Hello, dear readers.

Here's your Daily News for Thursday, July 25.

1. A swing and a miss.
  • For anyone hoping for a home run hearing that would provide congressional Democrats the momentum they needed to pursue impeachment charges against the president, Wednesday was a big disappointment.
  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller told Congress that his investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election did not offer "total exoneration" to President Donald Trump, but he also couldn't remember key details of the report and seemed to contradict himself amid the intense questioning.
  • He delivered neither crisp TV sound bites to fuel a Democratic impeachment push nor comfort to Republicans striving to undermine his investigation's credibility. But his comments grew more animated by the afternoon, when he sounded the alarm on future Russian election interference. He said he feared a new normal of American campaigns accepting foreign help.
  • Mueller was reluctant to stray beyond his lengthy written report, but that didn't stop Republicans and Democrats from laboring to extract new details.
  • Trump claimed vindication speaking to reporters in the aftermath.
  • "This was a devastating day for the Democrats," he said. "The Democrats had nothing and now they have less than nothing."
  • Full story HERE.
2. Pentagon names new commander of Air University.
  • The Pentagon is naming a new commander and president of Air University in Montgomery.
  • A statement from Defense Secretary Mark Esper says Air Force Maj. Gen. James B. Hecker is being promoted and will oversee the military school, which is located at Maxwell Air Force Base.
  • Hecker is currently serving on the Pentagon staff in Washington. Hecker is a pilot who graduated from the Air Force Academy about 30 years ago.
  • Air University is the nation's main site for the professional education of Air Force officers.
3. Court blocks asylum plan.
  • A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to stop denying asylum to anyone who transits through another country to reach the U.S. border, marking the latest legal defeat for a president waging an all-out battle to stem the flow of migrants entering from Mexico.
  • The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco on Wednesday came hours after another federal judge in Washington, D.C., let the 9-day-old policy stand. The California judge's preliminary injunction halts the policy while the lawsuit plays out in court.
  • The new policy denies asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. without seeking protection there. Most crossing the Mexican border are from Central America, but it would apply to all nationalities except countries that border the U.S.
  • The dramatic change went into effect last week, though there were conflicting reports on whether U.S. immigration agencies were enforcing it.
  • Top U.S. officials said the policy would discourage migrants from leaving their countries, which they say is necessary to reduce the numbers of people that U.S. authorities are detaining.
  • The White House condemned the judge's order, calling it "tyranny of a dysfunctional system."
  • Full story HERE.
4. Skip Tucker: Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here.
  • Skip Tucker was unimpressed by the Mueller hearings.
  • You could say he was unimpressed with Robert Mueller himself, but that wouldn't be telling the full story.
  • Here's an excerpt from today's effort:

"I predicted early in the week that when the hearings concluded, Mueller might be the one in trouble. And now he is...

"A steadfast rule in politics is to never let anyone see you sweat. I thought two of the questionnaires might burst into tears. With their microphone time strictly limited to five minutes of questions, some were energetically trying to put words in Mueller’s mouth to build to a triumphant conclusion. 

"Often, he denied their groping. Often, he said he didn’t agree with their characterizations of his report and of the president.  More than one looked away from the mike in shock the way a downed prizefighter will look to his corner for help. Twice, liberal mouths dropped open.  It was a circus, with no shortage of clowns."

  • Read Skip's full column HERE.

5. ATF: Alabama sheriffs gave carry permits without full checks.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice says some Alabama sheriffs have been providing concealed carry permits without running full background checks or even if the background check denied the application.
  • A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives statement says the deliberate oversight meant the sheriffs ultimately allowed felons and other prohibited persons to buy guns.
  • As such, the statement says federally-licensed gun shops can no longer accept Alabama permits issued since Aug. 1, 2013, as alternatives to running a full background check for gun purchases. The Monday statement says the permits were allowed as alternatives with the understanding that permit issuance would depend on the full background check.
  • It says the FBI and ATF field inspections also found that sheriffs weren't getting necessary information for permit applications by non-U.S. citizens.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - In the Weeds w/ Frank Abagnale, Jr.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Judge blocks Trump asylum restrictions at US-Mexico border

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Skip Tucker: Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Mueller offers no bombshells in testimony to Congress

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - McCutcheon says he’s not involved in House District 74 race

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Stacy Column: This Mobile Mess

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - USDA rule would cut food stamp benefits for 3.1 million

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - GOP, Dems offer compromise to reduce drug costs for seniors

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Daily News Digest – July 24, 2019
AL.COM  - Trump asked then-AG Jeff Sessions to un-recuse himself two times, Mueller testifies.
AL.COM  - Alabama port business heats up as massive container refrigerator comes in.
AL.COM  - White professor sues Tuskegee University for race discrimination.
AL.COM  - Columnist Kyle Whitmire: Leave it to Cleaver: Merrill’s homophobic TV nostalgia is a political rerun we can’t stop watching.
AL.COM  - Some Alabama sheriffs give concealed gun permits without full background checks, DOJ says.
AL.COM  - Detroit unveils statue of Viola Liuzzo, civil rights worker killed in Alabama.
AL.COM  - Alabama schools are charging more in required dues and fees.
AL.COM  - Montgomery cop again seeking immunity in shooting of black man.
Montgomery Advertiser - Tower Taproom opens, brings self-pour beer, eclectic food to the Alley in downtown Montgomery

Montgomery Advertiser - An Alabama humane society picked up a family's dog. Hours later, it euthanized him in a 'devastating' mistake.

