This weekly column gives a rundown of key political events that occurred in the past week. Let’s take a look at what happened this week in politics:
#Releasethememo trended across the Capitol, and the U.S. over the past week as the secret memo concerning the FBI’s investigation into President Trump was released. Shockingly, it revealed… no new information. The basis of the 3-page memo, written by Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, claimed that the FBI investigation was based on a democratic funded dossier, but that claim had already been disputed by the FBI in the fall 2017.
2. Missouri’s special election shake up
The special election in Missouri for four state senate seats caught national attention, when a Democrat flipped a district that Trump had carried by over 20 points in November 2016. Mike Revis, the new state senator in Jefferson County, district 97, is a 27- year-old manager at Anheuser-Busch Inbev.
3. Stock market takes a plunge
The stock market dropped 1,600 points the morning of Monday, Feb. 6, the highest point decline in history. The DOW rises and falls naturally, but with President Trump taking all the credit for its recent rise, America looked to him to explain the plunge.
4. Pelosi’s filibuster
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi held an illegal filibuster on the House floor that lasted 8 hours and 10 minutes, in an effort to defend DACA recipients in the new budget. Her speech revolved around personal stories from dreamers to bible verses.
5. Rob Porter’s resignation
Senior white house official resigned after being accused of emotional and physical abuse by his two ex-wives. Rob Porter, who served as the staff secretary helped with the flow of information to the President and even contributed to writing the State of the Union speech. Although many white house officials, including Chief of Staff John Kelly, urged him to stay and fight the allegations, he announced his resignation once a picture of his ex-wife’s blackened eye emerged on Wednesday.
6. Congress cuts a deal
The looming threat of government shutdown seems to be over as the House decided on a budget deal on Wednesday. Money is going to: The military—$165 billion in the next two years to be exact, the Children’s Health Insurance Program—which will be funded for next decade, $6 billion is going to address the opioid epidemic and $90 million for disaster relief in response to last year’s hurricanes. What the bill does not address: The Dreamers.
7. ICE detains Park University professor
A Lawrence, KS chemistry teacher was arrested and detained by ICE on Wednesday, while walking his daughter to school. Syed Jamal, who now sits in a Central Missouri jail, has taught at a variety of college’s around the Kansas City area, most recently Park University. He was here legally until Trump rescinded a 2011 ICE ruling. He has lived in the United States for 30 years, and has 3 children. It was announced on Thursday that Jamal will be granted a temporary stay until the immigration court hears his case.