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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Category 4 Hurricane Irma
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in the state as rapidly growing Hurricane Irma, now a Category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall later this week. The state of emergency has been issued for all of Florida’s 67 counties. Scott said that the state would “prepare for the worst and hope for the best” as Irma is expected to hit the state around Friday. he governor tweeted Monday that he urges "all Floridians to remain vigilant and stay alert to local weather and news and visit FLGetAPlan.com today to get prepared." Fox
VOA VIEW: It is better to be ready than sorry.

Israel To Donate $1 Million To Houston Jewish Community Hit By Harvey
Israel has said it will help in the post-Harvey relief efforts by donating $1 million in emergency aid to Houston’s Jewish community. The donation will benefit the more than 60,000 member Jewish community in order to help repair and rebuild schools, synagogues and a community center that was damaged during Harvey, the country’s Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett said.  CNN

Hispanic Business Leader: Trump's 'A Liar' If He Ends DACA
Javier Palomarez, the head of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said Monday he plans to work until the "bloody end" to sway President Donald Trump to keep intact an Obama-era program extending legal protections to young undocumented immigrants. Palomarez, who is also a member of the White House's National Diversity Council, said Trump would be going back on his word to treat the recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with "heart" if he does make the decision to end it. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is the instigator of DACA and Palomarez - what can CNN do?

Business Leaders Call On Trump To Protect DACA
The CEOs of AT&T (T, Tech30), Best Buy (BBY) and Wells Fargo (CBEAX) are among the dozens of business leaders across the tech, retail and financial industries who have added their names to a letter defending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. FWD.us, an immigration advocacy organization, first posted the letter on Thursday with the backing of more than 300 business leaders. That number has now climbed above 400. CNN
VOA VIEW:Trump is being pushed by the left and CNN.

Trump, GOP Should Keep DACA But Scrap Birthright Citizenship
Tuesday, President Trump is expected to announce whether or not he will ax the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals aka “DACA” program. House Speaker Paul Ryan wants him to delay the decision, and give Congress time to address the future of President Obama’s executive order through legislation. Apparently Mr. Trump may choose to do just that. The same divided GOP caucus that failed to repeal and replace ObamaCare after seven years of squawking about it will now resolve our nation’s thorny immigration problems in just a matter of months? Unlikely. More likely, given the recent history, Republicans in Congress would be cowed by the liberal media into swallowing whole the program that allowed an estimated 800,000 immigrants who entered the country illegally to stay and to acquire permanent status. Fox
VOA VIEW: A tough decision by Trump -  a person who can clean up the Republicans hands of the whole matter.

North Korea Moves Rocket
North Korea has been spotted at night moving a possible intercontinental ballistic missile towards its west coast, Reuters reported, citing a South Korean paper. The Asia Business Daily, citing an unnamed source, reported Tuesday that the rocket began its move on Monday. The report said that the rocket was being moved at night to avoid detection. South Korea’s Defense Ministry said a day earlier that Pyongyang appeared to be planning a future launch. An official with South Korea's Defense Ministry, told lawmakers that Seoul was seeing preparations in the North for an ICBM test. Fox

Vladimir Putin Warns North Korea
Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged North Korea to learn from the demise of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and warned it could face a similar fate unless it turns away from its nuclear program. Putin, speaking at the close of the BRICs summit in China on Tuesday, warned against "military hysteria" in solving the crisis on the Korean peninsula, claiming it could lead to a "global catastrophe with a lot of victims." CNN
VOA VIEW: Smart position on the part of Putin.

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China’s Oil Lifeline To North Korea Targeted After Nuclear Blast
Even before North Korea detonated its most powerful nuclear bomb yet, Japan was calling for moves to cut off its oil supply. Afterward, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to halt all trade with any country that does business with Kim Jong Un’s regime. China, which supplies most of its food and fuel, on Monday called the warning “unacceptable.” Some sort of oil embargo is likely to come up as the international commuity discnusses a response to the nuclear test, starting with a United Nations Security Council meeting later Monday. China has resisted such a move in the past over fears that North Korea might collapse, but has grown increasingly frustrated with its rogue ally. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: The rogue NK regime must end.

