Friday Spotlight – March 24, 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:

  • Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch began his hearings Monday; they continued throughout the week. The hearings were largely a standard affair, with Senators of both parties questioning Judge Gorsuch. Gorsuch’s answers largely matched with expectations that he will decide in the originalist, textualist tradition. Jeremy Rosenlund has a piece today on Judge Gorsuch and his confirmation.
  • On Monday, James Comey  testified before the House Intelligence Committee and confirmed that the FBI is investigating possible coordination between members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government to influence the 2016 election.
  • Throughout the week, the House Republicans worked to gather votes to pass their replacement for the Affordable Care Act. On Monday, a raft of updates were released to the American Health Care Act in order to win more votes from skeptical Republicans; Democrats remain universally opposed to the bill. The changes, however, were unsuccessful, and were followed by more negotiations throughout the week, culminating in a planned Thursday vote being delayed to Friday. We will update this story with the results of that vote if it is not delayed again. Update 4:55 PM EST: House Speaker Paul Ryan has pulled the bill, and it will not be voted on.