sexta-feira, 7 de abril de 2017

THE WASHINGTON POST-U.S., Russia tensions rise after strike against Syria

The Russian Foreign Ministry called for an immediate meeting of the U.N. Security Council after President Vladi­mir Putin declared the U.S. attack a violation of international law. Russia also said it was suspending an agreement meant to minimize the risk of in-flight incidents between U.S. and Russian aircraft operating over Syria.
Officials said the United States was justified in targeting the Shayrat air base that was used to launch a chemical weapons attack that killed scores of men, women and children in Syria’s Idlib province Tuesday.
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It is not yet clear when President Trump decided to launch the strike or which countries were informed. Whatever the circumstances or rationale, China's president does not like surprise and the surprise U.S. military move is not going to be popular — at all.
The Daily 202
Was Trump’s attack on Syria the opening salvo of a broader campaign to topple Bashar al-Assad? Will Congress get a say? Here are the unknowns.
Some lawmakers of both parties want President Trump to ask Congress for authorization before using any more force in Syria.
The reaction from some of the president’s most ardent supporters online was fractured and furious: “This is not what we voted for,” one wrote.
The confirmation of Neil Gorsuch ends a year-long fight by Republicans and represents a major victory for President Trump. It also marks a significant accomplishment for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who refused to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee after Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016.
The new justice is likely to consider how voting rights should be protected and to weigh in on whether to expand the breadth of the Second Amendment. He may even cast the deciding vote in a major case on the separation of church and state.
The Fix
Unless Republicans want to blow up Senate rules even further, it's very likely that for the next two-ish years of this Congress, Trump's proposals will be dead on arrival in a severely partisan Senate.

The White House is considering an executive order instructing the Interior Department to reverse President Barack Obama's withdrawal of hundreds of millions of offshore acres from future drilling.
The driver escaped after plowing a stolen truck into a department store, leaving three dead and injuring a "large number" of people, police said.
The two active-duty Marines, one a noncommissioned officer and the other a junior enlisted Marine, had made demeaning comments about one of their enlisted leaders, said a Marine official.
The agency had demanded that the tech company release information to identify a vocal critic of President Trump. Twitter then filed a lawsuit to protest that order, saying that it violated the user's First Amendment right.
"I'm an American citizen,” Dyne Suh said in a video after the abrupt cancellation. “It stings."
After 12 years without an execution, Arkansas is expected to administration a flurry of lethal injections unmatched in modern U.S. history.
Based on her behavior, it appears she could have lived among the primates since she was an infant, police said.
The discovery suggests that atmospheres could exist around the millions of planets like this one, astronomers say.
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