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Kobach: Willing to recuse myself from recount

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he will recuse himself from overseeing the GOP primary race recount against himself and Gov. Jeff Colyer after discrepancies were discovered between unofficial results from the county and the state levels.

Posted: Aug 10, 2018 2:25 PM
Updated: Aug 10, 2018 2:38 PM

There's SO MUCH going on right now, so let's get straight to what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

1. Mideast airstrike

There's outrage around the world this morning after dozens of schoolchildren died in an airstrike in northern Yemen. They were on a summer camp field trip when their bus was struck at their first stop -- a market. At least 50 were killed and 77 injured. The video images from local media show a hellish scene: tiny bodies under a destroyed bus. Video from hospitals shows boys who've lost limbs and a screaming child covered in blood.

The airstrike came from the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that's been leading a military campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. The coalition said the missile was not aimed at the bus but at a "legitimate target." That did little to quell outrage over the deaths, with one UN official saying of the violence in Yemen, "Enough is enough." The UN secretary-general has called for an independent investigation.

2. NFL protests

The NFL pre-season ramped up last night, and so did the resumption of player protests during the National Anthem. Several players took a knee, raised a fist or didn't take the field during the anthem. The NFL said it won't punish the players for the demonstrations because its new policy regarding conduct surrounding the anthem is on hold until it reaches an agreement with the players union. The anthem controversy has been rumbling since 2016, when ex-NFL QB Colin Kaepernick knelt during the anthem to draw attention to racial injustice. President Trump, who has said kneeling players show "total disrespect for our great country," is sure to respond today.

3. Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is quietly admitting what has long been suspected -- that the death toll after Hurricane Maria might be much higher than previously acknowledged. In a report to Congress, the US commonwealth's government says documents show that 1,427 more deaths occurred in the four months after the storm than what was "normal" over the prior four years. But authorities have not yet updated the death toll for the September 2017 storm, which stands for now at 64. George Washington University has been hired to review the death toll.

4. Immigration

An angry federal judge blasted the Trump administration and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt after he learned that a pair of asylum-seekers were on a plane being deported to El Salvador at the same time that their attorney was in court fighting for their right to stay in the US. The judge said the immigrants should not be deported while their cases are pending. The immigrants were back in Texas yesterday evening, after their plane was quickly turned around on the ground in El Salvador.

Meanwhile, the parents of first lady Melania Trump became US citizens, obtaining their citizenship through a method the President has publicly attacked and vowed to end. Melania Trump sponsored Viktor and Amalija Knavs for their green cards, a source told CNN. It's the type of family visa that President Trump has blasted. Trump and his allies have called it "chain migration" and have tried to repeal it, saying it's harmful to the US.

5. Unite the Right rally

If you're going to Washington this weekend, you might want to steer clear of the area around the White House on Sunday evening. That's when the organizer of last year's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, plans to hold a "white civil rights" rally in Lafayette Square park. Hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan supporters are expected to show up, and they'll probably be met by a large contingent of counter-protesters. The rally in Virginia last year turned violent -- and left one woman dead -- and there are legitimate fears that this one could get out of hand, as well. DC police say they'll keep the two groups separate, while states of emergency have already been declared in Virginia and Charlottesville, where anti-racism protests are planned this weekend.

TODAY'S QUOTES

"The place is going to burn."

That's the phrase a local fire chief, Mike Milligan, says Forrest Gordon Clark, the man suspected of starting the Holy Fire, texted him two weeks ago. The fire has now scorched more than 10,000 acres in Southern California and forced 20,000 people to flee their homes.

"You don't belong in my city."

England, Arkansas, police officer Mike Moore to a group of young black men. After video of Moore's remarks circulated on social media, he was fired.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

No deal

Tribune's walking away from its $3.9 billion media merger with Sinclair, after scrutiny from regulators. Sinclair says we'll see ya in court.

Just like Vegas

If Buffalo Wild Wings gets its way, you'll be able to get more than food at its restaurants. You'll be able to bet on sports, too.

They're nothing like Chip and Joanna

Fear not "Flip or Flop" fans. America's favorite ex-couple and their popular HGTV show will be back for another season.

Deep dive

If you want to visit the new museum in the Maldives, you better bring your scuba gear. The museum is partially under water, after all.

HAPPENING LATER

Stepping back

Kansas GOP Secretary of State Kris Kobach is expected to formally recuse himself from his role overseeing the undecided gubernatorial primary race between himself and incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer. This comes after vote count discrepancies were found in the closely watched contest.

TOTAL RECALL

Quiz time

Two NFL teams just made some groundbreaking hires. Who are they?

A. Female practice squad members

B. Teenage punters

C. Male dance squad members

D. More mascots

Play "Total Recall: The CNN news quiz" to see if you're right. And don't forget, you can also find a version of the quiz on your Amazon devices! Just say, "Alexa, ask CNN for a quiz."

IT'S THE WEEKEND, BABY

Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman" is the big offering this weekend at theaters, and CNN's Brian Lowry said this crazy true story warns that America's racial "past could be prologue." If that's just too heavy for you, then go see "The Meg," which is essentially an old-fashioned monster movie. If you happen to be on the Left Coast, you can choose from a pair of music festivals: Outside Lands in San Francisco or the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.

AND FINALLY

In high cotton

Had a rough week? Then here's video of a sheep bouncing on a trampoline. You're welcome. (Click to view.)

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 59881

Reported Deaths: 1693
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DeSoto321527
Madison227253
Rankin211128
Harrison206732
Jackson187434
Jones174057
Forrest161551
Washington145732
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Lee119430
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Lamar110512
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Lowndes95830
Scott95117
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Lafayette8619
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Pike81932
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Yazoo76411
Leake76225
Lincoln73539
Wayne73121
Pontotoc7167
Simpson70726
Monroe68750
Coahoma64810
Tate63822
Marion59418
Adams57825
Covington57611
Winston56615
Marshall5568
George5395
Newton51411
Union51313
Attala49524
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Tallahatchie44610
Walthall43918
Chickasaw42719
Noxubee41410
Claiborne39913
Smith37413
Calhoun3738
Jasper3738
Clay36414
Alcorn3494
Prentiss3316
Hancock32414
Yalobusha31210
Lawrence3075
Itawamba30610
Tishomingo3063
Clarke29725
Tippah29412
Montgomery2913
Humphreys26511
Tunica2526
Carroll24511
Greene22611
Kemper22315
Quitman2201
Perry2137
Amite2045
Jefferson Davis1966
Webster19512
Jefferson1916
Wilkinson18312
Sharkey1801
Stone1463
Choctaw1254
Benton1240
Franklin1112
Issaquena211
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 85278

Reported Deaths: 1531
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson11465225
Mobile8466188
Montgomery6093141
Madison481725
Tuscaloosa385161
Baldwin309521
Shelby295431
Marshall287830
Unassigned256950
Lee245540
Morgan215614
Etowah188424
DeKalb165011
Elmore156237
Walker145063
Calhoun14389
Houston127512
Dallas126523
Russell11851
St. Clair116911
Franklin116520
Limestone115512
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Colbert105011
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Escambia95215
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Chambers80738
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Coffee6955
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Chilton6735
Pike6447
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Marion52824
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Washington30411
Lawrence2980
Crenshaw2793
Choctaw27112
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Fayette1675
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