Becca Rotenberg

A timeline of Steve Bannon's life in the White House

One of the few Trump officials to make more headlines than The Donald himself has resigned after learning he'd be asked to leave the White House. Here's a timeline with some of the highlights from Steve Bannon's long and controversial run with Trump.


Trump's past four weeks, in a 2-minute CNN recap

CNN's Brooke Baldwin laid out the many events that happened during President Trump's last four weeks from losing the health care fight, to firing and hiring communication's directors, to making up phone calls with the boy scouts and the Mexican president.


Mother of Heather Heyer: make her death count

Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, gave an emotional plea to those gathered at her daughter's memorial service on Wednesday.

  • "We don't all have to die. We don't all have to sacrifice our lives. They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well guess what, you just magnified her."
  • "You poke that finger at yourself like Heather would've done and you make it happen. You take that extra step. You find a way to make a difference in the world."
  • "This is just the beginning of Heather's legacy... I'd rather have my child, but if I have to give her up, by golly, let's make it count."


How TV hosts reacted in real time to Trump's press conference

Following President Trump's surprise press conference yesterday, TV hosts across the major news networks were unable to hide their shock and disdain. The stunned expressions could be seen from hosts on each channel, dissolving the typical party lines.

As The New York Times reported, the usual order was back by primetime, as CNN's Anderson Cooper began by reflecting on how Trump revealed who he really is at the press conference, and Fox News' Tucker Carlson framed the event as Trump firing back at the media.


Trump again clashes with CNN's Jim Acosta over "fake news"

During this afternoon's press conference, President Trump avoided answering questions about his response to the violence in Charlottesville. When CNN's Jim Acosta asked why the president didn't initially condemn hate groups, Trump responded, "they have been condemned."

Acosta then pressed Trump on why he wasn't taking more questions. Trump pointed at Acosta and said, "I like real news, not fake news. You're fake news," before leaving the room. Acosta shouted after him: "Haven't you spread a lot of fake news yourself, sir?"


Trump's disapproval hits record in Gallup poll

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President Trump's job approval rating has hit its lowest number ever in a Gallup Daily tracking poll.

  • 34% approve of his performance.
  • 61% disapprove — a record high for Gallup poll.

Keep in mind: The Gallup poll is the average over a three day period from Friday through Sunday, which means that some responses came before the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday.


How the tech industry is responding to the far-right

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Following the violence in Charlottesville this weekend, leading alt-right website The Daily Stormer published an article that suggested the woman who died during the protests was killed during a "road-rage incident" and went on to belittle her appearance. GoDaddy, the internet domain that hosts the alt-right website later kicked them off for violating their terms, The Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Tech platforms have been criticized by all sides for hosting extremist content. Several, including Facebook and YouTube, have taken steps to crack down on such content, only to be accused by some groups of hampering free speech — underscoring the difficult position platforms find themselves in when it comes to policing users' posts. Alt-right groups have started creating their own platforms that cater to right-wing users with fewer rules, the LA Times reports.

The bigger picture: This is just one of the recent instances of the tech industry pushing back against the far-right.

  • Reddit banned three alt-right forums, r/altright,, r/alternativeright and r/rightyfriends, due to doxxing and harassment campaigns. Reddit did not identify one instance that prompted the ban, but there was speculation that it was in response to members attempting to dox the person who punched white nationalist Richard Spencer during inauguration.
  • PayPal restricted the accounts of various people and groups that promote alt-right politics and fully banned others. They told Buzzfeed News that the site does not "allow [its] services to be used for activities that promote hate, violence or racial intolerance."
  • GoFundMe banned top alt-right personalities, Kyle Chapman and and Tim Gionet from fundraising on their site, providing similar reasoning with PayPal earlier this year. After the events in Charlottesville, GoFundMe removed pages that were fundraising for James Fields, the man accused of driving his car into counter-protestors, Vox reports. Other crowdfunding sites, Patreon, and YouCaring, have also banned fundraisers that align with the far-right.
  • AirBnb suspended the accounts of users who attended Saturday's rally in Charlottesville and rented nearby homes from the site. The site said that they require costumers to ""accept people regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity."
  • Twitter took down The Daily Stormer's account on Wednesday. ""The Twitter Rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies," a spokesperson told The Hill.
  • Spotify removed hate music that came from "white power" bands, the BBC reports. Spotify told Billboard music that they do not tolerate any "...illegal content or material that favours hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality."
Update: The Daily Stormer moved their domain registration to Google, who later cancelled the registration "...for violating our terms of service," Business Insider reports.

James Clapper: Trump receives intel on a "selective basis"

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Former director of National Intelligence James Clapper told CNN that President Trump will receive intelligence on countries that he doesn't like, but doesn't accept the information when it comes to Russia:

"I think he likes intelligence on a selective basis. He seems to accept the intelligence on Korea, or on Syria, on China, on other areas, on terrorism, but when it comes to Russia, not so much."

Clapper went on to criticize the way Trump spoke about the intelligence community, suggesting that the President should be content with the team he appointed since inauguration.


Merkel doesn't see a "military solution" to North Korea

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned President Trump's rising threats against North Korea, The Hill reports. At a press conference in Berlin she called for the issue to be resolved through diplomacy, arguing that she does "not see a military solution to this problem." She added:

"I believe that, am firmly convinced that an escalation of rhetoric will not contribute to a solution of this conflict ... Germany will be intensively involved with potential solutions that we see, not of a military manner. But the escalation of rhetoric I hold as the wrong answer."

Diplomatic community fumes at Trump for thanking Putin

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President Trump said he was "very thankful" for Vladimir Putin's sanctions on U.S. ambassadors because "we're trying to cut down our payroll." Here's how members of the foreign service community reacted:

In support:
  • Dan Fried, who was U.S. ambassador to Poland and Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the State Department, told ABC News: "If in a generous mood, you could argue that POTUS is showing Putin that he isn't bothered by this."

In opposition:

  • Nicholas Burns, a former ambassador to NATO and former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, tweeted: "As a Foreign Service veteran, I find it lamentable that our great career diplomats are treated with such disrespect by their President."
  • Barbara Stephenson, the president of the American Foreign Service Association, the diplomats' union released a statement: "America's leadership is being challenged by adversaries who would like to see us fail. We cannot let that happen. With all the threats facing our nation, we need a properly resourced and staffed Foreign Service more than ever, and we need them where they do the most good—posted abroad, delivering for the American people."
  • Aaron Miller, a Middle East diplomat and negotiator, tweeted: "Having served at State for 25 yrs under R/Ds, Trump's defense of Putin over expelled US diplomats one of most shameful of his presidency."
  • Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia and on Obama's National Security Council, tweeted: "Imagine dissing Americans --patriots serving our country under difficult conditions in Russia -to praise Putin. Our president did today."
  • Rep. Eliot L. Engel, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released a statement: "After weeks of silence regarding Vladimir Putin's outrageous expulsion of hundreds of U.S. embassy personnel, President Trump once again let Russia off the hook and instead insulted America's diplomats. No doubt, the President's staff will eventually try to clean up after the parade by claiming it was a joke, but there's nothing funny about this."
  • Heather Conley, former State Department official, told Reuters that the expulsions of hundreds of people from an important U.S. embassy is extraordinary and "it is very difficult to see how the president could view these expulsions as a 'positive' development in any form."
  • Rep. Don Beyer tweeted: "I served as an Ambassador under Obama. It's astonishing to see our President submissively take Putin's side against US State Dept personnel."
  • Dana Smith, a former ambassador, tweeted: "Disgusting. America Last. Again."