Storm surges are expected in Naples and other areas of Florida after Hurricane Irma made landfall on Marco Island Sunday afternoon -- its second landfall in Florida as the state continues to brace for the now-Category 2 storm's strong, 115-mph winds and flooding. In its 5 p.m. ET advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was located about 5 miles north of Naples and about 30 miles south-southeast of Fort Meyers, with maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour, and heading north at 14 mph. Irma was downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane. Fox News
Winds Knock Down Two Cranes
Two cranes collapsed Sunday in Miami as Hurricane Irma's powerful winds lashed southern Florida, and officials warn there could be more such incidents given the area's building boom and the intensifying conditions. The first crane, which came crashing down in downtown Miami Sunday morning, was next to the federal prison in front of the courthouse, WSVN reported. Strong wind gusts ravaging the city could cause more cranes to collapse as Irma marches up the state's west coast. Fox News
Irma Battering Florida
Extremely dangerous Hurricane Irma first crashed into the Florida Keys on Sunday morning and then made a second landfall on Marco Island on Florida’s west coast Sunday afternoon, unleashing violent wind gusts and storm-surge flooding. As the vicious storm scoots up Florida’s west coast into this evening, forecasters fear this storm will go down as one of the worst in the state’s history. Washington Post
Irma Down To Category 2
Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys just after 9 a.m. according to the National Hurricane Center, and it is moving a bit faster towards the west coast of the Florida peninsula after spending most of the last day moving at barely a jogger’s pace. In the hurricane center’s 5 p.m. update, the storm was downgraded to Category 2 hurricane. This comes after spending the last couple of days alternating between Category 3 and Category 4 status. Island Packet
Inundates Naples Area With Storm Surge after second Florida landfall
Storm surges are expected in Naples and other areas of Florida after Hurricane Irma made landfall on Marco Island Sunday afternoon -- its second landfall in Florida as the state continues to brace for the now-Category 2 storm's strong, 105-mph winds and flooding. In its 8 p.m. ET advisory, the National Hurricane Center said the storm was located about 15 miles east-northeast of Fort Meyers and about 30 miles southeast of Port Charlotte, with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour, and heading north at 14 mph. Irma has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane. Fox
Arrest Hurricane Irma Looters
Police have arrested nearly a dozen people accused of looting hurricane-shuttered stores around Fort Lauderdale as brutal Hurricane Irma bore down on the beachside city 30 miles north of Miami. Fort Lauderdale police said they arrested nine people Sunday on suspicion of looting a pawn shop and nearby shoe store. Two teens were arrested for breaking into six homes Saturday night as the storm intensified. The Broward County sheriff’s office said the two teens were arrested in Weston, about 35 miles north of Miami, after evacuated homeowners, watching their houses remotely, saw the teens breaking in. USA Today
Irma Sucked The Ocean Away From Florida
Hurricane Irma is so powerful that it has temporarily sucked the ocean away from beaches in Florida and the Bahamas in recent days. Twitter user @Piznack, one of multiple people to share videos of the strange scene, tweeted on Saturday: “Y’all my family in the Bahamas said Irma sucked up all the water. There’s literally no water. The beach and ocean are gone.” He sent out a follow-up video that showed how the water had retreated at a beach in Long Island, Bahamas. Huffington Post
For much of last week, the predicted track of Hurricane Irma snaked across Florida from south to north. When it seemed to be headed toward Miami, residents on the Atlantic Coast feared the worst, and many on the west side of the state felt safer by comparison. By Saturday, however, the storm track shifted to the west, putting Gulf Coast cities like Naples, Fort Myers and Tampa at risk of the most punishing winds and storm surge. NY Times
Declares State Of Emergency
Georgia officials declared a state of emergency in all counties on Sunday in preparation for Hurricane Irma after the National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning in Atlanta – for the first time in the city’s history. Gov. Nathan Deal declared the state of emergency in 159 counties after Irma’s forecasted path threatened to unleash deadly wind gusts, heavy rain and possible flooding as early as Sunday night, Fox 5 Atlanta reported. "I want to caution all Georgians that just because the weather appears calm now, do not take that for granted," Deal said in an earlier news conference. Fox News
