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 response to widespread discussion of the President’s mental state (spurred by the release of Fire and Fury), Trump tweeted that he was a “very stable genius” and “like, really smart.”
- Senator Diane Feinstein (D-California) released transcripts of the Fusion GPS testimony. Fusion GPS is the company responsible for the Steel Dossier.
- Steve Bannon bowed to pressure from his billionaire backers and stepped down as head of Breitbart News. The move comes amid the continuing fued between Trump and Bannon over Bannon’s comments about Trump in Fire and Fury.
- Joe Arpaio announced that he will run for Arizona Senate seat. Arpaio is famous as the self-styled toughest sheriff in America, for abusing prisoners in his jails, and for pursuing an aggressive and racist breed of border control. http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/09/politics/arizona-senate-joe-arpaio/
- Trump was for DACA before he was against it before he was for it before he was against it, etc. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/us/politics/trump-daca-immigration.html
- A judge ruled that DACA recipients cannot be summarily deported until lawsuits are finished. Trump called court system “unfair” and continues to perpetuate myth that 9th circuit gets overruled more than others
- A court declared North Carolina’s electoral map unconstitutional. The state legislature has until the end of the month to redraw the districts, or the courts will
- North and South Korea agree to hold talks to help diffuse tension.
- During a meeting to discuss immigration policy, President Trump pondered why we should accept immigrants from “shithole” countries; he was apparently prompted to do so by a mention of immigrants from Haiti and various African nations.