Friday March 10, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. The Republicans on Capitol Hill, were able to get their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare, to pass through 2 committees Thursday. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) appeared to become the biggest booster for the plan, and he insisted that the Republican healthcare bill is the “only chance we’re going to get” to fulfill the GOP’s long-standing promise to undo the Affordable Care Act. The bill now heads to yet another panel, the Budget Committee, and it appears to be on track to land on the House floor by month’s end. Heading to the Senate the bill faces much more scrutiny as conservatives and of course the Democrats, are fighting against the bill.
2. Friday, South Korea’s Constitutional Court removed President Park Geun-hye from office over the scandal involving the biggest corporations and donations that were made to 2 charities that President was involved with. After the court removed the President from, protests became violent as the President’s supporters, rallied against the court’s decision and two of the protesters were killed in clashes with police outside the court.
3. In yet another scandal that involves the Trump Administration, Thursday it was announced that the former National Security advisor Michael Flynn registered as a foreign agent who worked for the government of Turkey before Trump appointed him as the security chief. The question is what type of vetting did the Trump administration do that they did not know that Flynn received over a half of million dollars from the Turkish government. The Associated Press noted that the it was the Justice Department who pressured Flynn into releasing the information. The work for the government of Turkey after Trump was elected but Flynn was a foreign agent through the Republican National Convention and while he served the Trump campaign as a national security adviser. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in a statement that Flynn should return any foreign money he received. This astonishing admission is more appalling evidence of foreign entanglements and conflicts of interest involving the Trump team,” he said. He said a special prosecutor should be appointed to look into ties between Trump officials and foreign governments.
4. Friday, Pope Francis, In an interview published Thursday with Germany’s Die Zeit, suggested that it is time to examine whether or not married men can become priests. Francis also stated that the position of the church that removing the celibacy rule is not the answer to the Catholic Church’s priest shortage. But the Pope expressed an openness to studying whether so-called “viri probati” which means married men of proven faith could be ordained. “We must consider if viri probati is a possibility. Then we must determine what tasks they can perform, for example, in remote communities,” he was quoted as saying.
5. Thursday, FBI director James Comey, went to Capitol Hill to meet with the House and Senate members to give a briefing on the investigations into the Russian influence on the 2016 Presidential election. The eight House and Senate lawmakers are known as Congress’s “Gang of Eight” on intelligence issues were informed on the matters related to the request by the President on allegations that President Obama had wiretapped the Trump campaign’s phone. The Justice Department has not released any statement on whether or not President Trump is actually being investigated. New information released from unnamed sources state that there is a new investigation into a Russian banks odd activity on a server which is located within the Trump Tower. According to experts over 80 percent of the look ups from this Russian server were directed to the Trump campaign.
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