Trump Ends DACA
President Trump is rescinding the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which shields 800,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation. Calling the program “an unconstitutional exercise of authority,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that Congress will be given six months to pass a legislative fix. Read the story from The AP.
North Korea Detonates Powerful Nuclear Bomb
On Sunday, North Korea detonated what it claims was a hydrogen bomb, in the country’s sixth nuclear test since 2006. United Nations U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley condemned the blast, saying Pyongyang is “begging for war.” Read the story from The AP.
‘Dangerous’ Hurricane Irma Threatens U.S., Caribbean
On Tuesday, Hurricane Irma grew into a “potentially catastrophic” Category 5 storm as it barrels toward islands in the Caribbean. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency amid reports the monster storm could slam the U.S. mainland. Read the story from The AP
Wildfires Blaze Across West Amid Heat Wave
A Labor Day Weekend heat wave set record-breaking temperatures and fueled destructive wildfires across numerous western states. Flames threatened Yosemite National Park and Glacier National Park. Residents were forced to evacuate their homes in California’s Sierra Nevada, and firefighters in Los Angeles struggled to put out the largest wildfire in the city’s history. Read the story from The AP.
Congress Returns to Washington With Agenda Upended by Harvey
Lawmakers face a daunting workload as they return to Capitol Hill on Tuesday after the summer recess. Passing an aid package to help storm-ravaged Texas and Louisiana will be a top priority, ahead of talks of a government shutdown, debates over a debt ceiling vote, and plans for a tax overhaul. Read the story from The AP.