Gorsuch frustrates Democrats at confirmation hearing
During a 10-hour grilling from senators Tuesday, Judge Neil Gorsuch offered few hints as to his judicial philosophy, frustrating the Judiciary Committee’s Democrats in a polished and calm performance. Gorsuch — sprinkling his answers to the committee’s questions with “gosh” and “golly” and “goodness” — deftly dodged Democratic senators’ attempts to pin him down on abortion, the scope of the Second Amendment and the Citizens United campaign finance decision. The 49-year-old Colorado judge also repeatedly insisted he would maintain his independence from President Trump and said no one in the administration had asked him to promise to rule a certain way on cases once he got to the court–neutralizing one of Democrats’ main lines of attack against him.
Nunes Bypasses Dems, Gives Info to Trump
Our panel of experts weighs in on how House Intel Chair Rep. Devin Nunes got the information he revealed. Lawrence talks to former NSA General Counsel Rajesh De, former House Intel. Staffer Mieke Eoyang, and New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg.
White House won’t say whether Trump will present proof of wiretapping
At his daily briefing on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to say when or whether President Trump will present evidence for the claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, Barack Obama. In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on March 15, Trump promised “some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks” when he was asked about the claim.
Air strike kills more than 30 near Raqqa, Syrian Observatory says
An air strike that hit a school sheltering displaced people near the Islamic-State held Syrian city of Raqqa killed at least 33 people, a group that monitors the war said on Wednesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it believed the strike was carried out by the U.S.-led coalition forces fighting Islamic State in the area. Observatory activists counted at least 33 bodies at the site near the village of al-Mansoura, west of Raqqa, Observatory Director Rami Abdulrahman told Reuters.
4 Killed Including A Police Officer In Wisconsin
Police confirmed that the suspect was taken into custody. However, they did not release the names of the people involved and killed during the shootings in Wisconsin.
Father of Missing Tennessee Girl Holds On to Hope for Her Safe Return
It has been eight days since Elizabeth Thomas disappeared. Police and Thomas' family believe her teacher, Tad Cummins not only kidnapped the teen but that the pair may now be married.
Czech zoo saws off rhino horns to keep its animals safe
PRAGUE (AP) — A Czech zoo is taking no chances after the recent killing of a rhinoceros at a wildlife park near Paris by assailants who stole the animal's horn — the zoo has started to remove the horns from its 21 rhinos as a precaution.
Ex-Clinton staffer: 8,000 millennial Democrats have told our new group they want to run for office
On Election Day 2016, people vote at a polling place set up at the Kenter Canyon Elementary School in Los Angeles. A postelection political action committee founded by the email director of the Hillary Clinton campaign to encourage millennial Democrats to run for state and local offices reports that more than 8,000 people have taken the first step toward becoming candidates. Contacted by Yahoo News, Run for Something founder Amanda Litman explained what she thought was behind that astonishing number.
US suspects N Korea in $81 mn Bangladesh theft: report
US federal prosecutors suspect the North Korean government directed last year's theft of $81 million from Bangladesh's account at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, according to a media report Wednesday. Citing unnamed sources, The Wall Street Journal said prosecutors were developing cases showing Chinese middlemen helped the North Korean government orchestrate the enormous theft from the Bangladesh central bank. In February 2016, thieves transferred the funds from Bangladesh's account at the New York Fed to accounts in the Philippines using authenticated international bank access codes in the SWIFT system, not by hacking the bank.
Franken calls Gorsuch dissent in trucker case ‘absurd’
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken recalled his comedic past in a contentious exchange with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Tuesday during the judge’s confirmation hearing. Franken was questioning Gorsuch on the case of Alphonse Maddin, a trucker who was fired after his trailer broke down in subzero temperatures. Gorsuch concluded in a dissent that it wasn’t illegal for the company to fire Maddin for seeking safety, writing that “it might be fair to ask whether TransAm’s decision was a wise or kind one, but it’s not our job to answer questions like that.