'unlike anything we have ever seen before', Obama's ethics lawyer says.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-and-jared-kushners-exploitation-of-presidency-unlike-anything-we-have-ever-seen-before-a7722996.html

- Price defends cutting nearly $1 trillion from Medicaid.

https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/hhs-secy-1t-proposed-medicaid-cuts-gives-states-141024827--politics.html

- Tempers Flare Over Removal of Confederate Statues in New Orleans.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/07/us/new-orleans-monuments.html

- Eric Trump said family golf courses attracted Russian funding, author claims.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/07/trump-family-golf-courses-russia-funding-author-claims

- Trump tries to pressure Senate Republicans on health care.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/medical/article/HHS-sec-y-1T-proposed-Medicaid-cuts-gives-11127611.php

- As some Republicans rush to defend House health bill, Senate GOP warily pauses.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-some-republicans-rush-to-defend-house-health-bill-senate-gop-warily-pauses/2017/05/07/47cde200-3346-11e7-b412-62beef8121f7_story.html

- The government wants Julian Assange in jail.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-government-wants-julian-assange-in-jail-thats-bad-for-the-rest-of-us/2017/05/05/c8e153dc-3197-11e7-8674-437ddb6e813e_story.html

- If Shutdown Needed to Fix Washington, ‘So Be It,’ Mulvaney Says.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-07/if-shutdown-needed-to-fix-washington-so-be-it-mulvaney-says

- White House health care victory short-lived as Russia probe looms.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/07/trump-health-care-russia-238086

- GOP onslaught on Obama’s ‘midnight rules’ comes to an end. Republicans are about to end a special period for killing Obama-era rules with an impressive array of trophy heads for their wall.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/07/obama-regulations-gop-midnight-rules-238051

- Texas Republican governor signs into law bill to punish 'sanctuary cities'.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-texas-idUSKBN18402L

- Obama voices 'fervent hope' Congress will tread carefully on healthcare.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-obama-idUSKBN1830KX

- EPA dismisses half of its scientific advisers on key board, citing ‘clean break’ with Obama administration.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/07/epa-dismisses-half-of-its-scientific-advisers-on-key-board-citing-clean-break-with-obama-administration/

 

May 8, 2017 Monday

- Left launching blitz against Republicans who backed Obamacare repeal.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/08/liberals-obamacare-repeal-238089

- Anti-protest bills would 'attack right to speak out' under Donald Trump. The ACLU says more than 30 bills have been introduced amid a huge swell of activism, prompting UN intervention over criminalization of peaceful protest.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/08/donald-trump-anti-protest-bills

- EPA removes half of scientific board, seeking industry-aligned replacements.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/08/epa-board-scientific-scott-pruitt-climate-change

- Obama warned Trump against Flynn as national security adviser: ex-official.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-flynn-idUSKBN1841UO

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/08/politics/obama-trump-michael-flynn/index.html

- Trump administration seeks to convince judges to revive travel ban.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-court-idUSKBN1840ZU

- A Global Trump Movement? France Election Signals No.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/world/europe/trump-macron-france.html

- Domestic violence hotline: Immigration-linked calls increase. The nation's most prominent domestic violence hotline reports a sharp increase in calls from abuse victims struggling with issues related to their immigration status.

http://www.live5news.com/story/35370439/domestic-violence-hotline-immigration-linked-calls-increase

- Hedge fund mogul Robert Mercer sued by hedge fund worker fired after blasting Trump.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-08/trump-backer-mercer-sued-by-employee-fired-after-speaking-out

- McCain hammers Tillerson in NYT op-ed. Sen. John McCain slammed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a New York Times op-ed published Monday morning, accusing the nation’s chief diplomat of adopting a foreign policy that abandons both U.S. values and victims of oppression around the world.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/08/john-mccain-rex-tillerson-new-york-times-op-ed-238107

- International climate negotiators stare into a looming American void.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/08/climate-negotiators-paris-agreement-trump-238117

- Senate judiciary committee questions former DNI director James Clapper and former Acting AG Sally Yates. Yates says she told White House that Michael Flynn was 'compromised'. Clapper said Russia Is 'Emboldened' to Interfere in Elections After 2016.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/yates-set-to-testify-about-white-house-meeting/2017/05/08/ade2ca2c-33f7-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/08/sally-yates-trump-russia-michael-flynn-blackmail-compromised

http://time.com/4771349/sally-yates-michael-flynn-white-house/

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-08/yates-says-she-warned-white-house-flynn-was-at-risk-of-blackmail

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/08/politics/sally-yates-senate-testimony/index.html

- Trump slams Yates hearing: 'Nothing but old news'.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/08/trump-sally-yates-hearing-238133

- Trump: Russia collusion story 'a total hoax'.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332458-trump-russia-collusion-story-a-total-hoax

- Condoleezza Rice chides Trump for criticism of judges, media.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-rice-idUSKBN18427E

- FCC website hit by attacks after 'net neutrality' proposal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fcc-idUSKBN18428T

- Divided Senate Republicans Turn to Health Care With a Rough Road Ahead; Form All-Male Panel on Health Bill.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/us/politics/women-health-care-senate.html

 

May 9, 2017 Tuesday

- Trump's remarks about Muslims could be what ends the travel ban, testimony suggests. Federal appeals judges cites comments Trump made on the campaign trail.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/08/trump-travel-ban-appeals-court-hearing

- House Republicans face fiery town halls following healthcare vote.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/09/house-republicans-healthcare-bill-town-halls-activists

- U.S. Republican Senator Graham to examine Trump's business deals.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-graham-idUSKBN1851TV

- How the White House Explains Waiting 18 Days to Fire Michael Flynn.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/us/politics/michael-flynn-russia.html

- Comey misstated key Clinton email evidence at hearing, say people close to investigation.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/comey-misstated-key-clinton-email-evidence-at-hearing-say-people-close-to-investigation/2017/05/09/074c1c7e-34bd-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html

- How Trump Won: White Working Class Voters Motivated by Fear of Immigrants Not Economic Woes.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-voters-immigration-working-class-605930

- (Opinion) The GOP's health-care fantasy is a libertarian delusion.

http://theweek.com/articles/697336/gops-healthcare-fantasy-libertarian-delusion

- More than 20 US states have cracked down on protests since Donald Trump's election.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-states-ban-protests-donald-trump-election-more-than-20-arkansas-georgia-iowa-a7725946.html

- Who has Trump’s ear? Often rich, white, Republican men.

http://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/trump-white-house-visitor-logs-and-records/index.html

- Senate GOP invites female senator to healthcare group after criticism.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/332536-senate-gop-invites-female-senator-to-healthcare-working-group

- Texas AG sues 'sanctuary cities' after state law signed.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/05/09/Texas-AG-sues-sanctuary-cities-after-state-law-signed/9591494342028/

- U.S. Census director resigns amid turmoil over funding of 2020 count.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/us-census-director-resigns-amid-turmoil-over-funding-of-2020-count/2017/05/09/8f8657c6-34ea-11e7-b412-62beef8121f7_story.html

- Burr threatens subpoenas if Trump aides ignore his deadlines.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/09/richard-burr-subpoenas-trump-238173

- Reporter arrested after repeatedly questioning Health secretary Tom Price.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332675-reporter-arrested-for-asking-hhs-secretary-price-healthcare-questions

- All of Trump’s campaign statements just vanished from his website. So let’s remember them.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/09/all-of-trumps-campaign-statements-just-vanished-from-his-website-so-lets-remember-them/

 

GRAND JURY SUBPOENAS ISSUED in FBI's Russia investigation. Flynn associates subpoenaed in Russia probe.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/politics/grand-jury-fbi-russia/index.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-flynn-idUSKBN18607N

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/fbi/332670-grand-jury-subpoenas-issued-in-fbi-russia-probe-report

 

- FBI DIRECTOR COMEY FIRED BY TRUMP HOURS AFTER SUBPOENAS WERE ISSUED

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39866170

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-comey-idUSKBN1852MV

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/politics/james-comey-fbi-trump-white-out/index.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/09/james-comey-fbi-fired-donald-trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/us/politics/james-comey-fired-fbi.html

 

- (Opinion) In Trump’s Firing of James Comey, Echoes of Watergate.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/us/politics/trump-fbi-investigation-nixon.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/opinion/donald-trumps-firing-of-james-comey.html

- (Opinion) James Comey's firing won't end election controversy over Russia.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/analysis-james-comeys-firing-wont-end-election-controversy-over-russia/

- (Opinion) Trump firing Comey demands fuller explanation. The timing feeds suspicions that Comey’s firing is really an effort to disrupt or derail the FBI’s investigation into the Russian connection.

