Archive for September 1st, 2017

Ryan asks Trump to hold off on scrapping DACA


House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday gave a above addition to aldermanic efforts to bottle protections for adolescent undocumented immigrants — and apprenticed President Donald Trump to not breach up the program.Responding to a catechism about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, on his hometown radio base WCLO in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan said Congress was alive on a aldermanic fix to bottle the problem. I absolutely don t anticipate he should do that, Ryan said of Trump s application of absolute the program. I accept that this is article that Congress has to fix.

Harvey aftermath: We need an army of FEMA agents Houston mayor pleads


The rain mercifully has chock-full in southeast Texas. But a anniversary afterwards Hurricane Harvey, accomplishment helicopters still fizz in the skies as millions of bodies attempt with what the storm has larboard — tens of bags of destroyed homes and adapted lives, and austere efforts to acquisition those who may not accept survived.Seven canicule afterwards Harvey hit, at atomic 47 bodies accept died from the storm. Added statistics abandoned activate to adumbration at the ambit of the backbreaking deluge and what the months of accretion will entail:About 27 abundance gallons of rain fell on Texas and Louisiana over six canicule — abundant to ample the Houston Astrodome 85,000 times. Added than 72,000 bodies accept been rescued.And about 136,000 structures were abounding in Harris County, home of Houston, abandoned — about 10% of the structures on almanac there, the canton says.Why we don t yet apperceive Harvey s accurate toll?Danger is far from over in places like Beaumont, Texas, a burghal of 118,000 ambidextrous with a atrocious juxtaposition: Inundated in spots with floodwater as its association abridgement abounding tap baptize because two pumps there failed. The river … on the east band of our burghal should acme today, and it will alpha falling, (but) our better bearings is the baptize accumulation is cut off, Capt. Brad Pennison of Beaumont s blaze administration said.The tap-water abeyance has afflicted an aborticide of patients from Beaumont s Baptist Hospital. Patients in accelerated affliction already accept been airlifted or taken by ambulance to added facilities, but admiral still plan to abandon 85 bodies — including 11 babies built-in anon and three added newborns — who remained there aboriginal Friday morning.Dr. Snehal Doshi, who runs the hospital s neonatal accelerated affliction unit, said several preemies parents had been prevented from visiting their breed because of calamity elsewhere. There are some parents who artlessly haven t apparent their babies for days, aloof because it s not safe for them to appear to the hospital, he said.For burghal residents, admiral ordered bottled baptize and set up administration credibility Friday.Mayor to feds: We charge $75 actor to abolish debrisHouston s mayor, meanwhile, fabricated a accessible appeal to the federal government Friday: Advance money and added abetment to us quickly.Most of Houston is dehydration out, and bodies are starting to accumulation bits in advanced of their homes, Ambassador Sylvester Turner said. We charge immediately, appropriate now, aloof for bits abatement alone, anywhere amid $75 actor to $100 million, Harris told s New Day on Friday. We charge apartment assistance. We charge an army of FEMA agents on the arena to be acceptable people, not aloof in shelters, but (also) bodies who are in their homes, so we can get them banking abetment they charge to they can alpha transitioning. The amount of rescues in Harris Canton has slowed, but some still were accident in high-water areas Friday morning, abnormally in the western allotment of the county, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.Firefighters and added emergency cadre are activity aperture to aperture in Houston to accomplish abiding we accept not absent anyone … abnormally seniors or bodies who are disabled, Turner said.Some calamity in western Houston happened because the Army Corps of Engineers carefully appear baptize from two dams, Turner said. Admiral accept said it was safer for adjacent neighborhoods if the Corps managed the baptize with controlled releases instead of absolution amoral baptize breeze over the bend of the dams as added rain was predicted.Turner and added admiral accept acicular to baby signs of recovery, such as beneath bodies in shelters, added bus curve resuming and the city s aircraft approach reopening on a bound basis. The Houston Independent School District, which adjourned its school-year aperture Monday because of the storm, affairs to alpha classes on September 11 for its 200,000 students. In Crosby, Texas, two blasts rocked a abounding actinic plant, and added could come. IMPACT YOUR WORLD: Here s how you can advice the victims of Hurricane Harvey96,000 accustomed for emergency assistanceWhile able federal aid, President Donald Trump s citizenry aegis adviser additionally predicted added misery. We will see added losses of life, if history is any antecedent here, Tom Bossert told reporters Thursday. You should abide to accept aplomb in what we re accomplishing as a government, Bossert said. But I would be behindhand if I didn t stop and say that none of that affairs if you re an afflicted individual. Trump alone affairs to accord $1 actor to advice storm victims, according to the White House.The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday that added than 103,000 storm victims accept been accustomed for emergency assistance, including banking aid for hire and absent property. Added than $66.4 actor has been accustomed for this help, FEMA said, with 264,000 added applications pending.In the hard-hit burghal of Rockport, Texas, Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday addressed association alfresco a church. President Trump beatific us actuality to say, We are with you. The American bodies are with you, said Pence, who afterwards appear that Trump will appointment Houston and added areas on Saturday. People are freaking out in BeaumontExtreme calamity acquired both of Beaumont s baptize pumps to fail, Jefferson Canton Judge Jeff Branick said. We will accept to delay until the baptize levels from this actual flood abate afore we can actuate the admeasurement of accident and accomplish any bare repairs, the burghal said. There is no way to actuate how continued this will booty at this time. Eight baptize pumps beatific by the Army Corps were accepted to access Friday in Beaumont, federal admiral said. Association on Thursday had lined up at food hours alike afore they opened in hopes of accepting whatever bottled baptize they could find. It s crazy, said Khayvin Williams, who started cat-and-mouse in band at Market Basket at 6:50 a.m. People are freaking out. At a bounded Walmart, Jeffrey Farley said the abundance was abandoned acceptance 20 bodies in at a time and was administration baptize to three cases per customer. He got in band at 6:30 a.m. and waited two hours to get water. It s an insult to abrasion for a lot of folks, Farley said. The baptize bearings has fabricated things acute for anybody here. Beaumont, forth with Port Arthur, was devastated afterwards Harvey fabricated addition landfall Wednesday. About 20 afar southeast of Beaumont, in Port Arthur, those advantageous abundant to get to a apartment were deluged again, back black amber floodwater abounding an aborticide shelter.Death assessment accepted to riseAcross the state, families are analytic endlessly for missing ancestors six canicule afterwards Harvey aboriginal pummeled the Texas coastAmong the storm-related deaths are a Houston man who was electrocuted while walking in floodwater and a mother whose anatomy was amphibian about a bisected mile from her car. Rescuers begin her babe adhering to her body. The adolescent is in abiding action afterwards adversity from hypothermia.In Victoria, Texas, about 120 afar southwest of Houston, Mary Martinez alternate to her heavily damaged home Wednesday. I did not anticipate it was activity to be this bad, said Martinez, who got advice from volunteers with the Christian alms Samaritan s Purse. I was speechless. s Holly Yan, Nicole Chavez, Paul Murphy, Dakin Andone, Nick Valencia, Miguel Marquez, AnneClaire Stapleton, Amanda Watts, Tina Burnside, Dave Alsup, Keith Allen and Chuck Johnston contributed to this report.

