5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump delivers subdued VA speech one day after fiery Arizona rally

  • Report: Trump berated 2 GOP senators over Russia-linked bills

  • Trump administration reportedly finalizing transgender military ban rules

  • Samsung launches the Galaxy Note 8

  • Massachusetts Powerball ticket buyer wins $759 million mega-jackpot

President Trump delivered a subdued, on-script speech on Wednesday at the American Legion's national convention in Reno, Nevada, causing some people to marvel at the president's ability to abruptly change gears after his freewheeling rally on Tuesday night in Phoenix, Arizona. On Tuesday, Trump had forcefully defended his condemnations of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, while viciously attacking the media and questioning the patriotism of journalists. In Reno, Trump applauded "incredible progress" on VA reform and called for a "new unity," telling Americans that "we are one people with one home and one great flag." "I have whiplash," said CNN's Brooke Baldwin. "It's which president will show up today?"

Source: CBS News, The Week

President Trump is annoyed with several Republican senators doing things he believes might damage him, like working on legislation sanctioning Russia, and he called two of them to privately vent his frustrations, several people familiar with his conversations tell Politico. In late July, Trump reportedly called Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and tried to convince him that the bipartisan bill sanctioning Russia was bad policy and unconstitutional, but Corker made it known the bill would pass. On Aug. 7, Trump reportedly rang Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who is working with Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) on a bill that aims to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller should Trump attempt to fire him, and told him he was unhappy with that effort. One senior GOP aide told Politico it seems Trump is "just always focused on Russia."

Source: Politico

The White House is preparing to send the Pentagon a memo with instructions on how to implement President Trump's proposal to ban transgender people from serving in the armed forces, The Wall Street Journal reports. The new policy will let Defense Secretary James Mattis consider a service member's ability to deploy when deciding whether to remove them from the military, the Journal reports, and gives him six months to re-establish the ban on transgender soldiers. The memo also directs the Pentagon to stop paying for gender dysphoria treatments for transgender military members currently serving. Trump announced on Twitter last month he would reinstate the ban on transgender individuals serving in the military, a year after it was abolished by former President Barack Obama.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

After the disastrous recall of its Galaxy Note 7 phone last year, Samsung on Wednesday unveiled the next phone in its Note lineup, the Galaxy Note 8. The successor to the discontinued and sometimes flammable phone features a sizable infinity screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally; two 12-megapixel color cameras; fingerprint, facial, and iris scanning capabilities; an updated S Pen stylus that can now translate full sentences; and an impressive 64 gigabytes of built-in storage. Samsung also made a point of independently verifying that the Note 8 battery meets safety standards, a key step to winning back consumer trust as the Note 7 battery was prone to overheating. The Galaxy Note 8 is available for presale Aug. 25, and it hits stores Sept. 15.

Source: Wired, Time

Powerball officials say a sole ticket-buyer in Massachusetts has won the massive $758.7 million jackpot, the second-largest Powerball win in U.S. history, after correctly picking all six numbers for Wednesday night's drawing — 6, 7, 16, 23, 26, and Powerball 04. The lucky Bay Stater snapped a streak of 20 jackpot-less Powerball draws. There were also some lesser winners — two tickets sold in Florida matched the first five numbers, earning $1 million apiece, while four people won $200,000 and 24 players won $50,000. Powerball tickets — sold in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands — cost $2, and the odds of winning the jackpot were about 1 in 292.2 million. The winner can take a lump sum of about $480.5 million or opt for 30 payments over 29 years.

Source: USA Today, CBS News
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