Day 1: Fri., Jan. 20
• Donald J. Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. His 16-minute inaugural address includes the words “American carnage” and “tombstones.” It also rains briefly.
• Netflix announces season 5 of House of Cards: “We make the terror.”
• The Senate confirms retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as secretary of Defense, and retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly as secretary of Homeland Security.
• City Paper live-blogs the events of the day locally.
Day 2: Sat., Jan. 21
• “We will not go away / welcome to your first day.” Hundreds of thousands of people turn out in Washington, D.C., for the Women’s March, and another estimated 4 million amass at more than 600 sister marches nationwide.
• President Trump visits the CIA and complains about the media and the misrepresentations of crowd size at his inauguration.
• At his first press conference, White House press secretary Sean Spicer declares: “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.”
• CNN convenes a panel of eight men and one woman to talk about largest women’s march ever.
Day 3: Sun., Jan. 22
• Squabbling over the number of people who attended Friday’s inauguration and Saturday’s Women’s March continues.
• On Meet the Press, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway dismisses the disputed attendance counts. “You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts.”
Day 4: Mon., Jan. 23
• “Trump Repeats Lie About Popular Vote in Meeting With Lawmakers” — New York Times headline
• Trump issues executive orders to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He also reinstates the Mexico City Policy, banning U.S. aid to foreign organizations that use funds from other sources to perform or discuss abortions.
• Trump declares his inauguration day, Jan. 20, a “National Day of Patriotic Devotion.”
• The Trump campaign sends an email to supporters touting discounted merchandise: “Celebrate this new era of leadership and take 20% OFF Official Inauguration merchandise when you enter Promo Code: PRESIDENT at checkout.”
• U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, of Los Angeles, starts a “Cloud of Illegitimacy Clock” to track how long Trump has been in violation of Article I of the Constitution.
• Ethics group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sues Trump, claiming the president is violating the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
• The Washington Post debuts a new weekly podcast about the expected unconventional nature of the Trump presidency called “Can He Do That?”
• Gallup releases approval poll finding that 45 percent approve of how Trump is doing and 45 percent disapprove. Trump is the first president to begin below 50 percent approval
• LOCAL: Pittsburgh man’s ear bitten off in dispute over Trump.
Day 5: Tue., Jan. 24
• Trump asks FBI director James Comey to stay on.
• “I would urge the president to knock this off.” — Sen. Lindsay Graham, on Trump’s claims that millions voted illegally
• LOCAL: Mayor Bill Peduto talks with City Paper about moving forward under the Trump administration.
Day 6: Wed., Jan. 25
• Trump signs an executive order for “immediate construction of a physical wall” along U.S./Mexico border.
• Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto rejects Trump’s proposal that Mexico pay for a wall along the U.S. border.
• Trump announces date (Feb. 2) for Supreme Court pick.
• The initiation fee at Florida’s Mar-a-Lago club, owned by the Trump Organization, doubles to $200,000.
• Trump tells ABC News: “You have people that are registered who are dead, who are illegals, who are in two states. You have people registered in two states. They’re registered in a New York and a New Jersey. They vote twice.” Some top Trump associates, including Steve Bannon, Steve Mnuchin, Jared Kushner and Sean Spicer, are revealed to be registered to vote in two states.
• LOCAL: City Paper looks at a report revealing Trump’s infrastructure priorities; two Pittsburgh-area projects make the list.
• Mary Tyler Moore dies.
Day 7: Thu., Jan. 26
• Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancels the meeting scheduled for next week with Trump.
• The administration floats a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for wall, then walks it back. Jokes about avocadoes and Coronas subside.
• “I want you to quote this. The media here is the opposition party.” — White House chief strategist Steve Bannon in an interview with The New York Times
• Trump cancels ads promoting Affordable Care Act sign-up, which were scheduled to run through Jan. 31.
• Scientists move Doomsday Clock, which represents the end of human civilization, 30 seconds closer to midnight. It is now 2.5 minutes to midnight.
Day 8: Fri., Jan. 27
• British Prime Minister Theresa May visits the White House.
• White House statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day omits Jews.
• After protests, the administration reverses earlier decision and continues outreach for Jan. 31 deadline for ACA sign-ups.
• Trump signs an executive order limiting refugees and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen), while prioritizing the vetting of Christian Syrian refugees.
• Actor John Hurt dies.
Day 9: Sat., Jan. 28
• Chaos and protests occur at major airports as Trump’s immigration ban causes confusion, strands travelers (including those with visas and green cards) and prompts legal challenges.
• U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly, in New York City, grants a stay of Trump’s “travel ban” executive order.
• Regarding omitting Jews from the White House Holocaust Memorial statement, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks tells CNN that “we took into account all of those who suffered.”
• An executive order gives Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon a seat on the “principals committee” of the National Security Council.
Day 10: Sun., Jan. 29
• Airport protests over immigration order continue nationwide. American Civil Liberties Union sends lawyers to help those stranded.
• The ACLU raises $24 million in online donations in less than 48 hours.
• A U.S. military counterterrorism raid takes place in Yemen. Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens is killed.
• LOCAL: City Paper covers Pittsburgh area protests over immigration order.
• Playdot, the company which makes the popular “Dots” mobile games, pushed out an update asking players to donate to the ACLU.
Day 11: Mon., Jan. 30
• Acting Attorney General Sally Yates orders the Department of Justice not to defend Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, questioning its legality.
• “To assume that just because of someone’s age or gender or whatever that they don’t pose a threat would be wrong.” — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, in response to a question about detaining a 5-year-old refugee at the airport.
• Trump fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
• Trump tweets reveal date for Supreme Court pick: “It will be announced live on Tuesday at 8:00 P.M. (W.H.)”
• A bobcat escapes from the National Zoo, in Washington, D.C.
Day 12: Tue., Jan. 31
• The Senate confirms Elaine Chao as secretary of transportation.
• It’s the last day to enroll in the Affordale Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.
• Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch, of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia.
• LOCAL: City Paper covers hundreds protesting at U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s office in Pittsburgh.
• LOCAL: City of Pittsburgh to East End: “Boil yer water.”
Day 13: Wed., Feb. 1
• The Senate confirms former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.
• Trump notes the start of Black History Month by namechecking Ben Carson, Martin Luther King and Frederick Douglass. “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed.”
• “As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.” — White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn
• Trump phones Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and according to unnamed sources, there is badgering, bragging and an abrupt hang-up.
• Beyoncé is having twins.
• UPDATE: “Missing” D.C. bobcat found on zoo grounds.
Day 14: Thu., Feb. 2
• “I want to pray for Arnold’s ratings.” — Trump at the national prayer breakfast, attacking current Celebrity Apprentice host Arnold Schwarzenegger
• White House adviser Kellyanne Conway cites the “Bowling Green massacre” to justify the immigration ban. There has never been a Bowling Green massacre.
• Nordstrom pulls Ivanka Trump’s branded clothing, citing the line’s performance.
• “Failing” New York Times reports big increase in digital subscriptions for end of 2016.
• Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow.
Day 15: Fri., Feb. 3
• James Robart, a federal judge in Seattle, grants a nationwide temporary restraining order that blocks Trump’s executive order on immigration.
• Internet music hub Bandcamp pledges to donate 100 percent of its profits today to the ACLU.
• A Texas boy finds a rattlesnake in the family toilet.
Day 16: Sat., Feb. 4
• The Justice Department files a request to “immediately stay” Judge Robart’s ruling blocking the immigration order.
