5 Things for Monday
A shocking discovery was made at a San Antonio Walmart early Sunday morning when 38 people were found in the back of a tractor-trailer. Eight were already dead when authorities found the 18-wheeler, of apparent heatstroke (there was no AC in the back of the truck or any water in sight). One person later died in the hospital.
It is assumed to be an immigrant-smuggling attempt, and it is believed that more than 100 people were originally in the truck before either fleeing or being picked up. The driver was arrested, we’ll have to wait and see if any more details are released.
Later today, the President will be giving an official statement on health care, after meeting with some of those who are victims of Obamacare. Hopefully this will turn the tides to some kind of consensus on the issue, as Republicans seem to be wondering what direction they're going in at the moment- they can’t get enough votes for a replacement or for straight repeal (especially with Sen. John McCain out after his illness was discovered). Here’s a tweet from the President yesterday that gives us a little taste of what his opinion might be:
“If Republicans don't Repeal and Replace the disastrous ObamaCare, the repercussions will be far greater than any of them understand!”
Later today the man charged for the death of Willow Rain Molina will be transported back to Vernon Parish. Last week officials brought charges against Willow’s former babysitter Rodney Bailey Jr. - more than a year after her death, and one of the first big breaks in the case. He was indicted on charges of obstruction of justice and 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile, which has some people wondering- where is the murder charge (and if Bailey Jr. isn’t getting charged with it… then who is?).
Later today the President’s son-in-law will be questioned by the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee on possible Russian interference in the 2016 election. It will be a closed session, but Kushner himself went public this morning. He went ahead and released statement detailing his contact with Russians including a June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya that he called a “waste of time” (sick burn). It seems that Kushner is putting everything out in the open, getting ahead of the narrative before one can be woven about him.
Early this morning an explosion in Kabul killed at least 24 people and wounded dozens of others. The Taliban has already claimed responsibility for the attack- an apparent suicide bombing. This is just another unfortunate example of a continuously destabilized region.