×
FOLLOW THE WEEK ON FACEBOOK
September 18, 2016
Chelsea rocked by explosion.

The explosion that rocked New York City's Chelsea neighborhood, injuring 29, is not believed to be an act of terrorism, although it could be "an intentional act," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in a press conference late Saturday night. There is no known link between the blast and credible threats against the city, de Blasio clarified, nor to the Saturday morning pipe bomb blast in New Jersey. New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill also ruled out natural gas as a cause and said "it appears the explosion happened on the street." He also confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into a "second device" on 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Nico Lauricella

9:38 p.m. ET
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Brooks Koepka on Sunday won the 118th U.S. Open at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York.

Koepka also won the U.S. Open in 2017, his first major title, and is now the seventh golfer to win the national championship in back-to-back years and the first since 1989. The 28-year-old, ranked No. 9 in the world, had a final round 2-under-par 68, beating Tommy Fleetwood by one shot.

"The U.S. Open just takes so much discipline," he said. "You have got to be a great putter and just kind of let things roll off your back. I enjoy the test. I enjoy being pushed to the limit. Sometimes you feel like you are about to break mentally, but that's what I enjoy. I enjoy hard golf courses." Catherine Garcia

9:10 p.m. ET
Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images

When Mexico's Hirving Lozano scored a goal against Germany during World Cup play on Sunday, fans back home were so excited that they made the ground shake, setting off seismic detectors.

Mexican officials said an "artificial quake" reported in Mexico City was likely caused by 
"massive jumps during the goal from the Mexico national soccer team." Lozano scored in the 35th minute of the game, the lone goal of the match. It was a major victory for Mexico, defeating the World Cup's defending champion 1-0. Catherine Garcia

1:18 p.m. ET

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon resurfaced Sunday for an appearance on ABC's This Week to weigh in on, among other things, President Trump's honesty and what's wrong with the pope.

President Trump "has not always told the truth," host Jonathan Karl said while recalling Bannon's time in the White House, but Bannon disagreed. "I don't know that," Bannon replied. “This is another thing to demonize him." Karl pushed back: "You think the president has never lied?"

Bannon said he thinks exactly that. "Not to my knowledge, no," he answered. "Except when he called me Sloppy Steve."

Bannon also addressed the Trump administration's broadly condemned and not legally mandatory policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border. "It's zero tolerance. I don't think you have to justify it," he said. "We have a crisis on the southern border but the elites in the city ... want to manage situations to bad outcomes. And Donald Trump is not going to do that."

In contrast with his praise for Trump, Bannon, a professing Catholic, slammed Pope Francis for his approach to Europe's refugee crisis and labeled the Catholic Church "one of the worst instigators of this open borders policy." Watch those comments below. Bonnie Kristian

12:55 p.m. ET

"Chuck, let me just tell you, that nobody likes seeing babies ripped from their mothers' arms," White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on NBC Sunday of the Trump administration's separation of migrant families at the border. "As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who has got a conscience ... I will tell you that nobody likes this policy," she continued.. "You saw the president on camera that he wants this to end," she continued, "but ... Congress has to act."

As host Chuck Todd protested, the family separations are not required by law and were instituted by the Trump administration as an immigration deterrent. Some of the families affected have not crossed the border illegally but rather are following legal procedure to seek asylum. Congress only "has to act" in the sense that President Trump is using the unpopular policy as a bargaining chip to obtain the immigration bill he wants.

Watch an excerpt of Conway's comments below, or read her full remarks here. Bonnie Kristian

12:37 p.m. ET

President Trump on Twitter Sunday attacked critics of his recent summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, accusing them of dishonesty and petty partisanship. He specifically targeted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for censure and touted his agreement with Kim to end U.S.-South Korean "war games."

A Washington Post/ABC News poll published Sunday found most Americans are hopeful but skeptical about the summit's results and believe it is too soon to judge whether it is a success for the United States.

In other Sunday morning posts, Trump returned to such familiar themes as his distaste for The Washington Post, the health of the economy, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, which he again dubbed a "phony" "hoax" and a "witch hunt." Bonnie Kristian

11:59 a.m. ET
Leon Neal/Getty Images

President Trump will meet with House Republicans Tuesday evening to discuss immigration reform legislation. At issue is a compromise immigration bill that would fund Trump's promised border wall, impose new limits on immigration, formalize protections for young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children (those previously protected from deportation by the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA] program), and end the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families at the border.

This is the more moderate of the two bills proposed by the House GOP, both of which are due for a vote later this week. Trump signaled Friday morning he would not support the moderate plan, but the White House later said that was a misunderstanding.

If Trump does endorse the protections for DACA recipients, that would mark a major reversal from his April declaration that DACA "is dead." Bonnie Kristian

11:46 a.m. ET
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

A rescue boat carrying hundreds of migrants, most of them Sub-Saharan Africans, docked in Spain Sunday after being denied permission to dock in Italy by the country's new populist coalition government, elected in part because of anger over the effects of the European Union's asylum policy. Malta also rejected the ship.

Managed by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and another aid group called SOS Mediterranee, the Aquarius initially headed to Italy after rescuing migrants off the coast of Libya. The journey from its intended docking point to Spain took a week, and several other ships, including an Italian coast guard boat, took on some of the 629 migrants to make the trip safer.

"This sad odyssey of the people on the Aquarius is another reminder that all people, regardless of their nationality or immigration status, should have access to basic assistance and protection," said Red Cross Secretary General Elhadj As Sy, who was on hand for the ship's arrival. "No human being is 'illegal,' and people who need help should receive help." Bonnie Kristian

See More Speed Reads