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/05/10/other-view-trump-firing-comey-demands-full-explanation/101509628/

- (Opinion) Comey Firing Poses Toughest Test Yet for Senate's Russia Probe.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-10/comey-firing-poses-toughest-test-yet-for-senate-s-russia-probe

- (Opinion) Donald Trump’s Firing of James Comey Is an Attack on American Democracy.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/donald-trump-james-comey-attack-american-democracy

 

- White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that it was "time to move on" from the investigations into ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia, hours after the president fired FBI Director James Comey.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332669-white-house-spokesperson-time-to-move-on-from-russia-probes

- Comey learned he was fired from TV, thought it was prank.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332662-comey-learned-he-was-fired-from-tv-reports

- Schumer calls for special prosecutor, suggests cover-up.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/09/comey-firing-congress-reaction-238180

- Scarborough to GOP: 'Stand the hell up' to Trump.

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/332664-scarborough-to-gop-stand-the-hell-up-to-trump

- Dems ask Justice Dept, FBI to 'preserve any and all files' on Comey firing.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/332679-dem-lawmakers-ask-justice-dept-fbi-to-preserve-any-and-all-files-related-to

- FBI in turmoil over Comey firing, scramble on for new chief.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-comey-succession-idUSKBN18606G

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/09/omey-firing-fbi-tears-238190

- Timeline: How the Comey saga played out at the FBI.

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/332665-timeline-how-the-comey-saga-played-out-at-the-fbi

- Commentators mostly agree: Firing Comey was positively Nixonian.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/commentators-mostly-agree-firing-comey-positively-nixonian-014845404.html

 

May 10, 2017 Wednesday

- Trump Defends Comey Firing In Early-Morning Tweetstorm.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-tweets-comey-firing

- In Trump's Twitter feed, Comey news is good news

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/trump-twitter-comey-trnd/index.html

- Capitol Hill was roiled by the aftershocks of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/after-comeys-ouster-democrats-press-for-independent-probe-of-russias-meddling-in-election/2017/05/10/88c45624-3529-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html

- Pence: Comey's firing wasn't due to Russia probe.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/mike-pence-james-comey/index.html

- McConnell: 'Too much is at stake' for new investigation after Comey firing.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/congress-james-comey/index.html

- Comey’s ouster raises questions about Russia probe.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/comey-misstated-key-clinton-email-evidence-at-hearing-say-people-close-to-investigation/2017/05/09/074c1c7e-34bd-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html

- The Comey firing is already backfiring on Trump. It’s only going to get worse.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/05/10/daily-202-firing-fbi-director-comey-is-already-backfiring-on-trump-it-s-only-going-to-get-worse/5912635de9b69b209cf2b7fb/

- (Opinion) No, Firing Comey Won’t Prove Trump’s Undoing. The president has wormed his way out of far worse jams.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/10/no-firing-comey-wont-prove-trumps-undoing-215122

- (Opinion) Michael R. Bloomberg: After Comey, Justice Must Be Served.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-10/after-comey-justice-must-be-served

- What Wall Street Is Saying About FBI Director Comey's Ouster.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-10/what-wall-street-is-saying-about-fbi-director-comey-s-ouster

- Graduates at Florida university turn backs in protest of DeVos speech.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-education-devos-idUSKBN18625L

- U.S. government posts $182 billion surplus in April confounding market expectations for a deficit.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-budget-idUSKBN1862KV

- Bid to revoke Obama methane rule fails in surprise U.S. Senate vote.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-idUSKBN18620F

- Trump meets Russia foreign minister amid Comey controversy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-idUSKBN1861V4

- Trump Bars U.S. Press, but Not Russia’s, at Meeting With Russian Officials.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/trump-russia-meeting-american-reporters-blocked.html

- Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas documents from Michael Flynn in Russia probe – the first subpoena the committee has announced in its Russia investigation. The subpoena comes after Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, alerted the panel that he would not provide documents in response to their April 28 request.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-intelligence-committee-subpoenas-documents-from-flynn-in-russia-probe/2017/05/10/d8153e8a-35d0-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-flynn-idUSKBN186309

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/flynn-subpoena/index.html

- Paul Ryan rejects calls for special prosecutor in Russia investigation.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/332868-paul-ryan-rejects-calls-for-special-prosecutor-in-russia-investigation

- The Department of Homeland Security will reportedly ban laptops on all inbound flights from Europe.

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/332822-us-to-ban-laptops-on-all-inbound-flights-from-europe-report

- Comey called Trump ‘crazy’ after Obama wiretapping claims.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/fbi/332882-comey-called-trump-crazy-report

- Wyden Announces Hold On Treasury Nominee Until Administration Produces Documents on Russian Dealings With Trump Associates.

https://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/wyden-announces-hold-on-treasury-nominee-until-administration-produces-documents-on-russian-dealings-with-trump-associates-

- Here’s the presidential order of succession — just in case.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/presidential-order-succession-case-article-1.2973129

 

May 11, 2017 Thursday

- Trump admits asking Comey if he was under investigation for ties to Russia, contradicting previous statements on his decision to fire him.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/11/donald-trump-james-comey-firing-russia-investigation

- Trump says he was going to fire ‘showboat’ Comey regardless of recommendation.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-says-fbi-director-comey-told-him-three-times-he-wasnt-under-investigation-once-in-a-phone-call-initiated-by-the-president/2017/05/11/2b384c9a-3669-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/us/politics/trump-comey-showboat-fbi.html

- Acting F.B.I. Chief Contradicts White House on Russia and Comey.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/us/politics/andrew-mccabe-fbi-chief-russia-trump.html

- (Opinion) President Trump just decimated the White House’s entire Comey narrative. In one fell swoop, Trump totally contradicted his three top spokespeople and offered a polar-opposite version of events than they had provided.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/11/president-trump-just-decimated-the-white-houses-entire-comey-narrative/

- Republican Strategy Firm in Maryland Raided by FBI.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-11/republican-fundraising-firm-in-maryland-raided-by-fbi-reports

- FBI agents change their Facebook profile photos to James Comey – a gesture normally reserved for slain colleagues.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/fbi-agents-james-comey-change-profile-photos-a7730496.html

- Attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia are calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election.

http://www.newsweek.com/20-attorneys-general-call-special-prosecutor-russian-election-interference-607752

- The Feds have 'Trump tapes' akin to Nixon's 'Watergate tapes'.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/332939-the-feds-have-trump-tapes-akin-to-nixons-watergate

- Senate Democrats demand answers from Rod Rosenstein about involvement in Comey firing.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/11/schumer-to-rod-rosenstein-your-reputation-is-at-risk-is-it-true-you-threatened-to-quit/

- Trump signed an executive order launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression, building upon his unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

http://time.com/4776675/donald-trump-voter-fraud-commission-executive-order/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/trump-creates-panel-investigate-voter-fraud/

- Texas seeks unprecedented federal money to defund Planned Parenthood.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/11/texas-federal-financing-defund-planned-parenthood-healthcare

- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed an agreement recognizing the landmark Paris climate accord at a meeting of Arctic nations in Alaska on Thursday, but said President Donald Trump was not rushing to decide whether to leave or weaken U.S. commitments to the pact.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-arctic-summit-idUSKBN1870FT

- More Price Hikes Likely for Government Insurance Markets.

http://yanoonews.com/trending/more-price-hikes-likely-for-government-insurance-markets.DAsBVwcKW1QGVVYMVAVWVgMHWARRWgNW.html

- ICE announces major anti-gang operation, mostly US citizens arrested.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/11/politics/ice-gang-arrests-operation/index.html

- New Orleans removes Confederate monument under cover of darkness after receiving death threats.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/new-orleans-removes-confederate-statues-monuments-a7731216.html

- Hawaiians warned not to travel to Texas because of controversial immigration law. Some say the new law is akin to racial profiling

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/hawaii-texas-warning-aclu-police-documents-check-a7730671.html

- Muslim family racially abused by Trump supporter on Texas beach.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/muslim-family-beach-abuse-video-trump-supporter-racism-a7730911.html

- The Trump Administration was ordered by a federal judge to disclose a memo drafted under the guidance of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani that allegedly served as an outline to make the president’s travel ban look like it wasn’t aimed at Muslims.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-11/trump-ordered-to-turn-over-giuliani-memo-in-travel-ban-suit

 

May 12, 2017 Friday

-  Trump warns ousted FBI chief not to leak to media, threatens 'tapes', suggesting there might be tapes of conversations between the two men that could contradict his account.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-fbi-idUSKBN1881YJ

- In private meeting just after Trump took office, Trump demanded Comey’s loyalty. Comey demurred.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/us/politics/trump-comey-firing.html

- (Opinion) American Fascism, in 1944 and Today. “And in my view, he [vice president Henry A. Wallace] predicted President Trump.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/opinion/american-fascism-trump.html

