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  • Mexico pulls back offer of disaster aid to U.S. after Trump snub:    “Mexico’s government offered to send food, beds, generators, mobile kitchens as well as doctors after torrential rains from Harvey flooded vast parts of Houston. But the earthquake that struck southern Mexico on Thursday killed at least 96 people and left some 2.5 million people in need of aid. Hurricane Katia also hit the Gulf state of Veracruz this weekend and heavy rains have stretched emergency services… U.S.-Mexican relations have been strained by Donald Trump’s threats to curtail trade with Latin America’s No. 2 economy as well as his demand that Mexico pay for a border wall to keep out immigrants and drug traffickers. The ministry noted that the U.S. embassy had taken nine days to respond to Mexico’s formal offer of aid on Aug. 28, and said that “only certain logistical aid” was accepted. The U.S. embassy in Mexico did not immediately respond to a request for comment. While government aid never arrived, Mexico’s volunteer Red Cross rushed food and supplies to storm refugees.”    Reuters

  • Ted Cruz ‘Liked’ a Porn Video on Twitter, and It Feels Good to Laugh Again:  It’s okay to ‘like’ sex, Senator Cruz.  ESQUIRE

  • Equifax managers sold stock before revealing data breach:  “Three Equifax Inc. senior executives sold shares worth almost $1.8 million in the days after the company discovered a security breach that may have compromised information on about 143 million U.S. consumers. The trio had not yet been informed of the incident, the company said late Thursday. The credit-reporting service said earlier in a statement that it discovered the intrusion on July 29. Regulatory filings show that on August 01, Chief Financial Officer John Gamble sold shares worth $946,374 and Joseph Loughran, president of U.S. information solutions, exercised options to dispose of stock worth $584,099. Rodolfo Ploder, president of workforce solutions, sold $250,458 of stock on August 02. None of the filings lists the transactions as being part of 10b5-1 scheduled trading plans.”    Bloomberg

  • Justice delayed.   Sixteen years after the fall of the Twin Towers there still is every reason to believe that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will die before he is tried, convicted, and sentenced by an American military tribunal. Mohammed himself has aged significantly since he was captured in March 2003, say observers who recently witnessed the 24th pretrial hearing in the case against him — a case still without a trial date or the promise of one. The Guardian

  • Meanwhile, for 9/11 first responders, illness and uncertainty grow.   Newsday

  • Sussing out the under-oath questioning of a president. Robert Mueller may have to give Trump immunity after all.  The Daily Beast

  • Anti-Putin Factions Make Gains in Moscow:  There’s no place like the capital. Local council elections in Russia handed upset victories in more than a dozen Moscow districts to the country’s liberal opposition, which has struggled to push back against President Vladimir Putin and his ruling United Russia party. The massively popular leader and his colleagues are still calling the shots, and there’s little sign the Kremlin’s in trouble. But the results of Sunday’s elections do signal that not everyone’s happy with the status quo — and that the opposition’s momentum could potentially keep building.  The Moscow Times

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