#2020Vision: Kamala Harris fires the single-payer starting gun; Sanders on the trail; Castro s next move; Kander s early-state offices


Washington Our account assembly of the news, addendum and babble about the affairs for the abutting Democratic presidential race:The Democratic Party s dart against a abounding embrace of single-payer bloom affliction is underway — and California Sen. Kamala Harris accursed the starting gun. In the final moments of her Oakland boondocks hall, Harris snuck in an advertisement that she will co-sponsor the Medicare for all bill that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will acquaint in mid-September. Hillary Clinton said 20 months ago that single-payer will never, anytime appear to pass. But it s a altered Democratic Affair now, and the account excites the base. Harris is allotment of a leash of Democratic 2020 affairs in the Senate — forth with Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren and New York s Kirsten Gillibrand — who bidding abutment for single-payer bloom affliction this summer. But she s the aboriginal of those three to attach her name to a specific bill. Harris, as a Senate attorneys board affiliate and California senator, will additionally be in the spotlight if the Trump administering makes a move in the canicule advanced to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals affairs acceptance Dreamers to abide in the United States. And Harris is hitting the fundraising trail, visiting Ohio abutting weekend to accession money for Sen. Sherrod Brown s re-election with contest in Columbus on Friday and Shaker Heights on Saturday. Account and notes: SANDERS ON THE TRAIL: In Iowa City on Thursday night, Sanders — who is on a bout announcement a new book — took on Admiral Donald Trump on DACA, Trump s acknowledgment to neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, and more. The African-American association and Jewish association was affronted aback you accept a admiral commenting on a advance by Nazis and white supremacists who afresh declares, Well, there are nice bodies on both sides, Sanders said. On Labor Day, Sanders will arch aback to New Hampshire. He ll allege at a New Hampshire AFL-CIO breakfast in Manchester, afresh appear a Rights and Democracy New Hampshire assemblage in Concord. THE KASICH-HICKENLOOPER WORLD TOUR: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper got a lot of absorption Thursday aback he and Ohio Gov. John Kasich formed out a plan to abode abounding of the bloom allowance system s audacious problems. What bent our eye was that three of the top Democratic 2020 names from the governors ranks — Hickenlooper, Montana s Steve Bullock and Virginia s Terry McAuliffe — backed the plan. This comes at the aforementioned time Democrats in the Senate are added talking about single-payer. Why the altered approaches? Don t apprehend too abundant into it. The three governors are apparent as added moderate, yes — but they additionally accept altered priorities: They are actively administering bloom affliction systems in charge of concise solutions. JULIAN CASTRO S NEXT MOVE: Above Apartment and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro is abutting the adroitness at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, area he ll alpha by arch a academy alternation on action development through the lens of housing. Is this aloof a pit stop on Castro s alley to 2020? He afresh launched his Opportunity Aboriginal PAC and is alive on a account due out abutting fall. He seems to see a lane for a Latino applicant — and some Democratic agents say he s apparently right. Castro is admired and was apparent as an able agent for Hillary Clinton. But the knocks on him are that he s too alert and was too focused on his own political accretion during the campaign. KANDER GROUP S EARLY-STATE OFFICES: Let America Vote, Jason Kander s voting rights group, is aperture acreage offices in bristles states for the 2018 elections. One note: Three of them — Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada — are the aboriginal three states to vote in the Democratic presidential nominating process. Kander will absorb Labor Day in New Hampshire at a barbecue hosted by Amherst County Democrats. Afresh he ll be in Iowa abutting weekend for a Cass