Five in a Flash – September 29, 2017

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In today’s news: Tom Price, Myanmar, sanctuary cities, the Whole Foods hack, Adam Silver, and college football.


Tom Price says he’ll repay taxpayers for his private jet travel (Politico) – “Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said he will write a personal check to the federal government for his costs of traveling on private jets and will permanently halt his use of charter flights. ‘The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes,’ Price said in a statement Thursday afternoon. . . . HHS confirmed to several media outlets that Price will write a check to the U.S. Treasury worth $51.887.31 – just a fraction of the total travel costs. . . . HHS did not address the costs of the staff and security officials who accompanied Price on those flights.”

U.S. envoy to UN demands Myanmar prosecutions, weapons curbs over Rohingya (Reuters) – “U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday called on countries to suspend providing weapons to Myanmar over violence against Rohingya Muslims until the military puts sufficient accountability measures in place. It was the first time the United States called for punishment of military leaders behind the repression, but stopped short of threatening to reimpose U.S. sanctions which were suspended under the Obama administration.”

“Sanctuary cities” targeted by ICE in immigration raids (NBC News) – “A federal operation to arrest undocumented immigrants this week netted nearly 500 people in cities and states that have openly opposed the Trump administration’s deportation initiatives. . . . Officials in those places – some referring to themselves as ‘sanctuary’ communities – have been vocal about not fully cooperating with federal immigration authorities, at times clashing with state leaders who support President Donald Trump’s agenda. Sanctuary communities have passed ordinances limiting compliance with federal immigration laws and seek to shield undocumented immigrants who may be deported simply over their immigration statuses or low-level criminal offenses.”

Whole Foods hit by hackers (CNN) – “Whole Foods Market – which was recently acquired by tech giant Amazon – said Thursday that hackers were able to gain access to credit card information for customers who made purchases at some of its in-store taprooms and restaurants. The company did not disclose details about the locations that were targeted or how many customers might have been [a]ffected. The tap rooms and restaurants use different payment systems than Whole Foods check-out counters, the company said. ‘ systems do not connect to these systems,’ the company clarified in a press release.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expects players to stand for anthem (ESPN) – “Silver said the playing of the national anthem has always been a time for respect and reflection – even in a league where 25 percent of the players are not American – and recalled that many teams locked arms last season. He wants them to continue showing unity during the anthem — but to do it while standing, thereby adhering to league guidelines. The NBA has a rule stating that players, coaches and trainers must ‘stand and line up in a dignified posture’ during the anthem.”


How to watch college football’s Week 5 (SB Nation) – “The college football schedule is still yet to get deep into the waters of major conference play and rivalry season, so the last weekend of September might still feel like a little bit of a warmup. But as the last two weekends showed, a lack of big ranked vs. ranked games doesn’t mean a lack of watchability. Below, the Watch Grid attempts to sort your weekend by time slot and pick out the likely best games.”


Reasons to be skeptical of universal basic income (The Center)

The myth of financial deregulation in the U.S. (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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