• A likeness of Trump’s face is found on bags of heroin, nabbed in a Florida drug bust. “Big mistake by putting the president’s picture on this,” says Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
• LOCAL: Large sign in Wilkinsburg depicting Lady Liberty punching Trump is stolen.
• Actress Melissa McCarthy debuts her Sean Spicer impression on Saturday Night Live.
Day 17: Sun., Feb. 5
• “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think — our country’s so innocent?” — Trump on Fox News, responding to host Bill O’Reilly saying Putin is a killer
• In the same Fox News interview, Trump picks New England Patriots by 8 points in Super Bowl LI. The final score is Patriots 34, Atlanta Falcons 28.
• Locally based 84 Lumber runs a TV ad during the Super Bowl depicting the journey of a Latin American mother and daughter north to a U.S. border wall. It creates immediate confusion among viewers split on whether it is pro or con immigration.
• 84 Lumber clarifies: “Our complete Super Bowl story. See a mother & daughter’s symbolic journey toward becoming legal American citizens.”
Day 18: Mon., Feb. 6
• “SNL used to be really funny. There’s a streak of meanness now that they’ve crossed over to mean.” — Sean Spicer reviews the late-night show
• The New York Times reports that CNN declined to book Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway on one of its Sunday-morning current-affairs shows, citing “serious questions” about her credibility.
• Trump speculates that the media is covering up terrorist attacks. White House provides a list of 78 “largely underreported” terrorist attacks to back up the president’s claim. They include the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., and the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub.
Day 19: Tue., Feb. 7
• Betsy DeVos is confirmed as secretary of rEducation, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.
• The New York Times covers the infrastructure politics of Breezewood, a familiar and frustrating way station for traveling Pittsburghers.
• The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal holds a hearing by telephone on whether to reinstate the travel ban suspended on Friday. Hundreds of thousands listen to the live stream.
• Scott Pelley, opening the CBS Nightly News, has had enough: “It has been a busy day for presidential statements divorced from reality. Mr. Trump said this morning that any polls that show disapproval of his immigration ban are fake. He singled out a federal judge for ridicule after the judge suspended his ban, and Mr. Trump said that the ruling now means that anyone can enter the country. The president’s fictitious claims, whether imaginary or fabricated, are now worrying even his backers, particularly after he insisted that millions of people voted illegally, giving Hillary Clinton her popular-vote victory. There is not one state election official, Democrat or Republican, who supports that claim.”
• During the debate for Sen. Jeff Session’s nomination to be attorney general, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is formally prohibited from speaking after she reads a letter by the late Coretta Scott King regarding Sessions into the record.
• “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on Sen. Warren
Day 20: Wed., Feb. 8
• “Nevertheless, She Persisted” memes go viral.
• The Senate confirms Jeff Sessions as the U.S. Attorney General.
• “I can only hope that if Coretta Scott King was still with us, that she would support Senator Sessions’ nomination.” — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, on the previous night’s Senate kerfuffle
•LOCAL: Pittsburgh students walk out in protest over Betsy DeVos confirmation and head toward Sen. Pat Toomey’s office.
Day 21: Thu., Feb. 9
• During a live broadcast of Fox & Friends, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, from the White House briefing room, says of Ivanka Trump’s clothing line: “It’s a wonderful line. I own some of it. I fully — I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”
• The Atlantic Monthly reports on a survey from BetterWorks which claims that 29 percent of respondents say they’ve been less productive at work since the election.
• Trump affirms the U.S.’s One China Policy after a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
• Reuters reports on an internal Homeland Security report that estimates Trump’s proposed border wall would cost as much as $21.6 billion.
• The Washington Post, citing nine unnamed “current and former officials,” reports that national-security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December.
• In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit throws out the so-called “travel ban.”
Day 22: Fri., Feb. 10
• The Senate confirms U.S. Rep. Tom Price, of Georgia, to be secretary of health and human services.
• Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe arrives at the White House for a three-day visit with President Trump.
• Federal Election Commissioner demands Trump show proof of voter-fraud claims.
• The Washington Post reports that Jared Kushner is operating as “almost a shadow secretary of state,” and having “back-channel communications with Mexico.”
• Shia LaBeouf’s intended four-year anti-Trump live-stream exhibit shuts down.
• “There’s a range in what they’ll say, and some will say that he’s not right mentally.” — Sen. Al Franken, on Real Time With Bill Maher, when asked what other senators say about Trump “behind closed doors”
Day 23: Sat., Feb. 11
• Trump and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe spend weekend at Mar-a-Lago.
• North Korea test-fires a ballistic missile over the Sea of Japan.
• Guests in the Mar-a-Lago dining room watch Trump, at a nearby table, huddle with staff about the North Korean missiles.
Day 24: Sun., Feb. 12
• Senior White House policy adviser Stephen Miller hits the Sunday shows. From Face the Nation: “The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”
• Sears and Kmart drop Trump-branded merchandise.
• John Oliver returns to HBO after a three-month hiatus and premieres an informational ad aimed at Donald Trump to run during MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
• Adele wins Record of the Year and Song of the Year at 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
Day 25: Mon., Feb. 13
• LOCAL: Strong winds blow down the tree in Hays in which Pittsburgh’s bald-eagle couple have their nest.
• The Senate confirms Steven Mnuchin, formerly of Goldman Sachs and executive producer of Suicide Squad, to be secretary of treasury.
• Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits the White House.
• Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, is assassinated in Malaysia after two unidentified women reportedly poisoned him at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
• White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says President Trump has “full confidence” in National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
• Michael Flynn resigns following controversy over his alleged contacts with Russian officials. Per his resignation letter: “I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information.”
Day 26: Tue., Feb. 14
• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it was “highly likely” that the Senate Intelligence Committee would investigate former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s discussions with the Russian ambassador.
• Linda McMahon, of the World Wrestling Entertainment McMahons, is confirmed as head of the Small Business Administration.
• The Office of Government Ethics sends a letter to the White House counsel’s office, recommending an investigation into Kellyanne Conway’s exhortation to buy clothes from Ivanka Trump’s line.
• Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from any Department of Justice investigation into Michael Flynn’s talks with Russia.
• “I’ve never been so nervous in my lifetime about what may or may not happen in Washington.” — Leon Panetta, former chief of staff, secretary of defense and C.I.A. director, tells The New York Times of the current administration.
• “Friend, there’s still time to order your Official Inauguration Seal Hat … And today they are on sale for 30% OFF!” — Email from Trump campaign, touting $40 hats, now $28
Day 27: Wed., Feb. 15
• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House.
• At a joint press conference with Netanyahu, when queried about the one- or two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, Trump says: “I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.”
• At the same press conference, Trump also defends his former national-security advisor: “General Flynn is a wonderful man. I think he’s been treated very, very unfairly by the media. As I call it, the fake media.”
• Trump’s pick for labor secretary, fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, withdraws his nomination after weeks of criticism.
Day 28: Thu., Feb. 16
• The Senate confirms Mick Mulvaney to head the Office of Management and Budget.
• Trump administration withdraws travel-ban appeal and says it will issue a revised executive order.
• LOCAL: Across the U.S., cities observe a Day Without Immigrants, as restaurants and other businesses close their doors. City Paper covers the various actions in town.
• LOCAL: Sen. Pat Toomey holds a telephone town hall; City Paper listens in.
• Ryan Murphy, creator of TV’s American Horror Story, announces that the theme for season seven will be the 2016 election.