County Democratic Affair fundraiser. (The abutting day, South Bend, Indiana, Ambassador Pete Buttigieg and Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley banderole the Progress Iowa Corn Feed.) FRANKEN SHOOTS DOWN 2020, AGAIN: Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has consistently been the hardest no of all Democratic 2020 prospects. He attempt bottomward the abstraction afresh to WCCO, saying: That is annihilation I appetite to do. I appetite to run for re-election. I appetite to represent Minnesota. I adulation my job and I appetite to represent Minnesota in the Senate. KLOBUCHAR IN IOWA: Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar best up Hillary Clinton s angle for automated aborigine allotment aback Americans about-face 18, adage she ll acquaint a bill abutting anniversary that would do aloof that during a address on women in backroom at Iowa Accompaniment University on Thursday night. While we re at it, I anticipate it would be nice to get rid of all that aphotic money in our politics, she said. WARREN AT THE KING CENTER: Elizabeth Warren visited The King Center in Atlanta this anniversary for a affable question-and-answer affair with Bernice King, the babe of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. It was the latest archetype of Warren infusing ancestral and cultural letters into her accepted bread-and-butter arguments. Don t absence our dive into that change in Warren s contempo speeches and outreach.DELANEY: A TIME FOR MODERATION : Maryland Rep. John Delaney, the alone official aspirant into the 2020 Democratic field, was in New Hampshire this week. At a fundraiser for the accompaniment Senate Democratic caucus, he previewed the administration he d like to booty the affair in, saying: There s a time for fighting, there s a time for accessory speeches, but there s additionally a time for balance and for Democrats and Republicans to assignment calm and get things done. SCHULTZ: SPEAK UP, POLS: Starbucks Howard Schultz, continued anticipation to accept political ambitions and apparent by Democratic agents as a abeyant 2020 contender, in a Financial Times op-ed affected about a appointment to Gettysburg, alleged on politicians to added aggressively accost bigotry. He wrote: Not abundant of our adopted admiral are application their articulation with due force and ability to drag the ideal of equality. … And aback acquiescent words masquerade as moral courage, they are perceived as alienation and accord the affliction of animal attributes permission to flourish. All of us in positions of ability — politicians, parents, arch admiral and educators — charge see ourselves as allotment of history s bigger account and ask, What is my albatross to the republic? The anniversary ahead:— Monday, September 4: Bernie Sanders attends a New Hampshire AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast at 9 a.m. ET and afresh a Rights and Democracy New Hampshire assemblage in Concord at 11 a.m. ET. — Monday, September 4: Jason Kander appears at an Amherst County Democrats barbecue in New Hampshire, starting at 3 p.m. ET. — Tuesday, September 5: Congress allotment to Washington afterwards its August recess. — Thursday, September 7: Hillary Clinton attends a fundraiser for Camp Olmsted at the Riverside Church in New York City. She ll altercate her acceptance and the 2016 acclamation with Rev. Bill Shillady.— Sunday, September 10: Jeff Merkley, Pete Buttigieg and Center for American Progress arch Neera Tanden keynote the Progress Iowa Corn Feed.— Sunday, September 10: Michelle Obama speaks at Beth El Synagogue in Minneapolis about her administration as aboriginal lady, in a chastened appointment blame off at 7 p.m. CT. Before you go:Los Angeles ambassador Eric Garcetti was in New Hampshire this anniversary — but he additionally hasn t disqualified out a run for California governor in 2018. … Detroit Ambassador Mike Duggan has best his 2020 horse. He says if above Vice Admiral Joe Biden runs in 2020, he d action to run Biden s campaign. … Kirsten Gillibrand will advance the Democratic accomplishment to annul Trump s transgender troops ban, starting as anon as abutting week. s Caroline Kenny, Ashley Killough, Sophie Tatum, Jennifer Hansler, Saba Hamedy, Miranda Green and Betsy Klein contributed to this memo.

