Monday, May 29

Š       CNNMoney reported that the Carrier plant, that President Donald Trump helped save, plans to cut 338 jobs before Christmas and move some production to Mexico.

Š       German Chancellor Angela Merkel implied the traditional European-western alliance is threatened by Trump’s America and UK’s Brexit.

Š       ThinkProgress reported that Trump intended to have the US leave the Paris accord on climate change.

Tuesday, May 30

Š       White House communications director Michael Dubke resigned.

Š       Reuters reported that the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee called for an investigation into "potentially fraudulent statements and misrepresentations" made by companies promoting investment in a property development involving the family company of White House advisor Jared Kushner.

Š       The Trump administration plans to disband the Labor Department division that polices discrimination among federal contractors.

Š       The Washington Post reported that a substantial majority of the judges who sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond say that Trump is not to be believed.

Š       Rewire News reported that the House Judiciary Committee is considering imposing significant limitations to the Americans with Disabilities Act through the passage of the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017.

Š       BuzzFeed News reported that a federal appeals court ruled in favor of a transgender student's challenge to a Wisconsin school district's policy limiting his restroom usage.

Wednesday, May 31

Š       CNN reported that former national security adviser Michael Flynn will provide documents requested by the Senate intelligence committee.

Š       The Supreme Court decided that a company such as Lexmark that makes printers and toner cartridges can't try to use patent law to stop other companies from reselling its old cartridges.

Š       The Washington Post reported that, because Trump does not understand how NATO is funded, he perpetuates his inaccuracies and misunderstanding to misleadingly frame NATO allies as owing money to the US.

Š       Trump defended former campaign adviser Carter Page, who is under investigation for interactions with Russia, calling the investigation a “witch hunt” and accusing Democrats of blocking Page from testifying before Congress.

Š       Trump gave out his personal cellphone number to world leaders and urged them to call him directly, raising concerns about the security and secrecy of communications.

Š       Vox News reported Trump’s plan to roll back the Obamacare birth control mandate that requires employers to offer health insurance that covers contraceptives.

Š       New York Magazine reported that last year Michael Flynn’s firm was paid to make a pro-Erdogan (president of Turkey) propaganda film while he advised Trump.

Š       The White House said it will no longer answer questions about the ongoing investigations into Donald Trump’s alleged links to Russia.

Š       The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit against the FBI seeking records about the extent to which it directs and trains Best Buy Geek Squad employees to conduct warrantless searches of people’s devices.

Š       Senator Elizabeth Warren announced the launch of DeVos Watch, a coordinated effort to scrutinize the secretary’s handling of the $1 trillion federal student loan program and her oversight of student loan servicers.

Š       In response to Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, the California Senate passed a measure to mandate 100% renewable energy by 2045.

Thursday, June 1

Š       Trump announced he will not relocate the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem reversing a campaign promise to his conservative supporters.

Š       The Guardian UK reported that Ice agents, emboldened by Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric, are violating civil rights using cruel and inhumane methods of arrest.

Š       The Trump administration told Russia it would allow the return of the Russian compounds that Obama ordered closed after election hacking if Moscow would lift its freeze imposed in 2014.

Š       Trump exempted his entire senior staff, all ex-lobbyists, from his own White House ethics rules. This allows staff to work on administration policies that might benefit former clients, political and advocacy groups, and their own self-interests.

Š       Trump announced his decision for the US to leave the international Paris climate accord.

Š       Nigel Farage, former UK Independent Party leader, was named a “person of interest” in the investigation of possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

Š       ProPublica reported that Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price as a former member of Congress traded hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of shares in health-related companies while taking action on legislation and regulations affecting the health industry.

Š       Explanations didn’t match about why Jared Kushner met with a Russian state-owned bank: the bank said it was about business, but the White House said it was about diplomacy.

Š       Trump used cunning to avoid ethics issues and bypass Senate approvals to make Keith Noreika, an attorney for Wall Street, head of the Office of the Comptroller – a move to deregulate Wall Street.

Š       The District Sentinel reported that the Treasury Department is stonewalling Congressional inquiries about legally sketchy Trump business associates abroad.

Š       In response to the Trump administration’s efforts to repeal ObamaCare, the California Senate passed a single-payer proposal guaranteeing universal health care to all Californians.

Friday, June 2

Š       The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to consider the legality of his travel ban and to allow it to go into effect.

Š       Breaking with Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate accord, 30 states and many companies plan to continue pursuing their climate policies.

Š       According to Media Matters for America, EPA chief Scott Pruitt worked with opponents of the Paris climate accord to help them place op-eds in newspapers that spread misinformation about the expected economic impacts of the agreement and climate science in general.

Š       Reuters reported that Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible ties between the Trump election campaign and Russia, is expanding his probe to assume control of a grand jury investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Š       Democratic Senator Cory Booker, recipient of thousands in campaign donations from Jared Kushner, declined to endorse his party's call for the White House to revoke Kushner’s security clearance.

Š       According to Politico, the White House ordered federal agencies to ignore Democrat’s oversight requests in fear the information will be used against Trump.

Š       EcoWatch reported that the 22 Republican senators who sent a letter to Trump urging the US’ withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement received more than $10 million dollars in campaign funds from fossil fuel interests.

Saturday, June 3

Š       The Trump administration increased the likelihood that much of what is unknown about the CIA torture report will remain hidden from public view.

Š       The House Intelligence Committee served subpoenas to the CIA, NSA and FBI requesting information about unmaskings requested by three former officials: national security adviser Susan E. Rice, CIA director John Brennan and U.N. ambassador Samantha Power.

Š       Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Shangri-La Dialogue defense summit in Singapore cast North Korea as an “urgent military threat” and cited China for its military actions in the South China Sea.

Š       The Justice Department persecuted the legal group that fought Trump’s Muslim ban for helping immigrants who can’t afford a lawyer.

Š       Following the London attack, Trump bolstered his Muslim travel ban by tweeting, “We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!”

Š       The Washington Post reported that Trump plans a week-long focus on infrastructure, starting with privatizing air traffic control.

Š       Even after recusing himself from leading the House’s Russia investigation, Chairman Devin Nunes is still requiring his sign-off on all subpoenas pertaining to the probe.

Sunday, June 4

Š       Department of Homeland security agents assisted Portland law enforcement at a pro-Trump rally to protect pro-Trump participants from anti-fascist counter-protesters.

Š       The Congressional Budget Office estimated the cost to remake US nuclear arsenal, including bombers, submarines, and land-based missiles at $1.2 trillion.

Š       Iowa Democrat Kim Weaver withdrew from Congressional race after getting death threats.