Timeline of Donald Trump’s “Deadly Legacy”: April 30 2017 – June 30 2017

A daily update of press and news stories about Donald Trump and the actions of the 115th Congress

By Michael T. Bucci Global Research, July 03, 2017

Note: With few exceptions, sources are from mainstream media and updated daily with additions and changes.

April 30, 2017 Sunday

– Trump dominates the 101st day with tweets, tough talk about health care.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/30/trump-dominates-101st-day-tweets-tough-talk-health-care/101124052/

– Trump on whether he could start war with North Korea: ‘I don’t know. I mean, we’ll see’.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-north-korea-nuclear-latest-war-a7710521.html

– South Korea said the United States had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after Trump said Seoul should pay for the $1-billion battery designed to defend against North Korea.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-idUSKBN17W04T

– Trump says China could have hacked Democratic emails.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-china-idUSKBN17W0N4

– McCain on pre-emptive strike on North Korea: ‘We have to consider that option’.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/30/mccain-north-korea-missiles-237803

– U.S.-led fight on ISIS has killed 352 civilians: Pentagon.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-civilians-idUSKBN17W0ML

– Reince Priebus says White House is looking into change to libel laws.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/apr/30/reince-priebus-libel-law-change-media-white-house

– Attorney General Eric Holder: Trump’s first 100 days full of ‘chaos, carnage’.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/331329-holder-trumps-first-100-days-full-of-chaos-carnage

– Neo-Nazis and anti-fascist protesters leave Kentucky after standoff.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/30/neo-nazis-anti-fascist-protesters-kentucky-pikeville

– Trump invited President Rodrigo Duterte, an authoritarian leader accused of ordering extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in the Philippines, to visit him at the White House.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/us/politics/trump-duterte.html

– Spread of Hate Crimes Has Lawmakers Seeking Harsher Penalties.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/us/hate-crimes-legislation.html

– Immigrant workers at Churchill Downs fear deportation.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/immigrant-workers-fear-deportation-churchill-downs-134258304.html

– Trump guarantees protection for those with preexisting medical conditions — but it’s unclear how.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/30/trump-guarantees-protection-for-those-with-preexisting-medical-conditions-but-its-unclear-how/

– After a lost court battle, New Orleans protesters launch last-ditch effort to protect Confederate monuments.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/04/30/after-a-lost-court-battle-new-orleans-protesters-launch-last-ditch-effort-to-protect-confederate-monuments/

– Sebastian Gorka to leave White House. Gorka is a former Breitbart national security editor who has been outspoken on the need to confront Islamic terrorism.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/30/politics/gorka-leaving-white-house/index.html

(Opinion) Rick Perlstein: The Alt-Right Is Gunning for Anti-Trump Protesters.

http://www.newsweek.com/rick-perlstein-alt-right-gunning-anti-trump-protesters-590732

– FULL TRANSCRIPT: President Donald Trump’s interview with “Face the Nation” (recorded Apr. 29)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-interview-full-transcript-face-the-nation/

– Pelosi accidentally refers to Trump as Bush: ‘I am so sorry’.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/331283-pelosi-accidentally-refers-to-trump-as-president-bush

May 1, 2017 Monday

– Congress strikes budget deal that shortchanges Trump. The bill doesn’t include money for the border wall or block funds for ‘sanctuary cities.’

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/30/budget-deal-congress-shutdown-237822

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/01/whats-in-the-spending-agreement-we-read-it-so-you-dont-have-to/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/us/politics/winners-and-losers-of-the-spending-deal-spoiler-alert-trump-lost.html

After spending-bill win, Democrats confident they can block Trump agenda. By exploiting Republican divisions over spending priorities, Democrats secured nearly $5 billion in new money for domestic programs in the five-month budget deal. The lopsided victory means it will be very difficult — if not impossible — for the GOP to exert its will in future budget talks.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/after-their-spending-bill-win-democrats-confident-they-can-block-trumps-agenda/2017/05/01/5be2915e-2e97-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html

– Trump administration scraps Michelle Obama’s health and education programs.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/01/michelle-obama-school-lunch-let-girls-learn-scrapped-trump

GOP suffers surprise defection on Obamacare repeal. The scramble for votes is still very much on.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/01/does-gop-have-obamacare-repeal-votes-237843

– (Other) In Donald Trump, European elites see a threat that rivals Vladimir Putin. Three months into his presidency, the rest of Europe too [besides Sweden] is still deeply unsettled over this new president unlike any other, confused about whether he’s a dangerous ideologue or merely dangerously ignorant.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/01/trump-europe-carl-bildt-global-politico-215087

– The White House is quietly starting to pull the plug on its shadow Cabinet of Trump loyalists who had been dispatched to federal agencies to serve as the president’s eyes and ears.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/01/trump-starts-dismantling-his-shadow-cabinet-237819

– Trump voices confusion over US history: ‘Why was there a civil war? Walks out on interview.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/01/donald-trump-civil-war-cause-andrew-jackson

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-jackson-idUSKBN17X20W

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/05/trump-interviews-civil-war-wiretapping

– U.S. issues travel alert for Europe, citing threat of terrorist attacks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-europe-alert-attacks-idUSKBN17X2CV

– May Day Marked With Defiant Rallies for Worker Rights Around the Globe.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-may-day-usa-protests-idUSKBN17X1H1

http://time.com/4761103/may-day-labor-day-rallies/

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2017/05/millions-hit-streets-worldwide-day-rallies-170501124327738.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p050y2s6

– Arrests made as thousands rally in US against Trump’s immigration and labor policies on May Day.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/immigrants-unions-march-us-rights-trump-47123801

– Trump says he would be ‘honored’ to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/01/trump-says-hed-be-honored-to-meet-with-north-korean-dictator/

Trump keeps praising international strongmen, alarming human rights advocates. Trump appears to be buttering up totalitarian leaders with long records of human rights abuses.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-keeps-praising-international-strongmen-alarming-human-rights-advocates/2017/05/01/6848d018-2e81-11e7-9dec-764dc781686f_story.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/01/trump-duterte-dictators-white-house-237848

Historians see a dark underside to Trump’s Civil War riff.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/01/trump-civil-war-237854

– Trump’s treasury secretary, Steven T. Mnuchin, told a Beverly Hills audience at the annual conference of the Milken Institute, an economic research group: ‘Thank me for your bank stocks doing better’.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/05/01/trumps-treasury-secretary-thank-me-for-your-bank-stocks-doing-better/

Senate Republicans introduce anti-net neutrality legislation.

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/331483-republicans-introduce-anti-net-neutrality-legislation

Historian Timothy Snyder: “It’s pretty much inevitable” that Trump will try to stage a coup and overthrow democracy.

http://www.salon.com/2017/05/01/historian-timothy-snyder-its-pretty-much-inevitable-that-trump-will-try-to-stage-a-coup-and-overthrow-democracy/

May 2, 2017 Tuesday

Trump Says U.S. Needs Government ‘Shutdown’ in September or an immediate end to filibusters in the Senate so that he might gain more leverage in the next round of budget talks.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/us/politics/good-shutdown-congress-trump.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/02/trump-raises-prospect-of-government-shutdown-to-leverage-better-budget-for-gop-in-fall/

– (Other: morning TV): Scarborough: ‘I’m Not Saying He [Trump] Has Dementia’ But…

http://theweek.com/speedreads/696001/joe-scarborough-frets-about-trumps-mental-state-compares-mother-dementia

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/05/scarborough-im-not-saying-he-has-dementia

Democrats save arts funding for NPR and PBS from Donald Trump.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-npr-pbs-public-arts-cuts-democrats-save-funding-budget-a7712421.html

Trump rally altercations could add to legal woes. The rough treatment of protesters by Bikers for Trump at the president’s rally Saturday could provide fodder for lawsuits by people who had similar experiences during the campaign.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/02/trump-rally-fights-protesters-237861

Clinton says Comey’s letter, Russian hackers cost her the election.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-clinton-idUSKBN17Y2FF

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates plans to tell a Senate panel next week that she strongly warned the White House about then-national security adviser Michael Flynn weeks before he was fired.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/331640-cnn-yates-to-testify-that-she-gave-white-house-forceful-warning-on

U.S. Senate votes to confirm Jay Clayton as SEC chairman.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-senate-sec-clayton-idUSKBN17Y2KS

Senate intel panel to CIA headquarters for briefing on Russia probe.

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/05/02/politics/senate-intelligence-committee/index.html

U.S. high school cancels Canada trip over fears students might not be let back in.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/02/washington-high-school-field-trip-canada

FDA delays enforcement of stricter standards for e-cigarette, cigar industry.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/fda-suspends-enforcement-of-stricter-standards-for-e-cigarette-cigar-industry/2017/05/02/be7e557a-2ed6-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html

USDA shifts Obama-era school lunch guidelines. The Trump administration is scaling back school meal nutritional requirements set by the Obama White House in 2012, relaxing standards in three key areas: whole grains, salt and milk.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/02/health/school-lunch-changes/index.html

Trump and Putin discuss cease-fire in Syria in first conversation since U.S. airstrikes.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/russias-putin-to-talk-with-the-leaders-of-the-west–separately/2017/05/02/d77dd446-2ecd-11e7-a335-fa0ae1940305_story.html

Frustrated by failures, Trump now demands more power.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/29/trump-is-now-talking-about-consolidating-his-own-power/

Nouriel Roubini, the man who called the 2008 financial crisis, fears Wall Street is badly underestimating the negatives lurking beneath Trump’s agenda.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/02/investing/roubini-dr-doom-trump-biggest-risk/index.html

As tensions mount over Syria and North Korea, World War III again a U.S. fear.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/02/world-war-iii-trump-russia-north-korea-syria-fear/101193642/

White House leaning toward exiting Paris climate pact.

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/331671-white-house-leaning-toward-exiting-paris-climate-pact

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross calls Trump’s Syria airstrikes ‘after-dinner entertainment’.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/wilbur-ross-calls-syria-airstrike-after-dinner-entertainment-article-1.3130681

May 3, 2017 Wednesday

– The House approved a bipartisan spending deal to keep the federal government funded through September and avoid a shutdown at the end of this week.

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/331773-house-passes-spending-deal-to-avoid-shutdown

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/us/politics/budget-spending-government-shutdown.html

– Trump wins over two Republican holdouts in new healthcare bill push breathing new life into the embattled effort to make good on the party’s top legislative priority of the last seven years.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/03/obamacare-repeal-healthcare-reform-trump-republicans

– FBI Director James Comey appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The tense, four-hour appearance exposed still-raw emotions over President Trump’s surprise victory in November. ‘Mildly Nauseous’ Over Idea He Swayed the Election.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/us/politics/james-comey-fbi-senate-hearing.html

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/331809-fbi-director-to-congress-no-regrets

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/03/politics/comey-senate-hearing-highlights/index.html

– Comey’s Calculations Favored the GOP.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-03/comey-s-calculations-favored-the-gop

– Susan Rice declines Senate request to testify on Russian hacking.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/03/politics/susan-rice-refuses-graham-russia-hearing/index.html

– Rex Tillerson: ‘America first’ means divorcing our policy from our values, spoke of a separation between American values and policies that support its interests, a distinction that alarmed former diplomats.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/03/rex-tillerson-america-first-speech-trump-policy

– Scott Pruitt, EPA chief, argued that using coal for electricity is necessary for the reliability of the electric grid. Pruitt and President Trump have worked on numerous fronts in recent months to push policies that help coal, mainly through working to repeal regulations that harmed the industry.

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/331819-epa-chief-us-needs-coal-to-protect-electric-grid

– Trump Is Expected to Relax Tax Rules on Churches Taking Part in Politics.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/03/us/politics/trump-religion-executive-order-gay-rights.html

– 141 House Republicans support repealing defense budget caps.

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/331827-141-house-republicans-support-repealing-defense-budget-caps

– Code Pink activists convicted for disrupting Sessions’s confirmation hearing.

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/331790-code-pink-activist-found-guilty-for-disrupting-sessions-confirmation

– Fed holds interest rates steady, downplays economic weakness.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fed-idUSKBN17Z28S

– Trump was elected 176 days ago. He’s spent 68 of them talking about the election.

http://theweek.com/speedreads/696382/trump-elected-176-days-ago-hes-spent-68-talking-about-election

– House to vote Thursday on Obamacare repeal. GOP leaders are confident they have the support but acknowledge it will be very close.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/03/house-to-vote-thursday-on-obamacare-repeal-bill-237949

– GOP rushing to vote on healthcare without analysis of changes. House Republicans are once again fast-tracking consideration of their ObamaCare replacement bill without knowing the full impact of the legislation they’ll vote on.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/331863-gop-rushing-to-vote-on-healthcare-without-analysis-of-changes

– Groups brace for Trump’s religious liberty order that they fear will give individuals and organizations a sweeping license to discriminate against women and LGBT Americans. The ACLU and the Human Rights Campaign are already on the attack.

http://thehill.com/regulation/administration/331792-groups-brace-for-trumps-religious-liberty-order

 May 4, 2017 Thursday

– U.S. Senate passes bill to fund government through September.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-budget-idUSKBN1802FI

– House banking panel passes bill to undo U.S. financial crisis rules. With support only from the panel’s Republicans, the bill approved by the House Financial Services Committee would eliminate significant parts of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and place new restrictions on regulators monitoring Wall Street.

– Jay Clayton sworn in as chairman of the U.S. SEC.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-sec-clayton-idUSKBN1802O6

Trump signs order to ease ban on political activity by churches, an executive order on religious liberties designed to ease a ban on political activity by churches and other tax-exempt institutions. The order also mandates regulatory relief to religious employers that object to contraception. It does not include provisions to allow government agencies and businesses to deny services to gay people in the name of religious freedom, as was feared by some civil liberties and gay rights groups.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-religion-idUSKBN18025T

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-signs-order-aimed-at-allowing-churches-to-engage-in-more-political-activity/2017/05/04/024ed7c2-30d3-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/03/politics/trump-religious-liberty-executive-order/index.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/04/donald-trump-religious-liberty-johnson-amendment/101277724/

GOP HOUSE DISMANTLES ACA 217-213. The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a bill to repeal Obamacare, handing Republican President Donald Trump a victory that could prove short-lived as the healthcare legislation heads into a likely tough battle in the Senate.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN18014F

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/us/politics/health-care-bill-vote.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/republicans-plan-health-care-vote-on-thursday-capping-weeks-of-fits-and-starts/2017/05/03/e7dd7c28-306d-11e7-9dec-764dc781686f_story.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/04/politics/health-care-vote/index.html

Trump congratulated Republican members of the House after the passage of a bill to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act.

https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000005080570/trump-obamacare-repeal.html

– Trump savors health care win: ‘Hey, I’m president’.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/04/trump-health-care-win-238005

State Dept. seeks tougher visa scrutiny, including social media checks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-visa-idUSKBN18020A

Senate GOP to Snub House Obamacare Repeal Bill and Write Its Own. The decision will likely delay even further the prospect of any repeal bill reaching Trump’s desk.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-04/senate-gop-plans-own-obamacare-repeal-bill-after-house-action

– [Bloomberg Editorial Board] The Shame of the House. Nothing can redeem the Republicans’ health-insurance legislation.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-04/the-shame-of-the-house-health-care-vote

American Medical Association condemns House healthcare bill passage.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/331966-american-medical-association-condemns-house-healthcare-bill-passage

Senators face lobbying onslaught from liberals, health care groups.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article148726669.html

FBI Director Comey and NSA chief brief House panel amid Russia probe.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/332002-comey-rogers-brief-house-intelligence-committee

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article148719984.html

The U. S. will shoot itself in the foot if it quits the Paris climate accord because China, India and Europe will snap up the best power sector jobs in future, U.N. Environment chief Erik Solheim said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-un-idUSKBN1802H3

Secretary of State Tillerson urges ASEAN to cut North Korea funding, minimize ties.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-asean-northkorea-idUSKBN1802EI

Protesters turn out for Trump’s New York return. President forced to make a quick getaway after his first visit home since winning the White House.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332027-protesters-turn-out-for-trumps-new-york-return

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/05/hes-an-embarrassment-hostile-welcome-for-trump-on-return-to-new-york

Trump’s malignant narcissism is toxic: Psychologist.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/05/04/trump-malignant-narcissistic-disorder-psychiatry-column/101243584/

May 5, 2017 Friday

– Republican healthcare bill heads to Senate, where it may undergo drastic changes.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/05/republicans-house-healthcare-bill-senate

Trump-Russia investigation reignites as Senate asks aides to hand over notes – Carter Page, Roger Stone and others.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/05/trump-russia-investigation-senate-carter-page

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/us/politics/senate-russia-trump-associates.html

Planned Parenthood head: ‘Being a woman is now a pre-existing condition’.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/05/planned-parenthood-healthcare-bill-devastating-women-cecile-richards

Trump rejoices: ‘We will have truly great healthcare!’ Trump touted House Republicans’ “very exciting” win, while predicting a bright future for American health care.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/05/obamacare-repeal-bill-passes-trump-tweet-response-238029

Trump to stay in N.J. to avoid causing ‘big disruption’ in NYC. “Rather than causing a big disruption in N.Y.C., I will be working out of my home in Bedminster, N.J. this weekend. Also saves country money!,” Trump tweeted.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/05/trump-stay-in-new-jersey-tweet-238030

North Korea accuses CIA of biochemical plot to kill Kim Jong-un.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/05/north-korea-accuses-cia-biochemical-plot-kill-kim-jong-un

Saudi Arabia, U.S. in talks for billions in arms sales.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-arms-exclusive-idUSKBN18124K

FCC chairman wants to cut regulations, speed new innovation approvals.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fcc-idUSKBN181273

Poll: Most federal employees disapprove of Trump.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332125-poll-most-federal-employees-disapprove-of-trump

Canada studying ban on U.S. coal exports from Pacific ports. Trudeau revealed the news in a letter to British Columbia premier Christy Clark, who asked him last month for the ban in response to fresh U.S. tariffs on Canadian exports of lumber.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-canada-coal-idUSKBN18125U

S&P 500 hits record on rebound in U.S. job growth, energy shares.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks-idUSKBN18118G

Make Pregnancy Expensive Again: A Woman’s Guide to the New Health Bill.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-05/make-pregnancy-expensive-again-a-woman-s-guide-to-the-new-health-bill

U.S. Bluntly Rebuffs Queries on Climate. The Trump administration, responding to skepticism about its commitment to the Paris climate accord from China and other countries, bluntly told them that it is putting American jobs first.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-05/u-s-bluntly-rebuffs-queries-from-china-u-k-on-climate-change

White House fires its chief usher — the first woman in that job.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/05/white-house-fires-its-chief-usher-the-first-woman-in-that-job/

FDA denies memo saying it only allows Fox News on TVs.

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/332133-fda-denies-memo-saying-it-only-allows-fox-news-on-tvs

Mark Green withdraws his nomination for Army secretary. The decision by Green, Trump’s second pick for the post, came after his nomination ran into trouble following a backlash after past controversial statements on LGBT issues, Islam and evolution were revealed.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/05/politics/mark-green-army-secretary-withdrawal/index.html

Amid opioid epidemic, White House may cut drug control office budget.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/05/amid-opioid-epidemic-white-house-may-cut-drug-control-office-budget/101335060/

States That Voted for Trump May Have the Most to Lose Under House Health Care Bill.

http://time.com/4769170/congress-ahca-trump-voters/

Senate Intelligence Committee Russia investigators issue veiled subpoena threat to Carter Page.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/05/senate-subpoena-threat-carter-page-238038

Pentagon to lease privately owned Trump Tower apartment for nuclear ‘football’.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pentagon-trumptower-idUSKBN1812B5

May 6, 2017 Saturday

– Trump suggests financing for historically black colleges may be unconstitutional.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/05/trump-historically-black-colleges-financing-unconstitutional-238061

Chicago mayor Emanuel posts EPA’s deleted climate change page.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/06/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-posts-epa-deleted-climate-change-page-238067

Commerce secretary warns Canada against ‘retaliatory action’ on lumber tariff.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/06/canadian-softwood-lumber-tariffs-wilbur-ross-retaliatory-action-238072

U.S. far-right activists, WikiLeaks and bots help amplify Macron leaks: researchers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-election-cyber-idUSKBN1820QO

U.S. Far-Right Activists Promote Hacking Attack Against Macron.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/06/world/europe/emmanuel-macron-hack-french-election-marine-le-pen.html

Kushner family in Beijing: ‘Invest $500,000 and immigrate’ to US. The Kushner family hopes to lure investments from wealthy business owners in China with the promise of American visas.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/06/news/jared-kushner-nicole-family-event/index.html

GOP Congressman Raul Labrador: ‘Nobody Dies Because They Don’t Have Access to Health Care’.

http://time.com/4769830/raul-labrador-gop-congressman-nobody-dies-health-care/

Warren Buffett, at Berkshire Meeting, Condemns Republican Health Care Bill.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/06/business/dealbook/warren-buffett-berkshire-health-care.html

Trump former aide Carter Page refuses to provide Russia contacts to Senate.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-carter-page-russia-contacts-senate-refuse-putin-latest-a7721651.html

Michelle Obama responds with class to reports Trump may abolish her flagship education policy for girls.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/michelle-obama-trump-response-let-girls-learn-policy-white-house-attack-a7720611.html

May 7, 2017 Sunday

– Reporters barred from Kushner Companies’ visa-for-investment event in China.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-kushner-idUSKBN1830E7

Jared Kushner’s Sister Woos Chinese Investors With Much-Criticized U.S. Visa Program.

http://time.com/4769960/jared-kushner-sister-visa-chinese-investors/

Trump and Kushner exploitation of presidency ‘unlike anything we have ever seen before’, Obama’s ethics lawyer says.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-and-jared-kushners-exploitation-of-presidency-unlike-anything-we-have-ever-seen-before-a7722996.html

Price defends cutting nearly $1 trillion from Medicaid.

https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/hhs-secy-1t-proposed-medicaid-cuts-gives-states-141024827–politics.html

Tempers Flare Over Removal of Confederate Statues in New Orleans.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/07/us/new-orleans-monuments.html

