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Track-Trump February 9, 2017


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In a unanimous opinion, a three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit denied the Trump administration’s request to reinstate enforcement of the President’s travel order. The temporary restraining order issued by Judge James Robart will therefore remain in effect pending the issuance of a preliminary injunction or further appeals by the Trump administration.

Immediately following the swearing-in ceremony of the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, President Trump signed three executive orders concerning security and policing. The first creates a “Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety” headed by the Attorney General. The task force is ordered to review and propose legislation to reduce crime and to conduct studies when crime related data is deemed insufficient. The second order aims to reduce violence against law enforcement officers, instructing the Attorney General to streamline existing protections and propose new ones, like “defining new crimes of violence and establishing new mandatory minimum sentences for existing crimes of violence against Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers.” The third order directs relevant cabinet members to guide the Threat Mitigation Working Group in developing a plan to identify, prioritize, and interrupt “transnational criminal organizations” and “traffickers.”

Late this evening, the Senate will vote to confirm U.S. Representative Tom Price as the new Director of Health and Human Services.

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