February 1, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

The fallout from the “travel ban” continues, Russian spys are arrested for treason and more headlines to start your day

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1. Tuesday evening, in prime-time coverage, President Trump announced his selection for who is to fill the seat of the late Justice Scalia who passed almost a week ago. Trump nominated 49-year-old federal Justice, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Colorado. Gorsuch has a long and esteemed background who attended Harvard Law with former President Obama. He is a conservative, who has written on the subject of assisted suicides and euthanasia which he believes must not become legal although it has in a few states. He has argued that “the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.” That particular language has pro-choice and reproductive rights worried about the future of the High Court’s decision of Roe vs. Wade.

2. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said on Tuesday that US Army Corps of Engineers have been directed to allow the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Native American Tribe, stated that there is a need for more environmental review for the plan to move forward. Standing Rock tribe is concerned that their land will be impacted by the pipeline and that their way of life is being endangered by the course of the pipeline which will run under North Dakota’s Lake Oahe which runs through the land of the Standing Rock Tribe.

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