Trump issues new travel ban

Let’s try again. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

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1. Ban take two

Donald Trump signed a new travel ban Monday, after a January attempt foundered. The new ban removes Iraq from a list of banned countries of origin, does not apply to green card holders and does not mention exceptions for Christians.

What’s new about this ban?

Trump trotted out John Kelly, Jeff Sessions and Rex Tillerson to declare the ban great. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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'Cosmetic' changes

But the new ban contained “merely cosmetic” changes, said Grace Meng of Human Rights Watch, adding: “President Trump still seems to believe you can determine who’s a terrorist by knowing which country a man, woman or child is from.”

Who is exempt?

A Boston protest against the last travel ban. Photograph: Steven Senne/AP

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2. Comey contradicts Trump

FBI director James Comey has reportedly asked the US justice department to publicly reject claims made by Trump that Barack Obama ordered his phones to be tapped during the 2016 election campaign.

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Comey last year in Washington. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

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On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted: “How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process…” The White House would not publicly stand by that accusation on Monday.

Trump’s wiretap paranoia

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3. White House asks Congress to investigate

The White House has asked Congress to investigate Trump’s allegation about Obama’s supposed wiretapping. Press secretary Sean Spicer called the supposed wiretapping “very troubling”. There’s no public evidence it happened.

Let’s investigate

Spicer with Keith Schiller, director of Oval Office operations, on Thursday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

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5. Trump’s mad weekend

The president was furious that attorney general Jeff Sessions recused himself from an investigation of Russia ties, according to reports. “He was pissed,” close friend Christopher Ruddy said. “I haven’t seen him this angry.”

Powerful cornered animal

Trump on Sunday: I feel great. What. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock

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6. Court returns transgender case

The supreme court has opted not to decide whether federal anti-discrimination law gives a transgender teen the right to use the boys’ bathroom in his Virginia school, returning the case to lower court.

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