Dems Line Up Enough Votes To Filibuster Gorsuch
Democrats have enough votes to filibuster President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and force Republicans to use the “nuclear option.” Delaware’s Chris Coons put Democrats over the magic number of 41. A filibuster requires Republicans to hit a 60 vote threshold to move Gorsuch’s nomination forward. Republicans can move to change Senate rules to get around the filibuster, later this week. That is known as a “nuclear option” because it could further poison the toxic partisan climate in the Senate.
Cosby Case Back In Court Today
Bill Cosby’s sex assault case returns to court today in Pennsylvania. Cosby’s lawyers are looking to have strict jury-selection rules imposed, including the ability to strike more potential jurors than is normally allowed. The trial is set to begin June 5th and jurors will have to travel 300 miles from the Pittsburgh area as part of a defense effort to seat an impartial jury. Cosby is accused of drugging and assaulting a woman in 2005. It’s the only accusation out of dozens against the comedian that is recent enough to prosecute.
North Carolina, Gonzaga Set For National Championship
It’s a big sports day. East meets West in the NCAA Tournament tonight. Top-Seeds North Carolina and Gonzaga will face off in the college basketball National Championship game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Meanwhile, baseball season is underway. There are 12 games on the schedule today.
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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.