As a result of the rule change and the Democratic invocation of the nuclear option for executive branch and lower-court nominees in 2013, all presidential nominees can now be confirmed with a simple majority vote. He said Republicans denied "the constitutional prerogative of a president with 11 months left in his term". They are angry over the Republican blockade past year of President Barack Obama's nominee for the same seat, Merrick Garland.
Officials have stated that Assad used chlorine mixed with a nerve agent, possibly sarin. Washington blamed the gas attack on Syrian government forces. Both the Syrian military and the Great Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll for the US military strikes at seven. "Mindful of the risk of escalation, I appeal for restraint to avoid any acts that could deepen the suffering of the Syrian people", he said in a statement Friday.
Former Democratic Senator Harry Reid went nuclear when he was Majority Leader on the vote threshold for cabinet nominees in order to help former President Barack Obama's cabinet pass be confirmed in 2013. His administration has also faced questions about any role his associates may have played in Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help Trump.
Crude futures settled higher for a third straight day, despite renewed concerns that a ramp up in USA crude production would dampened OPEC's efforts to reduce supply, after US crude inventories swelled to a record high on Wednesday. "Syria is not a big oil producer but it does potentially increase the risk of escalation in the whole region", said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney.
Gorsuch, a conservative appellate judge from Colorado chosen by President Donald Trump, is expected to be confirmed Friday after another round of debate. Merkley, who launched an all-night protest on the Senate floor Tuesday in opposition to Gorsuch's nomination, said in tweets that "the dark deed is done".
The death toll from Monday's blast on the St Petersburg subway has risen to 14, Russia's health minister has said. St. Petersburg was already on high alert after an explosion between two subway stations Monday killed 14 people and injured dozens others.
Kim Hong-kyun (L), South Korea's chief envoy on North Korea issues, poses for a photo with his United States and Japanese counterparts, Joseph Yun (C) and Kenji Kanasugi (R), during a meeting in Washington on February 27, 2017. North Korea is now a "strategic liability for China" and could disrupt the stability in the region, the White House has said after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan.
Actually, it was an acknowledgement that they didn't need it at that point. Republicans on Thursday overcame a ferocious Democratic effort to prevent a vote by resorting to a Senate rule change known as the "nuclear option". "With this vote, Angus King has proven he sides with the extreme liberals in the Democratic Party and against common sense governing", LePage wrote on his Facebook page.
The move triggered Republicans to impose a historic rules change to get Gorsuch to America's highest court. "When history weighs what happened, the responsibility for changing the rules will fall on the Republicans and Leader McConnell's shoulders", he said .
Montgomery insiders, including Henry and GOP Rep. Corey Harbison, have speculated that Bentley might resign rather than go down as the only Alabama governor to be impeached. According to AL.com, Mason moved from the governor's office to Bentley's reelection campaign in 2013, working through her private consulting firm, RCM Communications.
Authorities in Johnston, South Carolina, a town of 2,300 that calls itself The Peach Capital of The World, reported a possible tornado there damaged about a dozen buildings. Patrons leave the course at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia as inclement weather canceled the traditional Par-3 Contest kicking off The Masters golf tournament.
But the party seems adrift and divided for now over how to reshape it to attract enough votes to muscle it through the chamber. A White House official said progress is being made and all sides are talking, but offered no timetable for a handshake that would allow stalled Republican legislation to advance.
Marsh says the governor is unable to lead on important issues in the state such as education and prison legislation. Byrne said the RGA reimbursed the governor's campaign account and the governor wrote a check the next day to the state.
The Chinese economy is growing more slowly than before, and Xinhua pointed out the strong economic ties between the world's two biggest economies, as a reminder perhaps that the United States has a lot to lose in any trade war between the two.
He used the Civil Rights Act as a basis for his case and believes the new ruling could have impact in Pennsylvania, where there's no law banning LGBT discrimination at work or in housing. This is a historic ruling, given that the full court reviewed the case, Hively v. Ivy Tech, en banc . "Today's ruling is a monumental victory for fairness in the workplace, and for the dignity of lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans who may live in fear of losing their job based on whom they love".
Spieth's big number was far from the only one in Thursday's hard conditions, with the wind sending ripples through Rae's Creek - and the leaderboard. "But it was nice to make a 3 there and then capture (a birdie) 4 at the next". Australian world number three Jason Day is also among the top contenders for the title along with 2015 Masters champion Jordan Spieth. "I would have slid all the way down", Johnson said.
Meanwhile, Ivanka Trump has a stake in Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. that's worth between $5 million and $25 million. According to Mr Kushner's financial disclosures , Ms Trump earned between $1m and $5m from the hotel between January 2016 and March 2017.
Toomey added: "I joined with Republican colleagues and we voted to change the rules, and now the rules require a simple majority and tomorrow we will vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court". Any minute now, though, Republicans in the Senate are expected to change the rules and lower that threshold. This issue is a favorite of conservatives and Gorsuch's beliefs align with those of Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas .
