The Washington Post
Former Republican candidate for president and current Ohio Governor John Kasich will publish “Two Paths,” a book that offers a vision for America in contrast to President Trump’s. Part of a primary field that began with 17 contenders for the Republican nomination, John Kasich was Donald Trump last remaining opponent. Unlike Sens. Cruz and Rubio, he refused to support President Trump during the general election. He wrote in Sen. John McCain on his ballot.
The Obama-appointed acting Attorney General Sally Yates was replaced last night by Dana Boente. The White House statement said: "The acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.” Boente was formerly a U.S. Attorney in Virginia.
Senate Democrats are boycotting committee votes on President Donald Trump’s nominees to lead the department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury Department. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said that Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s nominee for HHS had “outright lied to our committee.”
Presenting an existential threat to the domestic tech sector, the Trump administration has reportedly drafted an executive order aimed at overhauling work-visa programs. “If implemented, the reforms could shift the way American companies like Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. recruit talent,” Bloomberg reports. “Businesses would have to try to hire American first and if they recruit foreign workers, priority would be given to the most highly paid.”
With the country reeling from Donald Trump’s travel ban executive order, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said that it received $24.1 million in donations over the weekend. The funds will be used to challenge parts of Trump’s order in court, with some successes already announced over the weekend. Donations came from 356,306 people, according to the ACLU.
On the Monday after Trump’s travel ban, Google’s homepage Doodle celebrates Fred Korematsu, a civil rights activist who fought against the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War. While Google appeared to be warming to the Trump camp, today’s doodle is a clear rejection of that policy. The company also pledged $4 million to support four nonprofits fighting the executive order; monies are partly from the company, which will match employee contributions.
The New York Times
Former Breitbart executive, now Trump senior adviser in the White House, has been given a seat on the “principles committee” of the National Security Council through an executive order signed on Saturday. At the same time, Trump downgraded the role of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence.
The Washington Post
Amid President Peña Nieto’s cancelled trip to Washington D.C. next week, and President Donald Trump’s proposal for a 20% tariff on Mexican goods to pay for the wall, the two heads of state spoke by phone on Friday. Trump’s threat to dismantle the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have caused a serious rift between the two countries. Mexico's exporters rely heavily on the American market.
The New York Times
Google, as much as any other company, has positioned itself squarely in the Democratic camp over the past eight years. As Congress began its 115th session and Donald Trump became president of the United States, Google is scrambling to build ties with the new Republican administration.
Vice President Mike Pence and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway headline Friday's anti-abortion march in Washington. Trump’s projected that crowds could be as large as 600,000, while the city’s transit authority said ridership for the march was 237,000 -- higher than on Inauguration Day at the same time, but less than the day of the Women’s March.