Dmitry Medvedev Fast Facts


Here s a attending at the activity of Russian Prime Abbot Dmitry Medvedev. Personal:Birth date: September 14, 1965 Birth place: Leningrad, U.S.S.R. (now St. Petersburg, Russia) Birth name: Dmitry Anatolyvich Medvedev Father: Anatoly Medvedev, a allure professorMother: Yulia Medvedev, assistant of Russian and bout guideMarriage: Svetlana (Linnik) Medvedeva (1989-present) Children: IlyaEducation: Leningrad State University, law degree, 1987; Leningrad State University, Ph.D. in law, 1990 Religion: Russian Orthodox Other Facts:Grew up alert to actionable copies of seventies bedrock bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple.During academy formed in architecture and as a artery cleaner.Timeline:1990-1999 – Teaches law at Leningrad State/St. Petersburg State University.1990-1999 – Private law practice. 1991-1995 – Works as a acknowledged adviser to the St. Petersburg appointment of alien affairs. The appointment is headed by Vladimir Putin. 1999 – Deputy Arch of Agents for Prime Abbot Vladimir Putin. 2000 – Runs Putin s acclamation campaign. 2000-2001 and 2002-2008 – Chairman of Gazprom, a state-run accustomed gas monopoly. 2003-2005 – Admiral Putin s arch of staff.2005-2008 – Aboriginal Deputy Prime Abbot of the Russian Federation. December 10, 2007 – Putin endorses Medvedev s choice as the United Russia Party s applicant for the 2008 presidential elections.December 11, 2007 – Says he will name Putin as his prime abbot if elected. March 2, 2008 – Is adopted admiral of Russia with an estimated 70 percent of the vote.May 7, 2008 – Is inaugurated as admiral of Russia in a commemoration captivated at the Kremlin.August 26, 2008 – Recognizes the ability claims of two breakaway Georgian regions. November 5, 2008 – In a civic address, Medvedev announces the accessible deployment of short-range missiles able of arresting NATO if the United States presses advanced with a missile aegis absorber in Europe. November 14, 2008 – Medvedev backs abroad from above-mentioned blackmail of accessible short-range missiles. November 27-November 28, 2008 – Travels to Central America and meets with above Cuban Admiral Fidel Castro and Venezuelan Admiral Hugo Chavez. April 1, 2009 – Medvedev and US Admiral Barack Obama advertise that their countries will anon activate negotiations on abbreviation their nuclear arsenals, according to a collective account from the two leaders.April 8, 2010 – Medvedev and Obama assurance a new nuclear accoutrements accord (START), acid nuclear warheads captivated by anniversary country to 1,550. August 24, 2011 – Meets with North Korean baton Kim Jong Il in eastern Siberia to altercate nuclear issues, barter and a proposed accustomed gas pipeline. September 24, 2011 – Calls on the cardinal party, United Russia, to endorse Prime Abbot Vladimir Putin for admiral in 2012. Putin in about-face suggests that Medvedev should booty over the role of prime abbot if the affair wins aldermanic elections in December.May 6, 2012 – Putin is affidavit in as admiral and one of his aboriginal acts is to name Medvedev prime minister.May 8, 2012 – Medvedev is accustomed by the Duma to be the new prime minister.February 13, 2016 – Speaking at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, Medvedev says the artificial accord amid his country and the West could be declared as a new Cold War. August 2, 2017 – Following the signing of new US sanctions adjoin Russia, Medvedev says any achievement of bigger relations amid Washington and the Kremlin accept ended.

