Causes 'Catastrophic Flooding' In Houston, Thousands Of Rescue Calls Made
Tropical Storm Harvey continued to hit southeastern Texas on Sunday with "catastrophic flooding" in Houston, forcing residents to flee to their roofs and higher ground as officials respond to thousands of 911 calls for rescues in the "unprecedented" event. The National Hurricane Center said Harvey, with 40 mph winds, is moving south on a track that forecasters predict will bring it back into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will strengthen before heading back to Texas again. The latest forecasts show 15 to 25 inches of rain is possible in Texas over the next several days. Fox
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Mayor Defends Decision Not To Issue Evacuation Order
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner argued on Sunday that an evacuation of Harris County, which is currently seeing "unprecedented" flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, would have led to a far worse calamity for area residents. "If you think the situation right now is bad, you give an order to evacuate, you are creating a nightmare. Especially when it's not planned," Turner said during an update Sunday on the city's response to Hurricane Harvey. ABC News
VOA VIEW: No evacuation order was a major mistake.
Governor: President Called And Said 'Whatever You Need, You've Got'
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) expressed his gratitude to President Trump for his help in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's devastation in the Houston area. Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas as a category 4 storm on Friday after Texans were encouraged to evacuate the area. President Trump declared the hurricane a major disaster even before it hit, ensuring resources were ready to go after the storm passed. President Trump's response to the crisis has been "extremely professional, very helpful," the governor assured, adding that the two spoke on the phone several times. Fox News
Mayweather Beats Conor McGregor By 10th-Round TKO In Megafight
Floyd Mayweather Jr. picked up the 50th win of his illustrious career, defeating Conor McGregor by 10th-round TKO on Saturday night in Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena. With the victory, Mayweather surpasses Rocky Marciano, who retired in 1956 with a 49-0 record. McGregor more than held his own in what was his first professional boxing fight, but the gulf between him and Mayweather grew the longer the fight went on. CNN
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Trump 'Speaks For Himself'
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday that President Donald Trump "speaks for himself" when asked whether the President's response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, raised questions about Trump's values. Tillerson said on "Fox News Sunday" that the United States was committed to freedom and "equal treatment of people the world over" when posed the question by anchor Chris Wallace. "I don't believe anyone doubts the American people's values," Tillerson said. "And the President's values?" Wallace asked. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal hate stirrer CNN instigated trouble for Trump.
Repeats Making Mexico Pay For Wall As He Seeks Funding
President Donald Trump on Sunday renewed his pledge to make Mexico pay for the construction of a border wall between the U.S and Mexico, days after threatening to trigger a government shutdown if congressional Republicans don’t include funding as they tackle a spending bill due Sept. 30. And Mexico just as forcefully said, “no chance.” Trump posted successive tweets on Sunday suggesting the U.S. may have to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement and repeating his oft-stated pledge during the campaign that the U.S. would build a wall and Mexico would pay for it. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Mexico has paid and will pay for the wall.
Says Trump 'Emboldened White Supremacists'
Former Vice President Joe Biden has leveled harsh words at President Donald Trump for placing blame on "both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. In a commentary published Sunday in The Atlantic, Biden wrote: "Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate." He said Trump has "emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support." Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Biden is a loser.
