Each Friday, Torchlight Media will publish a summary of the major news that happened for that week: the announcements and events, the twists and turns of ongoing stories, and all of the other highlights in between. Our goal is to give you a big-picture look at the week’s news so that even if you can’t follow everything yourself, you can have a general sense of where things stand. We hope, too, that seeing the highlights laid out will help you separate the small, pointless stories that crop up over the week from the more impactful, ongoing stories.
Here’s what’s in the spotlight for this week.
Over the weekend:
- At least 15 Palestinians were killed and 70 wounded by Israeli gunfire as the Israeli-Palestinian violent conflict continued unabated.
- China responded to the Trump Administration’s threatened trade war by imposing targeted tariffs on American exports.
- Allegations emerged EPA chief Scott Pruitt rented a condo for $50 a day from a lobbyist, proceeded to grant that lobbyist’s client project approval.
- Already overworked, immigration judges were instructed to speed through cases to meet new quotas from the Justice Department.
- Stock prices began the year’s second quarter at a low level not seen since the Great Depression. Volatility stemming from the tariff slinging and Presidential attacks on Amazon, one of the largest companies in the stock market, may be a portent for future economic declines.
- Elizabeth Esty, a Democratic member of the House from Connecticut, announced that she will not seek reelection. The announcement comes amid criticism of how she handled a 2016 sexual harassment case involving her chief of staff.
- President Trump dined with the CEO of Oracle, who is competing with Amazon for a Pentagon contract. The President has been attacking Amazon on Twitter incessantly. The $10 billion contract for cloud services will attempt to put the entirety of the Pentagon’s files in one cloud.
- China continued the incipient trade war, including soybeans and cars in their tariff threats.
- President Trump signed a proclamation instructing the National Guard to man the border between the United States and Mexico. Since he has no actual authority over the Guard, the proclamation is a formal suggestion to governors, and did not require a signature.
- Protests continued on the Palestinian border. Eighteen people have been killed by the Israeli Defense Force, and more than 1,000 wounded.
- President Trump responded to Chinese tariff threats by threatening to place $100 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods.