Alex Jones, Tesla, Primaries: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing
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Great evening. Here&rsquos the most recent.
1. It&rsquos a busy voting day in the U.S., with polling in five states.
Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington State all have primaries, and Ohio is holding a specific Home election. National parties are heavily involved, and numerous of the races are close. Here&rsquos what&rsquos at stake.
We&rsquoll have reside updates of the benefits right here, so you can verify back to see where things stand.
two. Rick Gates was back on the stand in the bank and tax fraud case against his former close associate, Paul Manafort, President Trump&rsquos onetime campaign chairman. Embezzlement was a big theme.
Mr. Gates has confessed to a series of crimes &mdash and even admitted to possessing an affair. Mr. Manafort&rsquos defense hammered at Mr. Gates&rsquos credibility.
It&rsquos not clear whether Mr. Manafort will testify. Prosecutors say they hope to wrap up their case this week.
Separately, and intriguingly, the &ldquo Manhattan Madam&rdquo will testify Friday just before a federal grand jury hearing proof in the inquiry into ties among Russia and Mr. Trump&rsquos campaign.
3. Two fires in Northern California are now 1. And it&rsquos the largest in the state&rsquos recorded history.
It&rsquos already consumed roughly 980 square miles and forced tens of thousands of individuals from their homes.
There are now 17 fires in the state (some visible from space) that 14,000 firefighters are trying to include, some of them inmates, some imported from Australia and New Zealand.
The state, confronting climate modify via a fire season that is now year-round, released a biting report that, in the words of the state&rsquos clean-air regulator, laid out its coming legal and regulatory battle with Washington over vehicular emissions.
4. Alex Jones seethed right after Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Pinterest and other websites removed his programming, and he urged supporters to maintain getting merchandise from his Infowars website: &ldquoFeed your gladiator.&rdquo
Mr. Jones, who has long trafficked in unfounded conspiracy theories, linked the removals to a plot involving Democrats, China, &ldquoglobalists&rdquo and &ldquocorporatists&rdquo to silence him. He and his supporters say his Very first Amendment rights are being trampled.
In a court filing on a current defamation suit against Mr. Jones, 4 argued: &ldquoFalse speech does not serve the public interest the way that accurate speech does. And indeed, there is no constitutional worth in false statements of truth.&rdquo
five. Elon Musk, Tesla&rsquos C.E.O., announced he may possibly take the company private. The move halted trading, and followed news that a Saudi fund had acquired a stake in the organization.
And we have two articles with requires on President Trump&rsquos trade war.
A single looks at Mr. Trump&rsquos pledge that the taxes on Chinese goods would assist lower &mdash even spend off &mdash the federal debt, and finds that the math isn&rsquot on his side.
And the other examines how, for these familiar with the Opium Wars of the 19th century, there&rsquos a feeling of history repeating itself.
&ldquoThere&rsquos magic out there, in this excellent big gorgeous world,&rdquo Jay Austin mentioned. He and Lauren Geoghegan quit their jobs to bike across the globe, where they encountered several moments of genuine human connection, and a few of cruelty.
Their story came to an finish in Central Asia, when a carload of guys believed to have pledged allegiance to ISIS spotted them.
7. The Mossad &mdash Israel&rsquos spy agency &mdash was responsible for the death of a single of Syria&rsquos most crucial rocket scientists, according to a senior official from a Middle Eastern intelligence agency.
The bombing was at least the agency&rsquos fourth attempted killing of an enemy weapons engineer on foreign soil in the last 3 years.
The scientist, Aziz Asbar, was working to help Syria turn into capable of striking long-range targets with greater accuracy &mdash a danger that Israel has devoted massive sources to countering.
eight. Wild-goose chase. The Big Apple. Hands down.
Even if you&rsquore not a sports lover, you probably have them to thank for some of our most widespread expressions.
9. Take a drive along the new United States Civil Rights Trail, a new tour coordinated by state tourism agencies.
The official route consists of churches, statehouses, museums and other landmarks across 15 states. But there are surprises to be located off-trail, like Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, Kan., 1 of the city&rsquos 4 segregated schools for blacks, which has been converted to the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Internet site. Above, a mural outdoors the college.
ten. Ultimately, right here&rsquos our roundup of late-night Tv.
We&rsquoll just give you a couple of hints (it&rsquoll be almost like a news quiz): Jimmy Kimmel described an &ldquoincrimi-tweet.&rdquo James Corden referred to Steven Seagal. And Trevor Noah praised Initial Lady Melania Trump&rsquos fluency in &ldquothrowing shade.&rdquo
Have a excellent evening.
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Published at Tue, 07 Aug 2018 22:54:02 +0000