The infamous plague doctors of the Middle Ages were a fearsome sight
Being born in Medieval Europe was like losing the historical lottery — superstition reigned, feudalism flourished and misery was the rule, not the exception, among the long-suffering serfs. Yes, to live in the Dark Ages was to know disease and hunger intimately, to fear the wrath of a vengeful God (courtesy of His almighty Church), and to die young or on the battlefield. And yet, among those countless cold winters and violent wars fought for cruel lords, few could argue that 1348 was probably the single worst year be alive in pre 20th-century Europe.
When the rats and fleas carrying Yersinia pestis surreptitiously hitched a ride down the Silk Road with merchants and soldiers, no one could have predicted the toll this taste for spices and the latest in luxury goods would have on the population of Europe. After decimating tens of millions starting in China, it raced though central Asia and northern India. The bubonic plague made official landfall in Sicily in 1347. Within five years, it had spread to virtually all of Europe, Russia and the Middle East.
THE PERFECT PLAGUE
The first wave was the worst, killing some 25 million in Europe alone. By 1400 — a mere 50 years after the pandemic began — various epidemics and resurgence had reduced the world’s population from about 450 million to between 350 and 300 million, maybe less. Roughly 150 million individuals succumbed to the nightmarish symptoms of the Black Plague.
First, swollen lymph nodes would signal infection. Within days, these painful buboes would blacken and then burst, spewing forth pus and blood. Dark purplish patches all over the body were par for the course. The lucky ones would recover, while others would soon go on to suffer high fever and agonizing episodes of spasmodic pain, vomiting and retching while blood sometimes filled their lungs. For the fortunate, death would come quickly; others lingered in a state of delirium for days.
Panic, desperation and grief reigned supreme, from the humblest burgs to the most vibrant cities throughout Europe. All manner of prayers and bargains and cures were attempted, but to no avail. With no antibiotics available to fight the dreaded bacteria, the plague would simply have to run its course. The plague did not entirely disappear from European soil until the 19th century as smaller but still deadly outbreaks occurred continuously in the decades that followed.
Once the plague’s full force was felt, it didn’t take long for most reputable and well-trained doctors to recognize its vicious and virulent nature. Moreover, any physician with even a lick of sense soon realized that the “cures” being employed were anything but, and sometimes even accelerated the death spiral. And so, most of them ran away. It was really the only sensible thing to do.
Those who took their place — the so-called plague doctor or Medico della Peste — were often little more than paid hacks and second-rate physicians hired by desperate municipalities. These eerily clad public servants would become an iconic symbol of the plague that we easily recognize to this very day… harbingers of doom in a very dark chapter in the history of human suffering.
To say people didn’t know much about the plague was an understatement. From its origins, to its spread, to its cure, the physicians whose sole purpose was to treat this infamous killer knew little more than those whom they were treating. They did, however, understand one thing with perfect clarity: the fact that it spread quickly and easily. Desperate times called for desperate measures.
Poultices of onion and butter, sprinklings of dried frog, arsenic, floral compounds and even a generous bloodletting or two were no match for this killing machine. The closer the patient was to dying, the more desperate the cures became. Accounts exist of coating sufferers in mercury and baking them for a while in the oven, though this was likely not as unpleasant as some of the creative means by which diarrhea was induced to relieve the patient’s system of the invading demons. Those with no medical training were often even more creative in their attempts to cure.
Nothing worked to halt the spread. The bodies piled up quickly and were carted away, dumped unceremoniously into mass graves. Hundreds were burned at a time. Entire villages succumbed and simply ceased to exist. Coping the best they could, the living often went crazy with fear, committed suicide, threw themselves into all-consuming religious devotion or indulged in a Bacchanalian end-of-days-style orgies that would have made Caligula blush. Murderers and thieves were let out of jail on the condition they agree to help with the removal and incineration of bodies.
PUBLIC SERVICE, PLAGUE-STYLE
Presumably, their principal task of the plague doctors was to help treat and cure plague victims, and some did give it their best shot. In actual fact, however, the plague doctors’ duties were far more actuarial than medical. Most did a lot more counting than curing, keeping track of the number of casualties and recorded the deaths in log books.
Plague doctors were sometimes requested to take part in autopsies, and were often called upon to testify and witness wills and other important documents for the dead and dying. Not surprisingly, many a dishonest doc took advantage of bereaved families, holding out false hope for cures and charging extra fees (even though they were supposed to be paid by the government and not their patients).
Then, as now, it seems a life of public service was occasionally at odds with the ambitions of some medically minded entrepreneurs. Whatever their intentions, whatever their failings, plague doctors were thought of as brave and highly valued; some were even kidnapped and held for ransom.
By the 1600s, the plague doctor was a terror to behold, thanks to his costume — perhaps the most potent symbol of the Black Death. The protective garment was created by the 17th-century physician Charles de l’Orme (1584-1678). De l’Orme had been the physician of choice for several French kings (one Henri and a Louis or two), and was also a favourite of the Medici family in Italy. In 1619 — as a carefully considered way to protect himself from having to visit powerful, plague-infested patients he couldn’t say no to — de l’Orme created the iconic uniform. Its dramatic flair certainly made it seem like a good idea, and the costume quickly became all the rage among plague doctors throughout Europe.
Made of a canvas outer garment coated in wax, as well as waxed leather pants, gloves, boots and hat, the costume became downright scary from the neck up. A dark leather hood and mask were held onto the face with leather bands and gathered tightly at the neck so as to not let in any noxious, plague-causing miasmas that might poison the wearer. Eyeholes were cut into the leather and fitted with glass domes.
As if this head-to-toe shroud of foreboding wasn’t enough, from the front protruded a grotesque curved beak designed to hold the fragrant compounds believed to keep “plague air” at bay. Favourite scents included camphor, floral concoctions, mint, cloves, myrrh and basically anything that smelled nice and strong. In some French versions of the costume, compounds were actually set to smolder within the beak, in the hopes that the smoke would add an extra layer of protection. A wooden stick completed the look, which the plague doctor used to lift the clothing and bed sheets of infected patients to get a better look without actually making skin-to-skin contact.
Despite the fact that de l’Orme himself lived to the ripe old age of 96 — an impressive feat for a physician living in the plague years — his famous contribution to medicine probably did very little to quell the actual spread of the disease. The beak doctors, as they came to be know, dropped like flies or pretty much lived under constant quarantine, wandering the countryside and city streets like pariahs… until of course desperate families needed them.
As a tribute to your fallen brothers from eras gone, why not encourage your kids to try on something a little different for Halloween this year? Explain some of the history behind these death doctors, and they’re sure to find the Medico della Peste every bit as terrifying as any vampire, witch, ghost or ghoul…
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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
- Trump signs executive order to roll-back Obamacare hours after taking office
- Trump writes memo temporarily banning new federal government regulations.
January 21, 2017 (Saturday)
- Massive Women’s March in U.S. and World.
- U.S. Customs asks Canadians entering for D.C. if “pro-Trump” or “anti-Trump”. Some anti-Trump barred from entering.
- Throughout weekend, Trump argues about size of his inaugural crowds compared to those who attended Women’s rally
January 23, 2017 (Monday):
- Trump signs repeal of TPP.
- Trump freezes federal hiring (except military).
- Trump bans federal money to those who counsel on abortions (incl international groups).
- Trump blames voter fraud for loss of popular vote.
January 24, 2017 (Tuesday)
- Executive Order to continue construction of Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
- 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.
January 25, 2017 (Wednesday)
- Trump sends directives to build a 2,000 mile wall at the US-Mexican border and curtail immigration.
- Trump vows to strip funding from cities shielding illegal immigrants.
- Trump to direct federal resources toward building a border wall.
- DOW hits 20,000
January 26, 2017 (Thursday)
- Trump calls Chelsea Manning an “ungrateful traitor.”
- Trump tells Republicans meeting in PA, “now is the dawn of a new era.”
- Mexico cancels meeting with Trump citing disagreement over paying for wall.
- Trump calls for 20% tax on Mexican imports to pay for border wall.
- 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
- Bannon tells the NY Times the media is the “opposition party” of the new administration and should “keep its mouth shut.”
- Trump signs first presidential proclamation declaring this week “National School Choice Week.”
- DHS has temporarily halted trips by staff to interview refugees abroad
- Trump pulls ad budget in the closing days of HealthCare.gov. Former Obama officials call it “sabotage”.
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.
- 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.
- Trump signs executive action to begin military buildup
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
January 28, 2017 (Saturday)
- Trump’s immigration ban causes chaos and controversy
- 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.)
- 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.
- Trump signs memorandum giving military leaders 30 days to construct and present a report outlining the U.S. strategy for defeating ISIS.
- Trump signs memorandum ordering a reorganization of the National Security Council, gives seat to Steve Bannon.
- Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refugee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win.
- 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
January 29, 2017 (Sunday)
- Trump travel ban continues to sow chaos at airports, outrage at protests.
- Judges in Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington state block federal authorities from enforcing Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries
- 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.”
January 30, 2017 (Monday)
- Mass protests continue over Trump immigration ban.
- Trump denies chaos at airports from immigration ban but from computer glitch, demonstrators and “fake tears” of Charles Schumer.
- 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.
- Trump fires acting justice department head Sally Yates for refusing to enforce immigration ban.
- State Department officials circulated a draft memo criticizing Trump’s executive order on immigration.
- Washington State sues Trump over immigration order.
- Trump replaces acting Immigration Enforcement head.
January 31, 2017 (Tuesday)
- Democrats stall confirmation hearings of Steven Mnuchin (Treasury) and Tom Price (DHHS).
- More State Dept protests on their dissent channel drawing 1,000 signatures.
- New York, Massachusetts and Virginia join Washington state sue Trump over immigration ban.
- Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch to be associate justice of the Supreme Court.
- European Commission President Donald Tusk lists US administration as one of EU’s ‘external threats’.
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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, sworn in.
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.
- Defense Sec. Mattis warns North Korea of “effective and overwhelming” retaliation if country attacks U.S. ally.
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.
- 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
- COURT TEMPORARILY BLOCKS TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN, and Airlines Are Told to Allow Passengers.
Trump Cries ‘Witch Hunt’ as Russia Questions Pile Up.
February 4, 2017 (Saturday)
- Trump administration filed notice of appeal to suspension of immigration ban.
- “So-called” judge in immigration hold decried by Trump.
- Tens of thousands join marches across UK against Trump’s travel ban.
- Thousands swarm New York’s Stonewall Inn to protest Trump.
- 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.
- Trump stands by voter fraud claim in Fox News interview.
- 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.
February 5, 2017 (Sunday)
- A federal appeals court denied an initial bid by the Trump administration to restore its controversial immigration order.
- Trump attacks judge and court system. Trump said Americans should blame U.S. District Judge James Robart and the court system if anything happened.
– 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.
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.”
- 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.
- New York Assembly passes bill to make New York State a “sanctuary state” in response to Trump’s promised crackdown on sanctuary cities.
February 7, 2017 (Tuesday)
- Betsy DeVos is confirmed Education Secretary. Senate voted 50-50 with V.P. Pence casting decisive vote.
- 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.
- 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.
February 8, 2017 (Wednesday)
- Jeff Sessions confirmed as Attorney General.
- Trump bashes Nordstrom after it drops Ivanka’s line.
- Supreme court nominee Neil Gorsuch calls Trump judge attacks ‘demoralizing’ and ‘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.
- ACLU vows to sue Sessions if he violates Constitution as AG.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Trump signs three executive orders to combat crime, further his “law and order” agenda, crack down on international crime and crimes against law enforcement.
- In call with Putin, Trump denounced Obama-era nuclear arms treaty.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trump promises Chinese president Xi Jinping he’ll honor ‘One China’ policy.
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.
- Trump hints at new travel order coming next week.
- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was greeted with protesters when she tried to enter a Washington middle school.
- 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.
- Obamacare opponent Tom Price sworn in as Health Secretary.
- The Central Intelligence Agency has denied elite security clearance for Michael Flynn’s top National Security Council deputy Africa Robin Townley.
- 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.
- Undocumented Immigrants Arrested Nationwide, Stoking Fears Of Trump’s ‘Deportation Force’.
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.
- Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police.
- Trump claimed that his daughter Ivanka had been “abused” by news media following renewed scrutiny over the family’s potential conflicts of interest.
February 12, 2017 (Sunday)
February 13, 2017 (Monday)
- GOP says it will not investigate Trump’s tax returns.
- Senate confirms Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary.
- Justin Trudeau meets with Trump at W.H.
February 14, 2017 (Tuesday)
- Trump national security aide Flynn resigns over Russian contacts.
- Secret Service director to step down.
- Intel leaks reveal Trump aides were in constant touch with senior Russian officials during campaign.
- Trump signs repeal of transparency rule for oil companies, to scrap Dodd-Frank rule on oil extraction.
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.”
- Andy Puzder withdraws nomination for labor secretary after he admitted employing an illegal immigrant as a former housekeeper.
- Trump blasts ‘criminal’ leaks by intelligence agencies, calls Flynn ‘wonderful’.
February 16, 2017 (Thursday)
- Trump gives 76 minute press conference and berates media.
- Mick Mulvaney, staunchly conservative tea-party, confirmed by Senate to run Trump’s OMB.
- Six Donald Trump staffers fired today, escorted out of White House, after flagged by FBI.
February 17, 2017 (Friday)
- Senate confirms climate-denier Scott Pruitt to head EPA.
- 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”.
- Trump considered using national guard to round up immigrants, memo suggests.
- Trump Calls the News Media the ‘Enemy of the American People’.
- Senate Intelligence Committee meets behind closed-doors, summoning Comey, to discuss Trump-Russian ties.
- 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.)
February 18, 2017 (Saturday)
- (story) Eight people flee U.S. border patrol to seek asylum in Canada.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Memos signed by DHS secretary describe sweeping new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants.
- U.S. inquiries into Russian election hacking include three FBI probes.
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.
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.
- Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
- Norway pledges $10 million to counter Trump’s global anti-abortion move.
- Protests take place across the US for “Not My President’s Day”.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Police surrounded the Standing Rock camps to evict the remaining Native American activists fighting the Dakota Access pipeline.
- DoJ moves to prevent CIA official from detailing role in Bush-era torture.
- Trump Administration Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students.
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”.
- Conservative activist O’Keefe posts tapes targeting CNN.
- 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.”
- Trump says efforts to remove undocumented immigrants is a “military operation.”
- At CPAC, Ted Cruz suggested that another seat on the U.S. Supreme Court will open up this summer (with no explanation).
- 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.
- 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.
- Trump tells Reuters he wants to expand nuclear arsenal, make US ‘top of the pack’.
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].”
- Trump blasted the FBI for being “totally unable to stop the national security ‘leakers’ that have permeated our government for a long time.”
- Trump promises border wall ‘soon, way ahead of schedule’.
- Trump issues executive order requiring federal agencies to create “deregulatory” task forces responsible for eliminating outdated and unnecessary rules.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- John Dean Accuses The White House Of A Russia Cover-Up.
February 25, 2017 Saturday
- Wary of Trump unpredictability, China ramps up naval abilities.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Sixty to one-hundred Jewish headstones vandalized in 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- House Republicans beat back a Democratic attempt to smoke out President Donald Trump’s tax returns, after the issue was forced on the floor.
- Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) argue they want 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.
- White House lawyers instructed Trump’s staff to preserve materials that could be connected to Russian interference in November’s election.
- 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.
- House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines not to investigate the Trump-Russia scandal.
March 1, 2017 Wednesday
- Senate confirms Ryan Zinke to head Interior Department.
- 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.”
- House Intelligence Committee has agreed an investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US elections.
- 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.
March 2, 2017 Thursday
- Ben Carson confirmed to head HUD.
- Trump stands by Session in Russia controversy.
- Euro lawmakers press EU to impose visas on U.S. citizens. (File under Western nationalism.)
- Senate confirms Rick Perry as Energy Secretary.
- Sessions recuses himself on all current and future investigations into Russia ties with the Trump campaign.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- ‘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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- Trump leaves White House furious that Sessions recused himself.
- Carter Page, Adviser Once Linked to Trump Campaign, Met With Russian Ambassador.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
March 5, 2017 Sunday
- White House asks Congress to probe Trump’s accusation of Obama wiretap.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- Priebus and Bannon didn’t fly with Trump to Florida. Various interpretations allege Trump punished them.
March 6, 2017 Monday
- Trump signed a revised executive order for a U.S. travel ban, leaving Iraq off the list of targeted countries.
- Senators push Trump to release White House, Mar-a-Lago visitor logs.
- 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.
- Senate votes to repeal labor protection laws that safeguarded poultry workers.
- Ben Carson compared slaves to immigrants seeking a better life in his first official address Monday as HUD secretary.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Homeland Security Department is considering separating children from parents caught crossing the Mexican border illegally, Secretary John Kelly said.
- 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.
- Top member ff House Intel Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, questions Trump’s mental state on MSNBC.
March 7, 2017 Tuesday
- House intelligence chief has seen no evidence to back Trump’s wiretap charge.
- House schedules first hearing in Trump-Russia investigation.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hawaii Mounts Legal Challenge To Trump’s 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.
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.
- Three states suing to block Trump’s new travel ban: Hawaii, NY and Oregon.
- EPA head Scott Pruitt denies that carbon dioxide causes global warming.
- Bill Clinton, “Resurgent nationalism ‘taking us to the edge of our destruction’”
- 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.
- More States Join Legal Challenge to Trump Travel Ban: Massachusetts, Minnesota New York and Oregon.
- Maryland joins states suing over Trump’s travel ban.
- State Dept asked NYC Medical Examiner not to disclose cause of death of Russian UN ambassador who died last month.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Man faces 10-year sentence after scaling White House fence.
- 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.
- 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.”
- ACLU To Hold ‘Resistance Training’ So Americans Can Fight Trump’s Dangerous Policies.
- Preet Bharara was investigating Fox News when Sean Hannity urged Donald Trump to fire him.
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.
- 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’.
- A Jewish community center in Rochester, New York, closed temporarily on Sunday after receiving its second bomb threat in less than a week.
- Kellyanne Conway suggests Obama could have spied on Trump through a microwave.
- Trump budget expected to seek historic contraction of federal workforce.
March 13, 2017 Monday
- CBO: 14 million would lose coverage in 2018 under GOP Obamacare repeal.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- US charges two Russian spies and two hackers in 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.
- 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.
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.
- Trump vows to appeal against travel ban ruling to Supreme Court.
- 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.
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.
- U.S. prepared to take military action against N. Korea, if necessary, Sec. of State Tillerson says.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel Meets Trump, the Defender Versus the Disrupter.
- 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.
- Immigration judges headed to 12 U.S. cities to speed deportations.
- 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.
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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
March 19, 2017 Sunday
- Germany rejects Trump’s claim it owes NATO and U.S. ‘vast sums’ for defense.
- Sir Peter Westmacott, writing in the Guardian, has accused the White House of ‘peddling falsehoods’ by suggesting British intelligence spied on Trump Tower.
- Intruder Arrested at White House After Saying He Has ‘Bomb in the Trunk’.
- White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears.
- 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.
- 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.
March 20, 2017 Monday
- Day 1 of Neil Gorsuch Senate Hearings.
- 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.
- Donald Trump tweets lies during Russia hearings, but MSNBC corrects him in real time.
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’
- 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.
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.
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.”
- 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”.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
March 25, 2017 Saturday
- New York Mayor De Blasio blames Trump for ‘dynamic of hatred’ in US.
- Fights erupt at pro-Donald Trump rally on California beach.
- Trump aide Boris Epshteyn leaving White House, officials say.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
March 28, 2017 Tuesday
- Trump administration sought to block Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia.
- 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.
- 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.
- White House backs repeal of broadband privacy rules.
- Congress voted to kill rules meant to prevent internet service providers from selling users’ web browsing histories and app storage histories to advertisers.
- 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.
- House Republicans blocked more attempts by Democrats to obtain Trump’s tax returns from the IRS.
- Trump asks police union officials (FOP) to find out which cops didn’t vote for him.
- Veteran newsman Dan Rather warns Americans of Trump’s ‘power to decimate and destroy’.
- Trump Administration Omits LGBTQ People from 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.
- Trump’s business network reached alleged Russian mobsters.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ivanka Trump will become a federal employee as part of unpaid White House role.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.”
- 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.
- Come Monday, the Trump administration may quietly revoke the ability of hundreds of thousands of immigrants — almost all women — from legally working in the United States, forcing them to choose between heading back to their kitchens or leaving the country altogether.
- 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.
- The Trump administration released the financial disclosure forms from members of the White House staff.
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.
- Wealthy White House staffers’ finances detailed in new disclosures.
- Fox, Bill O’Reilly settle claims with five women
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Blackwater founder, Erik Prince, held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ex-Trump adviser, Carter Page, gave energy industry documents to Russian spy, court files show.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fox News hit with new Ailes harassment suit in wake of O’Reilly bombshell.
- Eleven killed in suspected suicide bombing on Russian metro train.
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.”
- Advertisers flee ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ amid sexual-harassment claims against host.
- U.S. would slash EPA vehicle testing budget under Trump plan.
- Trump’s senior adviser Kushner meets Iraqi PM.
- 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.”
- Republicans are set to use the “nuclear option” to get Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court.
- North Korea test-fires missile into sea ahead of Trump-Xi summit.
- 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.
