59 U.S. Missiles Launched at Syria, Bipartisan War Boners Raging, Russia Vows to Help Syria Protect Itself: A.M. Links
The U.S. launched more than 50 missiles at Syria Thursday night, basically on Donald Trump's whim. The strike was similar to what Barack Obama proposed in 2013, which Congress then opposed. Many of those same lawmakers, including Democrats, are now cheering the Trump administration's move, which marks the first direct American assault on Bashar al-Assad's government since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.
- According to the Russian Defense Ministry, only 23 out of 50 U.S. missiles hit their targets. Four Syrians were killed in the attack, six Syrian planes were destroyed, and one airport runway ruined. Russian officials also said they will help the Assad regime strengthen Syria's air defenses. The Syrian military, meanwhile, says that the U.S. is now a "partner" of groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS.
- Sen. Rand Paul condemned the bombing. "While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked," Paul said in a statement. "The President needs congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution, and I call on him to come to Congress for a proper debate," Paul said. "Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer, and Syria will be no different."
- Here's how Paul Ryan responded
This action in Syria was appropriate and just.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/oIlOT65zTC
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) April 7, 2017
- And here's Hillary Clinton voicing her support.
- Twitter is suing the U.S. government to avoid revealing the identity of an anonymous user who has posted Trump-critical statements and claims to work inside a government agency.
- A new Justice Department subcommittee will study "hate crimes."
- Liberal-leaning readers of science books "prefer basic sciences, such as physics, astronomy, and zoology, while conservatives prefer books on applied and commercial science, such as medicine, criminology, and geophysics," according to a new study.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will allow 23andMe to sell genetic tests that measure disease risk directly to consumers.