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President Trump has had his good moments — his speech to Congress, appointing a Supreme Court justice and passing the healthcare bill through the House. But it seems like after every success, there's a fumble or scandal to steal the spotlight. It's been a wild presidency of ups and downs, so take a ride on the the Trump rollercoaster, which isn't slowing down any time soon.

Up: Jan. 20 was Trump's Inauguration.

Down: Jan. 29 he rolled out the travel ban, which created mass chaos and protests throughout the nation's airports.

Up: Feb. 28 Trump gives his first speech to Congress, which was praised by many as his most presidential moment.

Down: Four days later, Trump tweets that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, launching one of the biggest, ongoing scandals besides the investigation into Russia's election meddling.

Up: March 13, Trump releases his proposed budget, which outlines how he planned to keep many of his campaign promises.

Down: March 24, healthcare fails to pass — one of his biggest, most repeated promises of repealing and replacing the ACA.

Up: April 7, Trump orders a Syrian airstrike in response to the chemical weapons attack on civilians. This was controversial — especially for his base — but he won general approval for the move.

Down: April 11, Spicer takes the spotlight after claiming that Hitler hadn't even used chemical weapons on his own people like Assad, forgetting Hitler's gas chambers.

Up: April 21, Trump manages to free an American imprisoned in Egypt after cutting a deal with President al-Sisi.

Down: Two days later, ABC and NBC release 100-day polls giving Trump 53% and 54% disapproval ratings, respectively.

Up: April 26, Trump's tax plan goes public with all of his promised, big tax cuts.

Down: Three days later, Trump invites the Filipino authoritarian leader Duterte (who is accused of several human rights violations) to visit him at the White House.

Up: May 4, the GOP healthcare bill passes, and Trump and Paul Ryan celebrate with Republican lawmakers.

Down: May 9, Trump fires FBI Director James Comey, which receives huge backlash. Ryan took 24 hours to even comment.

Go deeper

Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

Off the Rails

Episode 5: The secret CIA plan

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer, Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.

Updated 4 hours ago - Politics & Policy

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  1. Health: CDC director defends agency's response to pandemic — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Empire State Building among hundreds to light up in Biden inauguration coronavirus tribute.
  3. Vaccine: Fauci: 100 million doses in 100 days is "absolutely" doable.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode again.
  5. Tech: Kids' screen time sees a big increase.

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