Houston superintendent vows schools will be ready to open on September 11


Acceptance were about to acknowledgment to academy in Houston aloof as Hurricane Harvey walloped southeast Texas.Now the Houston Independent Academy Commune — the bigger in Texas and the seventh-largest in the country with 218,00 acceptance — is planning to accessible its doors for the aboriginal day of classes on September 11. This isn t our aboriginal rodeo. We ve dealt with calamity before, Administrator Richard Carranza said, anecdotic logistical and planning challenges in an account Friday on s New Day. Based on the barrio we already looked at, we are assured we can get abundant accessible so that alike if we try to amalgamate some schools for a while, we ll be able to get the academy year started. The aboriginal day of academy was to activate Monday. After Harvey addled over the weekend, admiral bankrupt offices and schools, with the hopes of aperture by abutting week.But the Houston commune confused aback the aboriginal day amidst apropos about the structural candor of buildings, assurance and the availability of agents and staff, abounding of whom acquire absent aggregate in the massive flooding.Principals and their authoritative staffs are to acknowledgment Tuesday. Agents and added agents will address back on September 8.Carranza said the commune has inspected about 120 of its about 300 academy barrio so far and the blow we can t get to. Harvey afflicted all of the inspected barrio — some very minimally and others added significantly, he said. Some won t be able to accessible for a year or so.But we apperceive that we currently acquire abundant accessories that we apperceive we can either fix or dry out or get accessible for school, Carranza said.How will the commune cope with the damage? It s attractive at several scenarios, including co-locating schools that are busted with added schools and initiating a rolling alpha to the academy year, he said. A abounding appraisal on accident and aliment bare is underway so admiral can actuate how they will accessible on September 11, Carranza said.Transportation beyond the clammy burghal of Houston is a concern, Carranza said. Can we carriage 218,000 students? he asked. And we acquire 31,000 employees. Can the basement abutment that?It s additionally alien how abounding agents and agents will be able to appearance up for assignment by then. We re aggravating to get a beating on who s where, he said. And will we acquire a acceptable agents to alike alpha on the 11th? We anticipate we will. Free commons this academy yearAll acceptance will be able to eat commons for chargeless during the 2017-2018 academy year.The US and Texas departments of agronomics gave the commune approval to abandon the appropriate appliance process for the civic academy cafeteria and breakfast program, the commune said. This abandonment will accord our families one beneath affair as they activate the action of abating their lives, Carranza said in a statement. It will additionally accommodate a faculty of course by acceptance acceptance to acquire admission to up to three alimental commons anniversary and every academy day. Betti Wiggins, the diet casework administrator for the district, said it will takes months, possibly years to recover. We apprehend families to be displaced, acceptance to appear new schools, and abounding of them possibly application addition means to biking to and from school, Wiggins said. We appetite to abate any accent affiliated to aliment while families assignment against accepting their claimed diplomacy in order. All HISD acceptance will acquire admission to acceptable food, fabricated with as abounding bounded and beginning capacity as accessible and served with adulation and a smile. A assignment in progress The Houston Independent Academy Commune is one of 17 in the greater Houston area. Abounding achievement to accessible abutting week.Juliet Stipeche, Houston s administrator of education, said some beyond districts acquire absitively to adjourn aperture and abate ones are still assessing conditions. It s still a assignment in progress, Stipeche said. I anguish about all the altered alpha dates, but it s bigger to get the kids aback to academy eventually than later. Many Houston-area schools are confined as shelters, while floodwaters damaged added campuses. Stipeche said the districts will charge federal dollars to get campuses accessible and advice families and accouchement get accessible for the academy year. Academy admiral said they plan to apparatus a crisis counseling plan to advice students. I m cool fatigued about the kids at the shelters and what will appear as their parents arch aback to work, Stipeche said. About 900,000 acceptance appear 300 campuses in the 17 districts in the greater Houston area.Austin accomplish upMeanwhile, academy districts not hit adamantine by the storm are authoritative allowance for evacuees from Houston and elsewhere.In Austin, every school-age alien demography apartment will be acceptable to acquire there, said Paul Cruz, administrator of the Austin Independent Academy District. We ve articular specific schools (that can acquire evacuees) … and there is space, Cruz said, abacus he didn t anon apperceive how abounding the burghal would booty in. As of Thursday, the cardinal was beneath than 100, he said.Austin is soliciting donations online to advice pay for added academy food and added needs.In addition development, academy districts and allotment schools aural Texas Gov. Greg Abbott s 58-county adversity acknowledgment can abide absent academy day waivers for any appointed advisory canicule absent this anniversary due to contempo adverse acclimate conditions, Texas Apprenticeship Commissioner Mike Morath said.With the waiver, districts that absent canicule due to Harvey won t acquire to accomplish them up on the academy calendar, the Texas Apprenticeship Agency said.CORRECTION: An beforehand adaptation of this adventure gave an incorrect cardinal of acceptance in the Houston Independent Academy District. There are 218,000. s Jason Hanna contributed to this report.

What can Trump do to ease the Harvey gas pain?


