May 14, 2017

Trump's rollercoaster presidency

Greg Ruben / Axios

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.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 932,605 — Total deaths: 46,809 — Total recoveries: 193,177Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 213,372 — Total deaths: 4,757 — Total recoveries: 8,474Map.
  3. Business updates: Very small businesses are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus job crisis.
  4. World update: Spain’s confirmed cases surpassed 100,000, and the nation saw its biggest daily death toll so far. More than 500 people were reported dead within the last 24 hours in the U.K., per Johns Hopkins.
  5. State updates: Florida and Pennsylvania are the latest states to issue stay-at-home orders — Michigan has more than 9,000 confirmed cases, an increase of 1,200 and 78 new deaths in 24 hours.
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World coronavirus updates: Spain's health care system overloaded

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

Two planes with protective equipment arrived to restock Spain’s overloaded public health system on Wednesday as confirmed cases surpassed 100,000 and the nation saw its biggest death toll so far, Reuters reports.

The big picture: COVID-19 cases surged past 900,000 and the global death toll surpassed 45,000 early Wednesday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy has reported more than 12,000 deaths.

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The FBI processed a record 3.7 million gun background checks in March — more than any month previously reported, according to the agency's latest data.

Driving the news: The spike's timing suggests it may be driven at least in part by the coronavirus.