- Infowars host Alex Jones threatens Adam Schiff: “I’ll beat your goddamn ass”.
- 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.
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.
- House GOP mulls emergency meeting to push Obamacare repeal.
- White nationalists’ latest tactic to recruit college students: paper flyers and tape.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
– Canada Welcomes Tech Companies That Are Spooked by Trump.
April 7, 2017 Friday
- The Republican-led Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court tilting it to the right for decades.
- 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.
- 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.
- Truck drives into crowd in Stockholm, killing four people. Suspect arrested over incident which police are treating as act of terrorism.
- 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.
- 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.
- The US had provided Russia with advance information of its deadly missile strikes on Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.
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.
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.”
- Palm Sunday bombings of Egyptian Coptic churches kill 44.
- 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.
- Third Trump ally KT McFarland removed from National Security Council. Her departure follows that of Michael Flynn and Stephen Bannon.
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’.
- White House warns of potential US ‘red line’ over Syria barrel bomb attacks
- 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.
- Russia and Iran request an ‘unbiased investigation’ into Syrian chemical attack
- Russia and Iran warn US they will ‘respond with force’ if red lines crossed in Syria again.
- 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.
[Other] It’s not just Syria. Trump is ratcheting up wars across the world.
April 11, 2017 Tuesday
- White House spokesman Sean Spicer triggered an uproar on Tuesday by saying Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons.
- North Korean state media warned on Tuesday of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression, if provoked.
- 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).
- 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”.
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.
- Trump administration moving quickly to build up nationwide deportation force.
- Trump on NATO: ‘I said it was obsolete. It’s 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- CIA director labels WikiLeaks a ‘hostile intelligence service’.
- British intelligence passed Trump associates’ communications with Russians on to US counterparts.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.”
- Trump will keep list of White House visitors secret.
- EPA chief Scott Pruitt calls for an ‘exit’ from 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.
April 15, 2017 Saturday
- Thousands at U.S. rallies demand Trump release tax returns.
- Right, left-wing protesters clash in Berkeley, California park.
- 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.
- Former Afghan president calls decision to drop massive U.S. bomb ‘treason’.
- 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
- Maxine Waters rallies Tax March crowd for Trump’s 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.
- G.O.P. Bill Would Make Medical Malpractice Suits Harder to Win.
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.
- ICE immigration arrests of noncriminals double under Trump.
- Trump reverses campaign pledge to label China ‘currency manipulator’ in light of North Korea
- 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.
- 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.
April 17, 2017 Monday
- Trump called Turkey’s Erdogan to congratulate him on referendum win.
- Burying ‘Trumpomania,’ Kremlin TV says Trump scarier than North Korean leader.
- Trump’s travel policies hurting ‘U.S. brand’ and discouraging tourists, experts say.
- Trump says he has ‘exposed the total failure’ of Obama’s foreign policy.
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.”
- Asylum applications in Mexico surge after Trump election win.
- 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.
- Trump just targeted a new opponent — Canada’s dairy trade industry.
- World Leaders On Edge as Trump Weighs Pulling U.S. Out of Paris Climate Deal.
- 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.”
- U.S. carrier not near North Korea after all despite what the president said.
April 19, 2017 Wednesday
- U.S. House banking chairman unveils Dodd-Frank replacement.
- Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election to Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system.
- 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.
- Berkeley cancels conservative firebrand Ann Coulter’s speech over fears of more violent protests.
- [Other] How Bill O’Reilly created Donald Trump.
- [Other] Neurologist Diagnoses Trump With ‘Cognitive Failure’ – Mental Ability Limited.
- 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.
- [Other] Dan Rather: While we were distracted by O’Reilly, Trump brought us closer to World War III.
April 20, 2017 Thursday
- White House Officials, Craving Progress, Push Revised Health Bill.
- Trump launches trade probe targeting Chinese steel.
- 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.
- Rex Tillerson Warns Iran Over ‘Alarming’ Behavior in The Middle East.
- 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.
- 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.
- US could end visa-free travel for Europeans, Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security says.
- Trump hosts man who called for death of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at White House.
- Pentagon chief: US won’t reveal ‘mother of all bombs’ toll.
- 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.
- US prepares charges to seek arrest of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange.
- UC Berkeley reverses course, re-books canceled Ann Coulter speech.
– White House turns up heat on Congress to revise the Affordable Care Act.
- 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.
- Palin invited Ted Nugent and Kid Rock to the White House because ‘Jesus was booked’.
- Jeff Sessions doesn’t 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.
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.
- California cities ready to fight Trump’s call to punish so-called ‘sanctuary cities’.
- [Other] Tech firms look to Canada in light of Trump H1-B visa reform.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trump on US charging Julian Assange: ‘It’s OK with me’.
- Trump has ‘dangerous mental illness’, say psychiatry experts at Yale conference. Mental health experts say President is ‘paranoid and delusional’.
- Indian techies, IT firms fret as Trump orders U.S. visa review.
- Transcript of AP interview with Trump.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Surgeon general is 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.
April 23, 2017 Sunday
- (Other) North Korea says it is ready to strike U.S. aircraft carrier.
- Trump, Pence allies rake in millions as new Washington lobbyists.
- Senior US officials hint that Donald Trump’s Mexican border wall could lead to government shutdown.
- Trump has worst poll approval rating at 100 days than any President since 1945.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trump calls for new U.N. sanctions on North Korea.
- China urges ‘restraint’ amid North Korea threat to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier. Xi Jinping Urges Trump to ‘Avoid Aggravating’ North Korea.
- 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.
- U.S. Senate confirmed former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trump to impose tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber.
- AP uses the word “Unintelligible” sixteen times in its interview transcript with Donald Trump.
- 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.
- Trump fumes about supposedly ‘fake’ polls giving him a dismal approval rating.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
April 25, 2017 Tuesday
- German crowd boos Ivanka Trump for calling her father a ‘champion’ for families.
- 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.
- 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.
- Michael Flynn’s Russia payment likely broke disclosure laws, the leading Republican and Democrat on the House oversight committee said.
- White House refuses to hand over documents to House Oversight Committee on Michael Flynn to Trump-Russia investigation.
- 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..
- Trump to strip all funding from State Department team promoting women’s rights around the world.
- Trump behaviour ‘showing a lot of signs’ of dangerous mental illness, says psychiatrist.
- 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.
- 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.
- [Other] New Alt-Right “Fight Club” Ready for 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.
- Mnuchin: Trump has ‘no intention’ of releasing his tax returns.
- 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.
- (Pew Research) 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trump looks to renegotiate, not cancel 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.
- 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.
- Iran fires new cruise missiles amid gulf tensions with U.S.
- US conducts missile test amid growing tensions over North Korea.
- Nuclear attack drills staged near Manhattan as US-North Korea tensions escalate.
- Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein on Trump-Russia investigation: ‘Oh my god, there’s a cover-up going on’.
April 27, 2017 Thursday
- U.S. Senate confirms R. Alexander Acosta to head Labor Department, first Hispanic member of the Trump cabinet.
- 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.
- Mike Flynn under formal investigation by Pentagon over payments from Russia.
- White House press secretary Spicer blames Obama for Flynn’s 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Trump picks former anti-abortion leader, Charmaine Yoest, for health and human services post
- 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.
- Trump pledges fealty to NRA gun lobby.
– House and Senate approve stopgap spending measure while negotiators work to reach an agreement over a longer-term funding package.
- Trump tells NRA: ‘I am going to come through for you’.
- DeMint to be ousted from Heritage Foundation.
- EPA scrubs website of references to Obama climate plans.
- North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure.
- U.S. could speed up North Korea sanctions in response to missile test.
- U.S. says time to act on North Korea, China says not up to Beijing alone.
April 29, 2017 Saturday
- North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure, fails for second time this month.
- Pope warns of broad destruction if Korean tensions escalate.
- Neo-Nazi leader: ‘Trump is controlled by the Jewish lobby’ (video).
- Armed neo-Nazis prepare for potential clash in small Kentucky town.
- Trump appeals for loyalty as 100th day fanfare threatens to fall flat.
- 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.
- Opposition protests to counter President Trump’s 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.
- Environmental protesters swarm outside White House as Trump hits milestone.
- Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life.
- FULL TRANSCRIPT: President Donald Trump’s interview with “Face the Nation” (recorded Apr. 29)
- 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.
- Trump rallies his base on his 100th day.
- Trump mocks members of the media attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington DC during a rally in Pennsylvania.
- 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.
- ‘Bikers for Trump’ mistake non-white rally-goer for protester and physically force him out of Harrisburg 100-day rally arena.
Trump’s first 100 Days: What media has said:
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New York Times: Our White House Reporters Recall Their Most Vivid Moments of Trump’s First 100 Days.
Washington Post: Winners and losers from President Trump’s first 100 days.
Reuters: In first 100 days, a reversal of fortune for Trump favorites on Wall Street.
USA Today: Diary of Trump’s first 100 days: Highlights of an unconventional presidency.
Associated Press: Trump’s first 100 days: A president’s very public education.
Fortune: Larry King on 35 Years of Knowing Donald Trump: “His Ego is Beyond Egoism”. (video)
CNBC: Here’s how Trump’s stock market in the first 100 days stacks up against the rest.
CNN: You know who’s had a rougher 100 days than Trump? (video)
CNN: 100 days of Russia drama for the Trump White House, with no end in sight.
Fox News: 100 Days of Disruption: How Trump rewrote the presidential script.
Guardian: 100 days of Trump: orders, tweets, leaks and military attacks. (video)
Newsweek: First 100 Days: Trump Runs Slap Bang Into the Constitution. (video)
Politifact: Tracking Donald Trump’s flip-flops in his first 100 days.
CBS News: Fact-checking Trump’s claims about his progress in first 100 days.
Washington Post: FACT CHECKS: 100 days of Trump claims.
Politico: Trump’s First 100 Days, Ranked. The best, the worst and everything in between.
Politico: The 100 most Donald Trump quotes about his first 100 days. ‘I really just see the bigness of it all.’
Politico: Which campaign promises has Trump kept?
The Hill: Report: Trump tweeted 470 times in first 99 days.
AOL News: TIMELINE Trump’s First 100 Days.
MSNBC: 100 days of Trump = 100 days of the best late night jokes. (video)
CNET: ‘The Simpsons’ trolls President Trump with ‘100 Days’ video. (video)
CNN: Trump’s presidency: Cartoon views from around the world and at home.
Moyers: The 100 Days That Turned America Upside Down.
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.”
“In my first 100 days, I kept my promise to Americans.”
April 30, 2017 Sunday
- Trump dominates the 101st day with tweets, tough talk about health care.
- Trump on whether he could start war with North Korea: ‘I don’t know. I mean, we’ll see’.
- 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.
- Trump says China could have hacked Democratic emails.
- McCain on pre-emptive strike on North Korea: ‘We have to consider that option’.
- U.S.-led fight on ISIS has killed 352 civilians: Pentagon.
- Reince Priebus says White House is looking into change to libel laws.
- Attorney General Eric Holder: Trump’s first 100 days full of ‘chaos, carnage’.
- Neo-Nazis and anti-fascist protesters leave Kentucky after standoff.
- 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.
- Spread of Hate Crimes Has Lawmakers Seeking Harsher Penalties.
- Immigrant workers at Churchill Downs fear deportation.
- Trump guarantees protection for those with preexisting medical conditions — but it’s unclear how.
- 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.
(Opinion) Rick Perlstein: The Alt-Right Is Gunning for Anti-Trump Protesters.
- FULL TRANSCRIPT: President Donald Trump’s interview with “Face the Nation” (recorded Apr. 29)
- Pelosi accidentally refers to Trump as Bush: ‘I am so sorry’.
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.’
– 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.
- Trump administration scraps Michelle Obama’s health and education programs.
- GOP suffers surprise defection on Obamacare repeal. The scramble for votes is still very much on.
- (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.
- 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.
- Trump voices confusion over US history: ‘Why was there a civil war? Walks out on interview.
- U.S. issues travel alert for Europe, citing threat of terrorist attacks.
- May Day Marked With Defiant Rallies for Worker Rights Around the Globe.
- Arrests made as thousands rally in US against Trump’s immigration and labor policies on May Day.
- Trump says he would be ‘honored’ to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
- Trump keeps praising international strongmen, alarming human rights advocates. Trump appears to be buttering up totalitarian leaders with long records of human rights abuses.
- Historians see a dark underside to Trump’s Civil War riff.
- 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’.
- Senate 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.
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.
- (Other: morning TV): Scarborough: ‘I’m Not Saying He [Trump] Has Dementia’ But…
- Democrats save arts funding for NPR and PBS from Donald Trump.
- 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.
- Clinton says Comey’s letter, Russian hackers cost her the election.
- 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.
- U.S. Senate votes to confirm Jay Clayton as SEC chairman.
- Senate intel panel to CIA headquarters for briefing on Russia probe.
- U.S. high school cancels Canada trip over fears students might not be let back in.
- FDA delays enforcement of stricter standards for e-cigarette, cigar industry.
- 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.
- Trump and Putin discuss cease-fire in Syria in first conversation since U.S. airstrikes.
- Frustrated by failures, Trump now demands more power.
- Nouriel Roubini, the man who called the 2008 financial crisis, fears Wall Street is badly underestimating the negatives lurking beneath Trump’s agenda.
- As tensions mount over Syria and North Korea, World War III again a U.S. fear.
- White House leaning toward exiting Paris climate pact.
- Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross calls Trump’s Syria airstrikes ‘after-dinner entertainment’.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Comey’s Calculations Favored the GOP.
- Susan Rice declines Senate request to testify on Russian hacking.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trump Is Expected to Relax Tax Rules on Churches Taking Part in Politics.
- 141 House Republicans support repealing defense budget caps.
- Code Pink activists convicted for disrupting Sessions’s confirmation hearing.
- Fed holds interest rates steady, downplays economic weakness.
- Trump was elected 176 days ago. He’s spent 68 of them talking about the election.
- House to vote Thursday on Obamacare repeal. GOP leaders are confident they have the support but acknowledge it will be very close.
- 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.
- 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.
May 4, 2017 Thursday
- U.S. Senate passes bill to fund government through September.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trump congratulated Republican members of the House after the passage of a bill to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act.
- Trump savors health care win: ‘Hey, I’m president’.
- State Dept. seeks tougher visa scrutiny, including social media checks.
- 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.
- [Bloomberg Editorial Board] The Shame of the House. Nothing can redeem the Republicans’ health-insurance legislation.
- American Medical Association condemns House healthcare bill passage.
- Senators face lobbying onslaught from liberals, health care groups.
- FBI Director Comey and NSA chief brief House panel amid Russia probe.
- 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.
- Secretary of State Tillerson urges ASEAN to cut North Korea funding, minimize ties.
- 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.
- Trump’s malignant narcissism is toxic: Psychologist.
May 5, 2017 Friday
- Republican healthcare bill heads to Senate, where it may undergo drastic changes.
- Trump-Russia investigation reignites as Senate asks aides to hand over notes – Carter Page, Roger Stone and others.
- Planned Parenthood head: ‘Being a woman is now a pre-existing condition’.
- Trump rejoices: ‘We will have truly great healthcare!’ Trump touted House Republicans’ “very exciting” win, while predicting a bright future for American health care.
- 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.
- North Korea accuses CIA of biochemical plot to kill Kim Jong-un.
- Saudi Arabia, U.S. in talks for billions in arms sales.
- FCC chairman wants to cut regulations, speed new innovation approvals.
- 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.
- S&P 500 hits record on rebound in U.S. job growth, energy shares.
- 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.
- White House fires its chief usher — the first woman in that job.
- 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.
- Amid opioid epidemic, White House may cut drug control office budget.
- States That Voted for Trump May Have the Most to Lose Under House Health Care Bill.
- Senate Intelligence Committee Russia investigators issue veiled subpoena threat to Carter Page.
- Pentagon to lease privately owned Trump Tower apartment for nuclear ‘football’.
May 6, 2017 Saturday
- Trump suggests financing for historically black colleges may be unconstitutional.
- Chicago mayor Emanuel posts EPA’s deleted climate change page.
- Commerce secretary warns Canada against ‘retaliatory action’ on lumber tariff.
- U.S. far-right activists, WikiLeaks and bots help amplify Macron leaks: researchers.
- U.S. Far-Right Activists Promote Hacking Attack Against Macron.
- 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.
- GOP Congressman Raul Labrador: ‘Nobody Dies Because They Don’t Have Access to Health Care’.
- Warren Buffett, at Berkshire Meeting, Condemns Republican Health Care Bill.
- Trump former aide Carter Page refuses to provide Russia contacts to Senate.
- Michelle Obama responds with class to reports Trump may abolish her flagship education policy for girls.
May 7, 2017 Sunday
- Reporters barred from Kushner Companies’ visa-for-investment event in China.
- Jared Kushner’s Sister Woos Chinese Investors With Much-Criticized U.S. Visa Program.
- Trump and Kushner exploitation of presidency ‘unlike anything we have ever seen before’, Obama’s ethics lawyer says.
- Price defends cutting nearly $1 trillion from Medicaid.
- Tempers Flare Over Removal of Confederate Statues in New Orleans.
- Eric Trump said family golf courses attracted Russian funding, author claims.
- Trump tries to pressure Senate Republicans on health care.
- As some Republicans rush to defend House health bill, Senate GOP warily pauses.
- The government wants Julian Assange in jail.
- If Shutdown Needed to Fix Washington, ‘So Be It,’ Mulvaney Says.
- White House health care victory short-lived as Russia probe looms.
- 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.
- Texas Republican governor signs into law bill to punish ‘sanctuary cities‘.
- Obama voices ‘fervent hope’ Congress will tread carefully on healthcare.
- 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.
- 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.
- EPA removes half of scientific board, seeking industry-aligned replacements.
- Obama warned Trump against Flynn as national security adviser: ex-official.
- Trump administration seeks to convince judges to revive travel ban.
- A Global Trump Movement? France Election Signals No.
- 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.
- Hedge fund mogul Robert Mercer sued by hedge fund worker fired after blasting Trump.
- 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.
- International climate negotiators stare into a looming American void.
- 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.
- Trump slams Yates hearing: ‘Nothing but old news’.
- Trump: Russia collusion story ‘a total hoax’.
- Condoleezza Rice chides Trump for criticism of judges, media.
- FCC website hit by attacks after ‘net neutrality’ proposal.
- Divided Senate Republicans Turn to Health Care With a Rough Road Ahead; Form All-Male Panel on Health Bill.
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.
- House Republicans face fiery town halls following healthcare vote.
- U.S. Republican Senator Graham to examine Trump’s business deals.
- How the White House Explains Waiting 18 Days to Fire Michael Flynn.
- Comey misstated key Clinton email evidence at hearing, say people close to investigation.
- How Trump Won: White Working Class Voters Motivated by Fear of Immigrants Not Economic Woes.
- (Opinion) The GOP’s health-care fantasy is a libertarian delusion.
- More than 20 US states have cracked down on protests since Donald Trump’s election.
- Who has Trump’s ear? Often rich, white, Republican men.
- Senate GOP invites female senator to healthcare group after criticism.
- Texas AG sues ‘sanctuary cities’ after state law signed.
- U.S. Census director resigns amid turmoil over funding of 2020 count.
- Burr threatens subpoenas if Trump aides ignore his deadlines.
- Reporter arrested after repeatedly questioning Health secretary Tom Price.
- All of Trump’s campaign statements just vanished from his website. So let’s remember them.
GRAND JURY SUBPOENAS ISSUED in FBI’s Russia investigation. Flynn associates subpoenaed in Russia probe.
- FBI DIRECTOR COMEY FIRED BY TRUMP HOURS AFTER SUBPOENAS WERE ISSUED
- (Opinion) In Trump’s Firing of James Comey, Echoes of Watergate.
- (Opinion) James Comey’s firing won’t 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.
- (Opinion) 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.
- 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.
- Comey learned he was fired from TV, thought it was prank.
- Schumer calls for special prosecutor, suggests cover-up.
- Scarborough to GOP: ‘Stand the hell up’ to Trump.
- Dems ask Justice Dept, FBI to ‘preserve any and all files’ on Comey firing.
- FBI in turmoil over Comey firing, scramble on for new chief.
- Timeline: How the Comey saga played out at the FBI.
- Commentators mostly agree: Firing Comey was positively Nixonian.
May 10, 2017 Wednesday
- Trump Defends Comey Firing In Early-Morning Tweetstorm.
- In Trump’s Twitter feed, Comey news is good news
- Capitol Hill was roiled by the aftershocks of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.
- Pence: Comey’s firing wasn’t due to Russia probe.
- McConnell: ‘Too much is at stake’ for new investigation after Comey firing.
- Comey’s ouster raises questions about Russia probe.
- The Comey firing is already backfiring on Trump. It’s only going to get worse.
- (Opinion) No, Firing Comey Won’t Prove Trump’s Undoing. The president has wormed his way out of far worse jams.
- (Opinion) Michael R. Bloomberg: After Comey, Justice Must Be Served.
- What Wall Street Is Saying About FBI Director Comey’s Ouster.
- Graduates at Florida university turn backs in protest of DeVos speech.
- U.S. government posts $182 billion surplus in April confounding market expectations for a deficit.
- Bid to revoke Obama methane rule fails in surprise U.S. Senate vote.
