Friday March 24, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day
1. President Trump’s promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has reached an impasse as there were not enough GOP members to move the bill onto the Senate from Congress. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and the President himself have been holding closed door meeting to get the votes but called off the vote on Thursday night to Friday morning. The finger pointing has already begun with many believing that Speaker Ryan is to blame for the problems with the bill while many say it is the President because he didn’t understand the work needed to be completely done on the bill before calling for a vote. Liberals are against the bill as it cuts services to the elderly and poor while conservatives say the bill does not do enough. The President has also given an ultimatum by saying he is ready to move on and the Affordable Care Act to continue to be the law of the land.
2. In London, more news is developing in the terror attack near Parliament. Police have released the name of the alleged perpetrator Thursday as a 52-year-old British man, Khalid Masood. It was also announced that a 5th person had passed away from the injuries that he received when the attacker drove his car into a crowd of people at the gates of Parliament. The police stated that Masood had previous convictions for assaults, including the possession of offensive weapons. His most recent was in December 2003 for possession of a knife. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack yet there is no evidence that Masood had contact with the terrorist group.
3. The Senate Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ended Thursday. the Senate’s top Democrat vowing there would filibuster that would complicate Gorsuch’s expected confirmation and ultimately upend the traditional approach to approving justices. Democrats still believe Gorsuch is being given a stolen seat on the bench due Merrick Garland not even given a hearing when President Obama nominated him to the Supreme Court. Many Democrats are saying they will vote no on Gorsuch’s nomination which could cause a problem for the GOP. The vote needed is yet the GOP only has.
4. Friday, The State Department finally has approved the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ending the process that has lasted nearly a decade. Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon issued the presidential permit Friday morning, representing the Trump administration’s formal green-lighting of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline. TransCanada, the company that will build the project, praised President Trump for undoing the decision of his predecessor.
5. In what appears to be another Putin politically motivated murder, Denis Voronenkov, former Russian lawmaker and Kremlin who was critical of the Putin regime was shot to death outside a hotel in broad dayligh5 on Thursday. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called Thursday’s killing a “Russian state terrorist act” on Twitter, and described Voronenkov as “one of the key witnesses of the Russian aggression against Ukraine” Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that to think Putin is involved as “absurd.”
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