• After an apparent chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta, Syria’s government has drawn the ire of President Trump this week.  After disturbing images of dead children and wounded survivors emerged in the wake of the attack, Trump tweeted that “Putin, Russia and Iran” were responsible for the violence through their support of “Animal Assad.”  The tweet was a rare criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom the U.S. President appears to have cordial relations. [Washington Post]
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees on Tuesday and the House Energy and Commerce committee on Wednesday this week regarding the improper access by research firm Cambridge Analytica to personal information on up to 87 million Facebook users. [WIRED]
  • Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois became the first sitting senator to give birth while in office.  Duckworth, already mother to three-year-old Abigail (born while the senator served in the House), welcomed daughter Maile Pearl on Monday. [The Cut]
  • FBI agents raided the law office and apartment of President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen on Monday, overseen by the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York on a referral from Special Counsel Mueller.  While the results of the search and seizure are not public, reports indicate that the warrants may have been for materials relating to payments not only to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal but to other, as-yet unnamed women. [Politico]
  • Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced this week that he will not run for re-election in November.  Though Ryan insists that the move reflects a decision to spend more time with his family after achieving his longtime goal of reforming the tax code, most observers in Washington believe that it instead reflects a pessimistic view of Republicans’ chances in the midterm elections to be held later this year. [New York Times]

FACT OF THE WEEK: When President Bill Clinton appeared on NPR’s “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” in June 2011, he correctly answered three questions concerning the animated cartoon, “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.”  [NPR]