- Dems escalate talk of Trump impeachment.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/12/trump-impeachment-democrats-rhetoric-238307

- In blow to Trump, GE backs NAFTA and plans growth in Mexico.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-mexico-ge-idUSKBN18829I

- HUGE CYBER-ATTACKS reported WORLDWIDE.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39901382

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-hospitals-idUSKBN18820S

https://www.cnet.com/news/england-hospitals-hit-by-ransomware-attack-in-widespread-hack/

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-hospitals-ransomware-idUSKBN1882O2

- Kremlin says may retaliate against U.S. over expulsion of Russian diplomats.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-idUSKBN1881SV

- 'What is wrong with you?' Michelle Obama savages Trump's gutting of her legacy.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/12/michelle-obama-trump-school-lunches-childhood-obesity

- Attorney general calls for prosecutors to ‘charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense’, in a major reversal of Obama-era policies.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/12/jeff-sessions-prison-sentences-obama-criminal-justice

- (Opinion) The Dakota pipeline is already leaking. Why wait for a big spill to act?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/12/dakota-access-pipeline-leaking-big-spill

- Two scientists resign from EPA roles in protest at Donald Trump's climate change stance.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/epa-scientists-resign-trump-climate-change-protest-a7733601.html

- One Republican’s ‘shameful’ plan to save money: Turn 82,000 non-English-speaking kids over to ICE.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/05/11/one-gop-lawmakers-plan-to-save-money-turning-non-english-speaking-kids-over-to-ice/

- Trump Doubles Down on Idea of Ending White House Press Briefings.

http://time.com/4777982/donald-trump-end-press-briefings/

- James Comey Declines to Testify Before Senate Intelligence Committee.

http://time.com/4778010/james-comey-testify-senate-intelligence-committee/

- Schiff demands Trump turn over Comey 'tapes'.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/12/adam-schiff-donald-trump-comey-tapes-238321

- WikiLeaks Offers $100K Reward for Trump-Comey ‘Tapes’.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-comey-tapes-wikileaks-reward-608568

- The Trump Tapes: What We Know.

http://www.newsweek.com/comey-donald-trump-tapes-tweets-russia-surveillance-fbi-obama-608361

- White House won’t say if Trump secretly recorded Comey.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-wont-say-trump-secretly-recorded-comey-182652479.html

- Amid FBI fallout, Trump escalates war against media and Comey.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/12/donald-trump-war-against-james-comey-media-twitter-238313

- ‘Looking Like a Liar or a Fool’: What It Means to Work for Trump.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/us/politics/trump-sean-spicer-sarah-huckabee-sanders.html

- Senate panel investigating Russia outraged by Comey firing.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/12/senate-trump-russia-probe-comey-firing-238340

- Trump lawyers: Tax returns show no income, debt tied to Russia ‘with a few exceptions’.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/12/donald-trump-tax-returns-russia-lawyers-238322

- Sinclair Requires TV Stations to Air Segments That Tilt to the Right.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/business/media/sinclair-broadcast-komo-conservative-media.html

 

May 13, 2017 Saturday

- Trump pledges to move quickly to name new FBI director.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-fbi-idUSKBN1881YJ

- Comey, chaos … crisis? Trump enters new territory after most explosive week yet.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/13/donald-trump-james-comey-fbi-explosive-week

- Trump at Liberty University commencement: ‘In America, we don’t worship government; we worship God’.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/13/trump-at-liberty-university-commencement-in-america-we-dont-worship-government-we-worship-god/

- Senate’s Russia investigation is moving faster than its Watergate counterpart 44 years ago.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/believe-it-or-not-senates-russia-investigation-is-moving-faster-than-its-watergate-counterpart-44-years-ago/2017/05/13/8e3f8bcc-3746-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html

- (Opinion) Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-must-be-impeached-heres-why/2017/05/13/82ce2ea4-374d-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html

- Judge orders government to turn over documents from Rudy Giuliani on travel ban.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/05/13/judge-orders-government-to-turn-over-documents-from-rudy-giuliani-on-travel-ban/

- Ex-Justice Department officials call for independent counsel in Russia probe.

http://www.kvue.com/ext/news/nation-now/exjustice-department-officials-call-for-independent-counsel-in-russia-probe/269/nationnow/9t9S37xBVCoe2aowuKCEU

- Trump Impeachment Inevitable, Historian Says.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-impeached-comey-fired-fbi-608708

- North Korea fires missile: South Korea military.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN1890UO

- U.S. fails to reassure Europe, Japan over 'Trumponomics'.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g7-usa-mnuchin-idUSKBN1890FP

- NHS 'robust' after cyber-attack.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39909441

- Ransomware attack reveals breakdown in US intelligence protocols, expert says.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/13/ransomware-cyber-attack-us-intelligence

- Cyberattack Shows Growing Danger of Ransomware.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/technology/hack-ransomware-scam-cyberattacks.html

- Trump Still Seethes Over Lack of Credit for Election Win.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/us/politics/election-is-over-but-trump-still-cant-seem-to-get-past-it.html

- What an Immigrant Murder in Kansas Says About America.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-05-11/what-an-immigrant-murder-in-kansas-says-about-america

- Protesters spell out 'RESIST' at Trump golf course.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/333291-protestors-spell-out-resist-at-trump-golf-course

- Gingrich urges Trump: ‘Close down the press room’.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/333244-gingrich-urges-trump-close-down-the-press-room

 

May 14, 2017 Sunday

- James Clapper: democratic institutions are 'under assault' by Trump. Former national intelligence director hammers the president’s actions, calling James Comey’s firing ‘another victory for Russia’.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/14/james-clapper-donald-trump-russia-james-comey-firing

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/14/politics/james-clapper-russia-collusion/index.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/dni-clapper-comey-uneasy-dinner-president/story

- NBC/WSJ Poll: Just 29 Percent Approve of Trump’s Firing of James Comey.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/nbc-wsj-poll-just-29-percent-approve-trump-s-firing-n759196

- Schumer: block any nominee to lead the FBI until an independent prosecutor is named to oversee an investigation into Russia’s interference into last year’s presidential election.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/14/schumer-fbi-chief-prosecutor-238368

- Alt-right’s Richard Spencer leads torch-bearing protesters defending Confederate statue.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/alt-rights-richard-spencer-leads-torch-bearing-protesters-defending-lee-statue/2017/05/14/766aaa56-38ac-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

- GOP wins in reversing Obama-era rules on guns, environment.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/gop-wins-reversing-obama-era-rules-guns-environment-47400707

- High court could soon signal view on Trump immigration plans.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/high-court-signal-view-trump-immigration-plans-47400741

- Businesses brace for Monday as ransomware threat lingers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-hospitals-idUSKBN18820S

- U.S. lawmakers ask Trump to turn over any Comey tapes.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-fbi-idUSKCN18A0TU

- G.O.P. Senators Pull Away From Trump, Alarmed at His Volatility.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/14/us/politics/trump-republican-senators.html

- Republicans plan massive cuts to programs for the poor.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/14/republicans-cuts-programs-food-stamps-welfare-veterans-238314

- Under Trump, inconvenient data is being sidelined.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/under-trump-inconvenient-data-is-being-sidelined/2017/05/14/3ae22c28-3106-11e7-8674-437ddb6e813e_story.html

- Songwriter: ‘If you’re a Trump supporter, don’t come to my show’.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333369-songwriter-if-youre-a-trump-supporter-dont-come-to-my-show

- Muslim hate crimes: Reports of Islamophobic incidents in the US soared again in 2016.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/muslim-hate-crimes-increased-2016-islamophobia-donald-trump-latest-a7735141.html

 

May 15, 2017 Monday

- Morning Joe says FBI close to exposing the president: ‘It’s a criminal issue — and Trump knows that’.

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/morning-joe-says-fbi-close-to-exposing-the-president-its-a-criminal-issue-and-trump-knows-that/

- TRUMP REVEALED HIGHLY CLASSIFIED INFORMATION TO RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER and ambassador.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-revealed-highly-classified-information-to-russian-foreign-minister-and-ambassador/2017/05/15/530c172a-3960-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/15/donald-trump-shared-classified-information-russia-white-house-report

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/us/politics/trump-russia-classified-information-isis.html

- In travel ban case, U.S. judges focus on discrimination, Trump's powers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-court-idUSKCN18B0RB

- U.S. Supreme Court lets North Carolina voter law die, rebuffing a Republican bid to revive a strict voter-identification law that a lower court found deliberately discriminated against black voters.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-election-idUSKCN18B1QB

- Trump expands policy that bans US aid for overseas abortion providers.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/15/trump-abortion-rule-mexico-city-policy

- (Story) They hate the US government, and they're multiplying: the terrifying rise of 'sovereign citizens'.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/15/sovereign-citizens-rightwing-terrorism-hate-us-government

- Woodward and Bernstein say Comey firing is different than Watergate.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/woodward-bernstein-say-comey-firing-different-watergate-132623513.html

- New Yorkers Protest the President Inside Trump Tower’s Private Public Spaces.

