--President Trump will spend the week leading up to his one-hundredth day in office by signing at least four executive orders. A White House official confirms to ABC News that one of the executive orders will include whistleblower protections for the Department of Veterans Affairs; another will review monument designations declared by previous presidents; one will review existing regulations of off-shore drilling; and one will create a task force to address problems in rural America. By the end of the week, the White House says President Trump will have signed 32 total executive orders, more than any president at this point in their presidency since World War II.
--Congress returns from its break Tuesday, facing a deadline on a budget solution - the clock's ticking with a government shutdown possible Friday night, the eve of President Trump's 100th day in office. Many lawmakers balk at approving money for Trump's border wall with Mexico. Trump tweets Mexico will be paying "Eventually, but at a later date."
--Vice President Mike Pence is cutting his trip short by one day this week, skipping a visit to the USS Arizona in Hawaii, landing now into Washington on Tuesday morning ahead of what Republican lawmakers and the White House hope will be a fruitful week on numerous policy fronts while also working to avoid a potential government shutdown. An aide said the Vice President, who is traveling with the Second Lady and their two daughters, said he will still meet for lunch with troops at Hickam Field.
--Results of the latest ABC News/ Washington Post poll show 42-percent of Americans say they approve of the job President Trump is doing - lower than any other president in the last seven decades at the 100 day mark. But among Americans who voted for Trump - 96-percent say they would vote for him again today. There's bad news for Democrats, too. Two out of three voters, say that they are out of touch with the concerns of most Americans. President Trump tweeted the polls "are very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always negative. Would still beat Hillary in popular vote."
A U.S. citizen was detained in North Korea while trying to leave the country with his wife over the weekend. A spokesperson for the university that employed him to teach accounting has confirmed that 58-year-old Tony Kim, who goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was stopped while trying to board a flight to China from Pyongyang's international airport. A University statement says Kim is being held as part of "an investigation into matters that are not connected in any way with" his academic work. At least two other American citizens are currently being held by North Korea -- Otto Warmbier, a a 21-year-old student at University of Virginia, and Kim Dong Chul.
Politically polar opposites ... far right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron advanced after Sunday's first presidential election round in France. Le Pen's "French first" platform calls for a quick referendum on leaving the EU, for closing borders, and tightening security. Macron is a former investment banker and ex-economy minister who envisions a tolerant France and united Europe. Political analysts thought Le Pen's nationalist message may have garnered more support after last Thursday's deadly terror attack on the Champs-Elysees. The two will face off in France's presidential runoff May 7th, with France's participation in the European Union hanging in the balance.
NEW ORLEANS CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS
In the dead of night, New Orleans police crews starting dismantling and removing the first of four prominent Confederate monuments from public property around New Orleans. It's the the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy. “New Orleans celebrates our diversity, inclusion and tolerance,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Workers arrived to begin removing the first memorial, Battle of Liberty Place, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans, in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.
Former President Barack Obama is speaking publicly for the first time since leaving office in his home town of Chicago. He will be joined by young leaders for a conversation on community organizing and civic engagement at the University of Chicago. The event is part of President Obama’s post-presidency goal to encourage and support the next generation of leaders driven by strengthening communities around the country and the world. Young adults from schools in the Chicago area have been invited to attend the event.
President Trump, Ivanka Trump and NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins making an Earth to Space call today ... to congratulate astronaut Peggy Whitson on spending more days in space than any other American. She's surpassing astronaut Jeff Williams ... who held the record with 534 days. Whitson is also the oldest woman to fly in space and holds the most spacewalk time for a woman. The record holder for most time among all space faring nations is Russian Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka with 879 days in space over 5 missions.
It could be the nation's first double execution in more than 16 years. But two death row inmates in Arkansas set to be put to death tonight are telling an appeals court they're not healthy enough to be executed. Lawyers for Jack Jones is asking the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to halt lethal injections because he says his client has diabetes and could suffer a torturous death because of a reaction with insulin he takes. Lawyers for Marcel Williams say he's morbidly obese... weighing in at 400 pounds ... and the lethal injection drugs may not work as intended. The state calling the appeals delaying tactics. Arkansas originally wanted to execute eight inmates by the end of April when its supply of midazolam expires. One was was put to death last week, but four of the eight inmates have had their executions blocked by the courts.
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY
A solemn day in Israel Monday as the nation mourns the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. State ceremonies, TV and radio broadcasting are dedicated exclusively today to the harrowing stories of how Jews survived -- with thanks to those brave enough to help them. A siren rang out for 2 minutes across Israel to mark the day, bringing life to a standstill. At the annual Yad Vashem ceremony, Prime Minister Netanyahu said the lessons of the Holocaust - that Jews must be able to defend themselves - guide him every single day. He issued a warning to Iran not to test the Jewish State.
The State Department says an American paramedic, a U.S. member of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), died when “his vehicle struck an explosive in separatist controlled territory in eastern Ukraine.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson phoned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Sunday to discuss his recent trip to Moscow and his message to the Russian leadership that, although the United States is interested in improving relations with Russia, Russia’s actions in eastern Ukraine remain an obstacle.
CA MISSING BOY
The search continues for a 5-year-old boy who was reported missing after his father was found unconscious at a park in South Pasadena, California Saturday morning. Police say the father, 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian, was arrested after an hours-long investigation on suspicion of child abduction and child endangerment. Police described his statements as "convoluted and not consistent" as well as "contradictory."
TN TEACHER & STUDENT
The father of 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas - the Tennessee girl who was missing for more than a month - says the past few days have been an emotional roller coaster for his daughter. Anthony Thomas spoke exclusively to ABC News. His daughter's former Health Science teacher, 50-year-old Tad Cummins, is in FBI custody - facing federal kidnapping charges. Elizabeth is back home with her family in Columbia, Tennessee.
NY HOUSE FIRE
Tragedy in a New York City residential neighborhood Sunday afternoon. Five people were left dead, three of them children, after a fire tore through a house in the borough of Queens. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the Fire Marshall's office will be conducting a thorough investigation into the fire's cause, and asks: "How could something like this have happened?"
Still tops a the box office, "The Fast and the Furious" earned $38.7 million this weekend. "The Boss Baby" was in second with $12.8 million, and "Beauty and the Beast" landed in third with $10 million.