Friday April 7th, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Friday April 7, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Thursday night, President Donald Trump authorized a military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after that Syrian government used chemical gas against its own citizens. The United States military launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield where it is reported the chemical attack originated. France and Great Britain have applauded the strikes by the United States but also heightened risk of direct confrontation with Russia and Iran who support the al-Assad’s government. After the US led military strike, Russia announced that they would no longer share information about warplane missions over Syria. Russian President Vladi­mir Putin called for an immediate meeting of the U.N. Security Council and stated that U.S. missile strikes violated “the norms of international law, and under a far-fetched pretext.” President Trump stated that the air strikes were necessary and that the United States will seek “to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria. And also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.”

2. The Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, is headed for confirmation after Republicans changed the Senate’s voting rules to allow him be appointed to the high court over angry Democratic objections. Senate Democrats denounced the GOP’s use of what both sides dubbed the “nuclear option” to put Gorsuch on the court, calling it an epic power grab that would further corrode politics in Congress, the courts and the United States. Many Republicans have blamed Democrats for pushing them to it. Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York stated on the Senate floor Thursday that “We will sadly point to today as a turning point in the history of the Senate and the Supreme Court. Meanwhile Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, spoke saying that “this is going to be a chapter, a monumental event in the history of the Senate, not for the better but for the worse.” The rule the Republicans changed will affect how many votes a nominee needs for confirmation, will apply to all future Supreme Court candidates which mean bi-partisan agreement no longer needs to be as the ruling party in charge will be able to nominate and pass who they want as the opposition party won’t have the votes to stop it.

3. The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Devin Nunes, (R-CA) stated that he has stepped aside from leading a congressional investigation of Russian interference in last year’s U.S. presidential election, citing ethics complaints that he mishandled classified information. Nunes said in a statement that the accusations of ethics were without merit and that “the charges are entirely false and politically motivated and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power.” House Speaker Paul Ryan stated that GOP Representative Mike Conaway of Texas, with help from Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Representative Tom Rooney of Florida will temporarily take charge of the investigation.

4. Amazon announced plans to create more than 5,000 new part-time roles over the next year in Virtual Customer Service, a program in the company’s award-winning customer service organization that offers employees the flexibility to work from home as a customer service agent. These new Virtual Customer Service jobs are part of Amazon’s plans to hire more than 30,000 part-time roles over the next year, on top of more than 100,000 full-time, full-benefit jobs the company is creating in the U.S. over the next 18 months.

5. Thursday, a lawsuit has been filed which accuses Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of sexually molesting a teenage high-school dropout in the 1980s, and in interviews with The Seattle Times, two other men claim he abused them. The mayor denied the allegations through his personal spokesman Jeff Reading. Reading released a statement saying that “it is not a coincidence that this shakedown effort comes within weeks of the campaign filing deadline. These unsubstantiated assertions, dating back three decades, are categorically false.”

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