Severe weather continued to make a mess of several states over the weekend, and into this morning. What is thought to have been a tornado injured two dozen and destroyed a third of the city of Van, Texas 70 miles southeast of Dallas. Severe weather was a problem all over North Texas. There was also flooding in North Texas.
There’s flooding and snow in Colorado. Rapid City, SD got 10 inches of snow! There was a tornado in Delmont, SD.
There was a tornado in Iowa that caused damage. And there was a tropical storm off the Carolinas.
We’ve got Fox team coverage. Janice Dean, Will Carr, Garrett Tenney and Jonathan Serrie reporting.
Inmates have taken control of at least part of a prison in Southeast Nebraska. Details as we get them.
There’s a public memorial today for two police officer murdered over the weekend in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were killed Saturday night after a routine traffic stop. Four people thought to have been involved have been arrested and some will make their initial court appearances today. Leland Vittert reporting.
Saudi Arabia’s new king is snubbing a summit meeting this week in the U.S. King Salman is mad at U.S. efforts with Iran.
Pope Francis set to visit Cuba in September, and Cuba President Raul Castro said he was so inspired by his own visit to the Vatican and with the Pope that he’s considering a return to the Catholic faith. Lauren Green reporting.
Lots of politics today.
Carl Cameron is previewing Megyn Kelly’s big interview with Jeb Bush. That airs tonight at 9pm, but we’ll have a clip.
Jeb Bush told Megyn he would (like his brother) have authorized the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He also discussed his views on immigration “I mean there’s got to be a point where we fix this system so that legal immigration is easier than illegal immigration and show some respect for people.”
The President’s Asian trade deal appears to be in big trouble. The Senate could vote this week, but Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is opposed, and that’s not good for its prospects which also appear not so great in the House.
The Washington Post dives into what role former President Bill Clinton will play in 2016. Philip Rucker writes, “In a presidential race that could include two dozen candidates, none has a spouse like Bill Clinton - a former president whose sprawling charitable ventures are rife with potential conflicts of interest; an admired public figure whose common touch propelled his rise but who now charges up to $500,000 to give a speech; a curious ideas man whose penchant for speaking his mind drives news cycles; and a globe-trotting icon whose recognizable tuft of white hair draws onlookers everywhere, from his old Arkansas haunts to the bustling souks around Marrakesh's central square.”
We’re also witnessing the return of national security as a big 2016 issue. Polls show voters are increasingly concerned with America’s diminished role in world affairs, and a perception of weakness. The terror attack in Texas certainly not helping. Janet Hook in the Wall Street Journal writes, “Just in the past year, Americans have been rattled by the rise of Islamic State and the beheadings of the militant group's captives, Russia's takeover of part of Ukraine, and hostilities in the Middle East. Adding to voter anxiety is the recent episode in Garland, Texas, where two gunman, believed to be inspired by Islamic State, were killed as they prepared to attack a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest.”
GOP didn’t do so hot this weekend on the Sunday shows. Mediate’s “Evan McMurry” writes, “Until the campaigns begin in earnest, the proliferation of the presidential hopefuls largely serves the media’s yawning need for content, as less established candidates gamble for exposure on the Sunday shows against the risk of appearing bush league. There was a lot of the latter this Sunday.” Ouch.