Trumpocalypse Now

By Keith | A chronology of the Trump Presidency from the editor of Notice Magazine.

Rep. Mark Sanford: Trump's threat on my seat 'counterproductive'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A prominent Republican member of Congress on Sunday called the White House's threats to stir up primary challenges against those who opposed the GOP health care proposal in March "counterproductive."<p>Rep. Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor, said on CNN's "State of …

U.S. Congress

Trump's First 100 Days: An 'Entry-Level' Presidency

With any new president, there's a learning curve. But for President Trump, it's been steeper than others.<p>"Mount Everest" is how Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, described it ahead of Trump's 100th day in office, which is coming up …

Government

Trump's 25 executive orders in 100 days: more cosmetic than substantive

The president’s 25 executive orders, 24 memorandums and 20 proclamations establish big goals, but few provide legislative prescriptions<p>Since taking office on 20 January, Donald Trump has signed dozens of executive orders – aiming to fulfil a campaign pledge to undo what he called his predecessor’s …

Government

Bomb first, don't explain later: Trump's failure to justify his use of force

<b>(CNN) —</b> We're still less than 100 days into Donald Trump's presidency, but the candidate who promised to "bomb the s--- out of ISIS" has indeed shown a willingness, as President, to expand the use of American military force against a wide range of targets across the globe.<p>From an early commando …

Foreign Policy

Angela Merkel reportedly had to explain the 'fundamentals' of EU trade to Trump 11 times

President Trump did not understand that the US cannot negotiate a trade deal with Germany alone and must deal with the European Union as a bloc, a senior German official told The Times of London.<p>"Ten times Trump asked [German chancellor Angela Merkel] if he could negotiate a trade deal with …

Germany

Nearing 100 days, Trump’s approval at record lows but his base is holding

President Trump nears the 100-day mark of his administration as the least popular chief executive in modern times, a president whose voters remain largely satisfied with his performance, but one whose base of support has not expanded since he took the oath of office, according to a new Washington …

Elections

The Scandals of Donald Trump: Presidential Edition

Tracking the controversies, allegations, and investigations into the president and his administration<p>Donald Trump entered the White House as one of the most scandal-tarred presidents in American history—what his imbroglios may have lacked in depth, they made up in variety, encompassing legal, …

Government

The Real Trump Agenda: Helping Big Business

What with U.S. aircraft carriers sailing in the wrong direction, Attorney General Jeff Sessions describing Hawaii as “an island in the Pacific,” and Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent, and Kid Rock larking around in the Oval Office, it’s been a pretty typical week for the Trump Administration: jaw-dropping, …

Net Neutrality

U.S. states realign in legal battle over Trump's travel ban

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations faces its second challenge at a U.S. appeals court next month, and this time more Republican states are backing the measure, while one Democratic state attorney general dropped out of …

Travel Ban

Sources: Russia tried to use Trump advisers to infiltrate campaign

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The FBI gathered intelligence last summer that suggests Russian operatives tried to use Trump advisers, including Carter Page, to infiltrate the Trump campaign, according to US officials.<p>The new information adds to the emerging picture of how the Russians tried to influence the …

Russia

Surgeon General Dismissed By Trump Administration

Vice Adm. Vivek Murthy will be replaced by Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams.<p>The White House on Friday dismissed U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, a holdover from the Obama administration.<p>“Today, Dr. Murthy, the leader of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, was asked to resign from his …

Trump Administration

Trump Isn’t A Do-Nothing President

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Government

Furious South Koreans Blast 'Ignorant' Trump For 'Distortion Of History'

Trump had said "Korea actually used to be a part of China."<p>Many in South Korea are steamed at President Donald Trump for saying their nation was once “part of China.”<p>Trump told The Wall Street Journal that Chinese President Xi Jinping gave him a history lesson during their meeting earlier this …

China

AG Jeff Sessions criticized for deriding the entire state of Hawaii over judge ruling

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is being criticized for his comments that seemed to deride the state of Hawaii for being the source of the federal judge ruling that stopped President Donald Trump’s travel ban from going into effect.<p>The comments by Sessions were made while appearing on the Mark Levin …

Hawaii

How Trump Blew Up the Conservative Media

Inside the new power dynamics roiling Fox, Breitbart and the Wall Street Journal.<p>May/June 2017<p><b>Months before Donald Trump blew up American</b> politics with his surprise win in November, he did the same thing to the conservative media. Through much of the campaign, two very different media moguls with …

Journalism

Trump’s First-Quarter Poll Ratings Lowest For An Elected President Since WWII

His first months in office have been unprecedented -- but "likely not in the way he or his supporters hoped."<p>President Donald Trump received substantially worse ratings for his initial months in office than any other president elected to his first term since World War II, according to Gallup.<p>Even …

Elections

Trump’s wrong-way “armada”: Strategic lie or idiotic blunder? Can it be both?

