Fear Grips Florida
As Hurricane Irma barreled toward the Caribbean on Tuesday -- on a path that could send the Category 5 megastorm toward Florida -- people up and down the state were starting to prepare for the worst. The hurricane packed maximum sustained winds of 185 mph late Tuesday afternoon and was traveling west at 15 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported in its 5 p.m. ET advisory. The storm was roaring toward the Leeward Islands. Irma’s center was about 130 miles east of Antigua and approximately 135 miles east-southeast of Barbuda, the advisory said. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Better gamble on the side of caution.

Trump Has 'Great Love' For Dreamers
President Trump said Tuesday he has “great love” for the so-called Dreamers affected by his administration’s decision to end a program giving illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age a reprieve from deportation. But the president also emphasized in a tweet shortly after he made those comments that he wants lawmakers to put the “hardworking citizens of our country” first when crafting immigration legislation. "I have a great heart for these folks we're talking about,” Trump told reporters, when asked about Tuesday’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Fox
VOA VIEW: Trump did the hard, difficult and right thing - a man of distinction.

Obama Slams Trump
Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday bashed his successor's decision to rescind an immigration order shielding some children of undocumented immigrants from deportation, calling the move "cruel" and "self-defeating." "To target these young people is wrong -- because they have done nothing wrong," Obama wrote in a post on Facebook hours after the decision was announced by President Donald Trump and Attorney Generla Jeff Sessions. CNN
VOA VIEW: Obama dislikes Trump because he put America First.

Trump Ends DACA
The Trump administration on Tuesday formally announced the end of DACA -- a program that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. The Department of Homeland Security will stop processing any new applications for the program as of Tuesday and rescinded the Obama administration policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. "I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday at the Justice Department. CNN
VOA VIEW: Trump unlike CNN, is all America First.


FEMA Is Almost Out Of Money
With Texas still reeling from Hurricane Harvey and another storm barreling toward Florida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to run out of money by Friday, according to a Senate aide, putting pressure on Congress to provide more funding this week. As of 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, which pays for the agency’s disaster response and recovery activity, had just $1.01 billion on hand. And of that, just $541 million was "immediately available" for response and recovery efforts related to Hurricane Harvey, according to a spokeswoman for FEMA who asked not to be identified by name.  Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: FEMA must be prevented from waste like during Katrina.

Trump Promotes Tax Overhaul
President Donald Trump promoted a tax overhaul as essential to boosting economic growth as he huddled Tuesday at the White House with his advisers and the congressional leaders shepherding his push to overhaul the nation’s tax code. “We’re going to cut taxes,” Trump vowed during a Roosevelt Room meeting with the so-called Big Six tax negotiators -- National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the leaders of the congressional tax-writing committees. Bloomberg

Dozens Arrested At DACA Protest At Trump Tower
Dozens of protesters were arrested in front of Trump Tower in New York after today’s announcement that the Trump administration is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, five years after it was introduced. A total of 34 people have been arrested, according to the New York Police Department. No injuries to protesters or police officers have been reported, and the crowd has thinned since it started. If protesters were cooperative and turned over their personal information to police, including name, address and date of birth, they were given a special ticket and were not fingerprinted, officials said; those who refused to turn over their personal information were fingerprinted. ABC News
VOA VIEW: No more radical protesting.

Trump Is 'Not My Bride,' Russian President Vladimir Putin Says
Russian President Vladimir Putin today called it “naive” to ask him whether he is disappointed with the presidency of Donald Trump, saying the relationship between the two leaders, often described as bromance, isn’t personal. “He’s not my bride,” Putin told reporters at an economic summit in Xiamen, China. “I am also not his bride nor his groom,” he went on, according to remarks carried by Russian news agencies. Speaking to the reporter who asked, Putin said the question “sounds very naive to me ... We are engaged in state activity.”  ABC News

Tax Reform Will 'Create Millions Of Jobs'
President Donald Trump on Tuesday met with congressional leaders at the White House, urging them to speed up the mark-up process so tax reform legislation can be passed. Less than a week after the president told Congress not to disappoint him on tax reform, he promised an overhaul of the U.S. tax code would "create millions of jobs." "We're going to reduce taxes for companies, and those companies are going to produce jobs," he said. UPI
VOA VIEW: Corporations are paying through the nose and thereby stifling growth.

