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So what happens now? That’s the question no one seems to have an answer for in the United Kingdom, after Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal went down in a historic defeat in Parliament. The deal May struck to get the UK out of the EU lost by 230 votes, which is the biggest defeat for any UK government in the modern parliamentary era. So today May faces what’s sure to be a blistering Question Time and another no confidence vote (but she’ll probably survive). Beyond that, everything seems to be on the table: reworking the deal with the EU, holding a second Brexit referendum, extending the March 29 deadline to leave the EU, putting a pause on the whole Brexit process or leaving the EU without a deal (the most-feared option).
What’s next for Brexit
2. William Barr
William Barr pledged to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation from outside interference during his Senate confirmation hearing. Barr, President Trump’s pick for attorney general, seemed to please Democrats when he said:
But the Dems didn’t like Barr’s assertion that he’d stick to long-standing Justice Department guidelines that a sitting President can’t be indicted. Here’s seven key takeaways from Barr’s hearing, which continues today.
Barr: Mueller is not on a witch hunt
3. Kenya hotel attack
At least 14 people were killed when gunmen barged into a hotel complex in an upscale district in Nairobi. Car bombs were set off in the parking lot, then the gunmen entered the hotel, firing shots. The attack turned into a siege as the gunmen holed up in the hotel, trapping hundreds of people. Kenyan officials said early this morning that the standoff was over, all of the gunmen had been “eliminated” and more than 700 people had been rescued. But sporadic gunfire could still be heard hours after the all clear was given. Terrorist group al-Shabaab claimed responsiblity for the attack. That’s the same gang of terrorists that attacked Nairobi’s Westgate shopping center in 2013, in an attack and siege that killed 67 people.
Police respond to shooting near Nairobi hotel
4. ‘El Chapo’ trial
A stunning claim came out yesterday during the trial of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. A former aide of Guzman’s testified that Guzman once paid ex-Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto a $100 million bribe. The aide, Colombian trafficker Alex Cifuentes, said the money was given to Peña Nieto in October 2012, when he was president-elect. Representatives for Peña Nieto have not responded to a CNN request for comment, but a man who was Peña Nieto’s spokesman during his presidency called the testimony “completely false and defamatory.” Guzman is on trial in New York on various murder, drug, money laundering and gun charges.