After Pardoning Arpaio Gives Plug For Another Polarizing Sheriff
President Donald Trump on Twitter plugged a book by controversial Sheriff David Clarke in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, calling it "a great book by a great guy." The president's promotion of Clarke's book comes a little more than a day after he pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona, who had been convicted of contempt for violating a federal court order to stop detaining people solely based on their immigration status. Like Arpaio, Clarke is a polarizing figure. Both endorsed Trump in the presidential campaign and spoke at the Republican National Convention. Milwaukee County Sheriff Clarke is a conservative firebrand known for his cowboy hat. ABC
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Special Envoy Says ISIS Is "Fighting For Their Life, Block-By-Block"
In our ongoing series, Issues That Matter, we are taking a closer look at the United States' fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The State Department says ISIS has lost about 78 percent of its territory in Iraq and 58 percent in Syria since its peak in 2014. Nearly a third of those losses have happened in the past six months. Brett McGurk, special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS who recently returned from a 12-day trip to the Middle East, said ISIS forces in Raqqa, Syria, are "fighting for their life, block-by-block." CBS News
Survivors Of Last Epic Hurricane, A Case Of ‘Katrina Brain’
As Hurricane Harvey roars in from the Gulf of Mexico, long-dormant mental images have been returning for residents all along the Gulf Coast — memories of neck-high flood-waters and teeming rescue shelters and sickly fears, the kind that take hold when a loved-one can’t be found. They call it “Katrina Brain,” and it’s kicking in with a vengeance for some of the people who survived the killer hurricane that submerged much of New Orleans in 2005, many of whom are now dealing with the threat of a new catastrophe. Harvey made landfall late Friday, 11 years and 361 days after Katrina put four-fifths of New Orleans underwater. NBC News
Secretary Recommends Changing National Monument Designations
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke sent his recommendations to the White House on Thursday on what national monument designations should be eliminated or shrunk, including those put in place by the Obama administration. “The recommendations I sent to the president on national monuments will maintain federal ownership of all federal land and protect the land under federal environmental regulations, and also provide a much needed change for the local communities who border and rely on these lands for hunting and fishing, economic development, traditional uses, and recreation,” Zinke said in a statement. CNS
Expected To Lift Ban On Military Gear To Local Police Forces
The Trump administration is preparing to lift a controversial ban on the transfer of some surplus military equipment to police departments whose battlefield-style response to rioting in a St. Louis suburb three years ago prompted a halt to the program. The new plan, outlined in documents obtained by USA TODAY, would roll back an Obama administration executive order that blocked armored vehicles, large-caliber weapons, ammunition and other heavy equipment from being re-purposed from foreign battlefields to America's streets. On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to address the annual meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation's largest police union, and he may outline the program changes there. USA Today
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Group Sues SPLC And Amazon Over 'Hate Group' Designation
On Tuesday, D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM) filed a lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the charity navigation organization GuideStar, and Amazon for defamation, religious discrimination, and trafficking in falsehood. The SPLC listed DJKM as a "hate group," while GuideStar also categorized it in those terms, and Amazon kept the ministry off of its charity donation program, Amazon Smile. "We embarked today on a journey to right a terrible wrong," Dr. Frank Wright, president and CEO at DJKM, said in a statement Tuesday. "Those who knowingly label Christian ministries as 'hate' groups, solely for subscribing to the historic Christian faith, are either woefully uninformed or willfully deceitful. In the case of the Southern Poverty Law Center, our lawsuit alleges the latter." Drudge Report
Criminals Getting Deported Under Trump
Brave federal officials have targeted at-large criminal immigrants, sweeping up 114 foreign nationals in a gutsy, 11-day operation spear- headed by President Donald Trump to rid the nation’s streets of vicious crooks and perverts. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, under the direction of and Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ICE Acting Director Tom Homan (right), cuffed 104 men and 10 women in the New York metropolitan area in the massive July raid, including a Mexican national guilty of manslaughter and an Ecuadoran rapist. Drug trafficking, rape, forgery, sex assault and robbery are just some of the offenses committed by the felons, with nine of those nabbed receiving final orders to be removed from U.S. soil. Drudge Report
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Department Expresses 'Grave Concern' About Reported North Korea-Syria Weapons
Allegations of illicit weapons collaboration between North Korea and the Assad regime, if true, “would be a very grave, grave concern” to the United States, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday. She was responding to claims that unnamed countries have intercepted on two occasions in the past six months shipments from North Korea to a Syrian government agency long responsible for chemical weapons production. Reuters reported this week that a record of the intercepts is contained in a new report by independent experts, submitted this month to the U.N. Security Council. CNS
