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The Senate delivers a rebuke to the president; rescue operations stop following a building collapse in Nigeria.
Trump headed for his first presidential veto
- The Senate passed a resolution on Thursday to reject President Trump’s emergency declaration at the southern border, setting up what will be the first veto from the White House. Trump has framed the move as a desertion by GOP members to support Democrats (12 Republicans crossed party lines to reject the emergency declaration). [NYT / Emily Cochrane and Glenn Thrush]
- Briefly, Trump’s plan was to redirect $6.7 billion in allocated funds to build a wall on the US-Mexico border as a foolproof immigration solution. It’s unprecedented that a president would use executive powers to interfere with Congress’s spending powers, inherently threatening the system of checks and balances. [WSJ / Natalie Andrews and Kristina Peterson]
- “VETO!” Trump tweeted after the vote. It’s a blow to the White House — and it won’t be Trump’s only veto. The president has also promised to reject legislation both the Senate and the House passed to pull the US out of the Saudi-led war in Yemen. [Politico / Marianne LeVine]
- Trump declared the emergency on February 15, angering Congress for challenging its “power of the purse.” It’s also likely Trump will face lawsuits for his use of emergency powers, but he insists he’ll win any case brought against him. [NPR / Susan Davis]
- Congress is also insisting there’s no national security crisis at the southern border, despite Trump’s rhetoric regarding terrorism, drugs, and sexual assault in his attempts to claim an immigration disaster worthy of executive action. Reports from government agencies actually refute many of Trump’s claims and show these so-called dangers are false or out of proportion. [Politico Magazine / Gen. Michael Hayden and Matthew G. Olsen]
- But is the vote moot? Neither the House nor the Senate has enough votes to achieve the two-thirds majority to override the veto. At the last minute before the vote, Trump expressed that he was open to evaluating his emergency powers — which may draw some Republican senators back to his base to discuss executive checks on Congress. The vote is still a blow to the White House, though. The wall is one of Trump’s main campaign promises he has yet to deliver. [The Hill / Jordain Carney]
Death toll in Nigeria building collapse still unknown
- Rescue efforts at the site of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria, were called off on Thursday morning. Operations saved 37 people since Wednesday morning, when the structure fell. Dozens more people, including children (the building housed a nursery and primary school), are thought to still be trapped in the site of the accident. The total death toll is not yet known. [CNN / Bukola Adebayo and Stephanie Busari]
- A frantic, dusty scene followed the collapse of the building — and hundreds of people may have been inside. The Lagos state governor reportedly said the buildings in the area were “undergoing integrity testing.” One study found that 54 buildings have fallen in Nigeria since 2015. [NPR / Vanessa Romo and Ofeibea Quist-Arcton]
- More than 70 people were in the building at 10 am when the building fell. Infrastructure in Lagos is struggling to keep up with demands of the city’s population of 23.4 million. Building construction often occurs without regulation in the city. The school was reportedly operating illegally because the building was on a demolition list. [NYT / Tony Iyare and Dionne Searcey]
- At least eight people have been declared dead. Workers reached the building’s foundation on Thursday and said they didn’t expect to find any more people in the rubble. Thousands of witnesses gathered around the scene of the building in the occupied neighborhood on Lagos Island to watch and help rescuers. [Washington Post / Siobhán O’Grady]
- But the extent of the casualties still isn’t known. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened” and urged the Lagos government to prevent further accidents. Buhari was just reelected in a highly contested federal election, in which the economy and poverty were key voter issues. [Africa News]
- The social media world was forced into digital silence on Wednesday when Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp (all owned by Facebook) went down at the same time. The longest-ever outage has been resolved after server configuration issues were addressed. [WSJ / Georgia Wells]
- The Connecticut Supreme Court decided on Thursday that families of nine victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting will be permitted to sue the gunmaker Remington Arms for selling the weapon used in the 2012 attack. [NPR / Ryan Lindsay]
- All Boeing 737 Max airplanes are currently grounded in the US, but the economic fallout of not flying the planes is hard to tell. The effects will hurt Boeing, airlines that use the planes, and customers via canceled flights. [Atlantic / Joe Pinsker]
- The UK Parliament voted on Thursday to ask the EU for an extension of the Brexit deadline, currently set for March 29. Now the House of Commons will vote on whether to approve Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal on March 20. Whether or not it passes, May will request an extension from Brussels — but it may be harder to get if parliament rejects the deal. [Politico Europe / Charlie Cooper]
- Iran has been given a seat on the UN Women’s Rights Committee, despite the country’s disputed human rights record — just Monday, the husband of an esteemed female Iranian human rights lawyer said that she had been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. [NYT / Iliana Magra]
“I want to be in it. Man, I’m just born to be in it, and want to do everything I humanly can for this country at this moment.” [2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke in an interview with Vanity Fair]
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Knowing what you can and can’t recycle isn’t easy. But when you put stuff that can’t be recycled into that blue bin, it can turn entire hauls of otherwise recyclable materials into trash. [YouTube / Ellen Rolfes and Kim Mas]
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16 Striking Photos That Can Touch Your Heart
Photos keep our memories safe and every time we look at them we can immerse ourselves in the moments that have been captured in them. They can also help us to understand what’s really important in this world. And it doesn’t matter whether these photos are from your personal album or belong to somebody else. Their messages, feelings, and emotions can be perceived in one glance.
