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• New US and China tariffs kick in. The latest round of tariffs that the superpowers have slapped on each other kicks in. Washington’s latest move targets Chinese-made products like TVs and apparel, though taxes on about half those goods were postponed to mid-December. There was some positive talk last week on the trade war, but a deal remains elusive.
• New month, new shows. There’s political satire, unscripted comedy and more people risen from the dead. Check out what’s streaming in September on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now and Acorn TV.
• ”This is Life.” Lisa Ling is back for a new season of fascinating discoveries, from the shocking side effects of long-term benzodiazepine use to what it’s like to be a woman in the Marines. Catch the premiere, “Porn Ed,” at 10 p.m. ET on CNN.
• Impeachment inquiry forges ahead. Hearings, subpoenas and depositions could come this week as the House Intelligence Committee moves to probe allegations against President Trump. The panel is working through Congress’ October recess, and House Dems aim to move forward with impeachment proceedings as soon as Thanksgiving.
• Happy Labor Day! The unofficial end of summer honors the more than 160 million people in the US civilian labor force.
• Ex-officer’s courtroom defense continues. The murder trial is expected to resume in the case of Amber Guyger, the ex-Dallas cop who last year killed 26-year-old Botham Jean in his own apartment. Guyger broke down last week describing how she approached the door before firing her gun. The run-up to the trial was especially heart-wrenching for Jean’s mom, Allison Jean.
• Mike Pence visits Northern Europe. The Vice President is in Poland to talk about the strategic importance of the Arctic and NATO efforts to counter Russian aggression. From there he heads to the United Kingdom, with a focus on US economic ties ahead of Brexit. He’ll round out the trip in Ireland, where the Good Friday Agreement and trade are top of mind.
• Real estate tycoon’s murder trial begins. The man at the center of “The Jinx” TV phenomenon is set to stand trial. Robert Durst, 76, is accused of shooting Susan Berman in the head in 2000 at her Beverly Hills home. She was scheduled to speak hours later with police about the 1982 disappearance of Durst’s wife.
• US reps return to talk gun violence. The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on a series of gun violence prevention bills a week ahead of Congress’ official return from recess. The measures include a ban on high-capacity magazines, “red flag” legislation and a block on firearms purchases by people convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes.
• 2020 Dems debate gun policy. Ten presidential hopefuls are set to discuss gun violence at an event sponsored by former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ March For Our Lives group. The event in Las Vegas comes two years nearly to the day after the nation’s deadliest modern gun massacre. The forum is due to stream live on NBC News Now and feature on MSNBC.
• CNN hosts climate crisis town halls. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls participate in back-to-back town halls to answer audience questions about their climate plans as scientists sound the alarm about global warming. Candidates take the stage for 40 minutes each starting at 5 p.m. ET on CNN.
• The Stanley Cup race begins. The NHL champion St. Louis Blues host the Washington Capitals to open the 1,271-game regular season that runs through April 4.
• The NFL regular season kicks off. The road to the Super Bowl begins, with the Bears hosting the Packers at 8:20 p.m. ET. Here’s how to watch all the Week 1 matchups.
• Spacecraft that ferried a humanoid undocks from ISS. The unpiloted Russian Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft is due to undock from the International Space Station. The ship carried into space a machine named Fedor, the first life-sized, artificially intelligent robot that Russia sent out of the atmosphere. Watch the undocking starting at 1:45 p.m. ET on NASA TV.
• El Paso unites to fight hate. Renowned artists will join Texas residents to march against white supremacy. The event – #ElPasoFirme, or “El Paso Strong” – is being billed as a day of cultural resistance following the shooting at a Walmart that left 22 people dead.