Five in a Flash – September 4, 2017

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In today’s news: DACA, California wildfires, Houston flooding, North Korea, a royal baby, and college football.

TOP FIVE

Trump has decided to end DACA with six-month delay (POLITICO) – “President Donald Trump has decided to end the Obama-era program that grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children, according to two sources familiar with his thinking. . . . Trump has wrestled for months with whether to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. But conversations with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who argued that Congress – rather than the executive branch – is responsible for writing immigration law, helped persuade the president to terminate the program and kick the issue to Congress, the two sources said.”

Firefighters gain upper hand on Verdugo Mountains fire (LA Times) – “The 210 Freeway was reopened and all evacuation orders were lifted Sunday evening as firefighters were assisted by cooler temperatures and brief showers in their battle against the 7,003-acre brush fire in the Verdugo Mountains north of downtown Los Angeles. . . . Earlier Sunday, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County as firefighters continued to battle the La Tuna fire that destroyed three homes and shut down the freeway.”

EPA blasts AP journalist over report about Houston superfund sites (Houston Chronicle) – “On Saturday, the AP reported that the EPA was not present at at least five flooded so-called Superfund sites, or locations that the EPA designated as ‘being among America’s most intensely contaminated places.’ Following flooding in Houston last week, many observers worried that chemicals could’ve further contaminated the flood water near the Superfund sites. . . . [T]he EPA dubbed the story ‘incredibly misleading,’ saying it ‘creates panic and politicizes the hard work of first responders who are actually in the affected area.'”

South Korea warns that North may launch ICBM after nuclear test (Reuters) – “South Korea said on Monday it was talking to the United States about deploying aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the Korean peninsula after signs North Korea might launch more missiles in the wake of its sixth and largest nuclear test. . . . South Korea’s air force and army conducted exercises involving long-range air-to-surface and ballistic missiles on Monday following the North’s nuclear test on Sunday, its joint chiefs of staff said in a statement.”

Duchess of Cambridge expecting third child (BBC News) – “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, Kensington Palace has announced. The Queen and both families are said to be ‘delighted with the news.’ . . . The duke and duchess have one son, George, and one daughter, Charlotte, aged four and two.”

ITEM OF INTEREST

2017 begins with college football’s two unlikeliest upsets since 2007 (SBNation) – “Howard’s win was the biggest Vegas point spread upset in the history of the sport, with the Bison beating a 45.5-point line thanks to the arm and legs of Cam Newton’s little brother. And Baylor lost to a Liberty team that won’t be fully FBS for another two years, giving up 585 yards of offense and looking like a comedy sketch on defense. Also, Maryland beating No. 23 Texas in Austin isn’t near as big a shocker, but it was still a ranked team going down right away.”

FROM THE SITE

Nationalism is a terribly defined, misconstrued term – and it’s causing problems (The Right)

The vanishing religious roots of American conservatism (The Right)

Winning back free speech (The Center)

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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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