Either Trump, Mattis and McMaster told us outrageous lies or they have no idea where their own ships are<p>The official word from the White House was quite specific: The USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group was steaming toward the Korean peninsula last week to send a message to Kim Jong Un that any …

North Korea

Mockery, anger in South Korea over USS Carl Vinson 'bluffing'

<b>(CNN) —</b> US President Donald Trump said he was sending "an armada" to Korean waters to potentially deal with threats from Pyongyang.<p>But its no-show has caused some South Koreans to question his leadership and strategy regarding their unpredictable neighbor in the north.<p>And as the country prepares to …

North Korea

Trump Has Moved To Dismantle Criminal Justice Reform In His First 100 Days

A new report explains how the president's vision of America could lead to rollbacks.<p>In his inaugural address, President Donald Trump painted a dark picture of America, a nation where “crime and gangs and drugs” are causing “American carnage” in its cities. The address echoed Trump’s campaign, in …

Policing

Once critical of global deals, Trump slow to pull out of any

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "America First" president who vowed to extricate America from onerous overseas commitments appears to be warming up to the view that when it comes to global agreements, a deal's a deal.<p>From NAFTA to the Iran nuclear agreement to the Paris climate accord, President Donald …

Iran

Donald Trump gets his 100-day report card

In a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, voters grade the president's performance in 10 different policy areas.<p>As Donald Trump nears the 100-day mark in the White House, voters are grading his performance on a partisan curve.<p>Republicans are inclined to give him good grades on his performance in …

Elections

Trump Realizes Being President Is Hard

The 45th president’s journey of discovery could be a public service, if it helps bring his supporters to greater understanding of the complexities of governing.<p>Let the betting pools begin: What will be the next policy issue that Donald Trump suddenly discovers is way more complicated than “anyone” …

Foreign Policy

New Jersey Braces for the Trumpocalypse

As the resort season ends in South Florida, the Garden State prepares to host a new, Northern White House.<p>Tuesday night’s special election in Georgia offered an early referendum on just how damaging proximity to President <b>Donald Trump</b> can be. In the race to fill a House seat left vacant by Health …

New Jersey

Trump's Call To Turkey's Erdogan Highlights The Ethical Mess He's Brought To The White House

In his business life, the president worked with political leaders across the globe.<p>WASHINGTON ― This week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a referendum in which he narrowly won the ability to claim broad new governmental powers. The referendum was treated by international observers as a …

Donald Trump

How Did the Trump Administration Lose an Aircraft Carrier?

The White House said the USS Carl Vinson was headed for North Korea as it sailed the opposite direction—the latest example of a communications failure inside the executive branch.<p>A certain amount of unpredictability is a virtue in foreign policy. When one’s adversaries—and perhaps one’s …

Foreign Policy

Trump tweets twice to tout improved favorability

President Donald Trump used the power of his social media account on Twitter Monday to spread a new poll showing that his favorability reached 50 percent after languishing for several weeks after his inauguration.<p>“TRUMP APPROVAL HITS 50%” the president excitedly tweeted.<p>This is after he retweeted …

Conservative POV

EPA emerges as major target after Trump solicits policy advice from industry

Government

Trump Celebrates National Parks — After Proposing To Slash Their Funding

Happy National Parks Week, America!<p>WASHINGTON — On Friday, President Donald Trump proclaimed April 15-23 National Park Week and called protecting America’s national parks a “priority” for his administration.<p>“It is a priority of my Administration to protect these magnificent lands, and to ensure all …

National Parks

Trump Reverses Himself On 6 Major Issues In 2 Days

From currency manipulation to NATO to Syria, Trump is flexible.<p>President Donald Trump has reversed himself on at least six major issues this week, pulling back on long-held promises supported by his base.<p>Four of these reversals alone came in an interview with The Wall Street Journal published …

Donald Trump