• Trump nominates Alexander Acosta for Labor Secretary.
• The Trump-Pence campaign posts an online poll titled the Mainstream Media Accountability Survey. Question 19: “Do you believe that the media purposely tries to divide Republicans against each other in order to help elect Democrats?”
• Monopoly players vote to kill the thimble game piece.
• Trump holds 75-minute press conference and says many, many things, including:
>> This administration is running like a fine-tuned machine.
>> Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars.
>> We are going to have a wall that works, not gonna have a wall like they have now which is either nonexistent or a joke.
>> Nobody mentions that Hillary received the questions to the debates. Can you imagine — seriously — can you imagine if I received the questions? It would be the electric chair.
>> You know what uranium is, right? This thing called nuclear weapons like lots of things are done with uranium including some bad things.
>> Number one, I am the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life. Number two, racism, the least racist person.
>> But tomorrow, the headlines are going to be, “Donald Trump rants and raves.” I’m not ranting and raving.
• “Get to work and stop whining.” — CNN anchor Jake Tapper, in response to Trump’s press conference.
Day 29: Fri., Feb. 17
• The Senate confirms Oklahoma’s attorney general, Scott Pruitt, as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
• LOCAL: City Paper catches up with members of the Pittsburgh legal community calling for resistance against Trump administration.
• In a tweet — deleted and then followed by an amended tweet — Trump declares the media “the enemy of the American people.”
Day 30: Sat., Feb. 18
• Reuters reports that the FBI has three separate investigations, including one at its Pittsburgh office, into the suspected Russian hacking during the election.
• During his rally in Florida, Trump cites non-existent terror-related event in Sweden: “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden.
Day 31: Sun., Feb. 19
• “I don’t have any issues with the press myself.” — Defense Secretary James Mattis, responding to a question about Trump’s criticism of the media
Day 32: Mon., Feb. 20
• Trump names U.S. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security advisor.
• The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) drops journalist and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos from its upcoming event after a video surfaces of Yiannopoulos condoning sexual relationships with teenage boys. Simon & Schuster cancels Yiannopoulos’ book deal.
Day 33: Tue., Feb. 21
• Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from his post as technology editor at Breitbart news.
• LOCAL: U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy cancels an event in Pittsburgh; City Paper explains why.
• Trump visits the National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C., and gives some remarks:
>> And HUD [Department of Housing and Urban Development] has a meaning far beyond housing. If properly done, it’s a meaning that’s as big as anything there is, and Ben [Carson] will be able to find that true meaning and the true meaning of HUD as its secretary.
>> I also want to thank Senator Tim Scott for joining us today. Friend of mine — a great, great senator from South Carolina. I like the state of South Carolina. I like all those states where I won by double, double, double digits.
• “Give him time.” — Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe on Trump
Day 34: Wed., Feb. 22
• The Washington Post debuts a new motto for its front page: “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”
• Trump administration withdraws federal protections on transgender bathroom use in public schools.
• At Standing Rock, N.D., the protest camp opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline begins to disperse.
• LOCAL: For City Paper, comics journalist Em DeMarco sketches out what rights immigrants have under the law.
• Town-hall meetings with Congresspeople are getting raucous. The Washington Post offers a handy online Yell-o-Matic that lets readers pick politicians from a menu and watch videos of them being yelled at.
• Seven Earth-sized planets in a temperate zone have been spotted around a nearby star.
Day 35: Thu., Feb. 23
• The four-day CPAC conservative conference begins in Washington, D.C.
• Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinds Obama guidance on reducing the use of private prisons.
• Reuters publishes an interview with Trump in which he says he wants to expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal: “If countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack.”
Day 36: Fri., Feb. 25
• CPAC attendees unwittingly wave a lot of Russian flags handed out by two members of the anti-Trump Americans Take Action resistance group.
• Trump gives a speech at CPAC: “We don’t win anymore. When was the last time we won? Did we win a war? Do we win anything? Do we win anything? We’re going to win. We’re going to win big, folks. We’re going to start winning again, believe me. We’re going to win.”
• Trump at CPAC in the morning: “And I love the First Amendment. Nobody loves it better than me.” Later at the White House, The New York Times, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, The Hill, the Daily Mail, BBC, Politico and BuzzFeed are barred from an informal press briefing.
Day 37: Sat., Feb. 26
• Witches across the U.S. cast a “mass spell” against Trump, hoping for “physical, emotional and spiritual changes in Donald Trump and American politics.”
• The Democratic National Committee elects a new chair, former Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.
Day 38: Sun., Feb. 27
• Actor Bill Paxton dies.
• The New York Times runs a TV ad about truth during the Oscar broadcast.
• La La Land is announced as winner of Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Minutes later: “Moonlight, you guys won Best Picture.”
Day 39: Mon., Feb. 27
• Wilbur Ross is confirmed by the Senate as commerce secretary.
• Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos calls historically black colleges “pioneers” of school choice.
• “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” — Trump speaking at a White House meeting with governors
Day 40: Tue., Feb. 28
• The Trump administration announces plans to increase military spending by $54 billion through cuts in programs related to science, education and the environment. During a Fox & Friends interview, Trump says, “I think the money is going to come from a revved-up economy.”
• In that same Fox & Friends interview, Trump grades his performance. “In terms of messaging, I would give myself a C or a C+. In terms of achievement, I think I’d give myself an A. Because I’ve done great things, but I don’t think I have — I and my people, I don’t think we’ve explained it well enough to the American public.”
• On Fox & Friends, Trump assigns responsibility for the Jan. 29 raid on Yemen that resulted in the death of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owen: “This was a mission that started before I got here. This is something that they [his generals] wanted to do. They came to see me; they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected. My generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades I believe. And they lost Ryan.”
• Kellyanne Conway is photographed kneeling shoeless on an Oval Office couch.
• Portraits of Courage, former President George W. Bush’s book of his oil paintings of veterans, appears in bookstore.
• Trump travels to Capitol Hill and delivers a prime-time televised address before Congress. His acknowledgement of Carryn Owens, widow of Ryan Owens, the Navy SEAL killed in the Yemen raid, who was seated in the gallery, elicits an extended standing ovation.
Day 41: Wed., March 1
• Trump receives high marks, including the sobriquet “presidential,” for Tuesday’s Joint Address.
• Senate votes to confirm Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to lead the Department of the Interior.
• Two women, who reportedly thought they were involved in a prank TV show, are charged with murder in relation to the death of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
• Barack and Michele Obama sign book deals, rumored to tally $60 million, with Penguin Random House.
•LOCAL: Area artists take to activism to confront the Trump administration, City Paper reports.
• The New York Times reports that during their last days, Obama officials worked to preserve intelligence of Russian hacking and possible contacts with Trump associates.
• The Washington Post reveals that then-Sen. Jeff Sessions spoke twice in 2016 with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and failed to disclose that information during his confirmation hearing for attorney general.
• For the first time in 146 years, Chicago recorded no snowfall in January and February.
Day 42: Thu., March 2
• The Senate confirms pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson as secretary of housing and urban development, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as secretary of energy.
• Some members of Congress, including GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, call for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from investigations in Russian meddling.
• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rode a U.S. Park Police horse in Washington, D.C., for his first day on the job.
• Sen. Rand Paul wheels a copy machine through the corridors of a House office building looking for the elusive “repeal and replace” health-care bill.
• Attorney General Jeff Sessions calls a late-afternoon press conference to recuse himself from the Russian investigation.