Eric Trump said family golf courses attracted Russian funding, author claims.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/07/trump-family-golf-courses-russia-funding-author-claims

Trump tries to pressure Senate Republicans on health care.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/medical/article/HHS-sec-y-1T-proposed-Medicaid-cuts-gives-11127611.php

As some Republicans rush to defend House health bill, Senate GOP warily pauses.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-some-republicans-rush-to-defend-house-health-bill-senate-gop-warily-pauses/2017/05/07/47cde200-3346-11e7-b412-62beef8121f7_story.html

The government wants Julian Assange in jail.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-government-wants-julian-assange-in-jail-thats-bad-for-the-rest-of-us/2017/05/05/c8e153dc-3197-11e7-8674-437ddb6e813e_story.html

If Shutdown Needed to Fix Washington, ‘So Be It,’ Mulvaney Says.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-07/if-shutdown-needed-to-fix-washington-so-be-it-mulvaney-says

White House health care victory short-lived as Russia probe looms.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/07/trump-health-care-russia-238086

GOP onslaught on Obama’s ‘midnight rules’ comes to an end. Republicans are about to end a special period for killing Obama-era rules with an impressive array of trophy heads for their wall.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/07/obama-regulations-gop-midnight-rules-238051

Texas Republican governor signs into law bill to punish ‘sanctuary cities’.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-texas-idUSKBN18402L

Obama voices ‘fervent hope’ Congress will tread carefully on healthcare.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-obama-idUSKBN1830KX

EPA dismisses half of its scientific advisers on key board, citing ‘clean break’ with Obama administration.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/07/epa-dismisses-half-of-its-scientific-advisers-on-key-board-citing-clean-break-with-obama-administration/

May 8, 2017 Monday

– Left launching blitz against Republicans who backed Obamacare repeal.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/08/liberals-obamacare-repeal-238089

Anti-protest bills would ‘attack right to speak out’ under Donald Trump. The ACLU says more than 30 bills have been introduced amid a huge swell of activism, prompting UN intervention over criminalization of peaceful protest.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/08/donald-trump-anti-protest-bills

EPA removes half of scientific board, seeking industry-aligned replacements.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/08/epa-board-scientific-scott-pruitt-climate-change

Obama warned Trump against Flynn as national security adviser: ex-official.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-flynn-idUSKBN1841UO

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/08/politics/obama-trump-michael-flynn/index.html

Trump administration seeks to convince judges to revive travel ban.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-court-idUSKBN1840ZU

A Global Trump Movement? France Election Signals No.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/world/europe/trump-macron-france.html

Domestic violence hotline: Immigration-linked calls increase. The nation’s most prominent domestic violence hotline reports a sharp increase in calls from abuse victims struggling with issues related to their immigration status.

http://www.live5news.com/story/35370439/domestic-violence-hotline-immigration-linked-calls-increase

Hedge fund mogul Robert Mercer sued by hedge fund worker fired after blasting Trump.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-08/trump-backer-mercer-sued-by-employee-fired-after-speaking-out

McCain hammers Tillerson in NYT op-ed. Sen. John McCain slammed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a New York Times op-ed published Monday morning, accusing the nation’s chief diplomat of adopting a foreign policy that abandons both U.S. values and victims of oppression around the world.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/08/john-mccain-rex-tillerson-new-york-times-op-ed-238107

International climate negotiators stare into a looming American void.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/08/climate-negotiators-paris-agreement-trump-238117

Senate judiciary committee questions former DNI director James Clapper and former Acting AG Sally Yates. Yates says she told White House that Michael Flynn was ‘compromised’. Clapper said Russia Is ‘Emboldened’ to Interfere in Elections After 2016.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/yates-set-to-testify-about-white-house-meeting/2017/05/08/ade2ca2c-33f7-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/08/sally-yates-trump-russia-michael-flynn-blackmail-compromised

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/08/sally-yates-michael-flynn-russia-contacts/101339968/

http://time.com/4771349/sally-yates-michael-flynn-white-house/

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-08/yates-says-she-warned-white-house-flynn-was-at-risk-of-blackmail

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/08/politics/sally-yates-senate-testimony/index.html

Trump slams Yates hearing: ‘Nothing but old news’.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/08/trump-sally-yates-hearing-238133

Trump: Russia collusion story ‘a total hoax’.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332458-trump-russia-collusion-story-a-total-hoax

Condoleezza Rice chides Trump for criticism of judges, media.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-rice-idUSKBN18427E

FCC website hit by attacks after ‘net neutrality’ proposal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fcc-idUSKBN18428T

Divided Senate Republicans Turn to Health Care With a Rough Road Ahead; Form All-Male Panel on Health Bill.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/us/politics/women-health-care-senate.html

May 9, 2017 Tuesday

Trump’s remarks about Muslims could be what ends the travel ban, testimony suggests. Federal appeals judges cites comments Trump made on the campaign trail.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/08/trump-travel-ban-appeals-court-hearing

House Republicans face fiery town halls following healthcare vote.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/09/house-republicans-healthcare-bill-town-halls-activists

U.S. Republican Senator Graham to examine Trump’s business deals.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-graham-idUSKBN1851TV

How the White House Explains Waiting 18 Days to Fire Michael Flynn.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/us/politics/michael-flynn-russia.html

Comey misstated key Clinton email evidence at hearing, say people close to investigation.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/comey-misstated-key-clinton-email-evidence-at-hearing-say-people-close-to-investigation/2017/05/09/074c1c7e-34bd-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html

How Trump Won: White Working Class Voters Motivated by Fear of Immigrants Not Economic Woes.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-voters-immigration-working-class-605930

– (Opinion) The GOP’s health-care fantasy is a libertarian delusion.

http://theweek.com/articles/697336/gops-healthcare-fantasy-libertarian-delusion

More than 20 US states have cracked down on protests since Donald Trump’s election.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-states-ban-protests-donald-trump-election-more-than-20-arkansas-georgia-iowa-a7725946.html

Who has Trump’s ear? Often rich, white, Republican men.

http://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/trump-white-house-visitor-logs-and-records/index.html

Senate GOP invites female senator to healthcare group after criticism.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/332536-senate-gop-invites-female-senator-to-healthcare-working-group

Texas AG sues ‘sanctuary cities’ after state law signed.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/05/09/Texas-AG-sues-sanctuary-cities-after-state-law-signed/9591494342028/

U.S. Census director resigns amid turmoil over funding of 2020 count.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/us-census-director-resigns-amid-turmoil-over-funding-of-2020-count/2017/05/09/8f8657c6-34ea-11e7-b412-62beef8121f7_story.html

Burr threatens subpoenas if Trump aides ignore his deadlines.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/09/richard-burr-subpoenas-trump-238173

Reporter arrested after repeatedly questioning Health secretary Tom Price.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332675-reporter-arrested-for-asking-hhs-secretary-price-healthcare-questions

All of Trump’s campaign statements just vanished from his website. So let’s remember them.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/09/all-of-trumps-campaign-statements-just-vanished-from-his-website-so-lets-remember-them/

GRAND JURY SUBPOENAS ISSUED in FBI’s Russia investigation. Flynn associates subpoenaed in Russia probe.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/politics/grand-jury-fbi-russia/index.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-flynn-idUSKBN18607N

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/fbi/332670-grand-jury-subpoenas-issued-in-fbi-russia-probe-report

FBI DIRECTOR COMEY FIRED BY TRUMP HOURS AFTER SUBPOENAS WERE ISSUED

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39866170

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-comey-idUSKBN1852MV

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/politics/james-comey-fbi-trump-white-out/index.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/09/james-comey-fbi-fired-donald-trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/us/politics/james-comey-fired-fbi.html

– (Opinion) In Trump’s Firing of James Comey, Echoes of Watergate.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/us/politics/trump-fbi-investigation-nixon.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/opinion/donald-trumps-firing-of-james-comey.html

– (Opinion) James Comey’s firing won’t end election controversy over Russia.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/09/analysis-james-comey-firing-election-controversy-russia-trump/101488952/

– (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.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/05/09/trump-firing-comey-demands-fuller-explanation-editorials-debates/101492134/

– (Opinion) Comey Firing Poses Toughest Test Yet for Senate’s Russia Probe.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-10/comey-firing-poses-toughest-test-yet-for-senate-s-russia-probe

– (Opinion) Donald Trump’s Firing of James Comey Is an Attack on American Democracy.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/donald-trump-james-comey-attack-american-democracy

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that it was “time to move on” from the investigations into ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia, hours after the president fired FBI Director James Comey.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332669-white-house-spokesperson-time-to-move-on-from-russia-probes

Comey learned he was fired from TV, thought it was prank.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332662-comey-learned-he-was-fired-from-tv-reports

Schumer calls for special prosecutor, suggests cover-up.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/09/comey-firing-congress-reaction-238180

Scarborough to GOP: ‘Stand the hell up’ to Trump.

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/332664-scarborough-to-gop-stand-the-hell-up-to-trump

Dems ask Justice Dept, FBI to ‘preserve any and all files’ on Comey firing.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/332679-dem-lawmakers-ask-justice-dept-fbi-to-preserve-any-and-all-files-related-to

FBI in turmoil over Comey firing, scramble on for new chief.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-comey-succession-idUSKBN18606G

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/09/omey-firing-fbi-tears-238190

Timeline: How the Comey saga played out at the FBI.

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/332665-timeline-how-the-comey-saga-played-out-at-the-fbi

Commentators mostly agree: Firing Comey was positively Nixonian.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/commentators-mostly-agree-firing-comey-positively-nixonian-014845404.html

May 10, 2017 Wednesday

– Trump Defends Comey Firing In Early-Morning Tweetstorm.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-tweets-comey-firing

In Trump’s Twitter feed, Comey news is good news

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/trump-twitter-comey-trnd/index.html

Capitol Hill was roiled by the aftershocks of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/after-comeys-ouster-democrats-press-for-independent-probe-of-russias-meddling-in-election/2017/05/10/88c45624-3529-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html

Pence: Comey’s firing wasn’t due to Russia probe.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/mike-pence-james-comey/index.html

McConnell: ‘Too much is at stake’ for new investigation after Comey firing.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/congress-james-comey/index.html

Comey’s ouster raises questions about Russia probe.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/comey-misstated-key-clinton-email-evidence-at-hearing-say-people-close-to-investigation/2017/05/09/074c1c7e-34bd-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html

The Comey firing is already backfiring on Trump. It’s only going to get worse.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/05/10/daily-202-firing-fbi-director-comey-is-already-backfiring-on-trump-it-s-only-going-to-get-worse/5912635de9b69b209cf2b7fb/

– (Opinion) No, Firing Comey Won’t Prove Trump’s Undoing. The president has wormed his way out of far worse jams.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/10/no-firing-comey-wont-prove-trumps-undoing-215122

– (Opinion) Michael R. Bloomberg: After Comey, Justice Must Be Served.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-10/after-comey-justice-must-be-served

What Wall Street Is Saying About FBI Director Comey’s Ouster.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-10/what-wall-street-is-saying-about-fbi-director-comey-s-ouster

Graduates at Florida university turn backs in protest of DeVos speech.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-education-devos-idUSKBN18625L

U.S. government posts $182 billion surplus in April confounding market expectations for a deficit.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-budget-idUSKBN1862KV

Bid to revoke Obama methane rule fails in surprise U.S. Senate vote.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-idUSKBN18620F

Trump meets Russia foreign minister amid Comey controversy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-idUSKBN1861V4

Trump Bars U.S. Press, but Not Russia’s, at Meeting With Russian Officials.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/10/us/politics/trump-russia-meeting-american-reporters-blocked.html

Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas documents from Michael Flynn in Russia probe – the first subpoena the committee has announced in its Russia investigation. The subpoena comes after Flynn’s lawyer, Robert Kelner, alerted the panel that he would not provide documents in response to their April 28 request.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-intelligence-committee-subpoenas-documents-from-flynn-in-russia-probe/2017/05/10/d8153e8a-35d0-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-flynn-idUSKBN186309

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/flynn-subpoena/index.html

Paul Ryan rejects calls for special prosecutor in Russia investigation.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/332868-paul-ryan-rejects-calls-for-special-prosecutor-in-russia-investigation

The Department of Homeland Security will reportedly ban laptops on all inbound flights from Europe.

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/332822-us-to-ban-laptops-on-all-inbound-flights-from-europe-report

Comey called Trump ‘crazy’ after Obama wiretapping claims.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/fbi/332882-comey-called-trump-crazy-report

Wyden Announces Hold On Treasury Nominee Until Administration Produces Documents on Russian Dealings With Trump Associates.

https://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/press-releases/wyden-announces-hold-on-treasury-nominee-until-administration-produces-documents-on-russian-dealings-with-trump-associates-

Here’s the presidential order of succession — just in case.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/presidential-order-succession-case-article-1.2973129

May 11, 2017 Thursday

Trump admits asking Comey if he was under investigation for ties to Russia, contradicting previous statements on his decision to fire him.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/11/donald-trump-james-comey-firing-russia-investigation

Trump says he was going to fire ‘showboat’ Comey regardless of recommendation.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-says-fbi-director-comey-told-him-three-times-he-wasnt-under-investigation-once-in-a-phone-call-initiated-by-the-president/2017/05/11/2b384c9a-3669-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/us/politics/trump-comey-showboat-fbi.html

Acting F.B.I. Chief Contradicts White House on Russia and Comey.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/us/politics/andrew-mccabe-fbi-chief-russia-trump.html

– (Opinion) President Trump just decimated the White House’s entire Comey narrative. In one fell swoop, Trump totally contradicted his three top spokespeople and offered a polar-opposite version of events than they had provided.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/11/president-trump-just-decimated-the-white-houses-entire-comey-narrative/

Republican Strategy Firm in Maryland Raided by FBI.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-11/republican-fundraising-firm-in-maryland-raided-by-fbi-reports

FBI agents change their Facebook profile photos to James Comey – a gesture normally reserved for slain colleagues.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/fbi-agents-james-comey-change-profile-photos-a7730496.html

Attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia are calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election.

http://www.newsweek.com/20-attorneys-general-call-special-prosecutor-russian-election-interference-607752

The Feds have ‘Trump tapes’ akin to Nixon’s ‘Watergate tapes’.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/332939-the-feds-have-trump-tapes-akin-to-nixons-watergate

Senate Democrats demand answers from Rod Rosenstein about involvement in Comey firing.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/11/schumer-to-rod-rosenstein-your-reputation-is-at-risk-is-it-true-you-threatened-to-quit/

Trump signed an executive order launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression, building upon his unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.

http://time.com/4776675/donald-trump-voter-fraud-commission-executive-order/

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/trump-creates-panel-investigate-voter-fraud/

Texas seeks unprecedented federal money to defund Planned Parenthood.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/11/texas-federal-financing-defund-planned-parenthood-healthcare

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed an agreement recognizing the landmark Paris climate accord at a meeting of Arctic nations in Alaska on Thursday, but said President Donald Trump was not rushing to decide whether to leave or weaken U.S. commitments to the pact.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-arctic-summit-idUSKBN1870FT

More Price Hikes Likely for Government Insurance Markets.

http://yanoonews.com/trending/more-price-hikes-likely-for-government-insurance-markets.DAsBVwcKW1QGVVYMVAVWVgMHWARRWgNW.html

ICE announces major anti-gang operation, mostly US citizens arrested.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/11/politics/ice-gang-arrests-operation/index.html

New Orleans removes Confederate monument under cover of darkness after receiving death threats.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/new-orleans-removes-confederate-statues-monuments-a7731216.html

Hawaiians warned not to travel to Texas because of controversial immigration law. Some say the new law is akin to racial profiling

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/hawaii-texas-warning-aclu-police-documents-check-a7730671.html

Muslim family racially abused by Trump supporter on Texas beach.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/muslim-family-beach-abuse-video-trump-supporter-racism-a7730911.html

The Trump Administration was ordered by a federal judge to disclose a memo drafted under the guidance of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani that allegedly served as an outline to make the president’s travel ban look like it wasn’t aimed at Muslims.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-11/trump-ordered-to-turn-over-giuliani-memo-in-travel-ban-suit

May 12, 2017 Friday

–  Trump warns ousted FBI chief not to leak to media, threatens ‘tapes’, suggesting there might be tapes of conversations between the two men that could contradict his account.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-fbi-idUSKBN1881YJ

In private meeting just after Trump took office, Trump demanded Comey’s loyalty. Comey demurred.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/us/politics/trump-comey-firing.html

– (Opinion) American Fascism, in 1944 and Today. “And in my view, he [vice president Henry A. Wallace] predicted President Trump.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/opinion/american-fascism-trump.html

Dems escalate talk of Trump impeachment.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/12/trump-impeachment-democrats-rhetoric-238307

In blow to Trump, GE backs NAFTA and plans growth in Mexico.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-mexico-ge-idUSKBN18829I

HUGE CYBER-ATTACKS reported WORLDWIDE.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39901382

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-hospitals-idUSKBN18820S

https://www.cnet.com/news/england-hospitals-hit-by-ransomware-attack-in-widespread-hack/

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-hospitals-ransomware-idUSKBN1882O2

Kremlin says may retaliate against U.S. over expulsion of Russian diplomats.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-idUSKBN1881SV

‘What is wrong with you?’ Michelle Obama savages Trump’s gutting of her legacy.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/12/michelle-obama-trump-school-lunches-childhood-obesity

Attorney general calls for prosecutors to ‘charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense’, in a major reversal of Obama-era policies.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/12/jeff-sessions-prison-sentences-obama-criminal-justice

– (Opinion) The Dakota pipeline is already leaking. Why wait for a big spill to act?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/12/dakota-access-pipeline-leaking-big-spill

Two scientists resign from EPA roles in protest at Donald Trump’s climate change stance.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/epa-scientists-resign-trump-climate-change-protest-a7733601.html

One Republican’s ‘shameful’ plan to save money: Turn 82,000 non-English-speaking kids over to ICE.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/05/11/one-gop-lawmakers-plan-to-save-money-turning-non-english-speaking-kids-over-to-ice/

Trump Doubles Down on Idea of Ending White House Press Briefings.

http://time.com/4777982/donald-trump-end-press-briefings/

James Comey Declines to Testify Before Senate Intelligence Committee.

http://time.com/4778010/james-comey-testify-senate-intelligence-committee/

Schiff demands Trump turn over Comey ‘tapes’.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/12/adam-schiff-donald-trump-comey-tapes-238321

WikiLeaks Offers $100K Reward for Trump-Comey ‘Tapes’.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-comey-tapes-wikileaks-reward-608568

The Trump Tapes: What We Know.

http://www.newsweek.com/comey-donald-trump-tapes-tweets-russia-surveillance-fbi-obama-608361

White House won’t say if Trump secretly recorded Comey.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-wont-say-trump-secretly-recorded-comey-182652479.html

Amid FBI fallout, Trump escalates war against media and Comey.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/12/donald-trump-war-against-james-comey-media-twitter-238313

‘Looking Like a Liar or a Fool’: What It Means to Work for Trump.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/us/politics/trump-sean-spicer-sarah-huckabee-sanders.html

Senate panel investigating Russia outraged by Comey firing.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/12/senate-trump-russia-probe-comey-firing-238340

Trump lawyers: Tax returns show no income, debt tied to Russia ‘with a few exceptions’.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/12/donald-trump-tax-returns-russia-lawyers-238322

May 13, 2017 Saturday

– Trump pledges to move quickly to name new FBI director.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-fbi-idUSKBN1881YJ

Comey, chaos … crisis? Trump enters new territory after most explosive week yet.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/13/donald-trump-james-comey-fbi-explosive-week

– Trump at Liberty University commencement: ‘In America, we don’t worship government; we worship God’.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/13/trump-at-liberty-university-commencement-in-america-we-dont-worship-government-we-worship-god/

Senate’s Russia investigation is moving faster than its Watergate counterpart 44 years ago.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/believe-it-or-not-senates-russia-investigation-is-moving-faster-than-its-watergate-counterpart-44-years-ago/2017/05/13/8e3f8bcc-3746-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html

– (Opinion) Trump must be impeached. Here’s why.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-must-be-impeached-heres-why/2017/05/13/82ce2ea4-374d-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html

Judge orders government to turn over documents from Rudy Giuliani on travel ban.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/05/13/judge-orders-government-to-turn-over-documents-from-rudy-giuliani-on-travel-ban/

Ex-Justice Department officials call for independent counsel in Russia probe.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/05/13/james-comey-firing-fbi-former-justice-department-prosecutors-special-prosecutor/101633160/

Trump Impeachment Inevitable, Historian Says.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-impeached-comey-fired-fbi-608708

North Korea fires missile: South Korea military.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN1890UO

U.S. fails to reassure Europe, Japan over ‘Trumponomics’.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g7-usa-mnuchin-idUSKBN1890FP

NHS ‘robust’ after cyber-attack.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39909441

Ransomware attack reveals breakdown in US intelligence protocols, expert says.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/13/ransomware-cyber-attack-us-intelligence

Cyberattack Shows Growing Danger of Ransomware.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/technology/hack-ransomware-scam-cyberattacks.html

Trump Still Seethes Over Lack of Credit for Election Win.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/us/politics/election-is-over-but-trump-still-cant-seem-to-get-past-it.html

What an Immigrant Murder in Kansas Says About America.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-05-11/what-an-immigrant-murder-in-kansas-says-about-america

Protesters spell out ‘RESIST’ at Trump golf course.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/333291-protestors-spell-out-resist-at-trump-golf-course

Gingrich urges Trump: ‘Close down the press room’.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/333244-gingrich-urges-trump-close-down-the-press-room

May 14, 2017 Sunday

– James Clapper: democratic institutions are ‘under assault’ by Trump. Former national intelligence director hammers the president’s actions, calling James Comey’s firing ‘another victory for Russia’.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/14/james-clapper-donald-trump-russia-james-comey-firing

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/14/politics/james-clapper-russia-collusion/index.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/dni-clapper-comey-uneasy-dinner-president/story

NBC/WSJ Poll: Just 29 Percent Approve of Trump’s Firing of James Comey.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/nbc-wsj-poll-just-29-percent-approve-trump-s-firing-n759196

Schumer: block any nominee to lead the FBI until an independent prosecutor is named to oversee an investigation into Russia’s interference into last year’s presidential election.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/14/schumer-fbi-chief-prosecutor-238368

Alt-right’s Richard Spencer leads torch-bearing protesters defending Confederate statue.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/alt-rights-richard-spencer-leads-torch-bearing-protesters-defending-lee-statue/2017/05/14/766aaa56-38ac-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

GOP wins in reversing Obama-era rules on guns, environment.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/gop-wins-reversing-obama-era-rules-guns-environment-47400707

High court could soon signal view on Trump immigration plans.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/high-court-signal-view-trump-immigration-plans-47400741

Businesses brace for Monday as ransomware threat lingers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-hospitals-idUSKBN18820S

U.S. lawmakers ask Trump to turn over any Comey tapes.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-fbi-idUSKCN18A0TU

G.O.P. Senators Pull Away From Trump, Alarmed at His Volatility.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/14/us/politics/trump-republican-senators.html

Republicans plan massive cuts to programs for the poor.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/14/republicans-cuts-programs-food-stamps-welfare-veterans-238314

Under Trump, inconvenient data is being sidelined.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/under-trump-inconvenient-data-is-being-sidelined/2017/05/14/3ae22c28-3106-11e7-8674-437ddb6e813e_story.html

Songwriter: ‘If you’re a Trump supporter, don’t come to my show’.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333369-songwriter-if-youre-a-trump-supporter-dont-come-to-my-show

Muslim hate crimes: Reports of Islamophobic incidents in the US soared again in 2016.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/muslim-hate-crimes-increased-2016-islamophobia-donald-trump-latest-a7735141.html

May 15, 2017 Monday

Morning Joe says FBI close to exposing the president: ‘It’s a criminal issue — and Trump knows that’.

