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After more than a year since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in today as the ninth Justice of the US Supreme Court.
Today's oath was administered, not by Chief Justice John Roberts, but fellow Justice Anthony Kennedy. President Trump explained, “It is a fitting testament to Justice Kennedy's impact that upon giving the oath to Justice Gorsuch, he will become the first ever Supreme Court justice to serve with one of his former law clerks.” Mark Joseph Stern, who reports on the court for Slate.com, says Gorsuch will soon cast a vote in a series of blockbuster cases.
Last week, President Trump stunned the world by striking Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles in retaliation for Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against his own people. Since then, American diplomats have made contradictory statements in the aftermath of the attack. Was it a "one-off" or is regime change the goal? And why has President Trump retaliated against Syria's use of chemical weapons — but not conventional weapons, which are just as deadly? America's G-7 allies are meeting in Italy to find a consensus for dealing with Syria -- and with Russia — the next stop for America's Secretary of State. Is it too soon for the "political solution" all sides claim to prefer, or will force be used in attempting to remove the Assad regime from power?
Steve Scherer, Reuters (@SchererSteve)
David Filipov, Washington Post (@davidfilipov)
Kareem Shaheen, Guardian (@kshaheen)
Alia Malek, journalist and civil rights attorney (@AliaMalek)
Bassam Rifai, Free Syrian PAC / Syrian American Council
Scherer on on G7 ministers looking to persuade Russia to abandon Syria's Assad
Washington Post on US-Russia hitting new low as Tillerson takes tough stance against Assad
Shaheen on Trump's defense of missile launch
Democrats see a chance to improve their numbers in Congress… starting tomorrow.
Democratic candidate for Congress in Georgia, Jon Ossoff (2nd L) with
Senator John Lewis, Congressman Hank Johnson and Mereda Davis Johnson
President Trump has appointed Congressman Ryan Zinke of Montana to be Secretary of the Interior, Tom Price of Georgia as Secretary of Health and Human Services and Mike Pompeo of Kansas to run the CIA. Even the Democratic Campaign Committee thought they'd all be easily replaceable by other Republicans — but it may not turn out that way. That's according to "Bad News," the daily newsletter from Ryan Grim, Washington Bureau Chief for the Huffington Post.
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Imprisoning our mentally ill? American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill. A murderer doing 20 years at New York’s Sing Sing prison works with schizophrenics serving 24 months for misdemeanors. He tells Warren that sick people should be treated outside. The Sheriff in Chicago says it’s not just inhumane but a waste of taxpayers’ money. How did we get here? What can be done?
Did Trump get conned by Kim? Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.
Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway? California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?
The politics of prison reform Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?
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