House Sets Vote On Harvey Aid Without Debt Limit Raise
The House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a Hurricane Harvey relief bill that won’t contain language aimed at staving off a U.S default on its debt. Republican leaders for now are bowing to the demands of their most conservative members and won’t combine legislation raising the U.S. debt ceiling with Harvey aid, a House Republican aide said Monday. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Fox News Sunday that the two issues should be combined. Mnuchin has said the debt limit must be raised by Sept. 29 in order to avoid a market-shaking default. Bloomberg

Florida And Puerto Rico Brace For Storm
Hurricane Irma, which has strengthened to a Category 4 storm, is expected to slam the Caribbean and possibly the US mainland this week. The increasingly menacing storm would continue churning west in the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday and meteorologists say Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands could begin to see its wrath by the end of the day, according to the National Hurricane Center. As of 5 a.m. ET, the "dangerous major hurricane," was about 320 miles (515 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands, the National Hurricane Center said. CNN

Trump Confronts Accelerating Russia Probes On Multiple Fronts
Focus on some of President Donald Trump’s family members and campaign associates as probes into Russia’s interference with the 2016 election enter a new and more aggressive phase. Even fired FBI Director James Comey is aware that he may return to Capitol Hill to follow up on his explosive testimony from earlier this year, according to a source familiar with his thinking. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Comey is a proven liar and self-serving trouble maker.

How America’s Top Law Firms Get Away With Paying Women Less
After two years, the thrill was gone. Chadbourne’s managing partner, Andrew Giaccia, and Abbe Lowell, its head of litigation, appeared together at Campbell’s office. Her time at the firm had been rocky. Still, she says she was shocked by what they had to say. The firm’s five-member, all-male management committee had decided that she didn’t “fit” at Chadbourne. She wasn’t being fired, exactly, but she ought to find a new job, they told her. To “incentivize” a swift departure, her compensation would be cut about 60 percent, to $9,000 a month, less than that of a first-year associate right out of law school.  Bloomberg

Nurse Arrested For Refusing To Draw Blood From Unconscious Patient Praised For 'Heroic Act'
A widely circulated video of a Utah nurse being handcuffed and arrested for refusing to draw the blood of an unconscious patient has led to two police officers' being placed on leave and praise for the nurse for protecting the patient's rights. Nurse Alexandra Wubbels, at the burn unit of the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, was approached by city police Detective Jeff Payne on July 26, as shown in video of the encounter that was taken from officers' body cameras and released Friday. ABC News

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Evacuation Zone Lifted Around Texas Chemical Plant That Was At Risk Of Exploding
Officials are allowing residents who live inside the 1.5-mile evacuation zone around an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, that was at risk of exploding last week to return home, the company announced Monday. The facility had lost power and refrigeration capabilities due to Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, causing organic peroxides stored in nine containers at the plant to become unstable and break down as they were exposed to the Texas heat. Three containers caught fire at the plant last week, filling the skies over the facility with dark plumes of smoke. ABC News

Former CIA Chief Michael Morell Says U.S. Faces 2 Options On North Korea
After North Korea claimed a successful hydrogen bomb test, South Korea fired missiles Monday to simulate an attack on the country's nuclear test site. The Trump administration issued a stern threat to Pyongyang warning of a "massive military response." CBS News senior national security contributor and former acting and deputy director of the CIA, Michael Morell, told "CBS This Morning" that the U.S. faces two choices on North Korea. CBS News
VOA VIEW: Liberal and passive dealings with NK have not worked and will not work.

La Tuna Fire Tears Through 7,000 Acres And 3 Homes As It Moves Closer To L.A.
The largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history is still burning Monday, with more than a thousand firefighters trying to control the flames. The La Tuna fire has burned more than 7,000 acres in the Verdugo Mountains since Friday, destroyed homes and forced the governor to declare a state of emergency. Even with temperatures dropping and the weather beginning to cooperate with emergency crews, the fire continues to grow, reports CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas. "Visually you can see we've turned a corner, but this is not over with winds this strong, anything can still happen," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. CBS News

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FEMA Says It Placed More Than 53,000 Harvey Victims In Hotels
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said Monday 53,630 Texas residents displaced by Harvey are currently staying in government-funded hotel rooms. FEMA spokesman Bob Howard said the temporary housing has been provided for 18,732 households. Once people are granted the assistance there is a minimum allotment of 14 days, but that can be extended on a case-by-case basis. FEMA is currently using vacant hotel rooms to provide temporary housing, but officials also are weighing other options such as mobile homes should the need arise. CBS News
VOA VIEW: FEMA will make the same mistakes as in the past.

UK's Services Sector Losing Its Post-Brexit Resilience
A survey is suggesting that the resilience of Britain's crucial services sector since last year's Brexit vote may be coming to an end. Financial information company IHS Markit says the pace of growth in the services sector, which accounts for around 80 percent of the British economy, eased to its slowest level since September last year. It said its purchasing managers' index for the sector fell to 53.2 points in August from 53.8 the previous month amid signs that "Brexit-related uncertainty continued to undermine business confidence." Anything above 50 indicates expansion. ABC

National Park Icons Threatened
Winds wreaked havoc on wildfires that were threatening two crown jewels of the National Park Service on Monday, pushing the flames toward man-made and natural icons in and around Glacier and Yosemite national parks. The wind-driven fires, combined with high temperatures and dry conditions, have disrupted holiday travel and hampered firefighters across the West during a Labor Day weekend that capped a devastating summer in which an area larger than Rhode Island has burned. CBS

Congressional Republicans Signal Break With Trump Over DACA
President Donald Trump will face significant backlash from Congress, including from members of his own party, if he goes through with ending protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. While Democrats are overwhelmingly united in their effort to preserve the policy, some influential Republican lawmakers have signaled support as well for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, instituted under the Obama administration in 2012.  NBC News
VOA VIEW: Republican may end up very different that Democrats if DACA continues.

