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Comey, Spicey, Fake News And Biden: The Most Popular Politics Stories Of 2017

Melissa McCarthy’s Saturday Night Live sense of White House press secretary Sean Spicer was one of a many viral moments of 2017.

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Melissa McCarthy’s Saturday Night Live sense of White House press secretary Sean Spicer was one of a many viral moments of 2017.

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Despite President Trump winning a Top 10 domestic stories on NPR.org in 2017, he didn’t finish adult atop a perch.

Topping this list is a male who made headlines for not using for president, former Vice President Joe Biden, who teared adult as he perceived a Medal of Freedom in January.

The year’s biggest by lines are good represented: Former FBI Director James Comey, domestic comedy, and of course, Trump’s Twitter feed.

Here are a most-viewed politics stories of a year:

1. Biden receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

After extolling a pursuit Biden did as clamp president, job him a “lion of American history,” effusive President Barack Obama unexpectedly awarded Biden a nation’s top municipal honor, with distinction, in January. The 3 group who perceived such an respect many recently before Biden? President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Gen. Colin Powell.

This print says it all.

Then-President Obama presents Vice President Biden with a Presidential Medal of Freedom during a rite in a State Dining Room of a White House on Jan. 12.

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Then-President Obama presents Vice President Biden with a Presidential Medal of Freedom during a rite in a State Dining Room of a White House on Jan. 12.

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2. The infinite side of Fox News’ groundless Seth Rich story

In August, NPR’s David Folkenflik got an disdainful look during a lawsuit filed opposite Fox News. The fit purported that “the Fox News Channel and a rich believer of President Trump worked in unison underneath a sharp eye of a White House” to order a story about a genocide of Seth Rich, a immature Democratic National Committee aide.

The Rich story strew light on purported efforts to inhibit courtesy from flourishing regard about a administration’s ties to Russia.

3. Inauguration Day 2017: live blog

The NPR Politics group rounded adult a events of Jan. 20, 2017 — from newly minted President Trump observant he was “very honored” that Hillary Clinton would attend his inauguration, to a pope wishing a new boss “spiritual prosperity.”

Trump sent his initial tweet as president: “January 20th 2017, will be remembered as a day a people became a rulers of this republic again.”

And protesters stormed a streets of Washington, D.C., indication a massive Women’s Mar scheduled for a following day.

President Trump celebrates after his debate during a presidential coronation on Capitol Hill.

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President Trump celebrates after his debate during a presidential coronation on Capitol Hill.

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4. Trump’s initial address, annotated

“And a crime, and a gangs, and a drugs that have stolen too many lives and attacked a republic of so many unrealized potential,” pronounced Trump, in his coronation speech from a U.S. Capitol. “This American destruction stops right here and stops right now.”

The line was maybe a many noted from a speech, describing a republic in trouble — one that he could assistance make “great again.”

“He paints a dour design of America as a republic tormented by a ravaged production sector, crime and uneasy schools,” wrote NPR’s Sarah McCammon. “In reality, a republic has seen an overall downward trend in aroused crime in new decades, nonetheless some cities have gifted spikes in crime over a past integrate of years.”

5. How a Republican taxation renovate would impact you

As usual, a best approach to know process is a really vast chart. NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben and Scott Horsley put this one together to simulate early versions of taxation bills upheld by a House and Senate. Kurtzleben published a new one in mid-December, to simulate a final chronicle sealed into law by President Trump.

A corporate taxation rate cut, from 35 to 21 percent, and a extent on a debt seductiveness deduction. Almost all Americans will feel some arrange of change, though a top commission of earners mount to advantage a most.

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6. House votes to overturn Obama order restricting gun sales to some people with mental illness

The action was a latest in a array of moves by a newly commissioned GOP-controlled Congress to remove several of former President Barack Obama’s regulations on issues such as gun control and a environment.

President Trump signed a measure into law usually a few weeks later.