Trump curtains oil assets to accumulate gas prices bottomward afterwards Harvey The U.S. government has several levers it can cull to affluence the affliction at the pump acquired by Hurricane Harvey. Historic calamity in the U.S. Gulf Coast has sparked fears of a gasoline curtailment acquired by refinery outages, anchorage closures and activity shutdowns. Nearly one-quarter of the nation s refinery accommodation has been agape offline by Harvey, according to S&P All-around Platts. The Trump administering responded on Thursday by acceding two releases accretion 1 actor barrels of awkward oil from an emergency accrue accepted as the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Despite the 17 cent access aback Harvey hit, gasoline prices abide low ($2.52 per gallon on average) and there is achievement that refineries and ports will reopen anon abundant to anticipate a shock to American drivers. Still, the Trump administering may be affected to accede added activity should the logistical problems acquired by Harvey deepen. The best these refineries abide offline, the bigger the appulse on gasoline prices, said Michael Tran, administrator of all-around activity action at RBC Capital. Related: Trump curtains emergency U.S. oil assets Dusting off the Sandy playbook One advantage is Homeland Security could admission a absolute abandonment for the Jones Act, which requires shipments amid U.S. ports to accept an American aggregation and a address congenital in the U.S. These requirements can accomplish shipments quite big-ticket and cumbersome, Tran said. Gasoline shortages acquired by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 led the Obama administering to admission Jones Act waivers, acceptance shipments of gasoline to the East Coast application adopted flagged ships. Joe McMonigle, a above Activity Department official during the Bush administration, said Jones Act waivers would accomplish it added economical for Northeast refiners to accept oil ashore in the U.S. Gulf rather than antecedent it from Nigeria or added places overseas. That could affluence some of the problems activity forward, said McMonigle, who is chief activity analyst at Hedgeye Potomac Research Group. Borer emergency gasoline stockpiles Afterwards Superstorm Sandy, the U.S. additionally created a Northeast gasoline accumulation reserve, which is amid in New York, Boston and Maine. RBC s Tran said he begin it abstruse that the Trump administering didn t tap this reserve. This was put into abode for absolutely this reason. It s about a backing day fund, Tran said. By borer the Northeast gasoline stockpile, the government could affluence burden acquired by the abeyance of the Colonial Pipeline, which commonly carries all-inclusive amounts of gasoline amid Houston and the East Coast. One problem: this emergency assets alone holds about 1 actor barrels of gasoline, acceptation it can alone accommodated the region s astronomic appetence for gas for a abbreviate period. The EPA has additionally approved to affluence gas shortages by adequate assertive authoritative standards. In contempo canicule the bureau accepted waivers in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and added states on rules that commonly crave the use of low-volatility gasoline during the summer. McMonigle, the above DOE official, said the administering is additionally acceptable to accept added requests from refiners requesting the absolution of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which is a circuitous of accumulator tanks and underground caverns. Related: Gas prices fasten again, now up 17 cents aback Harvey Wait and see There s a case to be fabricated that the government doesn t charge to do abundant because the gas amount backpack is accepted to go abroad on its own. Some refineries in the U.S. Gulf Coast are aggravating to alpha aback up and key ports are alive to reopen. It seems as admitting the activity circuitous is boring awakening, said Vincent Piazza, chief activity analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence. Advice is additionally on the way: Higher gasoline prices accept absorbed a jump in shipments from Europe. A agile of tankers accustomed millions of gallons of gasoline from Europe could advice affluence the gasoline crunch, admitting it will booty time afore these shipments arrive. (New York) First appear September 1, 2017: 11:48 AM ET

Judge slams Menendez request to alter trial schedule for critical votes in DC


The federal adjudicator administering Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez s accessible bribery balloon alone the New Jersey senator s appeal to adapt the accessible balloon agenda so that he may acknowledgment to Washington for critical votes. Last week, Menendez s aegis aggregation filed a motion allurement the cloister to adapt the balloon agenda to acquiesce the agent to participate in key votes as needed, including on the approaching of the Affordable Care Act — adopting a affair the board would draw a abrogating inference from his absence. But US District Cloister Adjudicator William H. Walls, in a actively worded 12-page opinion, had no allotment of it. The cloister suspects that the balloon action abaft this motion, if granted, would be to affect the jurors with the accessible accent of the actor agent and his duties, wrote Walls in the assessment arise Friday. No added believable acumen comes to mind. … Actor Menendez, granted, as are all defendants, with the anticipation of innocence, charge not arise in cloister if he does not ambition or wants to be absent. He may voluntarily absent himself. This is his prerogative. Menendez s balloon is appointed to activate on September 6. He, forth with his co-defendant, Florida-based ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, face 18 counts of artifice and bribery charges. Both accept pleaded not guilty.The adjudicator acclaimed that he already adapted the balloon day to end at 2:30 p.m. ET, at the appeal of Menendez s attorneys, but would go no further. The cloister will not serve as babysitter to any affair or lawyer. Actor Menendez claims that he is in a unique situation because his voting duties are on a agenda not of his own making. But so are the duties of the radio repairman, the cab disciplinarian and the businessman, Walls added. Yet none would affirmation the appropriate to behest the agenda of their own bent trial. Menendez is accustomed the aforementioned best as any added bent defendant. Menendez s aegis aggregation did not anon acknowledge to a appeal for animadversion on the ruling.

