5 things for September 7: Politics, Afghanistan, Cincinnati shooting, Burt Reynolds

Posted at 4:08 AM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 06:08:55-04

You can stop nibbling that caviar, New York. Hong Kong is now the top destination for the world’s wealthiest people. Here’s what else 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. Politics

Washington is most definitely out of the summer doldrums. There’s so much going on, it’ll make your head spin:

• President Trump again called on The New York Times to reveal the identity of the author of that op-ed that deeply criticized him and his administration. He also said publishing it might be an act of treason. One by one, top officials denied being the writer (but remember, Mark Felt denied being “Deep Throat” for years).

• Democratic Sen. Cory Booker upended Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing, saying he was risking expulsion by releasing allegedly confidential documents from Kavanaugh’s time in the George W. Bush White House. Republicans called Booker’s move a political stunt because the docs had already been cleared for release.

• The Trump administration said it will seek to keep some undocumented immigrant children in detention for far longer than currently allowed.

• Advisers to Barack Obama said the ex-President will more pointedly push back against Trump during a speech today.

• And Twitter kicked Alex Jones and Infowars off its platform. Think that’s a First Amendment issue? Think again.

2. Afghanistan

Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise trip to Afghanistan today. He’ll meet with Army Gen. Scott Miller, the new Commander of Resolute Support and US Forces-Afghanistan. Mattis’ visit comes as the US is trying to pump new energy into its Afghanistan strategy after 17 years of war. Just a few days ago, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo named veteran diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad as a special envoy to Afghanistan. Khalilzad will focus on getting “the Afghans and the Taliban to come to a reconciliation.”

3. Cincinnati shooting

Investigators are working to try to find a motive in a shooting in Cincinnati’s Fountain Square district that killed at least three people. Police say a man, armed with a pistol and more than 200 rounds of ammo, opened fire on the loading dock of a bank headquarters building before going to the lobby. There, he was shot and killed by police. “This could have been a bloodbath beyond imagination,” a prosecutor said. The shooter, 29-year-old Omar Enrique Santa Perez, had no known connections to the building, police said.

4. Brazil

The frontrunner in Brazil’s upcoming presidential election was stabbed during a rally. Video shows shows Jair Bolsonaro being led through a crowd of supporters when a man suddenly stabs him in the chest. The suspect, who has a Facebook page full of anti-Bolsonaro posts, was arrested. Bolsonaro is recovering at a hospital after surgery and likely will be off the campaign trail for weeks. Bolsonaro’s known for making racist, sexist and homophobic remarks, but he’s attracted millions of supporters who believe he can shake up Brazil’s corruption-marred political class. The election is set for October 7.

5. Burt Reynolds

Rugged good looks, a mischievous smile — and that mustache. Burt Reynolds used all that and more to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars during the ’70s and ’80s. Reynolds — the star of “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Deliverance” and “The Longest Yard” — died at 82 of cardiac arrest. Reynolds did a little bit of everything, from action flicks to comedies, and earned an Oscar nomination in 1998 for his role as a porn film producer in “Boogie Nights.” He was also a director and philanthropist and founded the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film & Theatre in Florida. Check out his five essential movies here.


“Victims in New York deserve to be heard as well — and we are going to do everything in our power to bring them the justice they deserve.”

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, announcing a civil investigation into how the Catholic Church there may have covered up allegations of the sexual abuse of minors. Civil subpoenas have gone out to all eight Catholic dioceses in the state, a source says.


Never mind

Remember that “popular film” category they wanted to have at next year’s Oscars? Well, forget about it, for now at least.

Madness in Milan

Starbucks is opening up its first store in Italy, but good luck finding a Frappuccino in the place.

Free ride

Talk about a fun first day of school. A banker told seniors at a Wisconsin high school he’d pay their tuition if they go to a two-year technical school.

Joy ride

The widow only had $3 for gas. A cop not only put $20 into her tank, but he inspired other people to help her out.


Jobs report

The August jobs report comes out later this morning, and economists predict the unemployment rate will stay below 4%.


Quiz time

Thirteen years after they were stolen, the FBI recovered a pair of ruby red sequined slippers that actress Judy Garland wore in what classic film?

A. “Meet Me in St. Louis”

B. “The Red Shoes”

C. “Cinderella”

D. “The Wizard of Oz”

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.”


2 million

The number of F-150 trucks Ford is recalling because of a fire risk


You could go see Jennifer Garner on the big screen, taking on bad guys in the revenge flick “Peppermint.” Or sit back and stream the rom com “Sierra Burgess is a Loser” on Netflix.


Slang school

Pay attention, folks, while West Virginia native Jennifer Garner gives a master class on Mountain State slang. (Click to view.)