Day 43: Fri., March 3
• Arnold Schwarzenegger says he would not host Celebrity Apprentice again, and blames the show’s association with Trump for its poor ratings.
Day 44: Sat., March 4
• In the morning, Trump issues a series of tweets suggesting that President Obama tapped his phones.
• Also this:
• “A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.” — Statement from Kevin Lewis, spokesman for Barack Obama
Day 45: Sun., March 5
• The New York Times reports that FBI Director James Comey asked Justice officials to refute Trump’s unproven wiretapping claim.
• The White House releases a brief written statement which reads in part: “President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.”
• On Meet the Press, the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denies there was any “wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.”
Day 46: Mon., March 6
• “We’re all scared. I think we reached a new low this weekend.” — Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough’s assessment of the Trump presidency
• LOCAL: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey holds another last-minute social-media event. City Paper reports that it was blurry.
• In a speech to staff, HUD Secretary Ben Carson refers to slaves as immigrants: “That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less.”
• In the same speech, Carson makes this claim: “I could drill a hole in your head, stick electrodes in your hippocampus and have you recite verbatim a book you read 60 years ago.”
• Trump signs new executive order banning immigrants from six Muslim-majority nations; Iraq is dropped from the previous order. The order is set to take effect on March 16.
• Rep. Paul Ryan releases the Republican health-care bill, titled the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
Day 47: Tue., March 7
• FBI Director James Comey pulls out of his scheduled appearance at the SXSW festival, in Austin.
• On CNN, Rep. Jason Chaffetz offers a suggestion for Americans struggling to pay for medical care: “Maybe rather than getting that new iPhone ... maybe they should invest it in their own health care.”
• Early reaction to ACHA is not great, with criticism coming from both the right (“Obamacare 2.0”) and the left.
• House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes announces that the first public hearing on Russian meddling with the election will be March 20.
Day 48: Wed., March 8
• Trump acknowledges International Women’s Day.
• Sen. Bob Casey launches tweet storm critiquing AHCA, breaking it down by all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties … in alphabetical order.
• Organizations representing major hospitals and nurses, as well as the AARP and American Medical Association, come out against AHCA.
• China grants preliminary approval for 38 new Trump trademarks.
Day 49: Thu., March 9
• Office of Government Ethics rebukes White House over Kellyanne Conway’s endorsement of Ivanka Trump’s clothing line on television.
• Hawaii files a lawsuit against the revised travel ban, citing harm to tourism, foreign students and Muslim residents.
• This exchange occurs during the House Energy and Commerce Committee debate over AHCA.
>> Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle: “What mandate in the Obamacare bill does he take issue with?”
>> Illinois Rep. John Shimkus: “What about men having to purchase prenatal care?”
Day 50: Fri., March 10
• The Bureau of Labor Statistics issues latest jobs report: U.S. employers added 235,000 jobs in February.
• At the White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer clarifies Trump’s frequent criticisms of the BLS jobs reports being “phony.”: “I talked to the president prior to this, and he said to quote him very clearly, ‘They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.’”
• LOCAL: Pittsburgh printing company Cotton Bureau finds big success with “resistance” T-shirts, plus a cease-and-desist letter for a popular tee.
• Reversing January’s decline, Ivanka Trump’s clothing line sees a surge in online sales in February.
• The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that at the recent Mercer County Republican PA Lincoln dinner, Republican Congressman Mike Kelly (Butler) offered his theory why former President Obama is staying in Washington, D.C.: “He is there for one purpose and for one purpose only. And that is to run a shadow government that is going to totally upset the new agenda.”
• “I think one of your children has just walked in.” Video of Pusan National University professor Robert Kelly being interrupted by his kids while doing a live BBC interview goes instantly viral.
Day 51: Sat., March 11
• High-profile U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, for the Southern District of New York, says he won’t resign as requested. Trump fires him, despite having told Bharara in November that he could stay on.
• President Trump is at Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Va., per pool report. It’s his ninth golf-course trip since taking office seven weeks ago.
Day 52: Sun., March 12
• Clocks move ahead. There is one less hour of Trump news.
• On CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. John McCain refutes Trump’s claim that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower and expresses concern about the Trump administration’s possible ties to Russia: “There’s a lot of aspects of this whole relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin that requires further scrutiny, and so far, I don’t think the American people have gotten all the answers. In fact, I think there’s a lot more shoes to drop from this centipede.”
• In an interview with New Jersey’s Bergen Record, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway discusses surveillance: “You can surveil people through their phones, through their — certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways. And microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera.”
Day 53: Mon., March 13
• The state of Washington, joined by several others, asks a federal judge to stop the revised federal immigration/refugee rules from taking effect on Thu., March 16.
• When questioned by Chris Cuomo on CNN’s New Day about Trump’s claims to have been wiretapped, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says, “I’m not in the job of having evidence.”
• After pledging during the campaign to donate his salary, Trump declines to provide proof.
• In a new music video, rapper Snoop Dogg features an orangish clown president named Ronald Klump.
• At the White House press briefing:
>> NBC’s Peter Alexander: “Can you say affirmatively that whenever the president says something, we can trust it to be real?”
>> Press Secretary Sean Spicer: “If he’s not joking, of course.”
>> Alexander: “How do we know he’s joking?”
• The Congressional Budget Office releases its “score” of the Republican’s American Health Care Act and finds, among other concerns, that it would cover 24 million fewer people than Obamacare by 2026.
• According to the CBO, 64-year-olds making $26,500 per year would see premiums increase from $1,700 currently to $14,600 in 2026.
• Rep. Paul Ryan releases a statement: “This [CBO] report confirms that the American Health Care Act will lower premiums and improve access to quality, affordable care.”
Day 54: Tue., March 14
• At the White House press briefing, Sean Spicer says that media coverage of AHCA doesn’t reflect that it’s “prong one of three prongs.”
• Hidden Figures, an inspirational movie about real-life female mathematicians, hits $162.8 million in box-office totals, topping totals set by X-Men: Apocalypse and Star Trek Beyond.
• The Girl Guides of Canada suspends trips to the U.S., citing concerns that members may encounter difficulties at the border.
• On The Rachel Maddow Show, journalist David Cay Johnston explains the two-page portion of Donald Trump’s 2005 tax return, which he says he received anonymously in the mail. He says it shows that Donald and Melania Trump had earned more than $150 million, and had paid $5.3 million in federal income tax, as well as $31 million under the alternative minimum tax.
• Just prior to the show, the White House confirms the document.
Day 55: Wed., March 15
• Senate confirms GOP Sen. Dan Coats as Trump’s director of national intelligence.
• LOCAL: Modcloth, the online fashion retailer started in Pittsburgh, is acquired by a division of Walmart.
• Basketball fan Barack Obama releases his long-form March Madness bracket. He picks North Carolina for the win.
• U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson, in Honolulu, grants the state of Hawaii’s motion for a nationwide temporary restraining order on Trump’s revised travel ban, hours before it was set to take effect.
• At a rally in Nashville, Tenn., Trump says that “the order [Judge Watson] blocked was a watered-down version of the first one.” He adds: “And let me tell you something, I think we ought to go back to the first one and go all the way, which is what I wanted to do in the first place.”
Day 56: Thu., March 16
• LOCAL: City Paper reports on Rep. Mike Doyle’s defense of the Affordable Care Act.
• Trump administration releases its federal budget proposal for 2018, which makes deep cuts to programs benefiting science, arts and the poor, as well as agencies such as the EPA, and the departments of Agriculture, Labor and State. More than $4 billion in funding is cited for the border wall.
