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Betsy DeVos confirmed as Education Secretary
Posted at 6:01 AM, Feb 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 20:10:55-05

Tuesday began very well for President Donald Trump and his administration, as his nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, was confirmed after a Senate vote.

Later this afternoon, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is set to decide on the status of Trump's travel ban.

What's happening today:

President Trump claims U.S. murder rate is at 47-year high

-- President Trump said Tuesday, during a meeting with U.S. Sheriff's at the White House, that the country's murder rate, "is the highest it's been in 47 years."

Pres. Trump claimed to officials that the murder rate isn't being reported by media because, "it wasn't to their advantage to say that." CNN has cited figures showing the U.S. murder rate in 2015, which is the the latest full year available, was lower than it was 45 years prior.

Betsy DeVos confirmed as Education Secretary after VP Pence vote

-- President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, was confirmed this morning by the Senate, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote in her favor.

The nomination was controversial, to say the least. DeVos' poor performance in her confirmation hearing -- punctuated by her suggestion that a school in Wyoming might want to have guns on premises to protect against grizzly bears -- contributed to roaring anger among public school supporters and teachers unions.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments challenging travel ban
-- Judges Friedland, Canby and Clifton heard arguments from White House special counsel August Fretje and Washington Solicitor General Noah Purcell this afternoon to determine the fate of the nationwide temporary restraining order against Trump's travel ban. 

Last week, the states of Washington and Minnesota filed a temporary restraining order that challenged Trump's executive order. The president responded via Twitter, including this tweet on Monday:

The judges kept counsel on their toes when both Fretje and Purcell said they hadn't had a lot of time.

 Their decision is expected later this week. 

Now, some are saying there's precedent stating Trump's travel ban could survive the courts. 

Trump's morning tweet on Russia

-- The president also took to Twitter Tuesday morning to briefly touch on his relationship with Russia:

Tesla founder joins court fight against travel ban
-- Count Tesla in as another notable company that has declared opposition to the president's executive order. Tesla CEO Elon Musk publicly criticized the travel ban in one tweet as "not the best way to address the country's challenges." Over 100 companies have cosigned the friend of the court brief.

White House's terror attack list receives backlash
-- On Monday night, the White House released a list of terror attacks it says "have not received the media attention they deserved." President Trump said Monday, "It's gotten to the point where it's not even being reported. And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that."

The list includes the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack, but it was noted that Bernardino is misspelled, prompting a Twitter response from Democratic Rep. Mark Takano, who represents the Riverside area.

Democratic Rep. Pete Aguilar, who represents the Inland Empire area, tweeted directly at the president: