Nightly Rundown: Sessions Confirmed, Oral Arguments Heard, And More Tonight

  1. Today, Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed as United States Attorney General by his colleagues in the Senate. The confirmation marked the end of a long process in which he was accused by Democrats of being racist and of implementing policies that discriminated against minorities.                                                                                                      To get the full story, follow this link to read our full article posted today.
  2. Today the United States Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard oral arguments via telephone in the case Washington State v. Trump, the question in the case is whether the President overstepped his powers by signing this order that banned immigration from certain countries, the problem is that the legal language was written with a broad brush. A verdict is expected to be reached by the end of the week, if not sooner. The case will most likely be appealed to the Supreme Court by the losing side of this case, which could lead to a 4-4 split if Neil Gorsuch is not confirmed by that time.
  3. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said that President Donald J. Trump’s comments about Judge James Robart, calling him a “so-called judge” were “disheartening.” This move by Gorsuch shows he is not afraid to dissent, even if it is to people in his own party.
  4. President Donald Trump criticized the panel of three judges who are deciding his case at the United States Court of Appeals in San Francisco, calling the hearing “disgraceful”, the comment comes as transcripts of the hearing show that judges are skeptical of his order, especially how ambiguous his language is.
  5. The White House is finishing an executive order for the Pentagon to bring future Islamic State detainees to Guantanamo Bay prison, a reversal of an Obama-era policy that aimed at closing it.
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