Timeline of Donald Trump’s “Deadly Legacy”: April 30 2017 – June 30 2017
By Michael T. Bucci
Global Research, July 03, 2017

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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.

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

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

– Trump says China could have hacked Democratic emails.

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Spread of Hate Crimes Has Lawmakers Seeking Harsher Penalties.

– Immigrant workers at Churchill Downs fear deportation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 1, 2017 Monday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senate Republicans introduce anti-net neutrality legislation.

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

May 2, 2017 Tuesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump and Putin discuss cease-fire in Syria in first conversation since U.S. airstrikes.–separately/2017/05/02/d77dd446-2ecd-11e7-a335-fa0ae1940305_story.html

Frustrated by failures, Trump now demands more power.

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

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

White House leaning toward exiting Paris climate pact.

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

May 3, 2017 Wednesday

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

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

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

– Comey’s Calculations Favored the GOP.

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

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

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

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

– 141 House Republicans support repealing defense budget caps.

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

– Fed holds interest rates steady, downplays economic weakness.

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

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

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

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

 May 4, 2017 Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American Medical Association condemns House healthcare bill passage.

Senators face lobbying onslaught from liberals, health care groups.

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

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

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

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

Trump’s malignant narcissism is toxic: Psychologist.

May 5, 2017 Friday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poll: Most federal employees disapprove of Trump.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 6, 2017 Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 7, 2017 Sunday

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

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

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

Price defends cutting nearly $1 trillion from Medicaid.–politics.html

Tempers Flare Over Removal of Confederate Statues in New Orleans.

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

Trump tries to pressure Senate Republicans on health care.

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

The government wants Julian Assange in jail.

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 8, 2017 Monday

– Left launching blitz against Republicans who backed Obamacare repeal.

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

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

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

Trump administration seeks to convince judges to revive travel ban.

A Global Trump Movement? France Election Signals No.

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

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

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

International climate negotiators stare into a looming American void.

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

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

Trump: Russia collusion story ‘a total hoax’.

Condoleezza Rice chides Trump for criticism of judges, media.

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

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

May 9, 2017 Tuesday

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

House Republicans face fiery town halls following healthcare vote.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senate GOP invites female senator to healthcare group after criticism.

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

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

Burr threatens subpoenas if Trump aides ignore his deadlines.

Reporter arrested after repeatedly questioning Health secretary Tom Price.

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

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


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

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

– (Opinion) Trump firing Comey demands fuller explanation. The timing feeds suspicions that Comey’s firing is really an effort to disrupt or derail the FBI’s investigation into the Russian connection.

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

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

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

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

Schumer calls for special prosecutor, suggests cover-up.

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

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

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

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

Commentators mostly agree: Firing Comey was positively Nixonian.

May 10, 2017 Wednesday

– Trump Defends Comey Firing In Early-Morning Tweetstorm.

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

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

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

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

Comey’s ouster raises questions about Russia probe.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump meets Russia foreign minister amid Comey controversy.

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

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

Paul Ryan rejects calls for special prosecutor in Russia investigation.

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

Comey called Trump ‘crazy’ after Obama wiretapping claims.

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

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

May 11, 2017 Thursday

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

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

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

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

Republican Strategy Firm in Maryland Raided by FBI.

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

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

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

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

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

Texas seeks unprecedented federal money to defund Planned Parenthood.

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

More Price Hikes Likely for Government Insurance Markets.

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

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

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

Muslim family racially abused by Trump supporter on Texas beach.

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

May 12, 2017 Friday

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

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

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

Dems escalate talk of Trump impeachment.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Comey Declines to Testify Before Senate Intelligence Committee.

Schiff demands Trump turn over Comey ‘tapes’.

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

The Trump Tapes: What We Know.

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

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

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

Senate panel investigating Russia outraged by Comey firing.

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

May 13, 2017 Saturday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump Impeachment Inevitable, Historian Says.

North Korea fires missile: South Korea military.

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

NHS ‘robust’ after cyber-attack.

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

Cyberattack Shows Growing Danger of Ransomware.

Trump Still Seethes Over Lack of Credit for Election Win.

What an Immigrant Murder in Kansas Says About America.

Protesters spell out ‘RESIST’ at Trump golf course.

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

May 14, 2017 Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

High court could soon signal view on Trump immigration plans.

Businesses brace for Monday as ransomware threat lingers.

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

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

Republicans plan massive cuts to programs for the poor.

Under Trump, inconvenient data is being sidelined.

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

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

May 15, 2017 Monday

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


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

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

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

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

Woodward and Bernstein say Comey firing is different than Watergate.

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

White House refuses to say if Comey tapes exist.

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

Cyberattack Spreads in Asia; Thousands of Groups Affected.

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

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

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

Indian Americans Reckon With Reality Of Hate Crimes.

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

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

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

Emoluments Clause projected onto Trump’s DC hotel.

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

May 16, 2017 Tuesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tempers Flare and Confusion Swirls at Rattled White House.

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

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

White House scrambles to limit damage after latest bombshell.

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

Press freedom group rips Trump for suggesting Comey jail reporters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump challenges London Mayor Sadiq Khan to IQ test.

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

May 17, 2017 Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Restive Dems amplify calls for impeachment.

Senate Intel panel asks Comey to testify publicly.

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

Congressman calls for Trump’s impeachment on House floor.

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

GOP blocks House vote on independent Russia-Trump investigation.

Defense secretary backs plan to spin off air traffic control.

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

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

Previous Homeland Security officials condemn Sheriff David Clarke taking role.

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

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

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

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

Trump denounces media as White House goes quiet on Comey.

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

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

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

Conservatives begin to whisper: President Pence.

May 18, 2017 Thursday

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

Kochs boost Trump tax plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump loyalists pay little heed to revelations rocking DC.

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

Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians.

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

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

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

Trump supporters blame leaks, conspiracy for his woes.–politics.html

Chaffetz will resign, raising doubts about Trump probe.–politics.html

Vice President Pence has a growing credibility problem.

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

Mueller to ask Congress to step back Russia investigations.

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

Trump meets with lawyers at the White House.

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

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

May 19, 2017 Friday

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

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

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

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

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

Kushner Family Woos Investors With Visas, Trump Name.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump.

James Comey to testify in public Senate intelligence committee hearing.

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

White House looking at ethics rule to weaken special investigation.

May 20, 2017 Saturday

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

Under fire at home, Trump reaps Saudi arms deal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conservative Media’s Alternative Take on Trump and Russia.

May 21, 2017 Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 May 22, 2017 Monday

Trump tells Israel Iran will never have nuclear weapons.

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

Supreme Court rules North Carolina congressional districts unconstitutional.

Republicans used race to redraw North Carolina voter maps.

Scandal-plagued Fox News hit with more lawsuits in U.S. court.

Mississippi lawmaker calls for lynchings after removal of Confederate symbols.

White House proposes slashing funds to clean up toxic sites despite EPA’s pleas.

Trump’s plans to cut food stamps could hit his supporters hardest.

White House pitches budget as welfare reform. The Trump administration wants to take an ax to the safety net in order to balance the budget.

Groups sue FDA over food additive rule.

Sinkhole opens in front of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

Israelis fear Trump might ‘blurt out’ something that’s not easy to ‘fix’.

Americans Say U.S. Moral Values at a Seven-Year Low.

Trump brings up Russian meeting during Israel event.

Manafort, Stone Turn Over Russia Documents to Senate Intel Committee.

Trump Effect Inspires Radical Christians in Military.

Lockheed Martin secures $28 billion in Saudi contracts.

Robert Reich: Our European Allies Are Appalled by Trump.