The National Hurricane Center said at 5:00 p.m., Hurricane Irma was near Naples, Florida. Dangerous storm surges are expected immediately after the eye passes along the Florida West Coast. After landfall near Marco Island, Irma weakened slightly to a top-end Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds still over 100 miles per hour. ABC News
On Hurricane Irma
U.S. President Donald Trump called Hurricane Irma “some big monster” as it battered the Florida coast, saying he wants to go to the state very soon and praising emergency officials for their efforts to protect people. “The bad news is that this is some big monster,” Trump told reporters at the White House, saying damage from the storm would be very costly. “Right now, we are worried about lives, not cost,” Trump said after returning from Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland where he monitored the storm and met with his Cabinet. Reuters
Irma Is Now Moving Through Florida
Spreading destructive winds, flooding rain and inundating seas. "Unfortunately, there is no way the United States is going to avoid another catastrophic weather event," Dr. Joel N. Myers, founder, president and chairman of AccuWeather said. "There will be massive damage in Florida. [It will be] the worst single hurricane to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992," Myers said. Preparations should already be completed across the Sunshine State. Irma is currently bringing severe and life-threatening impacts to central and southern Florida. Cities facing life-threatening conditions include Tampa, Fort Myers, Naples, Sarasota and Miami. Accuweather.com
Of Irma Beg For Aid
Survivors on Caribbean islands shattered by Hurricane Irma begged the world for food, water, shelter and rescue on Saturday as they faced down armed looters and the prospect of a fresh onslaught from strengthening Hurricane Jose. In Florida, panic grew as Irma approached. City streets emptied, the skies over the state were quiet after airports closed and those who chose to defy evacuation orders bunkered down for the coming fury. The Guardian
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‘Done With Being A Candidate’
Hillary Clinton said she won’t run for public office again, but the former Democratic presidential nominee isn’t giving up on trying to make her mark on American politics. “As an active politician it’s over. I am done with being a candidate,” Clinton said in an interview with CBS before Tuesday’s release of “What Happened,” her memoir about the 2016 campaign and Donald Trump’s unexpected win. “But I am not done with politics because I literally believe that our country’s future is at stake.” Chicago Tribune
VOA VIEW: Hillary is an idiot and should find a hole and hide.
Eye Defense Bill
Rank-and-file senators are eyeing the annual defense bill the Senate will take up this week as a chance to challenge President Trump’s recent controversial moves on national security — but thus far, GOP leaders have resisted their efforts. Washington Post
When backed into a corner, President Trump has a habit of bringing up alleged conversations or interactions to gain leverage. Why it matters: These conversations were in private, and unless the subjects are willing to challenge Trump's account, only his side of the story is on display — and sometimes that side turns out to be false or misleading. Axios
VOA VIEW: Anti Trump liberal rhetoric has failed.
Of Charlotte Opens Shelter
The Hilton Head resident just finished rebuilding his home a month ago from the devastation left by Hurricane Matthew. “You can always rebuild. We found that out,” Lesic said. “Yeah, it took us that long to finish up the house, and we now to have to go through this again. It’s a little nerve-wracking.” The city of Charlotte, with the American Red Cross and other local partners, opened a shelter for out-of-state evacuees traveling away from the path of Hurricane Irma. The shelter, located at the old J.M. Alexander Middle School, on Hambright Road in Huntersville, opened at 5 p.m. Saturday. WSOCTV Charlotte
Wall Street Journal's Trump Problem
On Monday 13 February, just over three weeks after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Wall Street Journal’s editor-in-chief Gerry Baker held a town-hall style meeting in the paper’s midtown Manhattan newsroom amid mounting concern about the WSJ’s coverage of the new president, which many staffers felt was too soft and too quick to downplay controversies. The Guardian
VOA VIEW: Attacking Trump has done more to hurt the nation.
