Good Thursday morning!
On this day in 1936, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind is published. The novel would become of the best-selling novels of all time and was the basis for the blockbuster 1939 movie. Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel and by that time plans for a Hollywood movie were already in the works.
On Wednesday, the Senate approved legislation to address Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. With a 68-30 vote, the Senate passed legislation that would allow the island to restructure its debt and creates an outside board to monitor the island’s finances. The bill now heads to President Obama desk. The president has been a vocal supporter of the legislation and is expected to sign it.
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump said that “a lot” of Syrian refugees coming to the U.S. are members of ISIS. During an interview on Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor,” Trump blasted President Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for the rise of ISIS.
“Now it’s a very large group of people and it’s only getting bigger and if [Clinton] gets in, it will be massive and we won’t even have a country anymore,” he said.
“One other thing,” Trump added. “They are letting thousands of people come in from Syria and nobody knows who these people are and a lot of these people are ISIS.”
In the wake of the terrorist attack in Turkey, U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed about 250 fighters around the Iraqi city of Fallujah. The strike destroyed at least 40 vehicles. The preliminary death toll could rise.