• Interviewed at the White House, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says, “Regarding the question as to climate change, I think the president was fairly straightforward. We’re not spending money on that anymore.”
• “There’s this assumption in Washington that if you get less money, it’s a cut.” — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
• Joint statement from Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.): “Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016.”
• At the White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer reads comments made by Judge Andrew Napolitano, on Fox News on March 14, regarding alleged wiretapping of Trump by Obama: “Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI, and he didn’t use the Department of Justice. He used GCHQ, what is that? It’s the initials for the British Intelligence Spying Agency.”
• A spokesman for British intelligence agency GCHQ says: “Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wiretapping’ against the then-president-elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”
• The House Budget Committee advances GOP health-care bill. Three Republicans vote no.
Day 57: Fri., March 17
• German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the White House. There is an awkward photo op and no handshake.
• The White House sends out a 1600 Daily email linking to a piece in The Washington Post titled “Trump’s budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why.” Among the satirical piece’s recommendations: “National Endowment for the Arts: The NEA will be destroyed and replaced with an armored helicopter with a shark painted on it.” The link is later deleted.
• At the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit, House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks with National Review editor Rich Lowry about health care: “So, the health-care entitlements are the big, big, big drivers of our debt. There are three. Obamacare, Medicaid, and Medicare. Two out of three are going through Congress right now. So, Medicaid — sending it back to the states, capping its growth rate. We’ve been dreaming of this since you and I were drinking out of a keg.”
• U.S. Customs and Border Protection issues RFPs for the border wall. It states: “Designs with heights of less than 18 feet are not acceptable,” and “the north side of wall (i.e. U.S. facing side) shall be aesthetically pleasing in color, anti-climb texture, etc., to be consistent with general surrounding environment.”
• At a joint press conference, Trump, when responding to a reporter’s question about allegations of wiretapping by Obama, addresses German Chancellor Merkel: “As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common perhaps.”
• Trump follows up on wiretapping accusation: “All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn’t make an opinion on it. That was a statement made by a very talented lawyer on Fox. And so you shouldn’t be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox, OK?”
• On Fox News, Sam Smith responds: “Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the president of the United States was surveilled at any time in any way, full stop.”
Day 58: Sat., March 18
• Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, traveling in Asia with a lone reporter from the online Independent Journal Review, tells her: “I’m not a big media press access person. I personally don’t need it.”
• LOCAL: City Paper reports on “Yinzers Against Jagoffs,” a new PAC demanding more accessibility from U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus
• Chuck Berry dies, joins Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
Day 59: Sun., March 19
• Journalist and writer Jimmy Breslin dies.
• Pope Francis advocates for Vatican-trained exorcists in the event of “genuine spiritual disturbances.”
Day 60: Mon., March 20
• The NFL reports that Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey has been “found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media.”
• Confirmation hearings begin in the Senate for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
• “I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI as part of our counterintelligence mission is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts.” — FBI Director James Comey begins his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee
• In his testimony, Comey says, referring to Trump’s tweets of March 4 alleging Obama wiretapped Trump Tower: “I have no information that supports those tweets.”
• The White House POTUS account tweets during the hearing:
• David Rockefeller dies at 101.
• At the White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer says Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort “played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time.”
• The Department of Homeland Security bans electronics on nonstop flights into the U.S. from 10 airports in majority-Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
Day 61: Tue., March 21
• Trump visits the House to rally wavering Republicans to approve the American Health Care Act. Two journalists present report Trump saying “many of you will lose your seats in 2018” if health-care legislation is not passed.
• NBC News identifies 26 House Republicans who are opposed to or leaning strongly against AHCA.
• According to the White House, the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, will get an office in the West Wing and a security clearance, but will not be a federal employee.
• In interplanetary news: Trump signs a bill authorizing $19.5 billion in funding for NASA. Among the agency’s plans: a human mission to Mars in 2033.
• “Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?” — Sen. Jeff Flake querying Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch at the Senate confirmation hearing
• “The President clings to his assertion like a drunk to an empty gin bottle.” — Wall Street Journal posts online editorial, referencing Trump’s claims that Obama wiretapped him
Day 62: Wed., March 22
• Creator of TV’s The Dating Game and The Gong Show — and possible CIA agent — Chuck Barris dies.
• “I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job.” — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in an interview with the Independent Journal Review
• A man drives a car into a sidewalk on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing five and injuring more than three dozen.
• White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on AHCA: “No, there is no plan B. There’s plan A and plan A. We’re going to get this done.”
• Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub sends a letter to Trump asking for proof of the president’s repeated claims of voter fraud.
• Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes tells reporters: “I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were ... monitored.”
• Rep. Nunes then travels to the White House to brief Trump on his findings. He does not brief Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic leader of the House Intelligence Committee, who tells the press: “If the chairman is going to continue to go to the White House instead of his own committee, there is no way we can continue to conduct this investigation.”
Day 63: Thu., March 23
• Today is the seventh anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.
• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announces “Doggy Days at the Interior,” a pilot program in which staffers can bring their pet dogs to work.
• Time magazine publishes “Can President Trump handle the truth?” Trump concludes the interview with reporter Michael Scherer by stating: “I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m President and you’re not.”
• Sen. Pat Roberts, when asked about the cutting of Essential Health Benefits from the revised AHCA bill says, “I sure don’t want my mammogram benefits taken away.”
• CNS announces Candy Crush the TV show, a “one-hour, live-action game show series” hosted by Mario Lopez, will premiere July 9.
• The Congressional Budget Office projects 24 million more uninsured in 2026 under revised GOP bill and there is less deficit savings.
• Rep. Paul Ryan cancels two press conferences.
• A photo of Trump sitting in the driver’s seat of a big rig goes viral bigly.
• The House vote on AHCA, scheduled for today, is postponed till Friday.
Day 64: Fri., March 24
• The vote on AHCA is scheduled for today.
• Trump administration approves the Keystone XL pipeline.
• Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, cancels upcoming open hearings with former Attorney General Sally Yates, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director John Brennan.
• “He’s got perfect genes.” — Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, on Trump’s health, in an interview with Axios
• Democrats in Congress introduce new legislation — The Making Access Records Available to Lead U.S. Government Openness, a.k.a. the MAR-A-LAGO Act — mandating more disclosure about who meets with the president.
• “Hello, Bob. So, we just pulled it.” — President Trump, calling Washington Post reporter Robert Costa to say the AHCA bill is dead
• At a press conference, Rep. Paul Ryan says: “I will not sugarcoat this. This is a disappointing day for us.”
• Trump tells reporters at the White House: “I never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days.”
Day 65: Sat., March 25
• Uber suspends testing of self-driving cars, including its fleet in Pittsburgh, after a crash in Tempe, Ariz.
• After Trump tweeted to watch Justice With Judge Jeanine tonight, the Fox News host opens her show stating, “Paul Ryan needs to step down.”
Day 66: Sun., March 26
• An exchange on CBS This Morning:
>> Fox News’ Sean Hannity: “Do you think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America?”
>> Ted Koppel: “Yeah.”
Day 67: Mon., March 27
• Uber’s “robot cars” return to the streets.
• Trump taps his son-in-law Jared Kushner to lead the White House Office of American Innovation, charged with overhauling bureaucracy and fulfilling campaign promises.
• The NFL says the Oakland Raiders can move to Las Vegas.
• “If I wanted to, I could have snuck onto White House grounds at night when nobody would have seen me.” — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, on CNN, about his meeting with sources, during which he saw reputed surveillance documents
• House Intelligence member Rep. Adam Schiff says Rep. Nunes should recuse himself from the committee Russian investigation.
Day 68: Tue., March 28
• On NBC’s The Today Show, Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham says that House Rep. Devin Nunes is running a “sort of an Inspector Clouseau investigation.”
• “I didn’t hear a word she said, I was looking at the James Brown wig.” — Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, on Fox & Friends, speaking of Rep. Maxine Waters
• House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes cancels all hearing meetings for the week.
• House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes says he will not step down from the investigation.
• LOCAL: Giant Trump puppet debuts at Tuesdays With Toomey, and City Paper is there.
• The Washington Nationals baseball team says Trump has declined an invitation to throw out ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day.
• A study in the Science of Nature journal estimates that spiders could eat every human on earth in less than a year.
• With an audience of coal miners, Trump signs an executive order rescinding Obama’s Climate Action Plan, and lifting the moratorium on federal coal leasing.
• “If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection.” — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
Day 69: Wed., March 29
• Britain formally triggers Article 50 Wednesday, setting into motion a two-year separation from the European Union.
• Ivanka Trump will be a federal employee; her title is assistant to the president.
• “Wherever women are diminished, the entire world is diminished with them.” — First Lady Melania Trump, presenting International Women of Courage Awards at the State Department
• LOCAL: Despite losing a nest in a storm and having to rebuild, the Hays eagles have hatched an egg.
Day 70: Thu., March 30
• A shark washes up in the street after a cyclone in Australia, a.k.a. a “sharknado.”
• The Washington Post reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson remains aloof, and that some career diplomats at the State Department have been instructed not to make eye contact with him.
• “The man who promised to ‘Drain the Swamp’ now appears to be the ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon.’” — Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots and president of conservative group Citizens for Self-Governance, told The Hill
• The Wall Street Journal reports that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn told the FBI and Congressional officials he would testify in exchange for immunity.
• Vice President Mike Pence breaks tie to advance bill allowing states to withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood.
• The New York Times reports the source of the “surveillance” documents that Rep. Devin Nunes briefed President Trump on last week was two White House officials.
Day 71: Fri., March 31
• The Senate Intelligence Committee reportedly turns down Michael Flynn’s immunity request.
• U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel approves a $25 million settlement in Trump University fraud cases.
• The Washington Post analyzes financial-disclosure documents released by the White House and determines that 27 White House officials had assets worth at least a combined $2.3 billion when they joined the administration.
• LOCAL: Allentown coffee shop Black Forge talks to City Paper about its controversial loyalty punch cards.
Day 72: Sat., April 1
• The New York Times reports that five women have received settlements totaling $13 million after accusing Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment and other complaints.
Day 73: Sun., April 2
• “Still, nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck.” — The Los Angeles Times begins a four-part editorial series, “Our Dishonest President,” criticizing Trump
• On ABC’s This Week, Sen. John McCain continues his fanciful metaphor about the Russian investigations: “Every time we turn around, another shoe drops from this centipede.”
• The 2017 baseball season begins.
Day 74: Mon., April 3
• The White House confirms that Jared Kushner is in Iraq, traveling with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford.
• Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the president of Egypt, visits the White House.
• Trump donates his first-quarter salary of $78,333 to National Park Service.
• ProPublica reports that Donald Trump’s trust has been revised, allowing him to take business profits and not report it.
• Mercedes pulls its ads from Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News show, The O’Reilly Factor.
• Trump signs into law a bill that rolls back consumer-privacy protections banning ISPs from selling user browsing data.
• Attorney General Jeff Sessions orders the Justice Department to review all police-reform agreements.
• Senate Democrats have enough votes to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
• LOCAL: City Paper reports on constituents calling for U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy to support investigation into Trump ties to Russia.
• North Carolina beats Gonzaga 71-65 to win the NCAA championship.
Day 75: Tue. April 4
• LOCAL: City Paper looks at how Southwestern Pennsylvania reps voted on the internet-privacy bill.
• At least 58 Syrians, including children, die in a suspected gas attack believed to have been carried out by the Assad government.
• The White House issues a statement on the suspected gas attack in Syria: “These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution. President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a ‘red line’ against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing.”
• More companies, including Hyundai, Lexus and Allstate, pull their ads from The O’Reilly Factor. By day’s end, the total is 18.
• North Korea fires a ballistic missile. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issues a terse three-sentence response: “North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment.”
Day 76: Wed., April 5
• Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, loses his permanent seat on the National Security Council.
• Pepsi’s new ad featuring Kendall Jenner and faux protesters doesn’t last 24 hours before being pulled.
• LOCAL:We’re here to help: City Paper publishes “Real News About Fake News,” a package of stories about media literacy.
• In White House interview with New York Times reporters Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush, Trump defends Bill O’Reilly (“I know Bill. Bill’s a good person”) and suggests, without evidence, that former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice may have committed a crime by improperly leaking names of Trump associates picked up in ongoing surveillance of foreign officials.
• By day’s end, 42 advertisers pull their ads from The O’Reilly Factor.
Day 77: Thu., April 6
• House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes recuses himself from the Russia investigation. Nunes is now under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for his handling of classified information.
• Comedian Don Rickles, famed for his insults, dies.
• Republicans fall short on the 60 votes needed to end debate on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch.
• Senate Republicans invoke the “nuclear option” and kill the judicial filibuster. The threshold to end debate is now 51 votes.
• Dustin Johnson, the world’s top-rated golfer, withdraws from the Masters after falling down stairs.
• “I think we’ve had one of the most successful 13 weeks in the history of the presidency.” — President Trump, on board Air Force One, in his 11th week of office
• Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort for a two-day visit.
• From Navy ships in Mediterranean, the U.S. launches 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria, striking the al-Shayrat military airfield believed to have been where the week’s earlier gas attack originated.
• “We see these beautiful pictures at night from the decks of these two U.S. Navy vessels in the eastern Mediterranean. I am tempted to quote the great Leonard Cohen: ‘I am guided by the beauty of our weapons.’” — Brian Williams, on his The 11th Hour show on MSNBC
Day 78: Fri., April 7
• Syria’s Armed Forces General Command says six people were killed in the U.S. missile strike on its airbase.
• The Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch as the 113th Supreme Court Justice.
• The Trump Organization settles a two-year lawsuit with chef José Andrés over a restaurant deal at the Trump International Hotel, in Washington, D.C. Andres had quit the deal, expressing displeasure over candidate Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican “rapists” and “killers.”
• Angie’s List pulls its ads from The O’Reilly Factor.
Day 79: Sat., April 8
• LOCAL: The proposals are in for Trump’s border wall, and one Pittsburgh area firm has an idea for a unique feature: a moat filled with nuclear waste.
• Two people were treated for rabies as a precaution after the remains of a bat were found in the packaged salad mix they had eaten.
• The U.S. Navy sends strike group, led by the USS Carl Vinson, north toward Korean peninsula.
Day 80: Sun., April 9
• Blasts kill dozens at two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt.
Day 81: Mon., April 10
• In the White House Rose Garden, Neil Gorsuch is sworn in as the 113th Supreme Court justice.
• Trump congratulates Gorsuch, and thanks the Senate Majority Leader: “I especially want to express our gratitude to Senator Mitch McConnell for all that he did to make this achievement possible.”