- Trump meets Russia foreign minister amid Comey controversy.
- Trump Bars U.S. Press, but Not Russia’s, at Meeting With Russian Officials.
- 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.
- 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.
- Comey called Trump ‘crazy’ after Obama wiretapping claims.
- 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.
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.
- Trump says he was going to fire ‘showboat’ Comey regardless of recommendation.
- Acting F.B.I. Chief Contradicts White House on Russia and Comey.
- (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.
- Republican Strategy Firm in Maryland Raided by FBI.
- FBI agents change their Facebook profile photos to James Comey – a gesture normally reserved for slain colleagues.
- 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.
- The Feds have ‘Trump tapes’ akin to Nixon’s ‘Watergate tapes’.
- Senate Democrats demand answers from Rod Rosenstein about involvement in Comey firing.
- 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.
- Texas seeks unprecedented federal money to defund Planned Parenthood.
- 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.
- More Price Hikes Likely for Government Insurance Markets.
- ICE announces major anti-gang operation, mostly US citizens arrested.
- New Orleans removes Confederate monument under cover of darkness after receiving death threats.
- Hawaiians warned not to travel to Texas because of controversial immigration law. Some say the new law is akin to racial profiling
- Muslim family racially abused by Trump supporter on Texas beach.
- 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.
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.
- In private meeting just after Trump took office, Trump demanded Comey’s loyalty. Comey demurred.
- (Opinion) American Fascism, in 1944 and Today. “And in my view, he [vice president Henry A. Wallace] predicted President Trump.”
- Dems escalate talk of Trump impeachment.
- In blow to Trump, GE backs NAFTA and plans growth in Mexico.
- HUGE CYBER-ATTACKS reported WORLDWIDE.
- Kremlin says may retaliate against U.S. over expulsion of Russian diplomats.
- ‘What is wrong with you?’ Michelle Obama savages Trump’s gutting of her legacy.
- Attorney general calls for prosecutors to ‘charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense’, in a major reversal of Obama-era policies.
- (Opinion) The Dakota pipeline is already leaking. Why wait for a big spill to act?
- Two scientists resign from EPA roles in protest at Donald Trump’s climate change stance.
- One Republican’s ‘shameful’ plan to save money: Turn 82,000 non-English-speaking kids over to ICE.
- Trump Doubles Down on Idea of Ending White House Press Briefings.
- James Comey Declines to Testify Before Senate Intelligence Committee.
- Schiff demands Trump turn over Comey ‘tapes’.
- WikiLeaks Offers $100K Reward for Trump-Comey ‘Tapes’.
- The Trump Tapes: What We Know.
- White House won’t say if Trump secretly recorded Comey.
- Amid FBI fallout, Trump escalates war against media and Comey.
- ‘Looking Like a Liar or a Fool’: What It Means to Work for Trump.
- Senate panel investigating Russia outraged by Comey firing.
- Trump lawyers: Tax returns show no income, debt tied to Russia ‘with a few exceptions’.
- Sinclair Requires TV Stations to Air Segments That Tilt to the Right.
May 13, 2017 Saturday
- Trump pledges to move quickly to name new FBI director.
- Comey, chaos … crisis? Trump enters new territory after most explosive week yet.
- Trump at Liberty University commencement: ‘In America, we don’t worship government; we worship God’.
- Senate’s Russia investigation is moving faster than its Watergate counterpart 44 years ago.
- (Opinion) Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.
- Judge orders government to turn over documents from Rudy Giuliani on travel ban.
- Ex-Justice Department officials call for independent counsel in Russia probe.
- Trump Impeachment Inevitable, Historian Says.
- North Korea fires missile: South Korea military.
- U.S. fails to reassure Europe, Japan over ‘Trumponomics’.
- NHS ‘robust’ after cyber-attack.
- Ransomware attack reveals breakdown in US intelligence protocols, expert says.
- Cyberattack Shows Growing Danger of Ransomware.
- Trump Still Seethes Over Lack of Credit for Election Win.
- What an Immigrant Murder in Kansas Says About America.
- Protesters spell out ‘RESIST’ at Trump golf course.
- 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’.
- NBC/WSJ Poll: Just 29 Percent Approve of Trump’s Firing of James Comey.
- 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.
- Alt-right’s Richard Spencer leads torch-bearing protesters defending Confederate statue.
- GOP wins in reversing Obama-era rules on guns, environment.
- High court could soon signal view on Trump immigration plans.
- Businesses brace for Monday as ransomware threat lingers.
- U.S. lawmakers ask Trump to turn over any Comey tapes.
- G.O.P. Senators Pull Away From Trump, Alarmed at His Volatility.
- Republicans plan massive cuts to programs for the poor.
- Under Trump, inconvenient data is being sidelined.
- Songwriter: ‘If you’re a Trump supporter, don’t come to my show’.
- Muslim hate crimes: Reports of Islamophobic incidents in the US soared again in 2016.
May 15, 2017 Monday
- Morning Joe says FBI close to exposing the president: ‘It’s a criminal issue — and Trump knows that’.
- TRUMP REVEALED HIGHLY CLASSIFIED INFORMATION TO RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER and ambassador.
- In travel ban case, U.S. judges focus on discrimination, Trump’s powers.
- 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.
- Trump expands policy that bans US aid for overseas abortion providers.
- (Story) They hate the US government, and they’re multiplying: the terrifying rise of ‘sovereign citizens’.
- Woodward and Bernstein say Comey firing is different than Watergate.
- New Yorkers Protest the President Inside Trump Tower’s Private Public Spaces.
- 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’.
- Cyberattack Spreads in Asia; Thousands of Groups Affected.
- White House pushes back against report Trump shared classified info with Russians.
- Trump’s handling of classified info brings new chaos to White House.
- Commentary: Focusing on Trump’s Coming Deep Cuts in Basic Assistance for Struggling Families – and Deep Tax Cuts for the Top.
- Indian Americans Reckon With Reality Of Hate Crimes.
- Ford Motor to slash workforce by about 10 percent: WSJ.
- Analysis: Trump intel sharing likely to leave allies anxious.
- Ex-intelligence leaders: ‘Nightmare’ if Trump leaked to Russia.
- Emoluments Clause projected onto Trump’s 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.
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.
- 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.
- Israel was source of classified information Trump shared with Russia, say officials. Israel will think twice before sharing sensitive info.
- Chaffetz: I’m ready to subpoena for Comey memo.
- Trump might have obstructed justice if Comey’s allegation is true, legal analysts say.
- Waters: Comey memo helps ‘cement’ Trump’s impeachment.
- McConnell: No concerns about Trump’s handling of classified info.
- (Opinion) Trump can do whatever he wants. God help us.
- (Opinion) Under Trump, Everything Is Wrong in Washington.
- (Opinion) Trump Should Worry: Comey Memo Describes a High Crime.
- Tempers Flare and Confusion Swirls at Rattled White House.
- Trump’s aides heard ‘yelling’ in White House office as presidency descends into chaos.
- Following advice, potential FBI chiefs steer clear of job under Trump.
- White House scrambles to limit damage after latest bombshell.
- Top House Intel Dem: Comey memo paints ‘alarming portrait’ of potential Trump interference.
- Press freedom group rips Trump for suggesting Comey jail reporters.
- White House rocked by allegation Trump tried to shut down FBI’s Flynn probe.
- Trump’s Russia problem grows, leaving Washington breathless, stunned.
- King: Trump approaching ‘obstruction of justice,’ impeachment.
- McCain: Trump scandals reaching ‘Watergate size and scale’.
- Trump tries to brush off Russia leak scandal as nations begin to question US trust.
- (Other) A GOP senator’s guide to a Trump scandal: 1) Say you’re ‘troubled.’ 2) Keep walking.
- 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.
- Feds Subpoena Records for $3.5M Mystery Mortgage on Manafort’s Home.
- Price’s Remarks On Opioid Treatment Were Unscientific And Damaging, Experts Say.
- Trump challenges London Mayor Sadiq Khan to IQ test.
- CNN analyst: ‘We’re 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.
- Putin offers transcript to prove Trump did not pass Russia secrets.
- Trump claims ‘no politician in history’ has been ‘treated worse or more unfairly’.
- Two moderate Senate Republicans [Collins and Murkowski] suggest the need to consider a special prosecutor.
- Trump Gave Russians Secrets News Orgs Are Being Asked To Withhold.
- ‘Erdoğan’s bodyguards’ in violent clash with protesters in Washington DC.
- The Right Builds an Alternative Narrative About the Crises Around Trump.
- (Opinion) The 25th Amendment Solution for Removing Trump.
- (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.
- (Opinion) Republicans must impeach Trump — for their own 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.
- The Comey memo was also about Trump’s request to arrest reporters. Journalists call it ‘crazy and scary.’
- Restive Dems amplify calls for impeachment.
- Senate Intel panel asks Comey to testify publicly.
- Obstruction? Impeachment? A look at the legal challenges Trump could face.
- Congressman calls for Trump’s impeachment on House floor.
- Paul Ryan: ‘I do’ have confidence in Trump.
- GOP blocks House vote on independent Russia-Trump investigation.
- Defense secretary backs plan to spin off air traffic control.
- Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly jokes Trump should use saber on the press.
- Sheriff David Clarke says he’s accepted DHS job as a deputy secretary of Homeland Security.
- Previous Homeland Security officials condemn Sheriff David Clarke taking role.
- US: Immigrant arrests soar under Trump because of a surge in the detention of immigrants who have no criminal convictions.
- 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.
- Fox News unable to find Republicans ‘willing to go on camera’ to defend Trump following explosive Comey memo.
- Officials put Trump’s name in ‘as many memo paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he’s mentioned’.
- Trump denounces media as White House goes quiet on Comey.
- 6 Million With Pre-Existing Conditions Could Be Hit Hard Under GOP Plan.
- The deputy attorney general has appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller AS SPECIAL COUNCIL to oversee probe of Russian interference in election.
- The worst job in Washington right now: Working for Trump.
- Conservatives begin to whisper: President Pence.
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.”
- Kochs boost Trump tax plan.
- Michael Flynn ‘refuses to hand over documents to Russia investigation’ despite subpoena.
- 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.
- Roger Ailes, architect of conservative TV juggernaut Fox News, is dead at 77.
- Roger Ailes Isn’t Dead, He Lives on in Trump, Sexual Harassment Suits and Alternative Facts.
- House Majority Leader McCarthy told colleagues in 2016: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump.
- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will brief the full Senate in a closed session.
- Trump loyalists pay little heed to revelations rocking DC.
- U.S. academic groups oppose Trump’s visa-vetting plans.
- Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians.
- 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.
- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told the full Senate he knew before he wrote his controversial memo that Comey would be fired.
- FCC votes to dismantle net neutrality as critics cry ‘war on open internet’.
- Trump supporters blame leaks, conspiracy for his woes.
- Chaffetz will resign, raising doubts about Trump probe.
- Vice President Pence has a growing credibility problem.
- European leaders fear Trump’s political chaos is undermining U.S. power.
- Mueller to ask Congress to step back Russia investigations.
- Appointment of Mueller could complicate other probes into alleged Russian meddling.
- Trump meets with lawyers at the White House.
- $110 Billion Weapons Sale to Saudis Has Jared Kushner’s Personal Touch.
- 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.
May 19, 2017 Friday
- 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’.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation.
- Kushner Family Woos Investors With Visas, Trump Name.
- White House adviser close to Trump is a person of interest in Russia probe. Investigation into Russian meddling reaches highest level of government.
- Trump-Russia probe now includes possible cover-up, Congress is told.
- Russia probe reaches current White House official, people familiar with the case say.
- Washington Post Fact Checker’s ongoing database of the false and misleading claims by Trump.
- 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.
- Sheriff David Clarke Is Determined to Suspend Habeas Corpus and Shred the Bill of Rights.
- Trump Is a Cornered Megalomaniac—and That’s a Grave Danger to the Country.
- Maduro to Trump: ‘Get your dirty hands off Venezuela!’.
- Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump.
- James Comey to testify in public Senate intelligence committee hearing.
- 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.
- White House looking at ethics rule to weaken special investigation.
May 20, 2017 Saturday
- Trump awarded with Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honour within hours of landing in the country.
- Under fire at home, Trump reaps Saudi arms deal.
- U.S., Saudi firms sign tens of billions of dollars of deals as Trump visits.
- Saudi leaders hail Trump visit as ‘reset of regional order’.
- Twitter leader laments social media role in Trump’s election.
- A cancer patient wonders: ‘Will the government still have my back?’
- Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) said that he has been threatened with lynching following his call for President Trump’s impeachment.
- Corporate A-Listers Descend on Riyadh for Trump’s CEO Summit.
- Conservative Media’s Alternative Take on Trump and Russia.
May 21, 2017 Sunday
- McMaster does not deny details of Trump’s discussion with Russian officials.
- Trump summons Muslim nations to confront ‘Islamic terror of all kinds’.
- Trump’s Islam Speech in Saudi Arabia Follows a Long History of Verbal Attacks and Policies Targeting Muslims in America and Abroad.
- ‘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.
- ‘Spiteful and petty’: Maine governor bans signs to Obama-designated monument.
- Chicago launches campaign in response to Trump’s immigration policies.
- At Notre Dame, Pence attacks campus ‘political correctness’. Students walk out of Pence’s commencement speech.
- Tillerson held a news conference with the Saudi foreign minister in Riyadh but he left the American media behind.
- Netanyahu says all government ministers must attend Trump’s arrival.
- (International) Trump’s White House: A Vortex of Scandal, Chaos and Absurdity.
- (International) A Danger to the World: It’s Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump.
- (International) Trump and Saudi Arabia: Have we reached peak hypocrisy yet?
- (International) After Riyadh Speech, Trump Comes to Israel as a Messianic Opportunist.
- Trump to propose big cuts to safety-net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits.
May 22, 2017 Monday
- Trump tells Israel Iran will never have nuclear weapons.
- Ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn ‘defies Senate Russia inquiry’.
- Supreme Court rules North Carolina congressional districts unconstitutional.
- Republicans used race to redraw North Carolina voter maps.
- Scandal-plagued Fox News hit with more lawsuits in U.S. court.
- Mississippi lawmaker calls for lynchings after removal of Confederate symbols.
- White House proposes slashing funds to clean up toxic sites despite EPA’s pleas.
- Trump’s 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.
- Groups sue FDA over food additive rule.
- Sinkhole opens in front of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
- Israelis fear Trump might ‘blurt out’ something that’s not easy to ‘fix’.
- Americans Say U.S. Moral Values at a Seven-Year Low.
- Trump brings up Russian meeting during Israel event.
- Manafort, Stone Turn Over Russia Documents to Senate Intel Committee.
- Trump Effect Inspires Radical Christians in Military.
- Lockheed Martin secures $28 billion in Saudi contracts.
- Robert Reich: Our European Allies Are Appalled by Trump.
- Texas will allow adoption agencies to reject parents on religious grounds.
- Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence.
- (Analysis) 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.
- Trump’s budget: major slashes to social programs – but $1.6bn for the wall.
- Trump Seeks $3.6 Trillion in Cuts to Reshape Government,
- MANCHESTER, ENGLAND EXPLOSION AND BLAST AT POP CONCERT.
May 23, 2017 Tuesday
- Trump FY2018 budget officially unveiled.
- Trump seeks to slash $3.6 trillion of spending in austere budget.
- Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor, more for military.
- 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.”
- 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.
- Trump retains Marc Kasowitz as private attorney for Russia probe.
- (Other) Soldiers on UK streets as threat raised to critical after Manchester bombing.
- Trump advisers call for privatizing some public assets to build new infrastructure.
- 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.
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.
- CBO sees premiums rising 850 percent for poor elderly under House health bill.
- Trump said he would save jobs at Carrier. The layoffs start July 20.
- 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.
- 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’.
- Montana GOP candidate accused of assaulting reporter on eve of special election.
- Dem rep: Abuse, violence against the press ‘hallmarks in Trump era’.
- 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.
- White House, DOJ miss Senate deadline to provide James Comey memos, records.
- How a dubious Russian document influenced the FBI’s handling of the Clinton probe.
May 25, 2017 Thursday
- Trump chastises fellow NATO members, demands they meet payment obligations.
- Montana GOP candidate charged after allegedly body-slamming reporter.
- U.S. warship challenges South China Sea claims, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since Trump took office.
- Senators make new push to rein in Trump’s military powers.
- (Other) Fears for economy as number of EU migrants leaving Brexit Britain surges.
- Trump asks Justice Department to look into recent foreign intelligence leaks by US officials.
- 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.
- Georgia Law Will Allow Carry of Handguns at Public University Tailgate Events.
- (Opinion) The Trump Administration’s Troubling State of Mind.
- FEDERAL APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS BLOCK ON TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN, administration will appeal to Supreme Court.
- U.S. lawmakers to fight massive Trump Saudi arms deal.
- Wall Street hits record highs, helped by consumer stocks.
- Gazette opinion: We’re pulling our endorsement of Greg Gianforte.
- Trump calls Germans ‘very bad’ and promises to stop car imports.
- Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation.
- Republican Charged With Assault Claims Win in Montana Special Election.
May 26, 2017 Friday
- Trump travel ban fight heads toward Supreme Court showdown.
- In shakeup, Trump to set up ‘war room’ to repel attacks over Russia probe.
- Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy.
- Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret channel with Kremlin.
- Senate Intelligence Committee requests Trump campaign documents.
- Tillerson declines to host Ramadan event at State Department.
- Texas governor draws criticism for joke about shooting journalists.
- Chinese jets intercept U.S surveillance plane.
- ‘The Germans are bad, very bad’: Trump’s alleged slight generates confusion, backlash.
- Zbigniew Brzezinski is dead at 89.
- Secret court rebukes NSA for 5-year illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens.
- G7 summit: Leaders pressure Trump on climate change pact – but President makes no promises.
- Trump Administration Conflicts Of Interest: How Gary Cohn Could Sell U.S. Infrastructure To Goldman Sachs.
- Six of the worst cuts in Trump’s budget.
- Hillary Clinton hints Donald Trump will be ‘impeached for obstruction of justice’ in unprecedented attack on president.
- (Opinion) The U.S. has a homegrown terrorist problem — and it’s coming from the right.
May 27, 2017 Saturday
- G7 talks: Trump isolated over Paris climate change deal.
- Leaders issue G7 declaration with U.S. a holdout on climate change.
- Man, known as a white supremicist, shouting ‘anti-Muslim slurs’ fatally stabs two men in Portland.
- AP FACT CHECK: Trump tells tall tales even without Twitter.
- Trump complained of trouble setting up golf courses in EU during Brussels visit.
- Thousands of Americans will die unnecessary deaths if AHCA becomes a reality.
- Ex-CIA Director: CIA would consider Kushner actions ‘espionage’.
- Noose left outside of Hirshhorn museum in Washington.
- Trump Returns to Crisis Over Kushner as White House Tries to Contain It.
- Trump tells ‘confidants’ U.S. will leave Paris climate deal.
May 28, 2017 Sunday
- After summits with Trump, Merkel says Europe must take fate into own hands.
- (Analysis) Why Merkel’s comments matter.
- European allies see the two sides of Trump.
- 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.
- (Opinion: DW Germany) A dangerous travelling salesman.
- Trump attacks ‘fake news’ following Kushner reports.
- Back at the White House, Trump unleashes a Twitter rant about fake news, leaks and ‘the enemy’.
- U.S. might ban laptops on all flights into and out of the country.
- By backing Saudi Arabia’s vision of the Middle East, Trump may be sowing the seeds of conflict.
- ‘Brave and selfless’ Oregon stabbing victims hailed as heroes for standing up to racist rants.
- These 8th-graders from New Jersey refused to be photographed with Paul Ryan.
- Florida could pave new changes in ‘stand your ground’ laws.
- (Opinion) Trump seems happy to destroy the planet. Only China and India can save us now.
- Homeland Security chief says back-channel talks with Russia would be ‘normal…and acceptable’.
- Mattis: Fight against ISIS has shifted to “annihilation tactics”.
May 29, 2017 Monday
- ‘Atlanticist’ Merkel rams home frustration with Trump after summits.
- Angela Merkel Stopped Relying on President Trump Only After Failing to Reason With Him.
- Even Angela Merkel’s political rivals are on her side against Trump.
- U.S. may put emergency tariffs on solar imports.
- North Korea fires Scud-class ballistic missile.
- Trump condemns fatal Oregon stabbings; says victims stood against hate
- 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.”
- Portland knife attack: tension high as ‘free speech rally’ set for weekend.
- Texas Republican ‘threatens to shoot Democrat’ over immigration protest.
- Bullet damage suspected in Ky. newspaper vandalism.
- White House plan would minimize civil rights efforts.
- This is what Betsy DeVos thinks about people who oppose her school-choice vision.
- Portland mayor wants ‘Trump free speech’ rally cancelled after attack.
- Trump to reverse Obama’s Cuba policy.
- Ted Cruz: Trump should withdraw from Paris climate pact.
- The Denver Post has cut ties with Terry Frei after the journalist tweeted that he was “very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend.”.
May 30, 2017 Tuesday
- Trump escalates clash after tense summits. Trump criticized Germany’s trade and spending policies, intensifying a clash between the allies and immediately earning himself the moniker “destroyer of Western values” from a leading German politician.
