5 Things For Thursday Aug 3: Trump, North Korea. Tax Reform. Hot Car Deaths. College And Race

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The White House says President Trump “weighed in” on the very first statement released last month by his eldest son after it was revealed that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer in 2016. White House press secretarySarah Huckabee Sanders said there wasn’t anything inaccurate about that statement and that the President didn’t dictate it but did have some input into it.
Of course, we now know that the original statement — that the meeting was primarily about an adoption program — was misleading. It was later revealed that Trump Jr. took the meeting in hopes of getting damaging info on Hillary Clinton. One of Trump’s lawyers haddenied that the President was involved at all in crafting the statement.

2. North Korea

A top Republican senator says a military showdown with North Korea is inevitable if the regime continues with its missile program. Sen. Lindsey Graham said there’s a “military option” to destroy the missile program and “North Korea itself.” Graham also said President Trump told him that if there’s going to be a war and thousands were going to die, “they’re going to die over there, they’re not going to die here.”
Graham’s remarks stand in stark contrast to those from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who said the US is still willing to talk to the North Koreans. Tillerson will be in Asia later this week for regional meetings on security. Ministers from North Korea, South Korea, China and Japan are due to be there, too.

Consequences of a North Korea-US war

3. Tax reform

Senate Dems, for obvious reasons, really weren’t a part of the GOP drive to get rid of Obamacare. Now, since that effort is largely over (though some bipartisan talking is still going on), the Senate’s turning its attention to tax reform, and the Democrats want in on the action. They issued a list of demands to Senate Republicans, urging that any tax plan not hurt the middle class or benefit the wealthy, that hearings be held on any plan, that any proposal be subject to the 60-vote threshold, and that it be fiscally responsible and not add to deficits. The GOP response? Thanks guys, we’ll be sure to take this under advisement.

Why tax reform is so hard

4. Hot car deaths

It’s the grimmest of grim stats: the number of hot car deaths is on a record pace this year. As of July31, there were 29 heatstroke deaths in cars, more than at this point in previous years, according to a meteorologistwho tracks the numbers. Just last week there were 11 deaths. On average, about 37 children die each year after being left in a hot vehicle. Many hope upgrades in technology and legislation will help reduce the number of cases.

Your car can be deadly, even when parked

5. Colleges and race

The Trump administration may begetting ready to take on affirmative action in colleges, The New York Times reports, by prepping Justice Department resources to investigate cases of “race-based discrimination.” The report is based on a memo, which CNN has not independently obtained, that the Justice Department’s civil rights division is looking for lawyers to work on discrimination cases involving college admissions. The Times suggests the phrase”intentional race-based discrimination” could mean the effort is aimed at affirmative action-based policies that prioritize minority students over white students.

Supreme Court upholds affirmative action at university


The Senate vote to confirmChristopher Wray as the next director of the FBI

Wray confirmed by Senate as new FBI director


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Burn notice
They look pretty, but apparently they’ll hurt you: almost 275,000 iPhone cases made with liquid glitter are being recalled because they’ve burned people.
Flyby tracker
Did you know that NASA has a planetary defense system? We didn’t either. Turns out it uses observatories, not lasers, to track asteroid threats.

NASA Planetary Defense Office set up to save Earth

Intentional grounding
Winning can’t be the only thing at a Wisconsin school named for famed NFL coach Vince Lombardi after it canceled its football season.
Flying high
She was born in a refugee camp in Afghanistan.Now she’s flying a plane — by herself — around the globe.
Take the money and run
A New Jersey security guard’s first day of work was probably different than yours, since police say he stole $100,000 out of his company’s armored truck.


Royal retirement
Prince Philip, 96, attends a parade of the Royal Marines at Buckingham Palace today, marking the end of his 65 years of public life.

Prince Philip: The man behind the Queen


Comedy gold
Here are100 kids — eating lemons. Sometimes this job is too easy. (Click to view)

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