Today in Trump: February 7, 2017

Today in the Trump AdministrationAppeals court to hear arguments on reinstating travel ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- An appeals court in San Francisco will hear arguments Tuesday on whether to reinstate President Trump’s travel ban.

In a filing on Monday evening, government lawyers argued that the ban does not discriminate based on religion -- it targets country of origin instead.

Lawyers for two states urged the appeals court not to reinstate President Trump’s travel ban, saying it would “unleash chaos again”... ”separating families, stranding our university students and faculty, and barring travel,” CBS News’ chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford reports.

The CabinetBetsy DeVos confirmed as secretary of education

In the most contentious confirmation vote yet, the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Trump’s secretary of education 51-50, with Vice President Mike Pence having to cast the tie-breaking vote.

Lawmakers voted 50-50 to confirm DeVos, which forced Pence to break the tie, making history as he became the first vice president to resolve a deadlocked vote on Cabinet nomination.

The vote came after Senate Democrats pulled an all-nighter, speaking out against DeVos on the Senate floor Monday into Tuesday.

Jeff Sessions’ nomination to be attorney general clears procedural hurdle

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination to be attorney general has cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate.

The Senate voted 52-47 on Tuesday to move ahead on the nomination. Confirmation is expected on Wednesday in spite of Senate Democrats’ opposition to their colleague. No GOP senators voted against his confirmation. Sen. Sessions cast his vote as “present.” 

The Trump travel ban: How to keep track of the legal battles

Since President Trump signed his “extreme vetting” executive order banning travel to the U.S. by individuals from seven countries, the measure has faced a number of legal challenges. The order has not been in effect since Feb. 3, when a federal judge in Seattle imposed a temporary restraining order, and it may well remain halted for the next few weeks -- at least. Here’s a timeline with the legal developments on the order. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Electoral College needs to be changed

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lamented partisanship in Congress during a talk at Stanford University on Monday and said she hoped it would return to an era when “it was working for the good of the country and not just along party lines.”

Ginsburg did not address the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia or President Trump’s travel ban, which could end up before the high court. But she did say she would like to change the Electoral College, a comment that drew applause from the packed, 1,200-seat Stanford Memorial Church. She did not elaborate.

Demand for tickets was so high, university officials used to lottery to determine who would get them, reports CBS San Francisco.

What you missed yesterdayTrump claims any negative polls are “fake news”

President Trump suggested Monday morning that any polls that signal public disapproval of him, his administration or his policies should be considered “fake news.”

The president seemed to suggest on Twitter that surveys measuring the public’s opinion of his executive order that instituted the travel ban and called for extreme vetting are not accurate.

Why 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.

Donald Trump tweets about New York Times’ “total fiction concerning me”

Donald Trump attacked the “failing @nytimes” on Twitter Monday, attempting to cast doubt on its reporting. 

Mr. Trump was apparently responding to a Times story published online Sunday and in the paper Monday headlined “Trump and Staff Rethinking Tactics After Stumbles.” The story relies largely on interviews with dozens of unnamed government officials, congressional aides and former Trump staffers and includes anecdotes that have not been published before. One says that the president’s aides “confer in the dark because they can’t figure out how to operate the light switches in the cabinet room.”

Trump claims media is covering up terror attacks, citing no evidence

President Trump on Monday said that news outlets are covering up terrorist attacks without citing any evidence that supports that claim.

He made the comment in a speech to U.S. servicemembers at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida after receiving a briefing and eating lunch with troops.

The president began talking about how “radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland” as they did on 9/11, in the Boston bombings and in San Bernardino. He said it’s also happening “all over Europe” like in Paris and Nice.

“It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. In many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons and you understand that,” Mr. Trump said.

There is no evidence that any media outlet is covering up terrorist attacks.

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UCI demonstrators protest Trump's orders on immigration

When members of the Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine saw protesters descending on international airports in cities such as Los Angeles and New York over the weekend, they began to organize their own rally to show solidarity with demonstrations nationwide against President Trump's executive

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