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The Weekly List is a podcast hosted by Amy Siskind, author of The List. It supplements the popular Weekly List on our website, www.theweeklylist.org, which tracks the ever changing new normals of American politics. The podcast gives greater context to the "not normal" news items from the previous week, and will highlight a few stories and changing norms from the Trump regime that you may have missed.

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The Weekly List is a podcast hosted by Amy Siskind, author of The List. It supplements the popular Weekly List on our website, www.theweeklylist.org, which tracks the ever changing new normals of American politics. The podcast gives greater context to the "not normal" news items from the previous week, and will highlight a few stories and changing norms from the Trump regime that you may have missed.

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This is History as its Happening

By Rukusoo7 - Mar 29 2019
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Gives one a more profound understanding of the curse ‘may you live in interesting times’

Week 108 — Keep up the good work, Amy!

By scubaval sarasota - Dec 15 2018
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You always seem to catch something I missed during the week. Very succinct.

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This is History as its Happening

By Rukusoo7 - Mar 29 2019
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Gives one a more profound understanding of the curse ‘may you live in interesting times’

Week 108 — Keep up the good work, Amy!

By scubaval sarasota - Dec 15 2018
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You always seem to catch something I missed during the week. Very succinct.
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Rank #1: Week 119 - The Continuing Rise of White Nationalism

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This week the FBI thwarted a major domestic terrorism plot by a white  nationalist serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard, who had  called for the establishment of a “white homeland.” His target list  included Democratic politicians and cable-TV hosts, almost all of whom  were subjects of Trump’s public ire on Twitter or in words. Nonetheless,  Trump continued his attacks on the media, calling them the “enemy of  the people,” and repeatedly referring to them as “fake news.” When asked  if his rhetoric played a role, Trump responded, “No, I don’t. I think  my language is very nice.” Trump has also started in recent weeks to  attack fact-checkers as fake news.

Trump ally Roger Stone found himself hauled back into court this week  for posting an image of a federal judge next to a crosshairs, while  other Trump supporters used words like “civil war” and “coup” on-air as  the country waited for Mueller’s findings. In conjunction with his new  book, former FBI director Andrew McCabe spoke to media outlets about  F.B.I. investigations into Trump, the prospect of invoking the 25th  Amendment, and concern that Trump is a Russian asset. In response, Trump  spent the week attacking his old, familiar target.

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-119/

Feb 25 2019

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Rank #2: Week 160 - Laughingstock of the World

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This week, Trump traveled to London for the NATO  summit as impeachment hearings got underway in the House Judiciary  Committee, and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee issued a  scathing 300-page report. While Trump sought to display strength abroad,  and used the summit as an excuse not to participate in impeachment  hearings, a video at a Buckingham Palace reception surfaced Tuesday  night showing world leaders openly mocking and laughing at him. He  abruptly left early Wednesday, seething and returning in disgrace as the  constitutional scholars testified in House impeachment hearings.  Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman said, “the reason the  Constitution provided for impeachment was to anticipate a situation like  the one that is before you today.”

On Thursday, shortly after Trump tweeted “if you  are going to impeach me, do it now, fast,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  announced in somber tones and invoking the Founders and Constitution,  that the House would begin drafting articles of impeachment. Meanwhile,  Rudy Giuliani traveled back to Budapest and Kyiv, seeking dirt on the  Bidens, meeting with Ukrainian officials, including one with ties to  Russia.

This week Trump continued his feud with the  so-called deep state, now growing to include the military — while his  remaining conspiracy theories were set to be debunked in a report by the  Justice Department Inspector General, in consultation with Attorney  General William Barr’s handpicked prosecutor, John Durham.

Dec 09 2019

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Rank #3: Week 159 - Donald Balboa

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This week, more conspiracy theories were  debunked, as a draft of the Department of Justice Inspector General  report found the FBI did not try to place spies in Trump’s 2016  campaign, nor did Obama wiretap him. Trump allies continued to push the  conspiracy that Ukraine, not Russia, may have interfered in 2016,  despite it being thoroughly and widely disproved.