Here at Bright Side, we believe that the following photos will really touch your heart.
This couple has battled leukemia for 15 years since they were children. Now they’re husband and wife.
This fireman gave a cat that got hurt in a fire mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and saved it.
“My dad, who has dementia, trying to remember my name”
His owner passed away but the dog continues to sit near his bed and wait.
This is what depression looks like over 24 hours.
Have you ever seen a blind dog enjoying the sounds of a lake?
An Iranian girl cheers for her favorite football team from behind the fence since Iranian women aren’t allowed into stadiums.
“My mom painted dementia.”
When all you have is memories:
The 3 social classes in The Philippines in one photo
“My buddy, a glass blowing artist, used my dad’s ashes to make a keepsake marble I can take with me anywhere.”
“She gave me the best 11 years of her life and I can only hope that I was able to do the same thing for her.”
“A year ago, my little sister left this world. This weekend her heart recipient met my mom and shared her heart beat.”
“The moment your dog comes out of the fire you thought he died in”
“3 months ago we were told our newborn was blind. 2 weeks ago we found out the doctors were wrong. Today, she got her glasses.”
“I’m just so proud of you!”
Today my daughter graduated from pre-K. After the ceremony, my son walked up to her and gave her a hug. “I’m just so proud of you,” he said. Then, of course, my daughter started crying. As we wiped away our tears, my husband asked her, “Pumpkin, why are you crying?” She responded, “I’m just so happy.”
Each photo has its own story. Which of them touched you the most?
Komünist Başkan, Aldığı Kararla Sosyal Medyada Trend Topic Oldu
Mehmet Fatih Maçoğlu’nun belediye başkanı olduğu Tunceli Belediyesi Meclisi, ‘Tunceli’ yazan belediye tabelasının ‘Dersim’ olarak değiştirilmesine karar verdi. Bu karar sonrası Maçoğlu, sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.
Tunceli Belediye Başkanı TKP’li Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu başkanlığında belediye meclis üyeleri toplantısında alınan kararla Tunceli Belediyesi tabelasının ‘Dersim Belediyesi’ olarak değiştirilmesi kararı alındı. Karar tartışma yaratırken ‘DersimdeğilTunceli’ etiketi sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.
BELEDİYEDEN AÇIKLAMA YAPILDI
Belediyeden yapılan açıklamada Dersim ibaresiyle birlikte Zazaca ve Türkçe beleriye hizmetleri verileceği duyuruldu. Açıklamada şöyle denildi: “Kentimizin kültürü, tarihi ve inanç biçimini yaşatmak adına belediyemiz hizmet binasında bulunan tabelada yazılı ‘Tunceli’ ibaresinin değiştirilerek yerine ‘Dersim’ ibaresinin yazılması oy çokluğuyla kabul edildi. Haber
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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them
It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.
We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.
15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?
14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”
13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.
12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”
11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”
10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!
9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.
8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.
7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.
6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.
5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.
4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”
3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.
2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?
1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.
Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!
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