Hereâs where things stand heading into day 35 of the Trump administration:
The conservative movement has found itself in a strange position one month into Donald Trumpâs presidency.
On one hand, there are clear signs the movement is taking its cues from Trump.
Take the annual Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, D.C., which started Wednesday. For years, the event has served as a window on the issues, rhetoric and personalities that hold the most power with conservative voters at a given time. This year, the panels and speakers reflect Trumpâs âAmerica Firstâ policy priorities, nationalist energy and taste for showmanship. As our colleagues wrote, itâs a sharp turn from the âlibertarian flavorâ of the conference during Obamaâs presidency.
On the other hand, Republican lawmakers are facing strong opposition from voters energized by their opposition to Trump.
Take the town halls held this week by Republicans like Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. David Brat (R-Va.). At the height of the tea party movement, GOP lawmakers were just as likely to receive pushback at these constituent eventsÂ from conservative critics â people seeking to push them further to the right â as they were from liberal ones.Â Now, those lawmakers are being hit with tough questions on issues like Obamacare from people who call themselves the Trump âresistance.âÂ
Itâs not an easy balancing act. As our colleague wrote, âif Republicans hope to survive â¦ they must figure out how to work with Trump while navigating constituent anger about his more controversial policies.â
OFFICIALS REVOKE PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER STUDENTS
Itâs official: The Trump administration has rolled back federal protections for transgender students who want to use the restroom that matches their gender identity.
Under President Obama, schools were told that âprohibiting transgender students from using facilities that align with their gender identity violates federal anti-discrimination laws,â our colleagues wrote.
Late Wednesday, officials with the Departments of Education and Justice notified the Supreme Court that they are ordering U.S. public schools to disregard that guidance.
TILLERSON, KELLY TO MEET WITH MEXICAN PRESIDENT
Can the Trump administration lower tensions with Mexico over trade, the proposed border wall and new U.S. immigration policies? Two top officials are about to find out.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly are in Mexico this week for talks with President Enrique PeÃ±a Nieto about âhow to move forward in day-to-day relations,â our colleague wrote.
The trip comes after a series of public disagreements between the two sides, including a âheated volley of tweetsâ between Trump and PeÃ±a Nieto last month over who should pay for a border wall.
INVESTIGATIONS COULD SUBPOENA TRUMP TAX RETURNS
Could this be the way we finally get a look at Trumpâs tax returns?
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a member of the Intelligence Committee, said she is open to requesting the documents as part of the panelâs ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
âIf itâs necessary to get to the answers then I suspect we would,â Collins told a local radio station on Wednesday.
Trumpâs tax returns would provide a fuller picture of the presidentâs business empire. Democrats argue the documents must be reviewed to understand whether Trump or his companies have dealings in Russia.
Collins also said âmanyâ members of the Intelligence Committee will request that Trumpâs ex-national security adviser Michael T. Flynn testify as part of their investigation.
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