A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns , consisted of two panels to provide a foundational understanding of Russian active measures and information operations campaigns. Russian Federation tried to hijack the U.S. democratic process, says a senator investigating alleged interference in the USA election. Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has stated emphatically that his committee is focused on fully pursuing the matter of Russian medding in the ...
Defense attorney Jose Baez enters one last piece of evidence before resting his case during former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's double murder trial in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, We. He said that about two hours after he and Hernandez left the club that night, he was driving when Hernandez saw Furtado and de Abreu stopped at a red light.
All 52 Republicans voted to change the rules, with all 48 Democrats voting against it. Gorsuch is expected to win confirmation Friday and be sworn in soon after to hear the final cases of the term. Cloture - the procedural motion to end a filibuster - was attempted for the first time on a nominee in 1968 after President Lyndon Johnson tapped Abe Fortas as chief justice of the US, according to the Congressional Research Service.
McMaster, referring to Moscow's apparent inability to prevent the Syrian government from using chemical weapons earlier this week despite a 2013 agreement to remove them from the country. It was unclear how fast the president planned to decide and implement a response, according to the official, who insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the sensitive planning.
The Baltimore consent decree was hammered out between city officials and the Justice Department in the final days of the administration of former President Barack Obama after a federal investigation found widespread constitutional violations, particularly in the way that police treated minorities.
If the state House voted in favor of impeachment, Bentley would face a trial in the state Senate. On Wednesday, April 5, a state ethics commission said Bentley, whom local media has christened the "Luv Guv", may have violated campaign finance laws.
MARTIN: What is happening at this moment? The optimist would hope that this is the last nuclear trigger that's pulled and that the 60-vote threshold on legislation is safe. "It's to steer back to the middle, and get a more mainstream candidate". "In a post-nuclear world", said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, "there's no incentive to even speak to the Senate minority".
According to California data, the state has not increased the gas tax in 23 years, and since then the state's population has added eight million new residents, which translates into more vehicles on the roads. " SB 1 updates an obsolete revenue system that fell behind the spiraling maintenance demands of more than 357,000 lane miles of state, city, and county roads".
After a call to order, opening prayer, and a brief discussion of old and new business, the commission entered executive session. If she is a lobbyist, she has violated the law by failing to register and file reports. But the rumored sex scandal, which came to light near the start of Bentley's second term, has evaporated much of his goodwill with voters. The commission found probable cause that Bentley used public resources, including "subordinate personnel, equipment and time all under his ...
Baltimore Solicitor David Ralph said Thursday that the plan was created to help police fight crime while also protecting residents' rights and repairing trust between the community and the department. According to the report, Baltimore Police Commissioner on Tuesday called the DOJ's move as unnecessary and "without a whole lot of justification". "We believe there are reforms needed".
Documents in the lawsuit were not yet available via the King County Superior Court's online record system as of Thursday afternoon. He alleged in his interview with the Times that Murray continued to pay him for the next four to five years, at least 50 times .
Thursday morning's big news story was House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes' decision to temporarily step down from his committee's probe of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Questions were raised about Nunes' relationship with the Trump Administration last month after he went to the White House to review documents he says showed that communication between members of Trump's transition team had been picked up in surveillance.
No one else has managed to go lower than 1-under par . Augusta National chairman Billy Payne addressed the massive gallery, telling them it was a morning of unbearable sadness. The conditions made the course so tough on Thursday that Spieth had plenty of time to recover. He birdied eight of the next 12 holes, including four in a row beginning at the 14th.
A bill that would see Texas men fined $100 (£82) for masturbating has taken a step closer to becoming law after it received its first reading in the state's House of Representatives. Another provision in the bill would create an informational packet called "A Man's Right to Know", similar to a current proposal requiring doctors provide women seeking abortions with a pamphlet called "A Woman's Right To Know".
But he told U.S. District Judge Kevin K. Bredar - who denied his request earlier this week to postpone Thursday's hearing for three months - that his office still wants to reevaluate the consent agreement. "I think we were heading to a fatality", Manship said. "It'll make us better, it'll make the city better, it'll make our relationships with the community better".
ICE says most of those arrested in the latest sweep now have either pending deportations or will be deported once their charges have run the course through local or federal court systems. Blumenthal's Protecting Sensitive Locations Act would restrict immigration agents from making arrests at sensitive locations unless ICE agents have prior approval from a supervisor or it is a case involving terrorism, an imminent risk of violence, or the arrest of a risky felon .
The statement came after The Washington Post reported that the Trump administration sought to block Yates' testimony before Congress, citing a Justice Department letter to Yates' attorney that said Yates' communications with the White House counsel "are likely covered by the presidential communications privilege ".