04.07.2017

04.07.2017

Today’s Buzz features the airstrikes in Syria, the Interior Department’s celebration of coal, and sexual assault allegations against Seattle’s mayor. On this day in 1999, the WTO ruled in favor of the U.S. in its trade dispute with the European Union over bananas, so today’s buzz is all about bananas!

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Trump Orders Syria Airstrikes After ‘Assad Choked Out The Lives’ Of Civilians: “Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” the president announced from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., where he is meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. “It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”

The government is demanding to know who this Trump critic is. Twitter is suing to keep it a secret: Twitter filed a lawsuit Thursday to block an order from the Department of Homeland Security that seeks to reveal the user of an account who has been critical of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

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Senate Pulls ‘Nuclear’ Trigger To Ease Gorsuch Confirmation: This is how the Senate changes — not with a bang, but with a motion to overturn the ruling of the chair.

Interior Dept. agency changes website from family visiting park to a giant pile of coal: Even the smallest of symbolic details can’t escape the changes of life in Trump’s America. The government agency responsible for overseeing a staggering 258 million acres of land, including ecologically vital conservation areas, has changed the image on its homepage from a scenic park vista to a massive, tall pile of coal.

To Ease The Student Debt Crisis, Hold Colleges Responsible: The U.S. provides significant subsidies to students who wish to pursue a college education. Numerous studies have found that this is a wise investment both in terms of social factors and economic growth. But that investment doesn’t pay off for everyone: Roughly one out of every six student loans is expected to default over its lifetime, a situation that can create long-term financial problems for borrowers while leaving taxpayers on the hook for what amounts to billions of dollars in bad loans.

Local Gov Confidential

Lawsuit alleges Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sexually abused troubled teen in 1980s: A 46-year-old Kent man sued Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Thursday, claiming Murray “raped and molested him” over several years, beginning in 1986 when the man was a 15-year-old high-school dropout.

The World’s Most Elegant Public Transit Campaign: The Toronto Transit Commission and the National Ballet of Canada have the antidote to the depressing “If You See Something, Say Something.”

28 Seattle families getting kicked out as city shuts down Aurora Ave. motel: There will be 28 Seattle families that will become displaced when the city’s vacate order takes effect on the Aurora Avenue property where the Georgian Motel sits.

Plano police arrest samurai sword-wielding man wearing armor, cape: The department received reports of the armed man wandering near Independence Parkway and Vidalia Lane, south of Sam Rayburn Tollway, just before 10 a.m., Plano police spokesman David Tilley said.

Texas officials seek deeper cuts to therapy for disabled children: Feeling pressure from parents and advocates across Texas, House members on Thursday are considering substantial reinvestments into funding speech, physical and occupational therapies. Those services are crucial for children who, in many cases, wouldn’t otherwise be able to walk, talk or function as they grow to become adults.