Bannon Crucifies The Catholic Church
Let’s be clear: Steve Bannon is no fan of the Catholic Church he currently belongs to. For years, the Breitbart chief and now former special advisor to President Donald Trump has been shooting poisoned arrows at the Catholic leaders in America and, lately, at Pope Francis directly. Now he is taking the battle one step further by accusing the Catholic Church in the United States of using irregular immigration as a way to make money. In an interview set to air on CBS “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Charlie Rose needles Bannon with a pointed question. Daily Beast
McCain Facing ‘Very Vicious Form Of Cancer’
U.S. Senator John McCain, who recently returned to Washington after treatment for brain cancer, said on Sunday the disease is vicious but that the treatment is going well and he has more energy than before. “This is a very vicious form of cancer that I’m facing,” McCain, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2008, told CNN’s “State of the Union” program. The 80-year-old Arizona senator was found to have an aggressive form of brain tumor, glioblastoma, after surgery in July for a blood clot above his left eye. Huffington Post
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With Black Eye
Pope Francis wrapped up his Colombia trip with a deeply personal final day Sunday honoring St. Peter Claver, a fellow Jesuit who ministered to hundreds of thousands of African slaves who arrived in the port of Cartagena to be sold during Spanish colonial times. Francis' visit to Cartagena got off to a rocky start, however, when he banged his head on his popemobile when it stopped short amid swarms of well-wishers. Francis, who only had a hip-high bar to hold onto, lost his balance and suffered a bruised, black left eye and a cut on his eyebrow that dripped blood onto his white cassock. NY Daily
Guard, Coast Guard Must Be Nimble
A pair of hurricanes striking within days across multiple states could be a logistical disaster for a mishmash of state agencies and federal administrators, but national authorities say that even spread thin they can react in ways that cut through red tape. B. Gen. Wendul Hagler, vice chief of domestic operations for the National Guard, said before the storm hit that 46,000 National Guardsmen were part of the joint force and over the weekend they were ramping up preparations along the southeast coast, including Georgia and South Carolina. Wall Street Journal
To Discuss Race
President Trump's botched Charlottesville response was the low point of his presidency for some of his key aides. Now, he has a chance for a reset, at the same time that he's reveling in the adulation for his surprise deal with Democrats. Trump meets one-on-one Wednesday with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only Republican senator who is African-American, who told Vice after Charlottesville that the president's "moral authority is compromised." Axios
VOA VIEW: There has been no real sign of racism.
Mexican President Is A Donald Trump Super Troll
There’s a type of late-night TV segment that used to be rare, but has become so common as to be almost unremarkable since Trump became president: the host directly addresses the camera and talks sincerely about the fact that Donald Trump is wildly unqualified—morally, intellectually, emotionally, and physically—to be president. After Charlottesville, everyone on TV, from Jimmy Fallon’s uncharacteristically straight-faced statement about the evil of white supremacy to Seth Meyers’ rundown of all the little white supremacist actions Trump took that helped make Charlottesville possible. But no one has mastered the form quite like former President of Mexico Vicente Fox, who has been releasing brutal and hilarious video messages for Trump via Superdeluxe since May. Slate
VOA VIEW: It shows clear usual false rhetoric from the left.
Are Roaming Like Zombies.’
