It’s Monday, and here are five things to know for your New Day.
It took a couple days, but President Trump finally condemned and called out by name the white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other extremist groups that brought violence and death to Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. Trump’s words, while strong, would have been much more powerful if he’d said them Saturday, so for a lot of folks, this was just too little, too late.
2. President Trump
Looks like Kim Jong Un is in wait-and-see mode. The North Korean leader has reviewed plans to launch a missile attack on Guam but wants to see what the “foolish Yankees” do before he makes his next move. Whatever move that is, Defense Secretary James Mattis warns Kim to think carefully. Mattis said if the North fired on Guam or any other part of the US, it would be “game on.” But South Korean President Moon Jae-in later said the US would need the South’s OK before launching any attack on North Korea.
3. Sanctuary cities
Is anybody happy with the Iran nuclear deal? President Trump, when recertifying it last month, said Iran is violating the “spirit” of the deal. Now Iran’s President says he could pull his country out of it “within hours” if the US imposed more sanctions. President Hassan Rouhani says Iran remains committed to the deal, though any breaches by other parties would prompt “appropriate” responses. The 2015 agreement lifts most sanctions against Iran in exchange for limits on its nuke program.
4. Russia investigation
Hundreds of people are feared dead after mudslides ripped through Sierra Leone. The bodies of about 200 people have been recovered, but that number is sure to rise. Mudslides hit areas just outside the capital of Freetown, sweeping down hillsides and obliterating everything. Entire families are reported missing in the West African nation of 6 million residents. The mudslides have been fed by rainfall that’s triple the average for this time of year. A presidential spokesman said the “whole country is traumatized.”
5. Frankfurt evacuation
Writer Peggy Drexler said Swift spoke for all women and highlighted the sexual harassment they endure daily. And CNN legal analyst Paul Callan said Swift sent a strong message to men, too: Get your groping hands off us.
You’ve got your eclipse glasses, and you’ve found the perfect spot to watch the Great American Eclipse. But none of that will matter if it’s cloudy on Monday. So, what will the weather be for the first total eclipse to occur in the US since 1979? We’re less than a week away from the big day – and forecasts can change – but right now it looks like the Southeast will be the trouble spot. A stalled front could bring clouds and storms Monday afternoon to Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas. If the weather spoils your view, all is not lost. You can go to cnn.com/eclipse to watch it live in virtual reality.
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The number of Americans struggling with alcohol abuse, according to a new study
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As if you don’t spend enough time on social media, Facebook now wants you to watch videos on its new service called … Watch.
A prehistoric crocodile – known for crushing prey with its massive jaw and teeth – has been named for heavy metal legend Lemmy.
They’re so fly
We don’t know much about China’s Hainan Airlines, other than it’s got the coolest cabin crew uniforms on the planet.
AND FINALLY …
A man builds his cats a maze out of 50 boxes because, well, why not. (Click to view)
You’ll probably find it hard to wind down from this stressful week. But 70 seconds of cute pandas falling down should do the trick. (Click to view)