• Video of a man being dragged off a United Airlines plane goes viral.
• The FCC withdraws a proposal that would have allowed passengers to make mobile calls in flight on airplanes.
• A Bloomberg Businessweek article analyzes @realDonaldTrump Twitter followers, breaking them into seven groups, including Loyalists, Ragers, Bots and Eggs.
• Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold wins the Pulitzer Prize for his investigative work into Donald Trump’s charitable giving, or lack thereof.
• A spokeman says Russian President Vladimir Putin would not meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his upcoming visit to Russia.
• LOCAL: City Paper looks at how some local lawmakers have changed their views on Syrian intervention since Trump was elected.
Day 82: Tue., April 11
• “I like Steve, but you have to remember he was not involved in my campaign until very late.” — Trump discussing his chief strategist Steve Bannon, in a New York Post interview
• The Washington Post reports that the FBI obtained a FISA warrant last summer to monitor Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, and any ties to Russia.
• The White House releases a declassified National Security Council report suggesting that Russia is helping to cover up the Syrian government’s role in last week’s chemical attack.
• Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Russia.
• White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer fumbles through comparisons of Syria’s Assad regime to Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
>> “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II. You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons.”
>> “I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no — he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.”
>> “There was not — he brought them into the Holocaust center, I understand that. But I’m saying in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocent — into the middle of towns.”
• Republican Ron Estes defeats Democrat James Thompson in the Kansas 4th Congressional District special election to fill the seat vacated by now-CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
Day 83: Wed., April 12
• “What I found was a city that has transformed itself into a vibrant cultural and artistic hub, all while remaining true to its Rust Belt roots.” — The New York Times writes another story about Pittsburgh
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
• HUD Secretary Ben Carson gets stuck in an elevator during a visit to Miami’s Overtown public-housing complex.
• The Daily Mail, in the U.K., apologizes for an article it ran in August 2016 alleging that Melania Trump had worked as an escort. “We accept that these allegations about Mrs. Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. We apologise to Mrs. Trump for any distress that our publication caused her. To settle Mrs. Trump’s two lawsuits against us, we have agreed to pay her damages and costs.”
• In a televised interview with Fox Business News’ Maria Bartiromo, Trump recalls the strike on Syria: “We had finished dinner. We’re now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen and President Xi was enjoying it. … So what happens is I said we’ve just launched 59 missiles heading to Iraq [sic] and I wanted you to know this. And he was eating his cake. And he was silent.”
• In a Wall Street Journal article, Trump says China is not a currency manipulator, a claim he had made frequently while campaigning.
• “I said it was obsolete. It is no longer obsolete.” — Trump on NATO, at a joint press conference with NATO chairman Jens Stoltenberg
• The federal hiring freeze imposed in January is lifted by the Trump administration.
• Bill O’Reilly announces that he’s taking a long-planned vacation, and will return to the air April 24.
Day 84: Thu., April 13
• On Fox & Friends, EPA director Scott Pruitt discusses the U.S. role in the Paris climate agreement: “Paris is something that we need to really look at closely. It’s something we need to exit, in my opinion.”
• The Miami Herald reports that in January, health inspectors cited the restaurant at Mar-a-Lago for 13 violations, including ham stored at 57 degrees.
• The U.S. drops a 21,000-pound Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb (MOAB, a.k.a. “mother of all bombs”) on an ISIS complex in Nangarhar, Afghanistan.
• Trump signs bill to let states withhold federal family-planning money from Planned Parenthood.
•LOCAL: Steelers chairman, former ambassador to Ireland and North Sider Dan Rooney dies.
Day 85: Fri., April 14
• Breaking with the policy set by the Obama administration, the White House says it will no longer release visitor logs.
Day 86: Sat., April 15
• To celebrate its founder’s birthday, North Korea stages a huge military parade, which includes trucks carrying new missiles.
• In marches held nationwide, protesters demand that Trump release his taxes.
• Citing Afghan army officials, Stars and Stripes reports 94 ISIS members were killed in Thursday’s MOAB explosion.
• Internet sensation April the giraffe gives birth to a male calf.
Day 87: Sun., April 16
• The Washington Post reports that, in the first quarter of 2017, ICE arrests for immigrants with no criminal records rise.
• Vice President Mike Pence, at a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, warns North Korea: “Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new President in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. North Korea would do well not to test his resolve — or the strength of the Armed Forces of the United States in this region.”
Day 88: Mon., April 17
• Trump tweets out positive approval ratings from Rasmussen.
• Trump tweets a book recommendation: “A great book for your reading enjoyment: ‘REASONS TO VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS’ by Michael J. Knowles.” The book is filled with blank pages.
• The White House hosts its annual Easter Egg Roll for children, which opens with an address from Trump: “This is the 139th Easter Egg Roll. Think of it — 139. It began a long time ago — 1878. And we will be stronger and bigger and better as a nation than ever before. We’re right on track.”
• At the White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer defends the decision to keep the visitor logs secret: “I think that we recognize that there’s a privacy aspect to allowing citizens to come express their views.”
• Trump calls Turkey’s president, Recep Erdogan, to congratulate him on his recent referendum victory.
Day 89: Tue., April 18
• “Oh God, is that all? It’s like dog years or something.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, on The View, reacting to Trump’s 89 days in office
• Former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State John Kerry attend the funeral of Steelers chairman Dan Rooney.
• Shattered, an account of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, is released. The New York Times reviews it: “In chronicling these missteps, ‘Shattered’ creates a picture of a shockingly inept campaign hobbled by hubris and unforced errors, and haunted by a sense of self-pity and doom.”
• The Associated Press reports that Ivanka Trump’s clothing company received Chinese trademarks the same day she dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago.
• The naval “armada” that Trump said on April 11 was heading north toward the Korean peninsula is revealed to be traveling south and is currently in waters near Indonesia.
• LOCAL: City Paper reports on Mayor Bill Peduto’s new TV campaign ad, which takes on Donald Trump instead of primary challengers.
• Trump gives a speech at Snap-on Tools in Kenosha, Wis., touting “buy American” and “hire American.” In the same speech, Trump claims: “No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days.”
• Trump signs an executive order directing federal agencies to “Buy American, Hire American.”
• No candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote in an open election for Georgia District 6 to fill the seat of Rep. Tom Price, now secretary of health and human services. There will now be June 20 runoff between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel.
Day 90: Wed., April 19
• The reigning Super Bowl champs the New England Patriots visit the White House. Star quarterback Tom Brady demurs, citing “family matters.”
• “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.” — Statement from 21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company
• LOCAL: Hundreds of U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy’s constituents hold a town hall without their representative, City Paper reports.
• At Trump’s invitation, Sarah Palin visits the White House, bringing Ted Nugent and Kid Rock as her guests.
Day 91: Thu., April 20
• “Don’t you brag to me that you never read a book / I never put my faith in a con man and his crooks.” — Pittsburgh musician Joe Grushecky and Bruce Springsteen team up for the protest song, “That’s What Makes Us Great.”
• Politico checks in with Trump’s promise to have a cybersecurity plan in place by 90 days. There doesn’t appear to be one.
• Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni visits the White House. At a joint press conference, Trump cites musical artists Verdi and Pavarotti (“a friend of mine, a great friend of mine”) and previews the updated health-care bill: “The plan gets better, and better and better. And it’s gotten really, really good. And a lot of people are liking it a lot.”
• In an interview with radio host Mark Levin, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, referring to Honolulu-based federal judge Derrick Watson, who put a halt to Trump’s second immigration order, says: “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.”