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/morning-joe-says-fbi-close-to-exposing-the-president-its-a-criminal-issue-and-trump-knows-that/

TRUMP REVEALED HIGHLY CLASSIFIED INFORMATION TO RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER and ambassador.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-revealed-highly-classified-information-to-russian-foreign-minister-and-ambassador/2017/05/15/530c172a-3960-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/15/donald-trump-shared-classified-information-russia-white-house-report

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/us/politics/trump-russia-classified-information-isis.html

In travel ban case, U.S. judges focus on discrimination, Trump’s powers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-court-idUSKCN18B0RB

U.S. Supreme Court lets North Carolina voter law die, rebuffing a Republican bid to revive a strict voter-identification law that a lower court found deliberately discriminated against black voters.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-election-idUSKCN18B1QB

Trump expands policy that bans US aid for overseas abortion providers.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/15/trump-abortion-rule-mexico-city-policy

– (Story) They hate the US government, and they’re multiplying: the terrifying rise of ‘sovereign citizens’.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/15/sovereign-citizens-rightwing-terrorism-hate-us-government

Woodward and Bernstein say Comey firing is different than Watergate.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/woodward-bernstein-say-comey-firing-different-watergate-132623513.html

New Yorkers Protest the President Inside Trump Tower’s Private Public Spaces.

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/new-yorkers-protest-the-president-inside-trump-tower-s-private-public-spaces-944069187584

White House refuses to say if Comey tapes exist.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333461-white-house-refuses-to-say-if-comey-tapes-exist

McMaster dodges reporters, saying ‘This is the last place in the world I wanted to be’.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333510-mcmaster-bumps-into-press-makes-quick-exit

Cyberattack Spreads in Asia; Thousands of Groups Affected.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/world/asia/china-cyberattack-hack-ransomware.html

White House pushes back against report Trump shared classified info with Russians.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/15/trump-classified-russia-pushback-238415

Trump’s handling of classified info brings new chaos to White House.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/15/trump-russia-classified-information-238417

– Commentary: Focusing on Trump’s Coming Deep Cuts in Basic Assistance for Struggling Families – and Deep Tax Cuts for the Top.

http://www.cbpp.org/federal-budget/commentary-focusing-on-trumps-coming-deep-cuts-in-basic-assistance-for-struggling

Indian Americans Reckon With Reality Of Hate Crimes.

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2017/05/15/471270843/indian-americans-reckon-with-reality-of-hate-crimes

Ford Motor to slash workforce by about 10 percent: WSJ.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ford-motor-layoffs-idUSKCN18C03P

– Analysis: Trump intel sharing likely to leave allies anxious.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/analysis-trump-intel-sharing-likely-leave-allies-anxious-030728421.html

Ex-intelligence leaders: ‘Nightmare’ if Trump leaked to Russia.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/15/trump-secrets-russia-isis-238421

Emoluments Clause projected onto Trump’s DC hotel.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/333546-emoluments-clause-projected-onto-trumps-dc-hotel

– (Opinion) When the World Is Led by a Child. At base, Trump is an infantalist. There are three tasks that most mature adults have sort of figured out by the time they hit 25. Trump has mastered none of them.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/opinion/trump-classified-data.html

May 16, 2017 Tuesday

Trump defends sharing information with Russians. In a series of early-morning posts on Twitter, he said he had the “absolute right” to give “facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety” to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/us/politics/trump-intelligence-russia-classified.html

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333550-trump-i-had-absolute-right-to-share-facts-with-russia

TRUMP PRESSURED COMEY TO END INVESTIGATION OF MICHAEL FLYNN. ‘I hope you can let this go,’ Trump said, according to notes taken by Comey and described by associates.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/us/politics/james-comey-trump-flynn-russia-investigation.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/notes-made-by-former-fbi-director-comey-say-trump-pressured-him-to-end-flynn-probe/2017/05/16/52351a38-3a80-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-tweets-idUSKCN18C19Y

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/16/politics/trump-james-comey-memo/index.html

Israel was source of classified information Trump shared with Russia, say officials. Israel will think twice before sharing sensitive info.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/trump-russia-leak-israel-source-classified-information-say-officials-a7739496.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/trumps-disclosure-endangered-spy-inside-isis-israel-officials/story

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/former-mossad-chief-israel-will-think-twice-before-sharing-sensitive-info/

Chaffetz: I’m ready to subpoena for Comey memo.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/16/politics/congress-reactions-trump-michael-flynn-memo/index.html

Trump might have obstructed justice if Comey’s allegation is true, legal analysts say.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/legal-analysts-trump-might-have-obstructed-justice-if-comeys-allegation-is-true/2017/05/16/24f17d0c-3a83-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

Waters: Comey memo helps ‘cement’ Trump’s impeachment.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/333738-waters-comey-memo-helps-cement-trumps-impeachment

McConnell: No concerns about Trump’s handling of classified info.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/333666-mcconnell-no-concerns-about-trumps-handling-of-classified-info

– (Opinion) Trump can do whatever he wants. God help us.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-can-do-whatever-he-wants-god-help-us/2017/05/16/67c2283e-3a6a-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

– (Opinion) Under Trump, Everything Is Wrong in Washington.

http://www.newsweek.com/under-trump-everything-wrong-washington-609994

– (Opinion) Trump Should Worry: Comey Memo Describes a High Crime.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-17/trump-should-worry-comey-memo-describes-a-high-crime

Tempers Flare and Confusion Swirls at Rattled White House.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/us/white-house-staff.html

Trump’s aides heard ‘yelling’ in White House office as presidency descends into chaos.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-white-house-aides-yelling-russia-leaks-us-president-oval-office-sergey-lavrov-a7738161.html

Following advice, potential FBI chiefs steer clear of job under Trump.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-fbi-idUSKCN18C2PI

White House scrambles to limit damage after latest bombshell.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333691-white-house-scrambles-to-limit-damage

Top House Intel Dem: Comey memo paints ‘alarming portrait’ of potential Trump interference.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/333754-top-house-intel-dem-comey-memo-paints-alarming-portrait-of-potential-trump

Press freedom group rips Trump for suggesting Comey jail reporters.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/333746-press-freedom-group-rips-trump-for-suggesting-comey-jail-reporters

White House rocked by allegation Trump tried to shut down FBI’s Flynn probe.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/16/trump-comey-flynn-shutdown-238467

Trump’s Russia problem grows, leaving Washington breathless, stunned.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article150905047.html

King: Trump approaching ‘obstruction of justice,’ impeachment.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/16/angus-king-trump-obstruction-238475

McCain: Trump scandals reaching ‘Watergate size and scale’.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/333755-mccain-trump-scandals-reaching-watergate-size-and-scale

Trump tries to brush off Russia leak scandal as nations begin to question US trust.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-russia-leak-scandal-president-brushes-off-while-others-question-trust-a7739666.html

– (Other) A GOP senator’s guide to a Trump scandal: 1) Say you’re ‘troubled.’ 2) Keep walking.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/a-gop-senators-guide-to-a-trump-scandal-1-say-youre-troubled-2-keep-walking/2017/05/16/1b0ff5ec-3a66-11e7-a058-ddbb23c75d82_story.html

Trump and Erdogan Meet at White House Amid Tensions Over Arming Kurds in Syria. Turkish Leader Calls Trump His ‘Dear Friend,’ Despite Decision To Arm Syrian Kurds.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-erdogan-meet-white-house-amid-tensions-over-arming-kurds-n760266

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/16/528614863/turkish-leader-calls-trump-his-dear-friend-despite-decision-to-arm-syrian-kurds

Feds Subpoena Records for $3.5M Mystery Mortgage on Manafort’s Home.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/feds-subpoena-records-3-5m-mortgage-manaforts-home-n759866

Price’s Remarks On Opioid Treatment Were Unscientific And Damaging, Experts Say.

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/16/528614422/prices-remarks-on-opioid-treatment-were-unscientific-and-damaging-experts-say

Trump challenges London Mayor Sadiq Khan to IQ test.

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-36299929/donald-trump-challenges-sadiq-khan-to-iq-test

CNN analyst: ‘We’re in impeachment territory’.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/333765-cnn-analyst-were-in-impeachment-territory

May 17, 2017 Wednesday

More Republicans back independent probe of possible collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia, spurred by a memo from former FBI Director Comey.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-idUSKCN18D1XT

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/hill-republicans-show-growing-concern-over-trump-controversies/2017/05/16/57dd4f14-3aad-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

Putin offers transcript to prove Trump did not pass Russia secrets.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-putin-idUSKCN18D1EA

Trump claims ‘no politician in history’ has been ‘treated worse or more unfairly’.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-claims-no-politician-in-history-has-been-treated-worse-or-more-unfairly/2017/05/17/f9c59056-3b1c-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

Two moderate Senate Republicans [Collins and Murkowski] suggest the need to consider a special prosecutor.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2017/live-updates/trump-white-house/trump-comey-and-russia-how-key-washington-players-are-reacting/two-moderate-republicans-suggest-the-need-to-consider-a-special-prosecutor/

Trump Gave Russians Secrets News Orgs Are Being Asked To Withhold.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-uncovered/trump-gave-russians-secrets-news-orgs-are-being-asked-withhold-n760811

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-uncovered/trump-gave-russians-secrets-news-orgs-are-being-asked-withhold-n760811

‘Erdoğan’s bodyguards’ in violent clash with protesters in Washington DC.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/17/erdogans-bodyguards-in-violent-clash-with-protesters-in-washington-dc

The Right Builds an Alternative Narrative About the Crises Around Trump.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/us/politics/trump-scandal-conservatives-media.html

– (Opinion) The 25th Amendment Solution for Removing Trump.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/opinion/25th-amendment-trump.html

– (Opinion) No, the 25th Amendment Isn’t the Way to Boot Trump. Sorry, Congress: If you believe Trump needs to go, you’re going to have to do it yourselves.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-17/no-the-25th-amendment-isn-t-the-way-to-boot-trump

– (Opinion) Republicans must impeach Trump — for their own good.

http://theweek.com/articles/699462/republicans-must-impeach-trump–good

Household Debt Makes a Comeback in the U.S. In the first quarter of 2017, consumer debt rose to $12.73 trillion, exceeding its peak in the third quarter of 2008.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/business/dealbook/household-debt-united-states.html

The Comey memo was also about Trump’s request to arrest reporters. Journalists call it ‘crazy and scary.’

https://www.yahoo.com/news/comey-memo-also-trumps-request-arrest-reporters-journalists-call-crazy-scary-160122212.html

Restive Dems amplify calls for impeachment.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333872-restive-dems-amplify-calls-for-impeachment

Senate Intel panel asks Comey to testify publicly.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/333838-senate-intel-panel-asks-comey-to-testify-publicly

Obstruction? Impeachment? A look at the legal challenges Trump could face.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article151061997.html

Congressman calls for Trump’s impeachment on House floor.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/17/politics/al-green-impeachment-call/index.html

Paul Ryan: ‘I do’ have confidence in Trump.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/17/politics/paul-ryan-news-conference/index.html

GOP blocks House vote on independent Russia-Trump investigation.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/17/gop-blocks-house-vote-independent-russia-trump-probe/101796632/

Defense secretary backs plan to spin off air traffic control.

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/333903-defense-secretary-backs-air-traffic-control-spin-off-plan

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly jokes Trump should use saber on the press.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/333876-homeland-secretary-to-trump-use-that-saber-on-the-press

Sheriff David Clarke says he’s accepted DHS job as a deputy secretary of Homeland Security.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333899-sheriff-david-clarke-says-hes-accepted-dhs-job

Previous Homeland Security officials condemn Sheriff David Clarke taking role.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333935-sheriff-david-clarkes-predecessors-slam-news-that-he-accepted-role-in

US: Immigrant arrests soar under Trump because of a surge in the detention of immigrants who have no criminal convictions.

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/us-more-immigrants-arrested-fewer-deported-under-trump/

Dow Falls 370 Points, the biggest loss since September; Bonds Rally on Trump Turmoil; volatility spiked higher as the turmoil surrounding the Trump administration roiled financial markets around the globe.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-16/yen-climb-to-weigh-on-japan-stocks-gold-gains-markets-wrap

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-controversies-rattle-stock-markets-worldwide/2017/05/17/3e564680-3b0d-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

Fox News unable to find Republicans ‘willing to go on camera’ to defend Trump following explosive Comey memo.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-comey-memo-fox-news-brett-baier-republican-guests-russia-investigation-michael-flynn-a7740906.html

Officials put Trump’s name in ‘as many memo paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he’s mentioned’.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-intelligence-reports-white-house-read-them-mentioned-name-president-a7740726.html

Trump denounces media as White House goes quiet on Comey.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/333917-trump-denounces-media-as-white-house-goes-quiet-on-comey

6 Million With Pre-Existing Conditions Could Be Hit Hard Under GOP Plan.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/6-million-pre-existing-conditions-could-be-hit-hard-under-n761146

The deputy attorney general has appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller AS SPECIAL COUNCIL to oversee probe of Russian interference in election.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/333947-former-fbi-director-robert-mueller-to-lead-russia-investigation

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/deputy-attorney-general-appoints-special-counsel-to-oversee-probe-of-russian-interference-in-election/2017/05/17/302c1774-3b49-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/17/justice-department-taps-former-fbi-director-robert-mueller-special-counsel-russia-investigation/101806472/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/us/politics/robert-mueller-special-counsel-russia-investigation.html

The worst job in Washington right now: Working for Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-worst-job-in-washington-right-now-working-for-trump/2017/05/17/a3d9ec00-3b17-11e7-a058-ddbb23c75d82_story.html

Conservatives begin to whisper: President Pence.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/17/mike-pence-president-trump-238525

May 18, 2017 Thursday

Trump blasted the appointment of Robert Mueller to be the special prosecutor overseeing the investigation into Russia’s meddling into the 2016 election, calling the probe “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.”

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/trump-tweets-special-prosecutor-robert-mueller-appointment-238543

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/18/trump-claims-to-be-victim-of-witch-hunt-following-appointment-of-special-counsel-in-russia-case/

Kochs boost Trump tax plan.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/koch-brothers-trump-tax-plan-238530

Michael Flynn ‘refuses to hand over documents to Russia investigation’ despite subpoena.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/michael-flynn-subpoena-russia-investigation-refusal-senate-intelligence-a7743231.html

– Former top counsel for the NSA and the CIA: Special prosecutor Robert Mueller ‘will take Donald Trump from frying pan to fire’ over Russia investigation.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/robert-mueller-donald-trump-special-prosecutor-frying-pan-fire-russia-investigation-former-fbi-a7742071.html

Roger Ailes, architect of conservative TV juggernaut Fox News, is dead at 77.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/roger-ailes-architect-of-conservative-tv-juggernaut-fox-is-dead-at-77/2017/05/18/b5b9e73a-3bc7-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/may/18/roger-ailes-dead-fox-news-ceo-chairman

Roger Ailes Isn’t Dead, He Lives on in Trump, Sexual Harassment Suits and Alternative Facts.

http://www.newsweek.com/roger-ailes-isnt-dead-he-lives-trump-sexual-harassment-suits-and-alternative-611543

House Majority Leader McCarthy told colleagues in 2016: ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/house-majority-leader-to-colleagues-in-2016-i-think-putin-pays-trump/2017/05/17/515f6f8a-3aff-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will brief the full Senate in a closed session.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/deputy-attorney-general-rod-rosenstein-will-brief-the-full-senate-in-a-closed-session/2017/05/18/41de8548-3bd4-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

Trump loyalists pay little heed to revelations rocking DC.

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/nation-politics/trump-loyalists-pay-little-heed-to-revelations-rocking-dc/

U.S. academic groups oppose Trump’s visa-vetting plans.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-visa-idUSKCN18E35H

Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-contacts-idUSKCN18E106

Trump, striking a defiant tone, denied colluding with Russia during his 2016 campaign or asking former FBI Director James Comey to drop a probe into his former national security adviser.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-idUSKCN18E1P7

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/18/trump-to-hold-news-conference-at-white-house-as-political-crisis-deepens/

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told the full Senate he knew before he wrote his controversial memo that Comey would be fired.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/deputy-attorney-general-rod-rosenstein-will-brief-the-full-senate-in-a-closed-session/2017/05/18/41de8548-3bd4-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

FCC votes to dismantle net neutrality as critics cry ‘war on open internet’.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/18/net-neutrality-vote-fcc-open-internet

Trump supporters blame leaks, conspiracy for his woes.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-supporters-blame-leaks-conspiracy-woes-210602825–politics.html

Chaffetz will resign, raising doubts about Trump probe.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/utahs-chaffetz-expected-leave-office-end-june-165533680–politics.html

Vice President Pence has a growing credibility problem.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/18/vice-president-pence-has-a-growing-credibility-problem/

European leaders fear Trump’s political chaos is undermining U.S. power.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/european-leaders-fear-trumps-political-chaos-is-undermining-us-power/2017/05/18/2152eee2-3a47-11e7-a59b-26e0451a96fd_story.html

Mueller to ask Congress to step back Russia investigations.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/334181-mueller-to-ask-congress-to-step-back-russia-investigations-report

Appointment of Mueller could complicate other probes into alleged Russian meddling.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/appointment-of-mueller-could-complicate-other-probes-into-alleged-russian-meddling/2017/05/18/f75b8a36-3be5-11e7-8854-21f359183e8c_story.html

Trump meets with lawyers at the White House.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/trump-lawyers-white-house-238579

– $110 Billion Weapons Sale to Saudis Has Jared Kushner’s Personal Touch.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/18/world/middleeast/jared-kushner-saudi-arabia-arms-deal-lockheed.html

What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey. The two men who could bring down the president have been preparing their entire lives for this moment.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/05/18/james-comey-trump-special-prosecutor-robert-mueller-fbi-215154

May 19, 2017 Friday

FCC security guards manhandle reporter, eject him from meeting for asking questions.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/05/19/fcc-security-guards-manhandle-reporter-eject-him-from-meeting-for-asking-questions/

Trump diehards dismiss Russia scandal: ‘Show me the proof – or get off his case’.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/19/trump-russia-the-promise-scandal-proof

Rosenstein: I stand by Comey memo; he stands by his memo that was initially used as the reason for former FBI Director James Comey’s firing.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/334240-rosenstein-i-stand-by-comey-memo

Dem frustration grows with Rosenstein, saying Rosenstein refused to answer “simple yes-and-no questions,” fueling concerns that the Trump appointee overseeing the Justice Department probes may be influenced by the White House.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/334234-dem-frustration-grows-with-rosenstein

Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/politics/trump-russia-comey.html

Kushner Family Woos Investors With Visas, Trump Name.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/business/kushner-trump-china-green-cards.html

White House adviser close to Trump is a person of interest in Russia probe. Investigation into Russian meddling reaches highest level of government.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/russia-probe-reaches-current-white-house-official-people-familiar-with-the-case-say/2017/05/19/7685adba-3c99-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

Trump-Russia probe now includes possible cover-up, Congress is told.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article151565947.html

Russia probe reaches current White House official, people familiar with the case say.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article151563807.html

Washington Post Fact Checker’s ongoing database of the false and misleading claims by Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-claims-database/

Trump said to favor move that could destabilize Obamacare. Trump has told advisers he wants to end payments of key Obamacare subsidies, a move that could send the health law’s insurance markets into a tailspin.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/19/donald-trump-end-payments-obamacare-subsidies-238616

Sheriff David Clarke Is Determined to Suspend Habeas Corpus and Shred the Bill of Rights.

https://www.thenation.com/article/sheriff-david-clarke-is-determined-to-suspend-habeus-corpus-and-shred-the-bill-of-rights/

Trump Is a Cornered Megalomaniac—and That’s a Grave Danger to the Country.

https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-is-a-cornered-megalomaniac-and-thats-a-grave-danger-to-the-country/

Maduro to Trump: ‘Get your dirty hands off Venezuela!’.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-usa-idUSKCN18F2HB

Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/19/politics/michael-flynn-donald-trump-russia-influence/index.html

James Comey to testify in public Senate intelligence committee hearing.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/19/james-comey-testify-us-senate-russia-election-trump

Israeli Intelligence Furious Over Trump’s Loose Lips. Israeli intelligence officials were shouting at their American counterparts in meetings, furious over news that Trump may have compromised a vital source of information on the Islamic State and possibly Iran.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/05/19/israeli-intelligence-furious-over-trumps-loose-lips-russia-iran-syria/

White House looking at ethics rule to weaken special investigation.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-mueller-idUSKCN18F2KK

May 20, 2017 Saturday

Trump awarded with Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honour within hours of landing in the country.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-latest-saudi-arabia-highest-civilian-honour-king-abdulaziz-al-saud-collar-gold-a7746566.html

Under fire at home, Trump reaps Saudi arms deal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-gulf-arrival-idUSKCN18G06K

U.S., Saudi firms sign tens of billions of dollars of deals as Trump visits.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-usa-trump-deals-idUSKCN18G05P

Saudi leaders hail Trump visit as ‘reset of regional order’.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/20/trump-visit-hailed-by-saudi-leaders-as-reset-of-regional-order

Twitter leader laments social media role in Trump’s election.

