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This week in politics: It hasn’t even been 100 days yet

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What’s going on? President Trump met with Chinese President Xi for two days down at the southern White House aka Mar-a-Lago. It was set to be an interesting meeting, at the very least; never forget that Trump spent 2016 throwing shade at the rival country. So how did it go? Per Trump, there was “tremendous progress” made, though there were no major breakthroughs to announce. What about Trump’s talk about North Korea? The president had gone in to the talks hoping to convince China to get North Korea to stop playing with nuclear weapons. That didn’t happen. What’s next? The two countries have agreed to a 100-day plan to set aside their economic issues.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, President Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and others listen to a translation as Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a bilateral meeting at Mar-a-Lago, Friday. (Photo: Alex Brandon, AP)
Nunes steps away from Russia probe

And because there’s nothing such as a slow news week, we turn our attentions back to the investigations into whether Russia interfered with the 2016 election. What’s going on? Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has temporarily stepped aside from leading the Russia probe. Why? It looks like there have been several complaints filed against the California Republican with the Office of Congressional Ethics. Basically, these groups said Nunes violated House rules when he disclosed classified information that he said confirmed the surveillance of U.S. citizens involved with President Trump’s transition. He then briefed the president about the information. So what does this have to do with Russia? Well, there have been questions about the independence of the House’s investigation into Russian meddling. Nunes served on Trump’s transition team and is viewed as an ally of the president. What happens next? Republican Reps. Mike Conaway of Texas, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina (and Benghazi probe fame) and Tom Rooney of Florida will lead the House probe.

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