Despite a whimsical interlude filled with giant bunnies and White House Easter eggs, this week's news has focused mostly on North Korea. Sit back and catch up now:
Monday, April 17
Tuesday, April 18
- The headliner. Well, this is awkward. An aircraft carrier strike group that the Trump administration originally said was headed toward North Korea in a show of force was actually traveling in the opposite direction.
- What you might have missed. Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a disputed vote. The White House defended the president’s move.
- Back to immigration. Trump signed an executive order to review the H-1B visa program, which is widely used by the tech industry.
- Ch-ch-changes. A Republican and a Democrat will face each other in a Georgia runoff election come June. Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff narrowly missed coming in first to Georgia’s former secretary of state, Republican Karen Handel. Why’s that a big deal? Check out the graphic below.
Wednesday, April 19
- The headliner. Another warning to North Korea, this time from Vice President Mike Pence. "The United States of America will always seek peace but under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready," he said.
- What you might have missed. The Trump White House got its first visit by a champion sports team. Some of the Patriots met the president, and Rob Gronkowski offered some help to Spicer.
- Court rules. The Supreme Court ruled that people who are released from prison when their convictions are reversed should get a refund of what they paid.
Thursday, April 20
- The headliner. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions referred to Hawaii as an “island in the Pacific” when questioning a judge’s decision to block Trump’s travel ban. People were not happy about it.
Friday, April 21
- The headliner. The
Justice Departmentwarned sanctuary cities in California and eight other jurisdictions to cooperate with the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Seattle has already filed a lawsuit.
- Trump signed two presidential memos targeting Dodd-Frank regulations.
- What you might have missed. After three years of being detained in an Egyptian jail, aid worker Aya Hijazi was freed. Trump welcomed her to the White House. Spicer said Trump had engaged directly on behalf of Hijazi.
- Soundbite. Trump said “Dreamers” should “rest easy.” He told the Associated Press that he’s not focused on them. “We are after the criminals. That is our policy."
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