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/new-yorkers-protest-the-president-inside-trump-tower-s-private-public-spaces-944069187584

- White House refuses to say if Comey tapes exist.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333461-white-house-refuses-to-say-if-comey-tapes-exist

- McMaster dodges reporters, saying 'This is the last place in the world I wanted to be'.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333510-mcmaster-bumps-into-press-makes-quick-exit

- Cyberattack Spreads in Asia; Thousands of Groups Affected.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/world/asia/china-cyberattack-hack-ransomware.html

- White House pushes back against report Trump shared classified info with Russians.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/15/trump-classified-russia-pushback-238415

- Trump's handling of classified info brings new chaos to White House.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/15/trump-russia-classified-information-238417

- Commentary: Focusing on Trump’s Coming Deep Cuts in Basic Assistance for Struggling Families – and Deep Tax Cuts for the Top.

http://www.cbpp.org/federal-budget/commentary-focusing-on-trumps-coming-deep-cuts-in-basic-assistance-for-struggling

- Indian Americans Reckon With Reality Of Hate Crimes.

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/05/15/471270843/indian-americans-reckon-with-reality-of-hate-crimes

- Ford Motor to slash workforce by about 10 percent: WSJ.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ford-motor-layoffs-idUSKCN18C03P

- Analysis: Trump intel sharing likely to leave allies anxious.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/analysis-trump-intel-sharing-likely-leave-allies-anxious-030728421.html

- Ex-intelligence leaders: ‘Nightmare’ if Trump leaked to Russia.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/15/trump-secrets-russia-isis-238421

- Emoluments Clause projected onto Trump's DC hotel.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/333546-emoluments-clause-projected-onto-trumps-dc-hotel

- (Opinion) When the World Is Led by a Child. At base, Trump is an infantalist. There are three tasks that most mature adults have sort of figured out by the time they hit 25. Trump has mastered none of them.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/opinion/trump-classified-data.html

 

May 16, 2017 Tuesday

- Trump defends sharing information with Russians. In a series of early-morning posts on Twitter, he said he had the “absolute right” to give “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety” to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/us/politics/trump-intelligence-russia-classified.html

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333550-trump-i-had-absolute-right-to-share-facts-with-russia

- TRUMP PRESSURED COMEY TO END INVESTIGATION OF MICHAEL FLYNN. ‘I hope you can let this go,’ Trump said, according to notes taken by Comey and described by associates.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/us/politics/james-comey-trump-flynn-russia-investigation.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/notes-made-by-former-fbi-director-comey-say-trump-pressured-him-to-end-flynn-probe/2017/05/16/52351a38-3a80-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-tweets-idUSKCN18C19Y

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/16/politics/trump-james-comey-memo/index.html

- Israel was source of classified information Trump shared with Russia, say officials. Israel will think twice before sharing sensitive info.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/trump-russia-leak-israel-source-classified-information-say-officials-a7739496.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/trumps-disclosure-endangered-spy-inside-isis-israel-officials/story

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/former-mossad-chief-israel-will-think-twice-before-sharing-sensitive-info/

- Chaffetz: I'm ready to subpoena for Comey memo.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/16/politics/congress-reactions-trump-michael-flynn-memo/index.html

- Trump might have obstructed justice if Comey’s allegation is true, legal analysts say.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/legal-analysts-trump-might-have-obstructed-justice-if-comeys-allegation-is-true/2017/05/16/24f17d0c-3a83-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

- Waters: Comey memo helps ‘cement’ Trump’s impeachment.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/333738-waters-comey-memo-helps-cement-trumps-impeachment

- McConnell: No concerns about Trump's handling of classified info.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/333666-mcconnell-no-concerns-about-trumps-handling-of-classified-info

- (Opinion) Trump can do whatever he wants. God help us.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-can-do-whatever-he-wants-god-help-us/2017/05/16/67c2283e-3a6a-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

- (Opinion) Under Trump, Everything Is Wrong in Washington.

http://www.newsweek.com/under-trump-everything-wrong-washington-609994

- (Opinion) Trump Should Worry: Comey Memo Describes a High Crime.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-17/trump-should-worry-comey-memo-describes-a-high-crime

- Tempers Flare and Confusion Swirls at Rattled White House.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/us/white-house-staff.html

- Trump's aides heard 'yelling' in White House office as presidency descends into chaos.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-white-house-aides-yelling-russia-leaks-us-president-oval-office-sergey-lavrov-a7738161.html

- Following advice, potential FBI chiefs steer clear of job under Trump.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-fbi-idUSKCN18C2PI

- White House scrambles to limit damage after latest bombshell.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333691-white-house-scrambles-to-limit-damage

- Top House Intel Dem: Comey memo paints 'alarming portrait' of potential Trump interference.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/333754-top-house-intel-dem-comey-memo-paints-alarming-portrait-of-potential-trump

- Press freedom group rips Trump for suggesting Comey jail reporters.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/333746-press-freedom-group-rips-trump-for-suggesting-comey-jail-reporters

- White House rocked by allegation Trump tried to shut down FBI's Flynn probe.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/16/trump-comey-flynn-shutdown-238467

- Trump’s Russia problem grows, leaving Washington breathless, stunned.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article150905047.html

- King: Trump approaching 'obstruction of justice,' impeachment.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/16/angus-king-trump-obstruction-238475

- McCain: Trump scandals reaching 'Watergate size and scale'.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/333755-mccain-trump-scandals-reaching-watergate-size-and-scale

- Trump tries to brush off Russia leak scandal as nations begin to question US trust.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-russia-leak-scandal-president-brushes-off-while-others-question-trust-a7739666.html

- (Other) A GOP senator’s guide to a Trump scandal: 1) Say you’re ‘troubled.’ 2) Keep walking.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/a-gop-senators-guide-to-a-trump-scandal-1-say-youre-troubled-2-keep-walking/2017/05/16/1b0ff5ec-3a66-11e7-a058-ddbb23c75d82_story.html

- Trump and Erdogan Meet at White House Amid Tensions Over Arming Kurds in Syria. Turkish Leader Calls Trump His 'Dear Friend,' Despite Decision To Arm Syrian Kurds.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-erdogan-meet-white-house-amid-tensions-over-arming-kurds-n760266

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/16/528614863/turkish-leader-calls-trump-his-dear-friend-despite-decision-to-arm-syrian-kurds

- Feds Subpoena Records for $3.5M Mystery Mortgage on Manafort’s Home.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/feds-subpoena-records-3-5m-mortgage-manaforts-home-n759866

- Price's Remarks On Opioid Treatment Were Unscientific And Damaging, Experts Say.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/16/528614422/prices-remarks-on-opioid-treatment-were-unscientific-and-damaging-experts-say

- Trump challenges London Mayor Sadiq Khan to IQ test.

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-36299929/donald-trump-challenges-sadiq-khan-to-iq-test

- CNN analyst: 'We're in impeachment territory'.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/333765-cnn-analyst-were-in-impeachment-territory

 

May 17, 2017 Wednesday

- More Republicans back independent probe of possible collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia, spurred by a memo from former FBI Director Comey.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-idUSKCN18D1XT

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/hill-republicans-show-growing-concern-over-trump-controversies/2017/05/16/57dd4f14-3aad-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

- Putin offers transcript to prove Trump did not pass Russia secrets.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-putin-idUSKCN18D1EA

- Trump claims ‘no politician in history’ has been ‘treated worse or more unfairly’.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-claims-no-politician-in-history-has-been-treated-worse-or-more-unfairly/2017/05/17/f9c59056-3b1c-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

- Two moderate Senate Republicans [Collins and Murkowski] suggest the need to consider a special prosecutor.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2017/live-updates/trump-white-house/trump-comey-and-russia-how-key-washington-players-are-reacting/two-moderate-republicans-suggest-the-need-to-consider-a-special-prosecutor/

- Trump Gave Russians Secrets News Orgs Are Being Asked To Withhold.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-uncovered/trump-gave-russians-secrets-news-orgs-are-being-asked-withhold-n760811

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-uncovered/trump-gave-russians-secrets-news-orgs-are-being-asked-withhold-n760811

- 'Erdoğan's bodyguards' in violent clash with protesters in Washington DC.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/17/erdogans-bodyguards-in-violent-clash-with-protesters-in-washington-dc

- The Right Builds an Alternative Narrative About the Crises Around Trump.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/us/politics/trump-scandal-conservatives-media.html

- (Opinion) The 25th Amendment Solution for Removing Trump.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/opinion/25th-amendment-trump.html

