The 5 Videos You Have to See Right Now

Welcome to the Video Cheat Sheet, your source for the videos you absolutely have to see right now. Today we have an unbelievable car wreck; boats coming to the rescue of Malibu residents; a ketchup-fueled assault; a rant from a guy who really likes Confederate monuments; and a state lawmaker getting collared at the Capitol.

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U.S. Military Could Lose War to Russia or China, Report to Congress Warns

The U.S. military is losing its edge over its rivals and could lose a war against Russia or China, a new study written for Congress reports. The National Defense Strategy Commission, made up of former top Republican and Democratic officials, warns the Trump administration isn’t investing enough money into keeping up with the Chinese or Russian military and says the U.S. could be “overwhelmed” in a conflict. “There is a strong fear of complacency, that people have become so used to the United States achieving what it wants in the world, to include militarily, that it isn’t heeding the warning signs,” said Kathleen Hicks, a Pentagon official during the Obama administration. The report laid out a stark warning. “The U.S. military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict. It might struggle to win, or perhaps lose, a war against China or Russia,” it said, adding: “The United States is particularly at risk of being overwhelmed should its military be forced to fight on two or more fronts simultaneously.”


Parkland Shooting Suspect Nikolas Cruz Charged With Assaulting Jail Officer

Nikolas Cruz—who is accused of killing 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year—has been charged with assault and battery of an officer for attacking a jail guard and taking his electroshock weapon, authorities said Wednesday. According to an affidavit, the 20-year-old assaulted the deputy after he was told to “not drag his sandals on the ground” in a day room. Cruz “rushed” at the officer and “struck him in the face,” according to the affidavit. At some point, Cruz grabbed the officer’s “conductive electronic weapon,” which discharged during the fight, the report says. Cruz is being held in the Broward Sheriff’s Office main jail in Fort Lauderdale while he awaits a death penalty trial on 34 counts of premeditated murder and attempted murder for the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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Fox News: We Support CNN’s Lawsuit Against Trump

Fox News on Wednesday announced that it will back rival network CNN’s lawsuit against the Trump administration over the White House’s revoking of CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials. “FOX News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential. We intend to file an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court,” the right-wing cable channel’s president Jay Wallace said in a statement.

“Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized,” the network added. “While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.”

Support from Fox News comes as something of a surprise considering several of the network’s most prominent hosts have routinely bashed Acosta and supported the White House in revoking his access after he clashed with Trump during a heated press conference last week.

NBC News also announced their support for the lawsuit, writing in a statement that they will join the amicus brief. Other outlets joining the brief include the Associated Press, Bloomberg, First Look Media, Gannett, The New York Times, Politico, USA Today, and The Washington Post.


Man Accused of Killing Autistic Sons to Collect Insurance Payout

An Egyptian man was charged Tuesday with fraud after allegedly killing his two young autistic sons in order to collect insurance payments, prosecutors said. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that Ali Elmezayen purchased several accidental death insurance policies on his family members two years before he drove his Honda off the end of a California pier, drowning sons Abdelkarim, 8, and Elhassan, 13, in the Port of Los Angeles. “He called at least two of the insurance companies to confirm they would not investigate claims made two years after the policies were purchased,” prosecutors said. Elmezayen eventually collected a $260,000 insurance payout after the deaths of his children. “Witnesses heard the tires of the car screech loudly and saw the car accelerate before it flew off the edge of the wharf, crashed into the water and immediately sunk,” an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit. Elmezayen and his domestic partner, who was also a suspected murder target, both escaped the vehicle. The Los Angeles County District Attorney declined to press charges for the boys’ deaths, citing insufficient evidence. A judge on Tuesday denied Elmezayen’s request for bail, in part citing his alleged “ghastly scheme to obtain insurance benefits.”


Michigan Man Gets Four Years for Shooting at Black Teen Who Asked for Directions

A Michigan man who opened fire on a black teenager who came to his front door to ask for directions was sentenced Tuesday to four to 10 years in prison. Last spring, Jeffrey Zeigler, a retired firefighter who is white, burst out of his suburban Detroit home and fired a shotgun at Brennan Walker, a 14-year-old who had knocked on his door after missing his school bus and becoming lost. Walker was not physically injured from the shooting. At trial, Zeigler said he woke up to his wife screaming and saying that someone was trying to break into their home, and claimed he slipped and accidentally fired the gun. “I wish I could change something,” Zeigler, 53, told the judge. Footage from a home-security camera showed the boy patiently standing at the door before running away as Zeigler fired a shotgun. “He almost took the life of another human being,” Assistant Prosecutor Kelly Collins said. “That will forever stay with Brennan—forever. His perception of strangers, his perception of other people, his perception of the world.”


Feds: Massachusetts VA Nursing Home Showed ‘Blatant Disregard’ for Patient Safety

A Department of Veterans Affairs nursing home in Brockton, Massachusetts, drew “significant concern” from federal investigators who believe the nurses and nursing assistants at the home display a “blatant disregard for veteran safety,” according to a joint Wednesday report from USA Today and the Boston Globe. That concern was expressed late last month in a letter to President Trump and Congress from the agency that protects whistleblowers, after nurses were found “fast asleep” during their shift—though they reportedly knew federal inspectors were coming—and ailing patients left unattended. This is far from the first time that the facility—which has the lowest possible rating from the VA—has faced scrutiny: In 2014, a doctor claimed that three veterans with serious mental-health problems went years without proper treatment, and that two were given psychotropic drugs. And it’s also not the only VA facility that has come under fire: In June, a USA Today and Globe report showed that 100 VA facilities nationwide ranked lower than private nursing homes on many “key quality indicators.”


House Dems Probing Matt Whitaker’s Role in ‘Scam’ Company

Top House Democrats have launched an investigation into acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s involvement in a company that was shut down earlier this year after being accused of running an invention-promotion scam. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent seven letters requesting information regarding Whitaker’s time as an advisory-board member for World Patent Marketing, a company that allegedly scammed millions from customers. “Because Mr. Whitaker was not confirmed by the Senate, both Republican and Democratic constitutional law experts warned that his appointment was, and continues to be, unconstitutional,” the Democrats wrote. “In addition, because the Senate was not given an opportunity to properly vet Mr. Whitaker’s background, serious questions are now arising about his fitness to serve in this position of trust.”

In May of this year, the Federal Trade Commission announced that World Patent Marketing had agreed to a settlement that banned the company from the industry and fined it $26 million.


Pilot Killed in Supersonic Jet Crash at Texas Air Force Base

One Air Force pilot has been killed and another injured after supersonic jet crashed Tuesday night at Laughlin Air Force Base in southern Texas. The condition of the injured pilot was not specified by officials, and the identities of both fliers are being withheld until their families are notified. The base said a panel of officers will be convened to investigate the cause of the crash. The aircraft involved was a T-38C Talon. The Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude jet used specifically for training and preparing pilots “for front-line fighter and bomber aircraft.” The base is located 150 miles west of San Antonio, near the city of Del Rio and the Mexican border.