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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 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?”

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