Five in a Flash – September 8, 2017

Charles Trainor Jr / Miami Herald

In today’s news: Hurricane Irma, Mexico earthquakes, data breaches, Betsy DeVos, the New England Patriots, and college football.


Irma downgraded but still threatens Florida (NBC News) – “Irma was downgraded to a Category 4 storm early Friday but the hurricane appeared on track to slam into Miami this weekend after cutting a fatal and destructive path through the Caribbean. At 5 a.m. ET, the storm – which has already been blamed for at least 12 deaths and left more than a million people in the dark in Puerto Rico – was about 495 miles southeast of Miami with winds of 155 mph. . . . ‘Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,’ the National Hurricane Center said early Friday.”

Massive earthquake strikes off Mexico coast, setting off tsunami warnings (Washington Post) – “A powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico late Thursday night, killing at least six people and setting off tsunami warnings along the Pacific coast. President Enrique Peña Nieto called it the biggest quake in a hundred years, even larger than the devastating 1985 tremor in Mexico City that killed thousands. . . . The epicenter of the earthquake was off the coast of Chiapas, a state in southern Mexico, but the rumblings rocked the Mexican capital more than 600 miles away, causing electricity failures, and reports of sporadic damage.”

Credit reporting firm Equifax says data breach could potentially affect 143 million (CNBC) – “Equifax, which supplies credit information and other information services, said Thursday that a data breach could have potentially affected 143 million consumers in the United States. The population of the U.S. was about 324 million in 2017, according to Census Bureau estimates, which means the Equifax incident affects a huge portion of the country. Equifax said it discovered the breach on July 29. ‘Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files,’ the company said.”

DeVos to replace Obama-era sexual assault guidelines (InsideHigherEd) – “The U.S. Department of Education said Thursday it will replace Obama-era federal guidelines on campus sexual assault, with Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, describing the guidelines as a ‘failed system’ that has done a disservice to all sides. . . . The department did not say how or when the current guidelines would be replaced. But the department will issue new ‘information’ about how colleges should handle sexual assault complaints before new rules are in place, a spokeswoman said, by making ‘clear to schools how to fulfill their current obligations’ during the rule-making process.”

Mistakes doom Patriots defense in 42-27 loss to Chiefs (USA Today) – “Seven months after shutting down the Atlanta Falcons late in a dramatic Super Bowl comeback win, the New England Patriots defense couldn’t find the brakes Thursday night, giving up 28 second-half points in a stunning 42-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. It was the most points allowed by New England under coach Bill Belichick, with Kansas City piling up 537 yards on offense.”


How to watch college football’s Week 2 (SBNation) – “Below, your Watch Grid guide to the Friday and Saturday of Week 2. Things are arranged in order to help you find the likeliest good games in each time slot. Business is calm until Saturday night, when everything happens at once.”


The hypocrisy of conservatives opposing the Dreamers (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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