General Dynamics Receives Contracts
General Dynamics Land Systems has received two contracts for upgrades to the M1A2 series of main battle tanks for the U.S. Army. The first contract would upgrade Abrams tanks from the M1A2 System Enhancement Package 3 into a SEPv4 variant. The SEPv4 includes upgrades of the Commander and Gunner's Primary Sights, thermal systems, and other enhancements to the tank's armor and mobility. The contract would deliver seven M1A2 SEPv4 prototypes to the Army at a cost of $311 million.  UPI


Trump DACA Comments
Late Tuesday afternoon, President Trump commented on his his decision to rescind the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) order signed by then-President Obama. During a meeting on tax legislation with GOP congressional leaders and his top economic advisers, the president was asked if ending the program showed "heart." "I have a great heart for the folks we're talking about, a great love for them," adding, "People think in terms of children, but they're really young adults." "I have a love for these people and hopefully, now Congress will be able to help them and do it properly," Mr. Trump said. CBS News

Americans Shouldn't Panic Over North Korea
While the U.S. is pushing for "the strongest possible" sanctions against North Korea after that country's sixth and largest nuclear test Sunday, North Korea is reportedly moving what appears to be another intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) toward a launch pad. As tensions between U.S. allies and the North continue to rise, retired Adm. James "Sandy" Winnefeld, who was vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2011 and 2015, said "the last thing" Kim wants "is a war right now." "I don't think that Americans should be panicking over this at all," said Winnefeld, a CBS News military and homeland security analyst. CBS News
VOA VIEW: Un is an unpredictable madman.

DACA Program’s End Leaves Oregon College Graduate On Edge
For Ricardo Lujan-Valerio, Oregon is home. The 22-year-old recently graduated from college with honors, and now works for a nonprofit. But Lujan-Valerio is undocumented. He fled to the United States at age 9 with his family from a drug-ridden community in rural Mexico — and with the announcement Tuesday that the Deferred Acton for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, will be winding down, Lujan-Valerio fears the life he has built here could be imperiled. NBC

House Intelligence Committee Issues Subpoenas On Trump Dossier
The House Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas to the Justice Department and the FBI for documents relating to the dossier that outlined alleged connections between President Trump and Russia. Additional subpoenas were reportedly sent on Tuesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “The witnesses have not been produced and the documents have not been produced,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), a member of the committee, adding that letters to both the FBI and DOJ were ignored. Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: Another Trump worthless attack.

Richard Branson Refuses To Leave Necker Island
Virgin boss Mr Branson said he would not leave the island he owns to escape the Hurricane Irma storm, which is becoming one of the largest on record, bringing with it 185mph winds. The National Hurricane Centre has warned the rainfall could cause life-threatening flash floods, torrential rain, fierce winds and mudslides. Earlier today the hurricane was upgraded to a Category 5 storm. Writing on his blog, Mr Branson said: “The devastation that hurricanes can cause cannot be overstated. “Generally speaking, we have one hurricane in the British Virgin Islands around every 10 years. Drudge Report

Hispanic Chamber CEO Resigns
The leader of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce resigned Tuesday from President Trump's diversity coalition, following the administration's announcement that it would wind down an immigration program designed to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children. Javier Palomarez said his group  "vehemently opposed" Trump's decision to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Rescinding the program, he said, was "inhumane and economically harmful."  State television footage showed tens of thousands rallying in Grozny’s main square to support the Rohingya. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Good-bye!

Meghan Markle Sparks Engagement Rumours As She Speaks Of 'Great Love Story' With Prince Harry
Meghan Markle has spoken of her "great love story" with Prince Harry for the first time, confirming: "We're a couple. We're in love." The American actress, who has been dating the Prince since summer 2016, said they were treasuring "our time", before sharing details of their relationship with the watching world. Calling him her "boyfriend" publicly for the first time, she said: "We’re two people who are really happy and in love.” Telegraph

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The Bannon Factor
The Big Six tax reform group has been meeting for months, but Tuesday's scheduled talk with the president at the White House is intended to put the focus back on a crucial Republican priority as Congress returns after its August break. Just don’t expect what comes out of the gathering of key players — Speaker Paul Ryan, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Orrin Hatch, along with White House advisers Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Gary Cohn — to be revelatory from a policy standpoint. Instead, it’s more about messaging. NBC News

Regnery Revokes Recognition Of New York Times 'Best-Seller' List
A prominent publisher of conservative books says The New York Times' famed list of best sellers has become so discredited and tainted by bias that it will no longer be trusted or cited. Regnery Publishing, which has published books by noted conservative authors such as Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter and Mark Levin, revoked its recognition of the Times list on Monday, the Associated Press reports: “Regnery Publishing said on Monday it will no longer recognize the Times’ accounting of book sales, meaning its writers can no longer claim to be 'New York Times best-selling authors.' CNS
VOA VIEW: The beginning of the end for the NYT.

