It’s time for my weekly roundup, which may actually be a wrap-up of the last 24 hours. Like every week since the inauguration, it has been quite a week in Washington: the confirmations of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions; the silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s explanation; and the Nordstrom ethics kerfuffle. There were more ethics issues from Kellyanne Conway promoting Ivanka Trump’s line on Fox News, and, ultimately, the subsequent crash of the Office of Government Ethics website (again).
I think this tweet by Jason Rezaian, the Iranian-American reporter from The Washington Post who was jailed in Iran, sums it up best.
The news cycle didn’t stop there. To give you an idea of how fast everything was moving, here are things that happened just as I was composing this post:
Chaffetz Town Hall: More than a thousand people turned out to a town hall meeting with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). Many were turned away at the door. He reportedly stopped the meeting 40 minutes early.
National Security Adviser: The Washington Post, reporting NINE sources, confirmed National Security adviser Mike Flynn did speak to the Russian ambassador about sanctions. (I was going to suggest this column by David Corn about the Russia investigation–or lack thereof– but I have a feeling this will pick up steam this week given the new information from The Washington Post.)
One China: President Xi was not excited to speak with Trump until he confirmed the One China policy, according to The New York Times. (We later heard that the two had indeed spoken, with the White House releasing this readout of the call.)
In other news, Travel and Leisure is reporting that Paris is considering building a bulletproof wall around the Eiffel Tower.
And Rosie O’Donnell posted an avatar of her dressed as Steve Bannon. Perhaps we’ll see her on Saturday Night Live this weekend?
I’m sorry this is a rather quick post for a Friday. I had a really exciting opportunity thrown at me at the last minute that I think you all will enjoy as well. I’ll have more details about it in the coming month. (That’s what we in the news business call “a tease.”) I ended up spending some time this week getting paperwork done for that opportunity, so apologies!