More Rain for Texas as Floodwaters Rise
Tropical Storm Harvey continues to pour rain on parts of Texas and Louisiana, exacerbating already catastrophic flooding. By Monday, 5,500 people had been brought to emergency shelters in Houston. The mayor is stressing that the city is still in rescue mode, even as the fire department, Coast Guard, and police are overwhelmed. Private citizens with boats — dubbed the “Texas Navy” — are responding to officials’ calls for people to rescue their neighbors. Read the story from NPR.
North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan
Spiking already heightened tensions with its second missile launch in four days, North Korea continued to defy U.N. sanctions on Tuesday when it fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and into the Pacific Ocean. President Trump responded, saying, “All options are on the table.” Read the story from The AP.
Trump Rolls Back Obama-Era Restrictions on Military Gear for Police
President Trump signed an executive order on Monday that resumes providing surplus military weapons, vehicles, and gear to local police. President Obama restricted the program in 2015 in response to controversy over gear used by police confronting protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, after the death of Michael Brown. Read the story from NPR.
Lawyer Says Trump Tower in Russia Considered During Campaign
In a statement to the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen acknowledged that the president’s company actively pursued a possible real estate business deal with Russia during the presidential election. Read the story from The AP.
Deadly Shooting at Public Library in New Mexico
Two people were killed and four others were injured when a gunman opened fire inside a public library on Monday. Read the story from The AP.
FDA Cracks Down On Stem-Cell Clinics Selling Unapproved Treatments
The FDA is cracking down on clinics around the country that sell unproven and potentially dangerous treatments marketed as using stem cells. Read the story from NPR.