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Trump says media a threat to national security

President Trump tweeted, repeating his claim that the news media are the enemy of the people, escalating the rhetoric by claiming the free press could be a threat to national security, saying "They can also cause War!"

Posted: Aug 16, 2018 4:28 PM
Updated: Aug 16, 2018 4:48 PM

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1. Politics

So much happened yesterday. Let's do a lightning round:

Primaries: Diversity ruled as voters hit the polls in four statesChristine Hallquist, winner of Vermont's Democratic gubernatorial primary, is a step closer to becoming that nation's first transgender governor. And Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American woman, won the Democratic nod for a House seat in Minnesota. That state's ex-governor, Tim Pawlenty, won't be getting his old job back, though, after he lost the GOP primary.

White House: Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says she "can't guarantee" there's not a tape out there with President Trump using the N-word (!!!), but she said she's never heard him say it.

Paul Manafort: Closing arguments start this morning in the trial of President Trump's ex-campaign chairman after the defense rested its case without calling a single witness.

West Virginia: Lawmakers in the Mountain State did something that might be a first in US history: impeach an entire state Supreme Court.

(Only in) Florida politics: Melissa Howard, a state House candidate who faked a college diploma, is getting out of the race.

2. Clergy sex abuse

This one is very disturbing, and you may not want to read it first thing in the morning. But it's incredibly important. A new grand jury report out of Pennsylvania says more than 300 "predator priests" have been credibly accused of sexually abusing more than 1,000 child victims. The report shines light on abuses dating back to the 1940s in Catholic dioceses in Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton. The details are horrific and paint a picture of church officials far more interested in protecting themselves and the Catholic Church's image than helpless children.

The cases in the report will sicken and anger you: A Harrisburg priest raped a 7-year-old girl in the hospital after her tonsils were taken out. A priest in Allentown got a recommendation to work at Disney World, even after it was discovered he'd abused several boys. Most cases are too old to be prosecuted, though charges have been filed against a few priests. The most infuriating part? We'll never really know just how many children were hurt by this. "We believe that the real number of children whose records were lost or who were afraid ever to come forward is in the thousands," the report says.

3. Italy bridge collapse

Rescue operations continued through the night in Genoa, Italy, as authorities try to figure out why a bridge collapsed there during a violent storm. At least 36 people died when the Morandi Bridge, which links the south of France with Italy, came down. The death toll is expected to rise as teams comb through the carnage. An entire family is believed to have been killed in the collapse. No new survivors were found overnight, and rescuers aren't hearing or seeing any signs of life. Italy's President promised a "serious and severe examination" of what caused this disaster.

4. Turkey

Turkey's fighting back against planned US tariffs with new tariffs of its own. Turkey has doubled retaliatory tariffs on US cars to 120% and on alcoholic drinks to 140%. Products such as rice, paper, fruit and coal will also be hit. Tensions between the US and Turkey ramped up over Turkey's detention of an American pastor and President Trump's plans to increase tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum. All this squabbling has smacked the lira, Turkey's currency, which has plummeted against the US dollar.

5. Immigration

A US Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Boston appears to have been working with ICE officials to arrest undocumented immigrant spouses married to US citizens when they showed up at government offices to interview for legal status. Internal emails show the two agencies discussed scheduling interview times with immigrants that would be convenient for ICE agents so they could be there to arrest them. The emails are part of a court filing in an immigration case brought by the ACLU, which calls the practice a "trap." The agencies wouldn't comment on the allegations, citing the pending litigation.

TODAY'S QUOTES

"The university owes you an apology. You entrusted Jordan to our care, and he is never returning home."

University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh, apologizing to the family of football player Jordan McNair, 19, who died of heatstroke after a workout this summer. A preliminary review indicates McNair didn't get proper medical care and the training staff made mistakes, like not taking his temperature or giving him a cold-water immersion treatment. Loh said the school "accepts legal and moral responsibility" for the errors that led to his death.

"Duck boats are death traps. Nobody else should have to go through that."

Tia Coleman, who lost nine family members last month in the Branson, Missouri, duck boat tragedy. She wants the amphibious vehicles banned.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

State of grace

The Carr Fire started at their trailer. The community that was devastated by the blaze had a message for them: It's not your fault.

