Terror in Sri Lanka
Yesterday close to 300 people were killed and 500 more were injured during a bombing attack on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. The seven suicide bombers targeted Christian churches on Easter Sunday one of the biggest days of worship in the religion.
Today, President Maithripala Sirisena granted powers to the nation’s military to arrest and detain anyone connected to the attacks. The government also issued a curfew for the nations residence which will go into effect tonight at midnight. So far, 24 people have been arrested.
Just a day later, officials are still trying to keep the nation safe. Today there were a reported 87 detonators found in a bus station at the capital. A van parked outside one of the churches attacked has also exploded as officials tried diffusing the bombs inside. At the nation’s international airport an unexploded device was found also.
Officials are confirming that a terrorist group called the National Thowheeth Jama’ath may be responsible for the attacks. The more troubling news is that they also have speculated that the terrorist organization may have had help from a bigger network like Isis or Al Qaeda. It’s also been reported that the Sri Lankan government was warned about the potential attack ten days prior to it happening.
As far as opinions go on this tragedy mine is probably going to be what you hear a lot of. Those responsible for this attack are cowards and monsters. To kill innocent men, women and children that were in those catholic churches and the hotels on a day of worship for so many across the world is beyond horrific.
I hope those responsible are caught and I hope they’re brought to justice.
And I hope they burn for it.
President Trump sues Elijah Cummings
Today President Trump filed a lawsuit against House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings in order to stop a subpoena to Mazars USA, a company that handles the president’s taxes. In the lawsuit, the president’s lawyers ask for an order to block Cumming’s request for eight years’ worth of the president’s taxes.
“We will not allow congressional presidential harassment to go unanswered,” Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said in a statement Monday.
However, this isn’t harassment as there is legal cause to look into his business doings. The committee that Cummings is the chairmen of is investigating President Trump and his business dealings based off of a testimony given by Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and fixer. Cohen has alleged that the president inflated and deflated his assets for personal gain, this includes a potential bid to buy the Buffalo Bills.
This all begs the question what is the president hiding that he doesn’t want anyone to see his taxes? He could easily score a political win if he released his taxes and it showed that they were clear. Since he’s willing to fight tooth and nail on this subject it all seems fishy.
The American people have a right to know where the president’s interests lie and if President Trump can’t establish that then he’s lost their favor. He can’t keep saying that this is presidential harassment because sooner or later people will get fed up and want answers.
Just show your taxes and all of it goes away (if you’re clean).
Joe Biden 2020
It’s been rumored that former Vice President Joe Biden will finally announce a bid at the 2020 presidential nomination for the democratic party. It was reported by the New York Times that the former vice president had begun accepting donations for his campaign three days ago, urging donors to send sizable checks to a Democratic consulting firm in Virginia.
While he has said several times during the course of 2019 that he would be announcing his decision soon, he’s pushed the deadline back on a few occasions. This time, it’s been speculated that he would announce his bid on Wednesday in Virginia at Charlottesville which has been a catalyst for change among many in the democratic party. However, it was later confirmed that this information was incorrect, and that Biden would not announce his bid there.
Biden was once a front runner for a race he hadn’t entered yet, holding 32 percent of support among democrat voters. However, in a new poll conducted by The University of New Hampshire Granite State, it seems that support for Biden has slipped to 18 percent while Representative Bernie Sanders commands 30 percent of the vote and the lead.
Personally, I believe the field of candidates is growing too large to have any rational discussion on who could win the presidential bid. The Democratic party is becoming bloated and the more candidates that announce bids for the presidency there are, the more diluted the party’s message becomes. The primaries will be a blood bath if any more candidates decide to run.
I don’t think anyone will make it out on top clean.
The White House Correspondents Dinner
I wanted to end this briefing with a smaller story which is more or less a rant.
This weekend will be the first Correspondents Dinner without a comedian hosting it. After many, including President Trump and his administration, criticized Michelle Wolfe and her outstanding job as the host last year, the organization running it decided they would no longer invite a comedian to host it.
I think it was a weak move by the organization which backed down and let the Trump administration bully another organization into falling in line with them. People need to speak truth to power and people need to laugh at themselves and the horrible things they’ve had to report on or see this year. By not allowing a comedian from hosting, they’ve taken this away.
They let President Trump, the person they are supposed to keep in check as the fourth estate, win.
That’s it for this briefing, if I missed anything or you would like to start a discussion as always leave a comment below. Until then, have a good night and a great rest of the week.