Tuesday January 31, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. Monday night, the Trump administration fired the acting Attorney General for the United States, Sally Yates, who announced earlier in the day, that the Justice Department would not oppose lawsuits against the President’s executive order that created a travel ban from seven Muslim led countries. Sean Spicer, Press Secretary for the White House stated if those who are working in the administration better get with the program or get going.
2. Tuesday morning, after the President fired the Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, the Democrats, refused to attend a committee vote on two of President Trump’s more controversial nominees, effectively delaying their consideration. The boycott affected Trump’s picks for the departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury and for attorney general. The Senate Finance Committee were to meet to vote on Steven T. Mnuchin’s nomination to serve as treasury secretary and Rep. Tom Price’s nomination to be secretary of health and human services but Democrats boycotted the meeting, forcing Republicans to reschedule both votes. President Trump has called on the Democrats to allow his choices for the cabinet to move forward but after Monday night’s firing of the Acting Attorney General Sally Yates who had been asked by the Trump administration to stay on after his election.
3. There is yet another crisis facing one of President Trump nominees to his cabinet. Betsy Devos, who have been picked by President Trump to be director of the Education Department, has been able to clear committee towards her confirmation but a detail has been released that could derail her nomination. Devos answers to the questionnaire that is presented to the Senate has answers that appear to be plagiarized. For example, Sen. Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the committee presented a question regarding the bullying of LGBT students. Devos answer is exactly the same as when Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of Obama’s Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department answered. In another question, Devos replied with what appears to a running quote from the Department of Education website. This is not the first of Trump’s picks to face plagiarism allegations since the President’s election.
Conservative author Monica Crowley dropped out of contention for the senior communications role when it was found that in her book, that she wrote, there were many examples of plagiarism.
4. President Donald Trump will appear on national television Tuesday night, in prime time, to announce his pick for the Supreme Court. Whoever is picked by the new President the Democrats are ensuring it will not be an easy win for the nominee. One Senator announced his decision Monday morning that he will not vote for any other nominee other than Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) stated that “This is a stolen seat. This is the first time a Senate majority has stolen a seat. We will use every lever in our power to stop this.”
5. President Trump on Tuesday, released a statement that under his administration, they will continue the executive order set forth by President Obama which protect LGBTQ employees who are working for the federal government. It also protects contractors for the federal government. The White House stated, “”President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community.”
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