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.