Thursday March 23, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Thursday March 23, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Wednesday, an ISIS inspired attack took place in London near the House of Parliament. In the attack on Wednesday, the alleged terrorist drove his car along a pavement in Westminster knocking down pedestrians, leaving dozens injured. The car tried to smash the gates leading to the Parliament but was unsuccessful. This was the first attack on London in 12 years. The attacker after leaving his automobile, went on to stab a policeman and he was then shot dead by police in the grounds of Parliament. Twenty-nine people were treated in hospital, seven of whom are still in a critical condition. Per news reports there were many other who were injured but did not receive treatment. Many of the injured were tourists, including a school party from France. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement. “London is the greatest city in the world. We will never be cowed by terrorism. We stand together, in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life. We always have, and we always will,” it said.

2. Wednesday, the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Representative Devin Nunes, (R-CA), stated that he found proof that there was incidentally collected information on members of Trump’s transition team and then “widely disseminated” the information internally. Nunes did not have the proof in hand. He stated in a quick press conference that the matter so disturbed him that he, instead of sharing the information with his committee, went directly to the White House, to discuss his “discovery,” Incredibly, Nunes did not give the information with his co-chair Representative Adam Schiff or any other member of the Intelligence Committee. Nunes also appeared to flip-flop over whether the information was masked or unmasked. The visit to the White House only “muddy the waters” into whether this committee can work with an independent voice considering the White House is under investigation but was briefed first rather than the committee.

3. Wednesday, AP News reported that Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was hired by a Russian billionaire more than a decade ago to advance the agenda of Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to the report, Manafort did not register as a “foreign agent,” such as former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn did. The report goes on to say that Manafort was paid $10 million a year for his services which were described as able to advance the agenda of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The AP report also states that Manafort purportedly wrote in a confidential 2005 memo that “We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success.”

4. Thursday, it is expected that there will be a vote on the Hill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The vote is still too close to call. The President and Speaker of the House have continued to meet privately with GOP members who are still saying they cannot vote for this new healthcare bill known as Trumpcare. For President Trump a lost here would be a major blow to this new administration. He campaigned hard to replace ‘Obamacare’ yet the new plan has received push back after Congressional Budget Office announced their findings is that 24 million people would lose their insurance with this new plan.

5. Thursday morning it was announced that Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for Donald Trump, is facing a probe of his financial ties to the Ukraine per the U.S. Treasury Department. Federal prosecutors began considering Manafort’s paid work for the pro-Russian Party of Regions as part of a broader investigation into stolen Ukrainian assets after the nation’s Vladimir Putin-aligned President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in 2014. AP News reported that financial records show that Manafort sometimes routed financial transactions through Cypriot shell companies, including a $19 million deal in 2014 with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska to buy Ukrainian cable television provider Black Sea Cable. The accusations imply that Manafort also used the Bank of Cyprus to “launder” some of the finances through. In yet another Trump cabinet member Wilbur Ross sat on the board of the board of Cyprus Bankd/

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