10 things you need to know today: December 5, 2017
The Supreme Court reinstates Trump's latest travel ban, Trump endorses Roy Moore despite sexual misconduct allegations, and more
Supreme Court reinstates Trump travel ban while challenges continue
The Supreme Court on Monday fully reinstated the third version of President Trump's travel ban while legal challenges move through the courts, giving Trump a victory after mixed success fighting challenges to earlier versions over the summer. The 9th Circuit of Appeals had upheld a lower court ruling against Trump's restrictions on travel by people from six Muslim majority nations — Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Chad — unless they had a legitimate relationship with an individual or organization in the U.S. The American Civil Liberties Union, representing groups challenging the order, said it was simply a disguised reworking of the first two bans. Solicitor General Noel Francisco said Trump merely exercised his broad powers to control immigration.
Trump endorses Roy Moore
President Trump on Monday endorsed embattled Republican candidate Roy Moore in Alabama's Dec. 12 Senate election. Trump had criticized Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, but kept Moore at arm's length since several women accused the former judge of making sexual advances when they were as young as 14, and he was in his 30s. With polls showing a toss-up, Trump tweeted that Democrats' refusal to support the GOP tax cuts "is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win." The Republican National Committee promptly reinstated its support for Moore. Moore denies knowing the accusers; one of them, Debbie Wesson Gibson, this week showed The Washington Post a high school graduation card with a handwritten note from Moore.
Former independent presidential candidate John Anderson dies at 95
Former Illinois congressman John Anderson, who left the Republican party to run for president as an independent in 1980, has died, his family confirmed Monday. He was 95. Anderson originally sought the 1980 Republican presidential nomination, but never finished better than second in a primary. He went on to run in the general election as an independent, billing himself as an honest, moderate alternative to Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican challenger Ronald Reagan. He drew support from moderate to liberal Republicans and liberal Democrats and college students, receiving 7 percent of the vote. "He really, really believed the two-party system was broken in 1980," his daughter, Diane Anderson, said. "He wanted to express that, and he did."
Ex-Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh killed by rebels after changing sides
Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh reportedly was killed in a Monday roadside attack attributed to Iran-backed Houthi rebels, after he switched from their side to that of the Saudi-led coalition. Houthi rebels claimed to have killed Saleh by hitting his vehicle with a rocket-propelled grenade. A member of Saleh's party confirmed his death, and video showing the body of a man resembling him was widely circulated. Experts expected his death to give the Houthis a morale boost, while setting back the Saudi-led coalition's effort to restore the internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Trump slashes size of two Utah national monuments
President Trump announced Monday that he will reduce the size of Utah's Bears Ears National Monument by roughly 84 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by nearly half. The pair of moves amounts to what environmental advocates call the largest-ever rollback of protected land. Former President Bill Clinton designated the Grand Staircase-Escalante monument in 1996, while Bears Ears was designated by former President Barack Obama in late 2016 after indigenous peoples fought for its recognition. Trump's decision to shrink the monument is expected to trigger a legal fight by the five tribes who originally lobbied the Obama administration — the Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe, Pueblo of Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and Hopi — for its protection.
Under house arrest, Manafort cowrote secret op-ed with Russian colleague
Documents filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Monday say that last week, President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was found to be working on an op-ed with a Russian colleague tied to a Russian intelligence service. Manafort was apparently a ghostwriter on the op-ed, which detailed his work with Ukrainian politicians, and it's not clear where he wanted it published. The special counsel's brief said by drafting this op-ed, Manafort showed he was ready to "violate or circumvent" the court's order banning statements to the press. Manafort was indicted in November for failing to register as a foreign agent and money laundering.
Judge sentences former Rep. Corrine Brown to 5 years in prison
A federal judge in Florida on Monday sentenced former Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown to five years in federal prison for her conviction on corruption charges. Defense attorney James Smith, who argued Brown should get probation, said she would appeal the decision. Brown, 71, was found guilty in May of raising $800,000 with a scam charity and spending the donations on personal expenses. Her longtime chief of staff, Ronnie Simmons, received a 48-month sentence, and the founder of the One Door for Education charity, Carla Wiley, got 21 months. U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan told Brown the "outpouring of support" she received was "a tribute to all the work you've done over the years. That's what makes this all the more tragic."
Wildfire erupts in Southern California, driving thousands from homes
A wildfire exploded Monday night in Ventura County in Southern California, quickly spreading across thousands of acres, driven by winds as high as 60 miles per hour and fueled by dry vegetation. The blaze started in the foothills near Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, a popular hiking destination, and pushed southwest toward the cities of Santa Paula and Ventura, forcing people to evacuate. One person was killed in a traffic accident on a road closed due to the fire. The flames burned down power lines, knocking out electricity to more than 260,000 customers in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
LaVar Ball pulls son LiAngelo Ball from UCLA over team suspension
LaVar Ball told ESPN on Monday that he planned to pulled his son, basketball player LiAngelo Ball, out of UCLA because the school was punishing him too harshly for a shoplifting incident during a team trip to China. LiAngelo Ball, a freshman, was suspended indefinitely, as were teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill. China released the players after detaining them briefly, but UCLA has not said how long it would keep them off the court. "I'm not sitting back and waiting. He wasn't punished this bad in China," said LaVar Ball, who has feuded with President Trump over whether Trump had exaggerated his role in winning the players' release. The elder Ball said he had not decided where his son would play, but insisted he would "make him way better for the draft than UCLA ever could have."
Netflix to resume House of Cards production without Kevin Spacey
Netflix confirmed Monday that it would resume production of House of Cards in early 2018 and complete an eight-episode sixth and final season without star Kevin Spacey, who was sidelined after several men accused him of sexual assault and harassment. "We are excited to bring closure to fans," Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos said. Production company Media Rights Capital shut down production in November after the allegations surfaced against Spacey, who plays the ruthless politician Frank Underwood in the show. The final season, which originally was to include 13 episodes, will star Robin Wright, who plays Spacey's equally devious wife, Claire Underwood.