Gore’s E-Book Sales Dwarfed By Kindle Book Debunking His Climate Claims
The e-book published to accompany Al Gore’s new climate change film is ranked #51,031 for purchases in the Kindle Store, according to Meanwhile, Climatologist Roy Spencer’s rebuttal e-book, “An Inconvenient Deception,” is ranked #1,201 for Kindle Store purchases. Spencer’s book critiques the “bad science, bad policy and some outright falsehoods” in Gore’s latest movie and book, which were released in August, The Daily Caller reported in its sales analysis on Monday.  CNS


Hurricane Irma Could Test Florida's Private Flood Insurance Market
Hurricane Irma could test a nascent private flood insurance market in Florida that some advocates say is a model for making U.S. flood coverage more affordable and commonplace in high-risk areas. Florida’s private flood insurance market represents a tiny sliver of all flood policies in the state, but if a hurricane does hit Florida later this week, policyholders, industry and the federal government will see how private insurance performs in one of the country’s largest flood-prone markets. Reuters

Trump Faults Obama For Immigration Program
President Trump said Tuesday he’s eager to solve the challenge of illegal young immigrants “with heart and compassion,” but he could not allow former President Barack Obama’s illegal and dangerous amnesty program to continue. “In referencing the idea of creating new immigration rules unilaterally, President Obama admitted that ‘I can’t just do these things by myself’ — and yet that is exactly what he did, making an end-run around Congress and violating the core tenets that sustain our Republic,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Obama and other presidents failed because their was no practical immigration program other than give a free ride.

Mexico Says It Will Embrace Dreamers
The Mexican government waded deeply into American politics Tuesday, criticizing the Trump administration’s decision to revoke the deportation amnesty for Dreamers, and demanding U.S. lawmakers quickly move to protect Mexicans who face deportation. But Mexico, in a statement released by the government, also said it will take back the hundreds of thousands of its citizens currently living in the U.S. without permission. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The problem is most don't want to go back to Mexico.

Intelligence Committees Lean On Ex-Spies
Lawmakers assigned to oversee the sprawling U.S. intelligence apparatus rely strongly on a staff that in recent years has included scores of onetime spooks, analysts and lawyers who previously worked at the spy agencies under scrutiny. According to a comprehensive analysis by McClatchy, at least one-third, and perhaps far more, of the professional staff members who carry out the work of the House and Senate intelligence committees are themselves veterans of the agencies that the two panels oversee. McClatchy DC

Scammers Are Trying To Cash In
Where there’s a crisis, there are crooks. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, fraudsters are trying to rip cash from unsuspecting victims using phishing emails, and opportunists have created a slew of dodgy domains, too. The tricks, as ever, rely more on human desires to help rather than any sort of technical mastery on the criminals’ behalf. Regardless, the scams come as a reminder that, as ever, hackers often use current events as a way to get closer to their targets. “Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey, donate now and God bless you,” one scam email reads. Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: Scammers should be but under the jail - it should be made known.

These Homeowners Faced An Airbnb Nightmare
Homeowners faced an Airbnb nightmare as renters left them facing huge fines, angry neighbors 12:11 PM ET Fri, 1 Sept 2017 | 00:53 Drew Grewal faced fines of nearly half a million dollars because his Miami Beach home was being listed illegally on Airbnb. In Miami Beach — as in New York, San Diego and many other U.S. cities — short-term rentals of the kind facilitated by Airbnb, VRBO, Tripadvisor and others are strictly limited. Laws, fees and taxes vary regionally, but fines for violations are typically high. In Miami Beach, the fines run at $20,000 for a first violation and rise from there. When the first notice arrived on Jan. 19, Grewal thought the city of Miami Beach must be mistaken. He hadn't used Airbnb as a host in years.CNBC

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North Korea Tensions Hit Wall Street
U.S. stocks sank on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 stumbling to its biggest single-day loss in about three weeks, as investors weighed fresh tensions with North Korea. North Korea on Sunday conducted its sixth nuclear test, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile, marking a dramatic escalation of the regime’s stand-off with the United States and its allies. With U.S. markets closed on Monday for the Labor Day holiday, Tuesday marked the first regular trading since the geopolitical developments.  Reuters