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/twitter-leader-laments-social-media-234906014.html

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/20/technology/evan-williams-medium-twitter-internet.html

A cancer patient wonders: ‘Will the government still have my back?’

https://www.yahoo.com/news/cancer-patient-wonders-will-government-still-back-090024209.html

Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) said that he has been threatened with lynching following his call for President Trump’s impeachment.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/334417-congressman-threatened-with-lynching-after-calling-for-trumps\

Corporate A-Listers Descend on Riyadh for Trump’s CEO Summit.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-20/corporate-a-listers-descend-on-riyadh-for-trump-s-ceo-summit

Conservative Media’s Alternative Take on Trump and Russia.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/conservative-media-s-alternative-take-trump-russia-n761941

May 21, 2017 Sunday

McMaster does not deny details of Trump’s discussion with Russian officials.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/21/mcmaster-does-not-deny-details-of-trumps-discussion-with-russian-officials/

Trump summons Muslim nations to confront ‘Islamic terror of all kinds’.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/us-and-gulf-nations-agree-to-crack-down-on-terror-financing/2017/05/21/e1222b34-3dfd-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

Trump’s Islam Speech in Saudi Arabia Follows a Long History of Verbal Attacks and Policies Targeting Muslims in America and Abroad.

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-saudi-arabia-trump-islam-612995

‘Trump has declared war’: journalists denounce any attack on press freedom. Trump’s apparent suggestion that the FBI should ‘consider putting reporters in prison’ prompts call to action from journalists increasingly under attack.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/21/trump-threat-reporters-press-freedom

‘Spiteful and petty’: Maine governor bans signs to Obama-designated monument.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/21/katahdin-woods-waters-obama-monument-signs-banned

Chicago launches campaign in response to Trump’s immigration policies.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/21/politics/one-chicago-campaign/index.html

At Notre Dame, Pence attacks campus ‘political correctness’. Students walk out of Pence’s commencement speech.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/21/students-walk-out-mike-pence-notre-dame-commencement

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/21/pence-pc-freedom-of-speech-238655

Tillerson held a news conference with the Saudi foreign minister in Riyadh but he left the American media behind.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2017/05/21/tillerson-no-reporters-press-238658

Netanyahu says all government ministers must attend Trump’s arrival.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/21/middleeast/israel-netanyahu-ministers-must-meet-trump/index.html

– (International) Trump’s White House: A Vortex of Scandal, Chaos and Absurdity.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/trump-white-house-descends-into-chaos-and-scandal-a-1148569.html

– (International) A Danger to the World: It’s Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/donald-trump-is-a-menace-to-the-world-opinion-a-1148471.html

– (International) Trump and Saudi Arabia: Have we reached peak hypocrisy yet?

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/trump-and-saudi-arabia-have-we-reached-peak-hypocrisy-yet/article35076477/

– (International) After Riyadh Speech, Trump Comes to Israel as a Messianic Opportunist.

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.790790

Trump to propose big cuts to safety-net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-to-propose-big-cuts-to-safety-net-in-new-budget-this-week/2017/05/21/62c01f44-3e34-11e7-adba-394ee67a7582_story.html

May 22, 2017 Monday

Trump tells Israel Iran will never have nuclear weapons.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39973197

Ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn ‘defies Senate Russia inquiry’.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40004300

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18I1U9

Supreme Court rules North Carolina congressional districts unconstitutional.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/22/supreme-court-north-carolina-congressional-dsitricts-238673

Republicans used race to redraw North Carolina voter maps.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40002569

Scandal-plagued Fox News hit with more lawsuits in U.S. court.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-fox-lawsuits-idUSKBN18I2F6

Mississippi lawmaker calls for lynchings after removal of Confederate symbols.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/22/mississippi-confederate-symbols-karl-oliver-lynching-comments

White House proposes slashing funds to clean up toxic sites despite EPA’s pleas.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/22/toxic-sites-environment-cleanup-trump-budget-plan

Trump’s plans to cut food stamps could hit his supporters hardest.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/05/22/trumps-plans-to-cut-food-stamps-could-hit-his-supporters-hardest/

White House pitches budget as welfare reform. The Trump administration wants to take an ax to the safety net in order to balance the budget.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/22/trump-budget-what-is-in-it-238679

Groups sue FDA over food additive rule.

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/334575-groups-sue-fda-over-food-additive-rule

Sinkhole opens in front of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/334555-sinkhole-opens-in-front-of-trumps-mar-a-lago-resort

Israelis fear Trump might ‘blurt out’ something that’s not easy to ‘fix’.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article151902907.html

Americans Say U.S. Moral Values at a Seven-Year Low.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-22/americans-see-u-s-moral-values-at-a-seven-year-low

Trump brings up Russian meeting during Israel event.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-says-i-never-mentioned-the-word-or-name-israel-to-russians/

Manafort, Stone Turn Over Russia Documents to Senate Intel Committee.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/manafort-stone-turn-over-russia-documents-senate-intel-committee-n763141

Trump Effect Inspires Radical Christians in Military.

http://www.newsweek.com/christian-fundamentalists-us-armed-forces-national-security-threat-613428

Lockheed Martin secures $28 billion in Saudi contracts.

http://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2017/05/22/Lockheed-Martin-secures-28-billion-in-Saudi-contracts/4211495470735/

Robert Reich: Our European Allies Are Appalled by Trump.

http://www.newsweek.com/robert-reich-our-european-allies-are-appalled-trump-613342

Texas will allow adoption agencies to reject parents on religious grounds.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/05/22/Texas-will-allow-adoption-agencies-to-reject-parents-on-religious-grounds/9581495460144/

Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/trump-asked-intelligence-chiefs-to-push-back-against-fbi-collusion-probe-after-comey-revealed-its-existence/2017/05/22/394933bc-3f10-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html

– (Analysis) The three most damaging paragraphs from the revelation about Trump pushing back against the FBI.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/22/the-three-most-damaging-paragraphs-from-the-revelation-about-trump-pushing-back-against-the-fbi/

Trump close to choosing outside counsel for Russia investigation. Trump is moving rapidly toward assembling outside counsel to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in last year’s election.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-close-to-choosing-outside-counsel-for-russia-investigation/2017/05/22/8709f62e-3f22-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html

Trump’s budget: major slashes to social programs – but $1.6bn for the wall.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/22/donald-trump-budget-proposal-2018-social-care-border-wall

Trump Seeks $3.6 Trillion in Cuts to Reshape Government,

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-23/trump-seeks-3-6-trillion-in-spending-cuts-to-reshape-government

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND EXPLOSION AND BLAST AT POP CONCERT.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/police-report-deaths-following-apparent-blast-at-concert-in-manchester/2017/05/22/2b6bfd1e-3f43-11e7-b29f-f40ffced2ddb_story.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/manchester-explosions-latest-news-updates-arena-ariana-grande-bangs-police-a7750381.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-40007886

May 23, 2017 Tuesday

Trump FY2018 budget officially unveiled.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-budget-idUSKBN18I26X

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/05/23/trump-proposes-dramatic-changes-to-federal-government-slashing-safety-net-programs-that-affect-up-to-a-fifth-of-americans/

Trump seeks to slash $3.6 trillion of spending in austere budget.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-budget-idUSKBN18I26X

Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor, more for military.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-administration-sending-congress-4-1-trillion-budget-073622842–finance.html

Former CIA Director John Brennan told House Russia investigators Tuesday that Russia “brazenly interfered” in US elections, including actively contacting members of the President Donald Trump’s campaign — but he stopped shy of dubbing it “collusion.”

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/23/politics/john-brennan-house-intelligence-committee/index.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18J2DE

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/cia-director-warned-russian-security-service-chief-about-interference-in-election/2017/05/23/ebff2a7e-3fbb-11e7-adba-394ee67a7582_story.html

DNI Dan Coats, speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee, would not comment on reports that Trump had asked Coats and NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers to push back on the FBI’s probe into whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dan-coats-wont-say-whether-trump-asked-him-to-deny-russian-collusion/

Trump retains Marc Kasowitz as private attorney for Russia probe.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-counsel-idUSKBN18J30W

– (Other) Soldiers on UK streets as threat raised to critical after Manchester bombing.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/23/salman-abedi-police-race-to-establish-if-manchester-suicide-bomber-acted-alone

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/manchester-bombing-critical-terrorist-threat-theresa-may-upgrades-from-severe-latest-news-a7752336.html

Trump advisers call for privatizing some public assets to build new infrastructure.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/trump-advisers-call-for-selling-off-old-assets-to-build-new-infrastructure/2017/05/23/657aa2c6-2f53-11e7-9534-00e4656c22aa_story.html

Trump told his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte that Washington has sent two nuclear submarines to waters off the Korean peninsula, the New York Times said, comments likely to raise questions about his handling of sensitive information.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-submarines-idUSKBN18K15Y

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/23/us/politics/trump-duterte-phone-transcript-philippine-drug-crackdown.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-calls-kim-jong-un-a-madman-with-nuclear-weapons-according-to-transcript-of-duterte-call/2017/05/23/211d1474-3fe8-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html

May 24, 2017 Wednesday

The Congressional Budget Office reports the bill passed by U.S. House Republicans would cause 23 million people to lose healthcare coverage by 2026 while de-stabilizing health insurance markets in some states and making it hard for sick people to buy insurance.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-cbo-idUSKBN18K2X2

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/24/us/politics/cbo-congressional-budget-office-health-care.html

CBO sees premiums rising 850 percent for poor elderly under House health bill.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/24/the-three-numbers-you-need-to-understand-the-cbo-report-on-republicans-health-care-bill/

Trump said he would save jobs at Carrier. The layoffs start July 20.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/05/24/here-is-the-number-of-jobs-carrier-is-moving-to-mexico-after-trump-said-hed-save-them/

Ben Carson calls poverty ‘a state of mind’ during interview.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/24/ben-carson-calls-poverty-a-state-of-mind-during-interview/

Theresa May to tackle Donald Trump over Manchester bombing evidence. Prime minister will raise concerns at Nato summit that intelligence leaks from the US have damaged investigation. It was the latest of a series of leaks to US journalists that appeared to come from inside the US intelligence community.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/24/theresa-may-to-tackle-donald-trump-over-manchester-bombing-evidence

Marchers in Chicago claim McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast food chain, supports low wages for workers and allows sexual harassment, ‘just like Donald Trump’.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/may/24/mcdonalds-chicago-protest-low-wages-harassment-trump

Montana GOP candidate accused of assaulting reporter on eve of special election.

http://thehill.com/media/335052-reporter-alleges-that-montana-gop-candidate-bodyslammed-him

Dem rep: Abuse, violence against the press ‘hallmarks in Trump era’.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/335062-dem-rep-abuse-violence-against-the-press-hallmarks-in-trump-era

Thousands protested Trump visit in Belgium.

http://thehill.com/policy/international/335050-thousands-protested-trump-visit-in-belgium

AG Sessions did not disclose Russia meetings in security clearance form, which requires him to list “any contact” he or his family had with a “foreign government” or its “representatives” over the past seven years.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/24/politics/jeff-sessions-russian-officials-meetings/index.html

White House, DOJ miss Senate deadline to provide James Comey memos, records.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/24/white-house-doj-break-senate-deadline-provide-james-comey-memos-records/102119744/

How a dubious Russian document influenced the FBI’s handling of the Clinton probe.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/how-a-dubious-russian-document-influenced-the-fbis-handling-of-the-clinton-probe/2017/05/24/f375c07c-3a95-11e7-9e48-c4f199710b69_story.html

May 25, 2017 Thursday

Trump chastises fellow NATO members, demands they meet payment obligations.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-told-in-brussels-that-west-should-focus-on-values-not-only-interests/2017/05/25/7aa1865c-40cd-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html

Montana GOP candidate charged after allegedly body-slamming reporter.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-candidate-cited-for-assault-as-newspapers-pull-endorsements/2017/05/25/eb416990-413b-11e7-8c25-44d09ff5a4a8_story.html

U.S. warship challenges South China Sea claims, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since Trump took office.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-southchinasea-navy-idUSKBN18K353

Senators make new push to rein in Trump’s military powers.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/25/trump-military-powers-senate-response-238817

– (Other) Fears for economy as number of EU migrants leaving Brexit Britain surges.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/immigration-figures-down-policies-general-election-2017-a7754796.html

Trump asks Justice Department to look into recent foreign intelligence leaks by US officials.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/25/politics/nato-trump-intel-sharing/index.html

How Alleged Russian Hacker Teamed Up With Florida GOP Operative. Political consultant Aaron Nevins received documents from hacker ‘Guccifer 2.0’ and posted some on his blog.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-alleged-russian-hacker-teamed-up-with-florida-gop-operative-1495724787

Georgia Law Will Allow Carry of Handguns at Public University Tailgate Events.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2711782-georgia-law-will-allow-carry-of-handguns-at-public-university-tailgate-events

– (Opinion) The Trump Administration’s Troubling State of Mind.

http://carsonwatch.org/2017/05/25/trump-administrations-troubling-state-mind/

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS BLOCK ON TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN, administration will appeal to Supreme Court.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/25/politics/4th-circuit-travel-ban/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/federal-appeals-court-largely-maintains-freeze-of-trumps-travel-ban/2017/05/25/395aa394-365b-11e7-b4ee-434b6d506b37_story.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-court-idUSKBN18L2IO

U.S. lawmakers to fight massive Trump Saudi arms deal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-arms-congress-idUSKBN18L2XN

Wall Street hits record highs, helped by consumer stocks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks-idUSKBN18L1HC

Gazette opinion: We’re pulling our endorsement of Greg Gianforte.

http://billingsgazette.com/opinion/editorial/gazette-opinion-we-re-pulling-our-endorsement-of-gianforte/article_34d90b42-545b-5e10-9355-605b7c5cb11f.html?=dtgrsdz&utm_content=bufferb95a6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=LEEDCC

Trump calls Germans ‘very bad’ and promises to stop car imports.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/05/25/president-trump-calls-germans-very-bad-and-promises-stop-car-imports-report/102162310/

Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/jared-kushner-now-a-focus-in-russia-investigation/2017/05/25/f078db74-40c7-11e7-8c25-44d09ff5a4a8_story.html

Republican Charged With Assault Claims Win in Montana Special Election.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/polls-close-montana-s-suddenly-famous-special-congressional-election-n764866

May 26, 2017 Friday

Trump travel ban fight heads toward Supreme Court showdown.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-court-idUSKBN18M2C7

In shakeup, Trump to set up ‘war room’ to repel attacks over Russia probe.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-warroom-idUSKBN18M2FU

Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-fbi-kushner-exclusive-idUSKBN18N018

Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret channel with Kremlin.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/russian-ambassador-told-moscow-that-kushner-wanted-secret-communications-channel-with-kremlin/2017/05/26/520a14b4-422d-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html

Senate Intelligence Committee requests Trump campaign documents.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/05/26/senate-intelligence-committee-requests-trump-campaign-documents/

Tillerson declines to host Ramadan event at State Department.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-religion-ramadan-usa-tillerson-exclsu-idUSKBN18M2IE

Texas governor draws criticism for joke about shooting journalists.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-governor-guns-idUSKBN18N009

Chinese jets intercept U.S surveillance plane.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-military-idUSKBN18M25L

‘The Germans are bad, very bad’: Trump’s alleged slight generates confusion, backlash.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/trumps-alleged-slight-against-germans-generates-confusion-backlash/2017/05/26/0325255a-4219-11e7-b29f-f40ffced2ddb_story.html

Zbigniew Brzezinski is dead at 89.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/us/zbigniew-brzezinski-dead-national-security-adviser-to-carter.html

Secret court rebukes NSA for 5-year illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article152947909.html

G7 summit: Leaders pressure Trump on climate change pact – but President makes no promises.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-g7-climate-change-failure-paris-agreement-angela-merkel-a7758561.html

Trump Administration Conflicts Of Interest: How Gary Cohn Could Sell U.S. Infrastructure To Goldman Sachs.

http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/trump-administration-conflicts-interest-how-gary-cohn-could-sell-us-infrastructure

Six of the worst cuts in Trump’s budget.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/six-of-the-worst-cuts-in-trumps-budget/2017/05/26/632e6796-40ba-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html

Hillary Clinton hints Donald Trump will be ‘impeached for obstruction of justice’ in unprecedented attack on president.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-impeachment-latest-hillary-clinton-attack-nixon-wellesley-commencement-speech-address-a7758311.html

– (Opinion) The U.S. has a homegrown terrorist problem — and it’s coming from the right.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-us-has-a-homegrown-terrorist-problem–and-its-coming-from-the-right/2017/05/26/10d88bba-4197-11e7-9869-bac8b446820a_story.html

May 27, 2017 Saturday

G7 talks: Trump isolated over Paris climate change deal.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40069636

Leaders issue G7 declaration with U.S. a holdout on climate change.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/27/trump-paris-climate-deal-238883

Man, known as a white supremicist, shouting ‘anti-Muslim slurs’ fatally stabs two men in Portland.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/27/man-shouting-anti-muslim-slurs-fatally-stabs-two-men-in-us

AP FACT CHECK: Trump tells tall tales even without Twitter.

http://m.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/AP-FACT-CHECK-Trump-tells-tall-tales-even-11177929.php

Trump complained of trouble setting up golf courses in EU during Brussels visit.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/335412-trump-complained-of-trouble-setting-up-golf-courses-in-eu-during

Thousands of Americans will die unnecessary deaths if AHCA becomes a reality.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/335250-thousands-of-americans-will-die-unnecessary-deaths-is-ahca

Ex-CIA Director: CIA would consider Kushner actions ‘espionage’.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/335398-ex-cia-director-if-kushner-set-up-secure-line-with-russia-cia

Noose left outside of Hirshhorn museum in Washington.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/335422-noose-left-outside-of-hirshorn-museum-in-washington

Trump Returns to Crisis Over Kushner as White House Tries to Contain It.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/27/us/politics/trump-returns-to-crisis-over-kushner-as-white-house-tries-to-contain-it.html

Trump tells ‘confidants’ U.S. will leave Paris climate deal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-climate-idUSKBN18O00J

May 28, 2017 Sunday

After summits with Trump, Merkel says Europe must take fate into own hands.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-politics-merkel-idUSKBN18O0JK

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/28/world/europe/angela-merkel-trump-alliances-g7-leaders.html

http://www.dw.com/en/merkel-europe-can-no-longer-rely-on-us-and-britain/a-39018097?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

– (Analysis) Why Merkel’s comments matter.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/05/28/thanks-to-trump-germany-says-it-cant-rely-on-america-what-does-that-mean/

European allies see the two sides of Trump.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g7-summit-trump-allies-analysis-idUSKBN18O0BP

The Trump handshake: how world leaders are fighting back. Emmanuel Macron and others have noted that US president’s handshake is a claim to superiority, and are fighting him in kind.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/28/the-trump-handshake-how-world-leaders-are-fighting-back

– (Opinion: DW Germany) A dangerous travelling salesman.

http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-a-dangerous-travelling-salesman/a-39017379

Trump attacks ‘fake news’ following Kushner reports.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-kushner-idUSKBN18O0G0

Back at the White House, Trump unleashes a Twitter rant about fake news, leaks and ‘the enemy’.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/05/28/trump-returns-home-from-abroad-with-a-twitter-rant-about-fake-news-leaks-and-the-enemy/

U.S. might ban laptops on all flights into and out of the country.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-airlines-electronics-idUSKBN18O0KL

By backing Saudi Arabia’s vision of the Middle East, Trump may be sowing the seeds of conflict.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/by-backing-saudi-arabias-vision-of-the-middle-east-trump-may-be-sowing-the-seeds-of-conflict/2017/05/27/3afcda92-4181-11e7-b29f-f40ffced2ddb_story.html

‘Brave and selfless’ Oregon stabbing victims hailed as heroes for standing up to racist rants.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/05/28/brave-and-selfless-oregon-stabbing-victims-hailed-as-heroes/

These 8th-graders from New Jersey refused to be photographed with Paul Ryan.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/these-8th-graders-from-new-jersey-refused-to-be-photographed-with-paul-ryan/2017/05/28/ca46b116-43b9-11e7-bcde-624ad94170ab_story.html

Florida could pave new changes in ‘stand your ground’ laws.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/florida-could-pave-changes-stand-ground-laws-130111550.html

– (Opinion) Trump seems happy to destroy the planet. Only China and India can save us now.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-climate-change-paris-accord-destroy-planet-india-china-a7760731.html

Homeland Security chief says back-channel talks with Russia would be ‘normal…and acceptable’.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/homeland-security-chief-back-channel-talks-russia-normaland/story?id=47680534

Mattis: Fight against ISIS has shifted to “annihilation tactics”.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/fight-against-isis-has-shifted-to-annihilation-tactics-mattis-says/

May 29, 2017 Monday

‘Atlanticist’ Merkel rams home frustration with Trump after summits.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-merkel-trump-idUSKBN18P0VV

Angela Merkel Stopped Relying on President Trump Only After Failing to Reason With Him.

http://time.com/4797241/angela-merkel-us-german-tensions-g7-summit/

Even Angela Merkel’s political rivals are on her side against Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/05/29/even-angela-merkels-political-rivals-are-on-her-side-against-trump/

U.S. may put emergency tariffs on solar imports.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-solar-wto-idUSKBN18P1JL

North Korea fires Scud-class ballistic missile.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN18O0R3

Trump condemns fatal Oregon stabbings; says victims stood against hate

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-muslims-portland-idUSKBN18P1XR

Portland Republican says party should use militia groups after racial attack. Asked if this meant Republicans making their own security arrangements rather than relying on city or state police, Buchal said: “Yeah. And there are these people arising, like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/29/portland-attack-republican-james-buchal-militia-groups

Portland knife attack: tension high as ‘free speech rally’ set for weekend.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/28/portland-knife-attack-free-speech-rally–sunday

Texas Republican ‘threatens to shoot Democrat’ over immigration protest.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/29/hundreds-pro-sanctuary-cities-protesters-texas-house

http://time.com/4797381/texas-anti-sanctuary-city-bill-protests/

Bullet damage suspected in Ky. newspaper vandalism.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/335557-bullet-damage-suspected-in-ky-newspaper-vandalism

White House plan would minimize civil rights efforts.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-plans-to-minimize-civil-rights-efforts-in-agencies/2017/05/29/922fc1b2-39a7-11e7-a058-ddbb23c75d82_story.html

This is what Betsy DeVos thinks about people who oppose her school-choice vision.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/05/29/this-is-what-betsy-devos-thinks-about-people-who-oppose-her-school-choice-vision/

Portland mayor wants ‘Trump free speech’ rally cancelled after attack.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/335564-portland-mayor-calls-for-free-speech-rally-cancelation-after-attack

Trump to reverse Obama’s Cuba policy.

http://thehill.com/policy/international/335547-report-trump-to-reverse-obamas-cuba-policy

Ted Cruz: Trump should withdraw from Paris climate pact.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/29/opinions/withdraw-paris-accord-opinion-cruz/index.html

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.”.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/29/media/terry-frei-denver-post-indy-500-tweet/

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-germany-trump-idUSKBN18Q138

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-idUSKBN18Q179

– Merkel wants to foster India ties, softens message on U.S. as Trump scolds.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-india-idUSKBN18Q0ZJ

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-south-thaad-idUSKBN18Q0I3

Group linked to NSA leaks says will release more data in July.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-shadow-brokers-idUSKBN18Q22V

Kentucky newspapers suffer twin threats amid rising anti-media climate.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/30/kentucky-newspapers-attack-anti-media

– (Opinion) Donald Trump is not blameless when white supremacists slaughter people.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/30/donald-trump-portland-attack-not-blameless-white-supremacists

How Trump and the GOP-led Congress swiftly dismantled Internet privacy rules.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-congress-dismantled-federal-internet-privacy-rules/2017/05/29/7ad06e14-2f5b-11e7-8674-437ddb6e813e_story.html

– (Other) A guide to the 5 major probes of Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/trump-russia-investigations/

All but two countries are in the Paris climate agreement. The U.S. could be the third.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/world/paris-climate-agreement-withdrawal/

U.N. chief warns if U.S. pulls back, others will fill leadership role.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-un-idUSKBN18Q2MD

Pentagon successfully tests ICBM defense system for first time.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-northkorea-missiletest-idUSKBN18Q2CU

North Korea warns of ‘bigger gift package’ for U.S. after latest test.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-kim-idUSKBN18P23J

Former Trump adviser Flynn to turn over some documents subpoenaed by Senate panel.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-flynn-idUSKBN18Q2ML

Portland man accused of fatal train stabbing has outburst in court. ‘You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism!’

