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Weekend Digest- November 18, 2018

Happy Sunday everyone and here’s the news you need to know for November 18.

1. Trump consoles California after two tragedies

  • President Trump went to California yesterday to observe the destruction done by the camp fire that began on Nov. 8 that has now killed more than 70 people and and an estimated 12,000 structures destroyed.
  • He also went to privately console the families of the victims from the mass shooting at a college bar last week that left 12 dead.
  • He saw the families at the airport hanger before he left to go back to D.C. and pictures were not allowed.
  • It’s been a gruesome couple of weeks for California and Trump along with Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom were there to try and lend support and condolences to the community.
  • “Hopefully, this will be the last of these, because it was a really, really bad one,” the president said talking about the wildfires. “People have to see this to really understand it.”
  • Once again, the president also mentioned the rising need to improve forest management and maintenance while also refusing to admit that climate change had any input to why the fires have spread more quickly and caused more damage this year.
  • The NYT is reporting that the fire spread about 17 miles in 12 hours, engulfing the entire town of Paradise in about one day.
  • Just to understand the sheer force of this wildfire, according to Cal fire, at one point the fire was consuming football field lengths of the surrounding woods in a matter of seconds before it reached Paradise.
  • The forecast shows that rain could come to the area midweek which could help stop the fire but also make it harder to search through the remains.
  • You can read more about the wildfire here.

2. U.S. report about Khashoggi killing to be made

  • After the CIA officialy announced this week that they believe the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Trump said he would be releasing a report about “who did it” this week.
  • Trump has been in a diplomatic bind these past few weeks about how to reprimand Saudi Arabia without completely destroying their relationship with the U.S. at the same time.
  • But now that the the U.S.’s own intelligence officers are confirming that the crown prince had at least some part in the killing of Khashoggi, Trump’s go-to statment about giving MbS the benefit of the doubt can no longer hold up.
  • The NYT released an interesting video explaining the days leading up to and the actual killing of Khashoggi that explains the connections to the crown prince.
  • The state department released a statment saying that they plan to “hold all those responsible for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi accountable,” but gave no specifics.
  • Before Trump left for California on Saturday he spoke to the press and said Saudi Arabia was “a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development.”
  • “I have to take a lot of things into consideration” when deciding what measures to take against the kingdom, he said.
  • You can read more about the situation HERE.

3. Supreme Court filing against Whitaker

  • The acting U.S. Attorney General, Matt Whitaker, is facing a lawsuit from a prominent Washington lawyer who is trying to bring a case to the Supreme Court about Whitaker’s appointment as AG.
  • Thomas C. Goldstein is the lawyer claiming that it is illegal for Whitaker to run the agency — even temporarily — if he is not Senate-confirmed.
  • It is unclear when the Supreme Court will consider the motion but this is just the latest attempt at trying to knock down Whitaker’s appointment.
  • This official filling comes amid scrutiny, mostly from senate democrats, who are worried that Whitaker will try to hinder or stop all together the ongoing Robert Mueller investigation.
  • Goldstein and Democrats would rather like to see Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein fill the position.
  • Whitaker has been known to publicly denounce various parts about the Russia investigation on multiple news shows and even laid out how one could cripple the investigation by cutting off the budget by the current AG.
  • Whitaker has also come under attack for his involvement with the company World Patent Marketing which has been proven to have scammed millions from costumers and Whitakers knew about it.
  • Goldstein said legal challenges to Whitaker’s appointment will keep popping up in various court cases around the country, and the Supreme Court should weigh in to settle the issue.
  • The Justice Department has announced that based on a legal analysis that Whitaker can serve as the acting attorney general for up to seven months, or longer if a nomination for a permanent successor is sent to the Senate.
  • You can read more about the filing HERE.

4. The Week in Good News

“Batkid” declared cancer free
  • Miles Scott was just a little five-year-old diagnosed with Leukemia when he got to dress up as Batman for a day to help save San Francisco.
  • It was part of his Make-a-Wish wish and spent an entire day battling the Joke and Mr. Penguin.
  • But now, Miles has been in remission for five years and is considered cancer free!
  • I highly recommend checking out Miles’s story and check him out saving San Francisco as well.
Man Befriends 4,000 dogs in NYC
  • A writer, Ken Foster, decided to really understand what life was like in the crowded and very urban New York City for his next project.
  • He ended up meeting 4,000 dogs in their homes, in their neighborhoods and with the people they love in order to write his book.
  • I tell you, if I could get paid to visit 4,000 dogs and then write about it for a full book, I would be one happy writer.
  • Check out this wacky story HERE.
Speaking of adorable dogs….
  • I really am a sucker for adorable dog videos or stories, so check out this hilarious video of a dog who is seriously winning at life right now.
  • He obviously has tapped into a whole other level of being “a very good boy” that all other dogs need to get at.


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Death toll rises to 76 in California fire as Trump visits
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump says report on Khashoggi’s death in coming days
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Unemployment rate sits at 4.1%
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Supreme Court challenge filed to Whitaker appointment
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – 1st black Democratic nominee for Florida governor concedes
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS -Clinics based on school campuses is aim of Montgomery plan
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS-Roby, Shelby press Feds for Alabama farmers
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS– Alabama infant death rate hits all-time low
AL.COM – New black officers, court officials rethinking US policing.
AL.COM – Orange Beach mayor pitches north-south beach road, but settlement may prevent it.
AL.COM – Columnist Frances Coleman: Why Thanksgiving is a special kind of holiday.
FACING SOUTH – How gerrymandering blunted the South’s blue wave.
FACING SOUTH – Southern midterms marred by voting problems.
DECATUR DAILY – Demand high, wages up for seasonal holiday workers.
ANNISTON STAR – Spore wars: Alabama’s mushroom hunters battle over state regulation.
ANNISTON STAR – The Anniston Star:  Expungement law is legal wisdom.
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Hudson Family Foundation inducts 1,200 students into the Legends Club.
DOTHAN EAGLE – The Dothan Eagle: Appreciate the victories.
WASHINGTON POST – Fight for House speaker explodes into national political campaign.
WASHINGTON POST – In Mississippi, Republican concern rises over a U.S. Senate runoff that should have been a romp.
WASHINGTON POST – Contributor Daniel Dale: It’s easy to fact check Trump’s lies. He tells the same ones all the time.
WASHINGTON POST – Columnist Dana Milbank: While Trump feasts on Thanksgiving, troops on the border eat rations and await Pancho Villa.
WASHINGTON POST – From slavery to possible sainthood: The story of America’s first black priest.
NEW YORK TIMES – America’s Election Grid Remains a Patchwork of Vulnerabilities
NEW YORK TIMES – Contributor Sabrina Tavernise: These Americans Are Done With Politics
NEW YORK TIMES – Trump Proposes a New Way Around Birth Control Mandate: Religious Exemptions and Title X

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