Big Shots: This Week's in Photos

Unsigned OpinionWashington, D.C.—Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch opens a door that had swung shut on his escorts while meeting with Republican Sen. Roger Wicker on February 10. Earlier in the week, Gorsuch voiced mild criticism for President Trump, the man who nominated him, calling his comments “disheartening” and “demoralizing,” after the president called the federal judge who blocked his travel ban on Twitter a “so-called judge.” J. Scott Applewhite/AP Home Is Where the Bark IsGreenville, South Carolina—On January 20, Nazanin Zinouri, a Clemson graduate and an engineer at a U.S. tech company, went to Iran to visit her family. But when she tried to return, Zinouri was one of thousands from seven majority-Muslim countries caught up in President Donald Trump’s travel ban. After a federal judge put the president’s orders on hold, Zinouri returned to the U.S. on February 6, where her friends—and her dog Dexter—greeted her at the Greenville Spartanburg Airport. Sean Rayford/Getty The Tide That BindsFarewell Spit, New Zealand—It was an uplifting coda to an otherwise tragic week. In two separate incidents, hundreds of whales died after beaching themselves in the shallow waters of Golden Bay at the tip of New Zealand’s South Island. Volunteers left on the night of February 11, worried that the hundreds of stranded, surviving whales would meet a similar fate. When they returned the next day, however, most had made it out to sea. “They self-rescued,” Herb Christophers, a spokesman for New Zealand's Department of Conservation, told Reuters. “The tide came in and they were able to float off and swim out to sea.” Volunteers later helped the remaining animals rejoin their pod. Anthony Phelps/Reuters

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