It’s Monday, and here are five things to know for your New Day.
At least 13 people are dead and more than 100 injured after a van careened through a crowd in one of Barcelona’s tourist hotspots. ISIS’ media wing claimed responsibility, calling the attackers were “soldiers of the Islamic State.” It’s Spain’s worst terror attack since the 2004 Madrid train bombings and the latest example of attackers using vehicles to inflict terror.
Three suspects have been arrested, but the driver of the van is still on the run. Hours after the vehicle attack, a second possible terror incident linked to the van rampage unfolded in Cambrils, south of Barcelona; police shot dead five suspected terrorists. Authorities also believe a house explosion may be tied to the van assault. And they’re investigating whether a driver who ran over two officers at a security checkpoint is connected to the van attack.
America’s longest war will go on a little longer, but President Trump, in a prime-time address to the nation, didn’t say how much longer that will be. Nor did the President say how many more troops will be sent to Afghanistan, where the US has been fighting for 16 years, sacrificing the lives of thousands of American men and women and spending more than $800 billion. What Trump did say is that the US will “fight to win,” focus on beating back the Taliban and other terrorists groups and not engage in nation-building. Trump campaigned on getting the US out of Afghanistan, but now he’s taking his generals’ advice.
2. Tax reform
The US Navy is going to hit pause, briefly, as it tries to get to the bottom of a slew of ship collisions that have left sailors dead and missing. The chief of Naval operations is expected to order a one-day safety stand-down across the entire Navy, with units taking turns suspending their work over a couple weeks.
3. Sanctuary cities
The man suspected of driving the van used in the Barcelona terror attack is dead. Police shot and killed Younes Abouyaaqoub in a town west of Barcelona. He was wearing an explosive belt and armed with knives when he was killed. Police say Abouyaaqoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan national, was at the wheel when a van plowed through a crowd in a tourist district, killing 13 people.
4. Russia investigation
Well, here we go again. There’s apparently a third body-camera video out that allegedly shows a Baltimore police officer engaged in “questionable activity.” The video appears to show an officer re-enacting the seizure of evidence. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is investigating and says at least 43 criminal cases will be tossed out as a result of the footage. Two other videos out this summer appear to show Baltimore officers planting or manufacturing evidence. That’s resulted in more than 100 cases being delayed or dismissed.
5. Frankfurt evacuation
The Secret Service is having problems paying some of the agents who protect the President and his family. The agency’s director told USA Today that more than 1,000 agents have already hit caps for salary and overtime for 2017. Director Randolph “Tex” Alles told the newspaper part of the problem is that Trump has a large family that travels a lot, but he later seemed to walk that back a bit, telling CNN it’s a problem that pre-dates the Trump era. Alles has met with members of Congress to talk about boosting the caps for agents.
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“There are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists”
James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox and son of Rupert Murdoch, in a scathing email he wrote denouncing President Trump’s comments on Charlottesville
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Somebody found a painting worth $160 million at an estate sale. Now that’s a good investment.
Our only hope?
“Star Wars” fans hope the force is with a rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi film. But you can put down the lightsaber: Their hopes have been dashed on this in the past.
Don’t even think about putting a smiley face in that email to a colleague. People apparently think if you use an emoticon in work emails, you’re, well, stupid.
Do you still have to tip?
If fluffy pillows, breakfast in bed and an opulent spa aren’t enough to hook you into a luxury hotel, maybe a room service robot will do the trick.
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Pediatricians say Florida hurt sick kids to help big GOP donors. Read this special report from CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen and Katherine Grise.
AND FINALLY …
You’re a kid, and you want to watch TV at night after everyone’s in bed, but the security camera keeps busting you. So, you do what you gotta do. (Click to view)
Just doing his part