Economy: Over 10,000 Uber and Lyft drivers are not working in Austin, Texas after companies lost the vote over mandatory fingerprint background checks for drivers.
U.S. House: Speaker Paul Ryan in an interview says he is willing to step down as chairman of the Republican National Convention come July 18-21 if Donald Trump requests it. Ryan and presumptive GOP nominee Trump will meet this Thursday along with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
U.S.: North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has filed a lawsuit against the federal government to keep LGBT bathroom law. U.S. Justice Department gave Gov. McCrory until the end of the day to respond to a letter that says the law violates federal civil rights statutes. As a result, the Department of Justice has also filed a lawsuit against North Carolina, “pattern or practice of employment discrimination on the basis of sex”. On March 23 Gov. McCrory signed into law that requires for transgender people to use restrooms according to their birth sex over gender identity.
World: Waldir Maranho Brazil’s acting speaker has currently cancelled President Dilma Rousseff impeachment. On April 17, Brazil’s lower House voted to impeach the president on allegations of manipulating government finances; the country is currently facing its worst session since the 1930’s.
Science/Tech/Health: Today the Mercury is passing between the Earth and the Sun in its solar transit an event that only occurs 13 to 14 times every 100 years. The solar transit is when the small plant (Mercury) lines up directly with Earth and Sun while Mercury’s orbit is inclined about 7 degrees.