Five in a Flash – September 13, 2017

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In today’s news: Apple, the travel ban, Bernie Sanders, Star Wars, the Cleveland Indians, and cocktails.


Everything Apple announced at today’s iPhone event (TheNextWeb) – “Apple CEO Tim Cook today (Sept 12) opened Apple’s fall iPhone event with a touching tribute to ex-CEO Steve Jobs. It’s fitting. The stage Cook stood on, after all, was the focal point of a new theater bearing Jobs’ name.”

Supreme Court: Trump administration can keep travel ban on most refugees (CNN) – “Without comment, the court blocked a federal appeals court ruling from last week that would have exempted refugees who have a contractual commitment from resettlement organizations from the travel ban while the justices consider its legality. The ruling could impact roughly 24,000 people. The travel ban bars certain people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.”

Sanders will introduce universal health care, backed by 15 Democrats (Washington Post) – “Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will introduce legislation on Wednesday that would expand Medicare into a universal health insurance program with the backing of at least 15 Democratic senators – a record level of support for an idea that had been relegated to the fringes during the last Democratic presidency. . . . The bill would revolutionize America’s health-care system, replacing it with a public system that would be paid for by higher taxes. Everything from emergency surgery to prescription drugs, from mental health to eye care, would be covered, with no co-payments.”

J.J. Abrams to replace Colin Trevorrow as ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ writer and director (Hollywood Reporter) – “The ‘Force Awakens’ director will step in to helm ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ after the exit of former director Colin Trevorrow. Additionally, the film, which was set to open in May 2019, has been shifted to a Dec. 20, 2019, release date. . . . Abrams will co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Abrams helped revive the Star Wars film franchise with 2015’s ‘The Force Awakens,’ which earned more than $2 billion worldwide.”

Indians tie AL record with 20th straight win (FOX Sports) – “Following a familiar script of scoring first, playing strong defense and riding dominant pitching, the Indians extended their winning streak to 20 games and matched the AL mark held by the 2002 Oakland Athletics, beating the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Tuesday night. Cleveland’s streak, which began on Aug. 24 in Boston, is tied for the majors’ second-longest in 82 years – and the Indians show no signs of stopping.”


Government almost killed the cocktail (Reason) – “The classic ‘old fashioned’ is the simplest of cocktails – sugar, bitters, and whiskey, stirred over ice, then served on the rocks with a citrus rind – and also, possibly, the best. Thanks to the federal government, we almost lost it forever.”


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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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