5 things for August 3: Russia meddling, death penalty, emissions, Zimbabwe, Florida

Expecting another scorcher today? It probably won't be as hot as Death Valley, home of the new (tentative) w...

Posted: Aug 3, 2018 1:13 PM
Updated: Aug 3, 2018 1:13 PM

Expecting another scorcher today? It probably won't be as hot as Death Valley, home of the new (tentative) world's record for hottest month anywhere. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

1. Russia election meddling

Africa

Continents and regions

Eastern Africa

Eastern Europe

Europe

Government and public administration

Investigations

Politics

Russia

Russia meddling investigation

Zimbabwe

Donald Trump

Political Figures - US

Government bodies and offices

US federal government

White House

Capital punishment

Crime, law enforcement and corrections

Criminal law

Law and legal system

Societal issues

Society

Air pollution

Business and industry sectors

Business, economy and trade

California

Emissions

Energy and environment

Energy and utilities

Environment and natural resources

Environmental regulation and policy

North America

Pollution

Southwestern United States

The Americas

United States

Elections and campaigns

Florida

Southeastern United States

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."

IT'S THE WEEKEND, BABY

Hollywood's giving you lots of choices this weekend. You can go for the super sweetness of "Christopher Robin" (though our AJ Willingham thinks CGI Winnie the Pooh is super creepy), the groundbreaking comedy of "Crazy Rich Asians" or the "Hunger Games"-like dystopian thrills of  "The Darkest Minds."

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.

Confirmed Cases: 36578

Reported Deaths: 2258
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion10188604
Lake3876207
Allen181071
Cass15919
Elkhart158528
St. Joseph135838
Hendricks120478
Hamilton119194
Johnson1125113
Madison60061
Porter56233
Clark53942
Bartholomew53139
LaPorte44824
Howard44236
Tippecanoe4344
Jackson4012
Delaware39741
Shelby39722
Hancock35427
Boone32436
Floyd31941
Vanderburgh2913
Morgan28626
Noble27821
Montgomery24917
Clinton2471
White2399
Decatur23132
Grant22923
Dubois2113
Kosciusko2052
Harrison19622
Marshall1872
Henry18512
Vigo1828
Greene17226
Dearborn17122
Monroe17113
Lawrence17124
Warrick16729
Miami1461
Putnam1427
Jennings1324
Orange13122
LaGrange1282
Scott1263
Franklin1168
Ripley1086
Daviess10416
Carroll952
Wayne906
Steuben902
Wabash812
Newton8010
Fayette797
Jasper741
Jay580
Clay533
Randolph523
Rush513
Fulton511
Washington501
Pulaski500
Jefferson491
Whitley453
DeKalb451
Starke423
Perry390
Huntington382
Sullivan371
Wells350
Owen341
Brown331
Benton320
Knox310
Blackford272
Tipton261
Crawford250
Adams231
Switzerland220
Spencer221
Fountain222
Gibson202
Parke180
Posey160
Martin140
Warren131
Ohio130
Vermillion100
Union100
Pike60
Unassigned0180

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 37758

Reported Deaths: 2357
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin6323295
Cuyahoga4789265
Hamilton2811171
Marion268832
Lucas2329263
Pickaway209938
Summit1529181
Mahoning1486191
Butler97532
Columbiana89453
Stark803102
Montgomery73417
Lorain73061
Trumbull60052
Belmont44915
Warren40721
Medina37624
Tuscarawas3714
Ashtabula36938
Miami36730
Delaware36014
Portage33557
Lake32512
Clark3237
Fairfield3188
Wood30649
Geauga30334
Wayne29651
Licking27110
Mercer2278
Richland2224
Allen22133
Clermont2195
Darke19023
Erie18416
Madison1647
Washington11819
Crawford1184
Morrow1081
Ottawa10717
Greene1065
Putnam9514
Sandusky9112
Monroe8015
Auglaize773
Hardin730
Ross732
Hocking705
Jefferson672
Huron611
Williams581
Holmes573
Union561
Muskingum561
Hancock531
Coshocton480
Wyandot482
Clinton471
Shelby473
Fulton450
Logan430
Fayette410
Preble391
Guernsey382
Carroll353
Defiance342
Brown311
Lawrence301
Highland291
Champaign281
Seneca262
Knox251
Ashland230
Vinton212
Perry191
Athens181
Scioto180
Henry170
Jackson150
Paulding140
Adams111
Harrison100
Pike90
Gallia81
Van Wert70
Meigs60
Noble60
Morgan50
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Scattered Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 75°
Angola
Broken Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 70°
Huntington
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 74°
Decatur
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 75°
Van Wert
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 75°
Sunny & Pleasant Weekend
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events