TRUMP SUPREME COURT PICK
President Trump is expected to declare his pick to fill the vacancy in the US Supreme Court...an evening announcement (about 8pm ET...**See ABC Newscall.com for coverage advisory**). The President is said to have narrowed the possibilities to two: Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and Thomas Hardiman of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. Trump's sister,
--White House spokesman Sean Spicer defends President Trump's sweeping executive order on immigration, saying it's "Putting America's safety and security first and foremost, bar none." But openly defying the White House, the acting Attorney General has directed Justice Department attorneys not to defend the executive order. Sally Yates, a Democratic appointee, says in a memo that she is not convinced that Trump's order is lawful, or that its defense is consistent with the department's obligation to "always seek justice and stand for what is right." President Trump tweets "The Democrats are delaying my cabinet picks for purely political reasons. They have nothing going but to obstruct. Now have an Obama A.G."
--The White House also is facing off with career diplomats about the immigration ban.. In a draft "dissent memo" dozens of Foreign Service officers and diplomats stationed around the world expressed concern, and considered sending a formal objection to senior State Department officials. White House press Secretary Sean Spicer says they should "Get with the program, or they can go."
--"Everybody was kept in the loop at the level necessary to make sure that we rolled it out properly." Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia says "DHS and some of the others had not been consulted and there were slip ups."
QUEBEC MOSQUE ATTACK
Authorities announcing charges against the suspected gunman of Sunday night's shooting at a mosque in Quebec: Six counts of first-degree murder against suspected gunman, Alexandre Bissonnette and they say more charges could be forthcoming. Authorities have also released the identities of the six people killed in the attack. A neighbor of Bissonnette tells ABC News: "He was always alone. No friends, no parties, always alone. He was only with his twin."
PM Trudeau attended a vigil for the victims Monday night.
Facing a lawsuit from a New Jersey mother, the Boy Scouts of America announces that starting immediately the organization will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on their gender identity - and not what's on their birth certificate. This is a major shift - one which the Boy Scouts had been resisting.
More of the President's cabinet picks face committee confirmation votes, including Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Nancy DeVos for Education Secretary and Tom Price for HHS Secretary.