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Terror Attack Near British Parliament and More in Politics Today

by Countable | 3.20.17

It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. London Attack: What We Know and Don’t Know

Four people were killed, including an attacker and a police officer, and 20 were wounded in a terror attack in London on Wednesday, the head of London’s Metropolitan Police counterterrorism unit said.

The driver of a large vehicle mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, which leads to Parliament, around 2:40 p.m. After the crash, at least one man left the vehicle and approached Parliament, where he fatally stabbed a police officer. The police then fatally shot the attacker.

Read more at The New York Times.

2. GOP health-care plan, facing conservative revolt, lacks the votes for House passage

The Republican health-care overhaul spearheaded by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.) and backed by President Trump suffered a significant setback Wednesday, as personal appeals by both the president and vice president failed to sway conservatives to back the bill.

Ryan, who hopes to bring the bill to the floor for a vote on Thursday, called opposition to the measure part of "the tempest of the legislative process" in a radio interview Wednesday morning with conservative host Hugh Hewitt. He did not rule out that further changes could be made to the bill to win additional votes. But the speaker warned that fulfilling those GOP demands would violate Senate budget rules and leave the bill vulnerable to a blockade by Democrats.

Read more at The Washington Post

Register your opinion with your legislators on the AHCA at Countable.

3. Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing

Senators are getting a second run at Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court.

Gorsuch faced questioning Tuesday from each member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 30 minutes. On Wednesday, the senators will each get 20 minutes for a second round of questions with the 10-year veteran of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Read more at The Hill.

4. Trump team communications captured by intelligence community surveillance, Nunes says

Members of the intelligence community "incidentally collected" communications from the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations of foreign targets, a top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday afternoon.

House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said this produced "dozens" of reports which eventually unmasked several individuals’ identities and were "widely disseminated."

He said none of the reports he had read mentioned Russia or Russians and he was unsure whether the surveillance occurred at Trump Tower -- as President Trump has suggested. Nunes also was unsure if then President-elect Trump was captured by the surveillance, which occurred in November, December and January.

Read more at Fox News.

5. House Oversight Committee requests all documents on Mike Flynn’s foreign contacts and payments

The House Oversight Committee wrote a letter to the Department of Defense Wednesday requesting any and all documents relating to Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn‘s business with foreign interests. In the letter addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis, the committee revealed that it was reviewing whether Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, had been fully transparent with his foreign dealings.

Read more at Salon.

— Asha Sanaker

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  • M
    03/22/2017
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    The fact that Nunes ran to the press and to trump before sharing any information with the house intelligence committee he chairs is proof positive we need an independent investigation.

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  • Ashton
    03/23/2017
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    you selfish people talking about other issues as if this is an open forum, can shut up. People died today in London. Instead of praying for their souls and the souls of the injured, you're complaining over something YOU CANT CHANGE. Start to recognize there are more important things than you. 🙏🏼bless the souls of the dead and let them live peacefully in heaven🙏🏼

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  • Matthew
    03/23/2017
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    Thoughts and prayers with the UK and the city of London. There are evil people out there looking to inflict serious harm on those who value freedom. It's time for action. Any one posting on this thread about AHCA, Russia, Nunes or Trump has no soul. Go to another thread while the rest of us stand with our greatest ally.

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  • JFCastillo
    03/22/2017
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    Is anyone confused as to why Democrats are sitting through the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch while Republicans rejected the nomination of Merrick Garland? Another confusion I believe speaker of the house, Paul Ryan, has is the difference between an affordable healthcare act and a disastrous act that will ensure the health of the few at the expense of the many.

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  • Starrpotts
    03/23/2017
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    A legitimate president's SCOTUS nominee was blocked unjustly. A treasonous president should not get to place an appointee. In addition to all the pro corporation, anti worker, women, LGBT stances Gorsuch has as flaws, there is this bigger issue. Don't even consider confirming any nominees until an independent investigation of the administration's Russia dealings has resolved.

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  • Robert
    03/23/2017
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    Nunez unprecedented briefing of the President about an ongoing investigation of the Presidential campaign shows a independent commission to investigate Trump and Russian interference is a must!

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  • The conservative
    03/23/2017
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    First of all, please pray for London. Second of all, this has NOTHING to do with Trump or Russia! This is an Islamic terrorist attack. Nothing to do with POTUS.

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  • VSB
    03/23/2017
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    Regarding item 2: GOP revolt on AHCA: the. changes the GOP made are not good ones. Removing requirements to cover prenatal care, substance abuse, mental health treatment to start is horrible. Pregnant women would have to cough up $15,000 or pay for an expensive insurance rider. This means we'll have fewer women receive prenatal care and it means more complicated deliveries with a higher mortality rate. Substance abuse cannot be addressed without substance abuse treatment and if that isn't available, all Americans will pay related to higher crime rates and increased incarcerations. Without mental health coverage, there will be higher Emergency room usage, which will raise hospitals costs. In all these instances Americans will pay. Please continue to oppose.

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  • Sally
    03/23/2017
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    My heart aches for everyone affected by another senseless act of destruction.

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  • Tyler.Liberty
    03/23/2017
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    Britain, please take a stand against terrorism. At least acknowledge it.

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  • Ashton
    03/23/2017
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    Everyone talking about Nunes and Russia need to leave. Find another place to throw a pity party. No one died because of Russia in the election or Nunes, however people died from an ISIS attack on our closest ally. You would get all upset it brits did this to us, so don't do it to them. Simple as that.

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  • Natalie
    03/23/2017
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    We need an independent investigation in Trump and his connections to Russia now!

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  • Claude
    03/23/2017
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    David Nunes is nothing more than a Trump puppet. We need independent group to investigate Russia and protect our elections

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  • Wendy
    03/23/2017
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    Extreme VETTING will surely help keep Brits safer

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  • Tilton
    03/23/2017
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    Let's stay vigilant for terrorist incursions, and support our allies in their fight against terrorist also. I think we need to work with our allies as completely as possible by not throwing money at the problems but rather coordinating our efforts!

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  • Djramos
    03/23/2017
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    We need an independent investigation and get nunes out of the picture. He is a shell for 45. It has now shown the world that the house investigation is non existent. He is making a laughing stock of our government to the world. You should be as embarrassed as I am.

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  • willwalley
    03/23/2017
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    Deepest prayers and condolences to the great nation of the United Kingdom and one of the world's most historic cities, London. It is another sad day in this chapter of history that we must grieve for victims of another Islamic terrorist attack. My prayers go out to London and any family affected by these horrendous events. God bless everyone.

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  • Hope
    03/23/2017
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    no offense, and i am praying for the london terror attack, but people died all over the world today and none of you are offering condolences and the news isn't reporting on it. so if people wanna talk about other stuff let them without getting all upset.

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  • Cherilee
    03/23/2017
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    Give support from USA to our ally.

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  • D'anna
    03/23/2017
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    You guys are making a mockery out of this country... grow a spine, put the adult pants on and do your jobs instead of kissing Trumps ass!!!! Your a disgrace

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