Texas will allow adoption agencies to reject parents on religious grounds.

Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence.

– (Analysis) The three most damaging paragraphs from the revelation about Trump pushing back against the FBI.

Trump close to choosing outside counsel for Russia investigation. Trump is moving rapidly toward assembling outside counsel to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in last year’s election.

Trump’s budget: major slashes to social programs – but $1.6bn for the wall.

Trump Seeks $3.6 Trillion in Cuts to Reshape Government,


May 23, 2017 Tuesday

Trump FY2018 budget officially unveiled.

Trump seeks to slash $3.6 trillion of spending in austere budget.

Trump budget keeps pledges: Cuts for poor, more for military.–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.”

DNI Dan Coats, speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee, would not comment on reports that Trump had asked Coats and NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers to push back on the FBI’s probe into whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Trump retains Marc Kasowitz as private attorney for Russia probe.

– (Other) Soldiers on UK streets as threat raised to critical after Manchester bombing.

Trump advisers call for privatizing some public assets to build new infrastructure.

Trump told his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte that Washington has sent two nuclear submarines to waters off the Korean peninsula, the New York Times said, comments likely to raise questions about his handling of sensitive information.

May 24, 2017 Wednesday

The Congressional Budget Office reports the bill passed by U.S. House Republicans would cause 23 million people to lose healthcare coverage by 2026 while de-stabilizing health insurance markets in some states and making it hard for sick people to buy insurance.

CBO sees premiums rising 850 percent for poor elderly under House health bill.

Trump said he would save jobs at Carrier. The layoffs start July 20.

Ben Carson calls poverty ‘a state of mind’ during interview.

Theresa May to tackle Donald Trump over Manchester bombing evidence. Prime minister will raise concerns at Nato summit that intelligence leaks from the US have damaged investigation. It was the latest of a series of leaks to US journalists that appeared to come from inside the US intelligence community.

Marchers in Chicago claim McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast food chain, supports low wages for workers and allows sexual harassment, ‘just like Donald Trump’.

Montana GOP candidate accused of assaulting reporter on eve of special election.

Dem rep: Abuse, violence against the press ‘hallmarks in Trump era’.

Thousands protested Trump visit in Belgium.

AG Sessions did not disclose Russia meetings in security clearance form, which requires him to list “any contact” he or his family had with a “foreign government” or its “representatives” over the past seven years.

White House, DOJ miss Senate deadline to provide James Comey memos, records.

How a dubious Russian document influenced the FBI’s handling of the Clinton probe.

May 25, 2017 Thursday

Trump chastises fellow NATO members, demands they meet payment obligations.

Montana GOP candidate charged after allegedly body-slamming reporter.

U.S. warship challenges South China Sea claims, the first such challenge to Beijing in the strategic waterway since Trump took office.

Senators make new push to rein in Trump’s military powers.

– (Other) Fears for economy as number of EU migrants leaving Brexit Britain surges.

Trump asks Justice Department to look into recent foreign intelligence leaks by US officials.

How Alleged Russian Hacker Teamed Up With Florida GOP Operative. Political consultant Aaron Nevins received documents from hacker ‘Guccifer 2.0’ and posted some on his blog.

Georgia Law Will Allow Carry of Handguns at Public University Tailgate Events.

– (Opinion) The Trump Administration’s Troubling State of Mind.

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS BLOCK ON TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN, administration will appeal to Supreme Court.

U.S. lawmakers to fight massive Trump Saudi arms deal.

Wall Street hits record highs, helped by consumer stocks.

Gazette opinion: We’re pulling our endorsement of Greg Gianforte.

Trump calls Germans ‘very bad’ and promises to stop car imports.

Jared Kushner now a focus in Russia investigation.

Republican Charged With Assault Claims Win in Montana Special Election.

May 26, 2017 Friday

Trump travel ban fight heads toward Supreme Court showdown.

In shakeup, Trump to set up ‘war room’ to repel attacks over Russia probe.

Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy.

Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret channel with Kremlin.

Senate Intelligence Committee requests Trump campaign documents.

Tillerson declines to host Ramadan event at State Department.

Texas governor draws criticism for joke about shooting journalists.

Chinese jets intercept U.S surveillance plane.

‘The Germans are bad, very bad’: Trump’s alleged slight generates confusion, backlash.

Zbigniew Brzezinski is dead at 89.

Secret court rebukes NSA for 5-year illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens.

G7 summit: Leaders pressure Trump on climate change pact – but President makes no promises.

Trump Administration Conflicts Of Interest: How Gary Cohn Could Sell U.S. Infrastructure To Goldman Sachs.

Six of the worst cuts in Trump’s budget.

Hillary Clinton hints Donald Trump will be ‘impeached for obstruction of justice’ in unprecedented attack on president.

– (Opinion) The U.S. has a homegrown terrorist problem — and it’s coming from the right.–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.

Leaders issue G7 declaration with U.S. a holdout on climate change.

Man, known as a white supremicist, shouting ‘anti-Muslim slurs’ fatally stabs two men in Portland.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump tells tall tales even without Twitter.

Trump complained of trouble setting up golf courses in EU during Brussels visit.

Thousands of Americans will die unnecessary deaths if AHCA becomes a reality.

Ex-CIA Director: CIA would consider Kushner actions ‘espionage’.

Noose left outside of Hirshhorn museum in Washington.

Trump Returns to Crisis Over Kushner as White House Tries to Contain It.

Trump tells ‘confidants’ U.S. will leave Paris climate deal.

May 28, 2017 Sunday

After summits with Trump, Merkel says Europe must take fate into own hands.

– (Analysis) Why Merkel’s comments matter.

European allies see the two sides of Trump.

The Trump handshake: how world leaders are fighting back. Emmanuel Macron and others have noted that US president’s handshake is a claim to superiority, and are fighting him in kind.

– (Opinion: DW Germany) A dangerous travelling salesman.

Trump attacks ‘fake news’ following Kushner reports.

Back at the White House, Trump unleashes a Twitter rant about fake news, leaks and ‘the enemy’.

U.S. might ban laptops on all flights into and out of the country.

By backing Saudi Arabia’s vision of the Middle East, Trump may be sowing the seeds of conflict.

‘Brave and selfless’ Oregon stabbing victims hailed as heroes for standing up to racist rants.

These 8th-graders from New Jersey refused to be photographed with Paul Ryan.

Florida could pave new changes in ‘stand your ground’ laws.

– (Opinion) Trump seems happy to destroy the planet. Only China and India can save us now.

Homeland Security chief says back-channel talks with Russia would be ‘normal…and acceptable’.

Mattis: Fight against ISIS has shifted to “annihilation tactics”.

May 29, 2017 Monday

‘Atlanticist’ Merkel rams home frustration with Trump after summits.

Angela Merkel Stopped Relying on President Trump Only After Failing to Reason With Him.

Even Angela Merkel’s political rivals are on her side against Trump.

U.S. may put emergency tariffs on solar imports.

North Korea fires Scud-class ballistic missile.

Trump condemns fatal Oregon stabbings; says victims stood against hate

Portland Republican says party should use militia groups after racial attack. Asked if this meant Republicans making their own security arrangements rather than relying on city or state police, Buchal said: “Yeah. And there are these people arising, like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.”

Portland knife attack: tension high as ‘free speech rally’ set for weekend.–sunday

Texas Republican ‘threatens to shoot Democrat’ over immigration protest.

Bullet damage suspected in Ky. newspaper vandalism.

White House plan would minimize civil rights efforts.

This is what Betsy DeVos thinks about people who oppose her school-choice vision.

Portland mayor wants ‘Trump free speech’ rally cancelled after attack.

