5-Point Guide To Politics Today: Silencing, Confirmations, Pipelines and More


Good morning, here’s what you need to know. 


  1. The United States Court of Appeals in San Francisco is expected to rule on the constitutionality and legality of President Donald J. Trump’s immigration order, one that has had a battle with the court system already. The Justice Department’s attorney argued on Tuesday that the President’s “national security judgment” should not be questioned.
  2. Senator Elizabeth Warren was formally silenced during a debate with her Republican counterparts, the debate was on Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), who is Mr. Trump’s nominee for Attorney General. Ms. Warren was reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King in 1986 that criticized the Alabama Senator’s position and record on civil rights. Republicans said that Ms. Warren violated a rule about demeaning a sitting senator.
  3. Yemen, one of the seven countries included in Mr. Trump’s immigration order, will no longer allow the U.S. to run Special Operations ground missions against terror suspects, American officials said. The move comes as the Trump administration is deciding whether or not the Muslim Brotherhood is a terror organization.
  4. The Department of the Army approved the Dakota Access Pipeline on Tuesday. The pipeline is a 1,172-mile project that created outrage from environmental advocates and the Standing Rock Sioux reservation that is close to part of the pipeline. The reservation claimed that the pipeline would affect the quality of it’s drinking water.
  5. The governor of Louisiana declared a state of emergency after dangerous storms hit southeast Louisiana, including New Orleans. The storm damaged dozens of homes and power lines.

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