- Seventeen people died in mudslides in southern California. Seventeen additional people are missing. The slides were sparked by six inches of heavy rain falling on areas burned by recent wildfires.
Keep in mind that we’re not talking about a program which was enacted by the legislative branch and signed into law by a president. This was an executive decision put in place by Barack Obama over the loud protestations of many members of Congress. As we’ve seen in many other such scenarios, it’s remarkable that the courts can find it perfectly fine for a president to take executive action on a particular subject, and then turn around and rule that it’s impossible for a different president to act on the same issue.
But that’s still not the most remarkable feature of this ruling. In the past, courts (generally under the Ninth Circuit) have responded when President Trump issued a new order, seeking to block him from taking action. The travel ban is one of the best examples. But in this case, the President isn’t actually doing anything. He’s opting to let an executive order from a previous administration expire by not renewing it and inviting Congress to enact a law covering the same type of program if they wish to.
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) won’t run for re-election. Issa barely won his last election, so this isn’t a surprise.
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen claims it thwarted a Houthi attack against a Saudi oil tanker in the Red Sea.
Groups unknown conducted attacks against Russia’s main military base in Syria. The base is deep within government-controlled territory, yet someone managed to launch a mortar attack and an armed drone attack against it.