Trump to reverse Obama’s Cuba policy.

Ted Cruz: Trump should withdraw from Paris climate pact.

The Denver Post has cut ties with Terry Frei after the journalist tweeted that he was “very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend.”.

May 30, 2017 Tuesday

Trump escalates clash after tense summits. Trump criticized Germany’s trade and spending policies, intensifying a clash between the allies and immediately earning himself the moniker “destroyer of Western values” from a leading German politician.

Trump’s communications director Mike Dubke is leaving the job, the White House said on Tuesday, as the president considers wider staff changes to try to prevent more political damage from probes into Russia and his presidential campaign.

– Merkel wants to foster India ties, softens message on U.S. as Trump scolds.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe after the Defence Ministry failed to inform him that four more launchers for the controversial U.S. THAAD anti-missile system had been brought into the country.

Group linked to NSA leaks says will release more data in July.

Kentucky newspapers suffer twin threats amid rising anti-media climate.

– (Opinion) Donald Trump is not blameless when white supremacists slaughter people.

How Trump and the GOP-led Congress swiftly dismantled Internet privacy rules.

– (Other) A guide to the 5 major probes of Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia.

All but two countries are in the Paris climate agreement. The U.S. could be the third.

U.N. chief warns if U.S. pulls back, others will fill leadership role.

Pentagon successfully tests ICBM defense system for first time.

North Korea warns of ‘bigger gift package’ for U.S. after latest test.

Former Trump adviser Flynn to turn over some documents subpoenaed by Senate panel.

Portland man accused of fatal train stabbing has outburst in court. ‘You call it terrorism, I call it patriotism!’

White House drafts rule to roll back ‘contraception mandate’ for health coverage.

Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice is fired — but not for the killing.

Trump’s Personal Lawyer Refuses to Cooperate With Congressional Inquiries.

Trump’s personal lawyer becomes focus of Russia investigation.

White House mounts staunch defense of Kushner.

Trump ‘likes his intelligence briefings filled with pictures’.

Trump: Change Senate rules ‘immediately’ to pass GOP plans.

Transgender Wisconsin Student Can Use Boys’ Bathroom, Federal Court Says.

After Stabbing, Portland’s Mayor Wants 2 Right-Wing Demonstrations Canceled.

49 shot in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend — and that’s a sign of progress.

Right-Wing Polls Show Trump’s Plunging Approval Ratings.

– (Editorial) Show HUD’s Budget Cuts the Door.

Real-Life ‘House of Cards’: Debt Ceiling Crisis Looms for Trump.

GOP taps anti-Clinton strategy to damage Elizabeth Warren early.

Nearly Half of Donald Trump’s Twitter Followers Are Fake Accounts and Bots.

Viral flap over whether Trump has gotten sudden boost in Twitter followers.

May 31, 2017 Wednesday


Pullout ‘monumentally irresponsible:’ experts.

China and EU strengthen commitment to Paris deal with US poised to step away. Beijing and Brussels to set up new alliance to reduce global carbon emissions.

– (Analysis) Paris climate deal: exasperated world leaders prepare to move on without US.

Musk Threatens to Leave Trump’s Business Councils, Joins CEOs Pushing to Stay in Paris Deal.

Majority of Americans in every US state supports Paris climate deal Trump is poised to withdraw from.

Germany says Theresa May is ‘complicit’ in Donald Trump’s policies that put Europe’s security at risk.

China Sees an Opening in Rift Between Trump and Germany.

Trump’s climate decision could be felt for generations.

Cracks widen in US-Europe alliance.

Financial firms lead shareholder rebellion against ExxonMobil climate change policies.

Man arrested at Trump’s Washington hotel after guns found in car. He reportedly told police he is a military veteran suffering from PTSD and chose to stay at the hotel because he likes President Trump.

Poll: Support for Trump impeachment rises. Forty-three percent of voters want Congress to begin impeachment proceedings, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, up from 38 percent last week.

CNN fires Kathy Griffin after Trump beheading photo.

Fired FBI director James Comey plans to testify publicly in the Senate to confirm bombshell accusations that Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide’s ties to Russia.

NRA lobbyist: Guns equalizer for ‘the blacks’.

– Gov. Brown: ‘The rest of the world is against’ Trump.

Trump urges GOP senators to pass new Obamacare repeal bill that adds saved money.

Fox News holds off MSNBC for May ratings win.

Recipients Fear Cuts to Food Stamps and Disability Aid in Trump Budget.

House Russia investigators subpoena Flynn, Cohen.

The home of Cleveland Cavaliers superstar forward LeBron James was found with racist graffiti on the front gate.

Portland train suspect: ‘I hope everyone I stabbed died’.

Americans Like Obamacare Better Than GOP Plan, Kaiser Family Foundation Poll Finds.

White House is no longer taking questions on Trump and Russia. Press secretary says all questions about investigation will be referred to Trump’s lawyer.

Trump administration approves tougher visa vetting, including social media checks.


June 1, 2017 Friday

UKIP leader Nigel Farage is ‘person of interest’ in FBI investigation into Trump and Russia.

The Republicans who urged Trump to pull out of Paris deal are big oil darlings.

Trump delays moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem despite campaign pledge.

– Fearing Trump’s next move, liberals urge Supreme Court conservative Kennedy to stay.

Our ugly racism’s newest artifact: The noose left at the African American Museum.

– (Opinion) The Scope of Hate in 2017.

Putin Hints at U.S. Election Meddling by ‘Patriotically Minded’ Russians.

Maybe Private Russian Hackers Meddled in Election, Putin Says.

Vatican official: US exiting Paris deal would be ‘slap in the face’.

Top Dem: Nunes violating Russia recusal with subpoenas.

Did Trump, Kushner, Sessions Have An Undisclosed Meeting With Russian?

Bloomberg: ’55 percent chance’ Trump will win reelection.

– (Opinion) How Trump’s Chaotic Presidency Threatens the Economy.

Senators asked Comey to investigate AG Jeff Sessions for possible perjury.

Portland, LeBron, the Smithsonian nooses: America’s ugly week of hate.

Top 5 States With Homeless People In US: 23% Rise In Vagrant Population In A Year In Los Angeles.

TRUMP PULLS U.S. OUT OF PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD. World’s second largest greenhouse gas emitter will remove itself from global treaty as Trump claims accord ‘will harm’ American jobs. ‘A reassetion of America’s Sovereignty’.

– (Editorial) Our Disgraceful Exit From the Paris Accord. Here’s what Trump’s decision on the climate change pact says to the world: America cares little about science, its allies and competitiveness.

Critics lament Trump climate move.

Deal cannot be renegotiated: EU leaders.

U.S. and global leaders react to Trump’s exit from Paris climate change pact.

World leaders accuse Trump of turning his back on the planet.

World leaders condemned Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate change.

Trudeau tells Trump Canada is disappointed by withdrawal from Paris climate deal.

Is Trump abandoning US global leadership?

Can China be a world leader on climate change?

Musk to quit Trump advisory councils.

Goldman’s Blankfein criticizes U.S decision to leave Paris climate deal.

Apple CEO says he pleaded with Trump to stay in the Paris climate accord, “but it wasn’t enough.”

Obama slams Trump for leaving Paris climate agreement. ‘Trump rejects future’.

Trump makes Europe (feel) great again.

UN climate negotiator slams White House for having “no idea” how Paris Agreement works.

Washington, California, New York band together to form climate alliance.

US mayors, governors vow to stick with Paris accord.

EPA begins offering buyouts to cut staff.

Right-wing media cheer Trump withdrawing United States from the Paris climate agreement.

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to revive travel ban.

