Weekly Synopsis Feb 5 – Feb 11

Another productive week in American politics. Very controversial cabinet positions were confirmed and international relations started out pretty rock with many Middle Eastern countries. Check out this weeks major stories in US politics in no particular order:

An Appeals Court Judge rejected a request to restore the ban from Middle Eastern Countries in its entirety. The decision is likely to be appealed to a Federal Court.

Iran – American Relations are quickly deteriorating following the 45th President signed an executive order banning people from Iran from entering the US. Iran also held a military exercise and tested a missile which broke agreements Iran had made before sanctions were lifted. The current administration has promised to reapply the sanctions to Iran. Here is a timeline of Iran-Us relations put together by CNN

Betsy DeVos, the controversial pick for Secretary of Education, was confirmed following a 50-50 vote which was broken by Vice President Mike Pence. “It was the first time a vice president has been summoned to the Capitol to break a tie on a cabinet nomination.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren was barred from speaking at Jeff Sessions, controversial pick for Attorney General, after she read “read a letter written 30 years ago by Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., opposing the nomination of Jeff Sessions for a federal judgeship.” (CNN). (FOX News article about Elizabeth Warren being silenced.)

Jess Sessions confirmed for the position of Attorney General following a vote of 52 – 47

Appeals court unanimously refused to reinstate the travel ban from several Middle Eastern countries which was established using an executive order. The decision is likely to be appealed to the US Supreme Court. A 4 – 4 decision from the Supreme Court (which many think will happen) will lead to the Federal Court’s decision being upheld. Following the decision, the President Tweeted out: “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!”

That is just a brief summary targeting several different big stories that happened this week. Make sure you stay informed as well as look at many different sources from the far left to the far right. If there’s something major I forgot to include for this week, feel free to comment below and cite your source.



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