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Attack at Ohio State University, Corps Won’t Remove DAPL Protesters and More You Missed 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. "At least 10 injured in Ohio State University attack; suspect dead"

"A young man deliberately rammed students with a car on the campus of Ohio State University and then jumped out to stab them on Monday morning, setting off a campus-wide lockdown and a mass active shooter alert, officials said. The man was quickly shot dead by a campus officer nearby… Ohio officials said it appears this is possibly an act of terrorism, and the FBI and ATF have been sent in to help investigate."

"At least 10 people were wounded during the incident, with one person in critical condition. All of the injured appear to have either stabbing or blunt trauma wounds, said Andrew Thomas, the chief medical officer at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center."

Read more at CBS News.

2. "Corps won’t forcibly remove protesters from federal land"

"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has “no plans for forcible removal" of protesters who have been camping in North Dakota to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline... The Corps says in a statement that it “is seeking a peaceful and orderly transition to a safer location.”

The Corps told tribal leaders that it would close federal lands north of the Cannonball River from public access over "safety concerns" on Dec. 5. “The agency says those who choose to stay do so at their own risk. The Corps says anyone on the property north of the Cannonball River after that date will be trespassing and subject to prosecution… The land to be closed includes the main protest camp, about 50 miles south of Bismarck.”

Read more at The Associated Press.

3. "Wisconsin rejects hand recount mandate"

"The Wisconsin Elections Commission set a timetable Monday for a recount of the presidential election but rejected a request to require a count by hand made by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who quickly responded that she would sue."

Federal law requires that all questions over the outcome of a presidential election be decided within 35 days of the election so as not to interfere with the work of the Electoral College. The recount is expected to conclude on December 13, just six days before the Electoral College meets.

Read more at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

4. "Michigan certifies Donald Trump as winner of state’s presidential race"

Just shy of three weeks after Election Day, Donald Trump was formally declared the winner of Michigan, becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to win the state since George H.W. Bush in 1988.

"Trump won the state by 10,704 votes -- a mere two-tenths of a percentage point -- the tightest presidential race in the state’s almost 200-year history. The result pushes Donald Trump’s total to 306 electoral votes to 232 electoral votes for Hillary Clinton."

Read more at ABC News.

5. "Nearly 10,000 civilians flee east Aleppo: monitor"

"Nearly 10,000 civilians have fled battered eastern Aleppo towards government-held districts and the Kurdish-controlled neighbourhood of Sheikh Maksoud, a monitoring group said Sunday."

"Government forces retook six rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo over the weekend, forcing huge numbers of civilians to flee as they pressed their offensive SUnday to retake Syria’s second city."

Read more at Yahoo! News (via AFP).

— Eric Revell
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