Five in a Flash – September 20th, 2017

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In today’s news: Trump’s speech, Mexico City, Hurricane Maria, the Russia investigation, home runs, and iOS 11.


Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in first U.N. speech (NBC News) – “President Donald Trump, in his first address to the United Nations, derided Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, as a ‘rocket man’ on Tuesday as the president warned that he may be forced to ‘totally destroy’ the rogue nation. ‘If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph,’ Trump said, as he detailed the horrors of what he called the ‘depraved’ North Korean regime.”

Major earthquake shakes Mexico City; at least 217 dead (USA Today) – “At least 217 people were dead after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck on Tuesday, crumbling dozens of buildings across a wide area 32 years to the day after a major quake devastated the capital city in 1985. The earthquake was the second to strike in 12 days. An earlier temblor rocked southern Mexico and shook the capital.”

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico with 155-mph winds (CNN) – “Maria slammed the island with winds of 155 mph, just 2 mph short of Category 5 status, near the city of Yabucoa. . . . Maria became the first hurricane of Category 4 strength or higher in nearly 80 years to hit the US territory, home to 3.3 million people. Conditions were expected to worsen between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. ET Wednesday, when the storm’s eye wall – and its strongest winds – were due to hit the island’s eastern coast.”

Trump using campaign, RNC funds to pay legal bills from Russia probe (Reuters) – “The U.S. Federal Election Commission allows the use of private campaign funds to pay legal bills arising from being a candidate or elected official. While previous presidential campaigns have used these funds to pay for routine legal matters such as ballot access disputes and compliance requirements, Trump would be the first U.S. president in the modern campaign finance era to use such funds to cover the costs of responding to a criminal probe, said election law experts.”

MLB single-season home run record is broken (SBNation) – “Seventeen years after last toppling it, baseball has broken the single-season home run record with weeks to spare before the season wraps. With a home run from the Royals’ Alex Gordon against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night, the league has officially surpassed the record and has plenty more games to go to continue adding to the tally.”


iOS 11 review: 10 things to try (The Verge) – “iOS 11 is available, officially, today. It’s coming to every iPhone and iPad made in the past few years, and chances are, you’re going to upgrade. When you install it on your iPhone, you’ll find that some things are very different than what you’re used to, but the core of how you get around and experience the OS will be the same. For example: the Control Center is wildly different and notifications have changed slightly, but you still have that comfortable (and comforting) grid of apps on the home screen. A lot is new, but not so much that you can’t recognize it.”


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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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