If Donald Trump has shown anything during his first eleven days in office, it’s that he’s a coward with no ideas of his own, who is more than happy to be a puppet for the true president of the United States: Steve Bannon. Sure, Trump acts like he’s in charge, but that’s because he’s too dumb to realize that Bannon is so obviously pulling the strings that he’s become a joke. [read full article on GQ.com] ~Jack Moore
April 5th, 1992 – just 3 days after I turned 6… I remember this day like it was yesterday. I had spaghetti for dinner that night. I remember my parents watching the news and having a frantic conversation. I asked my mom what was wrong and she said don’t worry about it as she tucked me and my almost 2 year old sister into bed. I felt uneasy because the sound of her voice that night was not the same comforting voice she always used when she put us to bed. Somehow I fell asleep anyway.
A couple of hours later I was woken up by sounds I had never heard before. My mother rushed into the room grabbed my sister and told me to run. I was confused, stunned, I couldn’t move. She yelled at me and I finally started running. We ran across our beautiful garden, the one full of beautiful roses that my mother tended to daily. I looked up and saw what looked like fire works but were instead bombs falling all over our beautiful neighborhood. That beautiful garden. We managed to make it to our neighbors basement where we would take cover for the next month or so. It seemed like forever. This was the start of the Sarajevo siege that lasted nearly 4 years. [read more]
President Trump on Tuesday nominated Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge in Denver, to fill the Supreme Court seat left open by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, elevating a jurist whose conservative-bent and originalist philosophy fit the mold of the man he would succeed. [read full article on NYTimes.com] ~Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Mark Landler
President Trump campaigned as a Washington outsider. But his first Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, has deep roots in the city and the establishment Mr. Trump often criticized. [read full article on NYTimes.com] ~Adam Liptak
It’s important to remember just how radical — and, yes, unprecedented — the Senate’s approach to the previous Supreme Court nominee was in refusing to consider an Obama nominee (or a Clinton nominee, according to rumors): Only a party that controlled both the White House and the Senate would now be able to assume it could fill a Supreme Court vacancy. The change is terribly damaging for the country’s political system. It impedes the smooth functioning of the court and makes it a much more partisan institution. [read full article on NYTimes.com] ~David Leonhardt
A 16-year-old Jordanian visa holder, who attends Katy High School west of Houston, has been detained by U.S. immigration officials for more than three days following President Trump’s controversial immigration executive order, according to his brother and an attorney representing the family. [read full article on Chron.com] ~Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle