*world news – (1/20/2017 to ….) milestones & twitter feed

10 dead in Russian subway blast; 2nd bomb found, deactivated (Chicago Tribune, April 3, 2017)

Abortion rights

Affordable Care Act

Aide Says Courts Grabbed Power From Trump on Immigration Ban (San Francisco Chronicle,  February 12, 2017)

Alternative facts

Amnesty warns of crimes against humanity in Philippines (Yahoo News, January 31, 2017)

Among veterans, raw responses to Trump’s effort to block refugees and others from Muslim countries (The Washington Post, January 29, 2017)

Ann Coulter backing out of UC Berkeley speech (SF Gate, April 26, 2017) – “I looked over my shoulder and my allies had joined the other team”

Ann Coulter speech at UC Berkeley canceled after loss of conservative groups’ support (USA Today, April 26, 2017)

Bannon reportedly threatened to quit before ouster from NSC (National Security Council) (San Francisco Chronicle, April 6, 2017)

BANNON, STEPHEN (Chief Strategist/Counselor to the President).  Reince Priebus and Senior Counselor Steve Bannon were named as “equal partners” within the White House power structure

Berkeley needs ‘another Kent State’: GOP official resigns after tweet, (East Bay Times, February 9, 2017)

Bogus ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ Claim Snarls Trump Adviser Conway (NPR, February 3, 2017)

Border wall

BOSSERT, TOM – Homeland Security Advisor

Boy Scouts open membership to transgender boys. (CNN, January 31, 2017)

Bridge Collapses in Atlanta Freeway Fire During Rush Hour (NBC News, March 30, 2017)

Christian refugees a priority

CARSON, BEN – Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

CHAO, ELAINE – Secretary of Transportation

Chelsea Clinton knocks Kellyanne Conway: ‘Please don’t make up attacks’ (CNN, February 3, 2017)

CNN, New York Times, other media banned from White House briefing (Washington Post, February 24, 2017)

COATS, DAN – Director of National Intelligence

Columbia landslide: Dozens of children among the dead (BBC News, April 3, 2017)

COMEY, JAMES (2013-present) – Director of the FBI

Comments -“A 70 year old narcissistic sociopath who has spent his self absorbed life enriching himself at the expense of others, is not going to change in any way.”

Consular Fellow Program

CONWAY, KELLYANNE (Counselor to the President)

Conway may have broken key ethics rule by touting Ivanka Trump’s products, experts say, (Washington Post, February 89, 2017)

Countries where Trump does business are not hit by new travel restrictions (The Washington Post, January 29, 2017)

Covering Trump The Reuters Way (January 31, 2017) 

Dakota Access pipeline

DEARBORN, RICK (Deputy Chief of Staff)

Defiant Trump Vows to Take Immigration Case to Supreme Court (New York Times, April 26, 2017)

Delaware prison officer killed in hostage raid.  (BBC News, February 2, 2017)

Dianne Feinstein impressed with SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch, (CBS News, February 7, 2017)

Did Obama really wiretap Trump Towers? (BBC News, March 5, 2017)

Documents confirm Trump still benefiting from his business (The Washington Post, February 4, 2017)

Donald Trump gave a doozy of a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast (Washington Post, February 2, 2017)

Donald Trump tax: Leaked 2005 document angers White House (BBC News, March 14, 2017)

Donald Trump’s tweets to deflect attention from ‘Russiagate’ are not working (The Sydney Morning Herald, March 5, 2017)

Early Signs Suggest Trump’s Actions Are Taking a Toll on Trump Brand. (New York Times, February 4, 2017)

Eric Trump’s trip to Uruguay cost taxpapers $97,830 in hotel bills (Washington Post, February 3, 2017)

Executive Order #1 – Providing “relief” from the Affordable Care Act – Trump’s first executive order on Inauguration Day involved “minimizing the economic burden” of the Affordable Care Act. This order allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the heads of other departments and agencies to waive or delay the implementation of any ACA provisions that would impose a financial burden or any state or a regulatory burden on any individuals. (Executive order signed January 20, 2017)

Executive Order #2Expediting Environmental Reviews & Approvals for High-Priority Infrastructure Projects .  This order outlines how the administration will expediate environmental reviews and approval of “high priority” infrastructure projects, such as repairs to bridges, airports and highways.  (signed January 24, 2017)

Executive Order #3 – Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.  Outlines changes to a few immigration policies, but most notably it strips federal grant money to so-called sanctuary cities.  Creates an office to assist the victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants and calls on local and state police to detain or apprehend people in the US illegally. (signed January 25, 2017)

Executive Order #4Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. … directs federal funding to construction of a wall along the US/Mexico border … hiring 5000 more Border Patrol agents … ending catch and release protocols. (signed January 25, 2017)

Executive Order #5 – Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.  Suspends the entry of immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries for 90 days and stops all refugees from entering the country for 120 days.  Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely.  Suspension of Obama’s 2012 Visa Interview Waiver program. (signed January 27, 2017)

Executive Order #6 – Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees.  Stops all executive branch officials for lobbying for 5 years after they leave office & places a lifetime ban on lobbying a foreign government. (signed January 28, 2017)

Executive Order #7 – Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.  Executive departments and agencies must slash 2 regulations for every one new regulation proposed.  Regulation spending cannot exceed $0, and any costs associated with regulations must be offset with eliminations.  (signed January 30, 2017)

Executive Order #8 – Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System.  “Core Principles” – Making regulation “efficient, effective and appropriately tailored”; preventing government bailouts, ensuring that US firms are competitive with foreign companies. (signed February 3, 2017)

Executive Order #9 – Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions to create a task force that would propose new legislation to reduce crime, highlighting drug trafficking, illegal immigration and violent crime.  (signed February 9, 2017)

Executive Order #10 – Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers. Justice Department to “enhance the protection and safety” of law enforcement by increasing penalties for crimes committed against officers. (signed February 9, 2017)

Executive Order #11 – Enforcing Federal Law With Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking.  Cutting down on organized crime by enhancing cooperation with foreign governments and the ways in which federal agencies share information and data. (signed February 9, 2017)

Executive Order #12 – Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice. (signed February 9, 2017)

Executive Order #13 – Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.  Each agency must designate an official as its Regulatory Reform Officer (RRO) who will be responsible for reviewing current regulations and making recommendations to the agency head on how to modify them.  The RRO must hone in on certain regulations, such as those that are outdated or are perceived to curtail job creation.(signed February 24, 2017)

Executive Order #14 – Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the “Waters of the U.S.” Rule.  Order calls on federal agencies to revise a regulation put in place by former President Obama, called the Clean Water Rule.  Signed in 2015, the rule expanded the number of bodies of water protected by the federal government to include streams, ponds and smaller waterways.  Directs the administrator of the EPA and the assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works to review the rule and propose a new one that either eliminates or revises Obama’s rule.  (signed February 28, 2017)

Executive Order #15 – White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Order transfers the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges (WHHBCU) from the Department of Education to the Executive Office of the President.  (signed February 28, 2017)

Executive Order #16 – Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the U.S. Order revises President Trump’s original U.S. Immigration ban. (signed March 6, 2017)

Executive Order #17 -Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch (signed March 6, 2017)

Explosive device on subway train in St. Petersburg kills at least 10 people (Washington Post, April 3, 2017)

Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General, Capping Bitter Battle (New York Times, February 9, 2017)

Facing criticism, Trump administration has no regrets about leaving out Jews in Holocaust statement (The Washington Post, January 29, 2017)

Fake news

Fired Trump aide Michael Flynn ‘has a story to tell; (BBC News, March 30, 2017)

Florida heroin bust reveals drugs covered in Donald Trump’s face. (Washington Post, February 4, 2017)

FLYNN, MICHAEL – National Security Advisor

GrabYourWallet.org – a campaign for boycotts of businesses associated with the Trump name. (+February 4, 2017)

Freezing the hiring of Federal workers

Google recalls staff to the US after Trump immigration order (January 28, 2017)

GOP grapples with how to handle town halls (TheHill.com, February 25, 2017)

GOP healthcare bill: House Republican leaders abruptly pull their rewrite of the nation’s health care law. (Washington Post, March 24, 2017)

Gucci coat ($3600) – “Trump Revolutionary Wear” – a design by Alessandro Michele

H1B visas

HAGIN, JOE (Deputy Chief of Staff)

HALEY, NIKKI – Ambassor to the United Nations

HB2 repeal: Cooper turns back on LGBT community (Charlotte Observer, March 30, 2017)