Death Toll From Harvey Rises To At Least 60
Officials now blame at least 60 deaths on Harvey, the storm that dumped several feet of rain on southeast Texas in a matter of days. Many of those deaths confirmed in 11 Texas counties happened when people were caught in quickly rising floodwaters or lost control on water-logged roads, emergency management officials said. Six family members including four children were killed when a van they were riding in was swept into a bayou as floodwaters rose in Harris County. ABC

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U.S. Consumer Watchdog Chief Cordray Tests Ohio's Election Waters
Democrat Richard Cordray delivered a campaign-style stump speech at a sprawling Labor Day celebration on Monday, but the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief stopped short of saying whether he intends to run for governor of Ohio. If Cordray were to step down to run for political office it would allow President Donald Trump to appoint a successor as head of the consumer watchdog agency, which has stoked the ire of Wall Street with steep penalties for misconduct and tougher rules on lending. Reuters

How Sarah Huckabee Sanders Remains Calm Amid White House Press Storms
Sarah Huckabee Sanders doesn’t do drama — that much is clear from her first month on the job as White House press secretary. With a sardonic wit and an unflappable demeanor, Mrs. Sanders has lowered the temperature in the press briefing room, even as President Trump’s relationship with the press sinks arguably to a new low point. Washington Times

U.S. Envoy Says North Korean Leader 'Begging For War' As U.N. Mulls Sanctions
The United States accused North Korea’s trading partners on Monday of aiding its nuclear ambitions and said Pyongyang was “begging for war” after the North’s powerful nuclear test on Sunday and signs that further missile launches were on the way. South Korea said it was talking to Washington about deploying aircraft carriers and strategic bombers to the Korean peninsula. U.S. President Donald Trump held calls with foreign leaders, including South Korean President Moon Jae-in and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the White House declared that “all options to address the North Korean threat are on the table.” Reuters
VOA VIEW: Confrontation is inevitable know or real soon.

Iran fears No International Intervention Into Alarming Treatment Of Imprisoned Dissidents
The United Nations and a human rights group are expressing alarm at Tehran’s brutal treatment of imprisoned dissidents who have stepped up criticism of Iran’s religious regime. A foreign policy analyst told The Washington Times that, despite international condemnation, Iran believes it has nothing to fear given its unchallenged ability to intervene in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, as well as aid Israeli enemy Hamas and harass the U.S. military in the Persian Gulf. Washington Times

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Russia Probes Kick Into High Gear
The congressional Russia investigations are entering a new and more serious phase as lawmakers return from the August recess amid fresh revelations about contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia. In the coming weeks, both intelligence committees are expected to conduct closed-door interviews with high-ranking members of the Trump campaign, and potential witnesses could include Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. The two panels are also looking at possibly holding public hearings this fall. POLITICO

South Korea’s defense minister suggests bringing back tactical U.S. nuclear weapons
South Korea’s defense minister on Monday said it was worth reviewing the redeployment of American tactical nuclear weapons to the Korean Peninsula to guard against the North, a step that analysts warn would sharply increase the risk of an accidental conflict. As concern over Korea deepened following North Korea’s huge nuclear test Sunday, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was “begging for war.” Washington Post

Drones Get A Closer Look At Harvey
The havoc caused by Harvey is best seen from the air -- and best explored through the eye of a drone, which can safely survey downed power lines, glide over damaged roofs and even search for pets in places no boat can go. Drones and their pilots have arrived in Texas from all over the country. Craig Coker came from San Diego. "I instantly dropped everything, my job obligations, kissed my wife and son goodbye, set a one-way ticket out here and tried to make it happen," he said. Corker is part of loose-knit group of good Samaritans, pulled into formation by a new app that helps match drone operators with first responders, businesses and homeowners -- anyone who needs a closer look at the damage.  CBS

Sen. Robert Menendez Bribery Trial Could Reshape Senate, Trump’s Agenda
The first U.S. senator to face bribery charges in nearly four decades goes on trial Wednesday in a case that could affect the Senate's partisan makeup and the fate of President Donald Trump's legislative agenda. Robert Menendez, a Democrat in his 12th year as a senator from New Jersey, is charged with using his influence to do favors for a Florida eye doctor accused of overbilling Medicare. In return, prosecutors say, the doctor treated Menendez to "a lavish lifestyle that included private jet rides and vacations in Paris and the Caribbean."  NBC

