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April 10 · Issue #14 · View online
1/ The Aftermath of Trump's First Well-Publicized Airstrike
While some felt a small sense of patriotism in the airstrikes of a Syrian airfield after the horrendous chemical attacks last week, the complexities of the situation quickly presented themselves as tensions escalated between the U.S. and Russia/other countries backing the Al-Assad regime.
The United States has officially attacked Syria
Donald Trump's Syria Airstrike Prompts Calls Of Hypocrisy As Refugee Ban Remains In Place
President Trump sees pushback from far-right supporters over U.S. airstrike in Syria
2/ Neil Gorsuch To Be Sworn In As Justice of the Supreme Court
In a week of news consumed with chemical attacks and airstrikes, the media was distracted from the final vote in the Senate to confirm Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Today he will be sworn in filling the vacancy from Justice Antonin Scalia.
In the process, Republicans invoked the so-called “nuclear option” that prevented Democrats from stopping the nomination with a filibuster. This simply means that filibusters cannot stop a vote for a Supreme Court nomination and that instead of that vote needing 60 votes, it only needs 51 (aka a simple majority).
Senate confirms Gorsuch to Supreme Court
The general consensus is that this is bad - as it means that more ideologically radical appointees can more easily be nominated. However, it is also called the “nuclear option” because it was at the end of the line of a decade’s long fight between parties, as described by the New York Times:
It would be an expansion of a precedent set by Democrats in 2013 when they had a Senate majority and used the nuclear option to eliminate some other types of filibusters. Both parties have been engaged in a tit-for-tat escalation of partisan warfare over judgeships for a generation, from the Senate’s defeat of President Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court in 1987 through its refusal to take up President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick B. Garland last year. 
3/ Trump Administration: The Family Vs. The Ideology
A series of events over the last week have painted a picture of the White House that is a tense showdown between the ideological base of the Trump movement in Steve Banon, and the close family ties and more traditional allies of team Trump (hint: Trump picks family 99% of the time)
Bannon and Kushner hold sit-down in attempt to bury the hatchet
Remains of the Weekend
How Jeff Sessions wants to bring back the war on drugs
The price of a North Korean cell phone,
Fake holidays = real money
Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel
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