Good Evening, here is what happened today.
- President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that will roll back Obama-era financial regulations. The regulations that were brought on by Dodd-Frank were intended to prevent a financial crisis like the one in 2008 from ever happening again. A lawyer for the government said that over 100,000 visas were revoked as a direct result of President Trump’s travel ban order. The State Department said that the number was less than 60,000.
- Confirmation hearings for Mr. Trump’s cabinet nominees will continue in the coming week. The final hearing, the final, nail-biting hearing of Betsy DeVos will happen on Tuesday. Only one more GOP senator needs to vote no on DeVos to deny her the position of Education Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education. She has had more trouble garnering votes and getting confirmed than any other nominee for President Trump’s cabinet.
- On Wednesday, Mr. Trump called a deal to bring migrants from Australia to the United States as refugees dumb. Contradicting to that, his spokesman said that he would honor the deal. “Take us from this hellhole prison,” said a Kurdish dissident from Iran.
- It seemed, about a week ago, that FranÇois (excuse the capitalization) Fillon would become the next President of France. Now, he is embroiled in scandal for payments totaling almost $1 million from the public payroll to his wife and children. The scandal has tapped into anger by the French electorate and called into question the ethics of the political class. France has been in a state of emergency since the 2015 terror attack on Paris. Today, a man shouting “God is great” in Arabic tried to attack soldiers outside the Louvre. He was shot and no one else was injured.
- In Seattle, a U.S. District Court Judge, James Robart, ruled in the favor of the attorneys general of both Washington state and Minnesota state. “The state has met its burden of demonstrating immediate and irreparable injury,” said Judge Robart. The ruling by Robart, who is an appointee of former President George W. Bush, is probably the most important legal blowback of President Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration.