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The week in politics

Updated 4:16 PM ET, Sun February 12, 2017
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Syrian refugee Baraa Haj Khalaf kisses her father, Khaled, after arriving at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday, February 7. She arrived with her partner and their 16-month-old daughter after being told last week that they couldn't fly to the United States because of an executive order signed by President Donald Trump. That order, which temporarily suspended the admission of refugees and barred entry to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries, was blocked by a federal judge. A federal appeals court upheld the ruling on Thursday, February 9. Kamil Krzaczynski/REUTERS/Newscom
US Sen. Elizabeth Warren holds a transcript of her speech in the Senate Chamber after she was cut off during the debate over Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, February 8. In an extremely rare rebuke, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Warren after he determined that she violated a Senate rule against impugning another senator. Warren was reading from a 1986 letter in which Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., was critical of Sessions -- who at the time was a nominee to be a federal judge. J. Scott Applewhite/AP
President Trump welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outside the West Wing of the White House on Friday, February 10. The two leaders held Oval Office talks and had lunch together in the State Dining Room. Andrew Harnik/AP
Former US President Barack Obama prepares to kitesurf during a vacation in the British Virgin Islands. Obama learned to kitesurf as part of a friendly challenge with billionaire Richard Branson. Jack Brockway/Virgin.com via AP
First lady Melania Trump, right, and Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, tour the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Florida on Saturday, February 11. Terry Renna/AP
Police in Roseville, California, escort Republican congressman Tom McClintock past protesters during a town hall meeting at the city's Tower Theatre on Saturday, February 4. Some protesters, upset with McClintock's support for President Trump's agenda, followed him, shouting, "Shame on you!" Randall Benton/The Sacramento Bee/AP
Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos is locked in a van outside an immigration office in Phoenix on Wednesday, February 8. The undocumented immigrant was detained and deported to her native Mexico in what her lawyer claims is a direct result of President Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials claim there was nothing special about her case: She committed a crime in 2008, was placed under a deportation order, and her time had come. Rob Schumacher/The Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK
Kellyanne Conway, a White House counselor to President Trump, is interviewed in Washington on Thursday, February 9. In a Fox News interview, Conway urged viewers to "go buy Ivanka's stuff" after Nordstrom and other stores said recently that they were changing their relationship with Ivanka Trump's clothing line because of poor sales. The comments could run afoul of a federal law that bars public employees from making an "endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity." A senior administration official told CNN that Conway apologized to the President. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
US Sens. John McCain, left, and Jack Reed listen to testimony about Afghanistan during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, February 9. Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, said that the coalition faced "a shortfall of a few thousand" troops to break the "stalemate" it faces there. Alex Wong/Getty Images
Texas state senators gather around Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, back left, during a debate over a bill on Tuesday, February 7. The Senate cleared a bill that would withhold state dollars for "sanctuary cities" where police fail to enforce immigration laws at the request of federal officials. The measure came just days after President Trump signed an executive order that strips states and cities of federal funding if they "attempt to shield aliens from deportation." Eric Gay/AP
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who was confirmed a day earlier, speaks at the Department of Education on Wednesday, February 8. Vice President Mike Pence cast a historic tie-breaking vote to confirm DeVos after the Senate was divided 50-50. Photos: Trump's nominees and their confirmation hearings Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images
President Trump, sitting in the White House Oval Office, holds a figurine that was given to him by a group of county sheriffs on Tuesday, February 7. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images
US Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in Washington during a debate with US Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday, February 7. The event, hosted by CNN, discussed the future of health care in the United States. Gabriella Demczuk for CNN
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch meets with US Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Monday, February 6. Gorsuch has been in Washington visiting with senators from both parties. J. Scott Applewhite/AP
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer calls on a reporter during a news conference in Washington on Tuesday, February 7. Schumer said he had "serious, serious concerns" about Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, whom he met with on Capitol Hill. Susan Walsh/AP
Liberty University students worship before Ed Gillespie, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, addressed them in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Monday, February 6. Jill Nance/News & Daily Advance via AP
President Trump sits for lunch with troops during a visit to US Central Command, which is headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, on Monday, February 6. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Olivia One Feather holds up her fist and cries tears of happiness on Tuesday, February 7, after the Seattle City Council voted in favor of cutting banking ties with Wells Fargo and avoiding any new investments in the company's stocks and bonds. Seattle's break-up with Wells Fargo was driven mostly by anger over the bank's role as one of more than a dozen lenders helping to finance the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. President Trump has given the green light to the pipeline despite fierce opposition from Native Americans and environmentalists. Elaine Thompson/AP
President Trump watches as Vice President Pence administers the oath of office to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday, February 9. Sessions, one of Trump's closest advisers and his earliest supporter in the Senate, was confirmed by a 52-47 vote that was mostly along party lines. He was accompanied at the swearing-in by his wife, Mary. Win McNamee/Getty Images
Former US President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, cut the ribbon on a solar-panel project in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, on Wednesday, February 8. David Goldman/AP