Day 92: Fri., April 21
• LOCAL: Photos confirm baby bird at bald-eagle nest in Hays.
Day 93: Sat., April 22
• Supermarkets in several states pull bags of frozen hash browns after a recall notice explains that the product could be “contaminated with extraneous golf ball materials” that “may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product.”
• Trump makes news announcement via Twitter: He’ll hold a “BIG rally” in Harrisburg next Saturday night, and to look for “Big TAX REFORM AND TAX REDUCTION” on Wednesday.
• In celebration of Earth Day, scientists and their supporters turn out for marches worldwide.
Day 94: Sun., April 23
• Online news outlet The Daily Beast announces “Trump-Free Sunday Mornings.” Just Sunday, though: “The simple fact is that this administration has already proven too fond of Friday night news dumps to credibly promise a Trump-free Saturday.”
• Trump gives an interview with the AP, in which Trump complains about the unfair media (“Face the Nation or as I call it, Deface the Nation”); teases his tax plan (“It will be bigger, I believe, than any tax cut ever”); reviews his February Joint Address before Congress (“Some people said it was the single best speech ever made in that chamber”); and imagines Lincoln’s chances today (“If Abe Lincoln came back to life, he would lose New York and he would lose California”).
• The Daily Beast reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election has no full-time staff, nor has it interviewed any key figures.
• French voters head to the polls for a presidential primary. The two top candidates, right-wing populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron will now face off on May 7.
Day 95: Mon., April 24
• Astronaut Peggy Whitson surpasses the 534-day record for most time in space by an American. She receives a call from Trump, who muses about space travel: “And, all over, we have astronauts and we have everybody, who are flying right now, 17,000 miles per hour. That’s about as fast as I’ve ever heard. I wouldn’t want to be flying 17,000 miles an hour. But that’s what you do.”
• In advance of the vote on federal spending to avoid a possible government shutdown on Saturday, Trump stresses the importance of the border wall. The concluding “If” of the first tweet hangs for three hours until the second tweet is sent.
• A blog post touting the Florida resort of Mar-a-Lago, owned by President Trump, is discovered at Share America, a State Department program for U.S. embassies. After complaints, it is taken down.
• The Senate confirms former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary.
• Sen. Mark Warner says the Senate Intelligence Committee is hiring more staff for its Russian investigation.
• “I am sad that I am not on television anymore.” — Deposed Fox News host Bill O’Reilly returns, on his No Spin News podcast
Day 96: Tue., April 25
• Trump backs off demands for the immediate funding of a border wall, and it will not be included in a GOP plan for a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown on Saturday.
• House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz and ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings say that former national-security adviser Michael Flynn probably broke the law by failing to disclose payments for a speaking engagement in Russia.
• It’s announced that former U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will testify on May 8 before a Senate judiciary investigation about Russian interference in the election.
• Sen. Ted Cruz introduces the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act, which seeks to use any forfeited assets of the imprisoned Mexican drug-cartel kingpin to pay for the border wall.
• A federal district judge in San Francisco bars the enforcement of Trump’s executive order which would have withheld funds from “sanctuary cities” that don’t comply with federal immigration demands.
Day 97: Wed., April 26
• Filmmaker Jonathan Demme dies. Among his enduring hits: the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense, and The Silence of the Lambs, filmed in Pittsburgh.
• Nearly the entire Senate buses to the White House for a briefing on North Korea. Later, on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront, Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley says, “We learned nothing you couldn’t read in the newspaper.”
• The Department of Homeland Security announces the opening of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office. It provides a toll-free number “to serve the needs of crime victims and their families who have been impacted by crimes committed by removable criminal aliens.”
• Trump calls national monuments — land set aside with certain protections by former presidents — a “massive federal land grab.”
• The revised GOP health-care bill, which allows states to opt out of Essential Benefits and the protections for pre-existing conditions, wins the support of the conservative Freedom Caucus.
• Two former Goldman Sachs executives, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn, present the administration’s tax plan titled “2017 Tax Reform for Economic Growth and American Jobs.” It is a single page of bulleted points, such as “Grow the economy and create millions of jobs.”
• “We’ll vote on it when we get the votes.” — House Speaker Paul Ryan, on the revised Republican health-care bill
Day 98: Thu., April 27
• After speaking with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump agrees not to pull out of the NAFTA trade agreement.
• United Airlines announces it will now pay up to $10,000 to voluntarily bumped passengers.
• The president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, visits the White House and citrus is on the agenda. “I’ll tell him about North Korea, and he’ll tell me about lemons,” says Trump.
• The new VOICE hotline for reporting crimes by undocumented aliens is receiving calls about space aliens.
• Details of the tax plan remain sketchy. At the White House briefing, when asked about retaining 401(k) deductions, Press Secretary Sean Spicer says: “The current plan right now both protects charitable giving and mortgage interest, and that’s it.”
• Soon after, the White House clarifies that the new tax plan would not affect 401(k) tax exemptions.
• House Republican leaders delay a vote on the revised health-care bill until next week.
Day 99: Fri., April 28
• “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.” — Trump reflecting on his new job as president of the United States, in an interview with Reuters
• Congress approves a spending deal to keep the federal government open through May 5.
• Trump speaks at the annual National Rifle Association meeting today at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta. As with all presidential appearances, attendees are required to check their guns.
• During his speech to the NRA, Trump refers to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas”: “You’ll have plenty of those Democrats coming over and you’re going to say, no, sir, no thank you — no, ma’am. Perhaps ma’am. It may be Pocahontas, remember that. [Laughter and applause.] And she is not big for the NRA, that I can tell you.”
• The federal Bureau of Economic Analysis releases its report showing that during the first quarter of 2017, the economy grew at 0.7 percent.
• R. Alexander Acosta is confirmed as secretary of labor, leaving just two positions vacant in Trump’s cabinet.
• The National Security Agency says it will halt its collection of American emails that mention foreign intelligence targets.
• North Korea test-fires a ballistic missile. The USS Carl Vinson is expected to arrive in nearby waters.
Day 100: Sat., April 29
• Trump invites Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House.
• Tens of thousands turn out in Washington, D.C., and other cities for the People’s Climate March.
• LOCAL: Pittsburghers arrive at Downtown’s Market square for I Wish to Say, a traveling public performance piece. There, retro-styled women, using manual typewriters, type up letters, dictated by the public, to be sent to President Trump.
• Comic Hasan Minhaj hosts the White House Correspondents Association dinner, the annual event in which, traditionally, the sitting president is lightly roasted, and in turn, the president lightly jabs the press. For the first time in three decades, the president does not attend, and Minhaj explains why: “The leader of our country is not here. And that’s because he lives in Moscow, and it’s a very long flight. ... As for the other guy, I think he’s in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke.”
• Also in Washington, D.C., Full Frontal’s Samantha Bee hosts the televised Not the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, in which she pleads for cable news to be more professional and accountable, and to curtail its “pundit infestation.”
• Trump holds a rally at the Farm Show Complex, in Harrisburg, Pa. He repeats some popular campaign messages (the wall, “The Snake”) and bashes the media, Obamacare and the Washington swamp. The crowd yells “Lock her up.”
• Some 100-Day tallies:
• Assess Trump’s 100-day performance for yourself. Here is Donald Trump’s Contract With the American Voter, issued and signed on Oct. 22, which outlined Trump’s “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.”
• The next presidential election is Nov. 3, 2020.