Good morning, here’s what you need to know.
- Yesterday the Senate confirmed Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) as Attorney General. Now they are prepared to begin confirming Representative Tom Price, who was nominated as secretary of health and human services (HHS). Republican effort in the Senate to tamp down criticism of Mr. Sessions included telling Senator Elizabeth Warren to stop speaking, she was reading a letter that argued Mr. Sessions used his power in office to hurt minorities.
- Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, said that Mr. Trump’s words about attacks on the judiciary were “demoralizing” and “disheartening.” These words come after Mr. Trump called Judge James Robart of Seattle a “so-called judge” and said that it was “disgraceful” that the United States Court of Appeals in San Francisco, who are hearing a case against Mr. Trump’s immigration order, The State of Washington v. Trump.
- President Donald Trump is struggling to find someone who wants to fill the role of White House communications director, a job that two candidates have turned down. It may be that controlling messages coming out of the Trump White House is an impossible task, one that the administration is hesitant to try. The White House has gone without a full-time communications director since he was inaugurated last month.
- The Trump administration is considering a bold plan for the U.S. space program that calls for a “rapid and affordable” return to the moon by 2020. This would include the operation and construction of privately owned space stations, and the redirection of NASA’s focus to “the large-scale economic development of space.”
- House Minority Leader Nanci Pelosi (D-California) was having breakfast at the Four Seasons in Washington with a friend of hers. Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman sat at a table near her, he was reading papers with a colleague before a meeting at the White House. Power broker Vernon Jordan, who is a famous golf buddy of Bill Clinton, was at his regular table. In the corner, three former top advisors to Secretary Hillary R. Clinton and President Barack H. Obama were talking. Then there was Ivanka Trump, who was taking a meeting with PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi at the most see-and-be-seen dining room in town.