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.
- Jared Kushner, the President’s high level aide and son-in-law, highlighted the day with reports of his loss of access to top-secret intelligence and his apparent vulnerability to blackmail abroad.
- CNN reported that the Special Counsel’s investigation is looking into Trump’s business dealings prior to his run for the Presidency.
- The US intelligence community confirmed that Russia compromised at least seven states; elections in 2016.
- At a televised White House meeting on gun control, Trump appeared to break with GOP orthodoxy by shutting down a proposal for concealed carry reciprocity suggesting that police “take the guns first, go through due process second” with regard to people suspected of planning a mass shooting.
- Hope Hicks, Trump’s fifth communications director and long-time close advisor, resigned just one day after saying in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee that she sometimes told “white lies” for the president.
- Trump announced his intent to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel in order to protect American manufacturing jobs.