- (Opinion) No, the 25th Amendment Isn't the Way to Boot Trump. Sorry, Congress: If you believe Trump needs to go, you're going to have to do it yourselves.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-17/no-the-25th-amendment-isn-t-the-way-to-boot-trump

- (Opinion) Republicans must impeach Trump — for their own good.

http://theweek.com/articles/699462/republicans-must-impeach-trump--good

- Household Debt Makes a Comeback in the U.S. In the first quarter of 2017, consumer debt rose to $12.73 trillion, exceeding its peak in the third quarter of 2008.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/business/dealbook/household-debt-united-states.html

- The Comey memo was also about Trump’s request to arrest reporters. Journalists call it ‘crazy and scary.’

https://www.yahoo.com/news/comey-memo-also-trumps-request-arrest-reporters-journalists-call-crazy-scary-160122212.html

- Restive Dems amplify calls for impeachment.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333872-restive-dems-amplify-calls-for-impeachment

- Senate Intel panel asks Comey to testify publicly.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/333838-senate-intel-panel-asks-comey-to-testify-publicly

- Obstruction? Impeachment? A look at the legal challenges Trump could face.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article151061997.html

- Congressman calls for Trump's impeachment on House floor.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/17/politics/al-green-impeachment-call/index.html

- Paul Ryan: 'I do' have confidence in Trump.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/17/politics/paul-ryan-news-conference/index.html

- GOP blocks House vote on independent Russia-Trump investigation.

http://us.pressfrom.com/news/politics/-49860-gop-blocks-house-vote-on-independent-russia-probe/

- Defense secretary backs plan to spin off air traffic control.

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/333903-defense-secretary-backs-air-traffic-control-spin-off-plan

- Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly jokes Trump should use saber on the press.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/333876-homeland-secretary-to-trump-use-that-saber-on-the-press

- Sheriff David Clarke says he's accepted DHS job as a deputy secretary of Homeland Security.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333899-sheriff-david-clarke-says-hes-accepted-dhs-job

- Previous Homeland Security officials condemn Sheriff David Clarke taking role.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333935-sheriff-david-clarkes-predecessors-slam-news-that-he-accepted-role-in

- US: Immigrant arrests soar under Trump because of a surge in the detention of immigrants who have no criminal convictions.

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/us-more-immigrants-arrested-fewer-deported-under-trump/

- Dow Falls 370 Points, the biggest loss since September; Bonds Rally on Trump Turmoil; volatility spiked higher as the turmoil surrounding the Trump administration roiled financial markets around the globe.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-16/yen-climb-to-weigh-on-japan-stocks-gold-gains-markets-wrap

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-controversies-rattle-stock-markets-worldwide/2017/05/17/3e564680-3b0d-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

- Fox News unable to find Republicans 'willing to go on camera' to defend Trump following explosive Comey memo.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-comey-memo-fox-news-brett-baier-republican-guests-russia-investigation-michael-flynn-a7740906.html

- Officials put Trump's name in 'as many memo paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he's mentioned'.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-intelligence-reports-white-house-read-them-mentioned-name-president-a7740726.html

- Trump denounces media as White House goes quiet on Comey.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333917-trump-denounces-media-as-white-house-goes-quiet-on-comey

- 6 Million With Pre-Existing Conditions Could Be Hit Hard Under GOP Plan.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/6-million-pre-existing-conditions-could-be-hit-hard-under-n761146

- The deputy attorney general has appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller AS SPECIAL COUNCIL to oversee probe of Russian interference in election.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/333947-former-fbi-director-robert-mueller-to-lead-russia-investigation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/deputy-attorney-general-appoints-special-counsel-to-oversee-probe-of-russian-interference-in-election/2017/05/17/302c1774-3b49-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/17/justice-department-taps-former-fbi-director-robert-mueller-special-counsel-russia-investigation/101806472/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/us/politics/robert-mueller-special-counsel-russia-investigation.html

- The worst job in Washington right now: Working for Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-worst-job-in-washington-right-now-working-for-trump/2017/05/17/a3d9ec00-3b17-11e7-a058-ddbb23c75d82_story.html

- Conservatives begin to whisper: President Pence.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/17/mike-pence-president-trump-238525

 

May 18, 2017 Thursday

- Trump blasted the appointment of Robert Mueller to be the special prosecutor overseeing the investigation into Russia’s meddling into the 2016 election, calling the probe “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/trump-tweets-special-prosecutor-robert-mueller-appointment-238543

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/18/trump-claims-to-be-victim-of-witch-hunt-following-appointment-of-special-counsel-in-russia-case/

- Kochs boost Trump tax plan.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/koch-brothers-trump-tax-plan-238530

- Michael Flynn 'refuses to hand over documents to Russia investigation' despite subpoena.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/michael-flynn-subpoena-russia-investigation-refusal-senate-intelligence-a7743231.html

- Former top counsel for the NSA and the CIA: Special prosecutor Robert Mueller 'will take Donald Trump from frying pan to fire' over Russia investigation.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/robert-mueller-donald-trump-special-prosecutor-frying-pan-fire-russia-investigation-former-fbi-a7742071.html

- Roger Ailes, architect of conservative TV juggernaut Fox News, is dead at 77.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/roger-ailes-architect-of-conservative-tv-juggernaut-fox-is-dead-at-77/2017/05/18/b5b9e73a-3bc7-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/may/18/roger-ailes-dead-fox-news-ceo-chairman

- Roger Ailes Isn't Dead, He Lives on in Trump, Sexual Harassment Suits and Alternative Facts.

http://www.newsweek.com/roger-ailes-isnt-dead-he-lives-trump-sexual-harassment-suits-and-alternative-611543

- House Majority Leader McCarthy told colleagues in 2016: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-leader-to-colleagues-in-2016-i-think-putin-pays-trump/2017/05/17/515f6f8a-3aff-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will brief the full Senate in a closed session.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/deputy-attorney-general-rod-rosenstein-will-brief-the-full-senate-in-a-closed-session/2017/05/18/41de8548-3bd4-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

- Trump loyalists pay little heed to revelations rocking DC.

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/trump-loyalists-pay-little-heed-to-revelations-rocking-dc/

- U.S. academic groups oppose Trump's visa-vetting plans.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-visa-idUSKCN18E35H

- Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-contacts-idUSKCN18E106

- Trump, striking a defiant tone, denied colluding with Russia during his 2016 campaign or asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop a probe into his former national security adviser.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-idUSKCN18E1P7

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/18/trump-to-hold-news-conference-at-white-house-as-political-crisis-deepens/

- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told the full Senate he knew before he wrote his controversial memo that Comey would be fired.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/deputy-attorney-general-rod-rosenstein-will-brief-the-full-senate-in-a-closed-session/2017/05/18/41de8548-3bd4-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

- FCC votes to dismantle net neutrality as critics cry 'war on open internet'.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/18/net-neutrality-vote-fcc-open-internet

- Trump supporters blame leaks, conspiracy for his woes.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-supporters-blame-leaks-conspiracy-woes-210602825--politics.html

- Chaffetz will resign, raising doubts about Trump probe.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/utahs-chaffetz-expected-leave-office-end-june-165533680--politics.html

- Vice President Pence has a growing credibility problem.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/18/vice-president-pence-has-a-growing-credibility-problem/

- European leaders fear Trump’s political chaos is undermining U.S. power.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/european-leaders-fear-trumps-political-chaos-is-undermining-us-power/2017/05/18/2152eee2-3a47-11e7-a59b-26e0451a96fd_story.html

- Mueller to ask Congress to step back Russia investigations.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/334181-mueller-to-ask-congress-to-step-back-russia-investigations-report

- Appointment of Mueller could complicate other probes into alleged Russian meddling.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/appointment-of-mueller-could-complicate-other-probes-into-alleged-russian-meddling/2017/05/18/f75b8a36-3be5-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

- Trump meets with lawyers at the White House.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/trump-lawyers-white-house-238579

- $110 Billion Weapons Sale to Saudis Has Jared Kushner’s Personal Touch.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/18/world/middleeast/jared-kushner-saudi-arabia-arms-deal-lockheed.html

- What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey. The two men who could bring down the president have been preparing their entire lives for this moment.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/18/james-comey-trump-special-prosecutor-robert-mueller-fbi-215154

 

May 19, 2017 Friday

- FCC security guards manhandle reporter, eject him from meeting for asking questions.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/05/19/fcc-security-guards-manhandle-reporter-eject-him-from-meeting-for-asking-questions/

- Trump diehards dismiss Russia scandal: 'Show me the proof – or get off his case'.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/19/trump-russia-the-promise-scandal-proof

- Rosenstein: I stand by Comey memo; he stands by his memo that was initially used as the reason for former FBI Director James Comey's firing.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/334240-rosenstein-i-stand-by-comey-memo

