The Week in Review: February 6th-12th, 2017

SENATE CONFIRMS DEVOS, BILLIONAIRE REPUBLICAN DONOR, FOR ED. POST

Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the nation’s Secretary of Education on Tuesday, by a margin of 51-50. It was a historic moment as Mike Pence voted to break the tie, making him the first Vice President ever needed to cast the deciding vote for a cabinet nomination. DeVos, billionaire Republican donor, was widely criticized for her lack of experience and poor confirmation hearing. Democrats took to the floor through the night to persuade a third Republican to break party lines, unsuccessfully.  Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, was one of two GOP Senators who voted against DeVos. Murkowski said a factor in her decision was the thousands of messages she received. After her confirmation DeVos was greeted by protestors while trying to enter a Washington D.C. public school.

 

BEST SUPERBOWL EVER?

Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to a stunning 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons, in Super Bowl LI. After trailing 28-3 in the second half, the Patriots played nearly flawless football to complete the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. Before Sunday, the biggest deficit overcome to win a Super Bowl was 10. It was Brady and Belichick’s 5 Super Bowl trophy, and they celebrated at a massive parade and rally during wintry mess on Tuesday.

 

TRUMP’S E.O. ON MUSLIMS, REFUGEES SHOT DOWN IN COURT, AGAIN

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld the suspension of the Trump administrations executive order on immigration. The order banned refugees and citizens of 7 majority Muslim nations. The administration argued that the order should be reinstated and was denied by a ruling of 3-0. Trump argues that the nation’s safety was at stake and vowed, to the Judges of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, that he would see them in…“court.” The administration is reportedly planning its next move, whether that is to continue to fight for the ban in court or redrafting the order to pass judicial scrutiny.

 

SENATOR WARREN OFFICIALLY SILENCED BY SENATE RULE, VIA MITCH MCCONNELL

MA Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced, for a moment, by Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell after criticizing the newly sworn in AG Jeff Sessions, during the debate on his confirmation. McConnell invoked rule 19 which says that Warren could not “impugn another senator or senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator.” Warren was reading a 1986 letter written by the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King. McConnell said that Warren was warned, but  “nevertheless, she persisted,” a statement which is trending online. Many view McConnell’s move as a political miscalculation, giving Warren a much bigger platform for her message.

 

A BLIZZARD, AND ANOTHER BLIZZARD

The Brockton area, like most of Massachusetts, was hammered by blizzard conditions on Thursday. The storm piled up about a foot of snow in the Brockton area, causing school closings and power outages across the region. The storm also featured a few rounds of “thundersnow.” “Typically it’s not a problem,” West Bridgewater Fire Chief Len Hunt said. “It’s just thunder.” The area braces for another winter storm Sunday evening, potentially bringing more snow. Currently there is a winter storm warning in effect until later today.

 

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