Trump sought to portray strength — firing the  Navy Secretary and tweeting an image of his face super-imposed on the  body of Sylvester Stallone in “Rocky.” He told supporters in Florida how  hard he was working for them — as opposed to Democrats’ focus on  impeachment — then clandestinely flew to Afghanistan on Thanksgiving to  visit U.S. troops under false pretenses.

The House Judiciary Committee announced the  start of impeachment hearings next week, as Trump and his team weighed  whether to participate. The committee did not rule out an article  related to the Mueller probe. Reporting revealed the September 9 call  between Trump and Gordon Sondland — central in Trump’s defense of his  actions towards Ukraine — may not have happened, and Rudy Giuliani faces  a broad probe of possible criminal activity.

The full list is here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-159/

Dec 02 2019

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Rank #4: Week 154 - Republican Sit-In

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This week marked a major shift in the world  order, as Trump finalized the evacuation of troops on Turkey-Syria  border, and the void of leadership was instantaneously filled by Russia.  Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Turkish President Recep Tayyip  Erdogan in Sochi, before hosting 40 African nations there, at what was  dubbed the first Russia-Africa summit. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  suggested to Trump in Week 153, “All roads with you lead to Putin.”  Later in the week, Trump zig-zagged and sent U.S. troops and armored  vehicles back to the region to guard oil fields, and suggested to  millions of Kurdish civilians, displaced and endangered by his  withdrawal, that they should relocate there.

This week marked a major shift in the  impeachment inquiry, as career diplomats continue to defy Trump’s order  not to testify. In a case related to the Mueller probe, Chief District  Judge Beryl Howell ruled the House impeachment inquiry is legal, dealing  another blow to Trump’s strategy of stonewalling the inquiry based on  it not being legally authorized. Nine witnesses have testified so far,  crystallizing a picture of clear quid pro quo. Despite stunts and  distractions by Trump’s Republican allies, House Democrats continued to  prevail in the messaging battle. By week’s end, Trump was forced to  bring in additional lawyers and convene staffers to come up with a  strategy to defend himself from impeachment.

This week Trump’s Department of Justice turned  the investigation of the investigators into a criminal probe — raising  concerns Attorney General William Barr is acting to give Trump a  political victory and punish his enemies. Barr too is increasingly being  drawn into the impeachment probe, while drawing rebukes for his  handling of the whistleblower complaint.

Read the full list: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-154/

Oct 28 2019

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Rank #5: Week 113 - Trump's Prime Time Oval Office Address

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This week Trump struggled to create stagecraft and find narratives to  justify funding for his border wall, while keeping the government  shuttered. Trump delivered a prime-time Oval Office address, visited the  U.S.-Mexico border, and held an immigration round-table to make his  case, while the reality of the shutdown hurt federal workers and  contractors, and agencies started to cut back or cease operations and  functions.

This was a week of bombshells on the Trump-Russia front, as an  inadvertently unredacted filing by Paul Manafort’s attorneys revealed  Manafort had delivered 2016 president campaign polling data to  Konstantin Kilimnik, who the FBI believes has ties to Russian  intelligence. Michael Cohen set a date to testify before the House, and  Natalie Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin who  attended the June 9 Trump Tower meeting was back in the news. Late  Friday, a bombshell story by the Times revealed the FBI had  opened an inquiry in May 2017 into whether Trump was knowingly working  for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.

Read the full list: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-113/

Jan 14 2019

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Rank #6: Week 114 - 29 Days (and Counting) Government Shutdown

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This week marked 29 days of the government being shuttered, with no  end in sight. Agencies continued to feel the effects, as thousands of  furloughed employees were called back to work unpaid. Federal workers  formed blocks-long lines at food banks, and borrowed from retirement  accounts to make ends meet. Trump’s approval continued to fall this  week, with one poll indicating he is losing support from his base.  Conversely, House Speaker Pelosi’s popularity hit a 10-year high as the  two did battle, and Trump reckoned with the first check on his power.

This week was full of bombshell stories which, along with the  continued shutdown, rocked the country and made people increasingly  anxious and scared about the direction of the country. Major storylines  included Trump concealing contents of meetings with Russian President  Vladimir Putin, Trump’s continued fixation of withdrawing the U.S. from  NATO — a boon to Russia, and Michael Cohen paying an IT firm to rig  online polls to boost Trump. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani made  headlines, telling CNN, “I never said there was no collusion between the  campaign or between people in the campaign,” which he later retracted. A  bombshell BuzzFeed News story suggesting Trump directed Cohen to lie to  Congress on Trump Tower Moscow was refuted by Mueller’s team, which  Trump and his allies quickly weaponized to attack the credibility of the  media.

