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"I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party" – Donald Trump. Yesterday, he signed a pledge that he won't run as a third party candidate if he loses the GOP nomination. He's previously hinted that he might go it alone. Just call him Miss GOP Congeniality.
Yesterday, a Kentucky county clerk who's been refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses was sent to jail.
Earlier this summer, the Supremes ruled that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right in all 50 states. Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis – and lots of other people – were not interested in tasting the rainbow. Since the decision, Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses (same-sex or straight) because she says same-sex marriage goes against her religion. Spoiler alert: she got sued. She appealed, and eventually the Supreme Court had to weigh in. It basically said 'do your job.' She still refused.
Yesterday, a federal judge said she's in contempt of court for going against his orders. Cue the handcuffs. Meanwhile, deputy clerks at Davis's office will start issuing licenses again today.
This is the first big challenge to the Supremes' landmark same-sex marriage decision. And it won't be the last.
You might want to rethink your fantasy football strategy. Yesterday, a judge overturned Patriots QB Tom Brady's four-game suspension.
Brady was benched for his alleged role in Deflategate. As in that time the Patriots were accused of intentionally deflating game balls to make them easier to grip. Brady has said he had nothing to do with it, and could everyone please stop talking about his balls? After an investigation involving a lot of text message analysis, the NFL slapped him with a four-game suspension. Brady appealed. The NFL upheld the suspension. Brady appealed, this time to a federal court.
Tom Brady wins at life again. A federal judge sided with him, saying he was treated unfairly during the process. And now the judge can get free Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Forever. And Brady will go home to Gisele.
This is a big setback for the NFL in a year of a lot of setbacks. Brady's back on the field. But 'balls' aren't off the list of approved family dinner topics just yet. The NFL's appealing this latest decision.
Aylan Kurdi. Earlier this week, everyone saw photos of the drowned three-year-old Syrian refugee, who washed onto a beach in Turkey. Aylan's five-year-old brother, mother, and several others were also killed when their boat capsized on the way to Greece. Yesterday, the boy's father, Abdullah Kurdi, identified his wife and children at a morgue. He said his family had hoped to eventually make it to Canada. Instead, he's going back to Syria to bury them. Their story has become a symbol of the EU's migrant and refugee crisis, which is getting worse every day. That's because in recent years, places like Libya, Syria, and Iraq have been more of a mess than usual -- making millions desperate to leave. EU leaders say they'll release a new plan next week to better handle the situation. Good idea.
Bye Felicia. That's what Guatemala said yesterday when its president resigned. Earlier this year, a team of Guatemalan prosecutors and UN-backed investigators accused many of the country's politicians of being involved in a bunch of elaborate fraud schemes. Cue massive street protests calling for the president to resign. And him saying 'wasn't me.' But then two weeks ago, prosecutors said it was actually very much him. And that they had the wiretaps and records to prove it. Cue the prez having second thoughts. He resigned, saying he was ready to "face justice." And now he's in jail. Guatemalans are electing his replacement this weekend.
Not so missing anymore. Earlier this summer, debris was found on a French island. Lots of people, including Malaysia's prime minster, said it was from MH370: the plane that disappeared last year on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 people on board. But French investigators weren't totally sure. Yesterday, they made the final call, and said that the debris is definitely from MH370. Still, no one knows how or why the plane turned from its original flight path.
Almost 10 years later, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" series is back. Same characters. New author. New mystery. Even if you didn't read the other ones, you'll be able to get into this.
Happy long weekend. There will be no Skimm on Monday, as we'll be busy putting our white pants away. See you back in your inbox first thing Tuesday.
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