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December 4, 2017

Trump’s “First 365 Days”: Taxes, judges, net neutrality

Video Summary:
  1. President Donald Trump continues to pursue his agenda with his base sticking close by his side.
  2. The president’s approval rating is one of the lowest of any other modern president at this point in his term.
  3. Last week, Trump became closer to his first big legislative victory after Congress passed the GOP tax plan, the largest tax change in a generation.
  4. Trump’s other accomplishments include the Senate’s confirmation of nine Court of Appeals nominations (federal appointments right below the U.S. Supreme Court), reversal of net neutrality and steps to loosen environmental and financial rules.
  5. The FBI investigation of whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential race remains underway. It is against the law for members of a presidential campaign to collude with foreign entities to influence elections.
    • On Friday, General Michael Flynn, Trump’s former National Security Adviser, pleaded guilty on to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December.
Discussion questions:
  1. Essential question:  What measures will voters use to weigh President Trump’s first year in office?
  2. Why do you think President Trump’s approval ratings are so low? Why do you think his base remains loyal to him?
  3. Were you aware that there are other ways to change policy besides lawmakers passing a law in Congress? How is net neutrality a good example of this?
  4. Why is it illegal to collude with foreign powers to influence elections? What is the difference between colluding with Russia and communicating with Russia during the presidential campaign? If you are not sure, how could you find out?
  5. This article contains several key issues relating to the Trump administration. What are some other issues connected to the executive branch that you have heard about since Trump took office?
  6. Media literacy question:
    • Why did ABC issue a correction of a news story last week about the Russia investigation? Why is it important for news reporters to check their sources? Do you think a news reporter should always have more than one source? Explain.
Extension activities:
  • Government: Closed for business. The U.S. may be facing yet another government shutdown in the near future. The last government shut down occurred in October 2013 and lasted 16 days.
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