- Trump’s communications director Mike Dubke is leaving the job, the White House said on Tuesday, as the president considers wider staff changes to try to prevent more political damage from probes into Russia and his presidential campaign.
- Merkel wants to foster India ties, softens message on U.S. as Trump scolds.
- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe after the Defence Ministry failed to inform him that four more launchers for the controversial U.S. THAAD anti-missile system had been brought into the country.
- Group linked to NSA leaks says will release more data in July.
- Kentucky newspapers suffer twin threats amid rising anti-media climate.
- (Opinion) Donald Trump is not blameless when white supremacists slaughter people.
- How Trump and the GOP-led Congress swiftly dismantled Internet privacy rules.
- (Other) A guide to the 5 major probes of Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia.
- All but two countries are in the Paris climate agreement. The U.S. could be the third.
- U.N. chief warns if U.S. pulls back, others will fill leadership role.
- Pentagon successfully tests ICBM defense system for first time.
- North Korea warns of ‘bigger gift package’ for U.S. after latest test.
- Former Trump adviser Flynn to turn over some documents subpoenaed by Senate panel.
- Portland man accused of fatal train stabbing has outburst in court. ‘You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism!’
- White House drafts rule to roll back ‘contraception mandate’ for health coverage.
- Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice is fired — but not for the killing.
- Trump’s Personal Lawyer Refuses to Cooperate With Congressional Inquiries.
- Trump’s personal lawyer becomes focus of Russia investigation.
- White House mounts staunch defense of Kushner.
- Trump ‘likes his intelligence briefings filled with pictures’.
- Trump: Change Senate rules ‘immediately’ to pass GOP plans.
- Transgender Wisconsin Student Can Use Boys’ Bathroom, Federal Court Says.
- After Stabbing, Portland’s Mayor Wants 2 Right-Wing Demonstrations Canceled.
- 49 shot in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend — and that’s a sign of progress.
- Right-Wing Polls Show Trump’s Plunging Approval Ratings.
- (Editorial) Show HUD’s Budget Cuts the Door.
- Real-Life ‘House of Cards’: Debt Ceiling Crisis Looms for Trump.
- GOP taps anti-Clinton strategy to damage Elizabeth Warren early.
- Nearly Half of Donald Trump’s Twitter Followers Are Fake Accounts and Bots.
- Viral flap over whether Trump has gotten sudden boost in Twitter followers.
May 31, 2017 Wednesday
- TRUMP TO PULL OUT OF PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT.
- Pullout ‘monumentally irresponsible:’ experts.
- China and EU strengthen commitment to Paris deal with US poised to step away. Beijing and Brussels to set up new alliance to reduce global carbon emissions.
- (Analysis) Paris climate deal: exasperated world leaders prepare to move on without US.
- Musk Threatens to Leave Trump’s Business Councils, Joins CEOs Pushing to Stay in Paris Deal.
- Majority of Americans in every US state supports Paris climate deal Trump is poised to withdraw from.
- Germany says Theresa May is ‘complicit’ in Donald Trump’s policies that put Europe’s security at risk.
- China Sees an Opening in Rift Between Trump and Germany.
- Trump’s climate decision could be felt for generations.
- Cracks widen in US-Europe alliance.
- Financial firms lead shareholder rebellion against ExxonMobil climate change policies.
- Man arrested at Trump’s Washington hotel after guns found in car. He reportedly told police he is a military veteran suffering from PTSD and chose to stay at the hotel because he likes President Trump.
- Poll: Support for Trump impeachment rises. Forty-three percent of voters want Congress to begin impeachment proceedings, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, up from 38 percent last week.
- CNN fires Kathy Griffin after Trump beheading photo.
- Fired FBI director James Comey plans to testify publicly in the Senate to confirm bombshell accusations that Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide’s ties to Russia.
- NRA lobbyist: Guns equalizer for ‘the blacks’.
- Gov. Brown: ‘The rest of the world is against’ Trump.
- Trump urges GOP senators to pass new Obamacare repeal bill that adds saved money.
- Fox News holds off MSNBC for May ratings win.
- Recipients Fear Cuts to Food Stamps and Disability Aid in Trump Budget.
- House Russia investigators subpoena Flynn, Cohen.
- The home of Cleveland Cavaliers superstar forward LeBron James was found with racist graffiti on the front gate.
- Portland train suspect: ‘I hope everyone I stabbed died’.
- Americans Like Obamacare Better Than GOP Plan, Kaiser Family Foundation Poll Finds.
- White House is no longer taking questions on Trump and Russia. Press secretary says all questions about investigation will be referred to Trump’s lawyer.
- Trump administration approves tougher visa vetting, including social media checks.
June 1, 2017 Friday
- UKIP leader Nigel Farage is ‘person of interest’ in FBI investigation into Trump and Russia.
- The Republicans who urged Trump to pull out of Paris deal are big oil darlings.
- Trump delays moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem despite campaign pledge.
– Fearing Trump’s next move, liberals urge Supreme Court conservative Kennedy to stay.
- Our ugly racism’s newest artifact: The noose left at the African American Museum.
- (Opinion) The Scope of Hate in 2017.
- Putin Hints at U.S. Election Meddling by ‘Patriotically Minded’ Russians.
- Maybe Private Russian Hackers Meddled in Election, Putin Says.
- Vatican official: US exiting Paris deal would be ‘slap in the face’.
- Top Dem: Nunes violating Russia recusal with subpoenas.
- Did Trump, Kushner, Sessions Have An Undisclosed Meeting With Russian?
- Bloomberg: ’55 percent chance’ Trump will win reelection.
- (Opinion) How Trump’s Chaotic Presidency Threatens the Economy.
- Senators asked Comey to investigate AG Jeff Sessions for possible perjury.
- Portland, LeBron, the Smithsonian nooses: America’s ugly week of hate.
- Top 5 States With Homeless People In US: 23% Rise In Vagrant Population In A Year In Los Angeles.
- TRUMP PULLS U.S. OUT OF PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD. World’s second largest greenhouse gas emitter will remove itself from global treaty as Trump claims accord ‘will harm’ American jobs. ‘A reassetion of America’s Sovereignty’.
- (Editorial) Our Disgraceful Exit From the Paris Accord. Here’s what Trump’s decision on the climate change pact says to the world: America cares little about science, its allies and competitiveness.
- Critics lament Trump climate move.
- Deal cannot be renegotiated: EU leaders.
- U.S. and global leaders react to Trump’s exit from Paris climate change pact.
- World leaders accuse Trump of turning his back on the planet.
- World leaders condemned Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate change.
- Trudeau tells Trump Canada is disappointed by withdrawal from Paris climate deal.
- Is Trump abandoning US global leadership?
- Can China be a world leader on climate change?
- Musk to quit Trump advisory councils.
- Goldman’s Blankfein criticizes U.S decision to leave Paris climate deal.
- Apple CEO says he pleaded with Trump to stay in the Paris climate accord, “but it wasn’t enough.”
- Obama slams Trump for leaving Paris climate agreement. ‘Trump rejects future’.
- Trump makes Europe (feel) great again.
- UN climate negotiator slams White House for having “no idea” how Paris Agreement works.
- Washington, California, New York band together to form climate alliance.
- US mayors, governors vow to stick with Paris accord.
- EPA begins offering buyouts to cut staff.
- Right-wing media cheer Trump withdrawing United States from the Paris climate agreement.
- How Sinclair Broadcasting purchasing Tribune Media could help Trump get re-elected.
- Trump administration asks Supreme Court to revive travel ban.
- Disaster Agency To Weather Hurricane Season With No Leader, Proposed Cuts.
June 2, 2017 Friday
- Exit from Paris pact threatens U.S. global stature, European officials say.
- (Analysis) Paris withdrawal is the visceral expression of Trump’s worldview.
- France’s President Emmanuel Macron has become the principal spokesman of political moderates around the world, squaring off against Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
- Angela Merkel Slams Donald Trump’s Decision to Quit Paris Accord.
- EU to bypass Trump administration after Paris climate agreement pullout.
- Trump’s tangle with Europe leads the continent to find partners elsewhere.
- World pledges to save ‘Mother Earth’ despite Trump’s snub to climate pact.
- City halls and landmarks turn green in support of Paris climate deal. Local government buildings in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Montreal and Paris lit up after US withdrawal from accord.
- How Cities and States Reacted to Trump’s Decision to Exit the Paris Climate Deal.
- Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord.
- (Opinion) Donald Trump Poisons the World.
- (Opinion) Abandoning Paris climate deal marks Trump’s return to angry populism.
- White House confirms it is considering stopping James Comey from testifying in Senate hearing.
- Bloomberg pledges $15M to UN to cover US climate share.
- ‘Washington can’t stop Americans’: Michael Bloomberg pledges to pay US share of Paris climate funding.
- US has nothing to apologize for on climate change, says defiant EPA chief Scott Pruitt.
- Pence says climate change is just an issue for the left.
- Antarctic sends message to Trump about global warming in shape of iceberg the size of Delaware.
- White House orders agencies to ignore Democrats’ oversight requests. Trump’s aides are trying to shut down the release of information that could be used to attack the president.
- Nunes intervenes in Russia probe, despite having stepped aside. Nunes issued three subpoenas — which Democrats called a violation of his recusal.
- Nunes-led House Intelligence Committee asked for ‘unmaskings’ of Americans.
- Special counsel investigation includes Manafort, may expand to Sessions.
- Putin Tells Megyn Kelly: U.S. Hackers Could Have Framed Russia.
- GOP strategists plot anti-media strategy for 2018 elections.
- First Rule of Far-Right Fight Club: Be White and Proud. Fringe Groups Revel as Protests Turn Violent.
June 3, 2017 Saturday
- Demonstrations held for and against Trump across the U.S.
- Trump files for extension on his 2016 taxes.
- Trump Plans to Shift Infrastructure Funding to Cities, States and Business.
- Third noose this week found at DC construction site.
- UN refugee agency head pleads for funding from Trump administration.
- Globe heaps scorn on Trump for Paris exit.
- TERRORIST ATTACKS IN CENTRAL LONDON.
- In pictures: London attacks.
- Trump tweets for his travel ban as drama unfolds in London.
- Trump criticised for using London attacks to promote his own Muslim travel ban.
- Oath Keepers militia will attend Portland ‘free speech’ rally, says leader.
(Investigation) How a ‘shadow’ universe of charities joined with political warriors to fuel Trump’s rise.
June 4, 2017
- Trump berates London mayor over response to terror attacks. Trump criticises London Mayor Sadiq Khan and uses attack to justify travel ban before mayor’s spokesman calls tweet ‘ill-informed’ and deliberately out of context.
- Trump reacts to London terror by stoking fear and renewing feud with mayor.
- World leaders call for unity after London attack. Trump tweets the complete opposite.
- Trump criticized for tweet on London mayor after bridge attacks.
- Is Donald Trump ‘Trying to Provoke a Domestic Terror Attack’ With London Tweets?
- Amid turmoil, Trump spends weekend at golf club.
- Is there a neo-Nazi storm brewing in Trump country? Can national socialism (Nazism), repackaged as ‘white identity’ politics, earn votes in rural counties that voted for Trump?
- Trump supporters confront counter-protests in Portland, Oregon.
- ‘Alt-right’ Portland rally sees skirmishes with counter-protesters.
- (Opinion) Homegrown Terrorism and Why the Threat of Right-Wing Extremism Is Rising in America.
- James Comey Senate testimony: America braces for a historic political moment.
- Deutsche Bank ignores U.S. Trump/Russia query.
- Putin denies having compromising information on Trump.
- Trump praises Saudi Arabia and claims he put Nato nations in place about defence spending.
- U.S. Takes Step Towards Embrace Of Gulf Plan To Destabilize Iran.
- Canada calling: tech industry lures workers north in wake of Trump.
June 5, 2017 Monday
- Trump renews feud with London mayor over terror attack, rails at courts for blocking travel ban.
- London attack: Every mayor in America thanks Sadiq Khan for his leadership, in sharp contrast with Trump.
- London mayor: We won’t let Trump ‘divide our community’.
- Will Trump Visit U.K? After Attack on Sadiq Khan, Theresa May Faces Calls to Cancel State Trip.
- Acting US ambassador to China resigns over Trump’s Paris decision.
- (Opinion) Tweets unworthy of office.
- Cancel Trump state visit, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan, after London attack tweets.
- Media war amps up: AP fact-check says Trump can’t be trusted.
- Trump vows to impose travel ban ‘in any event’ despite pending Supreme Court judgement.
- Trump Grows Discontented With Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
- White House formally backs plan to send 30,000 federal workers to private corporation, separating the nation’s air traffic controllers and those who work on a $36 billion modernization program from the Federal Aviation Administration.
- (Analysis) It’s time to bust the myth: Most Trump voters were not working class.
- 5 Arab States Break Ties With Qatar after a visit to the region by Trump.
- Most Americans in poll oppose Trump’s decision to scrap Paris climate plan, think it will hurt U.S. globally.
- White House won’t block Comey testimony.
- NSA Report Suggests Russia Might Have Hacked Voting System.
- Kushners Hunting Hard for a $250 Million Loan to Pay Back Chinese Investors.
- Republicans use ‘alt-right’ Portland rally to recruit new members.
May 6, 2017 Tuesday
- Theresa May: Donald Trump wrong to criticise Sadiq Khan.
- Sean Spicer says Trump’s tweets should be seen as official White House statements.
- Donald Trump ‘plans to live-tweet former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony’.
- Nikki Haley warns US may pull out of UN Human Rights Council over ‘anti-Israel bias’.
- Trump’s blocking of Twitter users violates U.S. Constitution: rights institute.
- Accused leaker Reality Winner called Trump an ‘orange fascist’ on Twitter.
- Climate change progress at Trump’s EPA is grinding to a halt, workers reveal.
- Trump Takes Credit for Saudi Move Against Qatar, a U.S. Military Partner.
- Siding against ally Qatar, Trump injects US into Arab crisis.
- Trump takes aim at key anti-ISIS ally Qatar in tweets.
- McConnell whips Senate GOP back in line on Obamacare repeal.
- Trump sons call Russia probe a ‘hoax’ and ‘witch hunt’.
- Donald Trump Jr. joins father in bashing London mayor.
- Abstinence education advocate named to HHS post.
- Court asks EPA to justify pausing Obama pollution rule.
- Consumer bureau defenders brace for House vote on Dodd-Frank rollback.
- Top Intel Dem: Russian attacks on election systems ‘broader’ than reported.
- (Opinion) Making Ignorance Great Again.
- Comey Said to Stop Short of Saying Whether Trump Obstructed Justice.
- Oil lobby met with Interior secretary at Trump hotel on day rule was changed.
- White House won’t say if Trump has confidence in AG Sessions.
- Sessions offered to resign after tensions grew with Trump.
- Trump Funneled Cancer Charity Money to His Businesses, Associates: Report.
- White House, allies scramble for ways to offset potential damage from fired FBI Director James Comey’s highly anticipated congressional testimony. Trump’s White House and its allies are crafting a strategy aimed at undermining Comey’s credibility.
- Trump, furious and frustrated, gears up to punch back at Comey’s testimony.
- Surprised that nooses are being left around D.C.? Be prepared for more.
- Trump administration wants to sell the Washington Aqueduct. The White House’s passion for privatization includes a little-noticed plan regarding the historic conduit, which could mean higher water bills.
- The Ku Klux Klan wants to rally in Charlottesville. Now this college town is on edge again.
- Ethics office won’t probe Trump domestic emoluments issue.
- House Dem drafting articles of impeachment for Trump.
- Nunes won’t say if he stepped aside in Russia probe. Nunes announced in April he was temporarily stepping aside from leading the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 elections, citing a series of ethics complaints filed against him.
- (Opinion) The Lawless Presidency.
June 7, 2017 Wednesday
- Intelligence officials Rogers, Coats say they won’t discuss private talks with Trump.
- INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS’ OUTRAGEOUS CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS.
- ‘I need loyalty’: James Comey’s riveting prepared testimony about what Trump asked him, annotated.
- Comey Set to Detail Pressure From Trump on Russia Inquiry.
- Trump’s aides are quickly learning they speak for the president at their own peril.
- Iran Lashes Out at Saudis and U.S. as Gulf Tensions Rise.
- Trump picks white-collar crime lawyer to replace Comey at FBI. Christopher Wray represented Governor Chris Christie in the so-called Bridgegate scandal over massive traffic jams created as political punishment for a local mayor.
- Democrats to sue Trump over conflicts of interest.
- Ex-intel chief Clapper: Watergate ‘pales’ compared to Russia probes.
- Obama ethics czar: Comey details read ‘like trial testimony’.
- Comey’s dramatic account on Trump rocks Washington.
- Trump feels ‘totally vindicated’ by Comey testimony, lawyer says.
- Comey account could fuel obstruction accusations against Trump: legal experts.
- I helped prosecute Watergate. Comey’s statement is sufficient evidence for an obstruction of justice case.
- Michigan state House approves carrying concealed guns without permit.
- Debt limit showdown looms sooner as wealthy bet on Trump tax cut.
June 8, 2017 Thursday
- JAMES COMEY TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS, says he and agency were defamed, accuses White House of ‘Lies’
- Comey blasts White House for ‘lies, plain and simple’.
- Comey says he shared notes in hopes of a special counsel.
- Comey accuses White House of lies, does not say Trump obstructed justice.
- Comey says Trump fired him to undermine FBI Russia investigation.
- Comey Says Concern Trump Would Lie Led Him to Write Memos.
- Comey calls for release of memos, any recordings of White House conversations.
- (Analysis) Seven takeaways from Comey’s extraordinary testimony so far.
- James Comey testimony takeaways: He plays political hardball.
- Trump: ‘We are going to fight and win’.
- ‘We are under siege,’ Trump tells religious right group as Comey testifies.
- (Opinion) Sorry Dems, Comey’s words too weak to impeach Trump.
Dow hits record high in the midst of Comey hearing.
- House passes sweeping bank deregulation bill to replace Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law and reduce oversight put in place after 2008 financial crisis.
- Trump attorney disputes Comey testimony, slams leak.
- Senate G.O.P. Nears a Health Bill, but the Right May Balk.
- Debt Ceiling Is Again a Battleground, This Time with Republicans in Charge.
- Jerry Falwell Jr. says he will be part of a Trump education initiative.
- The tweet that got James Comey to go to the press.
- Pro-Trump media claims vindication in Comey hearing.
- (Opinion) Is James Comey a showboat? Maybe. Does it matter? No.
- Dem senator: Trump should testify under oath.
June 9, 2017 Friday
- Trump calls Comey a ‘leaker’ and claims ‘vindication’ after Senate hearing.
- (Opinion) The most chilling line of Comey’s testimony.
- Trump Accuses Comey of Lying Under Oath at Senate Hearing.
- House Intelligence Committee leaders ask White House for any Comey tapes.
- U.S. aims to trim its U.N. peacekeeping bill after Trump’s calls to slash.
- Trump targets illegal immigrants who were given reprieves from deportation by Obama.
- Coalition of 13 states to challenge Trump on vehicle emission standards.
- China says it is vigilant as two U.S. bombers fly over South China Sea.
- Trump willing to counter Comey claims under oath.
- U.S. seeks to dismiss lawsuit against Trump over foreign payments.
- Florida governor signs bolstered ‘stand your ground’ law making it easier for defendants in the state to successfully claim they were protecting themselves when they commit violence.
- ‘Nonsense’: Powerful Republican denounces White House information shut-out.
- After Comey bombshells, evangelicals rally firmly behind Trump.
June 10, 2017 Saturday
- Walls don’t fix migration problems, Merkel says on Mexico visit.
- Germany’s Merkel lends support to Mexico over NAFTA. Tension over trade has surfaced under Trump and his “America First” policy.
- Protesters rally against Islamic law in dozens of U.S. cities, but critics believe anti-Muslim hatred is behind the condemnation.
- Anti-Muslim rallies across US denounced by civil rights groups.
- Anti-Sharia marches, counter-protests lead to fighting and arrests.
- Trump wages battle against regulations, not climate change.
- Trump Can Take Payments From Foreign Governments, Justice Dept. Says.
- Feinstein calls for investigation of ‘all matters related to obstruction of justice’.
- Mueller staffing up Russia probe while Trump lawyer declares victory.
- (Editorial) The GOP’s Obamacare sabotage continues.
- Russia tells U.S. not to strike Syrian pro-government forces again.
- Trump rebuffs bipartisanship, banks on base to tame turmoil.
- Rallies Against Sharia Law Draw Counter-Protests.
June 11, 2017 Sunday
- U.S, G7 partners remain at odds on climate at environment meeting.
- Wall Street’s ‘Dr. Doom’ reviews the ‘Trump bump’ (audio).
- Trump calls Comey ‘cowardly’ and suggests he acted illegally.
- Senators sound calls to release Comey ‘tapes’ as Trump attacks ‘cowardly’ leak.
- Trump attorney won’t rule out firing Mueller.
- Los Angeles Pride Parade morphs into ‘Resist March’ against Trump.
- (Analysis) Some Trump supporters want a holy war.
- RNC Chairwoman McDaniel urges an end to congressional Russia-Trump probes.
- Senate GOP sees path to ObamaCare repeal.
- A neo-Nazi with explosives and a framed photo of Timothy McVeigh is not a threat, judge rules.
- Trump May Scrap Britain Visit Amid Sinking Popularity.
