Top 5 Agenda Free Weekly News Update

The Top 5 consists of the top five things happening in politics right now

1 BIG THING: Ivanka’s Emails

American Oversight, a watchdog group, alleged that President Donald Trump's daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump used a personal email account to communicate with Cabinet officials and other White House personnel in 2017. However, Ivanka’s lawyer Abbe Lowell dismissed the email-related allegations against her as “misinformation.” He explained that she sent the emails when she was still “transitioning into government” and that she didn't discuss any classified information.

2 Court Clapback

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts — a conservative who was appointed by Republican former President George W. Bush — released a statement that’s considered as his response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s relentless criticism of the federal courts. “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges, or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.”

3 Pelosi’s Plight

California's Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is tagged as the top House Democrat, is going for the Speakership and she is reportedly fighting off those who stand in her way. Mike Ellis of The Hill notes: “Pelosi has tapped her deep network of allies, both in and out of Congress, to launch a ferocious public relations campaign designed to browbeat her critics with the unsubtle suggestion that their efforts are futile.”

4 Border Power

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was granted authority to allow troops greater powers to help protect Customs and Border Protection agents stationed along the the U.S. border with Mexico. Mattis explained though that he would wait for a request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) before doing anything more, such as temporarily detaining migrants so they could be turned over to the proper border agents.

5 Ban Response

Denmark has suspended future weapons and military equipment exports to Saudi Arabia amid the investigation on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. Germany has done the same and France may very well follow suit. The U.S., though, has continued to express its support for Saudi Arabia, which it considers an ally in the war against terrorism.