The storm-stricken Caribbean took on the feel of a sprawling disaster zone Sunday, with Cuban first responders using inflatable rafts to navigate flooded streets as panicked families sent up social-media pleas in search of loved ones on hard-hit islands further east. In St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, “people there are roaming like zombies,” said Stacey Alvarado, a bar owner who managed to leave for the mainland. Her husband, who is still there, told her Sunday that residents and tourists are in shock. “They don’t know what to do. The island was wiped out. It’s like the walking dead down there.” Washington Post
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Are Worse Things Than The Weather
Gasoline prices are falling, but you can’t buy the stuff. In the wake of one hurricane and in the face of another, the price of gasoline — as measured by gasoline futures — declined last week, even as the U.S. gasoline inventory was drawn down. You’d think that gasoline prices should be spiking, but spontaneous orders are sometimes counterintuitive: Hurricane Harvey temporarily shut down a significant portion of the nation’s oil refineries, reducing the demand for crude and resulting in slightly lower oil prices. National Review
Trump's Inauguration Speech Was 'A Cry From The White Nationalist Gut'
Hillary Clinton said being at President Donald Trump's inauguration was "like an out-of-body experience" and that his speech was a "cry from the white nationalist gut." "But I'm a former first lady, and former presidents and first ladies show up," Clinton said on "CBS News Sunday Morning." "It's part of the demonstration of the continuity of our government. And so there I was, on the platform, you know, feeling like an out-of-body experience. And then his speech, which was a cry from the white nationalist gut." CNN
VOA VIEW: Hillary has lost her mind.
Far-Right’s Latest ‘Free Speech’ Champion Is A Would-Be Racist Novelist
The national battle over free speech, university campuses, and racist violence ramped up another notch earlier this week, when a young attorney sued Michigan State University for denying a venue to a racist speaker. The suit filed by Kyle Bristow—on behalf of a University of Georgia student who tried to rent space for a speech by notorious white nationalist Richard Spencer—accused MSU of trampling on the First Amendment and other constitutional rights. Spencer, a key leader of the so-called alt-right, won a similar lawsuit in April, when Auburn University in Alabama was forced to allow him to speak. Daily Beast
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US Gas Price Jumps
The average price of gasoline jumped in the past two weeks after Hurricane Harvey prompted the closure of refineries. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that it was the biggest price hike recorded by the Lundberg Survey since 2011. But she says whole gasoline prices have started to decline since refineries came back online and she expects prices at the pump will follow. In the survey on Sept. 8, the average price of regular gasoline was up 30 cents at $2.69 per gallon. That's 48 cents higher than a year ago. The average price of diesel jumped 16 cents to $2.73 per gallon. US News
Roy Moore's DACA Gaffe Might Not Matter
Roy Moore's recent inability to identify former President Barack Obama's signature immigration achievement drew scorn online, and mockery from his opponents running in the U.S. Senate race. "Beyond embarrassing," Sen. Luther Strange's campaign spokesman said. "Speechless," said Doug Jones, the Democratic nominee. But with less than three weeks to go before the Sept. 26 GOP runoff in Alabama's special Senate election, political observers believe the Moore's "DACA" gaffe won't resonate much with voters. Alabama Tribune
Trump And Jared Kushner Dress In Somber Gray For A Couple's Jog
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner dressed in a somber gray as they went out on a morning jog in Washington, DC on Saturday. The First Daughter, 35, who recently joined her father in Bismarck, North Dakota, to promote his tax overhaul pitch, was seen at the start of her workout in the Kalorama neighborhood, where she and Jared moved at the start of their White House life. She kept her blonde hair braided and adorned a black Secret Service hat, which had an American flag on the front as well as the service's initials, USSS, embroidered on the side. Daily Mail UK
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7 Democrats Who Could Take Control
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez's political career hangs in the balance as he is on trial facing charges that he intervened with federal regulators on behalf of a friend and campaign donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, in exchange for trips and political contributions. If he is found guilty, Menendez, D-N.J., will face pressure to resign. The Republican National Committee already is pushing Senate Democrats to demand that Menendez quit immediately upon conviction, without waiting for him to appeal a verdict. Menendez doesn't automatically forfeit his seat if he is found guilty. The Senate would have to vote to expel him, and that takes a two-thirds majority. The last New Jersey senator convicted of criminal charges, U.S. Sen. Harrison Williams, D-N.J., resigned his seat in 1982 after the Senate Ethics Committee recommended expulsion. That was 10 months after Williams was convicted in the Abscam scandal. New Jersey.com
Netanyahu Says He Will Meet Trump In New York Next Week
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he would meet U.S. President Donald Trump later this month during a visit to New York, where he will address the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 26. Netanyahu spoke to reporters accompanying him on a trip to Latin America before his plane left Tel Aviv for Argentina on Sunday night. He will also visit Colombia and Mexico before heading to New York. Reuters
Sees More Star-Spangled Banner Protests
Seattle's Michael Bennett and Oakland's Marshawn Lynch joined other NFL athletes Sunday in protesting the treatment of minorities by US law enforcement during the first weekend of the regular season. Both Bennett and Lynch remained seated during The Star-Spangled Banner before the Seahawks and Raiders season-opening games as part of a continuing wave of protests that began last year with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Bennett sat as teammate Justin Britt stood next to him with his hand on his shoulder while another teammate, Thomas Rawls, stood on Bennett's other side before the game against the Green Bay Packers. The Drudge Report
VOA VIEW: Protesters will lose at the end.
