Things you should know today – September 27, 2015

 

Kim DavisKim Davis is switching to Republican
Kim Davis, is switching allegiances from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. Davis was jailed for five days earlier this month after she refused to comply with a Supreme Court order legalizing gay marriage. Davis cited her religious beliefs as grounds for her noncompliance.

Her refusal to obey the gay marriage law has been well-received among many Republican presidential candidates. Mike Huckabee, who organized an “I’m With Kim Liberty Rally” on September 8 at the detention center where she was being held, has stated that Davis’ imprisonment is evidence of the “criminalization of Christianity in our country,” and that “we must defend religious liberty and never surrender to judicial tyranny.” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) expressed his support for Davis’ right to religious liberty in a statement released on his campaign website. Gov. Chris Christie and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina form the minority of GOP presidential hopefuls who have criticized Davis’ actions. The Week

 

 

A member of the Iraqi security forces stands guard during a patrol in the city of Ramadi April 29, 2015.  Picture taken April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer - RTX1B0RA

Russia, Iraq and Iran reached a deal to share intelligence against ISIS
Iraq says it has reached a deal to share intelligence with Russia, Iran and Syria in the fight against ISIS militants. The news comes amid U.S. concerns about Russia’s recent military buildup in Syria and would appear to confirm American suspicions of some kind of cooperation between Baghdad and Moscow. A U.S.-led coalition has been carrying out an aerial bombing campaign against ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria since last year. But now Russia is upping its presence in the region. U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday for the first time in nearly a year to discuss Moscow’s plans in Syria.U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday for the first time in nearly a year to discuss Moscow’s plans in Syria. CNN

 

 

brownAustralia set to deny visa to US singer Chris Brown
The US singer Chris Brown has been told he is unlikely to be given a visa to perform in Australia because of his record of domestic violence. The singer is scheduled to go on tour in Australia in December, and tickets are due to go on sale on Monday. He now has 28 days to appeal. In 2009, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, the pop star Rihanna. He has toured Australia twice since, but the government is under pressure to refuse him this time. Australia’s immigration department has issued a “notice of intention to consider refusal”, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said. The singer has 28 days to present a case as to why he should be granted a visa, after which a final decision will be made. Minister for Women Michaelia Cash, who was until recently assistant immigration minister, had urged Mr Dutton to take a stand on the issue. New Zealand has already ruled that Brown is unsuitable for entry into the country. BBC

 

 

Trump says his experience at New York Military Academy felt like military training. (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

A conservative poll said Donald Trump can not win
The straw poll at the summit, a conservative gathering hosted by the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., showed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz winning over voters, leading the pack for the third year in a row. Cruz, with 35 percent of support, was followed by neurosurgeon-turned-politician Ben Carson, with 18 percent of the vote. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came in third, drawing 14 percent of supporters, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 13 percent. Registering at fifth place on the survey results: Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner in many state and national polls. The religious conservatives in attendance simply weren’t buying what Trump had to offer. Despite bringing his Bible on stage when addressing the audience, Trump registered at only 5 percent. Trump was even booed at the summit when he slammed Rubio over his immigration policies and called him a “clown.”  CBS

 

 

teslaTesla will introduce the most important car of the year next week
Tesla is scheduled to deliver the first of its Model X crossover SUVs to customers next week. The startup carmaker will hold an event at its factory in Fremont, California, September 29, as the first “Signature Series” Model X vehicles roll off the assembly line. The Model X’s performance is expected to be staggering. The 0-to-60-mph speed will be more like a sports car than a truck — it will be available with the same “Ludicrous Mode” setting that enables the top-of-the-line P90D to break the three-second 0-to-60-mph acceleration barrier. It will have exotic “falcon wing” doors.If the Model X succeeds, it could push Tesla’s stock price through $300 and confirm the bullish case for the automaker. Yahoo