Five in a Flash – September 18, 2017


In today’s news: Trump at the UN, acid attacks, London bombing, Cuba, the Emmys, and the NFL.


As North Korea threat looms, Trump to address world leaders at U.N. (Reuters) – “North Korea’s nuclear threat looms large this week over the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, where diplomats are eager to hear U.S. President Donald Trump address the 193-member body for the first time. North Korean diplomats will have a front-row seat in the U.N. General Assembly for Trump’s speech on Tuesday morning, which will touch on the escalating crisis that has seen Trump and Pyongyang trade threats of military action.”

Acid attack on four U.S. tourists in France not seen as terror act (Chicago Tribune) – “Four American college students were attacked with acid Sunday at a train station in France, but French authorities so far do not think extremist views motivated the 41-year-old woman who was arrested as the alleged assailant, the local prosecutor’s office and the students’ school said. . . . A person with knowledge of the investigation said the suspect had a history of mental health problems but no apparent past links to extremism.”

London police search three properties as terror threat downgraded (The Guardian) – “Detectives are continuing to question two men, aged 18 and 21, arrested in connection with Friday’s London Underground attack as the government concluded a follow-up attack was not imminent and downgraded the UK terror threat assessment from critical to severe. The home secretary, Amber Rudd, claimed “good progress” had been made in the investigation following the rush hour incident on Friday morning which involved a crude bomb which failed to detonate properly but still resulted in injuries to 30 people at Parsons Green tube station.”

U.S. considering closing its embassy in Cuba (Washington Post) – “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that the United States is considering closing the U.S. Embassy in Havana in response to mysterious hearing problems that have left at least 21 employees with serious health issues. . . . Some of the victims suffered mild traumatic brain injuries, hearing loss and other neurological and physical ailments, said the union representing Foreign Service officers. The FBI is investigating what the union calls “sonic harassment attacks” on the diplomats. A Canadian diplomat also reported similar problems. Cuba has denied any responsibility for the attacks.”

Emmys 2017 snubs and surprises (Variety) – “The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Award winners have been announced, and with the names read from envelopes on stage comes a new wave of discussion. No longer are people speculating about whether or not ‘This Is Us’ will break broadcast’s shut-out streak in the drama series race or which powerhouse limited series cast, ‘Big Little Lies’ or ‘Feud’ will clean up in acting awards. Now that the answers are in, attention turns to the snubs and surprises of the 2017 Emmys.”


The plays that swung Week 2 in the NFL (ESPN) – “A Gronk game-breaker. A dazzling scramble TD. A missed game-winning FG. These are some of Week 2’s biggest win-probability swings.”


Why it’s important to address the dangers of Antifa (The Right)

The unintended consequences of regulation (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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