The Obama administration process would have compulsory a Social Security Administration to news a annals of some mentally ill beneficiaries to a FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, though it was against by a National Rifle Association and a American Civil Liberties Union.

“This is a slap in a face for those in a infirm village since it paints all those who humour from mental disorders with a same extended brush,” pronounced Republican House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, as reported by USA Today. “It assumes that simply since an sold suffers from a mental condition, that sold is non-professional to practice his or her Second Amendment rights.”

7. Trump’s striking insult of wire horde Mika Brzezinski

Seemingly in response to a particularly sardonic segment on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, President Trump unleashed one of a many sarcastic insults of his presidency on Jun 29, directed during horde Mika Brzezinski.

The boss pronounced Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” while during his Palm Beach, Fla., review for New Year’s Eve. He also called her “low I.Q. Crazy Mika.”

Lawmakers from both sides of a aisle denounced a comments.

“Please usually stop,” said Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska. “This isn’t normal and it’s underneath a grace of your office.”

8. Melissa McCarthy’s “Spicey” and Alec Baldwin’s Trump lapse to “SNL”

Politics dominated late night TV this year, and no impulse (apologies to Jimmy Kimmel’s health caring monologue) perplexed NPR audiences some-more than McCarthy’s Barbie-wielding, lectern-riding, gum-devouring Sean Spicer lampoon on Saturday Night Live.

“First of all, I’d usually like to announce that I’m ease now and we will sojourn calm,” McCarthy says, in a show’s cold open. “This is a new Spicey!”

This sold Feb. 11 episode saw Alec Baldwin lapse to hosting duties for a record 17th time as well, where he reprised his Trump impression.

9. Trump administration clashes with a media over coronation throng size

The third coronation story on NPR.org’s Top 10 is about President Trump’s administration job out what they saw as “deliberately fake reporting” on a distance of a throng during Trump’s inauguration.

“Photographs of a initial record were intentionally framed in a way, in one sold tweet, to minimize a huge support that had collected on a National Mall,” then-press secretary Sean Spicer said. “That was a largest assembly to declare an inauguration, period. Both in chairman and around a globe.”

PolitiFact rated a explain “Pants on Fire,” a fact-checking site’s many gross fabrication rating.

Spicer also rightly pronounced a National Park Service does not do throng estimates anymore, so there wasn’t an central estimate, though he went on to wrongly speak about a series of people who used D.C. open transportation.

From NPR’s Jessica Taylor:

“In 2009, 317,000 people had, in fact, used a Metro by 11 a.m., according to WMATA, as Spicer cited. But a White House press secretary afterwards claimed that 420,000 people had used a Metro on Friday; by 11 a.m. usually 193,000 people had ridden Metro. For the whole day on Friday, 570,000 people used a system, though in 2013 there were 782,000 riders and 1.1 million riders in 2009 — both many incomparable than Trump’s inauguration.”

10. Comey fesses adult to owning unknown Twitter account

Former FBI Director James Comey has taken a domestic violence from politicians on both sides of a aisle a past dual years, for his doing of apart investigations into Hillary Clinton’s email server and Russian choosing interference. He was dismissed by President Trump in May, amid a FBI’s ascent review into a Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

Comey hasn’t been concerned in really many jaunty stories recently, though this one from NPR’s Carrie Johnson is a exception.

In October, Comey fessed adult to owning a Twitter comment underneath a name “Reinhold Niebuhr.”

A contributor for Gizmodo traced a Twitter comment to Comey, after doing what she described as “four hours of sleuthing.” The comment took a name of a obvious clergy about whom Comey wrote an undergraduate topic during a College of William and Mary.

Revealing himself as a comment owner, Comey tweeted a design of himself alone along a roadside in Iowa, with a caption: “On a highway home. Gotta get behind to writing.”

He sealed with a summary we can all take with us into 2018:

Will try to twitter in useful ways.”

Article source: https://www.npr.org/2017/12/23/572668655/comey-spicey-fake-news-and-biden-the-most-popular-politics-stories-of-2017

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