Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of January 16, 2017)

Jessica Elsey / January 21, 2017

U.S. President Barack Obama holds the last news conference of his presidency in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House January 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

It was the end of an era in the White House this week as the Obama family moved out to make way for incoming president Donald Trump. Trump became commander in chief on Friday when he was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts on Capitol Hill.

Earlier in the week, members of Trump’s Cabinet faced questioning from senators during their confirmation hearings. Education nominee Betsy DeVos and interior secretary nominee Ryan Zinke were quizzed by Democratic committee members Tuesday.

UN Ambassador nominee Nikki Haley, health and human services nominee Tom Price, Scott Pruitt, nominee for EPA administrator, and commerce secretary nominee Wilbur Ross all testified Wednesday.

On Thursday Steven Mnuchin and Rick Perry, Trump’s picks for treasury secretary and energy secretary respectively, answered questions on their plans should they achieve their nominated roles.

At his final news conference Wednesday, Obama said American would be “OK” during the transition period. “I believe in this country,” he said. “I believe in the American people.” Earlier in the day, Obama made the controversial decision to pardon soldier Chelsea Manning, commuting her sentence.

Joe Biden attended the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, calling on the world to stand up against Russia’s aggressive political tactics. The Nigerian air force accidentally bombed a refugee camp, killing more than 100 and in Italy eight people were found alive inside the rubble of a hotel after two days trapped following an avalanche.

Read more about these stories and the other biggest news of the week, as it appeared in this week’s Daily Edition.

1. Trump becomes 45th President of the United States—CNN, Stephen Collinson

Top line: “Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Friday, vowing to drain power from Washington elites and always put “America first” in its dealings with the world at a moment of transformative political change.”

Topic to follow: Donald Trump

2. Obama Says America Will Be ‘OK’ In Final Press Conference—NBC News, Corky Siemaszko

Top line: “President Obama used the final press conference of his presidency to deliver a hopeful message Wednesday to a nation nervous about the looming change of power in Washington: ‘At my core, I think we’re going to be OK.’”

Topic to follow: Barack Obama

3. Mnuchin, Perry and DeVos: Trump’s nominees get grilled—BBC, Anthony Zurcher

Top line: One after another, Donald Trump’s cabinet secretary picks – the men and women who will be his top advisers and government managers during his presidency – are taking their turn before Senate confirmation committees. While they’ve all been greeted with smiles, handshakes and warm introductions from their biggest supporters, some have fared much better than others.”

Topic to follow: U.S. Congress

4. Chelsea Manning to walk free in May after Barack Obama commutes 35-year prison sentence for WikiLeaks disclosure—The Telegraph, David Lawler

Top line: “President Barack Obama has commuted the 35-year prison sentence given to Chelsea Manning for leaking thousands of secret documents to Wikileaks in 2010, setting her on track for release in May.”

Topic to follow: Chelsea Manning

5. Joe Biden Is Warning About the Collapse of the ‘World Order’ as He Says Goodbye—TIME, Melissa Chan

Top line: “Biden urged leaders in Europe and the U.S. to defend democracies against dangers that he said include Russian President Vladimir Putin. Biden, in remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland reported by CNBC, said Putin ‘has a different vision of the future,’ and he accused the Russian leader of trying to roll back decades of progress.’”

Topic to follow: World Economic Forum

6. Nigerian air force bombs refugee camp, more than 100 dead—Associated Press, Haruna Umar and Bashir Adigun

Top line: “A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers and wounding 200, a government official and doctors said.”

Topic to follow: Boko Haram

7. Four children and woman rescued, two days after Italy avalanche—Reuters, Antonio Denti and Crispian Balmer

Top line: “Four children and a woman were saved on Friday from the wreckage of a mountain hotel in central Italy that was flattened by an avalanche, surviving almost two days in sub-zero temperatures in the buried ruins of the luxury spa.”

Topic to follow: Italy

8. ‘El Chapo’ appears in a U.S. court for the first time—The Washington Post, Matt Zapotosky

Top line: “Accused drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán appeared in a U.S. court here for the first time Friday, pleading not guilty to the charges against him as prosecutors revealed in stunning detail how they intend to build and prove their case.”

Topic to follow: Mexico

9. F.B.I. Arrests Wife of Killer in Orlando Mass Shooting—The New York Times, Adam Goldman and Alan Blinder

Top line: The F.B.I. arrested the wife of the man who carried out a deadly terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla., and charged her with obstructing the investigation of the mass shooting, law enforcement officials said on Monday.

Topic to follow: Terrorism

10. George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush remain hospitalized—USA Today, David Jackson

Top line: “Former president George H.W. Bush is in the intensive care unit for ‘an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia,’ a family spokesman said Thursday. Former first lady Barbara Bush is also in Houston Methodist Hospital ‘as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing,’ spokesman Jim McGrath said.”

Topic to follow: U.S Presidency

~JessE is reading EU EXIT : THE LEAVING PHASE 2017