Sessions Vote Set For Tonight
The Senate is set to vote tonight to confirm Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Democrats do not have the votes to block the veteran Republican lawmaker but they are stretching the deliberations as far as possible. They have raised questions about Sessions’ views on civil rights, including LGBT rights. Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren will sit out the ongoing debate after Republicans succeeded in silencing her under an old Senate rule.
Court Won’t Rule on Travel Ban Today
A federal Appeals Court says there’ll be no ruling today on President Trump’s temporary travel ban. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments for and against the travel restrictions yesterday. A federal judge in Washington state last week issued a temporary restraining order against Trump’s 90-day ban on people entering the U.S. from those seven countries.
SE DC Student Arrested For Trying To Bring Gun To School
A DC high school student is under arrest for allegedly trying to bring a gun to school. Police say school resource officers at Ballou High School stopped the male student as he tried to enter the building this morning. It appears metal detectors at the school’s entrance caught the weapon. No one was injured from the incident.
Former Fairfax Mayor Due In Court On Drug Charges
The former mayor of Fairfax is due in court later today to update his case on felony drug charges. Scott Silverthorne was arrested last August following a sting operation in Tysons Corner. Prosecutors say Silverthorne was using a dating app to sell meth for sex. He resigned immediately after his arrest. Yesterday, the city held a special election in which voters picked David Meyer to replace Silverthorne.
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.