Mattis Tells US Troops America Has 'Problems', Urges Them To 'Hold The
Secretary of Defense James Mattis has told US troops stationed abroad their duty is to “hold the line” amid partisan division at home. In comments contained in a video posted to a Facebook page called “US Army WTF Moments” that appeared to have been taken shot on a smartphone during a visit to Jordan, Turkey and Ukraine this week, most likely in Jordan, Mattis said: “Our country right now, it’s got problems we don’t have in the military. The Guardian
Man Held After Sword Attack At Buckingham Palace
A second man has been arrested over a suspected terrorist attack outside Buckingham Palace, during which police were attacked by a man armed with a sword. A 30-year-old man was apprehended by officers at an address in west London on Sunday morning, Scotland Yard said. Police are carrying out a search in the area. During the attack on Friday night, a man was said to have driven at a police van outside the palace and, after he was confronted by unarmed officers, reached for a 1.2-metre (4ft) sword hidden in the passenger-side footwell of his car. The Guardian
Shows Man Shooting At Crowd During Charlottesville Rally, With No Police
A man attending the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month fired his gun in the direction of a black counterprotester who was holding a torch, and police in their vicinity did not seem to respond. Those events appear in a video filmed two weeks ago by a volunteer with the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and published by the civil rights group on Saturday. As seen in the footage below, a man in a blue sleeveless shirt, a green vest and a bandana on his head pulls out a gun and aims it at a counterprotester, who is off camera and appears to be holding a makeshift lit torch. The first man appears to yell a racial slur at the black man, then fires the gun toward the ground in the direction of the counterprotesters. Huffington Post
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Corps To Open Dams To Stem Houston Flooding
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to begin releasing water into Buffalo Bayou from two flood-control dams on the western outskirts of the city. Col. Lars Zetterstrom is commander of the Galveston District of the Corps of Engineers. He says water will be released from the Barker Reservoir and Addicks Reservoir very slowly on Monday morning to prevent uncontrollable flooding of downtown Houston and the Houston Ship Channel. Downtown Houston is 17 miles (27.36 kilometers) downstream from the dams, which were built during the 1940s in response to a 1935 flood that inundated much of downtown area. Zetterstrom says the water contained by the dams is "unparalleled in the dams' history." The waters are rising about 4 inches per hour. Atlanta Journal
Cruise Ships Are Still Stranded After Harvey. One Is Headed To Miami
One cruise ship, Royal Caribbean International’s Liberty of the Seas, which was stranded in the Gulf of Mexico before Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, will head to Miami, the cruise line said Sunday. The other three ships, all from Carnival Cruise Line, that were stuck in the Gulf due to the closure of the Port of Galveston will remain near Galveston until the port reopens. On Friday afternoon, about 15,000 people on all four ships saw their vacations adjusted as the Port of Galveston closed and braced for the arrival of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall near Corpus Cristi, Texas late Friday night as a Category 4 storm. Miami Herald
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To Travel To Flood-Ravaged Texas On Tuesday
President Trump will travel to Texas on Tuesday, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "We are coordinating logistics with state and local officials, and once details are finalized, we will let you know," Sanders said. "We continue to keep all of those affected in our thoughts and prayers." Sanders made the announcement upon Mr. Trump's return to the White House Sunday, after he spent the weekend with Vice President Mike Pence and Cabinet officials at Camp David, where he was briefed on the ongoing impacts of the storm. CBS News
Renews Threat To Scrap NAFTA Going Into Next Round Of Talks
U.S. President Donald Trump renewed his threat to scrap NAFTA and ripped on trading partners Canada and Mexico in a tweet early on Sunday, days before the three countries were scheduled to hold a second round of negotiations on rewriting the 23-year-old agreement. In a separate Sunday morning tweet, Trump repeated his pledge that Mexico will eventually pay for his proposed border wall, saying the barrier is needed due to Mexico's high crime rate. In response, Mexico's foreign ministry issued a statement Sunday afternoon reiterating the country's position that it will not "in any way or under any circumstance" pay for Trump's signature border wall. Reuters
Comes To Defense Of McMaster Over Stance On Israel
Sebastian Gorka, a senior staffer at the White House until last week, came to the defense on Sunday of H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser who last month endured a far-right campaign against him over his posture toward Israel. In an interview with The Jerusalem Post, Gorka said he had not once heard H.R. McMaster speak critically of the state in his six months since taking office. “I’m not here to feed stories of palace intrigue – I hate that, and I’m still loyal to the president and his agenda,” Gorka said. But “I have never heard Gen. McMaster say things that are anti-Israeli. I’ve never heard that.” Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Good position.
