Top News Stories for Today – Aug 29, 2017

Top News Stories for Today – Aug 29, 2017

North Korea fires missile over Japan

North Korea fires missile over JapanNorth Korea conducted a missile test early Tuesday morning that flew over Japan, one that analysts say was similar to Pyongyang’s recently aborted plan to fire a missile near the US territory of Guam, and which prompted sharp reaction from Japanese and other leaders. The launch is believed to be the second successful test of the Hwasong 12 intermediate-range ballistic missile that can reach distances between 1,800 to 3,100 miles. The first successful Hwasong 12 test occurred in May.

Trump slammed North’s Korea’s latest missile launch, saying Pyongyang has “signaled its contempt for its neighbors, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behavior.” “Threatening and destabilizing actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all nations of the world. All options are on the table,” Trump added in a statement Tuesday.

The South Korean air force conducted live-fire drills Tuesday, hours after North Korea flew a ballistic missile over Japan. Four F-15 fighter jets practiced a drill against the North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, dropping eight MK-84 bombs against a simulated target at the Pilsung training range. The test was meant as a warning signal in response to North Korea’s latest provocation. VOA, Newsweek

 

 

Harvey maintains strength will make landfall again

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 MTV VMAs 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 2016 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' about Charlottesville 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 next 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 WeekHarvey’s havoc continued to pour down, three days after the storm rammed Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, unleashing a torrent of rain, turning streets into rivers, and leaving thousands of residents stranded in flooded homes. Four people have died as a result of the catastrophic storm, and thousands of Texans are believed to have sat in darkness overnight Monday amid rising floodwaters.

“The Coast Guard is continuing to receive upwards of 1,000 calls per hour,” US Coast Guard Lt. Mike Hart said on Monday. The Coast Guard rescued more than 3,000 people on Monday, he said. Many tried to help each other, and some guided seniors through the submerged street. And the water won’t stop rising anytime soon. Swollen rivers in east Texas aren’t expected to crest until later this week, and federal officials are already predicting the deadly storm will drive 30,000 people into shelters and spur 450,000 people to seek some sort of disaster assistance. CNN

 

 

 

Harvey may be soggy sign of future storms

Hurricane HarveyBy the time the rain stops, Harvey will have dumped about 1 million gallons of water for every man, woman and child in southeastern Texas — a soggy, record-breaking glimpse of the wet and wild future that global warming could bring, scientists say.

While scientists are quick to say that climate change didn’t cause Harvey and that they haven’t determined yet whether the storm was made worse by global warming, they do note that warmer air and water mean wetter and possibly more intense hurricanes in the future. “This is the kind of thing we are going to get more of,” said Princeton University climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer. “This storm should serve as warning.” VOA

 

 

Louisiana braces as Harvey moves east from Houston

Hurricane HarveyAfter dumping nearly 3 feet of rain in many parts of Houston, Tropical Storm Harvey is starting to move east. “In all likelihood, the worst is yet to come for Louisiana,” Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said at a press conference Monday.

New Orleans is under flash flood and tornado watches until Thursday, and the area is expected to get between 5 to 10 inches of rain over the next four days. Rain is also expected to continue through Thursday in Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday activated the entire Texas National Guard as Houston battles the worst flooding in its history. Texas officials said at least 10 people have died. President Trump says he will visit Corpus Christi and Austin on Tuesday. The Times-Picayune, The Washington Post

 

 

Trump to visit Texas for Harvey updates

Donald TrumpPresident Trump is headed to Texas on Tuesday to check on the recovery efforts from Tropical Storm Harvey. Joined by first lady Melania Trump and probably Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), Trump will head first to Corpus Christi, about 30 miles south of where Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm, and then Austin, where he will tour the Emergency Operations Center and get a briefing from state officials.

Rain is still falling in Houston on Tuesday, where parts of the city have already been deluged with 43 inches of rain since Friday, and flood levels are still rising. So far, at least 10 people have died from hurricane-related incidents, and shelters are filling up across Texas. The Texas Tribune, Houston Chonicle, The Week

 

 

Trump lawyer sought Putin assistance for Moscow tower

Michael CohenThe New York Times revealed Monday that during the presidential campaign, a business associate of President Trump’s pushed a potential real estate deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, asserting a Trump Tower in Moscow would “get Donald elected.” The Times acquired a series of emails between Felix Sater and Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, that show Sater telling Cohen, “Our boy can become president of the USA. and we can engineer it … I will get all of Putin’s team to buy in on this.”

Also Monday, The Washington Post revealed that Cohen emailed Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s personal spokesman, in January 2016 to ask for help moving forward the stalled project. In the missive, Cohen explicitly requested “assistance,” as well as help “arranging meetings with the appropriate individuals.” The project was reportedly abandoned later that month. The Washington Post, The New York Times

 

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North Korea fires missile over Japan, Harvey maintains strength will make landfall again, Harvey may be soggy sign of future storms, Louisiana braces as Harvey moves east from Houston, Trump to visit Texas for Harvey updates, Trump lawyer sought Putin assistance for Moscow tower
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