Upends 150 Years Of Two-Party Rule
When Donald J. Trump set his sights on the presidency in the 2000 election, he pursued the nomination of the Reform Party, a home for disenchanted independents. “The Republican Party has just moved too far to the extreme right,” he explained. “The Democrats are too far to the left.” In the end, he dropped the campaign and the Reform Party, the leftover construct from Ross Perot’s two independent presidential candidacies during the 1990s. It was one of at least five times that Mr. Trump would switch party affiliations over the years. “I’m the Lone Ranger,” he once said in another context. NY Times
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Man Arrested In Ex-Wife's Disappearance
The body of a Texas real estate agent was found in a marshy wooded area Saturday more than two weeks after she disappeared the day Hurricane Harvey made landfall, authorities said. The woman's ex-husband, 44-year-old Steven McDowell, was charged with murder, and booked into Chambers County Jail, awaiting bail to be set. Crystal McDowell, a 37-year-old real estate agent and mother of two, vanished Aug. 25, the day Harvey landed in the Gulf Coast area of southeast Texas, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said Sunday. ABC News
Consumers are facing a nightmare scenario following a massive hacking of credit bureau Equifax. The incident, which the company disclosed on Thursday, involved thieves making off with highly sensitive personal information including Social Security and credit card numbers of at least 143 million people. The breach is especially dangerous because the stolen data will give crooks opportunities to conduct fraud and identity theft. And as the hacking took place several months ago, the information is likely for sale already through online criminal forums. Yahoo Finance
China Looks To
Ban Petrol And Diesel Cars
The country's vice minister of industry said it had started "relevant research" but that it had not yet decided when the ban would come into force. "Those measures will certainly bring profound changes for our car industry's development," Xin Guobin told Xinhua, China's official news agency. China made 28 million cars last year, almost a third of the global total. Both the UK and France have already announced plans to ban new diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040, as part of efforts to reduce pollution and carbon emissions. BBC
Calls For A Tax Reform 'Speed-Up'
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he will ask the Republican-controlled Congress to further speed up its efforts to overhaul the U.S. tax code, citing the potential impact of Hurricane Irma as a reason to hasten reforms. "I think now with what's happened with the hurricane, I'm going to ask for a speedup. I wanted a speedup anyway, but now we need it even more so," the president said at the outset of a Cabinet meeting at Camp David. California Yahoo
A Turning Point In The Presidency
Keep these numbers in mind: 316 to 90 and 80 to 17. They were the lopsided votes in the House and Senate in support of the deal President Trump made with Democratic leaders on storm aid, the debt limit and government funding. Remarkably, all the no voters were Republicans. The numbers shout that we are witnessing a potential turning point in the Trump presidency, one that could further shake up Washington and rattle the calcified political parties. NY Post
Grows After Stephen Colbert Gives Trump Nazi Salute
Comedian Stephen Colbert, host of the Late Show on CBS, twice flashed a Nazi salute on live television during a rant about US President Donald Trump earlier this week. During his first show after a two-week vacation, Colbert criticized Trump and his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who resigned in mid-August. At the end of the show's opening monologue, Colbert joked about a remark Bannon made during an interview with Charlie Rose after he left the White House. When pressed to explain his reasoning for defending President Donald Trump’s initial response to the car attack in Charlottesville last month, Bannon said Trump was taking things “up to a higher level.” Zero Hedge
VOA VIEW: Colber is a lose that should be taken off the air.