Disaster Agency To Weather Hurricane Season With No Leader, Proposed Cuts.

June 2, 2017 Friday

Exit from Paris pact threatens U.S. global stature, European officials say.

– (Analysis) Paris withdrawal is the visceral expression of Trump’s worldview.

– France’s President Emmanuel Macron has become the principal spokesman of political moderates around the world, squaring off against Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

Angela Merkel Slams Donald Trump’s Decision to Quit Paris Accord.

EU to bypass Trump administration after Paris climate agreement pullout.

Trump’s tangle with Europe leads the continent to find partners elsewhere.

World pledges to save ‘Mother Earth’ despite Trump’s snub to climate pact.

City halls and landmarks turn green in support of Paris climate deal. Local government buildings in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Montreal and Paris lit up after US withdrawal from accord.

How Cities and States Reacted to Trump’s Decision to Exit the Paris Climate Deal.

Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord.

– (Opinion) Donald Trump Poisons the World.

– (Opinion) Abandoning Paris climate deal marks Trump’s return to angry populism.

White House confirms it is considering stopping James Comey from testifying in Senate hearing.

Bloomberg pledges $15M to UN to cover US climate share.

‘Washington can’t stop Americans’: Michael Bloomberg pledges to pay US share of Paris climate funding.

US has nothing to apologize for on climate change, says defiant EPA chief Scott Pruitt.

Pence says climate change is just an issue for the left.

Antarctic sends message to Trump about global warming in shape of iceberg the size of Delaware.

White House orders agencies to ignore Democrats’ oversight requests. Trump’s aides are trying to shut down the release of information that could be used to attack the president.

Nunes intervenes in Russia probe, despite having stepped aside. Nunes issued three subpoenas — which Democrats called a violation of his recusal.

Nunes-led House Intelligence Committee asked for ‘unmaskings’ of Americans.

Special counsel investigation includes Manafort, may expand to Sessions.

Putin Tells Megyn Kelly: U.S. Hackers Could Have Framed Russia.

GOP strategists plot anti-media strategy for 2018 elections.

First Rule of Far-Right Fight Club: Be White and Proud. Fringe Groups Revel as Protests Turn Violent.

June 3, 2017 Saturday

Demonstrations held for and against Trump across the U.S.

Trump files for extension on his 2016 taxes.

Trump Plans to Shift Infrastructure Funding to Cities, States and Business.

Third noose this week found at DC construction site.

UN refugee agency head pleads for funding from Trump administration.

Globe heaps scorn on Trump for Paris exit.


In pictures: London attacks.

Trump tweets for his travel ban as drama unfolds in London.

Trump criticised for using London attacks to promote his own Muslim travel ban.

Oath Keepers militia will attend Portland ‘free speech’ rally, says leader.

(Investigation) How a ‘shadow’ universe of charities joined with political warriors to fuel Trump’s rise.

 June 4, 2017

Trump berates London mayor over response to terror attacks. Trump criticises London Mayor Sadiq Khan and uses attack to justify travel ban before mayor’s spokesman calls tweet ‘ill-informed’ and deliberately out of context.

Trump reacts to London terror by stoking fear and renewing feud with mayor.

World leaders call for unity after London attack. Trump tweets the complete opposite.

Trump criticized for tweet on London mayor after bridge attacks.

Is Donald Trump ‘Trying to Provoke a Domestic Terror Attack’ With London Tweets?

Amid turmoil, Trump spends weekend at golf club.

Is there a neo-Nazi storm brewing in Trump country? Can national socialism (Nazism), repackaged as ‘white identity’ politics, earn votes in rural counties that voted for Trump?

Trump supporters confront counter-protests in Portland, Oregon.

‘Alt-right’ Portland rally sees skirmishes with counter-protesters.

– (Opinion) Homegrown Terrorism and Why the Threat of Right-Wing Extremism Is Rising in America.

James Comey Senate testimony: America braces for a historic political moment.

Deutsche Bank ignores U.S. Trump/Russia query.

Putin denies having compromising information on Trump.

Trump praises Saudi Arabia and claims he put Nato nations in place about defence spending.

U.S. Takes Step Towards Embrace Of Gulf Plan To Destabilize Iran.

Canada calling: tech industry lures workers north in wake of Trump.

 June 5, 2017 Monday

Trump renews feud with London mayor over terror attack, rails at courts for blocking travel ban.

London attack: Every mayor in America thanks Sadiq Khan for his leadership, in sharp contrast with Trump.

London mayor: We won’t let Trump ‘divide our community’.

Will Trump Visit U.K? After Attack on Sadiq Khan, Theresa May Faces Calls to Cancel State Trip.

Acting US ambassador to China resigns over Trump’s Paris decision.

– (Opinion) Tweets unworthy of office.

Cancel Trump state visit, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan, after London attack tweets.

Media war amps up: AP fact-check says Trump can’t be trusted.

Trump vows to impose travel ban ‘in any event’ despite pending Supreme Court judgement.

Trump Grows Discontented With Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

White House formally backs plan to send 30,000 federal workers to private corporation, separating the nation’s air traffic controllers and those who work on a $36 billion modernization program from the Federal Aviation Administration.

– (Analysis) It’s time to bust the myth: Most Trump voters were not working class.

5 Arab States Break Ties With Qatar after a visit to the region by Trump.

Most Americans in poll oppose Trump’s decision to scrap Paris climate plan, think it will hurt U.S. globally.

White House won’t block Comey testimony.

Media war amps up: AP fact-check says Trump can’t be trusted.

NSA Report Suggests Russia Might Have Hacked Voting System.

Kushners Hunting Hard for a $250 Million Loan to Pay Back Chinese Investors.

Republicans use ‘alt-right’ Portland rally to recruit new members.

June 6, 2017 Tuesday

Theresa May: Donald Trump wrong to criticise Sadiq Khan.

Sean Spicer says Trump’s tweets should be seen as official White House statements.

Donald Trump ‘plans to live-tweet former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony’.

Nikki Haley warns US may pull out of UN Human Rights Council over ‘anti-Israel bias’.

Trump’s blocking of Twitter users violates U.S. Constitution: rights institute.

Accused leaker Reality Winner called Trump an ‘orange fascist’ on Twitter.

Climate change progress at Trump’s EPA is grinding to a halt, workers reveal.

Trump Takes Credit for Saudi Move Against Qatar, a U.S. Military Partner.

Siding against ally Qatar, Trump injects US into Arab crisis.–politics.html

Trump takes aim at key anti-ISIS ally Qatar in tweets.

McConnell whips Senate GOP back in line on Obamacare repeal.

Trump sons call Russia probe a ‘hoax’ and ‘witch hunt’.

Donald Trump Jr. joins father in bashing London mayor.

Abstinence education advocate named to HHS post.

Court asks EPA to justify pausing Obama pollution rule.

Consumer bureau defenders brace for House vote on Dodd-Frank rollback.

Top Intel Dem: Russian attacks on election systems ‘broader’ than reported.

– (Opinion) Making Ignorance Great Again.

Comey Said to Stop Short of Saying Whether Trump Obstructed Justice.

Oil lobby met with Interior secretary at Trump hotel on day rule was changed.

White House won’t say if Trump has confidence in AG Sessions.

Sessions offered to resign after tensions grew with Trump.

Trump Funneled Cancer Charity Money to His Businesses, Associates: Report.

White House, allies scramble for ways to offset potential damage from fired FBI Director James Comey’s highly anticipated congressional testimony. Trump’s White House and its allies are crafting a strategy aimed at undermining Comey’s credibility.

Trump, furious and frustrated, gears up to punch back at Comey’s testimony.

