Good morning, here’s what you need to know:
- President Donald Trump fired his acting attorney general for openly defying him on Monday. He replaced her with U.S. Attorney Dana Boente. Sally Yates was the highest ranking senate confirmed official left in the Justice Department. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended the president’s order in the briefing room yesterday. “If someone has a problem with that [the president’s] agenda, that does call into question whether or not they should continue in that post.”
- Support for the president’s immigration order is surprisingly high, with a recent poll finding that 48 percent of voters supported stopping immigration from ‘terror prone’ countries. 42 percent were against.
- President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to be announced at 8 PM eastern time, in a live event at the White House. The top candidates are all federal appeals court judges: William H. Pryor J.R., Neil M. Gorsuch, and Thomas M. Hardiman. We will be posting more about these possible nominees later in the day as well as posting about his nominee after it is announced.
- President Trump mocks congressional Democrats on Twitter because of an equipment failure at a rally. “Nancy Pelosi and Fake Tears Chuck Schumer held a rally at the steps of the Supreme Court and mic did not work (a mess)-just like the Dem party!”
- U.S. news: The Boy Scouts reverse stance on membership. The Boy Scouts said that they would begin accepting members based on the gender listed on their application, a policy that will surely pave the wave for transgender members. In 2013 the Boy Scouts of America lifted a ban on openly gay members.