Five in a Flash – September 14, 2017

AP News

In today’s news: Trump’s immigration deal, James Comey, China, visa sanctions, the UFC, and Bodega.


Trump, top Democrats agree on young immigrants (AP News) – “The top House and Senate Democrats have announced agreement with President Donald Trump to protect certain immigrants brought illegally to this country as children – along with some border security enhancements. The agreement would specifically not include Trump’s long-sought border wall. It would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants who benefited from a program created by former President Barack Obama that Trump has announced he is ending.”

White House officials suggest Comey should be prosecuted (US News) – “For the second day in a row, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested during a White House briefing that Comey broke the law when he asked a friend to provide the press with the contents of unclassified memos he’d written about his conversations with President Donald Trump. . . . Asked whether the president would encourage the Justice Department to prosecute Comey, she said, ‘That’s the job of the Department of Justice, and something they should certainly look at.'”

Trump blocks China-backed bid for Lattice over security risk (Bloomberg) – “President Donald Trump blocked a Chinese-backed investor from buying Lattice Semiconductor Corp., a personal rebuke that bodes poorly for several other Chinese buyers seeking U.S. security clearance for their acquisitions. It was just the fourth time in a quarter century that a U.S. president has ordered a foreign takeover of an American firm stopped because of national-security risks. Trump acted on the recommendation of a multi-agency panel, the White House and the Treasury Department said Wednesday.”

U.S. places visa sanctions on four nations (Politico) – “The U.S. imposed visa sanctions on four countries that refuse to accept deported nationals, the Homeland Security Department said Wednesday. The four countries are Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. They are being sanctioned ‘due to lack of cooperation’ on deportations, according to DHS.”

Daniel Cormier reinstated as UFC light heavyweight champion amid steroid scandal (MMAFighting) – “Jon Jones defeated Cormier to win the belt at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, Calif. But Jones tested positive for the steroid Turinabol in an in-competition drug test and the ‘B’ sample confirmed the positive test Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) overturned the fight to a no contest – no longer a win for Jones.”


Start-up Bodega learns an important branding lesson (LA Times) – “[Bodega’s product is] basically a fancy vending machine or hotel minibar, packed with items such as La Croix, coconut water, protein bars and instant noodles, and unlocked with a smartphone app. But with a name nodding to New York City’s ubiquitous corner stores and a logo evoking the popular cats that inhabit them, the company quickly became the subject of social media scrutiny after a Fast Company article suggested the concept, if successful, would put traditional mom-and-pop corner stores out of business.”


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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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