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100 Days of Trump: From ‘American Carnage’ to Harrisburg

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100 Days of Trump: From ‘American Carnage’ to Harrisburg
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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.

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