Russians Angry, Swedish Truck Attack
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Vol. 6, No.90
Bombing: The airstrike against Syria has caused a deterioration in the already tenuous relationship between the US and Russia. President Vladimir Putin called the airstrike an act of “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law.”
On only the 78th day of his presidency, Trump pulled the trigger on his first major military action. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “We are prepared to do more but we hope that will not be necessary,”
The US attacks probably killed any chances of cooperation with Russian in fighting the Islamic State. Russian authorities announced that they would help build up Syria’s air defenses to guard against future attacks. They cancelled a 2015 cooperative agreement to avoid in-flight confrontations between US and Russian warplanes over Syria. The risk of a direct collision between the US and Russia in Syria has “significantly increased” since the US missile strike, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
The administration gave no indication of whether there would be further attacks. “This action was very decisive, justified and proportional,” said spokesman Sean Spicer, “It sent a very strong signal not just to Syria, but throughout the world.”
President Trump has gathered praise from leaders around the world and from both Republican and Democratic leaders here at home. He has also been criticized for not getting congressional approval and for reversing his campaign promise not to get into deeper involvement with the Middle East.
Sweden: A man drove a stolen beer truck down a busy Stockholm shopping street yesterday, killing four people and injuring 15. The truck ended its run crashing through the front of a department store. The driver ran off, but the police arrested have arrested a man they believe is the suspect.
Advice and Consent: Senate Republicans voted yesterday to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, tilting the voting balance toward conservatism. At age 49, Gorsuch could serve 30 years or more. He will be sworn in on Monday.
It was a long-term victory for the Republicans, who refused to even consider President Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and changed the voting rules to overcome Democratic opposition. With other justices approaching retirement, President Trump and the Republicans might be able to shape Supreme Court decisions for decades to come.
Jobs: Employment grew by an anemic 98,000 jobs last month, surprising economists who anticipated the figure to be 180,000. Although the unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent, the lowest in almost 10 years, the low number of added jobs may be a sign of a slowing economy.
A weakness is in retail, which lost nearly 35,000 jobs last month as actual stores you can walk into lose business to the internet. Also buried in the statistics is a large number of people with part-time work who want full-time jobs.
Nation: After a wet and snowy winter, California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared the state’s drought officially over. A lot of green lawns were ripped out to meet water use quotas and Brown said in a statement, “The next drought could be around the corner. Conservation must remain a way of life.” — Rising conservative media star Tomi Lahren is suing her employer Glen Beck, claiming that she was wrongfully dismissed for saying she believes abortion should be allowed. Lahren was removed from in front of the camera at Beck’s The Blaze.
Breakup News: Actress Olivia Munn and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers have broken up after three years together. Now it’s even colder in Green Bay. — Actor David Schwimmer of the long-running sitcom “Friends” has split with his wife, Zoe Buckman, who is not as funny as Olivia Munn. — Former Spice Girl Mel B has filed salacious separation papers from her husband of nine years. She claims Stephen Belafonte beat her and forced her into threesomes with other women, none of whom has been identified as Olivia Munn.