Here's why some view it as a "good thing":
- 31% said they don't want Obamacare repealed
- 29% supported the GOP's plan to repeal, but had issues with the AHCA replacement proposal
- 24% say Congressional Democrats are to blame for the bill not passing
- 33% say Congressional Republicans are to blame
- 28% blame Trump
U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik granted a request by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to temporarily block the city of Seattle from implementing a new law that allows drivers of ride-sharing companies — like Uber and Lyft — to unionize, reports Bloomberg.
The first of its kind, the law was passed in the Seattle city council back in December 2015, but was disputed by a series of organizations, including Uber and anti-union group Freedom Foundation. Uber's suit was tossed out of court in March, but scored a temporary victory when Lasnik determined that the measure would disrupt ride-hailing businesses in "fundamental and irreparable ways" and that it should be blocked until the case is settled.
The White House is pointing the finger at Barack Obama after the Assad regime carried out a chemical weapons attack today that has left at least 60 dead and more than 100 injured.
President Trump released a statement noting that the "heinous" attacks came after Obama "did nothing" to enforce his red line over chemical weapons in Syria:
"These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution."
Silence at State: Meanwhile Rex Tillerson declined to answer when reporters asked him about the attack, and a request for comment from the State Dept went unanswered. Tillerson and Nikki Haley shifted from the Obama-era protocol on Assad last week, saying the US would no longer prioritize removing the Syrian dictator from power.
A new Pew survey finds that 83% of Americans think the relationship between Trump and the news media is "unhealthy," and an additional 73% believe the tension between Trump and the media hinders their access to political news.
Who cares: These concerns were mutually shared across all demographics: Republicans and Democrats, men and women, and people from varied household income and education levels.
Why it matters: Americans think a symbiotic relationship between the President and the press is crucial in promoting democracy. A separate Pew study earlier this month found the majority of Americans feel that checks and balances are crucial in democracies and that new organizations should be free to criticize political leaders.
A new study reports 24 of 250 pregnant women with a Zika infection had a fetus or baby with birth defects related to the virus in 2016, per data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Zika infection can cause damage to the brains of developing fetuses, ranging from microcephaly and brain abnormalities to vision or hearing problems after birth. The CDC monitored 1000 mothers, mostly exposed to the virus during travel to other countries, living in 44 different states between January 15 and December 27, 2016.
Why it matters: This study suggests that Zika birth defects in the U.S. are higher than anticipated and shows the problem is no longer confined to the southern U.S. The report also found just 1 in 4 babies born to mothers with possible infection received brain imaging after birth to help diagnose defects, underscoring the need for healthcare providers not only to educate patients about Zika prevention but to provide clinical care.
One of the biggest losers in the immediate wake of the 2016 election was the Mexican peso, as investors feared that a a swift NAFTA renegotiation and other protectionist policies promised by Trump would hurt the Mexican economy most. But the peso has since reversed those losses, gaining more than 12% since inauguration day.
Data: Money.net; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios
Why it matters: Investors have realized that there are formidable institutional hurdles to the sort of radical reform of trade deals and the tax code that would hurt Mexico the most. The border adjustment tax favored by the president has little support in the Senate, while the Trump Administration has signaled through a lack of swift action on NAFTA reform that the president will judiciously use his broad powers on trade and tariffs.
Forbes sat down with Eric Trump, who called nepotism "kind of a factor of life" and spoke about the Trump siblings' relationship with their father, especially as it applies to their role in the family business.
- "We might be here because of nepotism, but we're not still here because of nepotism. You know, if we didn't do a good job, if we weren't competent, believe me, we wouldn't be in this spot."
- "He's a guy, no matter where it is, he expects people to perform. And if they're not performing, he kind of encourages them to go on their way. You know the one thing, Don, Ivanka and I never let him down really in any factor of life. And I think it's one of the reasons that we're as innately close as we are."
- "I don't know if he could have done the presidential thing four years ago. Certainly eight years ago, he couldn't have. I think we probably would have been too big of question marks for him. I think in so many of the deals that we've done...hopefully we earned our stripes. And I think that's ultimately why we're in the seat we're in."
Background: Pompliano, who is now a venture capitalist in North Carolina, claims he was fired by Snap after he complained internally that the company's user engagement numbers were far weaker than as represented. Moreover, he says Snap subsequently defamed him with prospective future employers. Snap disputes all of this as "scurrilous, publicity-seeking" allegations from a "disgruntled ex-employee," and believes the matter should be settled in arbitration.
Redacted: Pompliano's original complaint is heavily redacted, including any evidence of the alleged user metric malfeasance, although an unredacted version was filed with the court under seal. Snap is seeking to maintain that seal, arguing that public disclosure of the redacted information (even if untrue) would violate Pompliano's employment confidentiality agreements.
New development: Pompliano today filed a motion in favor of unsealing the full complaint, in advance of an April 17 hearing. His basic argument is that the user metric argument is an essential part of his termination narrative.
Moreover, Pompliano's attorney issued a statement which read, in part:
Since Snap would like the public to believe that these claims are baseless, you would expect it to be willing and able to quickly prove so. Instead, Snap has worked diligently to avoid presenting facts and truth. Due to this, today we are calling for Snap to voluntarily submit to an independent, third-party audit of its user metrics and data.
Snap has not yet responded to today's motion, saying that the company has not yet been served.
Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker resigned today after admitting that he released confidential information while speaking to a Medley Global Advisors analyst, per the NYT's Binyamin Appelbaum.
Lacker released details about the Fed's bond-buying program after a 2012 meeting to the Medley analyst, which he revealed in his resignation letter. The analyst "introduced into the conversation an important non-public detail about one of the policy options," and Lacker continued to share confidential information.