9 Things You Need to Know This Morning

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1. Betsy DeVos has been confirmed for education secretary. DeVos was sworn in yesterday at 6 p.m., after Vice President Mike Pence made a historic tie-breaking vote.

Democrats reportedly chanted "Just one more!" before Pence made the "easiest vote" he's ever cast. In a follow-up tweet, DeVos thanked the Senate for her approval and said, "Let's improve options and outcomes for all U.S. students." President Trump, as well as much of the Republican party, has criticized the Democratic party throughout DeVos' confirmation after reportedly protesting for days and "taking shifts" to argue against her approval. (CNN)

2. Alyssa Milano hopped on the cultural appropriation bandwagon when she debuted a new hairstyle, in the form of cornrows. (Huffington Post)

3. Madonna adopted 4-year-old twin girls from Malawi. The girls' mother reportedly died in 2012 and were taken to an orphanage shortly thereafter. (E! News)

4. The Army has approved moving forward with construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision has since received both criticism and applause. (NYT)

5. Sean Spicer responded to Melissa McCarthy's Saturday Night Live Skit, saying that her impression was "cute" and "funny". (Billboard)

6. Demi Lovato will take the stage at Sunday’s GRAMMY Awards, alongside Tori Kelly, Andra Day, and Little Big Town for a memoriam performance for the Bee Gees. (ET Online)

7. In a recent interview, Hillary Clinton unknowingly supported a brand when she stated “The Future is Female”. Her statement drew criticism from some claiming that she supports one gender over the other. (NBC News

8. A new male contraceptive, called Vasalgel, has been successfully tested on monkeys and is now being prepared for clinical trials on humans. (Bustle)

9. In a much-needed CNN interview, Kellyanne Conway apologized for her comments about the nonexistant Bowling Green Massacre. Hear her regretful comments below:

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