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:
- In Hawaii, 1.5 million people spent 38 minutes in terror after a false alert that a ballistic missile was inbound. The error was due to an employee misclicking on a menu.
- One of the over a dozen women to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct before the 2016 election, Jessica Drake, is confirmed to have a non-disclosure agreement in place surrounding the topic. This information came shortly after the revelation that Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen paid $150,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels as part of another arrangement that she would not speak publicly about meeting with Donald Trump.
- After the US District Court injunction, the US Citizen and Immigration Services began allowing “Dreamers” to renew their DACA status.
- President Trump marked Martin Luther King Day with another round of golf, rather than the traditional community service.
- Reports surfaced of counterintelligence warnings to Jared Kushner about Wendi Deng Murdoch’s apparent influence on Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, that would be furthering Chinese agenda.
- Presidential physician Dr. Ronny Jackson reported that the president is in excellent health, including a perfect score on a cognitive test.
- Jeff Flake(R-AZ) gave a speech exceedingly critical of Trump, especially the President’s attitude toward the press. Flake still plans to vote with him over 90% of the time, so the efficacy of said criticism is doubtful.
- White House Chief of Staff General Kelly met with Congressional Hispanic Caucus members and admitted that some of Trump’s campaign promises were ‘uninformed’. However, the deal to fund the government is still stalled, and there are 2 days left.
- The House passed a short-term spending bill, sending the conflict over an potential government shutdown to the Senate.