Surprised that nooses are being left around D.C.? Be prepared for more.

Trump administration wants to sell the Washington Aqueduct. The White House’s passion for privatization includes a little-noticed plan regarding the historic conduit, which could mean higher water bills.

The Ku Klux Klan wants to rally in Charlottesville. Now this college town is on edge again.

Ethics office won’t probe Trump domestic emoluments issue.

House Dem drafting articles of impeachment for Trump.

Nunes won’t say if he stepped aside in Russia probe. Nunes announced in April he was temporarily stepping aside from leading the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 elections, citing a series of ethics complaints filed against him.

– (Opinion) The Lawless Presidency.

June 7, 2017 Wednesday

Intelligence officials Rogers, Coats say they won’t discuss private talks with Trump.


‘I need loyalty’: James Comey’s riveting prepared testimony about what Trump asked him, annotated.

Comey Set to Detail Pressure From Trump on Russia Inquiry.

Trump’s aides are quickly learning they speak for the president at their own peril.

Iran Lashes Out at Saudis and U.S. as Gulf Tensions Rise.

Trump picks white-collar crime lawyer to replace Comey at FBI. Christopher Wray represented Governor Chris Christie in the so-called Bridgegate scandal over massive traffic jams created as political punishment for a local mayor.

Democrats to sue Trump over conflicts of interest.

Ex-intel chief Clapper: Watergate ‘pales’ compared to Russia probes.

Obama ethics czar: Comey details read ‘like trial testimony’.

Comey’s dramatic account on Trump rocks Washington.

Trump feels ‘totally vindicated’ by Comey testimony, lawyer says.

Comey account could fuel obstruction accusations against Trump: legal experts.

I helped prosecute Watergate. Comey’s statement is sufficient evidence for an obstruction of justice case.

Michigan state House approves carrying concealed guns without permit.

Debt limit showdown looms sooner as wealthy bet on Trump tax cut.

June 8, 2017 Thursday

JAMES COMEY TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS, says he and agency were defamed, accuses White House of ‘Lies’

Comey blasts White House for ‘lies, plain and simple’.

Comey says he shared notes in hopes of a special counsel.

Comey accuses White House of lies, does not say Trump obstructed justice.

Comey says Trump fired him to undermine FBI Russia investigation.

Comey Says Concern Trump Would Lie Led Him to Write Memos.

Comey calls for release of memos, any recordings of White House conversations.

– (Analysis) Seven takeaways from Comey’s extraordinary testimony so far.

James Comey testimony takeaways: He plays political hardball.

Trump: ‘We are going to fight and win’.

‘We are under siege,’ Trump tells religious right group as Comey testifies.

– (Opinion) Sorry Dems, Comey’s words too weak to impeach Trump.

Dow hits record high in the midst of Comey hearing.

House passes sweeping bank deregulation bill to replace Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law and reduce oversight put in place after 2008 financial crisis.

Trump attorney disputes Comey testimony, slams leak.

Senate G.O.P. Nears a Health Bill, but the Right May Balk.

Debt Ceiling Is Again a Battleground, This Time with Republicans in Charge.

Jerry Falwell Jr. says he will be part of a Trump education initiative.

The tweet that got James Comey to go to the press.

Pro-Trump media claims vindication in Comey hearing.

– (Opinion) James Comey is no showboat. The former FBI director is a giant of a man with an even bigger heart.

Dem senator: Trump should testify under oath.

June 9, 2017 Friday

Trump calls Comey a ‘leaker’ and claims ‘vindication’ after Senate hearing.

– (Opinion) The most chilling line of Comey’s testimony.

Trump Accuses Comey of Lying Under Oath at Senate Hearing.

House Intelligence Committee leaders ask White House for any Comey tapes.

U.S. aims to trim its U.N. peacekeeping bill after Trump’s calls to slash.

Trump targets illegal immigrants who were given reprieves from deportation by Obama.

Coalition of 13 states to challenge Trump on vehicle emission standards.

China says it is vigilant as two U.S. bombers fly over South China Sea.

Trump willing to counter Comey claims under oath.

U.S. seeks to dismiss lawsuit against Trump over foreign payments.

Florida governor signs bolstered ‘stand your ground’ law making it easier for defendants in the state to successfully claim they were protecting themselves when they commit violence.

‘Nonsense’: Powerful Republican denounces White House information shut-out.

After Comey bombshells, evangelicals rally firmly behind Trump.

June 10, 2017 Saturday

Walls don’t fix migration problems, Merkel says on Mexico visit.

Germany’s Merkel lends support to Mexico over NAFTA. Tension over trade has surfaced under Trump and his “America First” policy.

Protesters rally against Islamic law in dozens of U.S. cities, but critics believe anti-Muslim hatred is behind the condemnation.

Anti-Muslim rallies across US denounced by civil rights groups.

Anti-Sharia marches, counter-protests lead to fighting and arrests.

Trump wages battle against regulations, not climate change.

Trump Can Take Payments From Foreign Governments, Justice Dept. Says.

Feinstein calls for investigation of ‘all matters related to obstruction of justice’.

Mueller staffing up Russia probe while Trump lawyer declares victory.

– (Editorial) The GOP’s Obamacare sabotage continues.

Russia tells U.S. not to strike Syrian pro-government forces again.

Trump rebuffs bipartisanship, banks on base to tame turmoil.

Rallies Against Sharia Law Draw Counter-Protests.

June 11, 2017 Sunday

U.S, G7 partners remain at odds on climate at environment meeting.

Wall Street’s ‘Dr. Doom’ reviews the ‘Trump bump’ (audio).

Trump calls Comey ‘cowardly’ and suggests he acted illegally.

Senators sound calls to release Comey ‘tapes’ as Trump attacks ‘cowardly’ leak.

Trump attorney won’t rule out firing Mueller.

Los Angeles Pride Parade morphs into ‘Resist March’ against Trump.

– (Analysis) Some Trump supporters want a holy war.

RNC Chairwoman McDaniel urges an end to congressional Russia-Trump probes.

Senate GOP sees path to ObamaCare repeal.

A neo-Nazi with explosives and a framed photo of Timothy McVeigh is not a threat, judge rules.

Trump May Scrap Britain Visit Amid Sinking Popularity.

Role of Trump’s Lawyer Blurs Public and Private Lines.

Senior US prosecutor Bharara reveals he was fired by Trump after receiving several unusual calls from him and refusing to take a third call’.

There’s ‘absolutely evidence’ to begin obstruction of justice case on Trump: Bharara.

Trump defends foreign income: Obama sold books to universities abroad.

D.C., Maryland to sue Trump over foreign payments to his businesses.

Trump gives Priebus until July 4th to clean up White House.

June 12, 2017 Monday

Trump-Era Political Violence Deterring Democratic Candidates. America’s cold civil war is heating up, with countrywide reports of incidents of political violence.

New threats to public lands endanger America’s unique wildlife corridors as Trump pushes for development.

Another U.S. appeals court rules against Trump’s revised travel ban ahead of Supreme Court showdown.

Appeals court cites Trump tweets in ruling against travel ban.

– (Opinion) Donald Trump’s Cabinet Meeting Was Soviet and Surreal.

Republican Greg Gianforte sentenced to community service for assaulting Guardian reporter.

– (Opinion) My Lawyers Got Trump to Admit 30 Lies Under Oath.

Trump to be sued by Maryland and Washington DC attorneys general over foreign payments to his hotels.

Alex Jones doubles down on Sandy Hook conspiracy theory in ‘disgusting’ Megyn Kelly interview. Some people have called for a boycott of the network.

US politician introduces Covfefe Act to preserve Trump tweets.