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-114/

Jan 21 2019

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Rank #7: Week 163 - Losing the Evangelicals?

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This was the quietest week in months as Congress left Washington for a  two-week holiday break. After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to  transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate, Trump spent the week  stewing and repeatedly attacking her on Twitter and in his limited  public appearances. Sen. Lisa Murkowski became the first Republican  Senator to speak out against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s handling  of the impeachment trial, saying she was “disturbed” by his “total  coordination” with the White House.

Trump spent the week at Mar-a-Lago, removed from  White House staffers and consumed with airing his personal grievances  and amplifying far-right conspiracy theorists. He and his allies  attacked Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for cutting out his cameo  appearance in a Christmas showing of “Home Alone 2.” Trump also spent  much of his days quoting hosts and guests on Fox News, and retweeting  allies and conspiracy theorists.

This week the media did a bit of reckoning on its coverage of Trump, after Rolling Stone published an interview of “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd, in which he  admitted he has been “naive” in his coverage and complicit in the  spread of disinformation. Evangelical leaders continued their online  battle over whether Trump’s moral unfitness was grounds for his removal.

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-163/

Dec 30 2019

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Rank #8: Week 118 - Paul Manafort's Mueller Probe Troubles

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This was a jarring week as Trump declared a national emergency after  Congress refused to fund his wall — perhaps his most brazen  authoritarian act yet. Trump’s predilection not to govern, but rather  rule by an unprecedented executive fiat, set off alarm bells for  Constitutional separation of powers, as Trump departed early Friday for a  weekend of golf at Mar-a-Lago.

This week the Mueller probe made news as reporting indicated Trump’s  former campaign chair Paul Manafort discussed a peace plan for Ukraine  and handed off internal polling data in a secretive meeting to a  business associate with ties to Russian intelligence, and a search  warrant revealed Roger Stone was in direct contact with WikiLeaks while  interacting with the Trump campaign —both in the months before the 2016  election.

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-118/

Feb 18 2019

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Rank #9: Week 115 - The End of the Government Shutdown

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This is the longest and perhaps most perilous week for Trump so far.  Not only did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi outmaneuver him in the  government shutdown, but by week’s end she was publicly questioning if  Trump is beholden to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and if his  campaign coordinated efforts to subvert the 2016 U.S. election.  Meanwhile, House committees, now chaired by Democrats, geared up to  challenge Trump and his regime on a number of fronts, including  inquiries into Deutsche Bank’s handling of Trump’s accounts and the  regime’s process of granting of security clearances.

Following dire warnings from agencies, unions, and former government  officials about safety and security risks, public outcries and protests  from unpaid furloughed workers, and plummeting approval, Trump finally  agreed to reopen the government Friday. The final impetus appeared to be  delayed flights at New York’s LaGuardia Airport due to staffing issues  with unpaid air traffic controllers.

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-115/

Jan 28 2019

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Rank #10: Week 130 - Constitutional Crisis

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This week marked a subtle shift in House  Democrats’ position on impeachment, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and  her committee chairs cited a “constitutional crisis,” and argued Trump  was “goading” them and giving them no choice with his continued  stonewalling. The House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney  General William Barr in contempt of Congress, and threatened the same  for former White House counsel Don McGahn. Trump said he would block  special counsel Robert Mueller from testifying, and later in the week  backed off. Notably, the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee  served the first subpoena on a member of Trump’s family, Donald Trump  Jr.

There was more reporting on Trump’s irreverence  around norms and laws, including his attempts to have McGahn publicly  state he did not believe Trump obstructed justice, and dispatching  personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine to spur investigations likely  to help his re-election.