- Dem frustration grows with Rosenstein, saying Rosenstein refused to answer “simple yes-and-no questions,” fueling concerns that the Trump appointee overseeing the Justice Department probes may be influenced by the White House.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/334234-dem-frustration-grows-with-rosenstein

- Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/politics/trump-russia-comey.html

- Kushner Family Woos Investors With Visas, Trump Name.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/business/kushner-trump-china-green-cards.html

- White House adviser close to Trump is a person of interest in Russia probe. Investigation into Russian meddling reaches highest level of government.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/russia-probe-reaches-current-white-house-official-people-familiar-with-the-case-say/2017/05/19/7685adba-3c99-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

- Trump-Russia probe now includes possible cover-up, Congress is told.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article151565947.html

- Russia probe reaches current White House official, people familiar with the case say.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article151563807.html

- Washington Post Fact Checker’s ongoing database of the false and misleading claims by Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-claims-database/

- Trump said to favor move that could destabilize Obamacare. Trump has told advisers he wants to end payments of key Obamacare subsidies, a move that could send the health law's insurance markets into a tailspin.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/19/donald-trump-end-payments-obamacare-subsidies-238616

- Sheriff David Clarke Is Determined to Suspend Habeas Corpus and Shred the Bill of Rights.

https://www.thenation.com/article/sheriff-david-clarke-is-determined-to-suspend-habeus-corpus-and-shred-the-bill-of-rights/

- Trump Is a Cornered Megalomaniac—and That’s a Grave Danger to the Country.

https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-is-a-cornered-megalomaniac-and-thats-a-grave-danger-to-the-country/

- Maduro to Trump: 'Get your dirty hands off Venezuela!'.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-usa-idUSKCN18F2HB

- Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/19/politics/michael-flynn-donald-trump-russia-influence/index.html

- James Comey to testify in public Senate intelligence committee hearing.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/19/james-comey-testify-us-senate-russia-election-trump

- Israeli Intelligence Furious Over Trump’s Loose Lips. Israeli intelligence officials were shouting at their American counterparts in meetings, furious over news that Trump may have compromised a vital source of information on the Islamic State and possibly Iran.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/05/19/israeli-intelligence-furious-over-trumps-loose-lips-russia-iran-syria/

- White House looking at ethics rule to weaken special investigation.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-mueller-idUSKCN18F2KK

 

May 20, 2017 Saturday

- Trump awarded with Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honour within hours of landing in the country.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-latest-saudi-arabia-highest-civilian-honour-king-abdulaziz-al-saud-collar-gold-a7746566.html

- Under fire at home, Trump reaps Saudi arms deal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-gulf-arrival-idUSKCN18G06K

- U.S., Saudi firms sign tens of billions of dollars of deals as Trump visits.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-usa-trump-deals-idUSKCN18G05P

- Saudi leaders hail Trump visit as ‘reset of regional order’.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/20/trump-visit-hailed-by-saudi-leaders-as-reset-of-regional-order

- Twitter leader laments social media role in Trump's election.

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/twitter-leader-laments-social-media-234906014.html

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/20/technology/evan-williams-medium-twitter-internet.html

- A cancer patient wonders: ‘Will the government still have my back?’

https://www.yahoo.com/news/cancer-patient-wonders-will-government-still-back-090024209.html

- Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) said that he has been threatened with lynching following his call for President Trump's impeachment.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/334417-congressman-threatened-with-lynching-after-calling-for-trumps\

- Corporate A-Listers Descend on Riyadh for Trump's CEO Summit.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-20/corporate-a-listers-descend-on-riyadh-for-trump-s-ceo-summit

- Conservative Media’s Alternative Take on Trump and Russia.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/conservative-media-s-alternative-take-trump-russia-n761941

 

May 21, 2017 Sunday

- McMaster does not deny details of Trump’s discussion with Russian officials.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/21/mcmaster-does-not-deny-details-of-trumps-discussion-with-russian-officials/

- Trump summons Muslim nations to confront ‘Islamic terror of all kinds’.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/us-and-gulf-nations-agree-to-crack-down-on-terror-financing/2017/05/21/e1222b34-3dfd-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

- Trump's Islam Speech in Saudi Arabia Follows a Long History of Verbal Attacks and Policies Targeting Muslims in America and Abroad.

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-saudi-arabia-trump-islam-612995

- 'Trump has declared war': journalists denounce any attack on press freedom. Trump’s apparent suggestion that the FBI should ‘consider putting reporters in prison’ prompts call to action from journalists increasingly under attack.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/21/trump-threat-reporters-press-freedom

- ‘Spiteful and petty’: Maine governor bans signs to Obama-designated monument.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/21/katahdin-woods-waters-obama-monument-signs-banned

- Chicago launches campaign in response to Trump's immigration policies.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/21/politics/one-chicago-campaign/index.html

- At Notre Dame, Pence attacks campus 'political correctness'. Students walk out of Pence’s commencement speech.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/21/students-walk-out-mike-pence-notre-dame-commencement

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/21/pence-pc-freedom-of-speech-238655

- Tillerson held a news conference with the Saudi foreign minister in Riyadh but he left the American media behind.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2017/05/21/tillerson-no-reporters-press-238658

- Netanyahu says all government ministers must attend Trump's arrival.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/21/middleeast/israel-netanyahu-ministers-must-meet-trump/index.html

- (International) Trump's White House: A Vortex of Scandal, Chaos and Absurdity.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/trump-white-house-descends-into-chaos-and-scandal-a-1148569.html

- (International) A Danger to the World: It's Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/donald-trump-is-a-menace-to-the-world-opinion-a-1148471.html

- (International) Trump and Saudi Arabia: Have we reached peak hypocrisy yet?

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/trump-and-saudi-arabia-have-we-reached-peak-hypocrisy-yet/article35076477/

- (International) After Riyadh Speech, Trump Comes to Israel as a Messianic Opportunist.

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.790790

- Trump to propose big cuts to safety-net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-to-propose-big-cuts-to-safety-net-in-new-budget-this-week/2017/05/21/62c01f44-3e34-11e7-adba-394ee67a7582_story.html

 

May 22, 2017 Monday

- Trump tells Israel Iran will never have nuclear weapons.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39973197

- Ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn 'defies Senate Russia inquiry'.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40004300

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18I1U9

- Supreme Court rules North Carolina congressional districts unconstitutional.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/22/supreme-court-north-carolina-congressional-dsitricts-238673

- Republicans used race to redraw North Carolina voter maps.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40002569

- Scandal-plagued Fox News hit with more lawsuits in U.S. court.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-fox-lawsuits-idUSKBN18I2F6

- Mississippi lawmaker calls for lynchings after removal of Confederate symbols.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/22/mississippi-confederate-symbols-karl-oliver-lynching-comments

- White House proposes slashing funds to clean up toxic sites despite EPA's pleas.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/22/toxic-sites-environment-cleanup-trump-budget-plan

- Trump’s plans to cut food stamps could hit his supporters hardest.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/05/22/trumps-plans-to-cut-food-stamps-could-hit-his-supporters-hardest/

- White House pitches budget as welfare reform. The Trump administration wants to take an ax to the safety net in order to balance the budget.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/22/trump-budget-what-is-in-it-238679

- Groups sue FDA over food additive rule.

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/334575-groups-sue-fda-over-food-additive-rule

- Sinkhole opens in front of Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/334555-sinkhole-opens-in-front-of-trumps-mar-a-lago-resort

- Israelis fear Trump might 'blurt out' something that’s not easy to 'fix'.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article151902907.html

- Americans Say U.S. Moral Values at a Seven-Year Low.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-22/americans-see-u-s-moral-values-at-a-seven-year-low

- Trump brings up Russian meeting during Israel event.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-says-i-never-mentioned-the-word-or-name-israel-to-russians/

- Manafort, Stone Turn Over Russia Documents to Senate Intel Committee.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/manafort-stone-turn-over-russia-documents-senate-intel-committee-n763141

- Trump Effect Inspires Radical Christians in Military.

http://www.newsweek.com/christian-fundamentalists-us-armed-forces-national-security-threat-613428

- Lockheed Martin secures $28 billion in Saudi contracts.

http://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2017/05/22/Lockheed-Martin-secures-28-billion-in-Saudi-contracts/4211495470735/

- Robert Reich: Our European Allies Are Appalled by Trump.

http://www.newsweek.com/robert-reich-our-european-allies-are-appalled-trump-613342

- Texas will allow adoption agencies to reject parents on religious grounds.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/05/22/Texas-will-allow-adoption-agencies-to-reject-parents-on-religious-grounds/9581495460144/

- Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-asked-intelligence-chiefs-to-push-back-against-fbi-collusion-probe-after-comey-revealed-its-existence/2017/05/22/394933bc-3f10-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html

