It’s a busy Tuesday for the White House. President Trump is facing considerable media backlash over comments made yesterday about the media’s terrorism coverage.
In Washington, Trumps pick for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, faces a senate vote.
Out in San Francisco, a federal judge will hear arguments on the President’s immigration ban.
Get yourself some coffee, this is a long post covering these three topics. Many of the media outlets used, have additional video reports:
Bloomberg TV:The Trump administration faces two major decisions today as it argues before a San Francisco court to reinstate a ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority nations and the Senate holds a vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as U.S. education secretary. Bloomberg’s Kevin Cirilli reports on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”
USA Today: Trump’s travel ban: A clash of conflicting laws
The legal battle over President Trump’s temporary travel ban targeting seven majority-Muslim countries likely will take weeks to resolve and could require the Supreme Court to make the final decision. But the arguments challenging and defending the executive order have become clear.
The Justice Department argues that a president has broad powers to act unilaterally on questions of immigration and national security. It says judges have only limited powers to second-guess such decisions and urges the court to allow Trump’s immigration order to go back into effect.
Politico: Cotton and Trump plot crackdown on legal immigration
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a reliable Trump ally, is taking steps to execute that part of the president’s immigration vision…
The outspoken, 39-year-old Cotton has written the first in what may be a series of bills to revamp the nation’s immigration system. Cotton will start off with legislation being unveiled Tuesday that will dramatically slash the number of immigrants who can obtain green cards and other visas every year.
Fox News: Gregg Jarrett: Why the law is on Trump’s side with his immigration ban
President Trump may have lost the early legal skirmishes over his executive order on immigration, but in the end he will likely win.
The overwhelming weight of history and the law is on his side. The president does have the authority to ban the entry of foreigners, as long as he has what is called a “rational basis” to believe they pose a threat to the nation’s security. He does, and his order is designed to accomplish precisely that.
Huffington Post: Trump’s Immigration Order Is Getting Slammed With Legal Opposition
A group of former high-level government officials, nearly 100 tech CEOs and several state governments have all mounted legal opposition to President Donald Trump’s immigration order, stating that it jeopardizes national security and stifles the U.S. economy.
The latest is a declaration filed Monday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit by former secretaries of state Madeline Albright and John Kerry and several other former national security officials. In the filing, they expressed support for the temporary restraining order a Seattle judge issued last week against Trump’s executive order barring all Syrian refugees and people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
NPR: White House List Contradicts Trump Claim That Terror Attacks Go Unreported
President Trump, in another broadside against the news media, on Monday accused “the dishonest press” of failing to report terrorist attacks.
But in a list put out by the White House later Monday evening, many of the attacks cited, such as the attack the Orlando night club shooting last June and 2015 attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., and Paris were extensively covered by the media around the clock.
President Trump said the media in many cases “doesn’t want to report on” terrorism, speaking to senior U.S. military commanders and coalition representatives on Feb. 6 at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. (The Washington Post)
Washington Post: President Trump is now speculating that the media is covering up terrorist attacks
Speaking to the U.S. Central Command on Monday, President Trump went off his prepared remarks to make a truly stunning claim: The media was intentionally covering up reports of terrorist attacks.
“You’ve seen what happened in Paris, and Nice. All over Europe, it’s happening,” he said to the assembled military leaders. “It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that.”
Politifact: Donald Trump wrong that media is not reporting on terrorism any more
The remark quickly inspired puzzled reactions. Is it accurate?
Before we start, it’s worth noting that terrorism happens every day somewhere in the world — dozens of attacks around the globe each day, according to the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database. Media outlets could cover terrorism attacks from far-flung locales around the clock and not have any space left for other news.
“Due to geography, terrorism in the West is overreported compared to terrorism elsewhere,” said Benjamin H. Friedman, a research fellow in security studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. “The vast majority occurs in the non-western world, generally amid civil wars, and those attacks receive far less coverage than ones closer to home.”
CNN: DeVos hangs in balance before tight Senate vote
President Donald Trump’s selection for education secretary, billionaire mega-donor Betsy DeVos, appears to be his most embattled Cabinet pick, but Senate Republicans have largely held tight in their support.
From the moment she was introduced in late November as President Trump’s nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos has taken heat from not only teachers’ unions but also some charter school advocates and parent groups.
Ms. DeVos, a wealthy Republican fund-raiser and philanthropist who is a major supporter of school vouchers, has faced vociferous opposition. Her support for directing taxpayer dollars to privately run schools, and her efforts to shape education in her home state of Michigan and across the country, elicited criticism from opponents who argued that she had neglected the public schools she would be charged with improving as the head of the Department of Education.
CBS News: Why Betsy DeVos is Trump’s most contentious Cabinet nominee
The debate over Betsy DeVos followed senators home this weekend as protests popped up outside the state offices of several GOP members.
In Washington the pressure is even more intense. The Senate switchboard is swamped by hundreds of thousands of phone calls.
Some Democratic senators even took their own turn at the phones, like Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.