Silicon Valley to Trump: Dreamers are vital


What is DACA? The tech industry s top CEOs are ambitious President Trump and Congress abide a affairs that protects adolescent undocumented immigrants from actuality deported. Dreamers are basic to the abutting of our companies and our economy, the CEOs wrote in a letter acquaint on FWD.us, an clearing advancement organization. With them, we abound and actualize jobs. They are allotment of why we will abide to accept a all-around aggressive advantage. The letter was active by Amazon s Jeff Bezos, Apple s Tim Cook, Facebook s Mark Zuckerberg, Google s Sundar Pichai, Hewlett Packard Enterprise s Meg Whitman, Microsoft s Satya Nadella and Netflix s Reed Hastings, amid 350 others. Tech investors and lath members, including Berkshire Hathaway s Warren Buffett and General Motors Mary Barra additionally active the letter. The program, alleged Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was accustomed by an controlling adjustment active by above President Barack Obama in 2012. A borderline for repealing the affairs is abutting afterwards Labor Day. Trump has wavered if he was activity to accumulate it in abode or not. With time active out, admiral achievement this accessible letter, appear backward Thursday, persuades him not to blow it. Related: Trump s DACA accommodation could amount bags of jobs In the letter, the CEOs highlight that 800,000 Dreamers are adequate and could face immediate accident of deportation. They altercate that the abridgement could lose $460 billion and $25 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions. We alarm on President Trump to bottle the DACA program. We alarm on Congress to canyon the bipartisan DREAM Act or legislation that provides these adolescent bodies aloft in our country the abiding band-aid they deserve, the letter says. The FWD.us website additionally includes a letter addressed to politicians that bodies can assurance and submit. Added admiral accept accounting added accessible belletrist about the program. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his website that he stands with Dreamers, abacus they accept all the opportunities they accept and appetite annihilation added than the adventitious to serve their country and their community. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, a affiliate of Trump s technology council, wrote on LinkedIn that he sees the direct contributions that accomplished advisers from about the apple accompany to our company, our barter and to the broader economy. It is amount to who we are at Microsoft and I accept it is amount to what America is, he added. (New York) First appear September 1, 2017: 8:44 AM ET

Kenya election shocker sparks fears over economy


Celebrations in Kenya afterwards new acclamation appear Kenya s Supreme Court has annulled aftermost month s presidential acclamation and ordered addition vote. The decision, which followed a acknowledged claiming over declared voting irregularities, afraid investors. A aciculate advertise off acquired trading to be briefly apoplectic at the country s capital banal bazaar in Nairobi, and the Kenyan shilling fell adjoin the dollar. Observers are afraid that the cardinal could aftereffect in a echo of 2007, back the country plunged into boundless abandon afterward elections. John Ashbourne of Capital Economics estimated afore the vote that a agnate crisis would cut about three allotment credibility off annual bread-and-butter growth. Here are bristles things to apperceive about Kenya s economy: It s the better in East Africa Agronomics is a above antecedent of application and the country s better sector, accounting for 25% of GDP and about 50% of consign revenue. Tea, coffee, and mangoes rank amid its top exports. Kenya additionally relies on tourism for about 10% of GDP, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. The industry employs over 1 actor bodies and is accepted to host 1.2 actor all-embracing tourists this year. But it is accessible to shocks: Visitor numbers alone by a third afterwards acclamation abandon in 2007 and 2008. Terror attacks in 2013 and 2015 additionally aching the industry. It s growing fast: The All-embracing Monetary Armamentarium expects Kenya s abridgement to abound by added than 6% this year and by 6.5% in 2018. The able achievement is a ablaze atom in the region, area abounding ample economies accept been airtight by low oil prices and geopolitical pressure. Related: U.S. opens aperture to ceaseless flights from Kenya Bounded advance angled to its everyman akin in 22 years in 2016. But Ashbourne said that Kenya seems to accept sidestepped this bounded slowdown. The country is a net oil importer, and is in the bosom of an investment-driven boom, he said. But the statistics are questionable: Official advance abstracts augur able-bodied for Kenya, but economists are acceptable more agnostic of their accuracy. Ashbourne said the official advance estimates accept become suspiciously abiding in contempo quarters and sometimes contradict added abstracts sources. Investments can be risky: Kenya s bread-and-butter advance is fragile. The country s assurance on agronomics makes it accessible to bad weather, and the World Bank estimates that GDP drops by 0.6 allotment credibility in aridity years. Kenya additionally suffers with almost aerial underemployment and adolescence unemployment, according to the World Bank. About 40% of Kenyans alive beneath the abjection line, and aggrandizement hit a five-year aerial of 10.3% in March. It has a buoy from IMF: The Kenyan government has anchored a banking beanbag from the world s lender of aftermost resort, the IMF. The armamentarium has allocated Kenya a $1.5 billion standby accommodation for use in an emergency. (London) First appear September 1, 2017: 10:18 AM ET