- (Analysis) The three most damaging paragraphs from the revelation about Trump pushing back against the FBI.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/22/the-three-most-damaging-paragraphs-from-the-revelation-about-trump-pushing-back-against-the-fbi/

- Trump close to choosing outside counsel for Russia investigation. Trump is moving rapidly toward assembling outside counsel to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in last year’s election.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-close-to-choosing-outside-counsel-for-russia-investigation/2017/05/22/8709f62e-3f22-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html

- Trump's budget: major slashes to social programs – but $1.6bn for the wall.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/22/donald-trump-budget-proposal-2018-social-care-border-wall

- Trump Seeks $3.6 Trillion in Cuts to Reshape Government,

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-23/trump-seeks-3-6-trillion-in-spending-cuts-to-reshape-government

- MANCHESTER, ENGLAND EXPLOSION AND BLAST AT POP CONCERT.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/police-report-deaths-following-apparent-blast-at-concert-in-manchester/2017/05/22/2b6bfd1e-3f43-11e7-b29f-f40ffced2ddb_story.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/manchester-explosions-latest-news-updates-arena-ariana-grande-bangs-police-a7750381.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-40007886

 

May 23, 2017 Tuesday

- Trump FY2018 budget officially unveiled.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-budget-idUSKBN18I26X

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/05/23/trump-proposes-dramatic-changes-to-federal-government-slashing-safety-net-programs-that-affect-up-to-a-fifth-of-americans/

- Trump seeks to slash $3.6 trillion of spending in austere budget.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-budget-idUSKBN18I26X

- Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor, more for military.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-administration-sending-congress-4-1-trillion-budget-073622842--finance.html

- Former CIA Director John Brennan told House Russia investigators Tuesday that Russia "brazenly interfered" in US elections, including actively contacting members of the President Donald Trump's campaign -- but he stopped shy of dubbing it "collusion."

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/23/politics/john-brennan-house-intelligence-committee/index.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18J2DE

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-director-warned-russian-security-service-chief-about-interference-in-election/2017/05/23/ebff2a7e-3fbb-11e7-adba-394ee67a7582_story.html

- DNI Dan Coats, speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee, would not comment on reports that Trump had asked Coats and NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers to push back on the FBI's probe into whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dan-coats-wont-say-whether-trump-asked-him-to-deny-russian-collusion/

- Trump retains Marc Kasowitz as private attorney for Russia probe.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-counsel-idUSKBN18J30W

- (Other) Soldiers on UK streets as threat raised to critical after Manchester bombing.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/23/salman-abedi-police-race-to-establish-if-manchester-suicide-bomber-acted-alone

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/manchester-bombing-critical-terrorist-threat-theresa-may-upgrades-from-severe-latest-news-a7752336.html

- Trump advisers call for privatizing some public assets to build new infrastructure.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/trump-advisers-call-for-selling-off-old-assets-to-build-new-infrastructure/2017/05/23/657aa2c6-2f53-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html

- Trump told his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte that Washington has sent two nuclear submarines to waters off the Korean peninsula, the New York Times said, comments likely to raise questions about his handling of sensitive information.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-submarines-idUSKBN18K15Y

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/us/politics/trump-duterte-phone-transcript-philippine-drug-crackdown.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-calls-kim-jong-un-a-madman-with-nuclear-weapons-according-to-transcript-of-duterte-call/2017/05/23/211d1474-3fe8-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html

 

May 24, 2017 Wednesday

- The Congressional Budget Office reports the bill passed by U.S. House Republicans would cause 23 million people to lose healthcare coverage by 2026 while de-stabilizing health insurance markets in some states and making it hard for sick people to buy insurance.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-cbo-idUSKBN18K2X2

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/us/politics/cbo-congressional-budget-office-health-care.html

- CBO sees premiums rising 850 percent for poor elderly under House health bill.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/24/the-three-numbers-you-need-to-understand-the-cbo-report-on-republicans-health-care-bill/

- Trump said he would save jobs at Carrier. The layoffs start July 20.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/05/24/here-is-the-number-of-jobs-carrier-is-moving-to-mexico-after-trump-said-hed-save-them/

- Ben Carson calls poverty ‘a state of mind’ during interview.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/24/ben-carson-calls-poverty-a-state-of-mind-during-interview/

- Theresa May to tackle Donald Trump over Manchester bombing evidence. Prime minister will raise concerns at Nato summit that intelligence leaks from the US have damaged investigation. It was the latest of a series of leaks to US journalists that appeared to come from inside the US intelligence community.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/24/theresa-may-to-tackle-donald-trump-over-manchester-bombing-evidence

- Marchers in Chicago claim McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast food chain, supports low wages for workers and allows sexual harassment, ‘just like Donald Trump’.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/may/24/mcdonalds-chicago-protest-low-wages-harassment-trump

- Montana GOP candidate accused of assaulting reporter on eve of special election.

http://thehill.com/media/335052-reporter-alleges-that-montana-gop-candidate-bodyslammed-him

- Dem rep: Abuse, violence against the press 'hallmarks in Trump era'.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/335062-dem-rep-abuse-violence-against-the-press-hallmarks-in-trump-era

- Thousands protested Trump visit in Belgium.

http://thehill.com/policy/international/335050-thousands-protested-trump-visit-in-belgium

- AG Sessions did not disclose Russia meetings in security clearance form, which requires him to list "any contact" he or his family had with a "foreign government" or its "representatives" over the past seven years.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/24/politics/jeff-sessions-russian-officials-meetings/index.html

- White House, DOJ miss Senate deadline to provide James Comey memos, records.

http://www.11alive.com/ext/news/nation-now/white-house-doj-miss-senate-deadline-to-provide-james-comey-memos-records/85/nationnow/ZRZV6Tqhumgy8gWOsao2C

- How a dubious Russian document influenced the FBI’s handling of the Clinton probe.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/how-a-dubious-russian-document-influenced-the-fbis-handling-of-the-clinton-probe/2017/05/24/f375c07c-3a95-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

 

May 25, 2017 Thursday

- Trump chastises fellow NATO members, demands they meet payment obligations.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-told-in-brussels-that-west-should-focus-on-values-not-only-interests/2017/05/25/7aa1865c-40cd-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html

- Montana GOP candidate charged after allegedly body-slamming reporter.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-candidate-cited-for-assault-as-newspapers-pull-endorsements/2017/05/25/eb416990-413b-11e7-8c25-44d09ff5a4a8_story.html

- U.S. warship challenges South China Sea claims, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since Trump took office.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-southchinasea-navy-idUSKBN18K353

- Senators make new push to rein in Trump's military powers.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/25/trump-military-powers-senate-response-238817

- (Other) Fears for economy as number of EU migrants leaving Brexit Britain surges.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/immigration-figures-down-policies-general-election-2017-a7754796.html

- Trump asks Justice Department to look into recent foreign intelligence leaks by US officials.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/25/politics/nato-trump-intel-sharing/index.html

- How Alleged Russian Hacker Teamed Up With Florida GOP Operative. Political consultant Aaron Nevins received documents from hacker ‘Guccifer 2.0’ and posted some on his blog.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-alleged-russian-hacker-teamed-up-with-florida-gop-operative-1495724787

- Georgia Law Will Allow Carry of Handguns at Public University Tailgate Events.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2711782-georgia-law-will-allow-carry-of-handguns-at-public-university-tailgate-events

- (Opinion) The Trump Administration’s Troubling State of Mind.

http://carsonwatch.org/2017/05/25/trump-administrations-troubling-state-mind/

- FEDERAL APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS BLOCK ON TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN, administration will appeal to Supreme Court.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/25/politics/4th-circuit-travel-ban/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/federal-appeals-court-largely-maintains-freeze-of-trumps-travel-ban/2017/05/25/395aa394-365b-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-court-idUSKBN18L2IO

- U.S. lawmakers to fight massive Trump Saudi arms deal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-arms-congress-idUSKBN18L2XN

- Wall Street hits record highs, helped by consumer stocks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks-idUSKBN18L1HC

- Gazette opinion: We're pulling our endorsement of Greg Gianforte.

http://billingsgazette.com/opinion/editorial/gazette-opinion-we-re-pulling-our-endorsement-of-gianforte/article_34d90b42-545b-5e10-9355-605b7c5cb11f.html?=dtgrsdz&utm_content=bufferb95a6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=LEEDCC

- Trump calls Germans 'very bad' and promises to stop car imports.

http://www.wtsp.com/news/president-trump-calls-germans-very-bad-and-promises-to-stop-car-imports-report/443088853

- Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/jared-kushner-now-a-focus-in-russia-investigation/2017/05/25/f078db74-40c7-11e7-8c25-44d09ff5a4a8_story.html

- Republican Charged With Assault Claims Win in Montana Special Election.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/polls-close-montana-s-suddenly-famous-special-congressional-election-n764866

