- The U.S. Navy recovered the bodies of all 10 sailors who died in the collision involving the USS John S. McCain. All of them were trapped inside the ship’s hull.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan’s Hokkaido. The missile reached an altitude of 340 miles, and reportedly broke into three pieces before it landed off Hokkaido’s coast. The Japanese military did not attempt to shoot the missile down, although it warned people of the launch:
The Japanese government’s J-Alert system broke into radio and TV programming, warning citizens of the possible missile. Bullet train services were temporarily halted and warnings went out over loudspeakers in towns in Hokkaido.
- John Bolton offers a plan to extract ourselves from the Iranian nuclear deal.
U.S. pilots, who have enjoyed air supremacy against the insurgents they’ve been battling in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, cannot be sanguine about the risks posed by advanced Russian or Syrian jets or ground-based air defense in Syria.
Armed aircraft from Syria, Russia, the United States and its coalition allies are all flying within a “no escape” range of each other’s weapons.
- Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito blocked a district court ruling that demanded Texas redraw two Congressional districts. The district court refused to delay its order while Texas appealed to the Supreme Court, and Alito reversed that.
Jon Gabriel writes that Donald Trump shouldn’t have pardoned Joe Arpaio because he’s no angel:
When local journalists delved into Arpaio’s dealings, he had them arrested, a move that ultimately cost taxpayers $3.75 million. We paid $3.5 million more after the sheriff wrongfully arrested a county supervisor who had been critical of him.
About the same time, Arpaio sought charges against another supervisor, a county board member, the school superintendent, four Superior Court Judges and several county employees. All of these were cleared by the courts and also resulted in hefty taxpayer-funded settlements for his targets.
- Robert Tracinski calls out Charlottesville for covering its Confederate monuments in “statue burqas”:
Charlottesville’s novel solution to the conflict over its monuments to Confederate heroes is to drape them in statue burqas meant to shield viewers from the temptation to either worship or become enraged by the images of men who lost a war 150 years ago. Up until a year ago, of course, no such measures were necessary because nobody reacted that way. But sure, it’s the statues that are the problem, so they need to be covered…
Charlottesville has a tendency to put up bad modern art, and these look like new entries—abstract pieces entitled “Moral Cowardice.” This completes the kind of magical thinking behind the Confederate statues campaign: if we cover the idols of the old gods, we can finally banish their evil spirits.
A headline you don’t expect to see from The Washington Post: “Black-clad antifa members attack peaceful right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott activated the entire Texas National Guard to help with Hurricane Harvey. Guard units from other states are helping, too.
A specially constructed liquified national gas tanker traveled from Norway across the Arctic Sea to South Korea without help from an icebreaker, a first.
The government of Colombia claims Venezuelan soldiers crossed into the country and robbed residents.
Debbie D’Souza offers an update on socialism in Venezuela:
The PKK claims they’ve arrested operatives from Turkey’s intelligence agency in Sulaimani, a city in Iraqi Kurdistan.
The Saudi-led Arab coalition that’s fighting in Yemen is getting careless or reckless in its targeting, killing 49 civilians in two days near the capital, Sanaa.