DACA Recipients, Supporters Say They Are Not Going Anywhere
Undocumented immigrants and their supporters yelled, “Shame!” in front of the White House and got arrested in front of Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday as the Trump administration said it would end an Obama-era program that has shielded nearly 800,000 young people from deportation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying the program was unconstitutional but giving lawmakers in Congress six months to pass legislation to help undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as young children. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Republicans better act the part or they will lose to Independents in 2018.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s Threat To Congress
In the first White House briefing since the administration announced the phasing out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a remarkable challenge to lawmakers: They need to pass something on immigration, she said repeatedly, or else. “That's their job,” she said, “and if they can't do it, then they need to get out of the way and let somebody else who can take on a heavy lift and get things accomplished.” Washington Post
VOA VIEW: The GOP better get their act together.

Conservatives Pan GOP’s Debt Ceiling Scheme
GOP leaders have settled on a strategy to passing a debt ceiling increase reviled among conservatives: By marrying the toxic measure with a popular emergency spending package for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. But there's a brewing intraparty fight over the move, which, if all goes according to plan, will deliver legislation for President Donald Trump's signature by Sunday. The party's right flank quickly panned the package as irresponsible on Tuesday, noting the Republican Party has railed for years against raising the debt ceiling without structural fiscal changes. POLITICO

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Capitol Hill Clueless On Dreamers Fix
President Donald Trump just lobbed a ticking immigration time bomb at Capitol Hill with his decision leaving the fate of 800,000 so-called Dreamers in limbo — and lawmakers have no idea how they'll defuse it. House Republican leaders, already scrambling to avoid a government shutdown and a default on the nation's debt, are privately hoping to push the immigration battle until at least this winter. They, like the White House, want a down payment on Trump’s border wall with Mexico in exchange for codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — though House Democrats won’t say whether they'd accept tougher immigration restrictions in order to save the program. POLITICO

Seeking Shelter, Harvey Evacuees Stay In State Parks
Erik Ryan and Mia Reynolds from San Leon, Texas, sit at the picnic table at their campsite in Bastrop State Park. Reynolds, who is currently on hold with FEMA, says that she has been through storms before. "I did not want to wait around for a politician to tell me to evacuate. I saw the storm on the news and had a bad feeling. That's when I decided to rent a U-Haul truck and pull out." Reynolds pauses as a an electronic voice comes over the phone: "Your wait time is now 154 minutes." Ryan and Reynolds, who live in their Airstream Trailer, took one and a half days to pack up their homesite and move vehicles to higher ground ahead of the storm. Their first stop was the Houston West RV Park in Brookshire, Texas, west of Katy. NPR

Daughter Of Diplomat Stabs Boy At British International School of Washington
A girl stabbed a boy at a school in Washington, D.C., Tuesday afternoon, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. The 12-year-old daughter of a diplomat stabbed the 13-year-old boy twice in the shoulder with scissors in Georgetown at the British International School of Washington at 2001 Wisconsin Ave. NW just before 1 p.m., police said. The victim was taken to Children's National Medical Center. He was conscious and alert and is expected to be OK. NBC Washington

Congress Faces A Tense Agenda
Congress returns Tuesday from its summer break and, in a test of the uneasy alliance between President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans, will have to grapple with keeping the federal government open, paying U.S. creditors and passing a hurricane-aid bill. The list is long, and the time is short. The Trump administration is asking for approval of $7.85 billion to begin paying for the recovery from Hurricane Harvey, with a House vote scheduled for Wednesday. Congress also must keep the government running after current funding expires by Oct. 1, as well as raise the U.S. borrowing limit or risk defaulting on the nation’s debt. . Wall Street Journal

Agreement Reached With House Freedom Caucus Chair On Health Plan
Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) says he has reached an agreement with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, on the terms for a bill aimed at stabilizing ObamaCare markets. MacArthur, who is more centrist than Meadows and previously worked with him on a deal for ObamaCare repeal legislation, says he has reached agreement with Meadows on the outline of a proposal, though some details need to be worked out. This proposal is far different from their repeal efforts, focusing on the stabilization of markets while giving states more flexibility to repeal ObamaCare regulations. The Hill

Trump Should 'Clearly Outline' What He Wants On DACA
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is calling for the White House to "clearly outline" what kind of legislation President Trump envisions signing after Trump moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for young immigrants. Rubio said in a statement Tuesday that Trump's decision to rescind DACA with a six-month delay gives Congress "no time to waste on ideas that do not have the votes to pass or that the president won’t sign." "Congress now has less than six months to deal with this the right way, through the legislative process," Rubio said. "It is important that the White House clearly outline what kind of legislation the president is willing to sign." The Hill
VOA VIEW: Illegal is illegal - minors are paying for the illegal acts of their parents.