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/30/portland-stabbing-anti-muslim-jeremy-joseph-christian-court

White House drafts rule to roll back ‘contraception mandate’ for health coverage.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/30/trump-contraception-mandate-religious-groups-healthcare

Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice is fired — but not for the killing.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/05/30/cleveland-police-officer-who-fatally-shot-12-year-old-tamir-rice-is-fired/

Trump’s Personal Lawyer Refuses to Cooperate With Congressional Inquiries.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/30/us/politics/michael-cohen-russia-investigation.html

Trump’s personal lawyer becomes focus of Russia investigation.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-lawyer-russia-investigation-michael-cohen-focus-probe-information-a7763911.html

White House mounts staunch defense of Kushner.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/335680-white-house-mounts-staunch-defense-of-kushner

Trump ‘likes his intelligence briefings filled with pictures’.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-latest-pictures-intelligence-briefings-new-report-a7763831.html

Trump: Change Senate rules ‘immediately’ to pass GOP plans.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-change-senate-rules-changed-immediately-pass-gop-plans-155809610.html

Transgender Wisconsin Student Can Use Boys’ Bathroom, Federal Court Says.

http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/transgender-wisconsin-student-can-use-boys-bathroom-federal-court-says-n766436

After Stabbing, Portland’s Mayor Wants 2 Right-Wing Demonstrations Canceled.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/05/30/530716682/after-stabbing-portlands-mayor-wants-2-right-wing-demonstrations-canceled

49 shot in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend — and that’s a sign of progress.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/05/30/49-shot-chicago-memorial-day-weekend/102314944/

Right-Wing Polls Show Trump’s Plunging Approval Ratings.

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-approval-ratings-impeachment-odds-white-house-russia-scandal-617650

– (Editorial) Show HUD’s Budget Cuts the Door.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/30/opinion/hud-budget-cuts-ben-carson.html

Real-Life ‘House of Cards’: Debt Ceiling Crisis Looms for Trump.

http://www.newsweek.com/real-life-house-cards-debt-limit-crisis-617705

GOP taps anti-Clinton strategy to damage Elizabeth Warren early.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article153446694.html

Nearly Half of Donald Trump’s Twitter Followers Are Fake Accounts and Bots.

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-twitter-followers-fake-617873

Viral flap over whether Trump has gotten sudden boost in Twitter followers.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article153467119.html

May 31, 2017 Wednesday

TRUMP TO PULL OUT OF PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-trump-idUSKBN18R1J4

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/31/donald-trump-withdraw-paris-climate-change-agreement

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/climate/trump-quits-paris-climate-accord.html

Pullout ‘monumentally irresponsible:’ experts.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-trump-reaction-idUSKBN18R2FT

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/31/china-eu-climate-lead-paris-agreement

– (Analysis) Paris climate deal: exasperated world leaders prepare to move on without US.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/31/donald-trump-paris-climate-change-deal-agreement-us

Musk Threatens to Leave Trump’s Business Councils, Joins CEOs Pushing to Stay in Paris Deal.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-31/musk-leads-ceos-full-court-press-on-paris-as-trump-weighs-exit

Majority of Americans in every US state supports Paris climate deal Trump is poised to withdraw from.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-paris-climate-deal-agreement-poll-support-popularity-americans-states-a7765626.html

Germany says Theresa May is ‘complicit’ in Donald Trump’s policies that put Europe’s security at risk.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/germany-theresa-may-donald-trump-complicit-us-policies-europe-security-risk-eu-paris-agreement-a7764661.html

China Sees an Opening in Rift Between Trump and Germany.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/world/europe/china-sees-an-opening-in-rift-between-trump-and-germany.html

Trump’s climate decision could be felt for generations.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/31/politics/trumpo-paris-climate/index.html

Cracks widen in US-Europe alliance.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/31/politics/donald-trump-angela-merkel-europe-climate/index.html

Financial firms lead shareholder rebellion against ExxonMobil climate change policies.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/05/31/exxonmobil-is-trying-to-fend-off-a-shareholder-rebellion-over-climate-change/

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-washingtondc-arrest-idUSKBN18R2AR

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/335746-man-with-guns-arrested-at-trump-international-hotel

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.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/31/trump-impeach-polling-238947

CNN fires Kathy Griffin after Trump beheading photo.

http://thehill.com/homenews/335791-cnn-fires-kathy-griffin-over-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.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/31/politics/fbi-comey-testimony/index.html

NRA lobbyist: Guns equalizer for ‘the blacks’.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/nra-lobbyist-guns-equalizer-blacks-47748624

– Gov. Brown: ‘The rest of the world is against’ Trump.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/31/jerry-brown-donald-trump-paris-climate-change-deal-238993

Trump urges GOP senators to pass new Obamacare repeal bill that adds saved money.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/31/trump-tweet-obamacare-repeal-bill-senate-238977

Fox News holds off MSNBC for May ratings win.

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/335811-fox-news-continues-to-dominate-cable-ratings-despite-surging-msnbc

Recipients Fear Cuts to Food Stamps and Disability Aid in Trump Budget.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/us/politics/food-stamps-disability-benefits-trump-budget.html

House Russia investigators subpoena Flynn, Cohen.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/31/politics/house-russia-investigators-subpoena-flynn-cohen/index.html

The home of Cleveland Cavaliers superstar forward LeBron James was found with racist graffiti on the front gate.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2712774-lebron-james-home-reportedly-vandalized-with-racist-graffiti

Portland train suspect: ‘I hope everyone I stabbed died’.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/31/us/portland-train-stabbing-what-happened/index.html

Americans Like Obamacare Better Than GOP Plan, Kaiser Family Foundation Poll Finds.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/americans-obamacare-better-gop-plan-poll-finds-n766656

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/31/donald-trump-russia-investigation-sean-spicer-no-questions

Trump administration approves tougher visa vetting, including social media checks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-visa-idUSKBN18R3F8

JUNE

June 1, 2017 Friday

UKIP leader Nigel Farage is ‘person of interest’ in FBI investigation into Trump and Russia.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/01/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.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/01/republican-senators-paris-climate-deal-energy-donations

Trump delays moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem despite campaign pledge.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-israel-idUSKBN18S5H8

– Fearing Trump’s next move, liberals urge Supreme Court conservative Kennedy to stay.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-kennedy-idUSKBN18S4LT

Our ugly racism’s newest artifact: The noose left at the African American Museum.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/our-ugly-racisms-newest-artifact-the-noose-left-at-the-african-american-museum/2017/06/01/fc0cdc98-46b6-11e7-a196-a1bb629f64cb_story.html

– (Opinion) The Scope of Hate in 2017.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/opinion/hate-crime-lebron-james-college-park-murder.html

Putin Hints at U.S. Election Meddling by ‘Patriotically Minded’ Russians.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/world/europe/vladimir-putin-donald-trump-hacking.html

Maybe Private Russian Hackers Meddled in Election, Putin Says.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/world/europe/vladimir-putin-donald-trump-hacking.html

Vatican official: US exiting Paris deal would be ‘slap in the face’.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/335946-vatican-official-paris-deal-exit-would-be-a-slap-in-the-face

Top Dem: Nunes violating Russia recusal with subpoenas.

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/335942-schiff-nunes-issuing-subpoenas-a-violation-of-recusal

Did Trump, Kushner, Sessions Have An Undisclosed Meeting With Russian?

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/did-trump-kushner-sessions-have-undisclosed-meeting-russian-n767096

Bloomberg: ’55 percent chance’ Trump will win reelection.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/335844-bloomberg-55-percent-chance-trump-will-win-reelection

– (Opinion) How Trump’s Chaotic Presidency Threatens the Economy.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-06-01/how-trump-s-chaotic-presidency-threatens-the-economy

Senators asked Comey to investigate AG Jeff Sessions for possible perjury.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/01/politics/sessions-russian-ambassador-letter/index.html

Portland, LeBron, the Smithsonian nooses: America’s ugly week of hate.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/01/us/lebron-james-smithsonian-portland-stabbings-hate/index.html

Top 5 States With Homeless People In US: 23% Rise In Vagrant Population In A Year In Los Angeles.

http://www.ibtimes.com/top-5-states-homeless-people-us-23-rise-vagrant-population-year-los-angeles-study-2546333

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’.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-trump-idUSKBN18R1J4

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40127326

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/01/donald-trump-confirms-us-will-quit-paris-climate-deal

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-to-announce-us-will-exit-paris-climate-deal/2017/06/01/fbcb0196-46da-11e7-bcde-624ad94170ab_story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/climate/trump-paris-climate-agreement.html

– (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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/opinion/trump-paris-climate-change-agreement.html

Critics lament Trump climate move.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-quotes-factbox-idUSKBN18S6KQ

Deal cannot be renegotiated: EU leaders.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-eu-idUSKBN18S6GN

http://www.politico.eu/article/france-germany-and-italy-paris-deal-cannot-be-renegotiated/

U.S. and global leaders react to Trump’s exit from Paris climate change pact.

http://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/trump-paris-climate-change-agreement-reaction/

World leaders accuse Trump of turning his back on the planet.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/01/world/trump-paris-agreement-world-reaction/index.html

World leaders condemned Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate change.

http://www.dw.com/en/world-reacts-to-us-withdrawal-from-paris-agreement/a-39088295

Trudeau tells Trump Canada is disappointed by withdrawal from Paris climate deal.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-mckenna-trump-paris-deal-1.4142211

Is Trump abandoning US global leadership?

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40127896

Can China be a world leader on climate change?

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/can-china-be-a-world-leader-on-climate-change/article35184534/

Musk to quit Trump advisory councils.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-musk-idUSKBN18S6EO

Goldman’s Blankfein criticizes U.S decision to leave Paris climate deal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-goldman-sachs-idUSKBN18S6MC

Apple CEO says he pleaded with Trump to stay in the Paris climate accord, “but it wasn’t enough.”

https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-cook-memo-condemns-trump-paris-climate-accord/

Obama slams Trump for leaving Paris climate agreement. ‘Trump rejects future’.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/01/barack-obama-slams-donald-trump-paris-climate-239032

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/335975-obama-trump-will-reject-the-future-by-pulling-out-of-paris-accord

Trump makes Europe (feel) great again.

http://www.politico.eu/article/trump-makes-europe-feel-great-again/

UN climate negotiator slams White House for having “no idea” how Paris Agreement works.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/paris-agreement-climate-trump-united-nations/

Washington, California, New York band together to form climate alliance.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/01/climate-alliance-washington-california-new-york-239038

US mayors, governors vow to stick with Paris accord.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/01/us/trump-climate-deal-cities-states-defying/

EPA begins offering buyouts to cut staff.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/336023-epa-begins-offering-buyouts-to-cut-staff-report

Right-wing media cheer Trump withdrawing United States from the Paris climate agreement.

https://www.mediamatters.org/research/2017/06/01/right-wing-media-cheer-trump-withdrawing-united-states-paris-climate-agreement/216746

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to revive travel ban.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-idUSKBN18T09Z

Disaster Agency To Weather Hurricane Season With No Leader, Proposed Cuts.

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/01/531012881/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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/trumps-tangle-with-europe-leads-the-continent-to-find-partners-elsewhere/2017/06/02/429b1c0c-4599-11e7-8de1-cec59a9bf4b1_story.html

– (Analysis) Paris withdrawal is the visceral expression of Trump’s worldview.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/paris-decision-underscores-the-visceral-expression-of-trumps-worldview/2017/06/02/69adf632-47b7-11e7-a196-a1bb629f64cb_story.html

– France’s President Emmanuel Macron has become the principal spokesman of political moderates around the world, squaring off against Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/frances-macron-flexes-newfound-international-star-power/2017/06/02/f7c61778-47a9-11e7-8de1-cec59a9bf4b1_story.html

Angela Merkel Slams Donald Trump’s Decision to Quit Paris Accord.

https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/angela-merkel-slams-donald-trumps-decision-to-quit-paris-accord-1496396241

EU to bypass Trump administration after Paris climate agreement pullout.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/02/european-leaders-vow-to-keep-fighting-global-warming-despite-us-withdrawal

Trump’s tangle with Europe leads the continent to find partners elsewhere.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/trumps-tangle-with-europe-leads-the-continent-to-find-partners-elsewhere/2017/06/02/429b1c0c-4599-11e7-8de1-cec59a9bf4b1_story.html

World pledges to save ‘Mother Earth’ despite Trump’s snub to climate pact.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-idUSKBN18T1M0

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/02/city-halls-and-landmarks-turn-green-new-york-washington-montreal

How Cities and States Reacted to Trump’s Decision to Exit the Paris Climate Deal.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/02/climate/trump-paris-mayors.html

Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/01/climate/american-cities-climate-standards.html

– (Opinion) Donald Trump Poisons the World.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/opinion/donald-trump-poisons-the-world.html

– (Opinion) Abandoning Paris climate deal marks Trump’s return to angry populism.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/02/donald-trump-paris-deal-analysis-populism

White House confirms it is considering stopping James Comey from testifying in Senate hearing.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-comey-russia-testimony-block-senate-hearing-kellyanne-conway-latest-news-a7769821.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18T1WZ

Bloomberg pledges $15M to UN to cover US climate share.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/336143-bloomberg-pledges-15-million-to-un-to-repay-us-climate-debt

‘Washington can’t stop Americans’: Michael Bloomberg pledges to pay US share of Paris climate funding.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/02/washington-cant-stop-americans-michael-bloomberg-pledges-pay/

US has nothing to apologize for on climate change, says defiant EPA chief Scott Pruitt.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/02/us-paris-climate-deal-epa-chief-scott-pruitt

Pence says climate change is just an issue for the left.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/mike-pence-climate-change-us-vice-president-paris-agreement-issue-left-for-some-reason-donald-trump-a7769081.html

Antarctic sends message to Trump about global warming in shape of iceberg the size of Delaware.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/antarctic-donald-trump-global-warming-paris-agreement-delaware-size-iceberg-climate-change-decision-a7766456.html

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.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/02/federal-agencies-oversight-requests-democrats-white-house-239034

Nunes intervenes in Russia probe, despite having stepped aside. Nunes issued three subpoenas — which Democrats called a violation of his recusal.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/01/devin-nunes-intervenes-russia-investigation-239026

Nunes-led House Intelligence Committee asked for ‘unmaskings’ of Americans.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nunes-led-house-intelligence-committee-requested-unmaskings-of-americans/2017/06/02/5c098dc0-47bc-11e7-98cd-af64b4fe2dfc_story.html

Special counsel investigation includes Manafort, may expand to Sessions.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/336168-russia-special-counsel-investigation-includes-manafort-may

Putin Tells Megyn Kelly: U.S. Hackers Could Have Framed Russia.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/vladimir-putin-tells-megyn-kelly-u-s-hackers-could-have-n767641

GOP strategists plot anti-media strategy for 2018 elections.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article154106459.html

First Rule of Far-Right Fight Club: Be White and Proud. Fringe Groups Revel as Protests Turn Violent.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/us/politics/white-nationalists-alt-knights-protests-colleges.html

June 3, 2017 Saturday

Demonstrations held for and against Trump across the U.S.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/demonstrations-held-for-and-against-trump-across-united-states/

Trump files for extension on his 2016 taxes.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-files-for-extension-on-his-2016-taxes/

Trump Plans to Shift Infrastructure Funding to Cities, States and Business.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/03/us/politics/trump-plans-to-shift-infrastructure-funding-to-cities-states-and-business.html

Third noose this week found at DC construction site.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/336241-third-noose-this-week-found-at-dc-construction-site

UN refugee agency head pleads for funding from Trump administration.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/336221-un-refugee-agency-head-pleads-for-funding-from-trump-administration

Globe heaps scorn on Trump for Paris exit.

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/336176-globe-heaps-scorn-on-trump-for-paris-exit

TERRORIST ATTACKS IN CENTRAL LONDON.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40146916

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/03/london-bridge-closed-after-serious-police-incident-reports

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/03/london-bridge-incident-armed-police-respond-several-people-mown/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/london-bridge-borough-market-attack-incident-terror-terrorist-police-what-happened-latest-live-a7771636.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/police-declare-major-incident-on-london-bridge-after-van-reported-to-hit-pedestrians/2017/06/03/6d1854c0-48a7-11e7-8de1-cec59a9bf4b1_story.html

In pictures: London attacks.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2017/jun/04/london-bridge-attack-in-pictures

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40147256

Trump tweets for his travel ban as drama unfolds in London.

http://www.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-security-trump-idUSKBN18U0YC

Trump criticised for using London attacks to promote his own Muslim travel ban.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/04/trump-criticised-for-using-london-attacks-to-promote-his-own-muslim-travel-ban

Oath Keepers militia will attend Portland ‘free speech’ rally, says leader.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/03/oath-keepers-militia-portland-free-speech-rally

(Investigation) How a ‘shadow’ universe of charities joined with political warriors to fuel Trump’s rise.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/how-a-shadow-universe-of-charities-joined-with-political-warriors-to-fuel-trumps-rise/2017/06/03/ff5626ac-3a77-11e7-a058-ddbb23c75d82_story.html

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/04/trump-berates-london-mayor-sadiq-khan-terror-attacks

Trump reacts to London terror by stoking fear and renewing feud with mayor.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-reacts-to-london-terror-by-stoking-fear-and-renewing-feud-with-mayor/2017/06/04/2811bcce-4931-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html

World leaders call for unity after London attack. Trump tweets the complete opposite.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/04/world-leaders-call-for-unity-after-london-attack-trump-tweets-the-complete-opposite/

Trump criticized for tweet on London mayor after bridge attacks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-trump-idUSKBN18U0YC

Is Donald Trump ‘Trying to Provoke a Domestic Terror Attack’ With London Tweets?

