Rudolph Giuliani resigned from his law firm, where he had taken a leave of absence to serve as President Trump’s personal lawyer, due to tensions over public comments. The former NYC mayor defended payments made by Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen to a pornographic actress.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is best known for his controversial 2011 budget proposal, in which he wanted to eliminate most collective bargaining rights for Wisconsin state employees. Walker is also the first governor in U.S. history to win a recall election.
Rick Santorum suggested on CNN that Parkland students should learn CPR instead of marching the day after the March for Our Lives nationwide events in protest of gun violence. The republican senator’s comments prompted backlash from gun violence victims.
First lady Melania Trump drew attention for wearing a jacket that read "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" during a trip to a children's immigrant shelter. Her team insisted there was no hidden message, though the president said it was directed at the "fake news media."
After Mike Pence said the U.S. would consider a “Libya model” if North Korean talks fail, a North Korean official, Choe Son Hui, said the country is ready for a nuclear showdown. Choe also called the VP a “political dummy” after he called her "unbridled and impudent” on Fox News.
The government shut down early Friday morning thanks to Rand Paul, before Congress passed a bipartisan two-year budget deal hours later. The Kentucky Tea Party senator had demanded a vote on an amendment to keep the budget caps in place in objection to to the bill’s massive spending increases.
A former Department of Energy photographer has filed a federal lawsuit alleging he lost his job after leaking photos of a private meeting between Energy Secretary Rick Perry and a Trump donor who heads a large U.S. mining company. A DOE spokesperson calls the accusations "ridiculous."
Former Tea Party presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is considering running for former Sen. Al Franken's Minnesota seat. “There's also a price you pay. And the price is bigger than ever because the swamp is so toxic," she said. "We're trying to be wise."
Sen. Mitch McConnell may force a vote to make temporary tax cuts for individuals permanent, according to Politico. Meanwhile, he’s reportedly stalled sexual harassment reform in Congress over a provision making individuals financially responsible for settlements against them.
Michael Bloomberg will write a $4.5 million check to cover the 2018 U.S. financial commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement after President Trump pulled out last year. The former NYC mayor and billionaire said he hopes Trump will have changed his mind by next year.
Steven Spielberg may direct Leonardo DiCaprio in a Ulysses S. Grant biopic at Lionsgate. Grant served as commander of the Union armies during the American Civil War, later serving two scandal-rocked terms as U.S. president. He commissioned Mark Twain to write his biographies.
When former President Bill Clinton met George H.W. Bush at his home, Bush wore socks featuring the face the man who beat him at his second-term election more than 25 years ago. “Luckily I had a freshly laundered pair of @BillClinton socks to mark the occasion,” he tweeted.