Montgomery Advertiser - Tuskegee professor sues university, alleges age discrimination

YellowHammer News - Mueller ‘steadfastly’ rejects Sewell’s ‘characterization’ that Donald Trump, Jr. acted illegally

YellowHammer News - ‘Proud’: Alabama has nation’s third best business climate, in top-five for other economic categories

YellowHammer News - Mo Brooks: Mueller hearing a ‘circus act’ that diverts attention from America’s major threats

Dothan Eagle - Fugitive assaults officer at Dothan grocery store

Dothan Eagle - Suspect found hiding nude under homeowner's bed

Dothan Eagle - Brundidge: Police are investigating early morning robbery, murder of gas station clerk

Tuscaloosa News - Police: Alabama woman hits motorcyclist in road rage assault

Tuscaloosa News - Professor sues Tuskegee University claiming age, race discrimination

Tuscaloosa News - Report: Truck crossed highway line in crash that killed 8

Decatur Daily - Ice cream licking incidents prompt call for consumer protection law

Decatur Daily - Lawrence facing $258,000 deficit in fiscal 2020

Decatur Daily - Athens council approves paving for downtown streets, except portion of Market Street

Times Daily - Hartselle Intermediate principal to take the reigns at Deshler High School

Times Daily - Cornelius Landing homeowners file lawsuit against developer

Times Daily - Police jail suspect in thefts following chase

Gadsden Times - Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter in 18-day-old’s death

Gadsden Times - Gadsden man charged with child porn possession

Gadsden Times - Progress underway on planning free clinic

Anniston Star - 7-year-old police officer helps teach dogs to fight the ‘bad guys’

Anniston Star - Housing Authority plans to tear down Anniston’s Glen Addie homes

Anniston Star - Defense attorneys seek to silence police on 2011 Welborn teacher slaying

Troy Messenger - Man killed at Brundidge gas station identified as Troy University graduate student

Troy Messenger - Brundidge store clerk shot, killed during robbery

Troy Messenger - COMING HOME FOR SUPPERTIME: BHS to host reunion for former folklife play cast members

Andalusia Star News - Final July Jamz headliner, The Springs, heal tragedies through music

Andalusia Star News - After 32 years, Steve Dyess is stepping down

Andalusia Star News - In wake of 50th anniversary moon landing, Ward shares experience working with NASA

Opelika-Auburn News - Auburn auto supplier '2a USA' to expand its operations, add 50 jobs

Opelika-Auburn News - National organization pays off home of fallen Auburn police officer

Opelika-Auburn News - OUR VIEW: Boy, 3, dies in grease tank; the Sadie Grace law named for Auburn tot should go nationwide

Daily Mountain Eagle - Lawsuit filed over Tyson spill

Daily Mountain Eagle - Pinnacle Bank named ‘Top 200 Community Bank’

Daily Mountain Eagle - Elegant Events cuts ribbon at new Jasper location

Trussville Tribune - District Governor speaks to Trussville Rotary Club

Trussville Tribune - Center Point man wanted by Crime Stoppers

Trussville Tribune - Gulf state US reps back fisheries disaster request

Athens News Courier - Police: Alabama woman hits motorcyclist in road rage assault

Athens News Courier - PLANT CONSTRUCTION: MTM pledges commitment to diversity

Athens News Courier - Judge won't block U.S. asylum restrictions at southern border

Sand Mountain Reporter - Students ‘SOAR’ with Boaz Housing Authority

Sand Mountain Reporter - Guntersville murders case not close to being tried

Sand Mountain Reporter - D.A.R.E. returns to Boaz City Schools

WSFA Montgomery - Huntsville toddler who died, sibling hospitalized were undernourished, police say

WSFA Montgomery - West Boulevard between Court Street, I-65 back open after power outage

WSFA Montgomery - Cell Phone Courtesy Month serves as reminder to mind your manners

Fox 6 Birmingham - Chilton County seeing overwhelming increase in jail inmates

Fox 6 Birmingham - Attorney for the employers of two men killed in trench collapse speaks

Fox 6 Birmingham - Beloved retired Hueytown police officer dies

WAFF Huntsville - Huntsville police investigate assault on Lee Street

WAFF Huntsville - Lawsuit claims Limestone County teen permanently damaged from Juul addiction

WAFF Huntsville - Residents get move out date ahead of Huntsville public housing complex demolition

WKRG Mobile - One person taken to the hospital after serious accident on Cottage Hill Road

WKRG Mobile - High-speed chase through Baldwin County

WKRG Mobile - Former Okaloosa County road worker accused of scheming the department out of hundreds of dollars

WTVY Dothan - Superintendent won't use "B" word but school computers have problems

WTVY Dothan - Inmate denied release by parole board but he will get out anyway

WTVY Dothan - Dothan gas station clerk feels safer than ever despite Brundidge shooting

WASHINGTON POST  - Mueller answers Trump taunts in testimony unlikely to change the political dynamic
WASHINGTON POST  - Opioid makers say there’s no proof they are responsible for the epidemic’s harms
WASHINGTON POST  - Federal judge in California halts Trump’s latest asylum ban
NEW YORK TIMES  - Trump Says Mueller Was ‘Horrible’ and Republicans ‘Had a Good Day’
NEW YORK TIMES  – Columnist Nicholas Kristof: The Mueller Hearings and the Stench in Washington
NEW YORK TIMES  - Emails Show DeVos Aides Pulled Strings for Failing For-Profit Colleges

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