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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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Texas House probes school library books dealing with race and sexuality

Photo: Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images

Texas state Rep. Matt Krause (R), chair of the Texas House Committee on General Investigating, announced Wednesday that he's initiating a probe into schools' library books, according to a letter sent to the state's education agency and other superintendents.

Why it matters: The probe focuses on books that discuss race, sexuality, or "make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex," Krause wrote in the letter.

2 hours ago - World

Iran agrees to resume Vienna nuclear talks in November

Ali Bagheri (R) with Enrique Mora in Tehran on Oct. 14. Photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry handout via Getty

Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator said following a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that Iran would resume negotiations in Vienna before the end of November, with the exact date to be set next week.

Why it matters: The Vienna talks have been frozen since Iran's new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, was elected in June. This is the most direct commitment from Raisi's government to return to the negotiating table.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
7 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Democrats' billionaires tax explained

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

There is now legislative language behind the push to tax American billionaires on unrealized capital gains, as Sen. Ron Wyden last night released his 107-page plan.

Why it matters: This would be a sea change in U.S. tax policy, which has only applied to realized gains (otherwise known as income).

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