House panel considers bill easing gun silencer restrictions.

Cabinet members give Trump unusual tribute as heads of his executive branch agencies hailed the opening five months of Trump’s administration while the President himself listened on closely.

Secret Service Has No Audio Copies or Transcripts of Any Tapes Recorded within Trump’s White House.

Mattis turned down White House calls to go on ‘Fox & Friends’.

Trump surrogates go after Mueller.

Trump upends the global order.

JP Morgan pulls NBC ads over Alex Jones interview: report.

Bernie Sanders Says Democrats Need To Do More Than Just Criticize Trump

June 13, 2017 Tuesday

– Deputy Attorney General says only he has the power to fire special counsel on Russia.

How Trump could fire the special counsel (if he were foolish enough to try).

The GOP is working stealthily to shred health and financial protections for ordinary Americans.

– Sessions Denies Collusion With Russians as ‘Detestable Lie’.

Sessions refuses to say whether he spoke to President Trump about Comey’s handling of Russia investigation.

– (Analysis) 4 takeaways from Sessions’s feisty testimony to Congress about Russia.

– (Analysis) Sessions’s testimony highlights Trump’s deep lack of interest in what Russia did in 2016.

(Analysis) Sessions defends Jeff Sessions. But what about Donald Trump?

Democrats Fuming Over Sessions Refusal to Answer Questions.

Most Trump real estate now sold to anonymous buyers.

Bernie Sanders: America is ‘drifting toward authoritarianism’.

11 states sue Trump’s DOE over stalled energy-use limits.

Election databases in several states were at risk during 2016 presidential campaign.

June 14, 2017 Wednesday

CONGRESSMAN SHOT. Gunman fires on Republican lawmakers at baseball practice.

Gunman repeatedly criticized Republican lawmakers for favoring ‘super rich’.

Virginia Shooting Suspect Was Distraught Over Trump’s Election, Brother Says.

The GOP baseball shooting is the 154th mass shooting this year.

Some on right blame anti-Trump rhetoric for shooting.

Roger Stone blames shooting on ‘climate of hate’ toward Trump.

Conservative voices blame Alexandria shooting on Democrats and the left.

Fox host links shooting to ‘hateful’ Dem rhetoric.

Their Own Targeted, Republicans Want Looser Gun Laws, Not Stricter Ones.

– (Analysis) After the shootings, calls for unity amid recriminations and finger-pointing.

Shooting Is Latest Eruption in a Grim Ritual of Rage and Blame.

Trump admin amends travel ban date to keep legal battle alive.


Congress again pushing US toward brink of financial calamity.

Senate overwhelmingly passes Russia sanctions deal with new limits on Trump, the most significant GOP-imposed restriction on the White House to date.

– (Opinion) The GOP’s fantastically anti-democratic quest to kill health care in the dark.

Free health clinics make a comeback amid fear of what Trump will do to Obamacare.

June 15, 2017 Thursday

Special Counsel Interview List Is Said to Point at Trump Inquiry.

Trump blasts report on obstruction of justice probe.

On Twitter, Trump decries obstruction probe tied to ‘phony’ Russia collusion story.

Gun Attack Is Unexpected Test for Movement Sanders Founded.

Day after shooting, Pelosi blasts ‘sanctimony’ of Republicans.

Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions.

Senators From Both Parties Criticize Secrecy on Health Bill. Senate leaders are writing legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act without a single hearing on the bill and without an open drafting session.

Pence hires outside counsel to deal with Russia investigations.

Putin quips he’s ready to grant asylum to ex-FBI chief Comey.

Dems bridle as some in GOP blame shooting on the left.

AP-NORC poll: Just 1 in 5 support Trump’s move to fire Comey.

Trump, facing deepening probes, revives attacks on Clinton, calls reports he’s under investigation for obstruction of justice ‘phony.’

Rattled by shooting, lawmakers want more personal protection. Some Republican lawmakers are seeking to carry personal firearms into the Capitol, a proposal that is alarming Democrats.

Trump signs executive order on apprenticeships.

Rand Paul denounces ‘new entitlements’ in emerging health bill.

Trump sells Qatar $12bn of weapons after accusing it of funding terror.

Trump to change Cuba policy by limiting travel and business transactions rolling back Obama-era regulations that allowed travel and trade after decades of frosty communication between the two countries.

Homeland Security rescinds Obama plan for some undocumented parents.

Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions.

Special counsel is investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings.

US sending almost 4,000 extra forces to Afghanistan, Trump official says.

Trump Tried to Convince NSA Chief to Absolve Him of Any Russian Collusion: Report.

June 16, 2017 Friday

Trump Confirms He’s Under Investigation on Twitter, attacks Rosenstein in tweets.

Trump says he’s ‘canceling’ Obama Cuba policy and renewal of sanctions.

Germany threatens retaliation if U.S. sanctions harm its firms.

Emmanuel Macron Rivals Trump’s ‘America First’ With Plan To Make Europe Great Again.

Rosenstein Considering Recusal From Russia Probe.

10 Crazy Things Trump Has Done Since June 16, 2015.

Poor Americans face tough choice: food or home: Harvard study.

Officer acquitted in shooting Philando Castile, whose traffic stop was live-streamed.

Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, hires his own lawyer in Russia probe.

Trump releases personal financial disclosure report.

Trump owes lenders at least $315 million, disclosure shows.

Trump Attacks Rosenstein in Latest Rebuke of Justice Department.

Newtown-area NBC station won’t air Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones.

– (Opinion) The Toxic State of America.

June 17, 2017 Saturday

Americans lament Cuba becoming ‘forbidden island’ again. Trump on Friday ordered tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to the Caribbean island.

Castro slams Trump’s ‘hostile rhetoric’ toward Cuba.

‘This is violence against Donald Trump’: rightwingers interrupt Julius Caesar play.

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke rescinds acceptance of Homeland Security post.

Black gun owners worried by acquittal in Castile shooting.

Six resign from presidential HIV/AIDS council because Trump ‘doesn’t care’.

Help wanted: Why Republicans won’t work for the Trump administration.

In rural America, fewer immigrants and less tolerance.

June 18, 2017 Sunday

In first, NATO war game defends Baltic weak spot,  rehearsing for a possible scenario in which Russia might try to sever the Baltic states from the rest of the Western alliance.

North Korea accuses U.S. authorities of ‘mugging’ its diplomats at NY airport.

Russia criticizes U.S. for ‘anti-Cuban’ approach, says it sides with Cuba.

Lockheed nears $37 billion-plus deal to sell F-35 jet to 11 countries.

U.S. warplane downs Syrian army jet in southern Raqqa province.

As U.S. Adds Troops in Afghanistan, Trump’s Strategy Remains Undefined.

Trump lawyer says president not under investigation, despite tweets. “The fact of the matter is the president has not been and is not under investigation,” Sekulow said on CBS’ “Face the Nation”.–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.

Third noose found hanging near major Washington museums.

Some gun owners are disturbed by the Philando Castile verdict. The NRA is silent.

Trey Gowdy replaced Chaffetz as head of House oversight. Will he investigate Trump?

$1.5 million ad campaign to pressure 5 GOP senators to vote against health-care overhaul.

The radical idea behind Trump’s EPA rollbacks.

One dead, 10 injured as van strikes crowd near mosques in London.17-year-old Muslim girl assaulted and killed after leaving Virginia mosque.

June 19, 2017 Monday

New in Trump probe: an expert in flipping witnesses.

Cuba calls Trump speech on island ‘grotesque spectacle’.

Russia Warns It Will Target U.S. Warplanes in Syrian Airspace.

GOP data firm left 198 million Americans’ voter info unprotected.

