Five in a Flash – September 25, 2017


In today’s news: the travel ban, Puerto Rico, Jared Kushner, Antioch church shooting, anthem protests, and the NFL.


Trump to replace travel ban with restrictions on more countries (Politico) – “President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban will morph into a new set of restrictions on travelers from an expanded set of countries, U.S. officials announced Sunday night as major parts of the order were close to expiring. The current policy, which denies visas to citizens of six majority Muslim countries, will be replaced by a new set of travel limits on eight countries, including all but one of those on the previous list. The nations facing indefinite travel restrictions under the new policy are Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen, officials said Sunday.”

Dam threatens to burst in hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico (CNN) – “The devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria continues to cripple Puerto Rico, with fears a damaged dam in the island’s northwest may break. The Guajataca Dam is ‘releasing water’ after suffering ‘infrastructure damage’ following the Category 5 storm, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló [said]. . . . ‘Right now, as it stands, a couple of hours after I went through Isabela, part of the dam did break it is releasing water,’ Rosselló said. ‘And that dam is partly concrete, partly soil. So as water runs through, erosion starts having its toll on the dam and my concern is at some point it’ll break.'”

Kushner used private email account for some White House business (Washington Post) – “Kushner several times used his account to exchange news stories and minor reactions or updates with other administration officials. Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, set up the private account before Donald Trump moved into the White House and Kushner was named a senior adviser to the president in January. Once in the White House, Kushner used his private account for convenience from time to time – especially when he was traveling or using a personal laptop, according to two people familiar with his practice. A person who has reviewed the emails said many were quickly forwarded to his government account and none appear to contain classified information.”

Masked gunman kills woman, injures seven in Antioch church shooting (Tennesseean) – “The shooter, identified as Emanuel Kidega Samson, a 25-year-old Rutherford County man, accidentally shot himself after he was confronted by an armed member of the congregation. . . . Samson will be charged with one count of murder, additional charges will come later, police said. Police say he previously attended the church.”

NFL players, coaches speak about Week 3 anthem protests (ESPN) – “President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who protest during the national anthem in a speech he delivered on Friday in Alabama, suggesting that team owners should fire players who do so. Every team that played on Sunday participated in some form of demonstration – from players, coaches and executives who stood together arm-in-arm along the sidelines to others who sat, knelt or raised a fist to whole teams that stayed in the locker room or tunnel for the duration of the anthem.”


NFL Week 3: Crazy endings punctuate wild Sunday (CBS Sports) – “If you weren’t watching football as the early slate of games came to an end, you missed out on something else. Over about a 15-minute period, we saw the following: Tom Brady hits Brandin Cooks with a perfect pass to retake the lead over Houston with 23 seconds left[;] Jordan Howard gives the Bears a win over the Steelers in overtime[;] the Lions catch what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown that was overruled upon review. Because the clock should have been running, a 10-second run-off was ordered, ending the game on the one-inch line [;] and finally, the Eagles beat the Giants in OT on a 61-yard field goal from a rookie kicker[.]”


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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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