Monday Morning Memo
The top news of the weekend, brought to you by StandUnited:
Americans Attacked in France
As four American college students prepared to board a train in Marseille, a female suspect threw acid in their faces. The four women are all enrolled at Boston College and studying abroad in Europe this semester. The attacker is thought to have made the acid out of household cleaning products. The victims suffered mild burns and were released from the hospital the same day.
French authorities are not treating this as an act of terror. They believe the attacker to be mentally disturbed.
Kim Jong Un’s New Nickname
President Trump had a phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. As usual, Trump took to Twitter to report on the meeting. In the tweet, Trump called North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un “rocket man.” This comes just days before Trump addresses the U.N. General Assembly, which meets this week.
Emmys Get Political
The 69th annual Emmy Awards took place on Sunday evening. As the stars presented and accepted awards, they frequently ribbed President Trump. Host Stephen Colbert quipped, “unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote.” In the opening number, referencing “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Colbert said “Look on the bright side, handmaids; at least your healthcare’s free.” Colbert also poked fun at Ted Cruz’s unfortunate Twitter gaffe last week.
Sean Spicer, former White House Press Secretary, made a surprise appearance. He joked with Colbert about the size of the audience, in a nod to Spicer’s defense of the crowd size at Trump’s inauguration. Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon each took home an Emmy for their SNL spoofs of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, respectively.
St. Louis Riots
On Friday, a jury acquitted former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley of first degree murder. Stockley was accused of using excessive force in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. Smith, an African American man, was only 24 years old when he was shot and killed.
Protesters took to the streets and soon turned violent. 11 officers sustained injuries on Friday night, and even more suffered injuries on Saturday and Sunday night. Police arrested 32 protesters on the first night alone. Rioters smashed store windows, hurled objects at police, and even damaged the mayor’s home.