- Role of Trump’s Lawyer Blurs Public and Private Lines.
- Senior US prosecutor Bharara reveals he was fired by Trump after receiving several unusual calls from him and refusing to take a third call’.
- There’s ‘absolutely evidence’ to begin obstruction of justice case on Trump: Bharara.
- Trump defends foreign income: Obama sold books to universities abroad.
- D.C., Maryland to sue Trump over foreign payments to his businesses.
- Trump gives Priebus until July 4th to clean up White House.
June 12, 2017 Monday
- Trump-Era Political Violence Deterring Democratic Candidates. America’s cold civil war is heating up, with countrywide reports of incidents of political violence.
- New threats to public lands endanger America’s unique wildlife corridors as Trump pushes for development.
- Another U.S. appeals court rules against Trump’s revised travel ban ahead of Supreme Court showdown.
- Appeals court cites Trump tweets in ruling against travel ban.
- (Opinion) Donald Trump’s Cabinet Meeting Was Soviet and Surreal.
- Republican Greg Gianforte sentenced to community service for assaulting Guardian reporter.
- (Opinion) My Lawyers Got Trump to Admit 30 Lies Under Oath.
- Trump to be sued by Maryland and Washington DC attorneys general over foreign payments to his hotels.
- Alex Jones doubles down on Sandy Hook conspiracy theory in ‘disgusting’ Megyn Kelly interview. Some people have called for a boycott of the network.
- US politician introduces Covfefe Act to preserve Trump tweets.
- House panel considers bill easing gun silencer restrictions.
- Cabinet members give Trump unusual tribute as heads of his executive branch agencies hailed the opening five months of Trump’s administration while the President himself listened on closely.
- Secret Service Has No Audio Copies or Transcripts of Any Tapes Recorded within Trump’s White House.
- Mattis turned down White House calls to go on ‘Fox & Friends’.
- Trump surrogates go after Mueller.
- Trump upends the global order.
- JP Morgan pulls NBC ads over Alex Jones interview: report.
- Bernie Sanders Says Democrats Need To Do More Than Just Criticize Trump
June 13, 2017 Tuesday
- Deputy Attorney General says only he has the power to fire special counsel on Russia.
- How Trump could fire the special counsel (if he were foolish enough to try).
- The GOP is working stealthily to shred health and financial protections for ordinary Americans.
- Sessions Denies Collusion With Russians as ‘Detestable Lie’.
- Sessions refuses to say whether he spoke to President Trump about Comey’s handling of Russia investigation.
- (Analysis) 4 takeaways from Sessions’s feisty testimony to Congress about Russia.
- (Analysis) Sessions’s testimony highlights Trump’s deep lack of interest in what Russia did in 2016.
(Analysis) Sessions defends Jeff Sessions. But what about Donald Trump?
- Democrats Fuming Over Sessions Refusal to Answer Questions.
- Most Trump real estate now sold to anonymous buyers.
- Bernie Sanders: America is ‘drifting toward authoritarianism’.
- 11 states sue Trump’s DOE over stalled energy-use limits.
- Election databases in several states were at risk during 2016 presidential campaign.
June 14, 2017 Wednesday
- CONGRESSMAN SHOT. Gunman fires on Republican lawmakers at baseball practice.
- Gunman repeatedly criticized Republican lawmakers for favoring ‘super rich’.
- Virginia Shooting Suspect Was Distraught Over Trump’s Election, Brother Says.
- The GOP baseball shooting is the 154th mass shooting this year.
- Some on right blame anti-Trump rhetoric for shooting.
- Roger Stone blames shooting on ‘climate of hate’ toward Trump.
- Conservative voices blame Alexandria shooting on Democrats and the left.
- Fox host links shooting to ‘hateful’ Dem rhetoric.
- Their Own Targeted, Republicans Want Looser Gun Laws, Not Stricter Ones.
- (Analysis) After the shootings, calls for unity amid recriminations and finger-pointing.
- Shooting Is Latest Eruption in a Grim Ritual of Rage and Blame.
- Trump admin amends travel ban date to keep legal battle alive.
- MUELLER INVESTIGATING TRUMP FOR POTENTIAL OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE.
- Congress again pushing US toward brink of financial calamity.
- Senate overwhelmingly passes Russia sanctions deal with new limits on Trump, the most significant GOP-imposed restriction on the White House to date.
- (Opinion) The GOP’s fantastically anti-democratic quest to kill health care in the dark.
- Free health clinics make a comeback amid fear of what Trump will do to Obamacare.
June 15, 2017 Thursday
- Special Counsel Interview List Is Said to Point at Trump Inquiry.
- Trump blasts report on obstruction of justice probe.
- On Twitter, Trump decries obstruction probe tied to ‘phony’ Russia collusion story.
- Gun Attack Is Unexpected Test for Movement Sanders Founded.
- Day after shooting, Pelosi blasts ‘sanctimony’ of Republicans.
- Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions.
- Senators From Both Parties Criticize Secrecy on Health Bill. Senate leaders are writing legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act without a single hearing on the bill and without an open drafting session.
- Pence hires outside counsel to deal with Russia investigations.
- Putin quips he’s ready to grant asylum to ex-FBI chief Comey.
- Dems bridle as some in GOP blame shooting on the left.
- AP-NORC poll: Just 1 in 5 support Trump’s move to fire Comey.
- Trump, facing deepening probes, revives attacks on Clinton, calls reports he’s under investigation for obstruction of justice ‘phony.’
- Rattled by shooting, lawmakers want more personal protection. Some Republican lawmakers are seeking to carry personal firearms into the Capitol, a proposal that is alarming Democrats.
- Trump signs executive order on apprenticeships.
- Rand Paul denounces ‘new entitlements’ in emerging health bill.
- Trump sells Qatar $12bn of weapons after accusing it of funding terror.
- Trump to change Cuba policy by limiting travel and business transactions rolling back Obama-era regulations that allowed travel and trade after decades of frosty communication between the two countries.
- Homeland Security rescinds Obama plan for some undocumented parents.
- Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions.
- Special counsel is investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings.
- US sending almost 4,000 extra forces to Afghanistan, Trump official says.
- Trump Tried to Convince NSA Chief to Absolve Him of Any Russian Collusion: Report.
June 16, 2017 Friday
- Trump Confirms He’s Under Investigation on Twitter, attacks Rosenstein in tweets.
- Trump says he’s ‘canceling’ Obama Cuba policy and renewal of sanctions.
- Germany threatens retaliation if U.S. sanctions harm its firms.
- Emmanuel Macron Rivals Trump’s ‘America First’ With Plan To Make Europe Great Again.
- Rosenstein Considering Recusal From Russia Probe.
- 10 Crazy Things Trump Has Done Since June 16, 2015.
- Poor Americans face tough choice: food or home: Harvard study.
- Officer acquitted in shooting Philando Castile, whose traffic stop was live-streamed.
- Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, hires his own lawyer in Russia probe.
- Trump releases personal financial disclosure report.
- Trump owes lenders at least $315 million, disclosure shows.
- Trump Attacks Rosenstein in Latest Rebuke of Justice Department.
- Newtown-area NBC station won’t air Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones.
- (Opinion) The Toxic State of America.
June 17, 2017 Saturday
- Americans lament Cuba becoming ‘forbidden island’ again. Trump on Friday ordered tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to the Caribbean island.
- Castro slams Trump’s ‘hostile rhetoric’ toward Cuba.
- ‘This is violence against Donald Trump’: rightwingers interrupt Julius Caesar play.
- Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke rescinds acceptance of Homeland Security post.
- Black gun owners worried by acquittal in Castile shooting.
- Six resign from presidential HIV/AIDS council because Trump ‘doesn’t care’.
- Help wanted: Why Republicans won’t work for the Trump administration.
- In rural America, fewer immigrants and less tolerance.
June 18, 2017 Sunday
- In first, NATO war game defends Baltic weak spot, rehearsing for a possible scenario in which Russia might try to sever the Baltic states from the rest of the Western alliance.
- North Korea accuses U.S. authorities of ‘mugging’ its diplomats at NY airport.
- Russia criticizes U.S. for ‘anti-Cuban’ approach, says it sides with Cuba.
- Lockheed nears $37 billion-plus deal to sell F-35 jet to 11 countries.
- U.S. warplane downs Syrian army jet in southern Raqqa province.
- As U.S. Adds Troops in Afghanistan, Trump’s Strategy Remains Undefined.
- Trump lawyer says president not under investigation, despite tweets. “The fact of the matter is the president has not been and is not under investigation,” Sekulow said on CBS’ “Face the Nation”.
- Alex Jones cries foul ahead of interview with ‘Medusa’ NBC host Megyn Kelly.
- Third noose found hanging near major Washington museums.
- Some gun owners are disturbed by the Philando Castile verdict. The NRA is silent.
- Trey Gowdy replaced Chaffetz as head of House oversight. Will he investigate Trump?
- $1.5 million ad campaign to pressure 5 GOP senators to vote against health-care overhaul.
- The radical idea behind Trump’s EPA rollbacks.
- One dead, 10 injured as van strikes crowd near mosques in London.17-year-old Muslim girl assaulted and killed after leaving Virginia mosque.
June 19, 2017 Monday
- New in Trump probe: an expert in flipping witnesses.
- Cuba calls Trump speech on island ‘grotesque spectacle’.
- Russia Warns It Will Target U.S. Warplanes in Syrian Airspace.
- GOP data firm left 198 million Americans’ voter info unprotected.
- NYPD increasing presence around places of worship.
- Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth’s killer heat worsens.
- Three-quarters of the world’s population could face deadly heatwaves within next 80 years, scientists warn.
- Energy chief: Carbon dioxide not prime driver of warming.
- Rick Perry denies that humans are the main cause of climate change.
- Republican health bill: Democrats pledge Senate standstill over secrecy.
- Off-camera, no audio broadcast: White House keeps undermining press briefing.
June 20, 2017 Tuesday
- Obamacare repeal imminent in Congress: Pence.
- U.S. senators want Congress to OK military action in Syria.
- US shoots down second Iran-made armed drone over Syria in 12 days.
- (Opinion) Trump’s silence after the London mosque attack speaks volumes.
- A Russian jet came within feet of a U.S. reconnaissance plane, the Pentagon says.
- The New Face of Trump’s Legal Team Is the Christian Right’s Pit Bull.
- US sends supersonic bombers in show of force against N. Korea.
- Trump seeks sharp cuts to federal housing aid, except for program that brings him millions.
- EPA just gave notice to dozens of scientific advisory board members that their time is up.
- Republicans Say Karen Handel’s Georgia Election Victory Is Referendum On Donald Trump.
‘I Need More Mexicans’: A Kansas Farmer’s Message to Trump.
- The NRA is pushing to eliminate concealed carry permits in NC and across the country.
June 21, 2017 Wednesday
- Most Americans say Republican healthcare plan will be harmful: Reuters/Ipsos poll.
- Draft of Senate health-care bill would roll back Obamacare taxes, rejigger subsidies.
- Trump: GOP healthcare plan will have ‘heart’.
- The Republicans who decried Obamacare secrecy are now writing legislation in secret.
- Trump: GOP is 5-0 on special elections.
- Pelosi takes heat after Dem loss.
- Bloomberg: Trump will win reelection because ‘the Democratic Party is going to be torn apart’.
- Russia cancels talks after US imposes new sanctions over Ukraine conflict.
- Congressional Black Caucus refuses to meet with Donald Trump.
- Former police officer acquitted in fatal shooting of black man in Milwaukee.
- ACLU suing DC police over arrests during Trump’s inauguration.
- Data of nearly all registered US voters left unsecured for weeks in RNC trove.
- Russian government actors tried to hack election systems in 21 states, Homeland Security official says.
- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to cut 4,000 employees from the department.
- DeVos picks private student loan chief to head government loan program.
- Scientists predict a Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ the size of New Jersey this summer.
- Trinity College closes Conn. campus in response to ‘threats received.
- Iowa newspaper to Trump: ‘Now is not the time for a rally’.
- Fox News covers Trump speech live, other networks use regular programming.
- (Opinion) Accommodating Trump.
June 22, 2017 Thursday
- AFTER SECRECY, SENATE GOP RELEASES BILL TO END OBAMACARE WITH DEEP CUTS TO MEDICAID.
- Fate of healthcare bill uncertain.
- What the Senate bill changes about Obamacare.
- Obama says Senate health care bill has ‘fundamental meanness’, calling the Republican bill a massive transfer of wealth to the richest people in America with a “fundamental meanness” at its core.
- Healthcare groups issue scathing criticism of Senate bill.
- Senate health bill could leave millions uninsured, increase costs for sick, seniors.
- Insurers to Senate: Proposal could harm 74M on Medicaid.
- Senate bill would gut critical public health funding this fall.
- (Editorial Board) [TrumpCare] A Travesty on a Fast Track. Republicans prepare to separate millions of Americans from health insurance.
- (Editorial Board) Senate health bill hazardous to America. Mitch McConnell’s plan makes Congress the true death panel: Our view
- (Opinion) Senate Republicans ready themselves for a massive theft from the poor.
- (Analysis) Shifting Dollars From Poor to Rich Is a Key Part of the Senate Health Bill.
- Trump Says He Did Not Record Meetings With Comey, has no tapes.
- Trump Turns Iowa Rally Into Extended Venting Session.
- Trump slams Mexico, reaffirms pledge to ‘build the wall’.
- Trump says he doesn’t want a ‘poor person’ to be in charge of US economy. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has a net worth of about $2.5bn.
- Capitol Police drag disabled protesters out of wheelchairs during Trumpcare protests. Forty-three people were arrested in connection with the protest.
- Lawsuit accuses Trump of violating federal records law.
- (Opinion) NRA’s ‘Second Amendment Remedies’ are endangering our democracy.
- Coats Tells House Investigators Trump seemed obsessed with the Russia probe and repeatedly asked him to say publicly there was no evidence of collusion.
- Most terrorists in U.S. are right-wing, not Muslim.
- Trinity College Professor Flees State Amid Death Threats Over Inflammatory Social Media Posts.
- With Billions Of Dollars At Stake, A Panel Full Of Defense Contractors Is Shaping Defense Policy.
- Election Hackers Altered Voter Rolls, Stole Private Data, Officials Say.
- Detroit Judge Stops Deportation of More Than 100 Iraqi Christians.
- Gunman in ‘Pizzagate’ Shooting Is Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison. Restaurant owner Alefantis said. “This guy’s going to jail and Infowars continues to push this conspiracy, as do many others.”
June 23, 2017 Friday
- Hacking Democracy: Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault.
- ‘Can He Do That?’: Putin’s instructions: Damage Clinton, help elect Trump.
- (Editorial Board) The Senate’s Unaffordable Care Act.
- Trump says ‘we’ll have to see’ if Mueller should step down from Russia probe.
- Press briefing crackdown worries Trump allies.
- Lawmakers offer bills giving them gun rights in every state.
- Trump’s Lies – every outright lie the president has told publicly since taking the oath of office.
- Manafort Financial Deals Are Under Scrutiny by F.B.I.
- Mistrial in Shooting of Black Driver by Cincinnati Officer.
- What does Italy’s Berlusconi like about Trump? His wife.
- Trump, Putin and Erdogan behave like autocratic rulers: Germany’s Schulz.
- California just added four more ‘discriminatory’ states to its travel ban.
- Gowdy: Oversight panel won’t pursue Russia, obstruction probes.
- For third time in a week, prosecutors fail to convict a cop.
- Missouri Women on Birth Control Could Be Denied Jobs. Legislation would allow employers and landlords to discriminate against women who use birth control or have had abortions.
- Trump Is Reckless, Erratic And Incompetent, According To Business Leaders Around the World.
- Trump is ‘greatest threat to international security’, says former MI6 head.
- Trump signs VA Reform Bill designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees.
- Biggest Layoffs In US As Boeing Cuts Jobs Months After Trump Vowed More Employment At South Carolina Factory.
- (Opinion) Get Cancer Now, Before Congress Cuts Your Insurance.
June 24, 2017 Saturday
- Pence meets with Koch brother in Colorado.
- Koch Group Says Republican Health Plan Doesn’t Go Far Enough.
- Chief lieutenants in the Koch brothers’ political network lashed out at the Senate Republican health care bill on Saturday as not conservative enough.
- ‘Handmaids’ protest Mike Pence’s ‘Focus on the Family’ remarks in Colorado Springs.
Number of refugees entering US drops by half under Trump.
- ‘White Terrorism’ and Donald Trump: Why Has the President Slashed the Grant for Group Combating KKK?
- Overruling diplomats, U.S. to drop Iraq, Myanmar from list of the world’s worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, disregarding the recommendations of State Department experts and senior U.S. diplomats.
- Medicaid Cuts May Force Retirees Out of Nursing Homes.
- Trump launches fresh attack on Obama, asks ‘why no action’ on Russian election meddling.
- America faces a new wave of homegrown political violence and terrorism if its divisions continue.
June 25, 2017 Sunday
- Gay Pride Marchers With Jewish Flags Told To Leave Chicago Parade, were told not to display Star of David flags because other people found them ‘offensive.
- Conservative Koch network criticizes U.S. Senate healthcare bill.
- White House’s new strategy: Blame Obama for failing to stop Russia collusion.
- Trump accuses Clinton of colluding with Democrats to defeat ‘Crazy Bernie Sanders’.
- ‘They’re sentencing me to death’: Medicaid recipients on the Republican healthcare plan.
- New York Gay Pride marchers target Trump as San Francisco parties.
- White House Pushes Military Might Over Humanitarian Aid in Africa.
- Bloomberg’s Next Anti-Washington Move: $200 Million Program for Mayors.
- Analysis indicates partisan gerrymandering has benefited GOP.
- Pro-Trump supporters rally in DC.
June 26, 2017 Monday
- TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN RESTRICTION PARTIALLY LIFTED BY SUPREME COURT. Curbs on Entry From Six Countries Can Take Partial Effect.
- SUPREME COURT SIDES WITH RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS in major church-state decision.
- CBO: SENATE HEALTH BILL WOULD LEAVE 22 MILLION MORE PEOPLE UNINSURED.
- Republicans say CBO can’t be trusted to evaluate health bill. Are they right?
- Trump Meets India’s Leader, a Fellow Nationalist Battling China for His Favor.
- FBI questioned Trump campaign adviser Carter Page at length in Russia probe.
- Kushner adds defense attorney Abbe Lowell to Russia-investigation legal team.
- Trump asks for apology over Russia probes because those probes, which are ongoing, have not publicly turned up any proof of coordination between Trump associates and the Russian government.
- Sharp Rise in Levels of Earth-Scorching Carbon Dioxide.
- Mayors group opposes GOP ‘concealed carry’ gun bills.
- Three-quarters of world has little or no confidence in Trump, Pew study finds.
- Poll: Canadians’ favorable opinion of US drops.
- White House says Syria’s Assad is preparing another chemical attack, warns he would pay a ‘heavy price’.
June 27, 2017 Tuesday
- Facing revolt on healthcare bill, Senate Republicans delay vote until after July 4 recess.
- Supreme Court’s recent unity faces looming test.
- 3 Words From the Supreme Court Put Refugees in Limbo.
- U.S. top court tosses lower court’s ruling against religious school subsidies. The justices ordered Colorado’s top court to reconsider the legality of school “voucher” programs in light of Monday’s ruling that churches and other religious entities cannot be categorically denied public money even in states whose constitutions explicitly ban such funding.
- Once on the outside, conservative Koch network warms to Trump.
- Trump renews attack on ‘Fake News CNN’ after retraction of Russia story, resignation of journalists.
- White House urges viewing of anti-CNN video ‘whether it’s accurate or not’. Video was made by an infamous rightwing activist known for using heavily edited videos to push conservative pet causes.
- Trump lawyer’s firm steered millions in donations to family members, files show.
- A Time Magazine with Trump on the cover hangs in his golf clubs. It’s fake.
- Time asks Trump Organization to remove fake cover from golf clubs.
- Grover Norquist complained his daughter had to pay sales tax. Twitter users responded.
- Ransomware virus strikes across the globe.
- Google faces years of EU oversight on top of record antitrust fine.
- Watchdog group sues EPA to access communications with Icahn.
- Trump brand to exit Toronto skyline after buyout deal.
- Canada’s Secret to Resisting the West’s Populist Wave.
- Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta testifies in House Russia probe.
- Trump’s ‘flirtation with torture’ undermines human rights warns UN official.
- The U.N. Is Giving up on Trump.
- Trump’s EPA chief met with chemical CEO before dropping pesticide ban.
- Trump administration to propose repealing rule giving EPA broad authority over water pollution.
- GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte raised $116K day after assaulting reporter.
- North Korea: Trump’s ‘America First’ policy is like Nazism.
- Reporter accuses White House of ‘inflaming’ media tensions in heated exchange.
- Lawmakers wary of Trump escalation in Syria.
- House panel votes to privatize air-traffic control.
- An ICE agent visited a restaurant. About 30 employees quit the next day. The owner blamed the Trump administration.
- Ten Commandments Installed At Arkansas State Capitol; ACLU Plans Lawsuit.
June 28, 2017 Wednesday
- Pro-Trump groups take no prisoners in rush to help an embattled president.
- With U.S. healthcare bill in disarray, Republicans demand revamp.
- FBI questions U.S. employees of Russian cyber firm Kaspersky Lab.
- Senate committee wants U.S. states to publicize hacking details.
- Newly erected Arkansas Ten Commandments monument destroyed.
- New computer virus spreads from Ukraine to disrupt world business.
- Widespread uncertainty as U.S. travel ban start looms.
- California Supreme Court upholds cap-and-trade law. “This is the final step in this case to affirm California’s innovative climate program, including its carbon auctions, which serves as a vital safeguard to ensure polluters are held accountable for their pollution.”
Moscow prepares retaliation for U.S. seizure of Russian diplomatic compounds.
- (Opinion) Canada’s Ruthlessly Smart Immigration Policy.
- $35,000 a plate: Donald Trump starts fundraising for 2020 re-election. Reporters were barred from hearing his remarks. Trump rips media, mocks Pelosi.
- Trump greeted by protesters at campaign fundraiser.
- House panel approves $696.5B defense policy bill.
- Armed Services votes down amendments on Trump travel, profits.
- (Opinion) The back door to a new arms race.
- NSA director frustrated Trump won’t accept Russia interfered in election.
- Trump claims GOP has a ‘big surprise’ on healthcare.
- Trump attacks Amazon for not paying ‘internet taxes’ in rant at Washington Post.
- Haley touts cuts to UN peacekeeping funds.
- Haley says American foreign policy is now totally unpredictable, and that’s a good thing.
- German audience cheers as US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross speech is cut off.
June 29, 2017 Thursday
- Rules for New Travel Ban Set: Grandma, No; Stepsister, Yes.
- Hacks Raise Fear Over N.S.A.’s Hold on Cyberweapons.
- Angela Merkel predicts showdown with U.S. over climate at G-20.
- (Opinion) ‘America first’ is becoming America alone.
- Syrian doctor hit by Trump travel ban takes up studies in Canada instead.
- Trump denounced after assailing woman TV host in personal terms.
- GOP lawmakers blast Trump’s ‘Morning Joe’ tweets.
- Europe to Trump: Bring it on.
- New CBO estimate predicts steep Medicaid reductions in second decade of health bill.
- (Analysis) Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump has never ‘promoted or encouraged violence.’ She is very wrong.
- Tillerson blows up at top White House aide.
- How Rex Tillerson Is Wrecking the State Department. I worked in Foggy Bottom for 6 years. I’ve never seen anything like this.
- U.S. Treasury Department announces new sanctions to increase pressure on North Korea.
- Lawmakers applaud after panel approves language revoking war authority, a 2001 law giving the president authority to undertake war against al Qaeda and its affiliates unless a replacement provision is created.
- The travel ban going into effect would have saved zero lives from terrorist attacks in the last 20 years.
- House Democrats launch election security task force to study how the government can lock Russian hackers out of the 2018 elections,
- Hawaii challenges Trump stance on Supreme Court travel ban ruling.
- GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn.
- A chilling National Rifle Association ad gaining traction online appears to be ‘an open call to violence’.
- Trump’s voter fraud commission asked all 50 secretaries of state to provide him with “publicly-available voter roll data” including voters’ full names, addresses, dates of birth, political party, last four digits of social security numbers, voter history, felony convictions, and other identifying information.
June 30, 2017 Friday
- (Reply to Trump; Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough) Donald Trump is not well.
- TV hosts charge Trump is unstable.
- Morning Joe co-hosts accuse White House of blackmail over tabloid story.
- Did Trump Break the Law Over Alleged ‘Morning Joe,’ ‘National Enquirer’ Blackmail Threats?
- (Opinion) Trump loves attacking women’s looks. And America rewards him for it.
- Trump Suggests Repealing Health Law Now and Replacing It Later.
- Trump repeal idea would lead to 26 million uninsured.
- 20 states refusing to provide voter data to Trump election panel.
- States and Trump voter fraud commission set for showdown.
- Conservative outlets get more official seats in White House briefing room.
- Trump’s trade plan sets up global clash over ‘America First’ strategy.
- (Opinion) Understanding Republican Cruelty.
- GOP unveils bill to allow political activity by churches.
- Conservative outlets get more official seats in White House briefing room.
- GOP operative looking to obtain Clinton emails cited Trump campaign aides.
- White House releases salary info for Trump’s aides.
- New NRA Video Fuels American Extremists, Says Former CIA Analyst.
- Science division of White House office left empty as last staffers depart.
July 1, 2017 Saturday
- Trump launches new attack on MSNBC hosts.
- (Opinion) Carl Bernstein: This is a ‘malignant presidency’.
- Trump calls out 27 states: ‘What are they trying to hide?‘
- 28 people injured in Arkansas club shooting, police say.
- Obama urges world to stand against ‘aggressive nationalism’.
- ‘I’m president, they’re not’: Donald Trump savages media at veterans rally.
- Portland Republicans to use militia for security as far-right rallies continue.
- Texas is at the epicenter of an expanding red-state, blue-city divide.
- Senator on Russia Intervention Probe: ‘Never Seen So Much Smoke’.
July 2, 2017 Sunday
- Trump tweets mock video of himself tackling, punching CNN logo.
- Trump accused of encouraging attacks on journalists with CNN body-slam tweet.
- Dem rep: Trump CNN tweet shows ‘he is thinking about violence’.
- (Opinion) Ana Navarro: Trump “is going to get somebody killed in the media”.
- Twitter says President Trump’s latest anti-media tweet doesn’t violate its rules.
- Pro-Trump Twitter operatives market paid tweets.
- US warship sails near disputed island in South China Sea.
- Trump brings up the war on Christmas — in July — railing against those who might try to shy away from overt references to Christianity in American discourse.
E.P.A. Chief Wastes Little Time Voiding Obama’s Rules.
- Thousands march in L.A. for impeachment of President Trump; his supporters hold their own rally.
- House Democrat speaks at Trump impeachment march in Los Angeles.
- DOJ’s Corporate Crime Watchdog Resigns, Slamming Trump’s Conduct.
July 3, 2017
- Trump impeachment: Thousands protest in dozens of cities across the US.
- Trump Warns China That U.S. May Act Alone on North Korea.
- North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of G20 summit.
- E.P.A. Bid to Roll Back Restrictions on Methane Is Blocked.
- Kremlin documents suggest link between cyber giant and Russia spy agency.
- Appeals court says Trump EPA can’t suspend Obama-era emissions standards.
- Stephen Hawking: Trump Pushing Earth’s Climate ‘Over The Brink’.
- Trump to promote U.S. natgas exports in Russia’s backyard.
- Congress Wants to End Enforcement of Uninsured Penalty.
- Congress Moves to Stop I.R.S. From Enforcing Health Law Mandate.
- White House stays silent on anti-Semitic connection of Trump’s anti-CNN video.
- (Opinion) Trump’s Voter Suppression Efforts Have Begun.
- Privacy Rights Group Sues Trump’s Election Integrity Panel.
- U.S. no longer a ‘friend’ in Merkel election program. Merkel’s conservatives have dropped the term “friend” in describing the relationship with the United States.
- As U.S. Retires From World Leadership, China and Germany Step Up.
- U.S. nuclear inspection results now concealed.
- US nuclear base inspection results made secret to conceal failures, critics claim.
- Compliance expert who left Justice Dept. says Trump conflicts made work feel hypocritical.
- A gun-control group’s cheery response to the NRA’s ‘dystopian’ recruitment ad.
- Anti-Semitic Banner Found on New Jersey Holocaust Memorial.
- Miami judge rules Florida’s new Stand-Your-Ground law is unconstitutional.
- Media reaps dividends from Trump attacks.
- Emmanuel Macron assassination plot foiled by French police.
- Russia Probe Accelerates as House Committee Plans Interviews.
- Trump expected to bring up Syria and Ukraine in Putin meeting, but not Russian election hacking.
- Terror attacks receive five times more media coverage if perpetrator is Muslim, study finds. Muslims carried out just 12.4 per cent of attacks in the US but received 41.4 per cent of news.
- Iranian Art exhibition holds competition for best anti-Trump works.
- Constitutional scholars: 25th Amendment talk ‘premature,’ unrealistic.
- A look back at Trump comments perceived as encouraging violence.
- How the Psychology of Cyberbullying Explains Trump’s Tweets.
- In Liberal California, Discrimination Against Black And Gay Americans Still A Big Problem, Report Finds.
- John Oliver highlights Sinclair Broadcast Group’s consolidation of local news to push their conservative agenda.
July 4, 2017 Tuesday
- North Korea claims successful test of intercontinental ballistic missile.
- Experts say North Korea’s missile was a ‘real ICBM’ — and a grave milestone – Alaska in range.
- Russia and China tell North Korea, U.S. and South Korea to embrace de-escalation plan.
- Lawmakers demand stronger Trump response after North Korean missile test.
- U.S., South Korea respond to North Korea ICBM launch with ‘show of force’.
- (Opinion) The greatest threat facing the United States is its own president.
– Free-press groups warn of violence against media. Citing Trump’s tweets and extreme political rhetoric, watchdogs groups begin documenting threats against U.S. media.
- Trump faces high stakes meeting with Putin.
- After Years of Growth, Automakers Are Cutting U.S. Jobs.
- State dept workers vent over Trump, Tillerson in survey.
- Trump has dragged America into a permanent state of crisis.
July 5, 2017 Wednesday
- North Korea claims missile can carry nuclear warheads.
- ‘A gift for the American bastards’: North Korea’s Kim fires back at Donald Trump.
- Trump denounces China trade with North Korea, casts doubt on cooperation.
- In North Korea, ‘Surgical Strike’ Could Spin Into ‘Worst Kind of Fighting.
- ‘Self-Restraint’ Is Only Thing Stopping War in Korea, U.S. General Says.
- At G-20 summit, it looks more and more like Trump against the world.
- Investigators explore if Russia colluded with pro-Trump sites during US election.
- Regulators make new push to roll back Obama rules.
- Poll: Majority of voters back Trump travel ban.
- Merkel attacks Donald Trump’s foreign policy stance ahead of G20 showdown.
- North Korea missile: US says it will use military force ‘if we must’.
- U.S. diplomat blasts China and Russia for ‘holding the hand’ of North Korean leader.
- Activists cry cowardice as Republican senators shut doors to healthcare town halls.
- At least 101 people were shot in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend.
- How insurgent TV network One America News is taking ‘pro-Trump’ to new heights.
- Some Trump supporters thought NPR tweeted ‘propaganda.’ It was the Declaration of Independence.
- Poland Set to Buy Patriot Missile System as Trump Visits Warsaw.
- Trump Organization renews rights to TrumpTowerMoscow.com.
- Trump in Poland: Five reasons why he is going there.
July 6, 2017 Thursday
- Trump says west is at risk, during nationalistic speech in Poland, calls for all to ‘defend civilization’.
- Trump reaffirms commitment to NATO, chides Russia.
- Crowds brought from across Poland chant president’s name during Warsaw speech.
- Trump’s Warsaw speech pits western world against barbarians at the gates.
- Trump hands a victory to Polish nationalists.
- Trump pledges to act on North Korean threat.
- Trump, risking isolation over climate, arrives for G20.
- Hamburg reflects global discord as police and activists face off at G-20 summit.
- As Trump sounds dire warnings for G-20, his peers sound optimistic.
- Trump heads to foreign soil, promptly bashes two ex-presidents and his own intelligence community.
- Before Putin talks, Trump plays down interference in U.S. election.
- Trump tells Russia to stop ‘destabilising’ Ukraine.
- U.S. Retreats on Trade. The World Isn’t Following.
- 18 states sue U.S. Education Department and Betsy DeVos over student loan relief from predatory colleges.
- Microsoft to lay off thousands in sales, marketing reshuffle.
- Hobby Lobby to pay $3 million fine, forfeit ancient artifacts.
- Americans Who Can’t Afford Their Homes Up 146 Percent.
- Japan and Europe counter Trump with colossal trade deal that will cover nearly 30% of global economy..
- US government ethics chief resigns, with parting shot at Trump.
- Republican Maine governor suggests he makes up stories to mislead media.
- GOP lawmaker raises ‘serious questions’ about Kushner family conflicts.
- G-20 PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT AS TRUMP ARRIVES IN HAMBURG.
- (Opinion) Trump’s dangerous thirst for a clash of civilizations.
July 7, 2017
- G20: Protests flare as leaders gather.
- Melania Trump ‘trapped in hotel’ as protesters surround building at G20.
- Trump shrugs off ‘haters’ and media in early morning tweets.
- Trump calls Putin meeting an ‘honor’, cites ‘very good talks’.
- At G20 summit, Trump hails NAFTA progress, says Mexico will pay for wall.
- E.U. warns of trade war if Trump imposes steel restrictions.
- E.C. President Juncker gives Trump crash course in free trade at G20 summit.
- Trump touts ‘America first’ agenda in weekly address as he meets world leaders.
- (Opinion) The World Turned Upside-Down. Trump praises Russia and insults Germany.
- Trump tweeted ‘everyone’ at G-20 is talking about Podesta, who tweeted back to ‘our whack job POTUS’.
- Trump, Putin reach Syria deal, discuss election interference.
- Putin denies election hacking after Trump pressed him, Tillerson says.
- Kremlin and White House disagree over remarks from Trump-Putin meeting.
- The White House and Russia had 2 very different accounts of Trump and Putin’s conversation on election meddling.
- Trump Handed Putin a Stunning Victory.
- At G-20, world aligns against a range of Trump policies.
- G19 pledge to stick to Paris climate agreement.
- Once Dominant, the United States Finds Itself Isolated at G-20.
- U.S. bombers challenge China in South China Sea flyover.
- ‘Democracy vouchers’ aim to amplify low-income voices, to conservative ire.
- (Opinion) How to handle an unhinged president.
- Trump’s leaks crackdown sends chills through national security world.
- St. Louis minimum wage will drop from $10 to $7.70.
- Disability rights protesters arrested outside GOP senator’s office.
- Greenpeace hangs ‘resist, defend’ banner on Trump Tower in Chicago.
- Sanctuary cities’ lawyers use Trump administration’s words against it.
- Travel ban opponents suffer another legal setback.
- Donald Trump Is Trolling the Media Into Oblivion.
- Russia steps up spying efforts after election.
- Top Democrat: Working with Russia on cybersecurity is akin to ‘inviting the North Koreans’ to discuss nuclear proliferation.
- Trump Handed Putin a Stunning Victory.
- Russia: The ‘cloud’ over the White House.
- Schumer rips Tillerson remarks as ‘disgraceful’.
- Trump tweets, tactics put China off-balance.
- UN nuclear weapons treaty takes most significant step since Cold War. A new treaty banning nuclear weapons, which was adopted today by a vote of 122 in favor and only one vote against and one abstention, the United States.
- Feds Suspect Russians Behind Cyber-Attacks on Power Plants.
- Ex-intel chief Clapper: Trump’s suggestion that more countries meddled in election is ‘news to me’.
July 8, 2017 Saturday
- At G20, World Leaders Move Forward Without U.S.
- Trump’s refusal to budge on Paris Agreement leaves US isolated. Leaders of the 19 other countries spoke with one voice on climate change.
- Violence Erupts at G20 Protests: ‘Everybody Went Totally Mad. Many of the protesters in Hamburg were demonstrating against Donald Trump’s position on climate change.
- Russia Crows Over Putin’s Meeting With Trump.
- Putin says Trump was ‘satisfied’ with his election meddling denials.
- Trump’s daughter Ivanka ‘fills in for him at G20 world leaders meeting’.
- Ivanka Trump under fire after taking seat among world leaders at G20.
- White House calls Xi Jinping president of Taiwan.
- (Opinion) The G20 proves it. Because of Donald Trump, the world no longer looks to America for leadership.
- (Opinion) A world without US leadership.
- G-20 ends on anxious note as world leaders remark on Trump’s climate defiance.
- Europe triumphs at G-20, Merkel survives it.
- Trump leaves leaders fearing the future as G-20 summit closes.
- (Opinion) The persistent puzzle of Trump: Who is this president?
- ‘America first’ foreign policy leaves US in lonely role at summit.
- Donald Trump returns home as the odd man out after ‘G19’ summit.
- Trump’s nationalists triumphant after Europe trip.
- Bob Dole lauds Trump’s ‘successful’ European trip.
- Fox host says ‘don’t come back’ to New York City mayor de Blasio for traveling to Germany to join a protest against Trump.
- Counterprotesters outnumber, confront Klan supporters at Virginia KKK rally.
- Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner met with Russian lawyer during 2016 campaign.
- Trump presses presidential immunity claim in ‘Apprentice’ contestant’s suit.
- Trump officials signal intent to begin refilling Guantanamo.
- Trump tweets support for fighting ‘fake news’ with Polish leader.
- Arkansas is only state to share voter data as federal judge mulls privacy issues in Trump panel.
- What the G-20 Declaration Means for the Climate.
July 9, 2017 Sunday
– Writers on the Right and Left React to Trump in Europe
- Trump vows to work ‘constructively with Russia’ after Putin denied election hacking.
- Donald Trump Jr. loyally prosecutes his father’s meme war on CNN.
- Trump says discussed forming cyber security unit with Putin.
- Trump suggested a cybersecurity pact with Russia. Lawmakers say they were ‘dumbfounded.’
- Time to Move Forward’ on Russia, Trump Says, as Criticism Intensifies.
- Trump backtracks on cyber unit with Russia after harsh criticism.
- Two senior Republican senators criticize Tillerson comments on Russia.
- Trump’s Son and Kushner Met With Russian Lawyer After Being Promised Damaging Information on Clinton.
- Ex-Bush ethics lawyer on Trump Jr. meeting with Russian: ‘This borders on treason’.
- Former US spy says Vladimir Putin is trolling Donald Trump over 2016 election meddling. Putin has an ‘information dominance’ over the US President, he says.
- Europe’s Tone Toward U.S. Turns Confrontational.
- (Opinion) After the G20, the US may become a global pariah.
- (Opinion) Trump’s behavior is the biggest threat to U.S. national security.
- G-20 minus 1: How Trump changed the nature of American leadership at global summit.
- (Analysis) Trump hails G-20 ‘success.’ Others see political chaos and American decline.
- Pope Francis: US-Russia alliance ‘dangerous’.
- At Private Dinners, Pence Quietly Courts Big Donors and Corporate Executives.
- Comey’s private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material.
- Trump changes higher ed with rollback of Obama-era consumer protections.
- Plan for U.S. tax increase on rich not being considered: Mnuchin.
- After Scalise Shooting, a Twist: Lawmakers Want to Loosen Gun Laws.
- KKK rally over Confederate statue stirs deep-rooted tensions in Charlottesville.
July 10, 2017 Monday
- Trump Jr. just contradicted a whole bunch of White House denials of Russian contacts.
- Kremlin denies knowledge of meeting between Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer.
- Trump accuses Comey of ‘illegal’ leak after misleading Fox News clip.
- Comey friend: Flynn memo was not classified.
- Trump justifies putting Ivanka at G20 table, insists Angela Merkel ‘agrees’, claims dughter’s role ‘very normal’.
- Does Trump Jr.’s Admission He Met Russian Lawyer Suggest the President and VP Lied?
- Congressional Russia investigators demand interviews with Trump Jr.
- Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer has experience with the mob and music.
- (Opinion) Donald Trump Jr’s message to Russian operatives? I’m open for business.
- (Opnion) Mr. Trump: By demonizing the press, you threaten democracy. Maybe you want that.
- (Opinion) Americans are burning down the house – we have been drifting toward authoritarianism and mob rule.
- (Opinion) Trumpism Is An Affront to Western Society, Not Its Savior.
- Podesta: Details of Russian meetings ‘starting to smell more and more like collusion’.
- Trump’s election panel puts hold on voter data request.
- Republican base howls at prospect of congressional failure on Obamacare.
- WH Correspondents Association president says White House asked him to criticize a reporter’s article.
- Meadows: Shutdown possible without border wall funding.
- TRUMP JR. WAS TOLD OF MOSCOW’S LINK. Email Was Said to Indicate Clinton Dirt Was Part of Russian Plan to Aid Trump.
- Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr linked to investigation group behind salacious Steele Dossier.
- Schiff: Trump Jr. may have been first to know about Russian election interference.
July 11, 2017 Tuesday
- Trump Jr. on Russians’ Offer: ‘I Love It’. EMAILS SHOW TRUMP JR. WAS TOLD RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT LAWYER’ COULD PROVIDE DAMAGING INFORMATION ON CLINTON.
- Donald Trump Jr. Responds on Twitter.
- Trump Jr.’s emails about meeting a ‘Russian government attorney,’ annotated.
- Russian lawyer: Trump aides wanted info ‘so badly’.
- (Timeline) What happened and when: The timeline leading up to Donald Trump Jr.’s fateful meeting.
- Trump Jr. may have crossed the legal line on collusion, “It’s as close as you can get to a smoking gun” of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
- Donald Trump Jr.’s emails might be ‘the smoking gun showing’ he violated a critical campaign law.
- Source: Justice Dept. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe will look at Trump Jr.’s disclosed emails, meeting.
- Trump Jr. delivers ‘smoking gun’ to Mueller. The email chain released by the president’s son shows an intent to collude with Russia, veteran prosecutors and white-collar defense attorneys say.
- An absolutely damning paragraph about Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia meeting.
- (Opinion) The Trumps Embraced a Russian Plot. The Trump family knew of a secret Russian campaign to interfere in the American election—and embraced it. It’s a sad day for the country.