UN Mission Condemns Deadly Attack On Shi'a Mosque In Kabul
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned the attack during Friday prayer at Imam Zaman mosque in Kabul that killed at least 20 civilians – including seven women and one child – and injured more than 30 others. “These preliminary figures may rise,” the Mission said today, explaining that at least two attackers wearing police uniforms stormed the Shi'a mosque while several hundred worshippers, including many women and children, were at Friday prayer. According to UNAMA, one assailant detonated his suicide vest outside the mosque, while another continued inside, indiscriminately killing and wounding people. United Nations
Told People To Stay For Harvey, Now They Can't Get Out
Houston is slowly being submerged by a natural disaster some are saying could now rival Hurricane Katrina. Even after two feet of rain in 24 hours, Tropical Storm Harvey shows no sign of letting up until Wednesday at the earliest. When the storm previously known as Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday, it was the strongest storm to batter the U.S. coast in 13 years. The National Weather Service said on Sunday afternoon that the flooding is “unprecedented,” adding "all impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced." Daily Beast
Has No Regrets Over Refugee Policy Despite Political Cost
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she has no regrets about her 2015 decision to open the country’s borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees and added she will not be deterred from campaigning by angry hecklers. In an interview with the Welt am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday, Merkel denied she had made any mistakes with her open-door policy even though the arrival of a million refugees over the last two years from Syria and Iraq opened deep rifts in her conservative party and depressed its support. Reuters
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Gorka Out, White House Is Nearly Cleansed Of Hard-Liners Against Islam
The White House today is nearly devoid of the hard-liners who arrived in January wanting to use the bully pulpit to expose radical Islam as the root cause of global terrorism. Sebastian Gorka, a scholarly but intense voice on the need for Islam to reform itself, exited Friday after a number of other like-minded thinkers were shown the door. Mr. Gorka was a cable news regular who took joy in bashing Mr. Trump’s critics, especially CNN. The exodus began with retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who had planned to use his national security adviser role for the Gorka-type message. Washington Times
Sole Confederate Monument At Risk Of Removal Amid U.S. Uproar
A local lawmaker in Galway County, Ireland is lobbying for the removal of a monument honoring a native son who fought for the Confederacy as similar tributes continue to come down across the pond in the old South and beyond. Councillor Shaun Cunniffe this week said he’ll use an upcoming municipal meeting in the town of Taum to discuss the future of a plaque commemorating Richard 'Dick' Dowling, Ireland’s only Confederate memorial, according to The Irish Post. Dowling was born near Tuam in 1837 but fled to the U.S. as a kid when his family emigrated during the Great Famine. Washington Times
House Leaks Continue: ‘Aides’ Tell Politico Trump Strayed From ‘Carefully
Vetted Message’ In Arizona
President Donald Trump spent much of last week hearing from friends, donors and aides that he needed to dial back some of his rhetoric in the wake of Charlottesville. He gave his response on Tuesday night in Phoenix, with an angry, meandering and frequently disingenuous 75-minute rally address designed to soothe his ego, rev up his base, and remind the naysayers in Washington and New York that he can still command love from his crowd. Breitbart
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Signs 'Briana's Law' Requiring All Cops To Be CPR Certified
State Police and NYPD officers will be required to have CPR training before joining the force under “Briana’s Law,” named for an 11-year-old Brooklyn girl who suffered a fatal asthma attack seven years ago Sunday. Gov. Cuomo signed the law on Sunday, mandating the life-saving skills for the police first responders. In addition to getting the training, officers will have to be recertified every two years. The law is named in honor of Briana Ojeda of Boerum Hill, who died of an asthma attack after an officer was unable to perform CPR. NY Daily News
Trouble With Ivanka’s Business Partner
His vendors call him a “career grifter.” His father’s creditors claim he’s a fraud and a serial extortionist who shakes people down with trumped-up threats of criminal charges. With these and other allegations piling up in court records along with judgments—against him, his wife and his businesses—for millions of dollars, his lawyers are abandoning him, saying he’s a deadbeat. All the while, he’s been living in one of the most luxurious mansions in the Bronx. Meet Ivanka Trump’s longtime friend, matchmaker and business partner, Moshe Lax. For the past decade, Lax, a 43-year-old New York diamond heir and entrepreneur, has been Trump’s partner in Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, the first major venture of her business career. Trump and her family have continued to associate with Lax even as his legal problems have mounted and Trump has been dragged into Lax’s business disputes. POLITICO
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Exploit GOP Ethics Woes In Battle For The House
Duncan Hunter’s Southern California district isn’t normally a serious target for Democrats. But a criminal investigation into allegations of campaign funds for personal use — including flying his pet rabbit across the country — isn't exactly normal either. Hunter is one of a handful of House Republicans in ethical hot water that could put their typically safe seats at risk. And the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is planning to exploit their troubles in 2018 in the hopes of notching long-shot victories that could be the difference between winning the House or falling just short. POLITICO
VOA VIEW: Democrats will lose more seats in 2018.
