So much can happen in a week. Prior to the G7 meeting, Trump advocated for bringing Russia back into the meeting (no collusion!), surprising the other world leaders that were attending. After a contentious, but ultimately successful meeting, Trump threw a hissy fit, called Justin Trudeau names & backed out of signing the communique. Later in the week, Trump met with someone more his style - Kim Jong-un. They met, said nice things about each other and accomplished very little. As always, that's a win for the Trump administration. As if that wasn't enough, the Supreme Court ruled that citizens who fail to vote for an extended period of time can be removed from the voter rolls. Democracy at it's finest.
Last weekend, we served as delegates at the Connecticut State Democratic Convention. We saw a lot and learned even more! Trump sent out a Memorial Day tweet, but seemed more interested in praising himself than truly celebrating the holiday. Trump has invented a new scandal and named it Spygate. He doesn't care if it's actually real as long as his base thinks it is. Immigration continues to be a problem as the U.S. government takes some children away from their families while losing track of others. Trump & King Jong-un continue their will they/won't they relationship, with Trump claiming verifiable sources don't exist. Finally, the NFL has officially ruled on their national anthem policy and it's rubbing a lot of people the wrong way.
Robert Mueller's questions for Trump have been leaked, but which side leaked it and what does it mean? The White House Correspondents Association invited a comedian to host their dinner and then became upset when she told jokes. Trump seems ready to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and there's nothing Emmanuel Macron or Angela Merkel can do to change his mind. Trump called into Fox & Friends last week and went on a 30 minute rant that puts his tweets to shame. Last but not least, John Kelly thinks Trump in an idiot. Yeah, that's about right.
Our thoughts go out to the Bush family, who lost matriarch Barbara today. McConnell doesn't think there's a need for a bill to protect Mueller, so he's refusing to bring one to the Senate floor. The offices and home of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen were raided last week. Now we wait to see what, if anything, they found. Paul Ryan is getting out while the getting is good and retiring in January. What does that mean for the House Republicans? James Comey's interview with George Stephanopoulos finally aired - do you think it lived up to the hype? Trump ordered missile strikes on Syria, but was it a strategic or political move? Finally, the Department of Homeland Security plans on tracking media professionals and influencers - where do we rank on that list?
Last week, Trump fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, just two days before his retirement. But Trump's pettiness could lead to a larger problem. He continued by attacking James Comey, leaving people worried that he might fire Robert Mueller. Mueller's firing would create a constitutional crisis and bring things to a whole other level. Trump's advisors specifically told him not to congratulate Putin an his election win, so of course that's exactly what he did. Finally, the entire is counting down to next Sunday, when Stormy Daniels' 60 Minutes interview finally airs.
Another one bites the dust, as Trump fires Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Trump’s personal assistant, John McEntee, was fired as well, but don't worry, he was quickly hired by the Trump campaign. It looks like democrat Conor Lamb is going to win the PA-18 special election, but what does that mean for November? The Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are ready to end the investigation into Russian interference and the Democrats are not very happy about it. Finally, Hillary is back and people on both side are angry.
White House Staff Secretary resigned last week amid allegations of domestic abuse and Donald Trump didn't exactly handle it well. After a brief government shut down, Congress passed another short term spending bill. But what's next for the DREAMers? Trump's budget policy priorities have been released and, once again, he's looking to cut funding to NPR, PBS & Meals on Wheels. Finally, Omarosa traded the White House for the Big Brother House. What has she been saying about her time in the Trump administration.
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Reports are out that Trump wanted to fire Robert Mueller last year. How will the affect Mueller's investigation? The government shut down and opened back up, but the problem remains. John Kelly might be following in his predecessor's footsteps and leaving the White House. Finally, what is the GOP memo and how much of it can we believe?
Happy 2018! The new year brings us the same old Trump. He's tweeted North Korea, announced the "Most Honest and Corrupt Media Awards" & given an impromptu interview to the New York Times. At least Congress is planning to focus on bipartisanship...let's keep our fingers crossed that it lasts. The DACA fight will take center stage early in the year & hopefully Congress will do the right thing. Orrin Hatch is retiring after serving seven terms. Will Mitt Romney take his place? Finally, Trump is still attacking Hillary & Comey. The more things change, the more things stay the same.
What a crazy week in the world of health care. The Senate has failed to pass to versions of the bill. Is third time the charm? Our hearts broke when Sean "Spicy" Spicer resigned & we're not sure we're ready to embrace the craziness of Anthony Scaramucci. Trump has thrown Jeff Sessions under the bus, but is still defending his son-in-law...for now. Trump has also been releasing some crazy tweets & the internet is (rightly) upset. Finally, we close with some exciting news about the political futures of Jesse & Kevin!