Maybe Elway or Manning will come back

Man, Denver Broncos fans are harsh. They've started a crowdfunding page to help the team nix QB Paxton Lynch.

Come together

It's not quite a Beatles reunion, but we'll take it: the sons of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, teaming up for a selfie.

Life lesson

The Florida teacher, battling cancer, ran out of sick days. So, his fellow school employees gave him theirs.

'Green Spine'

It's been a minute since we've had wacky skyscrapers to talk about. Here's a twisting "garden in the sky" planned for Melbourne, Australia.

HAPPENING LATER

A new beginning

Today's the first day of the school year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but it's hardly back to normal at the site of one of the deadliest school shootings in history.

TODAY'S NUMBERS

51%

The portion of Republicans who agree with President Trump's assessment that the news media is the "enemy of the people." And yes, that makes those of us in this newsroom very sad.

AND FINALLY

Challenge accepted

For better or worse, Drake's "In My Feelings" seems to be the song of the summer. So, go ahead and listen to it being peformed in 15 different musical styles. (Click to view.)

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 703345

Reported Deaths: 13194
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Marion959691716
Lake51222940
Allen38926670
Hamilton34288404
St. Joseph33770539
Elkhart27117431
Vanderburgh22034393
Tippecanoe21671212
Johnson17451374
Porter17206297
Hendricks16735310
Clark12657190
Madison12302337
Vigo12155244
Monroe11385166
LaPorte10800204
Delaware10312184
Howard9617211
Kosciusko9068113
Hancock7939139
Bartholomew7854153
Warrick7675155
Floyd7542176
Wayne6880198
Grant6773170
Boone6524100
Morgan6370138
Dubois6071117
Marshall5753108
Dearborn568075
Cass5671102
Henry5563100
Noble537983
Jackson492369
Shelby477795
Lawrence4332118
Gibson427389
Harrison426570
Montgomery416486
Clinton416053
DeKalb406684
Huntington376980
Whitley375539
Miami371465
Knox365389
Steuben362657
Putnam351960
Wabash346677
Jasper346146
Adams337652
Ripley333368
Jefferson311579
White307354
Daviess288899
Wells285180
Decatur278592
Fayette277062
Greene270385
Posey268333
Scott260553
Clay252244
LaGrange251470
Randolph234480
Washington230431
Spencer227431
Jennings224647
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Sullivan207342
Starke201952
Owen191856
Fulton190839
Carroll185620
Jay185529
Perry179536
Orange176553
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Franklin165435
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Pike130134
Pulaski113145
Newton102934
Brown99640
Crawford97014
Benton96213
Martin82415
Warren78915
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Union69610
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1048109

Reported Deaths: 18917
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1217031352
Cuyahoga1063982060
Hamilton779451165
Montgomery49883989
Summit45144907
Lucas39826760
Butler37638568
Stark31348894
Lorain24090472
Warren23835291
Mahoning20822583
Lake19915362
Clermont19397228
Delaware17972130
Licking16089206
Fairfield15646196
Trumbull15521459
Medina14815259
Greene14613236
Clark13576288
Wood12709184
Portage12313194
Allen11303229
Richland11017198
Miami10511212
Muskingum8688127
Wayne8543209
Columbiana8527226
Pickaway8421120
Marion8360135
Tuscarawas8359239
Erie7540153
Ross6692145
Hancock6683123
Geauga6527146
Ashtabula6458164
Scioto6280100
Belmont5591158
Union556247
Lawrence5458102
Jefferson5283147
Huron5270113
Darke5264121
Sandusky5164119
Seneca5093118
Washington5074107
Athens499454
Auglaize474884
Mercer470384
Shelby455089
Knox4371108
Madison421058
Putnam420298
Ashland412086
Fulton407966
Defiance399996
Crawford3858100
Brown385555
Logan372276
Preble369598
Clinton359659
Ottawa355478
Highland346059
Williams323274
Champaign318556
Jackson306951
Guernsey305848
Perry289349
Fayette276948
Morrow274439
Hardin263563
Henry263166
Coshocton258257
Holmes252699
Van Wert238662
Gallia233246
Pike232431
Adams227552
Wyandot226353
Hocking208958
Carroll188947
Paulding168538
Meigs141438
Noble132737
Monroe128841
Morgan106423
Harrison105336
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