President Donald Trump has nominated DC Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. If confirmed, he will take the seat occupied by retiring Judge Anthony Kennedy, who was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and confirmed in 1988.
When Mitch McConnell opted not to hold a vote on former President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in early 2016, Democrats cried foul. McConell's argument was that because Obama was in his last year, was term limited and the presidential race was already in full swing, the decision should be left to the newly elected president to decide.
On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order (EO) titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” This EO temporarily bans the issuing of visas to “immigrants and nonimmigrants” from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — countries listed as terrorist hotbeds by the Obama administration — for a period of 90 days. Additionally, the EO temporarily bans all refugees from those same countries for a period of 120 days while the Trump administration examines vetting guidelines for entry into the U.S.