5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Health-care bill blame game begins

  • 1 dead, 14 injured in Cincinnati nightclub shooting

  • At least 200 anti-corruption demonstrators arrested in Russia

  • U.S. military acknowledges Mosul airstrike with alleged high civilian casualties

  • Final Four set for NCAA men's basketball tournament

Following Friday's canceled vote on the American Health Care Act, the GOP plan to reform ObamaCare which failed significantly because of intra-party opposition, the finger pointing has begun. President Trump has blamed Democratic leadership and, to a lesser extent, the House Freedom Caucus that organized conservative resistance in Congress. Privately, he is believed to share the critique of House Speaker Paul Ryan's leadership which other Republicans have begun to publicly level. Outside of Washington, the AHCA was generally unpopular, but its demise — coupled with Trump's assertions that ObamaCare will now "explode" on its own — has produced widespread uncertainty.

Source: The New York Times, The Washington Post

At least one person is dead and another 14 injured after gunfire broke out in a Cincinnati, Ohio, nightclub around 1 a.m. local time on Sunday. Police are actively investigating the incident at the Cameo Night Club and say they have no reason to suspect terrorism. "It's a large and complicated homicide scene," said Cincinnati Police Department Sgt. Eric Franz. "At this point we have multiple witnesses we're interviewing and we have nobody in custody." Early reports suggested multiple shooters, but police later indicated there may be just a single attacker. Several victims are undergoing emergency surgery.

Source: CNN, ABC News

At least 200 people were arrested in Moscow, local authorities reported, after taking part in one of multiple unsanctioned protests against Russian government corruption on Sunday. The crowd in Moscow's Pushkin Square was estimated to be about 7,000 people who gathered under the leadership of Alexei Navalny, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Navalny was among those arrested. His Foundation for Fighting Corruption organized the rallies, which took place in cities across Russia, after publishing information alleging Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lives in luxury his public service salary could not possibly provide. Russian state media did not cover the protests, which are the largest anti-government demonstrations in Russia since allegations of a tainted parliamentary election stoked dissatisfaction in 2011 and 2012.

Source: BBC News, The Associated Press

The U.S. military on Saturday took responsibility for a March 17 airstrike in the Islamic State-occupied portion of Mosul, Iraq, that is alleged to have killed as many as 200 civilians. The strike is part of a pattern of high civilian casualties which led U.S.-supported Iraqi troops to announce a pause in their assault on Mosul to reassess tactics. U.S. Central Command has launched an investigation into "the validity of the allegation of civilian casualties." If local reports are accurate, this strike would be the single "greatest loss of civilian life since the United States began strikes" against ISIS in 2014, The Washington Post reports.

Source: The Hill, The Washington Post

Oregon, Gonzaga, South Carolina, and North Carolina will play in the 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament Final Four Saturday in Glendale, Arizona. For the first time in program history, Gonzaga, the No. 1 seed in the West, will appear in the Final Four, after beating No. 11 Xavier in the Elite 8. Oregon is playing in its first Final Four since the inaugural tournament in 1939; Oregon, the No. 3 team in the Midwest, defeated No. 1 Kansas in the Elite 8. South Carolina, the No. 7 seed in the East, beat No. 4 Florida in the Elite 8, and is making the team's first Final Four appearance, while the No. 1 team in the South, North Carolina, was victorious over No. 2 Kentucky in the Elite 8.

Source: Cleveland.com
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