Miami-Dade First Major Evacuation In 12 Years
Miami-Dade County plans to order evacuations for Miami Beach and much of the mainland coast in advance of Hurricane Irma’s menacing track toward South Florida. Mayor Carlos Gimenez said to expect evacuation orders late Wednesday or early Thursday, but emergency officials who report to him are already assuming hundreds of thousands of residents will be asked to leave their homes in the coming days out of fears of historic coastal flooding from Irma. Miami Herald

Melania Wears Italian-Made Dress
First Lady Melania Trump said “ciao” to American designers, sporting an Italian-made dress in the president’s tweet celebrating “American labor.” “We are building our future with American hands, American labor, American iron, aluminum and steel. Happy #LaborDay!” President Trump tweeted Monday, along with an image of himself holding hands with his wife at the congressional picnic in June. While Trump’s tweet seems to be reiterating his campaign promise to bring back American jobs, the first lady committed a messaging faux pas — donning a dress manufactured in Italy, the Daily Mail reported. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal fools.

Cease-Fire For Pope’s Colombia Visit
Ahead of a historic visit by Pope Francis, Colombian officials on Monday reached a temporary cease-fire deal with the leftist rebels of the ELN, potentially putting the long-troubled nation on track for a broader era of peace. The deal with the ELN marks Colombia’s first cease-fire with an armed group founded in the 1960s with the aid of radical Catholic priests. It comes on the heels of a peace accord reached last year with what had been Colombia’s largest armed guerrilla group, the FARC. The ELN, or the National Liberation Army, has long been Colombia’s second-largest guerrilla movement, engaging in extortion, kidnappings, and attacks on civilians and oil pipelines. Philadelphia Inquirer

Chechens Protest Myanmar’s Actions
In an apparent bid to raise his profile as Russia’s most influential Muslim, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov brought tens of thousands of people to the streets of the capital Grozny on Monday to protest what he called the “genocide of Muslims” in Myanmar. Violence over the last few days in Myanmar’s Rakhine state has killed nearly 400 people and prompted thousands of ethnic Rohingya refugees to flee into neighboring Bangladesh. The Russian government has not been clear in its stance on the Myanmar violence, giving Kadyrov an opportunity to criticize it for inaction. Philadelphia Inquirer

Can North Korea Target A U.S. City?
North Korea has made speedy advances in its nuclear weapons program, but the rogue nation probably can't yet reach U.S. cities with nuclear-tipped missiles, analysts say. North Korea conducted a test Sunday of its most powerful nuclear bomb to date, triggering a fresh wave of concern about the country and its unstable leader Kim Jong Un. It was North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, and Pyongyang claimed it detonated a hydrogen bomb, although that has not been confirmed by other nations. Targeting a U.S. city requires a long-range missile that can carry a hefty nuclear payload and then survive re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.  USA Today
VOA VIEW: Who knows?

Syrian Forces 'Break ISIL Siege'
Syrian government troops and allied forces have broken a three-year siege imposed by ISIL fighters on a government enclave in the eastern city of Deir Az Zor, according to Syria's state media. Backed by Russian air support, the army and their allies had been advancing towards Deir Az Zor on several fronts in recent weeks, and on Tuesday reached the western outskirts of the city after ISIL defences collapsed. State news agency SANA said on Tuesday that the advancing forces had joined up with fellow soldiers at the previously besieged government-held air base known as Brigade 137 on the outskirts of Deir Az Zor city. Al Jazeera

Red Sox Caught Using An Apple Watch To Steal Signs
MLB investigators have determined that the Red Sox were using an Apple Watch to steal catchers’ signs from the Yankees during their series at Fenway Park in August, sources confirmed to the News. “It was something we suspected was going on,” Brett Gardner said. The Sox, who admitted wrongdoing after being approached by the league, then accused the Bombers of stealing signs via the YES Network. The Yankees strongly denied that accusation, with one source calling it “complete nonsense.” “No chance,” Joe Girardi said. The Daily News

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