Trump pushing to undermine Obama rules on fuel efficient cars

CNN's Tom Foreman reports.

Posted: Aug 3, 2018 12:11 PM
Updated: Aug 3, 2018 12:32 PM

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1. Russia election meddling

The White House yesterday trotted out some big guns -- Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, national security adviser John Bolton, FBI Director Chris Wray -- to relay a powerful message: The Russians are still interfering in the US election system and want to mess with the midterm elections, but we're going to stop them.

But that message didn't seem to make it to President Trump's rally last night in Pennsylvania, where Trump said not a word about Russia's attacks on the US democratic process. The only times he used the word Russia was with the word "hoax," a reference to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. This disconnect between a President and his national security team was particularly stunning, and CNN's Anderson Cooper called it a tale of two White Houses.

2. Death penalty

Pope Francis changed the Catholic Church's stance on the death penalty, saying it's never admissible and the church will work to end it around the world. The church now says capital punishment "is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person." Historically, the church held that the death penalty protected society. But that view has been evolving since Pope John Paul II's time. Now, a Vatican spokesman tells CNN, leaders can protect society "in other ways." CNN Religion Editor Daniel Burke notes the new policy puts US politicians who support capital punishment in an awkward spot.

3. Emissions standards

The Trump administration wants to lower emissions standards for cars, but California isn't having it. The administration plans to revoke an Obama-era environmental regulation that forces automakers to make cars much more fuel efficient by 2025 -- and to withdraw California's Clean Air Act preemption waiver, which allows the Golden State to set its own emissions standards (because it has its own distinct air quality issues). This is significant because about a dozen other states follow California's standards, which means about a third of all passenger vehicles fall under these rules.

California Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, called the proposal "reckless" and promised a fight. The attorneys general of 20 states, including California, say they'll sue to stop the proposed changes. They say the plan would force motorists to pay more for gas and cause more air pollution.

4. Zimbabwe election

A winner has been declared in the closely-watched presidential election in Zimbabwe, but the losing side's not giving up its fight. The country's election commission said President Emmerson Mnangagwa beat challenger Nelson Chamisa, 50.8% to 44%, in the first election held there since former leader Robert Mugabe was driven from office last year. But Chamisa's supporters say the vote was rigged, so they're refusing to accept the results. And that anger morphed into violence, with six people dead in clashes with security forces.

5. Florida beaches

Florida's beautiful southwest beaches have a shocking feature right now: thousands of dead marine animals. About 100 miles of coastline are clogged with the carcasses of dead fish, sea turtles, sea birds, manatees and even a shark. It's so bad, the governor has put out an emergency order. The animals were killed by what's called red tide, a toxic algae bloom that strikes every year. But officials say it's been about a decade since a red tide lasted this long or was this destructive. And no one knows how long it will last.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Social media minutes (or hours ... or days)

Enough time to run a mile? Cook dinner? Go on vacation? Facebook and Instagram now reveal how much time you really spend in their apps.

Prehistoric cemetery

Stonehenge isn't just a mysterious ancient monument. It's also a graveyard. And now we know more about who's buried there.

'All I did was be black'

Add eating to the list of ordinary things that have gotten people of color reported to authorities. A Smith College student is now getting an apology.

Bold bandits

Stolen royal jewels. Thieves escaping by speedboat. No, it's not the plot of the next James Bond movie; it's just what happened this week in Sweden.

I'll be back

Linda Hamilton's coming back as Sarah Connor in another "Terminator" sequel, and the internet squealed in delight.

HAPPENING LATER

Jobs report

Some things to watch for when the July jobs report comes out later this morning: Will unemployment dip below 4%? Will the economy add more than 200,000 jobs again? And will there be any sign of drag from the Trump tariffs?

TOTAL RECALL

Quiz time

A German cruise line is catching heat after an employee shot and killed what animal?

A. dolphin

B. horse

C. whale

D. polar bear

Play "Total Recall: The CNN news quiz" to see if you're right. And don't forget, you can also find a version of the quiz on your Amazon devices! Just say, "Alexa, ask CNN for a quiz."

AND FINALLY

Do a little dance

This cute little pup is all of us as we get ready for the weekend. (Click to view.)

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 730969

Reported Deaths: 13434
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Lake53771970
Allen40668678
St. Joseph35733552
Hamilton35629408
Elkhart28577442
Tippecanoe22402219
Vanderburgh22310397
Porter18776308
Johnson17970379
Hendricks17244315
Clark12985191
Madison12673339
Vigo12449247
LaPorte11928211
Monroe11893170
Delaware10696186
Howard9924216
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Hancock8284141
Bartholomew8070156
Warrick7784155
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Grant7060174
Wayne7051199
Boone6700101
Morgan6576139
Dubois6156117
Marshall6050111
Dearborn581378
Cass5808105
Henry5720103
Noble561384
Jackson501773
Shelby491996
Lawrence4546120
Harrison435872
Gibson435492
DeKalb428485
Clinton427453
Montgomery424189
Whitley396139
Huntington391980
Steuben387857
Miami381866
Knox371990
Jasper366047
Putnam360760
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Adams341354
Ripley339770
Jefferson330981
White314354
Daviess297399
Wells291581
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Fayette280762
Greene278985
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Spencer232131
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Jay195130
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Newton107834
Brown102141
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Martin89115
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1085733

Reported Deaths: 19441
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Cuyahoga1124072120
Hamilton801491206
Montgomery515591014
Summit47292946
Lucas42275788
Butler38396584
Stark32412907
Lorain25046481
Warren24313300
Mahoning21629588
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Clermont19803238
Delaware18537133
Licking16436212
Fairfield16230200
Trumbull16082468
Medina15309264
Greene15099244
Clark14017299
Wood13113189
Portage12890203
Allen11675232
Richland11382199
Miami10686217
Wayne8843211
Columbiana8816229
Muskingum8815133
Pickaway8582121
Marion8539135
Tuscarawas8487244
Erie7917154
Hancock6929127
Ross6858155
Ashtabula6830170
Geauga6697148
Scioto6417101
Belmont5920167
Union571048
Lawrence5560102
Jefferson5544151
Huron5439119
Darke5364123
Sandusky5359121
Seneca5290121
Athens520058
Washington5160109
Auglaize491984
Mercer480885
Shelby470093
Knox4495110
Madison436661
Putnam4287100
Fulton423969
Ashland423189
Defiance421097
Crawford3978107
Brown395057
Logan382376
Preble379898
Clinton372963
Ottawa367479
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Williams340275
Champaign333458
Guernsey316253
Jackson312652
Perry295350
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Fayette282250
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Henry269366
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Gallia235949
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Monroe132342
Harrison108537
Morgan108523
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