 

May 26, 2017 Friday

- Trump travel ban fight heads toward Supreme Court showdown.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-court-idUSKBN18M2C7

- In shakeup, Trump to set up 'war room' to repel attacks over Russia probe.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-warroom-idUSKBN18M2FU

- Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-fbi-kushner-exclusive-idUSKBN18N018

- Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret channel with Kremlin.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/russian-ambassador-told-moscow-that-kushner-wanted-secret-communications-channel-with-kremlin/2017/05/26/520a14b4-422d-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html

- Senate Intelligence Committee requests Trump campaign documents.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/26/senate-intelligence-committee-requests-trump-campaign-documents/

- Tillerson declines to host Ramadan event at State Department.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-religion-ramadan-usa-tillerson-exclsu-idUSKBN18M2IE

- Texas governor draws criticism for joke about shooting journalists.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-governor-guns-idUSKBN18N009

- Chinese jets intercept U.S surveillance plane.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-military-idUSKBN18M25L

- ‘The Germans are bad, very bad’: Trump’s alleged slight generates confusion, backlash.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/trumps-alleged-slight-against-germans-generates-confusion-backlash/2017/05/26/0325255a-4219-11e7-b29f-f40ffced2ddb_story.html

- Zbigniew Brzezinski is dead at 89.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/us/zbigniew-brzezinski-dead-national-security-adviser-to-carter.html

- Secret court rebukes NSA for 5-year illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article152947909.html

- G7 summit: Leaders pressure Trump on climate change pact - but President makes no promises.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-g7-climate-change-failure-paris-agreement-angela-merkel-a7758561.html

- Trump Administration Conflicts Of Interest: How Gary Cohn Could Sell U.S. Infrastructure To Goldman Sachs.

http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/trump-administration-conflicts-interest-how-gary-cohn-could-sell-us-infrastructure

- Six of the worst cuts in Trump’s budget.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/six-of-the-worst-cuts-in-trumps-budget/2017/05/26/632e6796-40ba-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html

- Hillary Clinton hints Donald Trump will be 'impeached for obstruction of justice' in unprecedented attack on president.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-impeachment-latest-hillary-clinton-attack-nixon-wellesley-commencement-speech-address-a7758311.html

- (Opinion) The U.S. has a homegrown terrorist problem — and it’s coming from the right.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-us-has-a-homegrown-terrorist-problem--and-its-coming-from-the-right/2017/05/26/10d88bba-4197-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html

 

May 27, 2017 Saturday

- G7 talks: Trump isolated over Paris climate change deal.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40069636

- Leaders issue G7 declaration with U.S. a holdout on climate change.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/27/trump-paris-climate-deal-238883

- Man, known as a white supremicist, shouting 'anti-Muslim slurs' fatally stabs two men in Portland.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/27/man-shouting-anti-muslim-slurs-fatally-stabs-two-men-in-us

- AP FACT CHECK: Trump tells tall tales even without Twitter.

http://m.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/AP-FACT-CHECK-Trump-tells-tall-tales-even-11177929.php

- Trump complained of trouble setting up golf courses in EU during Brussels visit.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/335412-trump-complained-of-trouble-setting-up-golf-courses-in-eu-during

- Thousands of Americans will die unnecessary deaths if AHCA becomes a reality.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/335250-thousands-of-americans-will-die-unnecessary-deaths-is-ahca

- Ex-CIA Director: CIA would consider Kushner actions 'espionage'.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/335398-ex-cia-director-if-kushner-set-up-secure-line-with-russia-cia

- Noose left outside of Hirshhorn museum in Washington.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/335422-noose-left-outside-of-hirshorn-museum-in-washington

- Trump Returns to Crisis Over Kushner as White House Tries to Contain It.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/27/us/politics/trump-returns-to-crisis-over-kushner-as-white-house-tries-to-contain-it.html

- Trump tells 'confidants' U.S. will leave Paris climate deal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-climate-idUSKBN18O00J

 

May 28, 2017 Sunday

- After summits with Trump, Merkel says Europe must take fate into own hands.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-politics-merkel-idUSKBN18O0JK

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/28/world/europe/angela-merkel-trump-alliances-g7-leaders.html

http://www.dw.com/en/merkel-europe-can-no-longer-rely-on-us-and-britain/a-39018097?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

- (Analysis) Why Merkel’s comments matter.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/05/28/thanks-to-trump-germany-says-it-cant-rely-on-america-what-does-that-mean/

- European allies see the two sides of Trump.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g7-summit-trump-allies-analysis-idUSKBN18O0BP

- The Trump handshake: how world leaders are fighting back. Emmanuel Macron and others have noted that US president’s handshake is a claim to superiority, and are fighting him in kind.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/28/the-trump-handshake-how-world-leaders-are-fighting-back

- (Opinion: DW Germany) A dangerous travelling salesman.

http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-a-dangerous-travelling-salesman/a-39017379

- Trump attacks 'fake news' following Kushner reports.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-kushner-idUSKBN18O0G0

- Back at the White House, Trump unleashes a Twitter rant about fake news, leaks and ‘the enemy’.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/28/trump-returns-home-from-abroad-with-a-twitter-rant-about-fake-news-leaks-and-the-enemy/

- U.S. might ban laptops on all flights into and out of the country.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-airlines-electronics-idUSKBN18O0KL

- By backing Saudi Arabia’s vision of the Middle East, Trump may be sowing the seeds of conflict.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/by-backing-saudi-arabias-vision-of-the-middle-east-trump-may-be-sowing-the-seeds-of-conflict/2017/05/27/3afcda92-4181-11e7-b29f-f40ffced2ddb_story.html

- ‘Brave and selfless’ Oregon stabbing victims hailed as heroes for standing up to racist rants.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/05/28/brave-and-selfless-oregon-stabbing-victims-hailed-as-heroes/

- These 8th-graders from New Jersey refused to be photographed with Paul Ryan.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/these-8th-graders-from-new-jersey-refused-to-be-photographed-with-paul-ryan/2017/05/28/ca46b116-43b9-11e7-bcde-624ad94170ab_story.html

- Florida could pave new changes in 'stand your ground' laws.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/florida-could-pave-changes-stand-ground-laws-130111550.html

- (Opinion) Trump seems happy to destroy the planet. Only China and India can save us now.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-climate-change-paris-accord-destroy-planet-india-china-a7760731.html

- Homeland Security chief says back-channel talks with Russia would be 'normal...and acceptable'.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/homeland-security-chief-back-channel-talks-russia-normaland/story?id=47680534

- Mattis: Fight against ISIS has shifted to “annihilation tactics”.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fight-against-isis-has-shifted-to-annihilation-tactics-mattis-says/

 

May 29, 2017 Monday

- 'Atlanticist' Merkel rams home frustration with Trump after summits.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-merkel-trump-idUSKBN18P0VV

- Angela Merkel Stopped Relying on President Trump Only After Failing to Reason With Him.

http://time.com/4797241/angela-merkel-us-german-tensions-g7-summit/

- Even Angela Merkel’s political rivals are on her side against Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/05/29/even-angela-merkels-political-rivals-are-on-her-side-against-trump/

- U.S. may put emergency tariffs on solar imports.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-solar-wto-idUSKBN18P1JL

- North Korea fires Scud-class ballistic missile.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN18O0R3

- Trump condemns fatal Oregon stabbings; says victims stood against hate

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-muslims-portland-idUSKBN18P1XR

- Portland Republican says party should use militia groups after racial attack. Asked if this meant Republicans making their own security arrangements rather than relying on city or state police, Buchal said: “Yeah. And there are these people arising, like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/29/portland-attack-republican-james-buchal-militia-groups

- Portland knife attack: tension high as 'free speech rally' set for weekend.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/28/portland-knife-attack-free-speech-rally--sunday

- Texas Republican 'threatens to shoot Democrat' over immigration protest.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/29/hundreds-pro-sanctuary-cities-protesters-texas-house

http://time.com/4797381/texas-anti-sanctuary-city-bill-protests/

- Bullet damage suspected in Ky. newspaper vandalism.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/335557-bullet-damage-suspected-in-ky-newspaper-vandalism

- White House plan would minimize civil rights efforts.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-plans-to-minimize-civil-rights-efforts-in-agencies/2017/05/29/922fc1b2-39a7-11e7-a058-ddbb23c75d82_story.html

- This is what Betsy DeVos thinks about people who oppose her school-choice vision.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/05/29/this-is-what-betsy-devos-thinks-about-people-who-oppose-her-school-choice-vision/

- Portland mayor wants 'Trump free speech' rally cancelled after attack.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/335564-portland-mayor-calls-for-free-speech-rally-cancelation-after-attack

- Trump to reverse Obama’s Cuba policy.

http://theh