Five in a Flash: October 9, 2017

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In today’s news: DACA, Kim Jong Un, Harvey Weinstein, Spain, the NFL, and giant balloons.


White House lays out DACA deal terms (CNN) – “The Trump administration has asked lawmakers to include tough border security and immigration enforcement measures in any deal to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that the administration is ending. Those measures include provisions to make it harder for unaccompanied minors to enter the country illegally, money for the President’s border wall and cuts to legal immigration. ‘These priorities are essential to mitigate the legal and economic consequences of any grant of status to DACA recipients,’ White House legislative director Marc Short said on a call with reporters. ‘They fulfill the President’s promise to advance immigration reform that puts the need of American workers first.'”

Kim Jong Un praises nuclear program, promotes sister (Reuters) – “North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un said his nuclear weapons were a ‘powerful deterrent’ that guaranteed its sovereignty, state media reported on Sunday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump said ‘only one thing will work’ in dealing with the isolated country. . . . In a speech to a meeting of the powerful Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party on Saturday, a day before Trump’s most recent comments, state media said Kim had addressed the ‘complicated international situation.’ North Korea’s nuclear weapons are a ‘powerful deterrent firmly safeguarding the peace and security in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia,’ Kim said, referring to the ‘protracted nuclear threats of the U.S. imperialists.'”

Decades in the making, Weinstein’s fall comes swiftly (Washington Post) – “Following a devastating New York Times expose that detailed years of sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein, the Weinstein Co. co-chairman was unceremoniously fired by his brother, Bob, and three other directors on the film company’s board. ‘In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company . . . have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,’ the company board said in a statement Sunday night.”

Hundreds of thousands in Spain rally against Catalonia independence (CBS News) – “Spanish unionists in Catalonia finally found their voice on Sunday, resurrecting Spain’s flag as a symbol of patriotism after decades of it being associated with the Franco dictatorship. In a defiant challenge to plans by Catalonia’s regional government to unilaterally declare independence, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Barcelona in a surprising outpouring of Spanish unity. The crowds chanted ‘we are the silent majority,’ Doane reports. He said the people said they did not go to the polls either because they were not from the region or they did not believe the vote was legal. He said they feel their voice was not heard.”

Aaron Rodgers leads Packers on game-winning drive in yet another classic against the Cowboys (SB Nation) – “Once again, Aaron Rodgers proved he’s the king of the last-minute win. Rodgers led a nine-play, 75-yard drive with about a minute remaining and trailing the Cowboys 31-28. He hit Davante Adams with a touchdown pass for a 35-31 win. . . . It was the type of classic Packers-Cowboys games that have become a recent tradition between these two teams. There were four fourth quarter lead changes, not to mention the thrilling last-minute win.”


Alphabet gets approval for giant balloons to restore Puerto Rico’s wireless service (WSJ) – “Aiming to restore wireless phone service to hurricane-battered Puerto Rico, the Federal Communications Commission on Friday night granted an experimental license for Alphabet Inc.’s Project Loon to create a network of balloons that could provide connectivity. Before it can initiate service, though, Loon has to clear a few more hurdles, officials said – notably, finding a wireless carrier to serve as its partner. Libby Leahy, a spokeswoman for X, the Alphabet unit that oversees Project Loon, said in a statement that Loon ‘needs to be integrated with a telco partner’s [cellular] network—the balloons can’t do it alone.’ She added that ‘we’ve been making solid progress’ on that next step.”


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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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