Top News Stories for Today – Aug 28, 2017
Harvey brings catastrophic flooding to Houston
Tropical Storm Harvey has dumped at least a foot of rain in most parts of Houston, Texas, causing the worst flooding in the city’s history. Harris County officials estimate that thousands of people have been rescued, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said 3,000 national and state guard members have been deployed to the state, including hundreds in Houston.
The Houston Independent School District has canceled school for the week. Residents with boats are being asked to assist their neighbors who might be stranded in their homes. On Saturday, Harvey was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm, but rain is expected to continue through Thursday. The National Weather Service has the unconfirmed death toll from Harvey at five. President Trump is expected to visit Texas on Tuesday. Houston Chronicle, The Week
Heather Heyer’s mother denounce racism
At the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, a descendent of Robert E. Lee and Heather Heyer’s mother appeared onstage together, denouncing racism and white supremacy. Heyer was killed earlier this month while demonstrating against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which was partly organized to protest the removal of a statue of Lee. Heyer’s mom, Susan Bro, announced she was launching a foundation in her daughter’s name.
Bro was introduced by Rev. Robert E. Lee IV, who said it was his “moral duty to speak out against racism, America’s original sin. Today, I call on all of us with privilege and power to answer God’s call to confront racism and white supremacy head-on.” New York Daily News, The Week
Trump sought Trump Tower Moscow during campaign
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s company sought to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow, several people familiar with the proposal told The Washington Post. Discussions ramped up in September 2015, with an unidentified investor planning on building the project, using Trump’s name under a licensing agreement.
The lead negotiator for the Trump Organization was one of its vice presidents, Michael Cohen, and it’s unclear how aware or involved Trump was, the Post said. In one email to Cohen, a Russian-born real estate developer reportedly hinted that he could get Russian President Vladimir Putin to say “great things” about Trump. The Trump Organization and investors signed a letter of intent, but because they did not have the land or proper permits, the project stalled and was dropped at the end of January 2016. The Washington Post, Theweek
Tillerson says Trump speaks for himself
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson distanced himself from President Trump’s controversial responses to the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, while speaking with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. “I don’t believe anyone doubts the American people’s values, or the commitment of the American government, or the government’s agencies to advancing those values and defending those values,” Tillerson said in reference to Charlottesville.
“And the president’s values?” Wallace replied. “The president speaks for himself, Chris,” Tillerson answered. The secretary of state did not accede to Wallace’s suggestion that Trump’s comments complicated US diplomatic efforts abroad. The Hill, Business Insider, Theweek
Uber taps Expedia’s Dara Khosrowshahi as CEO
The Uber board of directors voted Sunday to offer Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of Expedia, the job of Uber chief executive, Recode reported. He is expected to accept. Khosrowshahi was in the running against Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman and former General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, who withdrew his name earlier Sunday when it became clear he didn’t have the votes.
The company has been rocked by several scandals over the last year, including allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination, plus the resignation of former CEO and cofounder Travis Kalanick. An Uber spokesperson told Recode the board has voted on the new CEO and “will announce the decision to the employees first.” Recode, BBC News, The Week
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