NYPD increasing presence around places of worship.

Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth’s killer heat worsens.

Three-quarters of the world’s population could face deadly heatwaves within next 80 years, scientists warn.

Energy chief: Carbon dioxide not prime driver of warming.

Rick Perry denies that humans are the main cause of climate change.

Republican health bill: Democrats pledge Senate standstill over secrecy.

Off-camera, no audio broadcast: White House keeps undermining press briefing.

June 20, 2017 Tuesday

Obamacare repeal imminent in Congress: Pence.

U.S. senators want Congress to OK military action in Syria.

US shoots down second Iran-made armed drone over Syria in 12 days.

– (Opinion) Trump’s silence after the London mosque attack speaks volumes.

A Russian jet came within feet of a U.S. reconnaissance plane, the Pentagon says.

The New Face of Trump’s Legal Team Is the Christian Right’s Pit Bull.

US sends supersonic bombers in show of force against N. Korea.

Trump seeks sharp cuts to federal housing aid, except for program that brings him millions.

EPA just gave notice to dozens of scientific advisory board members that their time is up.

Republicans Say Karen Handel’s Georgia Election Victory Is Referendum On Donald Trump.

‘I Need More Mexicans’: A Kansas Farmer’s Message to Trump.

The NRA is pushing to eliminate concealed carry permits in NC and across the country.

June 21, 2017 Wednesday

Most Americans say Republican healthcare plan will be harmful: Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Draft of Senate health-care bill would roll back Obamacare taxes, rejigger subsidies.

Trump: GOP healthcare plan will have ‘heart’.

The Republicans who decried Obamacare secrecy are now writing legislation in secret.

Trump: GOP is 5-0 on special elections.

Pelosi takes heat after Dem loss.

Bloomberg: Trump will win reelection because ‘the Democratic Party is going to be torn apart’.

Russia cancels talks after US imposes new sanctions over Ukraine conflict.

Congressional Black Caucus refuses to meet with Donald Trump.

Former police officer acquitted in fatal shooting of black man in Milwaukee.

ACLU suing DC police over arrests during Trump’s inauguration.

Data of nearly all registered US voters left unsecured for weeks in RNC trove.

Russian government actors tried to hack election systems in 21 states, Homeland Security official says.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants to cut 4,000 employees from the department.

DeVos picks private student loan chief to head government loan program.

Scientists predict a Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ the size of New Jersey this summer.

Trinity College closes Conn. campus in response to ‘threats received.

Iowa newspaper to Trump: ‘Now is not the time for a rally’.

Fox News covers Trump speech live, other networks use regular programming.

– (Opinion) Accommodating Trump.

June 22, 2017 Thursday


Fate of healthcare bill uncertain.

What the Senate bill changes about Obamacare.

Obama says Senate health care bill has ‘fundamental meanness’, calling the Republican bill a massive transfer of wealth to the richest people in America with a “fundamental meanness” at its core.

Healthcare groups issue scathing criticism of Senate bill.

Senate health bill could leave millions uninsured, increase costs for sick, seniors.

Insurers to Senate: Proposal could harm 74M on Medicaid.

Senate bill would gut critical public health funding this fall.

– (Editorial Board) [TrumpCare] A Travesty on a Fast Track. Republicans prepare to separate millions of Americans from health insurance.

– (Editorial Board) Senate health bill hazardous to America. Mitch McConnell’s plan makes Congress the true death panel: Our view

– (Opinion) Senate Republicans ready themselves for a massive theft from the poor.

– (Analysis) Shifting Dollars From Poor to Rich Is a Key Part of the Senate Health Bill.

Trump Says He Did Not Record Meetings With Comey, has no tapes.

Trump Turns Iowa Rally Into Extended Venting Session.

Trump slams Mexico, reaffirms pledge to ‘build the wall’.

Trump says he doesn’t want a ‘poor person’ to be in charge of US economy. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has a net worth of about $2.5bn.

Capitol Police drag disabled protesters out of wheelchairs during Trumpcare protests. Forty-three people were arrested in connection with the protest.

Lawsuit accuses Trump of violating federal records law.

– (Opinion) NRA’s ‘Second Amendment Remedies’ are endangering our democracy.

Coats Tells House Investigators Trump seemed obsessed with the Russia probe and repeatedly asked him to say publicly there was no evidence of collusion.

Most terrorists in U.S. are right-wing, not Muslim.

Trinity College Professor Flees State Amid Death Threats Over Inflammatory Social Media Posts.

With Billions Of Dollars At Stake, A Panel Full Of Defense Contractors Is Shaping Defense Policy.

Election Hackers Altered Voter Rolls, Stole Private Data, Officials Say.

Detroit Judge Stops Deportation of More Than 100 Iraqi Christians.

Gunman in ‘Pizzagate’ Shooting Is Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison. Restaurant owner Alefantis said. “This guy’s going to jail and Infowars continues to push this conspiracy, as do many others.”

June 23, 2017 Friday

Hacking Democracy: Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault.

‘Can He Do That?’: Putin’s instructions: Damage Clinton, help elect Trump.

– (Editorial Board) The Senate’s Unaffordable Care Act.

Trump says ‘we’ll have to see’ if Mueller should step down from Russia probe.

Press briefing crackdown worries Trump allies.

Lawmakers offer bills giving them gun rights in every state.

Trump’s Lies – every outright lie the president has told publicly since taking the oath of office.

Manafort Financial Deals Are Under Scrutiny by F.B.I.

Mistrial in Shooting of Black Driver by Cincinnati Officer.

What does Italy’s Berlusconi like about Trump? His wife.

Trump, Putin and Erdogan behave like autocratic rulers: Germany’s Schulz.

California just added four more ‘discriminatory’ states to its travel ban.

Gowdy: Oversight panel won’t pursue Russia, obstruction probes.

For third time in a week, prosecutors fail to convict a cop.

Missouri Women on Birth Control Could Be Denied Jobs. Legislation would allow employers and landlords to discriminate against women who use birth control or have had abortions.

Trump Is Reckless, Erratic And Incompetent, According To Business Leaders Around the World.

Trump signs VA Reform Bill designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees.

Biggest Layoffs In US As Boeing Cuts Jobs Months After Trump Vowed More Employment At South Carolina Factory.

– (Opinion) Get Cancer Now, Before Congress Cuts Your Insurance.

June 24, 2017 Saturday

Pence meets with Koch brother in Colorado.

Chief lieutenants in the Koch brothers’ political network lashed out at the Senate Republican health care bill on Saturday as not conservative enough.

‘Handmaids’ protest Mike Pence’s ‘Focus on the Family’ remarks in Colorado Springs.

Number of refugees entering US drops by half under Trump.

‘White Terrorism’ and Donald Trump: Why Has the President Slashed the Grant for Group Combating KKK?

Overruling diplomats, U.S. to drop Iraq, Myanmar from list of the world’s worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, disregarding the recommendations of State Department experts and senior U.S. diplomats.

Medicaid Cuts May Force Retirees Out of Nursing Homes.

Trump launches fresh attack on Obama, asks ‘why no action’ on Russian election meddling.

America faces a new wave of homegrown political violence and terrorism if its divisions continue.

June 25, 2017 Sunday

Gay Pride Marchers With Jewish Flags Told To Leave Chicago Parade, were told not to display Star of David flags because other people found them ‘offensive.

Conservative Koch network criticizes U.S. Senate healthcare bill.

White House’s new strategy: Blame Obama for failing to stop Russia collusion.

Trump accuses Clinton of colluding with Democrats to defeat ‘Crazy Bernie Sanders’.

‘They’re sentencing me to death’: Medicaid recipients on the Republican healthcare plan.

