Photo: A member of the Al Murisi family, Yemeni nationals who were denied entry into the US. last week because of the recent travel ban, shows the cancelled visa in their passport from their failed entry to reporters as they successfully arrive to be reunited with their family at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, February 6, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
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Betsy DeVos was confirmed as President Trump's Education Secretary today by the narrowest margin provided by the Constitution. Vice President Mike Pence declared, "The Senate being equally divided, the Vice President votes in the affirmative and the nomination is confirmed."
That was the first time in history that a Vice President broke a tie to confirm a cabinet nominee. Democrats conducted a 24-hour speaking marathon before the vote. Alia Wong, Education Editor at The Atlantic, says efforts by two GOP Senators to derail the confirmation fell short against pressure from fellow Republicans to stick with their party's preference.
Should President Trump's travel ban on refugees and visitors from seven mostly Muslim countries be re-instated? The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments today. The President's massively disruptive travel ban is aimed at refugees and travelers from seven mostly Muslim countries, but nearly all terrorist acts in the US since 911 have been committed by US citizens. Furthermore, there's new evidence that ISIS recruiters and handlers operate remotely — without anybody having to cross any borders at all. Rather than focusing on keeping potential terrorists out of the country, should we focus on those who are already here?
Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times (@rcallimachi)
Alex Nowrasteh, CATO Institute (@AlexNowrasteh)
Mark Krikorian, Center for Immigration Studies (@MarkSKrikorian)
Rami Khouri, syndicated columnist, senior fellow at the Belfer Center and professor of public policy at the American University of Beirut (@RamiKhouri)
Callimachi on ISIS' remote control terror attacks
Nowrasteh's terrorism and immigration risk analysis
Center for Immigration Studies on revising refugee resettlement
Khouri on the convergence of American, Arab uprisings over travel ban
French Conservative François Fillon was prime minister for five years when Nicolas Sarkozy was President. Fillon's candidacy for the top office was expected to put the brakes on the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen. Now Fillon's been hit by a financial scandal. But yesterday he insisted he will not drop out. We get an update on the French political meltdown from Elaine Ganley, who is based in Paris for the Associated Press
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