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-trying-provoke-domestic-terror-attack-london-tweets-620547

Amid turmoil, Trump spends weekend at golf club.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/336263-amid-turmoil-trump-spends-weekend-golfing

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?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/04/national-socialism-neo-nazis-america-donald-trump

Trump supporters confront counter-protests in Portland, Oregon.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-oregon-protests-idUSKBN18V0J0

‘Alt-right’ Portland rally sees skirmishes with counter-protesters.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/04/portland-oregon-alt-right-rally-antifa

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/alt-right-rally-counter-protestors-joey-gibson-donald-trump-portland-oregon-a7772801.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/right-wing-free-speech-rally-draws-massive-counter-protests-in-portland/2017/06/04/12971892-496f-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html

– (Opinion) Homegrown Terrorism and Why the Threat of Right-Wing Extremism Is Rising in America.

http://www.newsweek.com/homegrown-terrorism-rising-threat-right-wing-extremism-619724

James Comey Senate testimony: America braces for a historic political moment.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/04/james-comey-senate-testimony-donald-trump-russia-flynn

Deutsche Bank ignores U.S. Trump/Russia query.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-deutsche-bank-trump-idUSKBN18V11Q

Putin denies having compromising information on Trump.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-putin-idUSKBN18V16E

Trump praises Saudi Arabia and claims he put Nato nations in place about defence spending.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-nato-saudi-arabia-terrorism-extremism-defence-spending-a7772391.html

U.S. Takes Step Towards Embrace Of Gulf Plan To Destabilize Iran.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/us-takes-step-towards-embrace-of-gulf-plan-to-destabilize_us_59338775e4b0649fff2119ff

Canada calling: tech industry lures workers north in wake of Trump.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/04/canada-tech-industry-recruit-americans-silicon-valley-trump

June 5, 2017 Monday

Trump renews feud with London mayor over terror attack, rails at courts for blocking travel ban.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40163567

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/05/donald-trump-attack-courts-travel-ban-london

London attack: Every mayor in America thanks Sadiq Khan for his leadership, in sharp contrast with Trump.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/london-attack-trump-sadiq-khan-us-mayors-thank-leadership-contrast-a7773981.html

London mayor: We won’t let Trump ‘divide our community’.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/336409-london-mayor-we-wont-let-trump-divide-our-community

Will Trump Visit U.K? After Attack on Sadiq Khan, Theresa May Faces Calls to Cancel State Trip.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-uk-visit-sadiq-khan-621215

Acting US ambassador to China resigns over Trump’s Paris decision.

http://thehill.com/policy/international/336428-acting-us-ambassador-to-china-resigns-over-trumps-paris-decision-report

– (Opinion) Tweets unworthy of office.

http://thehill.com/opinion/bill-press/336451-tweets-unworthy-of-office

Cancel Trump state visit, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan, after London attack tweets.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/05/donald-trump-attack-courts-travel-ban-london

Media war amps up: AP fact-check says Trump can’t be trusted.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/336341-media-war-amps-up-ap-fact-check-says-trump-cant-be-trusted

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/AP-FACT-CHECK-Attack-draws-visceral-Trump-11195713.php

Trump vows to impose travel ban ‘in any event’ despite pending Supreme Court judgement.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-muslim-ban-travel-extreme-vetting-supreme-court-judges-us-president-customs-border-a7773271.html

Trump Grows Discontented With Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/us/politics/trump-discontent-attorney-general-jeff-sessions.html

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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/white-house-formally-backs-plan-to-send-30000-federal-workers-to-private-corporation/2017/06/05/b8ce5546-4987-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html

– (Analysis) It’s time to bust the myth: Most Trump voters were not working class.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/06/05/its-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.

https://www.nytimes.com/svc/oembed/html/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F06%2F05%2Fworld%2Fmiddleeast%2Fqatar-saudi-arabia-egypt-bahrain-united-arab-emirates.html#?secret=M3DsXLejYI

Most Americans in poll oppose Trump’s decision to scrap Paris climate plan, think it will hurt U.S. globally.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/06/05/post-abc-poll-nearly-6-in-10-oppose-trump-scrapping-paris-agreement/

White House won’t block Comey testimony.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/336397-white-house-wont-use-executive-privilege-to-block-comeys-testimony

Media war amps up: AP fact-check says Trump can’t be trusted.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/336341-media-war-amps-up-ap-fact-check-says-trump-cant-be-trusted

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/AP-FACT-CHECK-Attack-draws-visceral-Trump-11195713.php

NSA Report Suggests Russia Might Have Hacked Voting System.

http://www.newsweek.com/who-won-election-nsa-report-suggests-russia-might-have-hacked-voting-system-621213

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/05/russia-us-election-hack-voting-system-nsa-report

Kushners Hunting Hard for a $250 Million Loan to Pay Back Chinese Investors.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-05/kushners-hunting-hard-for-a-loan-to-pay-back-chinese-investors

Republicans use ‘alt-right’ Portland rally to recruit new members.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/05/portland-alt-right-rally-republican-recruit-james-buchal

June 6, 2017 Tuesday

Theresa May: Donald Trump wrong to criticise Sadiq Khan.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-40172537

Sean Spicer says Trump’s tweets should be seen as official White House statements.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-tweets-official-statements-president-sean-spicer-white-house-says-a7776326.html

Donald Trump ‘plans to live-tweet former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony’.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-comey-testimony-live-tweet-plans-senate-hearing-president-twitter-a7776046.html

Nikki Haley warns US may pull out of UN Human Rights Council over ‘anti-Israel bias’.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/nikki-haley-un-human-rights-council-anti-israel-bias-ambassador-arab-countries-saudi-arabia-a7775381.html

Trump’s blocking of Twitter users violates U.S. Constitution: rights institute.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-twitter-idUSKBN18X2LR

Accused leaker Reality Winner called Trump an ‘orange fascist’ on Twitter.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/06/politics/reality-winner-twitter-account/index.html

Climate change progress at Trump’s EPA is grinding to a halt, workers reveal.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/06/climate-change-work-trump-epa

Trump Takes Credit for Saudi Move Against Qatar, a U.S. Military Partner.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/world/middleeast/trump-qatar-saudi-arabia.html

Siding against ally Qatar, Trump injects US into Arab crisis.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-says-arab-leaders-complained-qatar-123707789–politics.html

Trump takes aim at key anti-ISIS ally Qatar in tweets.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/trump-takes-aim-key-anti-isis-ally-qatar/story

McConnell whips Senate GOP back in line on Obamacare repeal.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/06/senate-republicans-obamacare-repeal-timing-239186

Trump sons call Russia probe a ‘hoax’ and ‘witch hunt’.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/06/donald-jr-eric-trump-russia-investigation-239182

Donald Trump Jr. joins father in bashing London mayor.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/06/donald-trump-jr-sadiq-khan-london-mayor-239176

Abstinence education advocate named to HHS post.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/336620-abstinence-education-advocate-named-to-hhs-post

Court asks EPA to justify pausing Obama pollution rule.

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/336613-court-asks-epa-to-justify-pausing-obama-pollution-rule

Consumer bureau defenders brace for House vote on Dodd-Frank rollback.

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/336599-consumer-bureau-defenders-brace-for-house-vote-on-dodd-frank-rollback

Top Intel Dem: Russian attacks on election systems ‘broader’ than reported.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/336545-top-intel-dem-russian-election-interference-broader-than-whats-been-reported

– (Opinion) Making Ignorance Great Again.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/05/opinion/trump-gop-paris-climate-accord.html

Comey Said to Stop Short of Saying Whether Trump Obstructed Justice.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-06/comey-said-to-share-details-of-trump-conversations-in-testimony

Oil lobby met with Interior secretary at Trump hotel on day rule was changed.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/06/investing/oil-lobby-trump-hotel-api/index.html

White House won’t say if Trump has confidence in AG Sessions.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/06/politics/trump-sessions-spicer-confidence/index.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/06/06/jeff-sessions-white-house-attorney-general/102559238/

Sessions offered to resign after tensions grew with Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-offered-in-recent-months-to-resign-as-attorney-general/2017/06/06/030366fc-4b17-11e7-bc1b-fddbd8359dee_story.html

Trump Funneled Cancer Charity Money to His Businesses, Associates: Report.

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-funneled-kids-cancer-charity-money-businesses-621927

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.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/white-house-allies-scramble-for-ways-to-counter-comey/ar-BBCaMwZ

Trump, furious and frustrated, gears up to punch back at Comey’s testimony.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-furious-and-frustrated-will-join-allies-in-attacking-comey-testimony/2017/06/06/171e6d00-4acf-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html

Surprised that nooses are being left around D.C.? Be prepared for more.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/surprised-that-nooses-are-being-left-around-dc-be-prepared-to-see-more/2017/06/06/824c817a-4ad4-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html

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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/trump-administration-wants-to-sell-the-washington-aqueduct/2017/06/06/9c9035dc-47a9-11e7-a196-a1bb629f64cb_story.html

The Ku Klux Klan wants to rally in Charlottesville. Now this college town is on edge again.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/the-ku-klux-klan-wants-to-rally-in-charlottesville-now-this-college-town-is-on-edge-once-again/2017/06/06/ee5cba5c-4a4c-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html

Ethics office won’t probe Trump domestic emoluments issue.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/06/06/ethics-office-trump-shaub-murray-239219

House Dem drafting articles of impeachment for Trump.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/336677-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.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/06/politics/devin-nunes-russia-probe/index.html

– (Opinion) The Lawless Presidency.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/opinion/the-lawless-presidency.html

June 7, 2017 Wednesday

Intelligence officials Rogers, Coats say they won’t discuss private talks with Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-director-rogers-and-intelligence-director-coats-said-they-wont-discuss-specifics-of-private-conversations-with-trump/2017/06/07/e74f7fbe-4b88-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/us/politics/senate-intelligence-hearing.html

INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS’ OUTRAGEOUS CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/06/07/outrageous-contempt-of-congress/

‘I need loyalty’: James Comey’s riveting prepared testimony about what Trump asked him, annotated.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/07/i-need-loyalty-james-comeys-riveting-prepared-testimony-about-what-trump-asked-him-annotated/

Comey Set to Detail Pressure From Trump on Russia Inquiry.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/us/politics/james-comey-statement-testimony.html

Trump’s aides are quickly learning they speak for the president at their own peril.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-undercuts-his-aides-by-contradicting-their-statements/2017/06/06/1ae3155a-4ad2-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html

Iran Lashes Out at Saudis and U.S. as Gulf Tensions Rise.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/world/middleeast/iran-parliament-attack-khomeini-mausoleum.html

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-fbi-idUSKBN18Y1K2

Democrats to sue Trump over conflicts of interest.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/07/democrats-donald-trump-sue-conflict-of-interest-239262

Ex-intel chief Clapper: Watergate ‘pales’ compared to Russia probes.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/07/russia-investigations-trump-watergate-239233

Obama ethics czar: Comey details read ‘like trial testimony’.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/336784-obama-ethics-czar-comey-details-like-trial-testimony

Comey’s dramatic account on Trump rocks Washington.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/336848-comeys-dramatic-account-rocks-washington

Trump feels ‘totally vindicated’ by Comey testimony, lawyer says.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/336834-trump-totally-vindicated-by-comey-testimony-lawyer-says

Comey account could fuel obstruction accusations against Trump: legal experts.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-obstruction-idUSKBN18Z068

I helped prosecute Watergate. Comey’s statement is sufficient evidence for an obstruction of justice case.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/former-watergate-prosecutor-comey-lays-out-sufficient-evidence-for-an-obstruction-of-justice-case/2017/06/07/a12964a4-4be3-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html

Michigan state House approves carrying concealed guns without permit.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-guns-michigan-idUSKBN18Z03Y

Debt limit showdown looms sooner as wealthy bet on Trump tax cut.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-debt-idUSKBN18Y39H

June 8, 2017 Thursday

JAMES COMEY TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS, says he and agency were defamed, accuses White House of ‘Lies’

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/08/us/politics/james-comey-testimony-hearing.html

Comey blasts White House for ‘lies, plain and simple’.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/08/james-comey-trump-russia-testimony-239294

Comey says he shared notes in hopes of a special counsel.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/comey-testimony-trump-senate-hearing/2017/06/07/afadf87c-4bd0-11e7-bc1b-fddbd8359dee_story.html

Comey accuses White House of lies, does not say Trump obstructed justice.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18Z0HC

Comey says Trump fired him to undermine FBI Russia investigation.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN18Z0HC

Comey Says Concern Trump Would Lie Led Him to Write Memos.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-08/comey-urged-to-set-the-record-straight-on-dealings-with-trump

Comey calls for release of memos, any recordings of White House conversations.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/james-comey-calls-for-release-of-memos-possible-recordings-of-white-house-conversations/

– (Analysis) Seven takeaways from Comey’s extraordinary testimony so far.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/08/6-takeaways-from-james-comeys-extraordinary-testimony-about-trump/

James Comey testimony takeaways: He plays political hardball.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/08/key-takeaways-james-comey-testimony/102625928/

Trump: ‘We are going to fight and win’.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/336968-trump-we-are-going-to-fight-and-win

‘We are under siege,’ Trump tells religious right group as Comey testifies.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/08/trump-to-religious-right-we-are-under-siege/102630804/

– (Opinion) Sorry Dems, Comey’s words too weak to impeach Trump.

Dow hits record high in the midst of Comey hearing.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/08/investing/wall-street-stock-market-comey-hearing-trump/index.html

House passes sweeping bank deregulation bill to replace Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law and reduce oversight put in place after 2008 financial crisis.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/08/bank-deregulation-house-239313

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-banks-idUSKBN18Z2T2

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/337004-house-passes-sweeping-bill-to-strip-post-recession-banking-rules

Trump attorney disputes Comey testimony, slams leak.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-attorney-idUSKBN18Z2L0

Senate G.O.P. Nears a Health Bill, but the Right May Balk.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/us/politics/senate-health-bill-may-alienate-gop-conservatives.html

Debt Ceiling Is Again a Battleground, This Time with Republicans in Charge.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/us/politics/debt-ceiling-borrowing-limit.html

Jerry Falwell Jr. says he will be part of a Trump education initiative.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/08/jerry-falwell-jr-trump-education-task-force-239309

The tweet that got James Comey to go to the press.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/08/politics/james-comey-leaking-memo/index.html

Pro-Trump media claims vindication in Comey hearing.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/08/media/conservative-media-james-comey-hearing/index.html

– (Opinion) James Comey is no showboat. The former FBI director is a giant of a man with an even bigger heart.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/06/08/james-comey-bigger-than-russia-donald-trump-testimony-column/102562824/

Dem senator: Trump should testify under oath.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/336983-dem-senator-trump-should-testify-under-oath

June 9, 2017 Friday

Trump calls Comey a ‘leaker’ and claims ‘vindication’ after Senate hearing.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-claims-vindication-from-comey-testimony-calls-him-a-leaker/2017/06/09/4dc20c48-4d06-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/us/politics/trump-comey.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1901FJ

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/09/trump-comey-239344

– (Opinion) The most chilling line of Comey’s testimony.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-most-chilling-line-of-comeys-testimony/2017/06/09/fc4b9322-4d12-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html

Trump Accuses Comey of Lying Under Oath at Senate Hearing.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/us/politics/trump-comey.html

House Intelligence Committee leaders ask White House for any Comey tapes.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/09/house-intelligence-committee-leaders-ask-white-house-for-any-comey-tapes-239366

U.S. aims to trim its U.N. peacekeeping bill after Trump’s calls to slash.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-un-budget-usa-idUSKBN1902IU

Trump targets illegal immigrants who were given reprieves from deportation by Obama.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-deportations-exclusiv-idUSKBN1902I4

Coalition of 13 states to challenge Trump on vehicle emission standards.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-autos-idUSKBN19027I

China says it is vigilant as two U.S. bombers fly over South China Sea.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-usa-southchinasea-idUSKBN1900YY

Trump willing to counter Comey claims under oath.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1901FJ

U.S. seeks to dismiss lawsuit against Trump over foreign payments.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-lawsuit-idUSKBN19103Q

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-florida-guns-idUSKBN19033X

‘Nonsense’: Powerful Republican denounces White House information shut-out.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-trump-idUSKBN1902TW

After Comey bombshells, evangelicals rally firmly behind Trump.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article155387034.html

June 10, 2017 Saturday

Walls don’t fix migration problems, Merkel says on Mexico visit.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-germany-idUSKBN1910RW

Germany’s Merkel lends support to Mexico over NAFTA. Tension over trade has surfaced under Trump and his “America First” policy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-mexico-idUSKBN19106G

Protesters rally against Islamic law in dozens of U.S. cities, but critics believe anti-Muslim hatred is behind the condemnation.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-islam-protests-idUSKBN1910RC

Anti-Muslim rallies across US denounced by civil rights groups.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/10/anti-muslim-rallies-across-us-denounced-by-civil-rights-groups

Anti-Sharia marches, counter-protests lead to fighting and arrests.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/anti-sharia-marches-counter-protests-planned-us/story

Trump wages battle against regulations, not climate change.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Trump-wages-battle-against-regulations-not-11210445.php

Trump Can Take Payments From Foreign Governments, Justice Dept. Says.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-09/trump-can-accept-payments-from-foreign-governments-u-s-argues

http://time.com/4813739/justice-department-donald-trump-payments-foreign-governments/

Feinstein calls for investigation of ‘all matters related to obstruction of justice’.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/10/politics/dianne-feinstein-chuck-grassley-judiciary-committee-investigation/index.html

Mueller staffing up Russia probe while Trump lawyer declares victory.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/10/politics/robert-mueller-russia-investigation-team/index.html

– (Editorial) The GOP’s Obamacare sabotage continues.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gops-obamacare-sabotage-continues/2017/06/09/c0469574-4d40-11e7-a186-60c031eab644_story.html

Russia tells U.S. not to strike Syrian pro-government forces again.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-usa-idUSKBN1910Y9

Trump rebuffs bipartisanship, banks on base to tame turmoil.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/trump-rebuffs-bipartisanship-banks-base-tame-turmoil-47958119

Rallies Against Sharia Law Draw Counter-Protests.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/rallies-against-sharia-law-draw-193523142.html

June 11, 2017 Sunday

U.S, G7 partners remain at odds on climate at environment meeting.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g7-environment-idUSKBN1920N8

Wall Street’s ‘Dr. Doom’ reviews the ‘Trump bump’ (audio).

http://soundcloud.com/reuters/the-exchange-henry-kaufman?in=reuters/sets/the-exchange

Trump calls Comey ‘cowardly’ and suggests he acted illegally.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/11/trump-comey-leaks-239388

Senators sound calls to release Comey ‘tapes’ as Trump attacks ‘cowardly’ leak.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/11/james-comey-testimony-donald-trump-tapes-leak

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/06/11/senator-says-trump-should-turn-over-comey-tapes/

Trump attorney won’t rule out firing Mueller.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/11/trump-mueller-special-counsel-239396

Los Angeles Pride Parade morphs into ‘Resist March’ against Trump.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-lgbt-pride-losangeles-idUSKBN1920GF

– (Analysis) Some Trump supporters want a holy war.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/06/11/some-trump-supporters-want-a-holy-war/

RNC Chairwoman McDaniel urges an end to congressional Russia-Trump probes.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/11/trump-russia-mcdaniel-comey-239389

Senate GOP sees path to ObamaCare repeal.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/337199-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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/06/11/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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/11/us/politics/trump-uk-visit.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/11/donald-trump-state-visit-to-britain-put-on-hold

Role of Trump’s Lawyer Blurs Public and Private Lines.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/11/us/politics/trump-lawyer-marc-kasowitz.html

Senior US prosecutor Bharara reveals he was fired by Trump after receiving several unusual calls from him and refusing to take a third call’.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40243184

There’s ‘absolutely evidence’ to begin obstruction of justice case on Trump: Bharara.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/absolutely-evidence-begin-obstruction-justice-case-bharara/story

Trump defends foreign income: Obama sold books to universities abroad.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/10/trump-foreign-government-income-obama-books

D.C., Maryland to sue Trump over foreign payments to his businesses.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-and-maryland-to-sue-president-trump-alleging-breach-of-constitutional-oath/2017/06/11/0059e1f0-4f19-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html

Trump gives Priebus until July 4th to clean up White House.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/11/donald-trump-reince-priebus-deadline-239411

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.

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-violence-democrats-death-threats-624361

New threats to public lands endanger America’s unique wildlife corridors as Trump pushes for development.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/12/public-lands-wildlife-corridors-migration-routes

Another U.S. appeals court rules against Trump’s revised travel ban ahead of Supreme Court showdown.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-ruling-court-idUSKBN19321K

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/federal-appeals-court-upholds-freeze-on-trumps-travel-ban/2017/06/12/035893c4-4f91-11e7-be25-3a519335381c_story.html

Appeals court cites Trump tweets in ruling against travel ban.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/337442-appeals-court-cites-trumps-tweets-in-ruling-against-travel-ban

– (Opinion) Donald Trump’s Cabinet Meeting Was Soviet and Surreal.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-cabinet-meeting-weirdest-fdr-accomplished-more-twitter-sessions-russia-624683

Republican Greg Gianforte sentenced to community service for assaulting Guardian reporter.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/12/republican-greg-gianforte-sentenced-assaulting-guardian-reporter

– (Opinion) My Lawyers Got Trump to Admit 30 Lies Under Oath.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-06-12/trump-s-history-of-lies-according-to-biographer-timothy-o-brien

Trump to be sued by Maryland and Washington DC attorneys general over foreign payments to his hotels.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-dc-maryland-lawsuit-alleging-breach-constitutional-oath-conflict-interest-companies-a7785281.html

Alex Jones doubles down on Sandy Hook conspiracy theory in ‘disgusting’ Megyn Kelly interview. Some people have called for a boycott of the network.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/alex-jones-megyn-kelly-interview-infowars-sandy-hook-parents-response-conspiracy-theories-a7786656.html

US politician introduces Covfefe Act to preserve Trump tweets.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/covefe-act-trump-twitter-bill-introduced-democrats-stop-president-deleting-tweets-a7786676.html

House panel considers bill easing gun silencer restrictions.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/12/gun-silencer-restrictions-house-jeff-duncan-239440

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.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/12/politics/trump-cabinet-tribute/index.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-cabinet-idUSKBN19400P

Secret Service Has No Audio Copies or Transcripts of Any Tapes Recorded within Trump’s White House.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/secret-service-has-no-audio-recordings-or-transcripts-made-in-trump-white-house-1497291979

Mattis turned down White House calls to go on ‘Fox & Friends’.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/337391-mattis-turning-down-white-house-calls-to-go-on-fox-friends

Trump surrogates go after Mueller.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/12/trump-special-counsel-robert-mueller-surrogates-239447

Trump upends the global order.

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/337205-trump-upends-the-global-order

JP Morgan pulls NBC ads over Alex Jones interview: report.

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/337524-jp-morgan-pulls-nbc-ads-over-alex-jones-interview-report

Bernie Sanders Says Democrats Need To Do More Than Just Criticize Trump

http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/bernie-sanders-says-democrats-need-do-more-just-criticize-trump-2551139

June 13, 2017 Tuesday

– Deputy Attorney General says only he has the power to fire special counsel on Russia.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/jeff-sessions-set-to-testify-this-afternoon-before-senate-intelligence-committee/2017/06/13/ac5321bc-4fc6-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html

How Trump could fire the special counsel (if he were foolish enough to try).

