Trump excited to meet Putin in Germany

President Donald Trump is eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin with full diplomatic bells and whistles when the two are in Germany for a multinational summit next month.

Supreme Court partly reinstates Trump’s muslim ban

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to allow a limited version of President Trump’s ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect and will consider in the fall the president’s broad powers in immigration matters in a case that raises fundamental issues of national security and religious discrimination.

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Kushner Omitted Meeting With Russians on Security Clearance Forms

When Jared Kushner sought the top-secret security clearance that would give him access to some of the nation’s most closely guarded secrets, he was required to disclose all encounters with foreign government officials over the last seven years. He did not mention dozens of contacts with foreign leaders or officials in recent months. They include a December meeting with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, and one with the head of a Russian state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, arranged at Mr. Kislyak’s behest. (NYT)

Neil Gorsuch Confirmed by Senate as Supreme Court Justice

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate on Friday to become the 113th justice of the Supreme Court, capping a political brawl that lasted for more than a year and tested constitutional norms inside the Capitol’s fraying upper chamber.(NYT)

Twitter wins battle against the US government

The legal battle between Twitter and the U.S. government ended Friday as the Department of Homeland Security withdrew its demand that the tech company release information to identify an account holder whose tweets have been critical of President Trump. (WP)

House Freedom Caucus may support GOP healthcare bill

The majority of House Freedom Caucus members will vote for a Republican healthcare bill if changes offered by the White House are included in the legislation, the head of the conservative group of House Republicans said on Thursday. (Reuters)

Russia Suspends Cooperation With U.S. in Syria After Missile Strikes

Russia on Friday froze a critical agreement on military cooperation with the United States in Syria after an American military strike, warning that the operation would further corrode already dismal relations between Moscow and Washington. (NYT)

Ajit Pai reportedly outlines plans to roll back net neutrality rules

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has briefed telecom trade associations on his plans to scale back net neutrality rules. Pai’s plans will apparently maintain the basic concept of net neutrality, but will move the enforcement of the rules back to the Federal Trade Commission, rather than the FCC. The new rules would supposedly see telecom companies voluntarily pledging to follow the principles of net neutrality, providing equal access to all traffic, with offenders receiving some form of punishment for unfair practices from the FTC. (The Verge)

Trump unleashes military strikes against Assad airbase in Syria

The U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes ordered by President Donald Trump against a Syrian airbase controlled by President Bashar al-Assad's forces in response to a deadly chemical attack in a rebel-held area, a U.S. official said on Thursday. (Reuters)

GOP triggers nuclear option, gutting filibuster in Gorsuch fight

Senate Republicans on Thursday voted to strip Democrats of the power to filibuster President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, invoking the so-called nuclear option. Senators voted 52-48 along party lines to change the Senate’s precedent, lowering the threshold for advancing Neil Gorsuch from 60 votes to a simple majority. (The Hill)

Democrats block Gorsuch consideration, paving way for Senate rules change

Democrats successfully blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court from advancing in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, sparking a bitter clash with Republicans over how the chamber confirms high court nominees. (WP)

Nunes replacement Conaway compares Russian hacking to Mexican singers campaigning for Clinton

Mike Conaway is replacing Devine Nune to head an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including interactions between Moscow and the Trump campaign. Conaway has compared the use of Mexican entertainers to energize Democratic voters to the email hacking that officials say was orchestrated by Vladimir Putin's government. (Dallas News)

Nunes under investigation by the House Ethics Committee

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes is now himself under investigation by the House Ethics Committee. The panel is looking into claims that the Republican disclosed classified intelligence. Mr Nunes called the charges "entirely false" and "politically motivated". (BBC)

Nunes steps aside from Russia probe

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) will temporarily step aside from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including interactions between Moscow and the Trump campaign. The probe will be taken over by Reps. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.). (Via Politico)

Obamacare repeal goes back to grave, as Pence fails

Hopes of reviving the Republicans’ failed healthcare plan surged briefly on Tuesday when the vice-president, Mike Pence, came to Capitol Hill in an attempt to forge a new compromise that could somehow pass the House of Representatives. But the late night talks between Pence and members of competing factions of the House Republican caucus stalled and no deal was reached. A hoped-for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, returned to the grave and recriminations began anew on Capitol Hill. (The Guardian)

Trump’s wall will cost Americans, benefit Mexican companies

“We will follow two simple rules: BUY AMERICAN & HIRE AMERICAN!” he tweeted 55 minutes after taking the oath of office on Inauguration Day. In the first big test of that pledge, here’s the reality: The Trump administration has opened the doors for firms from Mexico, El Salvador and other free-trade treaty countries to supply big-ticket items for the wall, the barrier along the United States’ southern border that Trump made a centerpiece of his campaign. The wall is expected to cost Americans over $21 billion in form of various cuts made to agencies that protect Americans. (via ProPublica)

Schwarzenegger: Trump is robbing kids to balance the budget

"That's not how you make America great, by taking $1.2 billion from the children and robbing them blind," Arnold Schwarzenegger said in front of hundreds of program leaders at the National After-School Summit at the University of Southern California's Schwarzenegger Institute. Schwarzenegger on Wednesday challenged President Donald Trump’s proposed $1.2 billion in cuts to after-school programs, arguing that the president is attempting to “balance the budget on the backs” of America’s vulnerable low-income children. (Politico)

Trump Lawyer Confirms President Can Pull Money From His Businesses Whenever He Wants

In an interview with ProPublica, Trump Organization attorney Alan Garten confirmed that President Trump can withdraw profits and underlying assets from his trust at any time. He also said the president has been able to withdraw money since Trump took office on Jan. 20. That language was not included in a Jan. 26 summary of the trust — what’s known as a trust certification — but was included in a Feb. 10 version of the document. (Pro Publica)

Senate panel approves Trump’s Air Force secretary pick

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday approved former New Mexico Rep. Heather Wilson (R) to serve as secretary of the Air Force. Senators voted 22-5 following an executive session to approve Wilson to serve as the top civilian official in the Air Force, sending her nomination to the full Senate. Wilson is expected to easily win confirmation after senators questioned her last week on ethics issues related to her time as a defense industry consultant with a Lockheed Martin subsidiary. (The Hill)