7 things to know now: U.S. attack on Syria; Gorsuch nomination; Clinton not running for office
In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launches a tomahawk land attack missile in the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, April 7, 2017. The United States blasted a Syrian air base with a barrage of cruise missiles in fiery retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via AP)
By Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
April 7, 2017
Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.
What to know now:
1. U.S. attacks Syria: Six people were killed and an air base severely damaged after the United States launched an attack on Syrian Thursday. The bombing of the base came in retaliation for a chemical attack allegedly ordered by President Bashar Assad. President Donald Trump ordered the Tomahawk missile strike against the Syrian air base where planes that delivered the chemical attack that killed at least 80 Syrian civilians had taken off. Russia has condemned the air strike, while other nations welcomed the U.S. action.
2. Gorsuch confirmation: Judge Neil Gorsuch is set to be confirmed as the next justice on the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday. On Thursday, Senate Republicans triggered what was called the "nuclear option" to change the rules of the Senate to end debate and allow for Gorsuch's nomination to move forward for a vote. The vote for confirmation is a simple majority vote. Republicans have 52 seats in the Senate. Gorsuch will take the seat of the late Antonin Scalia.
3. Look out for Jupiter: See a bright light in the sky Friday and it is likely the planet Jupiter. Star gazers will be able to see the planet with the naked eye. It will climb in the eastern sky.
4. Nunes stepping away: Republican Rep. Devin Nunes announced Thursday he would step aside from leading the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. "Several left-wing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics. The charges are entirely false and politically motivated and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power," Nunes said in a statement.
5. No more for Hillary: Hillary Clinton says she has no plans to run for elected office, but does intend to help Democrats regain control of Congress in the mid-term elections. Clinton, speaking at the Women in the World Summit in New York Thursday, said "The aftermath of the election was so devastating. I had to make up my mind I was going to get out of bed, yes; I was going to take walks in the woods, yes." Clinton said time has helped her gain perspective, and that "As a person, I'm OK. As an American, I'm pretty worried."
And one more
Comedian Don Rickles, who made his living as an "insult comic," died Thursday. Rickles was a stand-up comedian who quickly learned that his sharp responses to those heckling his act was funnier than his stage material. He went for the insults and enjoyed a career that spanned more than 60 years. He was 90.