New York Gay Pride marchers target Trump as San Francisco parties.

White House Pushes Military Might Over Humanitarian Aid in Africa.

Bloomberg’s Next Anti-Washington Move: $200 Million Program for Mayors.

Analysis indicates partisan gerrymandering has benefited GOP.

Pro-Trump supporters rally in DC.

June 26, 2017 Monday




Republicans say CBO can’t be trusted to evaluate health bill. Are they right?

Trump Meets India’s Leader, a Fellow Nationalist Battling China for His Favor.

FBI questioned Trump campaign adviser Carter Page at length in Russia probe.

Kushner adds defense attorney Abbe Lowell to Russia-investigation legal team.

Trump asks for apology over Russia probes because those probes, which are ongoing, have not publicly turned up any proof of coordination between Trump associates and the Russian government.

Sharp Rise in Levels of Earth-Scorching Carbon Dioxide.

Mayors group opposes GOP ‘concealed carry’ gun bills.

Three-quarters of world has little or no confidence in Trump, Pew study finds.

Poll: Canadians’ favorable opinion of US drops.

White House says Syria’s Assad is preparing another chemical attack, warns he would pay a ‘heavy price’.

June 27, 2017 Tuesday

Facing revolt on healthcare bill, Senate Republicans delay vote until after July 4 recess.

Supreme Court’s recent unity faces looming test.

3 Words From the Supreme Court Put Refugees in Limbo.

U.S. top court tosses lower court’s ruling against religious school subsidies. The justices ordered Colorado’s top court to reconsider the legality of school “voucher” programs in light of Monday’s ruling that churches and other religious entities cannot be categorically denied public money even in states whose constitutions explicitly ban such funding.

Once on the outside, conservative Koch network warms to Trump.

Trump renews attack on ‘Fake News CNN’ after retraction of Russia story, resignation of journalists.

White House urges viewing of anti-CNN video ‘whether it’s accurate or not’. Video was made by an infamous rightwing activist known for using heavily edited videos to push conservative pet causes.

Trump lawyer’s firm steered millions in donations to family members, files show.

A Time Magazine with Trump on the cover hangs in his golf clubs. It’s fake.

Time asks Trump Organization to remove fake cover from golf clubs.

Grover Norquist complained his daughter had to pay sales tax. Twitter users responded.

Ransomware virus strikes across the globe.

Google faces years of EU oversight on top of record antitrust fine.

Watchdog group sues EPA to access communications with Icahn.

Trump brand to exit Toronto skyline after buyout deal.

Canada’s Secret to Resisting the West’s Populist Wave.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta testifies in House Russia probe.

Trump’s ‘flirtation with torture’ undermines human rights warns UN official.

The U.N. Is Giving up on Trump.

Trump’s EPA chief met with chemical CEO before dropping pesticide ban.

Trump administration to propose repealing rule giving EPA broad authority over water pollution.

GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte raised $116K day after assaulting reporter.

North Korea: Trump’s ‘America First’ policy is like Nazism.

Reporter accuses White House of ‘inflaming’ media tensions in heated exchange.

Lawmakers wary of Trump escalation in Syria.

House panel votes to privatize air-traffic control.

An ICE agent visited a restaurant. About 30 employees quit the next day. The owner blamed the Trump administration.

Ten Commandments Installed At Arkansas State Capitol; ACLU Plans Lawsuit.

 June 28, 2017 Wednesday

Pro-Trump groups take no prisoners in rush to help an embattled president.

With U.S. healthcare bill in disarray, Republicans demand revamp.

FBI questions U.S. employees of Russian cyber firm Kaspersky Lab.

Senate committee wants U.S. states to publicize hacking details.

Newly erected Arkansas Ten Commandments monument destroyed.

New computer virus spreads from Ukraine to disrupt world business.

Widespread uncertainty as U.S. travel ban start looms.

California Supreme Court upholds cap-and-trade law. “This is the final step in this case to affirm California’s innovative climate program, including its carbon auctions, which serves as a vital safeguard to ensure polluters are held accountable for their pollution.”

Moscow prepares retaliation for U.S. seizure of Russian diplomatic compounds.

– (Opinion) Canada’s Ruthlessly Smart Immigration Policy.

$35,000 a plate: Donald Trump starts fundraising for 2020 re-election. Reporters were barred from hearing his remarks. Trump rips media, mocks Pelosi.

Trump greeted by protesters at campaign fundraiser.

House panel approves $696.5B defense policy bill.

Armed Services votes down amendments on Trump travel, profits.

NSA director frustrated Trump won’t accept Russia interfered in election.

Trump claims GOP has a ‘big surprise’ on healthcare.

Trump attacks Amazon for not paying ‘internet taxes’ in rant at Washington Post.

Haley touts cuts to UN peacekeeping funds.

Haley says American foreign policy is now totally unpredictable, and that’s a good thing.

– German audience cheers as US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross speech is cut off.


June 29, 2017 Thursday

Rules for New Travel Ban Set: Grandma, No; Stepsister, Yes.

Hacks Raise Fear Over N.S.A.’s Hold on Cyberweapons.

Angela Merkel predicts showdown with U.S. over climate at G-20.

– (Opinion) ‘America first’ is becoming America alone.

Syrian doctor hit by Trump travel ban takes up studies in Canada instead.

Trump denounced after assailing woman TV host in personal terms.

GOP lawmakers blast Trump’s ‘Morning Joe’ tweets.

Europe to Trump: Bring it on.

New CBO estimate predicts steep Medicaid reductions in second decade of health bill.

– (Analysis) Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump has never ‘promoted or encouraged violence.’ She is very wrong.

Tillerson blows up at top White House aide.

How Rex Tillerson Is Wrecking the State Department. I worked in Foggy Bottom for 6 years. I’ve never seen anything like this.

U.S. Treasury Department announces new sanctions to increase pressure on North Korea.

Lawmakers applaud after panel approves language revoking war authority, a 2001 law giving the president authority to undertake war against al Qaeda and its affiliates unless a replacement provision is created.

The travel ban going into effect would have saved zero lives from terrorist attacks in the last 20 years.

House Democrats launch election security task force to study how the government can lock Russian hackers out of the 2018 elections,

Hawaii challenges Trump stance on Supreme Court travel ban ruling.

GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn.

A chilling National Rifle Association ad gaining traction online appears to be ‘an open call to violence’.

Trump’s voter fraud commission asked all 50 secretaries of state to provide him with “publicly-available voter roll data” including voters’ full names, addresses, dates of birth, political party, last four digits of social security numbers, voter history, felony convictions, and other identifying information.

June 30, 2017 Friday

– (Reply to Trump; Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough) Donald Trump is not well.

TV hosts charge Trump is unstable.

Morning Joe co-hosts accuse White House of blackmail over tabloid story.

Did Trump Break the Law Over Alleged ‘Morning Joe,’ ‘National Enquirer’ Blackmail Threats?

– (Opinion) Trump loves attacking women’s looks. And America rewards him for it.

Trump Suggests Repealing Health Law Now and Replacing It Later.

Trump repeal idea would lead to 26 million uninsured.

20 states refusing to provide voter data to Trump election panel.

States and Trump voter fraud commission set for showdown.

Conservative outlets get more official seats in White House briefing room.

Trump’s trade plan sets up global clash over ‘America First’ strategy.

– (Opinion) Understanding Republican Cruelty.

GOP unveils bill to allow political activity by churches.

GOP operative looking to obtain Clinton emails cited Trump campaign aides.

New NRA Video Fuels American Extremists, Says Former CIA Analyst.

Science division of White House office left empty as last staffers depart.

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