Friday Spotlight – April 9-13

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.


On Monday:

On Tuesday:

  • Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, faced a 5 hour Congressional Hearing pertaining to the business practices that enabled Cambridge Analytica to scrape the user data of millions of Facebook users.
  • The FBI raided the office, home, and hotel room of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s lawyer. While we know the evidence was given to the Mueller investigation, we don’t know what the evidence that convinced a judge to allow the FBI to raid a defense attorney is.

On Wednesday:

  • Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, announced he will not seek re-election.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee moved a bill forward to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s independence.
  • Nadia Schadlow, the Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy, submitted her resignation letter. She is the third high level National Security official to leave their position since the installment of John Bolton as the White House’s Chief National Security Adviser.

On Thursday: