Trump and Clinton come out on top; Paris Attacker Captured in Brussels; Airmen under investigation for drug use; Obama nominates a Supreme Court Justice; The CDC tackles opioid addiction.
Republicans and Democrats – Tuesday’s Primaries Results
Donald Trump wins primaries in Illinois, North Carolina and Florida. Marco Rubio’s loss in his home state of Florida led him to suspend his presidential campaign leaving Trump, Cruz and John Kasich, who won his home state of Ohio.
On the Democratic side Hillary Clinton won all four states (Illinois, North Carolina, Florida and Ohio). While Bernie Sanders did not come out on top in any of Tuesday’s primaries the numbers were so close that Hillary Clinton often won but a miniscule margin
Salah Abdeslam wounded, captured alive in Brussels (NYT, Yahoo News)
Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam has been wounded and detained in Molenbeek, Brussels after a shootout. Of the 10 men believed to have participated in the attacks, coordinated by the Islamic State and killed 130 people, Mr. Abdeslam is the only one who was at large. The rest are dead. He has managed to evade a manhunt in at least two different countries.
14 Airmen at Nuclear Base Probed for Drug Use (Airforce Times)
The Air Force is investigating 14 junior enlisted airmen from the 90th Security Forces Squadron, at F.E. Warren Air Base outside Cheyenne, Wyoming for illicit drug use. The misconduct highlights how the intercontinental ballistic missile force at large is suffering from low morale, disciplinary problems, lack of resources, training lapses and leadership failures. Once considered among the top jobs in the military, the nuclear force has been marginalized in the decades after the Cold War ended.
President Obama Chooses Merrick Garland for Supreme Court (NYT)
On Wednesday, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to be the nation’s 113th Supreme Court justice who is known to be a moderate appellate judge with centrist views. The nomination to fill the seat on the court created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia has created a standoff between Democrats and Republicans, who promise to block consideration of any nominee until after the next president is chosen.
Opioids and New CDC Guidelines (Vice News)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the first federal guidelines on prescribing opioids (Oxycotin and Vicodin for example) . Opioid addiction is widespread in American society and the Federal government has stepped in to try and curb the rising number of individuals who become addicted by asking doctors to change the way they prescribe the medication in the first place. The guidelines ask that doctors only prescribe opioids in extreme situations (such as cancer treatment or end of life care) and use less addictive pain treatments for other (less severe) forms of pain.