It’s Monday, and here are five things to know for your New Day.
THE LATEST: Four people have died in the slow-motion disaster that is Harvey, but that number could rise as flooding continues to worsen in Houston and throughout southeast Texas. Harvey, which has barely moved since slamming Texas on Saturday as a Category 4 hurricane, is still a tropical storm. It’s slipped back into the Gulf, and the National Weather Service predicts it will make landfall again midday Wednesday near the Texas-Louisiana border. Houston’s already gotten 25 inches of rain in two days. Another 25 inches could fall by the weekend. Swollen rivers and creeks in east Texas won’t crest until later this week.
THE RESCUES: Thousands of people have been rescued from flooded homes and vehicles, but thousands of others still need help. The Coast Guard is getting 1,000 calls per hour for rescue. It’s not just a government rescue effort either. A host of volunteers has hopped in boats and saved people. That includes the famed Cajun Navy, the Louisiana-based rescue force that gained fame during Hurricane Katrina – which made landfall 12 years ago today. Texas has activated its entire National Guard.
THE IMPACT: The nation’s fourth-largest city sits under water and will remain that way for a while. An estimated 30,000 people will need shelter. Some will stay in Houston’s convention center; others will go to Dallas, where its convention center is being turned into a mega-shelter.
WHAT’S NEXT: Louisiana is prepping for Harvey’s unyielding rains. New Orleans has closed schools and city facilities as the city expects to get 4 to 8 inches of rain over the next couple of days. And President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will visit Texas today to check on relief efforts.
The rain may have finally stopped for (most of) the Houston area, but the misery remains. Harvey dumped about 50 inches of rain on southeast Texas, a record for the lower 48 states. Now, the storm is moving into Louisiana. Harvey made a second landfall as a tropical storm early this morning near the Louisiana-Texas border, bringing 30- to 40-mph winds, a 2- to 4-foot storm surge and as much as 12 inches of rain.
2. Tax reform
North Korea took its missile tests to a whole new level early this morning when it fired one over Japan. The unidentified missile flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and broke into pieces over the Pacific. The launch set off warnings in the northern part of Japan, and people were urged to seek shelter. South Korea responded with a bombing drill to test its ability to “destroy the North Korean leadership.” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Trump talked about it on the phone and agreed the UN Security Council needs to get involved.
The President’s visit to Texas was closely watched, as Harvey is the first national disaster on his watch. So, how did he do? Trump made a strong pledge to work with Congress to secure disaster-relief funding for the state and praised his team. But oddly enough, he dispensed no hugs or displays of compassion to survivors of the storm. So, he may have some work to do on the “empathy” thing. Twitter almost broke with criticism of Melania Trump’s stilettos, but that’s just silly when people’s lives are at stake. Trump goes back on the road today. He’ll visit Springfield, Missouri, to pitch his vision of tax reform.
3. Sanctuary cities
President Donald Trump’s attorney reached out to the Kremlin for assistance in building a Trump Tower in Moscow well into the business mogul’s presidential campaign, the attorney said, adding that he discussed the project with Trump three times. The attorney, Michael Cohen, denied that the project was related “in any way” to Trump’s campaign, though the developments appear to contradict Trump’s vehement denials of any such business connections to Russia in the past. Previous reports have indicated that efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow were underway during the presidential campaign in 2015, but it had not been reported that those efforts continued into 2016.
Shooting a missile over Japan may be just the beginning. North Korea says its next target is Guam. The regime, in its first public comments since test-firing an intermediate-range missile over northern Japan, said the latest missile test is part of military operations directed at Guam. That prompted President Trump to once again declare “all options are on the table.” The UN also condemned the North’s “outrageous actions.”
4. Russia investigation
President Trump continues his drive to be the “law-and-order” President. He’s lifted a ban on military gear for local police. It was President Obama who stopped police from getting military equipment like armored vehicles, grenade launchers and camouflage uniforms in 2015 over concerns about the “militarization” of the police response to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has issued subpoenas to a former lawyer for Paul Manafort and to Manafort’s current spokesman, an aggressive tactic that suggests an effort to add pressure on the former Trump campaign chairman. The subpoenas seeking documents and testimony were sent to Melissa Laurenza, an attorney with the Akin Gump law firm who until recently represented Manafort, and to Jason Maloni, who is Manafort’s spokesman, according to people familiar with the matter.
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He may be one of Germany’s worst serial killers. Niels Hoegel is already serving a life sentence after he was convicted of killing six people while working as a nurse. Now, authorities think Hoegel may have killed 84 other people. As part of the investigation, they exhumed the bodies of former patients at clinics where Hoegel worked in northwest Germany. Hoegel, 40, has admitted to injecting patients with a drug that stopped their hearts so he could get a euphoric feeling from reviving them.
There’s a new salmonella outbreak, and it has a source you probably haven’t thought about: turtles. That’s because turtles can carry salmonella bacteria on their skin or shells. The CDC says there have been 37 cases of salmonella reported across 13 states since March. Most of the cases involve kids younger than 5. In almost half the cases, the patients said they had been in recent contact with a turtle. So, the CDC says: don’t pet turtles or give them as gifts.
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