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-130/

May 13 2019

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Rank #11: Week 126 - Stephen Miller: Immigration Czar

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This week, Trump’s frustration with migrants coming to the southern  border boiled over, as he purged the Department of Homeland Security,  and empowered immigrant hardliner Stephen Miller to be in charge of the  regime’s immigration policy. As the week ended, 12 of the 30 senior  roles at DHS were either vacant or filled with “acting” leaders.  Departures of senior officials at the cabinet level and below are at  record levels. Meanwhile, Trump continues to consolidate power, act  unilaterally, and welcome the “flexibility” of using “acting” directors  whom he can hire and fire at will — without needing the oversight of the  Senate to confirm them.

Troubling reporting this week indicated Trump instructed his incoming  Secretary of DHS to break the law, assuring him he would be pardoned.  Reporting also indicated Trump and Miller had contemplated releasing  migrant detainees into sanctuary cities as a means to punish political  enemies. When confronted with the story, the White House pushed back,  only to have Trump say indeed that was his plan. Trump also looked for  ways to increasingly use military troops at the border, including in  ways that violate the law.

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-126/

Apr 15 2019

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Rank #12: Week 158 - Impeachment Hearings Continue

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This was a remarkable week in impeachment  hearings as nine witnesses testified. By week’s end, it was clear that  there was a coordinated effort that included multiple senior Trump  officials “in the loop” seeking investigations from Ukraine in exchange  for aid and a White House visit — an effort that went against U.S.  national security interests. Trump and his allies’ defense, claiming  Ukrainian corruption and 2016 interference, was also debunked, leaving  by week end their only defense to be lack of a firsthand witness to  Trump directing the activities. The impeachment hearings were stunning  as, with each passing day, it became all the more clear how irreverently  and irresponsibly Trump has acted, yet how unwilling the Republican  Party was to stand up to him and hold him accountable.

Another conspiracy theory was also debunked as a  draft of the Department of Justice Inspector General found there was no  political bias by senior FBI officials against Trump in getting the  wiretap of Carter Page. Trump took an unusual trip to Walter Reed  Medical Center early in the week that led to speculation of a health  issue, and spent the rest of the week ranting and bullying about  impeachment, mostly on Twitter and Fox News, and largely avoiding the  press. Trump and his allies continued to attack and discredit  impeachment witnesses publicly, and blocked testimony from senior  officials and subpoenaed documents from the State Department. Trump  continued his battle with the U.S. military, flexing his commander in  chief might to overturn their rules.

As the week came to end, and Congress left for  Thanksgiving break, it was unclear where the impeachment investigation  would head next. The House Intelligence Committee started writing its  report, but did not rule out further hearings, and the Judiciary  Committee also considered follow up on information gleaned from the  Roger Stone trial related to Trump’s written testimony in the Mueller  probe.

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-158/

Nov 25 2019

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Rank #13: Week 162 - Third in History

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In this historic week, Trump became the third  president in U.S. history to be impeached. Unlike his recent  predecessors who faced the process, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton,  Trump showed no remorse; rather as the vote was occurring, Trump blasted  impeachment and his political opponents in a two-hour meandering speech  at a campaign rally in Michigan. Even by his standards, his rhetoric  was mean and petty — invoking a deceased Congressman, and suggesting he  was watching from hell as his wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, voted for  impeachment.
Republicans continued to stand by Trump like  sycophants. The hubris of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and  Sen. Lindsey Graham, saying their minds were made up and the Senate  impeachment trial would not be fair, led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to  hold the articles of impeachment, refusing to transmit them before  Congress recessed for the holiday break. Reporting continued to expose  Trump’s strange ties to Russia, while in plain sight Trump allied with  Russian President Vladimir Putin while continuing his frosty  relationship with Ukraine.
As Trump continued his war on the so-called deep  state, the exodus of senior employees at the Pentagon continued, and  morale at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s office plummeted. The country  felt on edge and divided as Congress and Trump departed, with Pelosi in  control of the process, and no clear road ahead. Christianity Today, a mainstream evangelical magazine, called for Trump’s removal in a scathing op-ed, calling him “profoundly immoral.”

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-162/

Dec 23 2019

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Rank #14: Week 156 - Democratic Victories

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This week, House Democrats released transcripts  of eight depositions, and announced a schedule for public hearings next  week. As support for impeachment plateaued, Democrats tentatively  planned to fast-track hearings, with a vote on articles of impeachment  before the holiday break. Republicans meanwhile, careened from varying  defenses of Trump, from it was not a bad quid pro quo, to he is not  competent enough to carry out quid pro quo, to targeting witnesses and  the whistleblower, to considering sacrificing a fall guy in Trump’s  stead.