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General Electric Quits Race To Be Uber Boss
General Electric chair Jeff Immelt has ruled himself out of the race to become the new boss of taxi service Uber. In a tweet, Mr Immelt said he had "decided not to pursue a leadership position at Uber". Hewlett Packard Enterprise chief executive Meg Whitman is now reported to be "the most likely candidate". Uber has been searching for a new chief executive since June after previous boss Travis Kalanick resigned following pressure from shareholders. BBC
Thousands Flee To Bangladesh Border
Thousands of people have fled their homes following two days of violence in a deepening crisis in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar. Members of the Muslim Rohingya minority escaped to the border with Bangladesh but Bangladeshi border guards are turning them back. Fighting erupted when Rohingya fighters attacked 30 police stations on Friday and clashes continued on Saturday. Pope Francis has appealed for an end to persecution of the Rohingya people. They face severe restrictions inside mainly Buddhist Myanmar, where tensions with the majority population have been rumbling for years. BBC
Forces Regain Full Control Of Tal Afar
Iraqi forces regained total control of the northern city of Tal Afar from the Islamic State on Sunday, Joint Operations command said. "By God, it is victory...100 percent liberated," the War Media Cell, the Joint Operations Command's media service, posted on its Facebook page. The word "liberated" in Arabic was stamped on a map of Tal Afar. Earlier Sunday, an Iraqi commander said Islamic State militants were cornered in a region northwest of Tal Afar as Iraqi forces had retaken all areas of the town. UPI
School Criticized For Children's Field Trip To Gun Range
A Georgia private preschool is facing criticism from parents and a possible investigation by state officials after taking young children on a field trip to a gun range. The owner of Holdheide Academy in Woodstock, Ga., defended the trip, which included two students ages 6 and 7 who were photographed holding unloaded guns at the Hi-Caliber Gun Range. The school posted the photos online, sparking outrage from gun control advocates, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The school's owner, Tammy Dorsten, said the trip was a "wonderful educational experience." She said the students who attended had permission slips signed by their parents. UPI
VOA VIEW: No big deal.
Eats Away At Venezuela’s Soul As Its People Struggle To Survive
Hunger is gnawing at Venezuela, where a government that claims to rule for the poorest has left most of its 31 million people short of food, many desperately so. As night falls over Caracas, and most of the city’s residents lock their doors against its ever more violent streets, Adriana Velásquez gets ready for work, heading out into an uncertain darkness as she has done since hunger forced her into the only job she could find at 14. She was introduced to her brothel madam by a friend more than two years ago after her mother, a single parent, was fired and the two ran out of food. The Guardian
Theater Won’t Show ‘Gone With The Wind,’ Calling Film ‘Insensitive’
“Gone With the Wind” will be gone from The Orpheum’s summer movie series, the theater’s board said Friday. The Orpheum Theatre Group decided not to include the 1939 movie about a plantation in the Civil War-era South in its 2018 Summer Movie Series after feedback from patrons following the last screening Aug. 11. “As an organization whose stated mission is to ‘entertain, educate and enlighten the communities it serves’, the Orpheum cannot show a film that is insensitive to a large segment of its local population,” the theater’s operators said in a statement. Memphis’ population is about 64 percent African-American. WREG
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Faces A Rising Drone Threat
High above the Persian Gulf, an Iranian drone crosses the path of American fighter jets lining up to land on the USS Nimitz. The drone buzzes across the sky more than a mile above the massive aircraft carrier and is spotted by the fighters. It is unarmed. But for the senior Navy commanders on the ship, the presence of the enemy drone so close is worrying. Their biggest fear is the surveillance aircraft will start carrying weapons, posing a more direct threat to U.S. vessels transiting one of the world’s most significant strategic and economic international waterways. Philadelphia Inquirer
At Berkeley Rally Escalates, Police Make Arrests
Here’s the latest coverage from Berkeley, where hundreds of demonstrators converged at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park: to oppose a far-right demonstration planned there. 3:30 p.m. Protests calm, violence subsides: A massive crowd of people — some “Antifa,” some counter-protesters and some “Black Lives Matter” groups — has disbanded at Ohlone Park. Residents and neighbors said they felt relieved that Berkeley buildings and businesses were not vandalized the way they were earlier this year following a protest at UC Berkeley. SF Gate
Trump Is Beginning To Lose To Obama In His Favorite Metric: Stock Market
President Donald Trump is beginning to fall behind his predecessor President Barack Obama on one key gauge of his agenda: The stock market. From Trump's Inauguration Day to present, the S&P 500 Index has gained around 7%. That's less than a third of the 25% gain the S&P posted over the same horizon after Obama took office in 2009. Going forward Trump, who ran on an agenda of business-friendly policies such as tax cuts and deregulation, may find Obama a tough foe when it comes to stock market gains. Forbes
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Child Forced Into Muslim Foster Care
