But first, a pronunciation: Now that Beto O’Rourke is officially running for president, it’s time to start saying his name right. It’s BEH-toe.
Republicans are probably hiding from Trump right now
In a big-time rebuke to President Donald Trump, the GOP-controlled Senate on Thursday blocked the president’s declared national emergency on the southern border. A dozen Republicans joined Democrats to back a resolution rescinding Trump’s declaration meant to secure more than $6 billion for his border wall. Trump vowed to use veto power —for the first time — to kill the resolution, which passed the House last month. There’s likely not enough opposition to override that veto. But the Senate’s move was nevertheless a big political setback for the White House, which had lobbied hard to keep Republicans in line.
Parents scammed? Now students sue.
Two Stanford University students are suing schools tied to a college admission case involving parents who allegedly bribed to get their kids into top universities. In a class-action suit, the two say they were denied a fair chance at admission, and that their Stanford degrees have been devalued by criminal racketeering charges. The federal complaint names Stanford, University of Southern California, Yale and others and seeks certification to include any person who applied to these schools between 2012 and 2018.
The Mueller report’s coming. Will we see it?
The Senate blocked a measure Thursday that demanded special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election be made public. Just hours earlier, the House unanimously voted in support of the measure, with a vote of 420-0, urging for the release of “any report” Mueller provides to Attorney General William Barr, except bits prohibited by law. They also insisted Congress receive the whole thing. The votes came amid signs that Mueller’s two-year investigation into Trump and Russia could be coming to an end.
Their gun was used at Sandy Hook. Now they can be sued, court says.
The maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can be sued over marketing of the gun, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday. A federal law protecting gunmakers from liability around crimes doesn’t apply in a lawsuit naming Remington, which makes the Bushmaster rifle used in the shooting, the court ruled. Plaintiffs, including a survivor of the shooting, said Remington glorified the AR-15-style rifle in marketing it to young people. Remington denied wrongdoing and insisted it can’t be sued under federal law.
Brexit is burning (still).
British lawmakers sought to delay Brexit Thursday after months of deadlock and crisis over Britain’s deal to depart from the European Union. The 412 to 202 vote came on the heels of an attempt to block the country from leaving the EU on March 29 without a formal withdrawal agreement. The delay, though it passed Parliament, still needs approval by the EU’s 27 other members.
Like two pi(e)s in a pod
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