- (Opinion) Thanks to Trump and Russia, the United States is distracted and hobbled.
- (Editorial) Donald Trump Jr. and the Culture of Dishonesty. Only six months in, President Trump has compiled a record of dishonesty — ranging from casual misstatements to flat-out lies — without precedent in the modern presidency.
- (Editorial) Donald Trump Jr. Makes the Russian Connection.
- (Analysis) Trump’s son connects the dots on Russia probe.
- (Analysis) Why Donald Trump Jr.’s emails change the game on Russia.
- (Analysis) 6 things to watch for next in the Donald Trump Jr. saga.
- (Opinion) If Donald Trump Jr. Sinks, Who Goes Down With Him?
- (Opinion) The Trump Jr controversy with Russia barely scratches the surface of what will be revealed in the near future.
- (Opinion) We Now Have Proof of Trump’s Collusion With Russians. As Winston Churchill famously said, this is the end of the beginning.
- Trump calls son ‘high-quality person,’ applauds his transparency.
- Donald Trump Jr. Speaks About Meeting With Russian Lawyer: ‘I Would Have Done Things a Little Differently’.
- John McCain on Donald Trump Jr.: My Sons Would Be Court-Martialed If They Did That.
- Sen. Warner: Trump Jr. emails bring probe to “whole ‘nother level”.
- Buzzword emerges as Trump Jr. Russia scandal deepens: Treason.
- (video) Russian Lawyer Responds to Trump Jr. Emails.
- Russia Meeting Puts President’s Son in Legal Jeopardy.
- WikiLeaks Contacted Donald Trump Jr. About Releasing Russia Emails, Julian Assange Says.
- Republicans explain Trump email: Democrats did it too!
- This Obscure 1990 FEC Opinion May Prove That Trump Jr. Committed a Crime.
- Trump administration: There’s no evidence of collusion. 12 legal experts: Yes, there is.
- Moscow steps up war of words in diplomatic row with U.S.
- For Trump’s Deregulation Teams, Deep Industry Ties.
- GOP ready to fund border wall, setting up shutdown fight.
- U.S. free-speech group sues Trump for blocking Twitter users.
- China says ‘China responsibility theory’ on North Korea has to stop.
- America’s Rich Will Get Richer, Its Poor Poorer With Obamacare Repeal.
July 12, 2017 Wednesday
- Trump says Don Jr. is ‘innocent’ after meeting with Russian to get dirt on Hillary Clinton. The American government’s Russia investigations are ‘the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!’.
- Trump’s FBI pick says Russia probe no ‘witch hunt’.
- President says Donald Trump Jr. is ‘open, transparent and innocent’.
- Assessing how ‘open’ and ‘transparent’ Donald Trump Jr. was in his Hannity appearance.
- Russia emails could trigger probe under election law.
- Is Trump Jr.’s ‘I love it’ email a smoking gun or a distraction? In one America, Trump Jr.’s emails were the smoking gun; but in Trump Country, it was just one more toy gun masquerading as the real thing.
- Democrats clamor for Jared Kushner’s security clearance to be revoked.
- SEC chairman signals plans to scale back corporate disclosure rules.
- Dow sets record-high close; Fed signals gradual rate hikes.
- Trump tells televangelist Pat Robertson ‘I will be very angry’ if GOP senators don’t pass a health-care bill.
- Trump contradicts his son’s emails, suggests Russia preferred Hillary Clinton.
- Russia says Donald Trump Jr’s meeting reports ‘making a mountain out of a molehill’.
- Russian Officials Overheard Discussing Trump Associates Before Campaign Began.
- Trump-Russia investigators probe Jared Kushner-run digital operation.
- As Scandal Unfolds, Trump Invites Friendly Religious Right Audience To Oval Office.
- Trump seen bowing in prayer during Oval Office session.
- Trump Tells Pat Robertson He Gets Along ‘Very, Very Well’ With Putin.
- Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak is leaving his post.
- Trump crafting plan to slash legal immigration.
- GOP base asks, ‘What Russia scandal?’
- (Opinion) The lights go out on the Republican Party. Let the record reflect that on July 12, 2017, at a few minutes after 10 a.m. Eastern daylight time, the lights went out on the Republican Party.
- Hospital, doctors and patients fuel last gasp of opposition to Senate health bill.
- Boston Children’s Hospital protests deportation of leading Iranian cancer researcher with valid visa.
- U.S. judge unlikely to remove block on Trump sanctuary city order.
- House Democrat files article of impeachment against Trump.
July 13, 2017 Thursday
- Trump’s legal team faces tensions — and a client who often takes his own counsel.
- New Senate Republicans healthcare bill already in trouble.
- (Editorial) A Scary New Senate Health Care Bill.
- Nancy Pelosi calls on White House to revoke Jared Kushner’s security clearance amid Russian email scandal.
- ‘Catastrophic collapse’ of West Antarctic ice sheet could raise global sea levels by three metres, warns scientist.
- U.S. House will delay break if Senate passes health bill: House speaker.
- Trump: The mood in the White House is ‘fantastic’.
- Conspiracy or Coincidence? A Timeline Open to Interpretation.
- US tells nations to give more traveler data or face sanctions: report.
- Trump dodges on whether he accepted Putin’s hacking denial.
- Kushner updated disclosure to add more than 100 foreign contacts: report.
- #kellycards: Kellyanne Conway sparks a new meme.
- Senate Republicans Unveil New Health Bill, but Divisions Remain.
- Republicans roll out new healthcare bill that keeps Obamacare taxes on the wealthy.
July 14, 2017 Friday
- Trump visit to Paris ends without large demonstrations.
- Protesters set up ‘No Trump Zone’ in Paris as US President meets Macron.
- ‘Donald Trump is a real fool’: Parisians shrug at US leader’s visit.
- Trump and Macron Cement Unlikely Friendship in Bastille Day Visit.
- ‘It’s almost an embarrassment being American’ JP Morgan chief blasts political dysfunction.
- Former Soviet Counterintelligence Officer at Meeting With Donald Trump Jr. and Russian Lawyer.
- Former Soviet counter intelligence officer confirms he attended Russian lawyer meeting.
- Russian Lawyer Whom Trump Jr. Met Says She Was in Contact With Top Russian Prosecutor.
- Governors on Both Sides Strongly Oppose Health Bill.
- Trump’s children become bigger liabilities for the White House, complicate damage-control efforts.
- Trump travel ban suffers setback as judge rules against ‘narrowly defined list’ of relatives who may enter U.S.
- Trump administration to appeal travel ban ruling to Supreme Court.
- House backs massive increase in defense spending.
- (Opinion) Reverence for Putin on the Right Buys Trump Cover.
- Trump set to bring in new attorney to manage response to Russia investigation.
- Much of the world thinks China is catching up to the US — and they have little faith in Trump.
- White House releases sensitive personal information of voters worried about their sensitive personal information.
- White House weighs dramatically expanding DHS powers to expedite deportations.
- (Opinion) Americans put Trump in the Oval Office. What does that say about the country?
- Catholic journal criticizes Trump ‘value voters’.
- Why Trump puts his faith in evangelicals.
- Commonwealth Fund’s “Mirror, Mirror 2017: International Comparisons Reflect Flaws and Opportunities for Better US Health Care” finds that the US ranks last overall on providing equally accessible and high-quality health care, regardless of income.
July 15, 2017 Saturday
- Governors Go Around Trump on Global Diplomacy.
- Virgin chief Richard Branson tells audience in Brooklyn Trump’s decision on the Paris accord is ‘very, very strange’. “Trump had hundreds of the most influential business leaders in the world speaking to him and he ignored them, so there’s no guarantee that he’ll change his mind,” Branson said.
- (Opinion) Trump is ushering in a dark new conservatism.
- Justin Trudeau takes jab at Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ doctrine.
- Europe struggles to attract tech talent even as US closes doors.
- Phil Donahue: Trump era ‘darkest political moment’ in history.
- Trump campaign paid Trump Jr.’s lawyer weeks before Russia meeting revelation.
- White House pre-buts CBO healthcare score: ‘Little more than fake news’.
- Dem senator blasts ‘evil in the epidemic rate of lying’ on GOP health bill.
- States may see up to 39 percent decline in Medicaid funding under repeal.
- Top allies of Pope Francis criticize religious Trump supporters.
- States Push New Voter Requirements, Fueled by Trump.
- US Experiences Second Most Spam Calls In The World.
- White House sends new US citizen welcome letter from President – signed by Barack Obama.
- Immigrants in Trump’s America Now Deported for Running a Red Light.
- The Alt-Right Movement Behind Trump’s Presidency.
- GOP LEADERSHIP POSTPONES HEALTH CARE VOTE as John McCain Recovers From Surgery.
July 16, 2017 Sunday
- McConnell delays health care vote while McCain recovers from surgery.
- ‘Nothing nefarious’, Trump lawyer defends Don Jr. meeting, says Secret Service allowed it.
- Trump defends his son — drawing a contrast with Clinton — and says media are ‘distorting democracy’.
- White House unveils ‘Made in America’ week, though many Trump products are made overseas.
- Former US prosecutor on Trump-Russia investigation: ‘People will be going to jail’.
- Trump refuses to make state visit to UK until Theresa May ‘fixes warm UK welcome’. ‘When I know I’m going to get a better reception, I’ll come and not before’.
- Trump on Attack as Russia Revelations Appear to Take Toll.
- Secret Service denies vetting Trump Jr. meeting.
- Anti-Trump protests staged at U.S. Women’s Open.
- Nearly 150,000 attempts to hack SC voter registration system on Election Day: report.
- Trump says his 36 percent approval — a historic low for the 6-month mark — ‘is not bad’.
- After a Harrowing Flight From U.S., Refugees Find Asylum in Canada.
- White House Correspondents’ Association: We don’t defend the White House.
- ‘We can’t accept anything Don Jr. says’ about Russia meeting: Schiff.
July 17, 2017 Monday
- As Paperwork Goes Missing, Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away.
- Poll: 70 percent say Trump acts unpresidential.
- Australian woman in Minneapolis fatally shot by police officer.
- New York attorney general says will sue over Obamacare repeal.
- During Trump’s ‘Made in America Week’, White House defends imported Trump products.
- U.S. appeals court upholds gag orders on FBI data surveillance.
- Trump’s treasury secretary is hurtling toward potential debt-limit fiasco.
- Sessions to push for police to take more cash from U.S. citizens.
- Vice chair of Trump’s voting commission wants to add new requirements for voting, email shows.
- Coast Guard wants to kick boats off Potomac River when president is golfing.
- London Mayor says a Trump state visit to UK may not be ‘appropriate’ given how much British people disagree with him.
- Trump’s campaign against Isis results in nearly as many civilian deaths as during Obama’s entire administration.
- Trump has plunged America into an ethics crisis and made country a ‘laughingstock’, says ethics chief who resigned.
- Trump Says He Has Signed More Bills Than Any President, Ever. He Hasn’t.
- HEALTH BILL COLLAPSES WITH DISSENT FROM 2 MORE SENATORS, an apparent body blow to GOP effort to replace Obamacare.
- (Opinion) The John Birch Society Is Back.
- Tillerson to shutter war crimes focused State Dept. office.
- Texas Republicans take aim at liberal cities.
- Flynn Plans Defense Fund to Pay Trump Russia Probe Legal Bills.
- Trump Must Release Mar-a-Lago Visitor Logs, Judge Rules.
- Trump’s Presidential Commission on Election Integrity Prompts Thousands of Voters to Unregister.
- Because of Trump, U.S. No Longer World’s Most Powerful Country, Report Says.
July 18, 2017 Tuesday
- After GOP health-bill collapse, Trump tweets ‘We will return’.
- Senate will vote to repeal Obamacare without replacement, after new healthcare bill stumbles.
- Let Obamacare fail – Trump’s new plan.
- Republican plan to ‘repeal and delay’ will leave millions more Americans uninsured.
- House GOP budget plan ties big spending cuts to tax rewrite.
- Australians react to deadly police shooting in ‘risky’ United States.
- Americans want U.S. goods, but not willing to pay more: Reuters/Ipsos poll.
- 3 GOP senators come out against McConnell’s repeal-only plan – Senate now lacks votes to abolish parts of ACA outright.
- Eighth person at meeting of Trump Jr. and Russians identified, name sent to Mueller.
- Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting was linked to money laundering.
- Carbon dioxide must be removed from the atmosphere to avoid extreme climate change, say scientists. Prof. Jim Hansen, warns the ‘s*** is hitting the fan’.
- White House says it supports FCC plan to scrap net neutrality rules.
- White House ‘rumoured to close State Department’s only cyber security office’ as top diplomat quits.
- House votes to roll back Obama-era ozone standards.
- Trump, Putin held an undisclosed second informal meeting at G-20.
- Trump dodges blame over healthcare as he meets with Afghanistan veterans.
- Trump slams ‘dishonest’ media over ‘sick’ reports of Putin exchange.
- House Republicans release 2018 budget blueprint, which would slash social programs.
- Senator Joins Ethics Probe That Could Get EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Disbarred.
- How the GOP Became the Party of Putin. Republicans have sold their souls to Russia. And Trump isn’t the only reason why.
At the Sixth Month Mark:
July 19, 2017 Wednesday
- Trump urges Senate Republicans to keep trying on healthcare bill.
- Trump challenges senators to resurrect Obamacare repeal effort: ‘We’re close’.
- Trump to GOP senators: Cancel your recess and not leave town until acting to repeal ObamaCare.
- After Trump scolding, McConnell insists ObamaCare repeal will move forward.
- Trump insists dead people ‘voting’ helped him lose popular vote against Hillary Clinton.
- Trump won’t support new plan to save ‘Dreamers’ from deportation.
- GOP takes aim at reforming Endangered Species Act.
- GOP repeal foes face blowback. Angry conservatives promise primary challenges.
- Hundreds protest DeVos in Colorado. Critics of school choice argue the policy hurts public education.
- At talks, U.S. officials demand ‘more fair’ China trade links.
- A bipartisan group of senators is aiming to make it a felony for Americans to cooperate “with efforts by international organizers — including the U.N. — to boycott Israel.”
- U.S. Supreme Court partly rejects Trump on travel ban.
- Corporate lobbying helped derail border tax: senior Republican.
- Republicans could target Obamacare tax in wider tax overhaul – Brady.
- FBI urged to investigate Ivanka Trump’s security clearance due to brother and husband’s Russia links.
- Trump Loans From Deutsche Bank Face Regulatory Scrutiny.
- Trump’s embrace of Russia making top advisers wary.
- Here’s what we know so far about Team Trump’s ties to Russian interests (Updated).
- Trump’s Honeymoon With China Ends as Dialogue Turns Frosty.
- Senate panel to interview Kushner; subpoenas possible for Manafort and Trump Jr.
- Trump warns Mueller against investigating his family’s finances beyond Russia probe.
- Pro-Trump Fox Business Network TV pundit’s firm took undisclosed payments from Trump campaign.
- Carrier factory where Trump promised to save jobs lays off hundreds of staff on President’s 6-month anniversary.
- Trump’s election commission meets as critics condemn president’s ‘biggest lie’.
- Jeff Sessions’s Justice Department turns a $65 million asset forfeiture spigot back on.
- Trump says he should not have picked Sessions as attorney general.
- John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer, spokesman says.
- 32 MILLION MORE PEOPLE WOULD BE UNINSURED UNDER NEW SENATE OBAMACARE REPEAL BILL – CBO.
- WALL STREET AT NEW HIGHS as tech breaches dot-com era record
- President Trump’s first six months: by the numbers.
- POLL: 6 months in, a record low for Trump, with troubles from Russia to health care (ABC News/Washington Post Poll).
- Six ways Trump is ‘dismantling’ the US after six months in office.
- (video) What we can learn from Trump’s first six months of presidential tweets.
- (video) A look at Donald Trump’s first 6 months as president.
- Writers on the Trump Era: The Story Is Implausible.
[Note: With few exceptions, sources are from mainstream media.]
Compilation and Webpage are © 2017 michaelbucci.com.
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the link to the book (pdf format) http://www.holysmoke.org/cos/books/bare-faced-messiah.pdf
What defines something a a “religion” – i guess a group of people who share the same belief system.
Is there such a thing as a “good religion”? In my opinion, religions fuel war/hatred/violence – esp when it’s basic message is warped and taken to the extreme. Unfortunately, fanatics distort and misinterpret ideologies as history has shown -particularly in the Judeo/Christian/Muslim faiths. I think that at all religions are guilty, but the big three, by virtue of their larger congregations, gain more publicity and notoriety.
So Scientology – call it a cult, call it a religion, is just as… if not more… guilty in its exploitation of people “seeking the truth”, trying to better their lives, maybe better human-kind. They exploit children – as former members reveal, Scientology devalues parent-child relationships. For eg. the children who’s parents are deeply involved in Scientology are raised and schooled without ever seeing their parents. And as all religions/cults, Scientology tries to persuade–pressure it’s members into donations of time and money.
I hope that the exposures of Scientology’s morally unacceptable practices – to the world, as I see former member Leah Remini is doing, helps members who want out, get out, without the fear of losing their friends and families.
I am reading a few of L Ron Hubbard’s books now, and will continue my thoughts. Thanks! xoxo
Nearly 450 Obama Accomplishments, With Citations There are a lot of naysayers out there, but those who claim that President Barack Obama was not that great or even “a disaster” as President really …
Source: Obama’s Legacy – PCTC
There are a lot of naysayers out there, but those who claim that President Barack Obama was not that great or even “a disaster” as President really do not know what they are talking about. Obama not only brought grace and dignity back to the White House, but he also accomplished a lot. He would have accomplished more, but “we the people” (including the professional left) labeled him “a disappointment” in his first two years, even though his policies prevented an economic depression and gave everyone better health insurance at a lower cost that would otherwise be the case.
This was a remarkable man; easily the most “presidential” president we have seen in a while. And he has accomplished a lot, despite the hurdles we placed in his way, not the least of which was a Republican Congress that refused to do anything he proposed because they wanted to damage him.
As a way to remember what a remarkable president he actually was, I present this list of many of President Obama’s accomplishments as President. It is not absolutely comprehensive; I’m sure many are missing. However, every one of them is cited as fact, so attempts to dismiss them will be dealt with accordingly; with a hearty, dismissive laugh. What is here is a hell of a legacy.
If liberals want to win elections – and in a democracy, that must be our main goal – we have to be able to make people want to vote for us. That means accentuating the positive, and talking about how great we are, especially compared to the alternative. This is a liberal record that we can be proud of.
Altered the Culture of the Executive Branch and the Federal Government
Within his first week, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse. http://1.usa.gov/dUvbu5
Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money. http://n.pr/hcgBn1
On his first full day, he froze White House salaries for the duration of the Great Recession. http://cbsn.ws/2aNMqNN
He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending and efficiency. http://www.cio.gov
He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems and signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, in an attempt to limit waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting systems. http://bit.ly/hOw1t1
Established the Open Government Directive, which completely changed the government’s approach to technology at all levels. http://bit.ly/2iOTERn
He created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. http://bit.ly/hwKhKa
Signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to review all federal regulations and remove any unnecessary and/or burdensome regulations from the books. http://1.usa.gov/Lpo5bd
Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government. http://nyti.ms/bw1MLu
Banned gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch. http://bit.ly/fsBACN
Banned anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years and placed strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House. http://nyti.ms/gOrznV
Held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public. http://bit.ly/2atEVct
Became the first president to stream every White House event, live. http://1.usa.gov/kAgOP5
Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities. http://www.serve.gov
Restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews, giving the public greater access to historic White House documents, and curtails the use of executive privilege to shield them. http://1.usa.gov/gUetLb
Improved the Freedom of Information Act and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent when processing FOIA requests. http://1.usa.gov/gjrnp2
Streamlined the Department of Education’s procurement policies and made them more transparent. http://bit.ly/1r9oQvh
Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history. http://1.usa.gov/hQ7
Signed a law to completely reform NSA Data Collection program and keep phone records in the hands of the phone company. http://bit.ly/1dG34vD
Improved access and data available to Inspectors General throughout the federal governments and elsewhere, thus improving investigative quality.