The Mueller probe was again back in the news, as  the Justice Department released FBI 302 summary reports of interviews,  and the trial of Roger Stone got underway. Documents revealed the source  of the conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the  2016 election was actually Konstantin Kilimnik, an employee of Paul  Manafort who the FBI determined has ties to Russian intelligence. Stone  and Trump’s possible involvement in seeking emails stolen by Russia from  WikiLeaks was also back in the spotlight.

Election night provided victories for Democrats,  taking control of the Virginia legislature for the first time in 26  years, winning the governorship of red state Kentucky, and historic  victories in the suburbs of Philadelphia. As we head toward the 2020  election, U.S. intelligence again warned of election interference  underway, something that Trump, and Republicans who continue to block  legislation to protect voting, oddly seem to welcome.

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-156/

Nov 11 2019

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Rank #15: Week 145 - Greenland is Not for Sale

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This week, renewed questions surfaced about  Trump’s mental health, as he referred to himself as the “King of  Israel,” the “chosen one,” and “hereby ordered” U.S. companies to change  their dealings with China. Trump created another unprovoked  international crisis with long-time ally Denmark, cancelling a trip he  invited himself on, last minute, over the country’s unwillingness to  discuss selling him Greenland.

As fears of a recession loomed and his approval  rating weakened, Trump went on the attack of the Federal Reserve and its  chairman, Jerome Powell, as well as oddly blaming the media for being  in cahoots with Democrats to hurt the economy ahead of the 2020  election. As conditions worsened, Trump doubled-down on his trade war  with China, claiming presidential power from a 1977 Act which was not  meant to address trade disputes.

More than two dozen mass shooting were thwarted  by law enforcement since the El Paso and Dayton shootings, yet Trump  reversed himself on taking any action on gun control, and tweeted  support of a white supremacist hate group at a rally in Portland.  Trump’s paranoia, erratic behavior and authoritarian maneuvers seemed  magnified by Congress being out of town for their long summer break. The  narrative again this week was dominated by Trump and his never-ending  series of shiny coins and not normal, authoritarian-like actions.

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-145/

Aug 26 2019

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Rank #16: Week 110 - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' Resignation

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This week Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, thought to be one of the sane  and sober voices remaining in the regime, resigned in a public letter  rebuking Trump’s treatment of allies and deference to authoritarians.  Trump’s abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria was the last straw  for Mattis, a decision reportedly made on a call with Turkish President  Recep Tayyip Erdogan the week before. Mattis’ departure elicited  bipartisan concern, and placed the country on edge.

This week Trump’s beloved stock market continued to crater, as the  markets entered a correction period with Dow Jones Industrial Average’s  worst weekly performance in 10 years, and on track for the worst  December since the Great Depression. By the week’s end, Trump was  privately agitating about firing Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, in  what would be an unprecedented act.

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-110/

Dec 24 2018

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Rank #17: Week 153 - All Roads Lead to Putin

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This week they just said it out loud: Trump’s  acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney scolded reporters, saying Ukraine  was a quid pro quo, and “Get over it!” This was yet another in a series  of unending trial balloons to gauge just how far Trump could push  boundaries, and what he could normalize on his path to deconstructing  our democracy. At the same news conference, Mulvaney informed reporters  that Trump would host the 2020 G7 summit at his Doral Resort, an  unprecedented act and another trial balloon. By the end of the week,  Republicans were tiring of Donald J. Trump.

Further evidence of shifting moods was the flow  of career professionals and Trump appointees defying his stonewall and  testifying before Congress. Unlike his successful dodge of the Mueller  probe, the reporting and testimony all seem to point to Trump being at  the center of demanding help from a foreign government, and withholding  Congressionally-approved funds as a hammer. At week’s end, in a  congressional hearing on Hurricane Maria, it became clear it had done  the same to Puerto Rico, withholding aid approved by Congress at his  whim.

Trump has also shown his utter ineptitude on  foreign policy, and the consequences of his withdrawal of troops from  Syria resulted in calamity one week later. By week’s end, diplomats were  questioning if the U.S. could be held responsible for Crimes Against  Humanity for ethnic cleansing, due to Trump’s callousness and  indifference, at times seeming to encourage Turkish brutality.

As noted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “All  roads lead to Putin” — Trump has handed Russia two huge victories by  hobbling support to Ukraine and leaving a vacuum which Moscow quickly  occupied in Syria. Hillary Clinton posited Trump being compromised by  Russia, and Admiral Michael McRaven said in an op-ed, “Our Republic is  Under Attack from the President.” Again, we seem to be teetering on the  end of Trump or the end of American democracy.

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-153/

Oct 21 2019

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Rank #18: Week 128 - The Redacted Mueller Report

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This week Trump’s White House refused all requests by House Democrats  to interview current or former members of the regime, or to turn over  records, including those requested by subpoena. The NYT  Editorial Board noted Trump “is effectively declaring lawmakers  powerless over him. This, warn the experts, puts the nation in uncharted  territory and threatens to erode its democratic foundations.” With  Congress out of town for a second holiday week, the feeling of Trump’s  omnipotence was all the more palpable.

This week while the country grappled with the contents of the  redacted Mueller report, Trump and his allies invoked a failed “coup”  and threatened to investigate the investigator. They also sought to  downplay Russian interference and its impact in 2016 — with Jared  Kushner dismissing Russian efforts as “some Facebook ads.” Alarming  reporting indicated Trump is refusing to work to safeguard the 2020  election, nor would his campaign pledge not to take stolen information  again, even as FBI director Christopher Wray said Moscow’s interference  in the past has been a “dress rehearsal” for the 2020 presidential  contest.

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-128/

Apr 29 2019

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Rank #19: Week 116 - Trump Meets Putin

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This week concerns about Trump’s foreign policy were front and center,  as the regime rolled back sanctions against a Russian oligarch, and  withdrew from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces  Treaty — both seen as victories for Putin. The Financial Times  reported on a previously undisclosed one-on-one meeting between Trump  and Putin at the G20 just months after Helsinki. Congress rebuked  Trump’s foreign policy again this week in a piece of legislation drafted  by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over Trump’s withdrawal of troops  from Syria and Afghanistan. Heads of U.S. Intelligence agencies  testified before the Senate on their annual “Worldwide Threat  Assessment,” revealing findings in sharp contrast from Trump on Iran,  ISIS, and North Korea, as well as the southern border. Trump reacted by  castigating his appointed agency heads, then later inviting them to the  Oval office and blaming the media instead.

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-116/

Feb 04 2019

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Rank #20: Week 142 - Moscow Mitch

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This week started with Trump’s attacks on Black  leader House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, whose panel has  several ongoing investigations targeting Trump and his family. Trump  used dehumanizing language like “rats” and “infest” to disparage  Cummings’ home district of Baltimore, then broadened his attack during  the week to other prominent Black men including Al Sharpton, who he  called a “con man” and CNN host Don Lemon who he called “dumb.” Trump  refused to back off, escalating his racist attacks — gaslighting the  country that he is not the racist, but Cummings is — as news of  hate-based shootings and instances of overt racism spread in an anxious  and increasingly divided country.

A new label for Senate Majority Leader Mitch  McConnell — Moscow Mitch — struck a nerve with the leader, and as the  media and Democrats questioned his unwillingness to secure the country’s  election, his other ties to Russia came under scrutiny. Headwinds for  impeachment continued post Mueller’s testimony as over half the House  Democrats formally called for the start of an impeachment inquiry, while  Trump continued to deny Russia interference happened or is happening  now. Trump pushed out the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats,  one of the few remaining voices who stood up to Trump on foreign policy,  and perhaps the last non-partisan stop-gap to future Russia  interference.

The future of the Republican Party came into  question this week, as Rep. Will Hurd, the only Black American member of  the House for the GOP, became the ninth Republican to say he will not  seek re-election in 2020. Among the nine are also two of the 13 GOP  women, including Rep. Susan Brooks, who was meant to recruit more women  to run.

Read the full list here: https://theweeklylist.org/weekly-list/week-142/

Aug 05 2019

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