And Japan Stage War Drills
North Korea's dictator is believed to be preparing a missile test for as early as today - the 69th anniversary of his nation's creation. Past missile tests have often coincided with significant national anniversaries. International pressure on Kim's regime is now at boiling point after it fired a rocket over Japan before testing a hydrogen bomb last week. Now he is feared to be readying another rocket launch. The Sun
Stop For The Steve Bannon Insurgency: China
It is no accident that of all the foreign policy issues he could have chosen, Mr. Bannon gravitated to China, where he once lived and which he now views as the greatest long-term threat to the United States. “A hundred years from now, this is what they’ll remember — what we did to confront China on its rise to world domination,” he said in an interview, previewing the themes in his speech. “China right now is Germany in 1930,” Mr. Bannon said. “It’s on the cusp. It could go one way or the other. The younger generation is so patriotic, almost ultranationalistic.” Breitbart
On 60 Minutes: Economic Nationalism Will Unite Americans Of All Races,
Nationalities, Religions And Sexual Preferences
“Economic nationalism is what this country was built on. The American system—we look after our own. We look after our citizen, we look after our manufacturing base,” Bannon told CBS anchor Charlie Rose. “And guess what? This country’s going to be greater, more united, more powerful than it’s ever been. This is not astrophysics. And by the way, that’s every nationality, every race, every religion, every sexual preference.” Bannon pointed out that “as long as you’re an American citizen, you’re part of this populous economic nationalist movement.” Breitbart
Time, Fines For Vandals Who Attack Historic Monuments
Vandals caught defacing historic monuments will face jail time and hefty fines if convicted, under tough new laws being introduced by the Australian government. Century-old statues of explorer Captain James Cook will be amongst the first items placed on the National Heritage List and automatically protected by law under the scheme. Several monuments and statues of Captain Cook, the first European to fully explore and chart Australia’s east coast, were attacked around Australia last month, as Breitbart London reported. Breitbart
Stations 1,000 Marines Off Florida Coast
President Donald Trump stationed approximately 1,000 marines on two U.S. Navy warships in preparation for Hurricane Irma relief operations in Florida. The Marines and Sailors will provide logistical and medical support in the wake of the predicted devastation caused by the storm’s high winds, tidal surges, and floods. Department of Defense officials stated the Marines and Sailors are assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. Breitbart
Clinton Blames Angry Voters For Defeat
Hillary Clinton, in an event discussing her faith at a Manhattan Church Thursday night, partly blamed angry voters for her defeat and called for “sacred resistance” against President Trump. The event, “An Evening with Hillary Clinton to Benefit Camp Olmsted,” was a fundraiser for the children’s camp, during which Clinton was going to discuss her faith with her pastor, Bill Shillady, who in turn was supposed to discuss his new book, Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Breitbart
Geller, Milo, Raheem Kassam And More Discuss The Islamic Jihad Against
Free Speech In ‘Can’t We Talk About This?’
Can’t We Talk About This? The Islamic Jihad Against Free Speech is a shocking new film and follow-up video series detailing the concerted effort by international organizations to compel the U.S. and other Western countries to curtail freedom of speech and criminalize criticism of Islam.
Featuring exclusive interviews with Pamela Geller, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Geert Wilders, Mark Steyn, Milo Yiannopolous, Raheem Kassam, Robert Spencer, Douglas Murray, Ezra Levant, Lars Vilks, Garland Muhammad cartoon contest winner Bosch Fawstin, and many other heroes of freedom, this web series will be the first ever to expose the war on free speech. Breitbart
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