Germany accuses Turkey of arresting 2 more Germans for political reasons


Berlin Germany says Turkey has arrested two added of its citizens for political reasons in a move that is abiding to add astriction to the more awkward accord amid the two countries.Twelve Germans are actuality captivated as political prisoners in Turkey, according to Berlin, with the latest two arrests appear Friday.The move comes three canicule afterwards German Chancellor Angel Merkel apprenticed Turkey to absolution Germans bedfast in Turkey, adage their imprisonment was unjustified. Relations amid Berlin and Ankara accept been in a bottomward circling back aftermost summer, back a bootless accomplishment adjoin Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan sparked a crackdown on civilian liberties and accumulation arrests of the political opposition, activists and journalists, including German citizens.Germany has accused Erdogan of attempting to blackout his critics at home and abroad. Erdogan, in turn, has alleged on voters in Germany to adios the country s better parties in abutting month s election.Steffen Seibert, Merkel s spokesman, warned that Germany expects German citizens who are confined for incomprehensible reasons, be released. According to Germany s Foreign Ministry, its delegate in Izmir was abreast by nongovernmental authorities of the latest arrests and hasn t been able to accomplish acquaintance with the two yet.Speaking at her anniversary summer account appointment this week, Merkel said Turkey s jailing of Germans was added damaging already abounding ties amid the two countries. We charge see how things develop, but we are calling now, actual clearly, for the absolution of those who are imprisoned, she said. Several German citizens are actuality captivated in prison, which we accept is not justified. We accordingly absitively to booty a new administration in our action adjoin Turkey. Deniz Yucel, a German-Turkish journalist, was arrested in Turkey in February on accuse of alarm propaganda. He has been captivated for 200 days, according to German authorities.In July, Turkish authorities arrested German animal rights activist Peter Steudtner and nine others, charging them with committing crimes in the name of a agitator alignment afterwards actuality a member. Earlier this month, a arresting Turkish-German biographer who has been analytical of Erdogan was bedfast while on vacation in Spain.Dogan Akhanli, who lives in Cologne, was appear afterwards a cloister audition on the action he abide in Madrid, according to his attorney.Akhanli s arrest prompted German government accusations that Turkey is application Interpol, an all-embracing badge organization, to coursing bottomward Erdogan s political opponents abroad.Germany threatens barter and biking restrictionsGermany has afflicted its approach over Turkey in contempo months, aggressive to appoint biking and barter restrictions if announcer Yucel and activist Steudtner aren t appear from prison. Aftermost month, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel warned Germans adjoin traveling to Turkey and appropriate that the German government would analysis accumulated investments in Turkey. Someone who detains law-abiding visitors to their country on the base of outlandish, absolutely absurd, accusations and throws them into bastille has larboard European ethics behind, Gabriel said in July, calling for Steudtner s release. We cannot abide as before. A few weeks earlier, Turkey s Foreign Ministry criticized an art accession in Berlin depicting Erdogan as a absolutist that coincided with the G20 acme in Hamburg, calling it a new archetype of ascent racism and ageism in the country. Soon after, the Turkish government blocked German assembly from visiting German troops stationed in Turkey accommodating in NATO operations in Syria.Earlier this year, German admiral prevented top politicians, including Erdogan, from acclamation Turkish rallies in Germany in the lead-up to an April acclamation that handed Erdogan across-the-board new powers.In response, Erdogan likened the German government to that of Adolf Hitler. I anticipation that Nazism was over in Germany, but it turns out that it is still activity on, he said. It is still activity on, it is clear. Merkel warns Erdogan over electionRelations with Turkey are a key affair in the countdown to Germany s federal elections, and some 3 actor bodies with Turkish roots alive in Germany.Earlier this month, Erdogan alleged on voters of Turkish agent to avoid the two better parties — Merkel s Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats — forth with the Green Party in the election, anecdotic them as enemies of Turkey, according to associate NTV.The alarm drew a angry admonishment at the time from Merkel, who warned Erdogan adjoin interfering in the election.Germans go the acclamation September 24, with Merkel broadly accepted to defended a fourth term.Journalist Diana Macumba appear from Berlin, while s James Masters wrote from London.