A white Christian child was taken from her family and forced to live with a niqab-wearing foster carer in a home where she was allegedly encouraged to learn Arabic. The five-year-old girl, a native English speaker, has spent the past six months in the care of two Muslim households in London. The foster placements were made, against the wishes of the girl’s family, by the scandal-ridden borough of Tower Hamlets. In confidential local authority reports seen by The Times, a social services supervisor describes the child sobbing and begging not to be returned to the foster carer’s home because “they don’t speak English”. The Times UK
GOP's Political Pretzel
To Blake Cooley, a 35-year-old e-commerce businessman, GOP Sen. Dean Heller is a "sell-out," someone who is insufficiently loyal to President Donald Trump as the chief executive struggles to get his agenda through a skeptical Congress. And to Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen, who hopes to wrest Heller's job away from him next year, Nevada's junior senator represents everything that is bad for increasingly diverse Nevada, whether it's a failure to denounce Trump personally for his comments about the Charlottesville neo-Nazis or not supporting Planned Parenthood. Rosen and Cooley (who is backing Heller's GOP primary opponent, Danny Tarkanian) may not see eye to eye, politically. US News & World Report
Border Battle Against IS Paused As Body Parts Found
The Lebanese army says it has located the remains of eight people it believes to be soldiers taken hostage by so-called Islamic State militants in 2014. It comes after a ceasefire was declared on the Syria-Lebanon border, leading to negotiations including talks over nine kidnapped Lebanese soldiers. Lebanese security chief Maj Gen Abbas Ibrahim said that DNA tests would be conducted on the remains. Gen Ibrahim added that the search for a ninth body was continuing. Syrian state media, citing a military source, said on Sunday that a deal had been reached to move IS militants, who have been fighting the Lebanese army on one front, and Hezbollah with the Syrian army on the other, to eastern Syria. BBC
Whole Foods' Lower Prices Will Affect You
Don't expect bargains galore -- at least, not yet -- as Amazon takes over Whole Foods Market, but price cuts starting Monday on some key items will certainly make for a nice start. Amazon says it is going to slash the price on a basket of items ranging from organic Fuji apples to "responsibly-farmed" tilapia but hasn't specified by how much. Yet the idea that the upscale natural-foods-oriented chain with an outsized reputation for hefty price tags -- remember its derisive moniker: "Whole Paycheck" -- is charging less has consumers and the grocery industry consider the impact this price-trimming will have on pocketbooks, shopping patterns and competitors. Coloradoan
Flights Halted At Both Houston Airports, Cancellations Near 4,000
Flights have been grounded at both of Houston's busy airports as Hurricane Harvey's remnants snarled airline schedules in Texas for a second consecutive day Sunday. Already, hundreds of cancellations extended into Monday and a few dozen more into Tuesday. All big U.S. airlines were waiving change fees for travelers ticketed to fly to the region. Nationwide, airlines had grounded 1,675 flights as of 1 p.m. ET Sunday, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. The bulk of those came in Houston and at other Texas airports, many preemptively canceled sometime on Saturday. Sunday’s problems marked the second consecutive day of severe flight disruptions in the region. More than 1,100 flights were grounded across the U.S. on Saturday, most because of Harvey. USA Today
Flood Insurance Resilience – The Role Of Reinsurance
Most Americans with homes have homeowners’ insurance. We buy it to protect ourselves in the unlikely event that something big, bad and expensive happens to our house or property. We buy it every year for peace of mind, even though we hope not to experience a loss. Similarly, FEMA is now using reinsurance to protect the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) against large and uncertain costs of extreme flooding events. Reinsurance is an important risk management tool used by insurance companies and public entities to protect themselves from large financial losses. FEMA.GOV
America Still Hasn’t Learned The Lessons Of Katrina
The most important piece of the North American continent right now may be a slice of land here, 13 miles long, 65 feet wide, much of it just six months old. From the air, the Caminada Headland is a sparkling strip of beige and green rising up from the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s also a barricade, protecting one of the most important nodes in North America's oil supply, a busy seaport serving more than 90 percent of deep-water oil and gas activities in the Gulf of Mexico. POLITICO
Concealment Of Total Troops In War Zones Under Fire
Caps on troop levels in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria mandated by the Obama administration have led to an elaborate Pentagon accounting system that conceals thousands of troops from the public — one that is quickly unraveling as the Trump administration prepares to send more troops to the region. With new plans to ramp up the war in Afghanistan, the military is finding it exceedingly difficult to maintain a practice that purposely doesn't count certain troops in the battle zone that military officials insist was not designed to be misleading but many critics now assert is at best an officially sanctioned charade. The U.S. already has as many as 12,000 troops in Afghanistan, significantly higher than its 8,400-person cap. POLITICO
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