Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is hitting the campaign trail for Marco Rubio, but not in a typical way.
The chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Rubio supporter went to Pahrump, Nevada, on Sunday for a Ted Cruz event. Although Chaffetz joked with reporters that he was "just walking by," he later said he was there because Cruz "has a propensity to mislead and not tell the truth, so I find his 'trusted' slogan ironic. I'm just doing a little oversight myself."
Chaffetz has done this before; in 2012, he supported Mitt Romney, and went to several Newt Gingrich events in Florida during the primaries, Time reports.
When Cruz's spokeswoman, Catherine Frazier, spotted Chaffetz, she asked if he was there to switch allegiances, and asked what Cruz could do to win him over. "You can drop out," he quipped. "That'd be great." Catherine Garcia
When you don't have an address but really want to mail a letter to someone, you have to improvise.
— Kris & Becca Richens (@RichensWorld) August 31, 2016
A tourist who stayed at a horse farm in Bú∂ardalur, Iceland, did not have the property's exact address, so on an envelope drew a detailed map and wrote (in English) the information she did have: "Country: Iceland. City: Bú∂ardalur. Name: A horse farm with an Icelandic/Danish couple and three kids and a lot of sheep!" She added: "The Danish woman works in a supermarket in Bú∂ardalur." The letter was mailed from Reykjavik, and eventually made it to Rebecca Cathrine Kaadu Ostenfeld, the woman who owns the horse farm, the BBC reports.
The delivery was made earlier this year, but the story went viral this week after it was featured on Reddit. There's no explanation on how the post office was able to track down Ostenfeld, but the Icelandic news website Skessuhorn thinks it worked out because "anything is possible in Iceland." Catherine Garcia
Maybe something was lost in translation. Maybe somebody is lying. Or maybe Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Donald Trump are being super precise in their language. But there seems to be a dispute over whether or not Trump and Nieto discussed who will pay for Trump's hypothetical wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. At a joint news conference, Trump said no. "We did discuss the wall, we didn't discuss payment of the wall," he told reporters. "That will be for a later date."
Nieto did not disagree with Trump at the time, but a spokesman said soon after that the Mexican president made clear to Trump that Mexico is still not building that wall. On Twitter, Nieto tweeted that "at the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall.
Al inicio de la conversación con Donald Trump dejé claro que México no pagará por el muro.
— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) August 31, 2016
Then, on TV Wednesday night, Nieto said that he had been clear and emphatic with Trump that Mexico will not pay for the wall.
— Noticieros Televisa (@NTelevisa_com) September 1, 2016
Now, there is a way that both sides can be right. Nieto spokesman Eduardo Sanchez told The Wall Street Journal's David Luhnow that Trump did not respond when Nieto told him no, so there was "no discussion" and Trump wasn't lying. A warm-up act at Trump's Arizona rally, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, said he doesn't really care who pays for the wall. Trump, in his Arizona speech, was emphatic that, despite what Nieto might have told him, "Mexico will pay, 100 percent. They don't know it yet, but they're gonna pay for it."
This is all assuming that Trump wins the election and convinces Congress (or, even less likely, Mexico) to fork over tens of billions of dollars for Trump's "great wall." BuzzFeed political editor Katherine Miller put it this way:
News developments about who will pay for the wall feel a little like when everybody treats the Muppet characters like they're real
— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) August 31, 2016
Discussing the Mexico City trip beforehand, a Trump adviser told CNN, "You've just got to throw in a little theater now and then." Mission accomplished: Trump sure left us with a whodunit.
It's no longer just about making America great again — as Giuliani's white hat declared, it's time to "Make Mexico Great Again Also."
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) September 1, 2016
He wasn't alone in making this bold fashion statement — immigration hardliner and conservative Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama also modeled a "Make Mexico Great Again Also" cap, the sequel to the "most popular product in America."
Jeff Sessions wore it too! This is beyond amazing pic.twitter.com/nIngOji4c8
— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) September 1, 2016
Donald Trump delivered a speech on immigration Wednesday night in Phoenix, and promised that if his 10-point plan is followed, "peace, law, justice, and prosperity will prevail."
The Republican presidential nominee arrived in Arizona hours after his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Trump said the pair had a "thoughtful and substantive conversation, and it will go on for awhile, and in the end, we're all gonna win, both countries." In Phoenix, Trump spent more than an hour discussing immigration, visas, the "beautiful" wall he will build, and assimilation (sometimes, he said, it "doesn't work out" for people, and it is "our right" to choose immigrants the "likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us"). "There is only one core issue in the immigration debate, and that issue is the wellbeing of the American people," he said. The audience cheered for him throughout the speech, chanting at times "USA! USA!" but did boo sanctuary cities, San Francisco, the media, any Democrat named, and global warming (not because it's bad, but because scientists say it exists).
Trump went through his 10-step policy to combat illegal immigration and strengthen legal immigration, including his famous call for a "great wall along the southern border. Mexico will pay, 100 percent. They don't know it yet, but they're gonna pay for it." This wall, he continued, will be built on "Day 1" of a Trump presidency, and will be "impenetrable, tall, powerful, [and] beautiful" with "above and below ground sensors, towers, aerial surveillance." Also on Day 1, in fact in his "first hour in office," he would make sure that "criminal aliens" are deported, Trump said, and he would "issue detainers for illegal immigrants arrested for any crime whatsoever."
Trump went on to say "there will be no amnesty," and he would triple the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and start a new deportation task force, which he suggested could possibly also deport his opponent, American citizen Hillary Clinton. He also said that anyone who "illegally crosses the border will be detained until they are removed out of our country" and he would "cancel unconstitutional executive orders and enforce all immigration orders." When it comes to legal immigration, Trump said he wants to see "extreme vetting," and new screening tests "to make sure those we are admitting to our country share our values and love our people." He would suspend immigration from Syria and Libya, instead setting up safe zones in their countries.
At the end of the speech, Trump was joined onstage by several supporters whose relatives were killed by undocumented immigrants, and he told the audience his hope is to unite the country and see "illegal immigration a memory of the past." Catherine Garcia
All five people on board two small aircraft that collided in midair over Alaska on Wednesday died, the Alaskan National Guard said.
Officials say the collision took place shortly before 11 a.m., about 60 miles north of Bethel. The planes involved were a Hageland Aviation Cessna 208 Caravan with three people on board and a Renfro's Alaska Adventures Piper PA-18 Super Cub with two people. Medics were flown in on helicopters, and found no survivors at the scene. An investigation is now underway. Catherine Garcia
Currently in the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Hermine is expected to make landfall in Florida sometime Thursday night or early Friday.
The National Hurricane Center's latest forecast has Hermine's center likely moving ashore near Tallahassee, and by that point it could be near hurricane-strength or a low-end hurricane, The Weather Channel reports. There is already some flooding across Florida due to heavy rains, and potential threats from Hermine include coastal flooding, especially near the Gulf Coast; strong winds; rainfall flooding; and some isolated tornadoes in northern and central Florida. After it makes landfall, Hermine will track northeastward, affecting south Georgia to the Carolinas Thursday night into early Saturday. Catherine Garcia
After meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Wednesday, Donald Trump said the pair did not discuss payment for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but a presidential spokesman said that's not the case.
"What the president said is that Mexico, as he has said on several occasions…will not pay for that wall," spokesman Eduardo Sanchez told Reuters. Trump made his earlier comments during a joint news conference in Mexico City, held after the two had a private meeting. Trump said they discussed the wall, just not who would foot the bill. Catherine Garcia