Five in a Flash – September 1, 2017

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In today’s news: Texas’ gas supply, James Comey, Robert Mueller, David Clarke, college football, and asteroids.

TOP FIVE

Texas drivers rush to fill gas tanks as pump prices rise (ABC News) – “At least two major pipelines – one that ships gasoline across the southern United States and up to New York, and another that flows north to Chicago – have been slowed or stopped because of flooding and damage. Officials hoped to resume normal flow by Sunday, but meanwhile, the threat of shortages had people running to top off their tanks, even if their gauges weren’t on empty. . . . But supply isn’t the problem, the Texas’ oil and gas regulator said, even though refiners have been crippled by Harvey. Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton said Texas has a supply of more than 230 million barrels of gasoline, and drivers should simply wait three or four days to fill up if they can.”

Comey decided not to refer Hillary for prosecution before FBI investigation was over (Townhall) – “According to new transcripts released by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday afternoon, former FBI Director James Comey made the decision not to refer then Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for prosecution long before ever interviewing key witnesses. Members of the Committee allege Comey made the decision months before FBI agents were finished with the criminal investigation into her mishandling of classified information during her time as Secretary of State.”

Mueller enlists the IRS for his Trump-Russia investigation (The Daily Beast) – “Special counsel Bob Mueller has teamed up with the IRS. According to sources familiar with his investigation into alleged Russian election interference, his probe has enlisted the help of agents from the IRS’ Criminal Investigations unit. This unit – known as CI – is one of the federal government’s most tight-knit, specialized, and secretive investigative entities. Its 2,500 agents focus exclusively on financial crime, including tax evasion and money laundering.”

Outgoing sheriff David Clarke expected to take Trump administration job (Politico) – “David Clarke, the controversial outgoing sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, is expected to take a job in the Trump administration, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Clarke resigned as sheriff on Thursday. A regular presence on Fox News, Clarke has become a well-known figure in conservative circles in recent years. He is also an avowed supporter of President Donald Trump, and he spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last year. But he has come under fierce criticism amid a series of deaths in the Milwaukee County prison, including that of Terrill Thomas, who died of dehydration last year after guards turned off the water in his cell.”

College football scores from Week One’s Thursday games (CBS Sports) – “Our long national nightmare is over. Week Zero provided a small taste of what’s to come, but Thursday was the beginning of a five-day stretch marking the first full weekend of the college football season. No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Oklahoma State were tested early but won their games in routs. And while the other games on the schedule were not as exciting going in, they provided plenty of memorable highlights, too.”

ITEM OF INTEREST

You shouldn’t be too worried about the huge asteroid that’s about to fly right past us (Popular Science) – “An asteroid named Florence will pass by Earth on September 1, and it’s the largest one to fly by since NASA started keeping records. But except for amateur astronomers and some NASA scientists, most of us will be completely unaffected. At 4.3 kilometers wide, Florence would devastate a significant chunk of our planet if it collided with us. A task force on Near Earth Objects has estimated that a rock that size would kill 1.5 billion people. But Florence won’t get anywhere near close enough to do that, just like the many ‘close calls’ we’ve had with large celestial objects in the past. We keep hearing about how dangerous an asteroid collision could be, yet we never seem to be in any real danger. What gives?”

FROM THE SITE

Rethinking vocational education (Living)

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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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