Following a year long vacancy after the death of Antonin Scalia, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as a Supreme Court Judge. After the late Justice Scalia passed in February of 2016, Obama quickly nominated Merrick Garland for the vacancy but the congress blocked the nomination.
According to Politico, Gorsuch graduated from Columbia, Oxford and Harvard, where he was a classmate of former President Barrack Obama. Gorsuch is also said to hold somewhat conservative views, similar to Scalia, which should keep the bench similar to what it was before.
In order to pass the vote, Senate Republicans were forced to “go nuclear”, essentially changing the required votes for this nomination process and all nominations following from 60 votes to 51 votes.
Gorsuch is coming to table with a full plate as there are several cases that are tied, dead set at 4-4, that will see Gorsuch cast the deciding voting following a rehearing. In cases such as Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc v Pauley which consist of a preschool being denied federal aid for a playground because of their religious affiliation. Fox news has better coverage of the case awaiting Gorsuch here.
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Early Friday morning Syrian time United States launched 59 bombs on the Syrian airbase that is believed to have carried out the chemical attack in response to the chemical attacks that happened early this week in Syria. There are different accounts on how many bombs hit. A source from the US military says all but 1 bomb hit but a Russian news source said only 23 of the bombs hit.
In response to the chemical attack in Syria, an airstrike was targeted at a chemical warehouse that had sarin and It released into the air killing anybody who came in contact. According to different sources at least 80 people died and at least 20 were children.
The air strike early Apr. 7 killed 9 people including 4 children according to USA Today.
Syria’a biggest allies, Russia and Iran, have condemned the attacks. Russia has suspended an agreement that requires both sides to release their flight paths to avoid direct contact between US and Russia forces in the area. Iran has promised ” they will not be quiet” about the attack and both are calling it an act of aggression. Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, had planned to go to Russia earlier this week and according to Russia officials, the meeting will still take place.
Although America has bombed Syrian targets in the area before, this is the first time the airstrikes have targeted Basher Assad’s forces directly.
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