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, the heat of the Russia investigation surfaced in directed tweets from President Trump. The President accused the FBI of being “in tatters” and accused it of bias.
- On Monday, the RNC resumed supporting Roy Moore against Doug Jones for the Alabama US Senate seat. The special election to fill the seat is next week. This came directly after President Trump tweeted his apparent newfound full support for the Republican candidate.
- On Tuesday, senior Democratic Representative from Michigan John Conyers announced his retirement amid allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
- On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller subpoenaed the President’s financial Records from Deutsche Bank. Examining his finances had been previously declared a “Red Line” for the Mueller investigation by Trump.
- On Wednesday, Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, over the warnings of Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The move reverses decades of US policy on the matter, and flies in the face of the international consensus.
- On Wednesday, CNN reported that Michael Flynn told a colleague during Trump’s inauguration that the Russia sanctions would be “ripped up,” another potential sign of collusion with the foreign power that the US intelligence community says interfered in the 2016 election.
- On Wednesday, UK Brexit Secretary David Davis admitted that the internal studies on the prospective effects of the UK leaving the EU, which he previously refused to share, do not exist.
- On Thursday, Minnesota Senator Al Franken announced that he will resign from the Senate. The move comes amid allegations of repeated sexual harassment and inappropriate touching. Franken has also been subject to mounting pressure from his Democratic colleagues.