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Even though no week in Trumpland can be totally quiet, this one seemed relatively subdued! The tweets were (mostly) on topic, and the only foreign leader to visit was Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen.

(White) House Intel Committee: The Devin Nunes saga took an even weirder turn this week when it emerged that his sources for his allegations of incidental collection of Trump team communications were inside the executive branch. So to recap: Trump tweets about how Obama wiretapped him, Nunes gets info about the Trump team getting swept up in surveillance of foreign officials, and Nunes tells Trump about it — but Nunes' news came from White House employees! Or, for the big picture, check out our handy timeline because this is one story that isn't going to recuse itself anytime soon.

Pleading the Flynn-th: And to make things on Russia even worse, news came out on Thursday that Michael Flynn wanted immunity before testifying before the Senate's Russia prove. That got turned down as "wildly preliminary," but stay tuned over the weeks in Trumpland to come. Of course, both Trump and Flynn have insinuated over prior months that one would only request immunity if one had committed a crime, so that's not the best look. A periodic reminder to Trumpland: abide by the #1 rule of Twitter and never tweet. (Of course, FBI Director James Comey did that and look where it got him.)

War on Freedom Caucus: Of course, not tweeting would be very against the Trumpland brand. And after last week's failure of Trumpland, POTUS set his Twitter sights firmly on the Freedom Caucus, who helped to bring down AHCA before it even reached the House floor. Trump lumped the far-right group of representatives in with Democrats and pledged to "fight" them in the 2018 midterms. He went so far as to send his budget director to tell Mark Sanford that he can expect a primary challenge. And you thought walking the Appalachian Trail was stressful…

Changing DC's climate: Well, the Department of Energy banned its climate office from using the phrase "climate change" in official communications. But Trumpland's hottest take of all this week might have been the executive order rolling back a slew of Obama-era climate initiatives. Chief among them was an undoing of the EPA's signature Clean Power Plan. It also rolled back carbon metrics and allowed for new leasing for coal projects on federal lands. It was pretty far reaching, so check out a rundown of all the impacts here.

"Siri, tweet the failing @nytimes": President Trump got an iPhone, finally ditching his ancient — and and notably unsecured — Samsung Galaxy. For the closest watchers of Trumpland, that makes discerning the president's personal tweets a little more difficult since a "Twitter for Android" tag always guaranteed that Trump tapped out the message himself. Somehow, we'll all still figure it out.

Trump is staying put at the White House this weekend —putting his nose to the grindstone before hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago next weekend…

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U.S. envoy to visit Sudan as "most dangerous" crisis intensifies

The sit-in in Khartoum. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty

U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will visit Khartoum this week amid what Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has called the “worst and most dangerous" crisis of Sudan’s transition to democracy, two sources with direct knowledge tell Axios.

Driving the news: Roughly 2,000-3,000 people had joined a sit-in in Khartoum as of this afternoon, per Reuters, after protesters massed over the weekend to call on the military to bring down the government. The protests came just four weeks after a failed military coup.

Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID-19 complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.