Here’s what the Republicans who just stopped Trump want next (Washington Post, March 26, 2017)

Heidelberg car attack injures three (BBC News, February 25, 2017)

HICKS, HOPE (Director of Strategic Communications)

House GOP abandons ObamaCare repeal effort in stunning defeat (TheHill.com, March 24, 2017)

House intelligence chair Nunes steps aside from Russia probe (San Francisco Chronicle, April 6, 2017)

House Republicans unveil ObamaCare replacement plan (BBC, March 6, 2017)

How disastrous for Trump is healthcare collapse?  (BBC News, March 24, 2017)

If the United States begins mass deportations of Mexican immigrants, Mexico could also respond by checking the documents of the large populations of Americans who live in cities such as Ajijic or San Miguel de Allende. (The Washington Post, January 29, 2017)

‘I misspoke one word’: Kellyanne Conway calls her critics ‘haters’ afer Bowling Green fiasco (The Washington Post, February 4, 2017)


Inaugural attendance numbers disputed (January 22, 2017)

In fight with Trump, Mexico has plenty of ways to punch back (The Washington Post, January 29, 2017)

In Surprise TED Talk, Pope Francis Asks The Powerful For ‘Revolution Of Tenderness’ (NPR, April 26, 2017)

Israel approves first new West Bank settlement in 20 years (BBC News, March 30, 2017)

Ivanka Doesn’t Get To Decide What “Complicit” Means (BuzzFeed News, April 5, 2017)

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner ‘struggling to control Donald Trump as their influence wanes’ (The Independent, February 2, 2017)

Ivanka Trump’s new title hardly drains the White House swamp (Washington Post (blog), March 30, 2017)

Jeff Sessions asks 46 Obama-appointed US attorneys to resign (Los Angeles Times, March 11, 2017)

KELLY, JOHN F. – Secretary of Homeland Security

Kellyanne Conway and the Bowling Green Massacre That Wasn’t (The Atlantic, February 3, 2017)

Kellyanne Conway puts feet on Oval Office couch; Twitter freaks (USA Today, February 28, 2017)

Kellyanne Conway Tells Americans To Buy Ivanka Trump’s Products, (NPR, February 9, 2017)

KeyStone XL pipeline

KUSHNER, JARED (Senior Advisor to the President)

Last week, Mr Bannon described the US mainstream media as “the opposition party”, saying it should “keep its mouth shut”. (BBC, January 29, 2017)

LIGHTHIZER, ROBERT – United States Trade Representative

London attack: The victims (BBC News, March 24, 2017)

“Make America Great”

MATTIS, JAMES – Secretary of Defense

McCain Steps in to Ease Tension with Australia Over Trump Insult (New York Times, February 2, 2017)

McCain to Trump: Retract wiretapping claim or prove it (SF Gate, March 12, 2017)

Mexico rebukes Israel over Netanyahu wall tweet (Reuters, January 28, 2017)

Mikhail Gorbachev is worried about a world war.  He hopes Trump and Putin can stop it (The Washington Post, January 29, 2017)

Milpitas man arrested in White House security breach (SF Gate, March 11, 2017)

Mosque Shooting Suspect known for extreme views (New York Times, January 31, 2017)

Mike Flynn Offer to Testify in Exchange for Immunity (Wall Street Journal, March 30, 2017)

Military spending to be increased

MILLER, STEPHEN (Senior Advisor to the President)

MNUCHIN, STEVEN – Secretary of Treasury

MULVANEY, MICK – Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Muslim registry



NIETO, ENRIQUE PENA – President of Mexico (2017)

North Korea says ballistic missile test was a ‘success’ (BBC News, February 12, 2017)

ObamaCare – repeal and replace

Obama commuted the sentence of Damarlon Thomas, then a masked gunman executed him (January 25, 2017)

Obama ethics lawyer slams Ivanka hiring as unethical (Washington Times, March 30, 2017)

Officials say visas were being revoked prior to Trump’s executive order (NBC News, January 28, 2017) 

Olathe shoothing: My husband loved America, says widow (BBC News, February 25, 2017)

Oscar-nominated Syrian barred from entering United States for awards-report. (TheHill.com, February 25, 2017)

PENCE, MIKE – 48th vice president of the United States

PERDUE, SONNY – Secretary of Agriculture.  Former Georgia governor,

PERRY, RICK – Secretary of Energy

PHILLIPS, GREG – conspiracy theorist

POMPEO, MIKE – Director of the CIA

POWELL, DINA (Counselor to the President)

PRICE, TOM – Secretary of Health and Human Services

PRIEBUS, REINCE – Chief of Staff.  Former RNC Chairman; position does not require Senate confirmation.


