Five in a Flash – August 29, 2017

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In today’s news: Texas flooding, North Korea, the Arpaio pardon, the New Mexico library shooting, and the Amazon/Whole Foods merger.

TOP FIVE

Harvey could dump another 20 inches on Texas (NY Post) – “Wide swaths of southeast Texas have been devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey, with some areas drowning in nearly 40 inches of water — and Lone Star State residents are bracing for another beating with up to 20 inches of rain. ‘This is, if not the largest, it has to be categorized as one of the largest disasters America has ever faced,’ Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared at a press conference Monday afternoon.”

North Korea launches missile over Japan (CNN) – “A North Korean missile fired over Japan Tuesday was denounced by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a ‘most serious and grave’ threat. The missile was fired just before 6 a.m. in Japan. The launch set off warnings in the northern part of the country urging people to seek shelter. The unidentified missile flew over Erimomisaki, on the northern island of Hokkaido, and broke into three pieces before falling into the Pacific Ocean, about 1,180 kilometers (733 miles) off the Japanese coast.”

Trump defends Arpaio pardon (ABC News) – “Provided the opportunity to defend his pardon of Joe Arpaio, President Donald Trump on Monday claimed the controversial former Arizona sheriff was treated ‘unbelievably unfairly,’ called attention to the controversial pardons of former presidents and refuted the suggestion that the timing of the action was intended to bury the news beneath coverage of Hurricane Harvey. . . . ‘In the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally, you know the hurricane was just starting,’ said Trump[.]”

New Mexico library shooting kills two, wounds four (FOX News) – “Two people are dead and at least four others were rushed to a hospital after a shooting at a public library in New Mexico Monday afternoon, investigators said. Clovis Fire Chief Michael Nolen told Fox News that the male suspect was captured fairly quickly, and he now is in state policy custody. . . . [City Commissioner] Garza said there’s no indication of a motive for the shooting. He called it a tragedy, saying he and other city officials are asking people to pray for the families that have been affected. He said the city will offer whatever support it can as the community looks to recover.”

Amazon cuts Whole Foods prices as much as 43% on first day (Bloomberg) – “Amazon.com Inc. spent its first day as the owner of a brick-and-mortar grocery chain cutting prices at Whole Foods Market as much as 43 percent. In a sign of how the retailer is changing, the Amazon Echo, a voice-activated electronic assistant, was also for sale, for $99.99 – a sharp pivot into electronics for a company known for kale and quinoa. . . . The marked-down items had orange signs reading ‘Whole Foods + Amazon.’ The signs listed the old price, the new price and ‘More to come.'”

ITEM OF INTEREST

‘Cajun Navy’ heads to Texas to aid Harvey rescues (USA Today) – “An informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft is once again mobilizing — this time in the wake of unprecedented flooding in Houston. . . . ‘The reality of the Cajun Navy is everybody out here with a boat that isn’t devastated gets out and helps others,’ Clyde Cain, who runs the Facebook page Louisiana Cajun Navy, told USA TODAY last August. A ragtag group from the beginning, the Cajun Navy has long been nothing if not unstandardized: Guys with hunting boats, shallow draft duck hunting boats with mud motors, airboats, pirogues, kayaks.”

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The dangers of identity politics (The Left)

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Connor Mighell is a third-year law student at the University of Alabama School of Law with an undergraduate degree in Political Philosophy from Baylor University. He is a contributor at Merion West and the curator of "Five in a Flash," a weekday newsletter. His work has been featured at The Federalist, SB Nation, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Hill, The Dallas Morning News, and The New Americana.

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