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/06/13/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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gop-is-working-stealthily-to-shred-health-and-financial-protections-for-ordinary-americans/2017/06/13/4ee9f190-4f8a-11e7-be25-3a519335381c_story.html

– Sessions Denies Collusion With Russians as ‘Detestable Lie’.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/us/politics/jeff-sessions-testimony.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/13/jeff-sessions-russia-collusion-senate-testimony

Sessions refuses to say whether he spoke to President Trump about Comey’s handling of Russia investigation.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/jeff-sessions-set-to-testify-this-afternoon-before-senate-intelligence-committee/2017/06/13/ac5321bc-4fc6-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN19415A

– (Analysis) 4 takeaways from Sessions’s feisty testimony to Congress about Russia.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/13/4-takeaways-from-jeff-sessionss-feisty-testimony-to-congress-about-russia/

– (Analysis) Sessions’s testimony highlights Trump’s deep lack of interest in what Russia did in 2016.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/06/13/sessionss-testimony-highlights-trumps-deep-lack-of-interest-in-what-russia-did-in-2016/

(Analysis) Sessions defends Jeff Sessions. But what about Donald Trump?

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/13/attorney-general-jeff-sessions-defends-donald-trump-james-comey-fbi/102808224/

Democrats Fuming Over Sessions Refusal to Answer Questions.

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/democrats-fuming-over-sessions-refusal-answer-questions-n771656

Most Trump real estate now sold to anonymous buyers.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/13/trump-property-buyers-make-clear-shift-secretive-llcs/102399558/

Bernie Sanders: America is ‘drifting toward authoritarianism’.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/06/13/bernie-sanders-america-drifting-toward-authoritarianism/102820546/

11 states sue Trump’s DOE over stalled energy-use limits.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/11-states-sue-trump-administration-energy-standards-48014247

Election databases in several states were at risk during 2016 presidential campaign.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-virginia-shooting-idUSKBN1951M1

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/337717-report-shooting-near-congressional-baseball-game-practice-field

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/us/steve-scalise-congress-shot-alexandria-virginia.html

Gunman repeatedly criticized Republican lawmakers for favoring ‘super rich’.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/law-enforcement-officials-identify-shooter-at-congressional-ballgame-as-illinois-man/2017/06/14/ba6439f4-510f-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html

Virginia Shooting Suspect Was Distraught Over Trump’s Election, Brother Says.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/us/politics/virginia-shooting-suspect-james-hodgkinson.html

The GOP baseball shooting is the 154th mass shooting this year.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/14/the-gop-baseball-shooting-is-the-154th-mass-shooting-this-year/

Some on right blame anti-Trump rhetoric for shooting.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/14/congress-baseball-shooting-blame-anti-trump-239549

Roger Stone blames shooting on ‘climate of hate’ toward Trump.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/337857-roger-stone-blames-climate-of-hate-against-trump-for-shooting

Conservative voices blame Alexandria shooting on Democrats and the left.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/06/14/conservative-voices-blame-alexandria-shooting-on-democrats-and-the-left/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/us/politics/targeted-republicans-gun-laws-alexandria-virginia-baseball-shooting.html

Fox host links shooting to ‘hateful’ Dem rhetoric.

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/337859-fox-news-host-links-lawmaker-shooting-to-politicians-and-celebrities

Their Own Targeted, Republicans Want Looser Gun Laws, Not Stricter Ones.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/us/politics/targeted-republicans-gun-laws-alexandria-virginia-baseball-shooting.html

– (Analysis) After the shootings, calls for unity amid recriminations and finger-pointing.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/after-the-shootings-calls-for-unity-amid-recriminations-and-finger-pointing/2017/06/14/93fb667e-511a-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html

Shooting Is Latest Eruption in a Grim Ritual of Rage and Blame.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/us/baseball-shooting-is-latest-eruption-in-a-grim-ritual-of-rage-and-blame.html

Trump admin amends travel ban date to keep legal battle alive.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-immigration-idUSKBN1952Z1

MUELLER INVESTIGATING TRUMP FOR POTENTIAL OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/337864-mueller-investigating-trump-for-potential-obstruction-of-justice

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN195385

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/special-counsel-is-investigating-trump-for-possible-obstruction-of-justice/2017/06/14/9ce02506-5131-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/14/donald-trump-obstruction-of-justice-investigation-fbi-mueller

Congress again pushing US toward brink of financial calamity.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/economy-budget/337832-congress-again-pushing-us-toward-brink-of-financial

Senate overwhelmingly passes Russia sanctions deal with new limits on Trump, the most significant GOP-imposed restriction on the White House to date.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/14/senate-passes-russia-sanctions-trump-limits-239553

– (Opinion) The GOP’s fantastically anti-democratic quest to kill health care in the dark.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gops-fantastically-anti-democratic-attempt-to-kill-health-care-in-the-dark/2017/06/14/0903e284-5134-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html

Free health clinics make a comeback amid fear of what Trump will do to Obamacare.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article155845034.html

June 15, 2017 Thursday

Special Counsel Interview List Is Said to Point at Trump Inquiry.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/us/politics/mueller-trump-special-counsel-investigation.html

Trump blasts report on obstruction of justice probe.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN195385

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-obstruction-of-justice-russia-charge-phony-twitter-putin-impeachment-latest-a7791281.html

On Twitter, Trump decries obstruction probe tied to ‘phony’ Russia collusion story.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/15/on-twitter-trump-decries-obstruction-probe-related-to-phony-story/

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/15/trump-obstruction-of-justice-239583

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-obstruction-of-justice-russia-charge-phony-twitter-putin-impeachment-latest-a7791281.html

Gun Attack Is Unexpected Test for Movement Sanders Founded.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/us/politics/bernie-sanders-supporters.html

Day after shooting, Pelosi blasts ‘sanctimony’ of Republicans.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/15/nancy-pelosi-scalise-shooting-republicans-239593

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/15/politics/nancy-pelosi-steve-scalise/index.html

Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/15/lobbyist-russian-interests-jeff-sessions-testimony

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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/15/us/politics/secrecy-surrounding-senate-health-bill-raises-alarms-in-both-parties.html

Pence hires outside counsel to deal with Russia investigations.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pence-hires-outside-counsel-to-deal-with-russia-probe-inquiries/2017/06/15/c40ef55c-51f5-11e7-a973-3dae94ed3eb7_story.html

Putin quips he’s ready to grant asylum to ex-FBI chief Comey.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-putin-usa-comey-idUSKBN1961F6

Dems bridle as some in GOP blame shooting on the left.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Dems-bridle-as-some-in-GOP-blame-shooting-on-talk-11223292.php

AP-NORC poll: Just 1 in 5 support Trump’s move to fire Comey.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ap-norc-poll-most-us-072057227.html

Trump, facing deepening probes, revives attacks on Clinton, calls reports he’s under investigation for obstruction of justice ‘phony.’

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/15/trump-obstruction-of-justice-239583

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/338012-trump-why-is-clinton-not-investigated-but-i-am

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-hillary-clinton-phones-destroyed-hammer-bleach-emails-tweets-claims-obstruction-justice-a7792646.html

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.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/15/congress-baseball-shooting-carry-guns-239613

Trump signs executive order on apprenticeships.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/15/trump-apprenticeship-executive-order-239590

Rand Paul denounces ‘new entitlements’ in emerging health bill.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/337970-rand-paul-denounces-new-entitlements-in-emerging-health-bill

Trump sells Qatar $12bn of weapons after accusing it of funding terror.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-qatar-weapons-deal-12-billion-day-accuse-terrorism-saudi-arabiaqatar-signs-loa-for-the-a7790956.html

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.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/15/donald-trump-cuba-miami-barack-obama/102890876/

Homeland Security rescinds Obama plan for some undocumented parents.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-idUSKBN197073

Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/15/lobbyist-russian-interests-jeff-sessions-testimony

Special counsel is investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/special-counsel-is-investigating-jared-kushners-business-dealings/2017/06/15/5d9a32c6-51f2-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html

US sending almost 4,000 extra forces to Afghanistan, Trump official says.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/15/us-troops-afghanistan-trump-administration

Trump Tried to Convince NSA Chief to Absolve Him of Any Russian Collusion: Report.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-tried-convince-nsa-chief-mike-rogers-russia-investigation-fake-report-626073

June 16, 2017 Friday

Trump Confirms He’s Under Investigation on Twitter, attacks Rosenstein in tweets.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/16/trump-appears-to-confirm-obstruction-investigation-attack-rosenstein-in-morning-tweet-rant/

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-under-investigation-russia-scandal-probe-attorney-general-626611

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/16/donald-trump-confirms-investigation-obstruction-of-justice

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/trump-lashes-bad-conflicted-russia-investigators-48077689

Trump says he’s ‘canceling’ Obama Cuba policy and renewal of sanctions.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cuba-idUSKBN1970EC

Germany threatens retaliation if U.S. sanctions harm its firms.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions-germany-idUSKBN197156

Emmanuel Macron Rivals Trump’s ‘America First’ With Plan To Make Europe Great Again.

http://www.newsweek.com/emmanuel-macron-buy-european-act-make-europe-great-again-donald-trump-america-626537

Rosenstein Considering Recusal From Russia Probe.

http://www.newsweek.com/rosenstein-brand-doj-recuse-626732

10 Crazy Things Trump Has Done Since June 16, 2015.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-campaign-anniversary-scandals-gaffes-626650

Poor Americans face tough choice: food or home: Harvard study.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-housing-idUSKBN1971Y7

Officer acquitted in shooting Philando Castile, whose traffic stop was live-streamed.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/06/16/minn-officer-acquitted-of-manslaughter-for-shooting-philando-castile-during-traffic-stop/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/police-shooting-trial-philando-castile.html

Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, hires his own lawyer in Russia probe.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/16/trumps-personal-lawyer-michael-cohen-hires-his-own-lawyer-in-russia-probe/

Trump releases personal financial disclosure report.

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-16/trump-s-latest-financial-disclosure-shows-hotel-s-millions

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/politics/trumps-financial-disclosures.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-retains-assets-worth-at-least-14-billion-new-disclosure-shows/2017/06/16/c0bc4caa-52b9-11e7-be25-3a519335381c_story.html

Trump owes lenders at least $315 million, disclosure shows.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-ethics-idUSKBN1972XM

Trump Attacks Rosenstein in Latest Rebuke of Justice Department.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/politics/trump-investigation-comey-russia.html

Newtown-area NBC station won’t air Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article156706944.html

– (Opinion) The Toxic State of America.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/opinion-toxic-political-climate-fueled-u-s-shootings-a-1152470.html

June 17, 2017 Saturday

Americans lament Cuba becoming ‘forbidden island’ again. Trump on Friday ordered tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to the Caribbean island.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cuba-americans-idUSKBN1980TL

Castro slams Trump’s ‘hostile rhetoric’ toward Cuba.

http://thehill.com/policy/international/338247-castro-slams-trumps-hostile-rhetoric-toward-cuba

‘This is violence against Donald Trump’: rightwingers interrupt Julius Caesar play.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/17/trump-supporter-interrupts-controversial-julius-caesar-play-in-new-york

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke rescinds acceptance of Homeland Security post.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/17/milwaukee-sheriff-david-clarke-rescinds-acceptance-of-homeland-security-post/

Black gun owners worried by acquittal in Castile shooting.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/another-police-shooting-acquittal-worries-black-gun-owners-154924899.html

Six resign from presidential HIV/AIDS council because Trump ‘doesn’t care’.

http://thehill.com/news-by-subject/healthcare/338296-six-resign-from-presidential-hiv-aids-council-because-trump-doesnt

Help wanted: Why Republicans won’t work for the Trump administration.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/help-wanted-why-republicans-wont-work-for-the-trump-administration/2017/06/17/61e3d33e-506a-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html

In rural America, fewer immigrants and less tolerance.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/in-rural-america-fewer-immigrants-and-less-tolerance/2017/06/16/7b448454-4d1d-11e7-bc1b-fddbd8359dee_story.html

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nato-russia-suwalki-gap-idUSKBN1990L2

North Korea accuses U.S. authorities of ‘mugging’ its diplomats at NY airport.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-diplomats-idUSKBN1990NV

Russia criticizes U.S. for ‘anti-Cuban’ approach, says it sides with Cuba.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-cuba-idUSKBN1990A3

Lockheed nears $37 billion-plus deal to sell F-35 jet to 11 countries.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-airshow-paris-f-idUSKBN1990S8

U.S. warplane downs Syrian army jet in southern Raqqa province.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-idUSKBN1990XI

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/18/syria-aircraft-shoot-down-239697

As U.S. Adds Troops in Afghanistan, Trump’s Strategy Remains Undefined.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/18/world/asia/us-troops-afghanistan-trump.html

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”.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1990O7

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-lawyer-insists-there-is-no-obstruction-investigation–but-then-hedges/2017/06/18/9acef104-543b-11e7-b38e-35fd8e0c288f_story.html

Alex Jones cries foul ahead of interview with ‘Medusa’ NBC host Megyn Kelly.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jun/18/alex-jones-megyn-kelly-nbc-interview-sandy-hook-trump

Third noose found hanging near major Washington museums.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/18/noose-found-hanging-washington-museum

Some gun owners are disturbed by the Philando Castile verdict. The NRA is silent.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/06/18/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?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trey-gowdy-now-has-the-house-oversight-gavel-but-will-he-investigate-trump/2017/06/18/597885c0-52c0-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html

$1.5 million ad campaign to pressure 5 GOP senators to vote against health-care overhaul.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/06/18/new-ad-campaign-to-pressure-five-gop-senators-to-vote-against-health-care-overhaul/

The radical idea behind Trump’s EPA rollbacks.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/18/pruitts-predecessors-pan-epa-originalism-philosophy-239669

One dead, 10 injured as van strikes crowd near mosques in London.17-year-old Muslim girl assaulted and killed after leaving Virginia mosque.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/van-strikes-crowd-outside-mosque-in-london-one-person-is-arrested/2017/06/18/5a93993e-5489-11e7-b38e-35fd8e0c288f_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/fairfax-loudoun-police-searching-for-missing-17-year-old-reported-to-have-been-assaulted/2017/06/18/02e379ac-5466-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html

June 19, 2017 Monday

New in Trump probe: an expert in flipping witnesses.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-lawyers-idUSKBN19A1CM

Cuba calls Trump speech on island ‘grotesque spectacle’.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cuba-foreignminister-idUSKBN19A21R

Russia Warns It Will Target U.S. Warplanes in Syrian Airspace.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/world/middleeast/russia-syria.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/russia-shoot-down-all-flying-objects-in-syria-us-regime-warplane-isis-terror-a7797101.html

GOP data firm left 198 million Americans’ voter info unprotected.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/19/deep-root-analytics-voter-information-exposed-239718

NYPD increasing presence around places of worship.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/338446-new-york-increasing-police-presence-around-places-of-worship

Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth’s killer heat worsens.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article156930004.html

Three-quarters of the world’s population could face deadly heatwaves within next 80 years, scientists warn.

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/heatwaves-deadly-populations-faces-century-global-warming-climate-change-report-a7797721.html

Energy chief: Carbon dioxide not prime driver of warming.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article156938834.html

Rick Perry denies that humans are the main cause of climate change.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/06/19/trumps-energy-secretary-just-denied-that-man-made-carbon-dioxide-is-the-main-driver-for-climate-change/

Republican health bill: Democrats pledge Senate standstill over secrecy.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/19/republican-healthcare-bill-senate-secrecy

Off-camera, no audio broadcast: White House keeps undermining press briefing.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/19/media/white-house-press-briefing-donald-trump-media/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/business/sean-spicer-press-briefing-off-camera.html

June 20, 2017 Tuesday

Obamacare repeal imminent in Congress: Pence.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN19B2OP

U.S. senators want Congress to OK military action in Syria.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-military-idUSKBN19B2MM

US shoots down second Iran-made armed drone over Syria in 12 days.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/20/us-iran-drone-shot-down-syria

– (Opinion) Trump’s silence after the London mosque attack speaks volumes.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/20/donald-trump-silence-london-mosque-attack-speaks-volumes

A Russian jet came within feet of a U.S. reconnaissance plane, the Pentagon says.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/06/20/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.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-20/the-new-face-of-trump-s-legal-team-is-the-christian-right-s-pitbull

US sends supersonic bombers in show of force against N. Korea.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-sends-supersonic-bombers-show-force-nkorea-48153532

Trump seeks sharp cuts to federal housing aid, except for program that brings him millions.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/trump-seeks-sharp-cuts-to-housing-aid-except-for-program-that-brings-him-millions/2017/06/20/bf1fb2b8-5531-11e7-ba90-f5875b7d1876_story.html

EPA just gave notice to dozens of scientific advisory board members that their time is up.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/06/20/trump-administration-to-decline-to-renew-dozens-of-scientists-for-key-epa-advisory-board/

Republicans Say Karen Handel’s Georgia Election Victory Is Referendum On Donald Trump.

http://www.ibtimes.com/republicans-say-karen-handels-georgia-election-victory-referendum-donald-trump-2555187

‘I Need More Mexicans’: A Kansas Farmer’s Message to Trump.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-20/-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.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/mcclatchys-america/article157143914.html

June 21, 2017 Wednesday

Most Americans say Republican healthcare plan will be harmful: Reuters/Ipsos poll.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-poll-idUSKBN19C2LO

Draft of Senate health-care bill would roll back Obamacare taxes, rejigger subsidies.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-health-care-draft-repeals-obamacare-taxes-provides-bigger-subsidies-for-low-income-americans-than-house-bill/2017/06/21/3f2226ee-56bd-11e7-ba90-f5875b7d1876_story.html

Trump: GOP healthcare plan will have ‘heart’.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/338896-trump-gop-healthcare-plan-will-have-heart

The Republicans who decried Obamacare secrecy are now writing legislation in secret.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/republicans-who-decried-obamacare-secrecy-now-writing-legislation-in-secret/2017/06/21/05ff180c-55f2-11e7-b38e-35fd8e0c288f_story.html

Trump: GOP is 5-0 on special elections.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/338897-trump-gop-is-5-0-on-special-elections

Pelosi takes heat after Dem loss.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/338826-pelosi-takes-heat-after-dem-loss.

Bloomberg: Trump will win reelection because ‘the Democratic Party is going to be torn apart’.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/338747-bloomberg-trump-will-win-reelection-because-democratic-party-will-be-torn

Russia cancels talks after US imposes new sanctions over Ukraine conflict.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/21/russia-cancels-us-talks-ukraine-sanctions

Congressional Black Caucus refuses to meet with Donald Trump.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/21/donald-trump-congressional-black-caucus-no-meeting

Former police officer acquitted in fatal shooting of black man in Milwaukee.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/21/sylville-smith-shooting-dominique-heaggan-brown-acquitted

ACLU suing DC police over arrests during Trump’s inauguration.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/338812-aclu-files-lawsuit-against-dc-police-for-inauguration-protest

Data of nearly all registered US voters left unsecured for weeks in RNC trove.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/21/data-voters-republican-national-committee

Russian government actors tried to hack election systems in 21 states, Homeland Security official says.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/homeland-security-official-russian-government-actors-potentially-tried-to-hack-election-systems-in-21-states/2017/06/21/33bf31d4-5686-11e7-ba90-f5875b7d1876_story.html

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to cut 4,000 employees from the department.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/interior-chief-wants-to-shed-4000-employees-in-department-shake-up/2017/06/21/791cadd0-56a7-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html

DeVos picks private student loan chief to head government loan program.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/06/21/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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/06/21/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.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/06/21/trinity-college-closes-conn-campus-in-response-to-threats-received/

Iowa newspaper to Trump: ‘Now is not the time for a rally’.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/338814-iowa-newspaper-asks-trump-not-to-rally-ahead-of-iowa-rally

Fox News covers Trump speech live, other networks use regular programming.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/338902-fox-news-covers-trump-speech-live-other-networks-use-regular

– (Opinion) Accommodating Trump.

http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/michael-gerson-accommodating-trump/article_a1d04eb2-568e-11e7-bc15-0334ddf44b7a.html

June 22, 2017 Thursday

AFTER SECRECY, SENATE GOP RELEASES BILL TO END OBAMACARE WITH DEEP CUTS TO MEDICAID.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/us/politics/senate-health-care-bill.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN19D13F

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/338947-senate-gop-releases-obamacare-repeal-bill-with-deep-cuts-to-medicaid

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/22/senate-healthcare-bill-draft-republicans-trump-obamacare

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trumpcare-healthcare-bill-republicans-obamacare-repeal-replace-mitch-mcconnell-vote-date-a7803276.html

Fate of healthcare bill uncertain.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/healthcare-trumpcare-senators-opposition-republicans-vote-against-rand-paul-latest-news-updates-a7803626.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN19D13F

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-gop-leaders-set-to-unveil-health-care-bill/2017/06/22/56dbe35c-5734-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html

What the Senate bill changes about Obamacare.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/politics/obamacare-senate-bill-compare/

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/22/us/senate-health-care-bill.html

http://www.politico.com/interactives/2017/gop-senate-health-care-bill-explained/

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.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/22/gop-health-care-bill-barack-obama-reaction-239870

Healthcare groups issue scathing criticism of Senate bill.

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/339054-healthcare-groups-issue-scathing-criticism-of-senate-bill

Senate health bill could leave millions uninsured, increase costs for sick, seniors.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article157582379.html

Insurers to Senate: Proposal could harm 74M on Medicaid.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2017/live-updates/trump-white-house/gop-health-care-bill-the-latest-news-and-reactions/insurers-to-senate-proposal-could-harm-74m-on-medicaid/

Senate bill would gut critical public health funding this fall.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2017/live-updates/trump-white-house/gop-health-care-bill-the-latest-news-and-reactions/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.