PRUITT, SCOTT – Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

PUZDER, ANDREW – Secretary of Labor

Refugees detained at airports – (January 28, 2017)

Repeal and replace

Revised executive order bans travelers from six Muslim-majority countries from getting new visas (Washington Post, March 6, 2017)

Riots erupt in Sweden’s capital just days after President Trump’s comments. (Washington Post, February 21, 2017)


ROSS, WILBUR – Secretary of Commerce

Schools Seek to Dump Michelle Obama’s Lunch Rules Under Trump (Independent Journal Review, March 14, 2017)

Scottish leader to refugees – ‘Welcome to Scotland’ (The Hill blog, January 28, 2017)

Sean Spicer wore an upside-down flag pin.  The Internet lost its mind.  (Washington Post, March 10, 2017)

Senate GOP turns to ‘nuclear option’ in Gorsuch nomination (San Francisco Chronicle, April 6, 2017)

SESSIONS, JEFF – Attorney General.  Alabama senator.

She thought Trump would deport ‘bad hombres.’  Instead, he’s deporting her law-abiding husband (Washington Post, March 25, 2017)

SHULKIN, DAVID – Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Some universities urge students to use caution, delay travel after Trump restrictions (NBC News, January 28, 2017)

South Africa’s credit rating has been cut to junk status (BBC News, April 3, 2017)

SPICER, SEAN (Communications Director/Press Secretary)


State Department – senior management staff abruptly resigns (January 26, 2017)

Stephen Miller’s bushels of Pinocchios for false voter-fraud claims (February 12, 2017)

Steve Bannon loses National Security Council seat (BBC News, April 5, 2017)

Stockholm Truck Attack Kills 4; Terrorism Is Suspected (New York Times, April 7, 2017)

Supreme court

Success for SpaceX’s ‘re-usable rocket’ (BBC News, March 30, 2017)

Syria war: Russian ‘friendly fire’ kills Turkish soldiers, (BBC News, February 9, 2017)


Texas mosque destroyed in early morning fire, cause unknown (New York Daily News, January 28, 2017)

The mystery of Donald Trump and the New Jersey cemetery (The Washington Post, March 10, 2017)

Theresa May in trouble over Trump’s UK State visit invite (CNN, January 31, 2017)

The Senate Could Go ‘Nuclear’ This Week.  What Does That Mean? (NPR, April 3, 2017

The White House is really splitting hairs on Neil Gorsuch’s rebuke of President Trump, (Washington Post, February 9, 2017)

TILLERSON, REX – Secretary of State

To counter North Korea, admiral says the US should consider adding ballistic missile interceptors in Hawaii (Washington Post, April 26, 2017)


Transgender fight now in Supreme Court’s hands (TheHill.com, February 27, 2017)

Transgender: What does it mean?  After Trump rolls back protections, an explainer (USA Today, February 23, 2017)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Trudeau says Canada will take refugees banned by the United States (Politico, January 28, 2017)

Trump Administration Prepares to Execute “Vicious” Executive Orders on Deportations, (The Intercept, February 9, 2017)

Trump angry Kushner, Ivanka went skiing during health debate: report (TheHill.com, March 24, 2017)

Trump asks for prayers for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ratings at National Prayer Breakfast, (Washington Post, February 2, 2017)

Trump Attacks Senator’s Credibility Over Gorsuch’s Comments, (New York Times, February 9, 2017)

Trump attacks McCain for questioning success of deadly Yemen raid, (Washington Post, February 9, 2017)

Trump attorney general Jeff Sessions met Russian ambassador [twice during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign last year], (BBC News, March 1, 2016)

Trump brings up voter fraud again, this time in meeting with senators (Politico, February 12, 2017)

Trump considers rearranging the seats at his table (CNN, April 7, 2017)

Trump defends Fox host Bill O’Reilly amid sex claims (BBC News, April 5, 2017)

