2017: Year in Review

Zara Kulish, Staff Writer

February

On Feb. 3., Judge James Robart of the District Court of Western Washington blocked the executive order that President Trump signed that would ban immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. The executive order would resurface twice before being implemented and Robart would not be the only federal judge to block it, along with judges in Hawaii and Maryland.

On Feb. 13, Michael Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor amid discovery of scandalous connections between himself and Russia. H.R. McMaster would be appointed a week later to serve as National Security Advisor.

March

One of the founding greats in rock-n-roll, Chuck Berry, passed away on Mar. 18. He was 90 years old. Berry was instrumental in bridging the culture gap between races in the emerging

American music industry.

On Mar. 20, the Senate began hearings on the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch is a strong believer in the constitution and advocate of judicial restraint.

Mar. 21, the Supreme Court ruled on NLRB v. SW General Inc., stating that President Obama overstepped the bounds of his authority in making temporary appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. In the future, executive branch appointees will not be able to begin serving in an acting capacity until they receive Senate confirmation.

On Mar. 28, President Trump ended more than half a dozen climate protection orders from the Obama administration. This included the restrictions on the use of disposable coal. Trump said he wanted to end the war on coal, which he says kills jobs.

On Mar. 30, Michael Flynn agreed to testify in the Russia investigation in exchange for immunity.

April

April 4 was the day that the seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled that the LGBT community is protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

On April 10, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. Republicans amended senate rules to allow supreme court nominees to be confirmed by a simple majority, building on an Obama-era move to make judicial appointments through simple majorities. Now, it only takes a simple majority of 51 votes to confirm a supreme court nominee, following the same protocol as lower court appointments.

The same day, the state of New York began offering free college tuition to those with an income totaling less than 125,000 dollars.

May

On May 3, Puerto Rico declared bankruptcy by going to a federal court for aid with their 123 billion dollars in debt.

May 9, FBI director James Comey was fired.

May 17, Chelsea Manning was released from prison. She was convicted of leaking classified documents and threatening national security 7 years ago, and was pardoned by President

Obama.

On May 19, the FCC voted to overturn a 2015 decision in support of Net Neutrality.

On May 21, Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus gave their pièce de resisténce, closing the curtain forever on the Greatest Show on Earth.

June

On June 8, former FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the US Senate about Russian influence in the 2016 election. He stated that he had been fired specifically because of his insistence that the investigation into the tampering continue, citing several occasions of President Trump trying to influence the investigation.

On June 11, the citizens of the territory of Puerto Rico voted to apply for statehood. Only 23 percent of the population turned out to vote, but 97 percent of those voted in favor of statehood.

On June 13, Verizon acquired Yahoo for 4.48 billion dollars.

July

July 20, OJ Simpson was released on parole.

Sean Spicer resigned as White House Press Secretary on July 21, he was replaced by Sarah

Huckabee Sanders, who assumed office on the July 26.

August

On Aug 3, Robert Muller, the special prosecutor appointed by Congress to investigate the Russia scandal, called a Grand Jury on the investigation. The jury issued subpoenas to Donald Trump Jr. and White House advisor Jared Kushner.

On Aug. 4, Martin Shkreli was found guilty on three counts of fraud, and faces up to 20 years of prison for price-gouging life-saving medicine for HIV.

A rally in Charlottesville, Va. took place on Aug. 12, to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee quickly became a gathering of white supremacists and neo-nazis, which then turned violent.

On Aug. 12, there was a total solar eclipse, whose zone of totality stretched across a portion of the United States of America.

September

President Trump revoked the order that implemented DACA. The program allowed undocumented immigrants who came over at a young age to become full legal citizens and gain the benefits thereof. Democratic and Republican

Senators alike reintroduced the measure to Congress in hopes of reinstituting it as a law. The President’s decision to take away DACA was also opposed by many executives of large companies who hire many DACA beneficiaries.

October

On Oct. 1, the shooting in Las Vegas, Nev. became the deadliest mass shooting in US history, with 58 dead and more than 500 injured.

Beginning in early October, and continuing to the present day, there have been a series of sexual harassment allegations, with more and more evidence to support them, against Harvey

Weinstein. Following that, many similar scandals have come to light.

November

On Nov. 16 the Keystone Pipeline leaked 5,000 gallons of oil into South Dakota.

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