Amid Reported Preparations for Another ICBM Launch, Haley Says Kim Jong-un Is ‘Begging For War’
Kim Jong-un is “begging for war,” U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told the U.N. Security Council on Monday, urging it to adopt the “strongest possible” measures against North Korea, because “only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy.” Speaking at an emergency council session called in response to Pyongyang’s weekend nuclear test, Haley said the U.S. does not want war, “but our country’s patience is not unlimited.” CNS

North Korea Warns That 'More Gift Packages' On Way To U.S.
North Korea said on Tuesday it had addressed a recent “gift package” to the United States and that more would follow. Han Tae Song, the ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the U.N. in Geneva, was addressing the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament two days after his country detonated its sixth and largest nuclear test. “Reuters
VOA VIEW: Un is plain crazy.

South Korea, U.S. Lift Limits On Missile Payloads
In a phone call, Mr. Trump and President Moon Jae-In of South Korea “agreed to maximize pressure on North Korea using all means at their disposal,” the White House said. Mr. Trump gave “in-principle approval” to South Korea’s initiative to lift restrictions on their missile payload capabilities, the statement said. He also provided his “conceptual approval for the purchase of many billions of dollars’ worth of military weapons and equipment” by South Korea from the U.S. “Both leaders underscored the grave threat that North Korea’s latest provocation poses to the entire world,” the statement said.  Washington Times

‘The Reagan Show’
One for the Gipper? “The Reagan Show,” a documentary built from more than 1,000 hours of rare archival film, premieres on CNN at 9 p.m. EDT on Monday. “As a new television-savvy president wields his unique brand of politics from the White House on the world stage, the film explores an earlier president’s novel approach to communications,” the cable news network notes in advance production notes. Washington Times

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Spicer Lands Post-White House Gig
President Donald Trump’s first press secretary – who ceded his high-profile post to Sarah Huckabee Sanders in July but celebrated his official last day in the West Wing on Aug. 31 – has signed with Worldwide Speakers Group, the company confirmed to POLITICO. “Audiences around the world will benefit from the same candor, wit and insight that Spicer brought to the White House briefing room." POLITICO

Senate’s Obamacare Fixes Would Build On Heavy Lifting By States
While Congress was busy bickering over repealing the health law, officials in red and blue states worked frantically to soothe anxious insurers, tamp down rate increases and insulate their markets from the ceaseless chaos in Washington. The result is an Obamacare system that’s still vulnerable, but far from the “disaster” President Donald Trump and his top health officials describe. Every enrollee in the nation is poised to have at least one coverage option this fall. POLITICO

6 Priorities Congress Has To Deal With In 12 Days
Lawmakers have less than two weeks of legislative days to head off a government shutdown, raise the nation's borrowing limit and provide financial assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Congress is back after a monthlong break, although it may not have seemed like Washington was on vacation based on the pace of political news in August. The racist protests in Charlottesville, Va., a historic hurricane in Texas, White House staff firings, the president picking fights with GOP leaders, a revived Afghanistan military strategy and a controversial presidential pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, each in their own way is testing the relationship, trust and expectations surrounding what President Trump and Congress can accomplish this year. NPR

Kenya Election
Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has said that he will not take part in the presidential election re-run slated for 17 October "without legal and constitutional guarantees". But he did not specify exactly what guarantees he wanted.lLast week, the Supreme Court annulled August's election result saying the electoral commission (IEBC) had not followed the constitution. The court said a new election needs to be held by 1 November. In the 8 August poll, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner with 54% of the vote and Mr Odinga got 45%, according to the electoral commission. BBC

British Soldiers Among Alleged Members Of Neo-Nazi group
Four alleged members of banned neo-Nazi group National Action, including a number of British soldiers, have been arrested on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism. The men - a 22-year-old from Birmingham, a 32-year-old from Powys, a 24-year-old from Ipswich and a 24-year-old from Northampton - were held on Tuesday. West Midlands Police said they have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences. The Telegraph

UN Political Chief Urges Security Council To 'Remain United
The top United Nations political official today urged the Security Council to remain united and take appropriate action against Sunday's nuclear explosive test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). “The latest serious developments require a comprehensive response in order to break the cycle of provocations from the DPRK,” said Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, in an emergency Council meeting, noting that “such a response must include wise and bold diplomacy to be effective.” United Nations

North Korea Threat Prompts Japan Evacuation Preparations
As tensions on the Korean Peninsula reach new heights with Pyongyang's latest nuclear test, Japan is planning for a possible mass evacuation of the nearly 60,000 Japanese citizens currently living in or visiting South Korea. "There is a possibility of further provocations," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a Monday meeting with ruling coalition lawmakers. "We need to remain extremely vigilant and do everything we can to ensure the safety of our people."Drudge Report

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