Trump Derides Schwarzenegger for Leaving ‘Celebrity Apprentice’, (New York Times, March 4, 2017)

Trump had heated exchange with Australian PM, talked ‘tough hombres’ with Mexican leader (CNN, February 2, 2017)

Trump immigration order revokes tens of thousands of visas (BBC News, February 3, 2017)

TRUMP, DONALD J.,  45th president of the United States-

Trump lashes out at judge as travel ban is put on ice. (Politico, February 4, 2017)

Trump launches attack on Syria with 59 tomahawk missiles (CNBC, April 6, 2017)

Trump’s ‘evidence’ for Obama wiretap claims relies on sketchy, anonymously sourced reports (Washington Post, March 5, 2017)

Trump May Have Lost on ObamaCare Yet Still Controls Its Fate (Bloomberg, March 24, 2017)

Trumps puts Bannon on security council, dropping joint chiefs (BBC, January 29, 2017)

Trump to sign executive action on cybersecurity. (The Hill, January 31, 2017)

Trump Quietly Went After LGBT Workers This Week (Rolling Stone, March 30, 2017)

Trump ready to ‘solve’ North Korea problem without China (BBC News, April 3, 2017)

Trump Responds to Louvre Attack in Paris, Urging US to ‘Get Smart’ (New York Times, February 3, 2017)

Trump says Schwarzenegger was fired from ‘Apprentice.’  Then Schwarzenegger fires back.  (Washington Post, March 4, 2017)

Trump sends note to CNN boss, threatening to ‘get even’ (San Francisco Chronicle, April 6, 2017)

Trump slams ‘out of whack’ FAA in meeting with airlines (Politico, February 9, 2017)

Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner to lead US federal overhaul (BBC News, March 26, 2017)

Trump’s Options for North Korea Include Placing Nukes in South Korea (NBC News, April 7, 2017)

Trump travel restrictions leave refugees stranded. (NBC News, January 28, 2017)

Trump Threatens to Pull Federal Funding from Berkeley Because of Protest Against the Alt-Right (Slate Magazine blog, February 2, 2017)

Trump to ‘reboot’ US-Egypt ties with Sisi meeting (BBC News, April 3, 2017)

Trump tweetstorm disparages judge for ‘ridiculous’ opinion.  (USA Today, February 4, 2017)

Trump White House defends travel ban as John McCain warns of benefit to ISIS. (The Guardian, January 29, 2017)

Trump Will Lose The Fight Over Bathrooms for Transgender Students (New York Times, February 23, 2017)

Uber CEO offers compensation for drivers impacted by immigration ban, will talk to Trump (Tech Crunch, January 28, 2017)

Uber suspends self-driving cars after Arizona crash (BBC News, March 26, 2017)

US Attorney Preet Bharara Says He Was Fired After Refusing to Quit (New York Times, March 11, 2017)

UC Board of Regents to Consider Capping Out-of-State Undergrad Enrollment at 20 percent (KTLA, March 6, 2017)

US Launches Missiles at Syrian Base Over Chemical Weapons Attack (NBC News, April 6, 2017)

US Marines accused of sharing nude photos of female colleagues (BBC News, March 6, 2017)

US slips to 7th best country in the world after Trump election, Switzerland tops the list (USA Today, March 6, 2017)

US to Hit Iran With New Sanctions For Testing Ballistic Missile (NBCNews, February 2, 2017)

US service member killed in Yemen raid marks first combat death of Trump administration (January 29, 2017)

US suspends expediated processing for H-1B visas (San Francisco Chronicle, March 3, 2017)

Vetting process for refugees

Violence erupts at pro-Trump rally in Berkeley (San Francisco Chronicle, March 5, 2017)

WALSH, KATIE (Deputy Chief of Staff)

White House asks Congress to probe Trump’s accusation of Obama wiretap (Reuters, March 5, 2017)

White House handpicks select media outlets for briefing (TheHill.com, February 27, 2017)

With Strike Aimed at Halting More Gas Attacks, US Tries to Send Syrians Message (New York Times, April 7, 2017)

Women’s March on Washington (January 21, 2017)

YELLEN, JANET (2014-present) – Chair of the Federal Reserve Board

ZINKE, RYAN – Secretary of the Interior

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