Monday, March 27
Š The House Intelligence Committee’s scheduled meetings for the bipartisan investigation into Russia’s influence on America’s politics were canceled. Because of Chairman Devin Nunes’ close ties to the Trump team, briefing the president before his own committee, and a visit to the White House to review secret documents, Nunes was asked to recuse himself from the inquiry.
Š A Russian bank, under U.S. sanctions over Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, disclosed that its executives met with Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and White House advisor, in December.
Š The Justice Department announced it will withhold as much as $4.1 billion in federal grants from sanctuary cities.
Š Trump announced plans for a new White House Office of American Innovation to overhaul the federal bureaucracy, to fulfill campaign promises, and to be led by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Š The Washington Post reported that Trump’s administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying in the House investigation about possible links between Russian officials and Trump’s campaign.
Tuesday, March 28
Š Congress sent legislation for Trump’s signature that wipes away landmark online privacy protections and frees Internet service providers to sell information directly to companies that mine personal data.
Š Trump is proposing immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure, and community grants to cover the down payment on a border wall.
Š House resolution HRes229, which prohibits the EPA from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible, passed.
Wednesday, March 29
Š The Senate Intelligence Committee announced it will soon begin privately interviewing 20 people as part of its investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election and potential ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
A supervisor at the Energy Department’s international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases “climate change,” “emissions reduction” or “Paris Agreement” in written communications.
Š Trump nominated Jay Clayton, attorney for Goldman Sachs during the 2008 financial bailout, to head the SEC. Clayton’s wife works at Goldman Sachs as a wealth management advisor.
Š A broad coalition of conservation groups sued the Trump administration in federal court barely 24 hours after the president lifted a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land.
Š House bill HR1780 introduced to provide a tax credit to seniors who install modifications on their residences that would enable them to age in place.
Š House bill HR1784 introduced to prohibit drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
Thursday, March 30
Š Trump threatened to try to knock off members of the House Freedom Caucus in next year’s elections if they don’t fall in line.
Š Former NSA advisor Mike Flynn told the FBI and congressional officials investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution.
Š Seattle sued the Trump administration over the threat to strip billions in federal grant money from sanctuary cities as illegal and unconstitutional.
Š The Senate Intelligence Committee turned down former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s request for immunity.
Š Rep. Barbara Lee said Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was carrying out a strategy articulated by Steve Bannon, ex-Breitbart editor and White House aide, to wreck Obamacare through executive inaction and austerity measures.
Š Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in the U.S. Senate to shred safeguards enacted under the Obama administration aimed at helping people with low incomes access family planning services.
House bill HR1824 introduced to reduce the gap between federal and state marijuana policy.
Friday, March 31
Š EPA Administrator Pruitt reversed the Obama administration’s ban on the use of chlorpyrifos on food where evidence showed prenatal exposure can pose risks to fetal brain and nervous system development.
Š Multiple Indigenous and environmental organizations launched two simultaneous lawsuits over Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Š The EPA issued a more detailed plan for laying off 25 percent of its employees and scrapping 56 programs including pesticide safety and water runoff control.
Š The White House released details about the personal finances of senior staff members indicating Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, retain scores of property investments.
Saturday, April 1
Š Trump administration announced plans to deregulate broadband internet service companies and eliminate net neutrality rules intended to safeguard free expression online.
Š Kentucky Judge David Hale ruled against efforts by Trump's attorneys to throw out a lawsuit accusing Trump of inciting violence against protesters at a March 2016 campaign rally in Louisville.
Š Trump called for NBC News to devote more attention to his unproven claims that Obama spied on him and to stop covering the investigations into Russia’s interference in the election.
Sunday, April 2
Š Buzzflash reported the Trump family holds registered Chinese trademarks which are scheduled to come up for renewal during Trump’s presidency and which may provide China leverage when negotiating U.S. foreign policy deals.