Friday Spotlight – June 16, 2017

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, Attorneys General from the District of Columbia and Maryland filed suit against President Trump, alleging that he has violated Constitutional rules against accepting payments from foreign governments. The suit alleges that the rules have because the President maintains ownership of his companies, and those companies continue to take payments from foreign governments.
  • On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding Russian influence on the 2016 Presidential election. Sessions denied that there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Sessions also declined to answer several questions, claiming that he did not want to reveal private discussions in case President Trump later decided to invoke executive privilege to keep them confidential.
  • On Wednesday, a gunman shot at Republican lawmakers as they practiced for the annual Congressional charity baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was critically injured; also injured was a lobbyist, a Congressional aid, and two Capitol Police officers. The officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, engaged and shot the gunman, who later died in the hospital.
  • On Thursday, members of Congress played the baseball game, despite Wednesday’s shooting.
  • In ongoing news, as of this writing the United Kingdom’s Conservative Party has yet to reach a final deal with the Democratic Unionist Party to form a governing majority. The two parties have been discussing a partnership in the wake of the UK’s snap elections, which saw the Conservatives losing significant numbers of seats despite calling the elections in the first place.