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When it came time Thursday morning for Democratic senators to force the hand of their Republican colleagues, compelling them to employ the “nuclear option” to blow up the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees, Sen. Chris Coons looked physically ill. As the senator from Delaware’s name was called during a vote to end debate on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the high court, Coons grimaced before voting “no,” along with all of his Democratic colleagues. On the other side of the aisle, 52 Republicans proceeded to vote in favor of doing away with the judicial filibuster, clearing the way for Gorsuch to be confirmed with a simple majority vote.
The secretary of state said Thursday that there is “no doubt” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the suspected chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of people, including children, earlier this week.
The Arizona Republican bemoaned the state of the Senate on Thursday as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked the so-called nuclear option in order to push through the Democratic filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Joseph Fox, the chief of NYPD’s transit bureau, took President Trump’s Wednesday confession that he used to ride between subway cars during his school years as an opportunity to remind commuters to stay safe.
North Korea rarely misses an opportunity to conduct banned missile tests to coincide with high-profile world events at which the impoverished yet nuclear-armed country is likely to be discussed. On Wednesday, it fired a missile a day before the first meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. North Korea is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls U.S. hostility.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley received an icy reception at the Women in the World summit in New York City Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Haley had delivered a harsh critique of the Russian government and its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council following this week’s deadly chemical attack on Syrian civilians.
A suspected chemical attack in a town in Syria’s rebel-held northern Idlib province killed dozens of people on Tuesday, opposition activists said, describing the attack as among the worst in the country’s six-year civil war. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group put the death toll from the gas attack at 58, saying there were 11 children among the dead. Meanwhile, the Idlib Media Center said dozens of people had been killed.
The White House announced on Wednesday that chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his position on the Principals Committee of the National Security Council. White House officials explained the move as part of a planned “realignment” of the NSC, which is a group of top officials that advises the president on national security and foreign policy. Bannon became the chief executive of Trump’s presidential campaign last August.
President Trump is defending Bill O’Reilly following a report that the Fox News host and his network reached settlements with five women who had accused him of harassment. “I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” Trump said Tuesday in an interview with the New York Times. The paper, which Trump has often described as “failing,” reported over the weekend that O’Reilly and the cable news network paid about $13 million to five women who had accused the “O’Reilly Factor” host of sexual harassment and verbal abuse.