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President Donald Trump has picked Judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee.
Gorsuch is perhaps best known for siding — strongly — with Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor in the challenges brought by for-profit and nonprofit entities, respectively, to the contraception mandate under the Affordable Care Act.
“An extraordinary resume — as good as it gets,” Trump said, noting there was no opposition to his nomination in the Senate when he was approved for his current job as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Get to know Gorsuch.
In his first written opinion, Gorsuch considered the criminal case of an undocumented immigrant.
Gorsuch has heard — and sided with the government in — several recent and important death penalty cases.
If confirmed to the Supreme Court, Gorsuch could play a key role in cell phone privacy issues. He’d also join the high court’s millionaires’ club — a report shows that he’s got an extensive set of financial holdings.
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Donald Trump’s travel ban.
“Will it make life harder for intel professionals? Of course it will," one former CIA officer said. How the president’s immigration order is seriously complicating the CIA’s job.
Trump’s executive order also halted the country’s refugee program entirely for 120 days — leaving 20,000 people from all over the world in limbo. These refugee grandparents were finally allowed to flee Ukraine, then Trump’s order stopped them.
The Dakota Access Pipeline.
The US Army Corps has been directed to clear the way for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a North Dakota senator confirmed Tuesday night, despite intense protests against the project. Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have argued that the 1,172-mile pipeline would damage the water supply and desecrate land the tribe considers sacred.
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Hoaxes and false information that spread after the Quebec City mosque shooting.
From misidentifying the suspects to claiming the lone shooter was a Syrian refugee, don’t get caught up in the BS. We sorted fact from fiction for you. Meanwhile, Fox News deleted a tweet falsely identifying a Moroccan man as a suspect after pressure from the Canadian government.
QUICK THINGS TO KNOW
Future of politics: Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats “have a responsibility” to find “common ground” with Trump. And Michael Gove, one of the leading architects of Brexit, says the future of politics will balance Trump’s populism with globalization.
Women’s rights: If President Trump cuts Violence Against Women Act grants, advocates say, more domestic violence victims will die. Here’s how they’re preparing to fight back.
On the internet: Meet the “good trolls” secretly spying on Trump supporters and neo-Nazis.
Um, what? The “white striping” found in chicken breasts is a byproduct of how fast modern chickens grow and how big they get, a new report claims.
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