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-06-22/the-senate-health-bill-is-a-travesty-on-a-fast-track

– (Editorial Board) Senate health bill hazardous to America. Mitch McConnell’s plan makes Congress the true death panel: Our view

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/06/22/senate-health-bill-hazardous-editorials-debates/421148001/

– (Opinion) Senate Republicans ready themselves for a massive theft from the poor.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/senate-republicans-ready-themselves-for-a-massive-theft-from-the-poor/2017/06/22/902a1a96-5777-11e7-a204-ad706461fa4f_story.html

– (Analysis) Shifting Dollars From Poor to Rich Is a Key Part of the Senate Health Bill.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/upshot/shifting-dollars-from-poor-to-rich-is-a-key-part-of-the-senate-health-bill.html

Trump Says He Did Not Record Meetings With Comey, has no tapes.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/us/politics/trump-comey-tapes.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/22/trump-says-he-has-no-recordings-of-his-comey-talks-239862

Trump Turns Iowa Rally Into Extended Venting Session.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/21/us/politics/trump-iowa-rally-venting-session.html

Trump slams Mexico, reaffirms pledge to ‘build the wall’.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/339091-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.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-poor-person-economy-commerce-secretary-rich-cabinet-appointments-a7803096.html

Capitol Police drag disabled protesters out of wheelchairs during Trumpcare protests. Forty-three people were arrested in connection with the protest.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/healthcare-protests-disabled-woman-dragged-away-police-without-wheelchair-photos-video-a7803456.html

Lawsuit accuses Trump of violating federal records law.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/22/trump-federal-records-law-lawsuit-239849

– (Opinion) NRA’s ‘Second Amendment Remedies’ are endangering our democracy.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/civil-rights/339039-nras-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.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/coats-tells-house-investigators-president-trump-seemed-obsessed-russia-probe-n775756

Most terrorists in U.S. are right-wing, not Muslim.

http://www.newsweek.com/right-wing-extremism-islamist-terrorism-donald-trump-steve-bannon-628381

Trinity College Professor Flees State Amid Death Threats Over Inflammatory Social Media Posts.

http://time.com/4829459/johnny-williams-trinity-college-professor-social-media-comments/

With Billions Of Dollars At Stake, A Panel Full Of Defense Contractors Is Shaping Defense Policy.

http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/major-defense-contractors-panel-will-direct-billion-dollar-defense-decisions

Election Hackers Altered Voter Rolls, Stole Private Data, Officials Say.

http://time.com/4828306/russian-hacking-election-widespread-private-data/

Detroit Judge Stops Deportation of More Than 100 Iraqi Christians.

http://time.com/4829694/detroit-judge-iraq-christians-deport/

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.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/us/pizzagate-attack-sentence.html

June 23, 2017 Friday

Hacking Democracy: Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/world/national-security/obama-putin-election-hacking/

‘Can He Do That?’: Putin’s instructions: Damage Clinton, help elect Trump.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/can-he-do-that-trump-podcast/

– (Editorial Board) The Senate’s Unaffordable Care Act.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/23/opinion/senate-obamacare-repeal.html

Trump says ‘we’ll have to see’ if Mueller should step down from Russia probe.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/23/trump-says-well-have-to-see-if-mueller-should-step-down-from-russia-probe/

Press briefing crackdown worries Trump allies.

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/339080-new-press-briefing-restrictions-worry-trump-allies

Lawmakers offer bills giving them gun rights in every state.

http://thehill.com/video/lawmaker-interviews/339125-watch-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.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/23/opinion/trumps-lies.html

Manafort Financial Deals Are Under Scrutiny by F.B.I.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/23/us/politics/paul-manafort-jeffrey-yohai.html

Mistrial in Shooting of Black Driver by Cincinnati Officer.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/23/us/raymond-tensing-samuel-dubose-cincinnati.html

What does Italy’s Berlusconi like about Trump? His wife.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-berlusconi-trump-idUSKBN19E1T3

Trump, Putin and Erdogan behave like autocratic rulers: Germany’s Schulz.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-germany-schulz-idUSKBN19F002

California just added four more ‘discriminatory’ states to its travel ban.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/06/23/california-just-added-four-more-discriminatory-states-to-its-travel-ban/

Gowdy: Oversight panel won’t pursue Russia, obstruction probes.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/23/house-oversight-no-russia-investigation-trey-gowdy-239904

For third time in a week, prosecutors fail to convict a cop.

http://www.newsweek.com/why-police-get-acquitted-628737

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.

http://www.newsweek.com/womens-rights-birth-control-abortion-missouri-discrimination-628538

Trump Is Reckless, Erratic And Incompetent, According To Business Leaders Around the World.

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-reckless-erratic-dictator-business-leaders-say-cnbc-survey-628569

Trump signs VA Reform Bill designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees.

http://time.com/4830585/donald-trump-va-reform-veterans-accountability-act/

Biggest Layoffs In US As Boeing Cuts Jobs Months After Trump Vowed More Employment At South Carolina Factory.

http://www.ibtimes.com/biggest-layoffs-us-boeing-cuts-jobs-months-after-trump-vowed-more-employment-south-2556521

– (Opinion) Get Cancer Now, Before Congress Cuts Your Insurance.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/23/opinion/obamacare-cancer-pre-existing-conditions.html

June 24, 2017 Saturday

Pence meets with Koch brother in Colorado.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/339283-pence-stops-by-koch-brothers-conference-in-colorado

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/06/24/vice-president-pence-meets-billionaire-charles-koch/425861001/

Chief lieutenants in the Koch brothers’ political network lashed out at the Senate Republican health care bill on Saturday as not conservative enough.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article158058964.html

‘Handmaids’ protest Mike Pence’s ‘Focus on the Family’ remarks in Colorado Springs.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/06/23/handmaids-protest-mike-pence-focus-on-the-family-remarks-in-colorado-springs/22680732/

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/pence-tells-focus-on-the-family-it-has-an-unwavering-ally-in-trump/

Number of refugees entering US drops by half under Trump.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/339298-refugees-entering-us-cut-by-half-under-trump

‘White Terrorism’ and Donald Trump: Why Has the President Slashed the Grant for Group Combating KKK?

http://www.newsweek.com/far-right-alt-right-neo-nazis-life-after-hate-628829

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trafficking-childsoldiers-exclusi-idUSKBN19E2JY

Medicaid Cuts May Force Retirees Out of Nursing Homes.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/24/science/medicaid-cutbacks-elderly-nursing-homes.html

Trump launches fresh attack on Obama, asks ‘why no action’ on Russian election meddling.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-russia-hacking-election-investigation-latest-barack-obama-choke-a7806771.html

America faces a new wave of homegrown political violence and terrorism if its divisions continue.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/trump-america-political-division-violence-terrorism-threat-a7803826.html

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.

http://www.newsweek.com/gay-pride-marchers-jewish-flags-told-leave-chicago-parade-628879

Conservative Koch network criticizes U.S. Senate healthcare bill.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-koch-idUSKBN19G0V3

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/24/koch-network-withholding-support-of-senate-health-care-bill-pushing-for-changes/

White House’s new strategy: Blame Obama for failing to stop Russia collusion.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/25/white-house-blames-obama-for-failing-to-stop-russia-collusion/

Trump accuses Clinton of colluding with Democrats to defeat ‘Crazy Bernie Sanders’.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/06/25/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.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/25/medicaid-republican-healthcare-plan-affordable-care-act

New York Gay Pride marchers target Trump as San Francisco parties.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-lgbt-pride-idUSKBN19G0WL

White House Pushes Military Might Over Humanitarian Aid in Africa.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/25/world/africa/white-house-pushes-military-might-over-humanitarian-aid-in-africa.html

Bloomberg’s Next Anti-Washington Move: $200 Million Program for Mayors.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/25/us/politics/michael-bloomberg-mayors-trump.html

Analysis indicates partisan gerrymandering has benefited GOP.

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/ap-analysis-shows-gerrymandering-benefited-gop-2016-48262678

Pro-Trump supporters rally in DC.

http://thehill.com/homenews/339418-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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/supreme-court-trump-travel-ban-case.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40409490

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-immigration-idUSKBN19H1OR

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/26/trump-travel-ban-supreme-court-block-partially-lifted

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-allows-limited-version-of-trumps-travel-ban-to-take-effect-will-consider-case-in-fall/2017/06/26/97afa314-573e-11e7-b38e-35fd8e0c288f_story.html

SUPREME COURT SIDES WITH RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS in major church-state decision.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-sides-with-religious-institutions-in-a-major-church-state-decision/2017/06/26/f6187a2a-5a13-11e7-9fc6-c7ef4bc58d13_story.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/26/supreme-court-churches-state-funds-239957

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/supreme-court-playgrounds-church-and-state-missouri.html

CBO: SENATE HEALTH BILL WOULD LEAVE 22 MILLION MORE PEOPLE UNINSURED.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/imminent-cbo-report-could-prove-pivotal-for-senate-republicans-health-care-bill/2017/06/26/cb8d61e2-59f7-11e7-a9f6-7c3296387341_story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/senate-health-care-bill-republican.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/26/cbo-senate-health-care-bill-239967

Republicans say CBO can’t be trusted to evaluate health bill. Are they right?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/26/heres-how-well-the-cbo-did-at-forecasting-the-last-big-health-care-bill/

Trump Meets India’s Leader, a Fellow Nationalist Battling China for His Favor.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/us/politics/donald-trump-narendra-modi-india.html

FBI questioned Trump campaign adviser Carter Page at length in Russia probe.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-has-questioned-trump-campaign-adviser-carter-page-at-length-in-russia-probe/2017/06/26/1a271dcc-5aa5-11e7-a9f6-7c3296387341_story.html

Kushner adds defense attorney Abbe Lowell to Russia-investigation legal team.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/26/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.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/26/trump-tweets-apology-russia-investigations-239951

Sharp Rise in Levels of Earth-Scorching Carbon Dioxide.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/climate/carbon-in-atmosphere-is-rising-even-as-emissions-stabilize.html

Mayors group opposes GOP ‘concealed carry’ gun bills.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/26/mayors-conference-oppose-concealed-carry-gun-bills-239965

Three-quarters of world has little or no confidence in Trump, Pew study finds.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/26/trump-world-global-pew-research-study

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/poll-shows-us-tumbling-in-worlds-regard-under-trump/2017/06/26/87a4f1bc-5857-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html

Poll: Canadians’ favorable opinion of US drops.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/339600-poll-more-canadians-disapprove-of-us-than-in-at-least-35-years

White House says Syria’s Assad is preparing another chemical attack, warns he would pay a ‘heavy price’.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/26/white-house-says-syrias-assad-preparing-another-chemical-attack-warns-of-heavy-penalty/

June 27, 2017 Tuesday

Facing revolt on healthcare bill, Senate Republicans delay vote until after July 4 recess.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/us/politics/republicans-struggle-to-marshal-votes-for-health-care-bill.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-republican-idUSKBN19I11V

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-delay-idUSKBN19I2IY

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-republicans-scramble-to-keep-alive-plans-to-overhaul-obamacare/2017/06/27/c8ea4c02-5b37-11e7-9fc6-c7ef4bc58d13_story.html

Supreme Court’s recent unity faces looming test.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-termcloser-idUSKBN19I2LS

3 Words From the Supreme Court Put Refugees in Limbo.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/us/trump-travel-ban-refugees-supreme-court.html

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-religion-idUSKBN19I1RT

Once on the outside, conservative Koch network warms to Trump.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-koch-idUSKBN19I137

Trump renews attack on ‘Fake News CNN’ after retraction of Russia story, resignation of journalists.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/27/trump-renews-attack-on-fake-news-cnn-after-retraction/

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jun/27/three-cnn-journalists-resign-over-retracted-trump-russia-story

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/27/white-house-cnn-video-james-o-keefe

Trump lawyer’s firm steered millions in donations to family members, files show.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/27/trump-lawyer-jay-sekulow-donations

A Time Magazine with Trump on the cover hangs in his golf clubs. It’s fake.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-time-magazine-with-trump-on-the-cover-hangs-in-his-golf-clubs-its-fake/2017/06/27/0adf96de-5850-11e7-ba90-f5875b7d1876_story.html

Time asks Trump Organization to remove fake cover from golf clubs.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/339741-time-mag-asks-trump-org-to-remove-fake-cover-from-golf-clubs

Grover Norquist complained his daughter had to pay sales tax. Twitter users responded.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/27/how-america-punishes-working-women-for-getting-married/

Ransomware virus strikes across the globe.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-attack-idUSKBN19I1TD

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/technology/ransomware-hackers.html

Google faces years of EU oversight on top of record antitrust fine.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-google-antitrust-outlook-idUSKBN19I2MO

Watchdog group sues EPA to access communications with Icahn.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-biofuels-idUSKBN19I2KC

Trump brand to exit Toronto skyline after buyout deal.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-trump-hotel-idUSKBN19I2CB

Canada’s Secret to Resisting the West’s Populist Wave.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/world/canada/canadas-secret-to-resisting-the-wests-populist-wave.html

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta testifies in House Russia probe.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-podesta-idUSKBN19I2Z1

Trump’s ‘flirtation with torture’ undermines human rights warns UN official.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-torture-extremism-fight-isis-al-qaeda-terror-un-human-rights-zeid-raad-al-hussein-a7810661.html

The U.N. Is Giving up on Trump.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/06/27/united-nations-donald-trump-antonio-guterres-china-215315

Trump’s EPA chief met with chemical CEO before dropping pesticide ban.

http://thehill.com/news-by-subject/energy-environment/339783-trumps-epa-chief-met-with-chemical-ceo-before-dropping

Trump administration to propose repealing rule giving EPA broad authority over water pollution.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/06/27/trump-administration-to-propose-repealing-rule-giving-epa-broad-authority-over-water-pollution/

GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte raised $116K day after assaulting reporter.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/339781-gianforte-raised-116000-day-after-assaulting-reporter

North Korea: Trump’s ‘America First’ policy is like Nazism.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/339782-north-korea-trumps-america-first-policy-is-like-nazism

Reporter accuses White House of ‘inflaming’ media tensions in heated exchange.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news-other-administration/339708-reporter-accuses-white-house-of-inflaming

Lawmakers wary of Trump escalation in Syria.

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/339761-lawmakers-wary-of-trump-escalation-in-syria

House panel votes to privatize air-traffic control.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/27/house-panel-votes-privatize-air-traffic-control/429632001/

An ICE agent visited a restaurant. About 30 employees quit the next day. The owner blamed the Trump administration.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/food/wp/2017/06/27/an-ice-agent-visited-a-restaurant-about-30-employees-quit-the-next-day-its-owner-says/

Ten Commandments Installed At Arkansas State Capitol; ACLU Plans Lawsuit.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/06/27/534558892/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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-super-pacs-idUSKBN19J2GI

With U.S. healthcare bill in disarray, Republicans demand revamp.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN19J2E5

FBI questions U.S. employees of Russian cyber firm Kaspersky Lab.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-kasperskylab-probe-idUSKBN19J2IX

Senate committee wants U.S. states to publicize hacking details.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-congress-idUSKBN19J28W

Newly erected Arkansas Ten Commandments monument destroyed.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40434571

New computer virus spreads from Ukraine to disrupt world business.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cyber-attack-idUSKBN19I1TD

Widespread uncertainty as U.S. travel ban start looms.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-immigration-guidelines-idUSKBN19J2W2

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.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-idUSKBN19J2LP

– (Opinion) Canada’s Ruthlessly Smart Immigration Policy.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/28/opinion/canada-immigration-policy-trump.html

$35,000 a plate: Donald Trump starts fundraising for 2020 re-election. Reporters were barred from hearing his remarks. Trump rips media, mocks Pelosi.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/29/35000-a-plate-donald-trump-starts-fundraising-for-2020-re-election

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/28/trump-fundraiser-pelosi-ossoff-240078

Trump greeted by protesters at campaign fundraiser.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/339974-trump-greeted-by-protesters-at-campaign-fundraiser

House panel approves $696.5B defense policy bill.

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/339997-house-panel-approves-6965b-defense-policy-bill

Armed Services votes down amendments on Trump travel, profits.

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/339996-armed-services-votes-down-amendments-on-trump-travel-profits

NSA director frustrated Trump won’t accept Russia interfered in election.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/339929-nsa-director-frustrated-trump-wont-accept-russia-interfered-in

Trump claims GOP has a ‘big surprise’ on healthcare.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/339881-trump-claims-gop-will-have-a-big-surprise-on-healthcare

Trump attacks Amazon for not paying ‘internet taxes’ in rant at Washington Post.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-amazon-taxes-washington-post-fake-news-internet-a7813341.html

Haley touts cuts to UN peacekeeping funds.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/339991-haley-brags-about-cuts-to-un-peacekeeping-funding

Haley says American foreign policy is now totally unpredictable, and that’s a good thing.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/06/28/nikki-haley-and-trumps-doctrine-of-diplomatic-chaos/

– German audience cheers as US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross speech is cut off.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/germany-audience-us-commerce-secretary-wilbur-ross-cut-off-berlin-europe-donald-trump-a7812981.html

 

June 29, 2017 Thursday

Rules for New Travel Ban Set: Grandma, No; Stepsister, Yes.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/28/us/politics/homeland-security-prepares-to-issue-travel-restrictions.html

Hacks Raise Fear Over N.S.A.’s Hold on Cyberweapons.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/28/technology/ransomware-nsa-hacking-tools.html

Angela Merkel predicts showdown with U.S. over climate at G-20.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/angela-merkel-predicts-showdown-over-climate-at-g-20/2017/06/29/76bf6678-5a84-11e7-aa69-3964a7d55207_story.html

– (Opinion) ‘America first’ is becoming America alone.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2017/06/28/america-first-is-becoming-america-alone/

Syrian doctor hit by Trump travel ban takes up studies in Canada instead.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/29/syrian-doctor-hit-by-trump-travel-ban-takes-up-studies-in-canada-instead

Trump denounced after assailing woman TV host in personal terms.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-brzezinski-idUSKBN19K2D1

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/29/media/mika-brzezinski-donald-trump-tweet/index.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/29/trump-angrily-lashes-out-at-morning-joe-hosts-on-twitter/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/it-is-really-not-normal-both-sides-condemn-trump-for-vulgar-tweet-about-tv-host/2017/06/29/ce1030e4-5ce4-11e7-9b7d-14576dc0f39d_story.html

GOP lawmakers blast Trump’s ‘Morning Joe’ tweets.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/29/politics/lawmakers-react-trump-tweet-joe-scarborough-mika-brzezinski-morning-joe/index.html

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/29/trump-targets-morning-joe-hosts-in-tweet-240085

Europe to Trump: Bring it on.

http://www.politico.eu/article/europe-to-trump-bring-it-on/

New CBO estimate predicts steep Medicaid reductions in second decade of health bill.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/gop-health-care-debate-turns-to-stark-question-help-vulnerable-americans-or-help-the-rich/2017/06/29/02d96318-5cd1-11e7-9fc6-c7ef4bc58d13_story.html

– (Analysis) Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump has never ‘promoted or encouraged violence.’ She is very wrong.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/06/29/sarah-huckabee-sanders-says-trump-has-never-encouraged-any-form-of-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.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/06/29/how-rex-tillerson-destroying-state-department-215319

U.S. Treasury Department announces new sanctions to increase pressure on North Korea.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/06/29/treasury-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.

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/340066-lawmakers-applaud-after-panel-approves-language-revoking-war-authority

The travel ban going into effect would have saved zero lives from terrorist attacks in the last 20 years.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/06/29/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,

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/29/democrats-election-security-task-force-russian-hackers-240113

Hawaii challenges Trump stance on Supreme Court travel ban ruling.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/29/hawaii-challenges-trump-ban-240122

GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/gop-operative-sought-clinton-emails-from-hackers-implied-a-connection-to-flynn-1498770851

http://www.businessinsider.com/russian-hackers-michael-flynn-hillary-clinton-emails-2017-6

A chilling National Rifle Association ad gaining traction online appears to be ‘an open call to violence’.

http://www.businessinsider.com/national-rifle-association-ad-call-to-violence-2017-6

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.

https://thinkprogress.org/voter-fraud-letter-97dcfc51eb48

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/29/trumps-voter-fraud-commission-wants-to-know-the-voting-history-party-id-and-address-of-every-voter-in-america/

June 30, 2017 Friday

– (Reply to Trump; Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough) Donald Trump is not well.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/donald-trump-is-not-well/2017/06/30/97759ee0-5d0f-11e7-9b7d-14576dc0f39d_story.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40458145

TV hosts charge Trump is unstable.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-brzezinski-idUSKBN19L23I

Morning Joe co-hosts accuse White House of blackmail over tabloid story.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/30/mika-brzezinski-joe-scarborough-donald-trump

Did Trump Break the Law Over Alleged ‘Morning Joe,’ ‘National Enquirer’ Blackmail Threats?

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-morning-joe-blackmail-enquirer-630536

– (Opinion) Trump loves attacking women’s looks. And America rewards him for it.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/29/trump-insults-to-women-mika-brzezinski-misogny

Trump Suggests Repealing Health Law Now and Replacing It Later.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/us/politics/trump-health-law-affordable-care-act.html

Trump repeal idea would lead to 26 million uninsured.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/30/trump-repeal-obamacare-effects-cbo-240140

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/30/news/economy/obamacare-repeal-trump/index.html

20 states refusing to provide voter data to Trump election panel.

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/340289-19-states-refusing-to-provide-voter-data-to-trump-panel

States and Trump voter fraud commission set for showdown.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/340311-states-push-back-on-requests-from-voter-fraud-commission

Conservative outlets get more official seats in White House briefing room.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2017/06/30/conservative-outlets-gain-white-house-seats-240152

Trump’s trade plan sets up global clash over ‘America First’ strategy.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/30/trump-america-first-trade-plan-clash-240123

– (Opinion) Understanding Republican Cruelty.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/30/opinion/understanding-republican-cruelty.html

GOP unveils bill to allow political activity by churches.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/317656-gop-lawmakers-unveil-bill-to-water-down-law-limiting-churches

GOP operative looking to obtain Clinton emails cited Trump campaign aides.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/340340-gop-operative-looking-to-obtain-clinton-emails-cited-trump-campaign

New NRA Video Fuels American Extremists, Says Former CIA Analyst.

http://www.newsweek.com/cia-analyst-says-new-nra-video-fuel-american-extremists-630280

Science division of White House office left empty as last staffers depart.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/science-division-of-white-house-office-now-empty-as-last-staffers-depart/

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