Judges hit Trump lawyer with tough questions over revised travel ban
Lawrence Hurley, Reuters
U.S. appeals court judges voiced skepticism on Monday toward a claim by President Donald Trump’s administration that his temporary ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations was inspired by national security concerns, not religious bias. Acting U.S. Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall, arguing on behalf of Trump, came under tough questioning from judges, particularly several appointed by Democratic presidents, on the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the administration’s bid to revive the travel ban.
Trump slams Yates hearing: ‘Nothing but old news’
Cristiano Lima, Politico
President Donald Trump on Monday tweeted his first reaction to testimony from former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, dismissing her comments as “nothing but old news” and asking “when will this taxpayer funded charade end?” Trump also said allegations of collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia are “a total hoax.”
13 Men, and No Women, Are Writing New G.O.P. Health Bill in Senate
Robert Pear, The New York Times
The 13 Republican senators who are writing a new bill to repeal and replace much of the Affordable Care Act include the top leadership, three committee chairmen and two of the most conservative members of the Senate. What the group does not include is a woman – and the moderate Republicans who could determine the bill’s fate.
Democrats take on Trump over court vacancies
Seung Min Kim, Politico
With his nomination Monday of 10 conservative judges to the federal courts, President Donald Trump is reviving the long-running judicial wars with Democrats. And the two picks likely to rankle Democrats the most are the ones they have the most leverage to block.
West Virginia Rep. Evan Jenkins Running for Senate
Simone Pathé, Roll Call
Two-term West Virginia Rep. Evan Jenkins announced on Monday he’s running for Senate against Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin in 2018. The 3rd District Republican will likely face a primary, with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey also expected to join the GOP field soon.