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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.

Cases: 297321

Reported Deaths: 6805
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto19814231
Hinds18949395
Harrison16886282
Rankin12842265
Jackson12750234
Lee9720163
Madison9516204
Jones8035148
Forrest7289138
Lauderdale6872228
Lowndes6061140
Lamar593381
Lafayette5767114
Washington5232130
Bolivar4630124
Oktibbeha443095
Panola433698
Pearl River4212132
Warren4144115
Pontotoc411071
Marshall405995
Monroe3996129
Union397174
Neshoba3848171
Lincoln3624104
Hancock352978
Leflore3400121
Sunflower320986
Tate303974
Pike302697
Scott296171
Alcorn292763
Yazoo292066
Itawamba290675
Coahoma283069
Tippah280065
Copiah279959
Simpson277581
Prentiss271258
Marion258878
Wayne255641
Leake254172
Covington250280
Grenada248878
Adams235778
George232745
Newton232753
Winston222179
Jasper214145
Tishomingo213266
Attala206971
Chickasaw201954
Holmes182870
Clay179452
Stone173429
Tallahatchie171739
Clarke170773
Calhoun158628
Smith153833
Yalobusha145736
Greene128133
Walthall125441
Montgomery123540
Noxubee123431
Perry123235
Lawrence121421
Carroll119425
Amite112435
Webster111132
Jefferson Davis102731
Tunica99824
Claiborne99030
Benton94024
Humphreys93128
Kemper91423
Quitman77514
Franklin76420
Choctaw70117
Jefferson62827
Wilkinson62727
Sharkey49217
Issaquena1676
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 499411

Reported Deaths: 10149
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson719951403
Mobile36396741
Madison32674469
Tuscaloosa24391423
Montgomery22789523
Shelby22250219
Baldwin19915289
Lee15070161
Calhoun13961296
Morgan13785255
Etowah13413327
Marshall11458215
Houston10121264
Elmore9509190
Limestone9435139
St. Clair9050228
Cullman8993183
Lauderdale8628214
DeKalb8507175
Talladega7643165
Walker6600260
Jackson6551104
Autauga634492
Blount6252128
Colbert6007121
Coffee5261104
Dale4680107
Russell407534
Franklin400779
Covington3996107
Chilton3911104
Escambia379473
Tallapoosa3637143
Clarke344553
Chambers3432111
Dallas3428142
Pike292973
Marion288796
Lawrence285787
Winston258568
Bibb246058
Marengo244657
Geneva240270
Pickens225757
Barbour213851
Hale212569
Fayette202657
Butler201466
Henry183541
Cherokee178140
Monroe166739
Randolph165141
Washington157036
Macon147845
Crenshaw146755
Clay146254
Cleburne140141
Lamar133933
Lowndes133151
Wilcox123225
Bullock117736
Conecuh107224
Perry106427
Sumter100832
Coosa90324
Greene88732
Choctaw55723
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