Republicans pull healthcare plan due to lack of support
Kenneth Edison, Managing Editor
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan pulled the GOP’s proposed healthcare bill on March 24 after failing to receive sufficient democratic or republican support.
According to CNN, the Freedom Caucus conservatives and moderates were unable to come to an agreement on the bill, as many of the Freedom Caucus conservatives believed that the bill kept too many aspects of Obamacare intact.
President Donald Trump blamed the bill’s failure on partisan squabbling, saying that “we had no Democratic support, I’ve been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we could do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode. It’s exploding right now.”
House democrats on the other hand celebrated the bill’s failure and used the opportunity to question the competence of the Trump administration.
“In my life, I have never seen an administration as incompetent as the one occupying the White House today,” said Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer. “Today we’ve learned they can’t count votes and they can’t close a deal. So much for the art of the deal.”
Anti-corruption protests break out in 100 Russian cities, police arrest opposition leader
Thousands of Russian citizens gathered on March 26 for anti-corruption protests in Moscow in what is the largest demonstration against President Vladimir Putin in five years.
According to the New York Times, Russian police arrested hundreds including opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, whose anti-corruption foundation helped organize similar demonstration in 99 other cities across Russia.
The Russian government had declared a ban on unsanctioned gatherings and all but 17 of the 100 total demonstrations were declared illegal.
Riot police and surveillance helicopters were deployed after protesters blocked police cars and traffic in the Moscow streets.
After scuffles between protesters and police, the protests began to slowly dissipate by Sunday evening.
Cincinnati nightclub shooting leaves one dead, 15 injured
Multiples shooters opened fire in the early morning on March 26 at the Cameo nightclub in Cincinnati, leaving 15 people injured and one dead.
According to CNN, witnesses reported hearing about 20 gunshots at around 1 a.m. in the crowded nightclub as the club’s DJ called out frantically for security.
Police believe that the shooting may have been the result of a dispute that occurred earlier on in the day, and made possible because multiple club-goers were able to sneak in guns. The police were also able to identify the slain man as 27 year-old O’Bryan Spikes.
According to CCN affiliate WXIX, Cameo has had a history with violent incidents, and several reports of assault were reported between 2014 and 2016.
As of Sunday afternoon Cincinnati law enforcement have not made any arrests, but are in the process of interviewing witnesses.