Sought to improve project management and accountability throughout the federal government. http://bit.ly/2jRaC3A
Enjoyed a virtually scandal-free Administration for eight solid years. http://bit.ly/2iOCTFV
Prevented a Bush Depression, Improved the Economy
Pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as “the stimulus package.” He also launched recovery.gov, a website that allows taxpayers to track spending from the Act. http://bit.ly/2aw6HGt
By the end of his first year, the economy created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and the ARRA stimulated the economy by 3.5%. http://reut.rs/i46CEE
He guided the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan and forced financial organizations to pay back virtually all bailout money. http://bit.ly/2alXjlV
Established the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan. http://1.usa.gov/goy6zl
In 2010 alone, more jobs were created than had been created during Bush’s eight years. http://bit.ly/hrrnjY
Through his investment in GM, returned to the company to its place as the premiere car company in the world. http://lat.ms/zIJuQx
In February 2016, GM was in such good financial shape, they gave a share of the profit to each worker, with checks up to $11,000. http://detne.ws/1mk7Jry
Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, to improve manufacturing efficiency. http://bit.ly/eYD4nf
Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect. http://bit.ly/f77aOw
Signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, which helped millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures and provided $2.2 billion to combat homelessness and stabilize the housing market. http://bit.ly/2aiFCbi
Signed an Executive Order creating jobs immediately by reducing the time needed for review and permitting of infrastructure projects. http://1.usa.gov/GHxaYt
Through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, he and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery. http://bit.ly/dZgXXw http://bit.ly/2aOGmVM
Played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis. http://nyti.ms/gHlgp5
Signed new rules making it easier for home buyers to get a loan to buy a condominium. http://bit.ly/2c4VPDl
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost. http://1.usa.gov/ez30D
Provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession. http://bit.ly/g0IKWR
Signed bill to provide extra training for local police forces, especially with regard to active shooter situations. http://bit.ly/2cvFlRf
China’s largest manufacturer, Foxconn, is building a large plant in Pennsylvania http://cnnmon.ie/1k7LT4S
Worked with Apple Computer to get them to build more product here, and the company is building two large plants to manufacture products here; one in Texas http://zd.net/1nkpt2O and one in Arizona http://bit.ly/1mXY5Vg
Created an institute to invest in more manufacturing jobs in the technology fields of the future. http://nyti.ms/1egyXrV
Ordered all federal contractors to pay a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour, leading the way to a national increase. http://wapo.st/1iaU5kd As a result of this decision, a number of large employers, including Disney and Walmart, have increased their minimums. http://bit.ly/2c3iwF5
Ordered the completion of the International Trade Data System, a digital trade record book, by 2016. This move will streamline and simplify the process through which small- and medium-sized businesses set up the export of US goods. http://bit.ly/1nwSRF4
Signed bill to expand opportunities and to promote greater Native American tourism. http://bit.ly/2dTIQmo
Specific Examples of Economic Improvement
As of December 2016, a record 75 consecutive months of overall job growth, a record. http://on.msnbc.com/1TKFCPQ
As of August 2016, Unemployment drops below 5% for the first time in eight years and without a significant bubble, remains below 5% until he leaves office. 4.9% http://on.msnbc.com/1TKFCPQ
As of December 2016, there have been 82 consecutive months of private sector job growth, a record. http://1.usa.gov/1Xhizho
In April 2016, new unemployment claims hit their lowest level since Nov. 1973. As of September 2016, they remain at 43-year lows. That means lower than at any time during Saint Reagan’s Administration. http://yhoo.it/2eaIPbf http://nyti.ms/1YhZEBk
Since February 2010, when unemployment peaked, 16 million non-farm private sector jobs have been created. http://1.usa.gov/1Xhizho
Contrary to GOP rhetoric, most of the new jobs created have been full-time, not temporary. http://bit.ly/2dF7pjO
Oversaw a reduction in the federal budget deficit by two-thirds since taking office. http://bit.ly/1xKMmjY
Reduced the federal budget deficit from 9.8% of GDP in Fiscal Year 2009 under Bush, to 2.5% of GDP in FY 2015. http://bit.ly/2cI4ABV
Scolds Congress and gets a $305 billion highways bill passed. This bill has the added benefit of created hundreds of thousands of new jobs and creating incentives for green cars. http://bit.ly/1NsL2Zq
Wages have risen more in 2015 and 2016 than at any time in almost 20 years, without the aid of an economic bubble. http://theatln.tc/2iX24JK
For the first time in 15 years, the lowest income demographic is seeing a rise in income. http://theatln.tc/2iX24JK
Addressed Wrongdoing in the Financial Sector
Signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system, and create a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown. http://abcn.ws/g18Fe7
Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money. http://huff.to/eAi9Qq
Along with Congressional Democrats, pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression. http://bit.ly/hWCPg0http://bit.ly/geHpcD
Created and implemented rules to reduce the influence of speculators in the oil market. http://bit.ly/MDnA1t
Created and implemented rules so banks can no longer use depositors’ money to invest in derivatives and other high-risk financial instruments that work against depositors’ interests. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
Supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation. http://bit.ly/fnTayj
Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks permitting the US government to gain access to bank records of criminals and tax evaders. http://bit.ly/2aAwUS5
Signed the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, closing many of the loopholes that allowed companies to send jobs overseas, and avoid paying US taxes by moving money offshore. http://1.usa.gov/bd1RTq
Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, inflation in the healthcare sector dropped to its lowest point in 50 years. http://on.wsj.com/1E6cYjF
Improved Conditions for Consumers and Small Businesses
Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices. http://1.usa.gov/gIaNcS
Guided the housing market all the way back from total collapse, which led to a rally for housing starts. http://reut.rs/1NTAOVU
Spent unprecedented amounts of money on technology, to move the country well into the 21st Century, after eight years of lag. http://bit.ly/2jCTwsA
Brought airline industry back to their highest profitability since before the recession. http://lat.ms/1O8H1iE
Created an airline passenger bill of rights, preventing airlines from stranding passengers on tarmac for hours, requiring them to return to the gate within three hours or face stiff fines. http://bit.ly/2c3jAZi
Blocked a monopolistic merger of Staples and Office Depot, to preserve at least some competition. http://bit.ly/1kcY2Kv
Stock market has reached record highs, restoring most of the economic losses felt during the Bush Recession. http://bit.ly/1z4FAtL
Consumer confidence continues to inch up to its highest level more than a decade. http://bit.ly/1PZLRcK
Initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses. http://1.usa.gov/eu0u0b
Created business.gov, to allow online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with SBA.gov.) http://www.business.gov
Through the FCC, Established the Open Internet Order, which established new neutrality as a standard for the future. http://fcc.us/2iGc0ZA
Took steps to improve minority access to capital. http://bit.ly/f9xVE7
Used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan. http://bit.ly/2b3jKOk
Crafted and signed an executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans. http://bit.ly/eyqsNE
Oversaw the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression. http://bit.ly/2aiIPaS
Through the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, extended the False Claims Act to combat fraud by companies and individuals using money from TARP and Stimulus programs. http://bit.ly/SLTcSa
Set up rules for banks in handling legal marijuana money. http://nyti.ms/1b80o2K
Added greater protections to consumer financial transactions to reduce identity theft. http://1.usa.gov/1pjfUFq
Took steps to prevent pirate fishing and protect fish populations, and ordered stricter labeling requirements on labeling of seafood products in stores. http://1.usa.gov/1BYhTUn
Signed the RAISE Act, which should encourage more people to open small businesses and help improve the economy. http://bit.ly/1QhTqkF
Signed a bill that allows low-volume vehicle manufacturers that will increase entrepreneurship among small car manufacturers, who often build replicas of classics but who often build green vehicles. http://bit.ly/1QhTqkF
Signs an Executive Order to strengthen cooperation with regard to global entrepreneurship. http://1.usa.gov/294u5eI
Signs a law to allow “ordinary investors” to help a company start up through crowdfunding. http://n.pr/299eZEn
Blocks the merger of several health insurers to ensure that competition remains in the health insurance business. http://bit.ly/2cvHV9P
Signs a law to strengthen American economic competitiveness. http://bit.ly/2932zfA
Prohibited the elimination of “floating homes” In the Tennessee Valley Authority. http://bit.ly/2k5C6S9
Established new offices at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that are designed to assist small businesses and to reduce unnecessary regulations. http://bit.ly/2jdpdp3
Banned the used of automated “ticket-bots” http://newsok.com/article/5531133
Offers greater protection for consumers who post online reviews. https://yhoo.it/2iP8ZkY
Strengthened the Middle Class and Fought Poverty
Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families. http://bit.ly/fNfidS
Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families. http://bit.ly/eSEI4F
Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950. http://bit.ly/f74pD8
Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years. http://bit.ly/eFeSdP
Extended discounted health coverage under the COBRA health insurance law for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s also extended unemployment benefits more than a few times. http://aol.it/evtVxDhttp://nyti.ms/emrqKJ http://bit.ly/hOtIpg http://bit.ly/fTT7kz
Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps). http://nyti.ms/gfLqyM
Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs. http://wapo.st/eWECA8
Included the Buffet Rule in his 2014 budget proposal, in order to fulfill a campaign promise to make sure tax rates are fair between the rich and the middle class. http://1.usa.gov/19PkdQo
Used the fiscal cliff negotiations to extend for five additional years the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides tax credits to families for college-related expenses, thus saving those families up to $10,000. http://onforb.es/17zYg3u
Increased protections for the unemployed who are seeking a government job. http://1.usa.gov/1jgXATu
Updated and modernized overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) http://1.usa.gov/1iGDO8e
Signed and implemented the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, to improve nutrition in schools and make children healthier. http://1.usa.gov/GAXkSk
To make college more affordable and accountable, will begin rating colleges with regard to affordability and value. http://bit.ly/14Dn7UL
Initiated a reform of federal job training programs, to make them more relevant to the current economy and the job market. http://1.usa.gov/1kZLQHG
Under Obama, the bottom 95% of taxpayers pay lower federal income taxes than at any time in the last 50 years, including under Reagan, or either Bush. http://bit.ly/1w1W8Ns
Signed a presidential memorandum authorizing six weeks paid leave for all federal employees with a new baby and encouraged Congress to do the same for all workers. http://bit.ly/18613XA
2014 marked the first time since 1984 that unemployment dropped in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 1.usa.gov/1E25u0C
Took steps to improve workplace safety by creating an Advisory Board to study workers’ exposure to toxic substances. http://1.usa.gov/1M4s8IG
Changed overtime rules to make it far more difficult for employers to avoid paying overtime to workers. http://politi.co/1KHfiBe
Changed rules for federal contractors, guaranteeing that all workers earn paid leave; this should affect about 300,000 workers. http://1.usa.gov/1LcHZWl
Signed a Hague Convention Agreement to make it easier to collect child support from parents wherever they are in the world. http://bit.ly/2cI38wB
Negotiated a law to finally replace “No Child Left Behind” and remove much of the onerous government “oversight” that caused children to stagnate, not improve, academically. http://bit.ly/1Up9pMl
Signed executive order to expand charitable giving among federal employees. http://bit.ly/2e7cJQy
Helped to end the “Victory Tax” that caused financial hardship to successful Olympic athletes. http://bit.ly/2ds4uO2
Addressed Civil Rights and Equality
Formed a commission to examine and make recommendations for fixing the broken voting system. http://wapo.st/16K0D
Created a Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department that has become a very strong voice for Black people. http://bit.ly/1ObO7TI
At a press conference August 9, 2013, gave up some executive power, promising to create adversarial process in FISA regarding NSA surveillance. http://1.usa.gov/1dQmnyQ
Proposed rules to enhance Fair Housing Laws, to give HUD and other enforcement agencies more enforcement power. http://bit.ly/1qkz4uQ
Ordered a review of capital punishment policies after several botched executions. http://nyti.ms/RDJp58
Approved $1.2 billion discrimination settlement with black farmers who had proved USDA bias. http://huff.to/1Nol9Ab
Appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. http://1.usa.gov/fi5IY0
Concentrated immigration enforcement on those who commit crimes, and vowed to stop breaking up families. http://1.usa.gov/1uTZ8gV
Streamlined the visa process, to make it more responsive and humane for those who want to be here legally. http://1.usa.gov/1tgDRti
Took steps to tighten the reins when it comes to providing local law enforcement agencies with military-style equipment and exercising more control over the equipment they receive. http://1.usa.gov/1ATWV3K
Changed fair housing rules to make more affordable housing available to more people. http://cnn.it/1JcR3qB
Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act. http://bit.ly/th0JC8
Created a Policing Task Force to deal with the problems that led to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. http://nbcnews.to/1T17PON
His Justice Department investigated the Ferguson Police Department twice and slammed them for their racism and exploitive practices. http://nbcnews.to/1q9jTpf
Established the White House Council of Native American Affairs, to improve government-to-government relations with Native American nations. http://1.usa.gov/1cIEeEv
Limited local police acquisitions of military-style equipment, to reduce the likelihood of overkill. http://n.pr/1NGkBjT
Signed Blue Alert Law, which provides police officers with more information when they are threatened. http://bit.ly/1NGksga
Blocked the sale of Apache tribal land to foreign mining company, over Republican objections. http://bit.ly/1RYpmfihttp://bit.ly/1RYpmfi
Settled with the City of Cleveland over civil rights and excessive force violations. http://nbcnews.to/24GRQNw
Reviewed the practices of the Philadelphia Police Department and made 91 recommendations to prevent civil rights and excessive force violations. http://on.msnbc.com/1q9ktmX
Signed a law to modernize the way the federal government refers to minorities, removing certain archaic terms from the vocabulary. http://bit.ly/291BeIL
Took steps to treat opioid addiction as a health issue rather than purely as a law enforcement issue. http://bit.ly/2ccokd3
Signed a law to better protect children in tribal foster care. http://strib.mn/293Gyky
Blocked an oil pipeline in South Dakota that would have devastated sacred Sioux land. http://theatln.tc/2cmmmqb
Worked with Congress to pass bill establishing Commission on Native Children, which will examine some of the most pressing problems facing Native American nations. http://wapo.st/2esGxbC
Signed bill establishing a Sexual Assault Rights Act by working with Democrats in Congress. http://bzfd.it/2ejelVd
Worked with Congress to pass law to make sure there are changing tables in all federal restrooms, including men’s rooms. http://slate.me/2ejdWlu
Extended religious protection to atheists and agnostics. http://nbcnews.to/2jD7meL
Established a law to allow disabled people to set up their own trusts and tend to their own financial affairs. http://bit.ly/2jR7BA1
Established the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. http://bit.ly/2iOtBtL
Signed bill to create thousands of outdoor recreation jobs while preserving an important part of the environment. http://bit.ly/2jCPSPN
Improved Workers’ Rights
He issued final rules that require all employers to prominently post employees’ rights where all employees or prospective employees can see it, including all websites and intranets. http://1.usa.gov/qu2EhQ
Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clarified and strengthened rules prohibiting discrimination against pregnant workers. http://alj.am/1mo0kjV
Required companies who bid on federal contracts larger than $500,000 to publicly disclose all previous violations of labor law, including unpaid claims for back wages. http://1.usa.gov/V54qY3
Made it illegal for federal contractors with more than $1 million in contracts to force employees into arbitration in workplace discrimination accusations. http://1.usa.gov/V54qY3
Vetoed Republican bill that would have blocked new NLRB rules that were designed to speed up the time it takes workers to unionize. http://reut.rs/1agujMO He also added a Memorandum of Disagreement to make his reasons for the veto clear and made a major statement in support of unions. http://1.usa.gov/1NG7RuA
Cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee classification of independent contractor. http://nyti.ms/fOGLcj
Signed law that bans imports of goods produced through forced labor. http://nbcnews.to/1RuJu2y
Protected the Rights of LGBT People
Signed and implemented the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. http://bit.ly/gsMSJ7
Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees. http://1.usa.gov/g2RLCj
Appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history. http://bit.ly/g1lA7D
Appointed first openly transgender Cabinet Official in History. http://bit.ly/58zUp7
Advocated that United Nations adopt a policy supporting gay rights worldwide. http://lat.ms/pQe1RS
As soon as the Supreme Court invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, he moved to extend federal benefits to same-sex couples. http://wapo.st/1avDjue
Issued an order requiring hospitals to allow visitation by same-sex couples. http://reut.rs/llNJek
Changed HUD rules to prohibit gender and sexual orientation-based discrimination in housing bit.ly/9RxEnP
Changed his mind and publicly expressed support for same-sex marriage. http://bit.ly/JsiFKp
Issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other. http://1.usa.gov/aUueGT
Appointed several prominent gay athletes and others, and plans to show US government’s commitment to gay rights to anti-gay Russia. http://on.cpsj.com/1fckN9h
Department of Agriculture propagated new rules to better enforce non-discrimination when it comes to USDA investigations and to extend non-discrimination to gender identity. http://bit.ly/1yChJhi
Banned all federal contractors from discriminating against gay workers. http://1.usa.gov/1ok1gfH
Persevered with his campaign to turn “gay marriage” into “marriage” and won in the Supreme Court. http://cbsloc.al/1M4qLKb
Improved Conditions for Women
Establishing the White House Council on Women and Girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider the effect of their policies and programs on women and families. http://bit.ly/e1puTk http://1.usa.gov/rFfqMM
Implemented the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers. http://bit.ly/fT3Cxg
Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and rescinded the global gag rule. http://bit.ly/eCFAI1 http://bit.ly/f92drF
Improved the Paycheck Fairness Act, making it possible for employees to talk about their salaries without retaliation, and ordering salary data collection, so as to make it harder for employers to pay women less. http://huff.to/1nwVOWf
Signed an Executive Order pledging support for efforts to end the global problem of violence against women and girls. http://1.usa.gov/MHTRVU
Shattered another glass ceiling by naming Janet Yellen chair of the Federal Reserve beginning Feb. 1, 2014. http://usat.ly/1gqMBfk
Expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act. http://1.usa.gov/dSbI0x
Ordered companies with 100 employees or more to disclose pay data based on race and gender, to address the pay gap. http://theatln.tc/1Q04XPL
Signs law restoring Arlington Cemetery burial rights for women pilots in World War II. http://bit.ly/293rmjb
Signed a bill to allow for nursing women to bring breastfeeding equipment onto the plane and to protect women who choose to feed children while traveling. http://bit.ly/2k8eW1o
Addressed Criminal Justice Failings and the Gun Culture
Made significant reductions in drug sentencing guidelines for current prisoners. http://n.pr/1mWBLkM
Oversaw the first drop in the federal prison population in 32 years. http://bit.ly/1B5h8rW
Increased his use of clemency to release thousands of non-violent drug offenders from prison. http://nyti.ms/1KE8DJG
Ordered a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in federal prisons. http://bit.ly/20ObRzA
Took executive action to promote smart gun technology, to make them safer. http://1.usa.gov/1RhK1tU
After a failure by Congress to act, proposed executive orders to create more background checks and to fully staff the background check system. http://cnn.it/1JXmUg6
Relaxed HIPAA rules enough to allow for more information to be available to the background check system. http://on.wsj.com/SX9xaZ
Ordered the tracing of guns as part of criminal investigations to provide data to researchers. http://on.wsj.com/SX9xaZ
Order the Justice Department to look at the categories of mental health problems prohibited from owning guns to make sure people aren’t falling through the cracks, getting guns. http://onforb.es/1nUAGw3
Expanded the definitions of gun dealers and expanded the information available and required in background checks for firearm purchases. http://bit.ly/1K5aXee
Set up a task force to figure out what other measures can be taken to limit gun violence in the wake of Congressional inaction. http://1.usa.gov/1QjYMGJ
Signed bill to improve protections for correctional officers and their families. http://bit.ly/1SMCi4W
Changed the playing field on criminal justice reform by commuting sentences of low-level criminals and signaling a more practical footing. http://1.usa.gov/1YclW7f
Signaled major shift away from the failed “Drug War” by promising to commit more than $1 billion to combat addiction. http://2wsb.tv/1SMBQUv
Signed the Emmitt Till Bill, which will reopen cold cases from the civil rights era. http://bit.ly/2jsVaum
Set a record for granting clemencies or pardons, giving many non-violent offenders a second chance. http://bit.ly/2jcIBCy
Improved Treatment of Soldiers and Veterans
Provided active combat troops with better body armor. http://bit.ly/hzSv2h
Created a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order http://abcn.ws/1ghLrEshttp://abcn.ws/1ghLrEs to improve the quality of their medical care. http://1.usa.gov/f4yaxW
Put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date. http://nyti.ms/e2YQ7Q
Signed and implemented Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, making more money available to enable better medical care for veterans. http://1.usa.gov/fN4ur1
With Congressional Democrats, oversaw largest spending increase in 30 years for Department of Veterans Affairs, for improved medical and extended care facilities for veterans. http://1.usa.gov/gY8O3x
Implemented the Green Vet Initiative, which provides special funding to provide veterans with training in green jobs. http://bit.ly/epwUQY
Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs. http://bit.ly/b48coi
Oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals. http://bit.ly/gjzTxX
Signed the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, which ensures that spouses of military personnel who are forced to move because their spouse is posted for military duty can avoid state taxes in their temporary residence. http://bit.ly/1Gh0NX
Ordered improvements to access to mental health care for veterans, military personnel and their families. http://1.usa.gov/TP7PVZ
Got Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons without military firing a single shot or dropping a single bomb. http://nyti.ms/1lVEkU7
Along with Congressional Democrats, not only reauthorized families of fallen soldiers to be able to visit when the body arrives at Dover AFB, but also provided funding for it. Ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers. http://nyti.ms/glqN66 http://bbc.in/gWSSkA
Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services. http://1.usa.gov/huhqfo
Signed into law a bill that provides support, counseling, and breastfeeding supplies to military moms who are covered under TRICARE, the health insurance provided to veterans. http://bit.ly/1yNxL8O
Signed into law a bill that makes it easier for military dogs to retire at home with their handlers. http://bit.ly/1J78Y2U
Signed bill to expand the availability of housing to homeless veterans. http://bit.ly/2eaGQDJ
Raised soldiers pay. http://bit.ly/2k5sOFD
Improved America’s Reputation Around the World
Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office. http://bit.ly/hZycda
As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration. http://nyti.ms/dKvY4g
Made a speech at a US mosque to demonstrate his commitment to religious rights and send a message to Muslims around the world. http://cnn.it/1PGU1uI
Restored America’s reputation around the world as a global leader. http://bit.ly/h743y7