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Tropical storm Harvey has dropped as much as 30 inches of rain in some areas in Texas, and may add another 20 inches to that total. That’s four feet of rain in just a few days. Tens of thousands of people have had to seek shelter from the storm. We hear from a Houston resident affected by the storm, a leader of a search and rescue team, and an editor coordinating the Houston Chronicle’s coverage of the storm.
President Trump pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio faced up to six months in jail for defying a federal court order to stop detaining people based solely on whether they might be undocumented. Over his long tenure, Arpaio built a reputation for harsh tactics: Housing inmates in tents year-round, making them wear pink underwear, and feeding them only two meals a day -- meals that were deemed by many as inedible.
Eliza Hittman makes movies about teenage sexual desire. Her first film, “It Felt Like Love,” was about a 14-year-old girl who wants to have sex but doesn’t really know how to go about it, and she ends up in a situation she can’t control. In her second feature “Beach Rats,” Hittman turns her camera on the boys. Frankie is an aimless teen going through a rough summer in Brooklyn. His father is dying of cancer. And though he spends his days hanging with friends, picking up girls at Coney Island and the beach, he cruises for men online.
After more than two months, Uber has picked a new CEO to replace its ousted founder. The new man is current Expedia chief Dara Khosrowshahi. He’ll replace Travis Kalanick, who was forced to resign amid a slew of lawsuits, allegations of intellectual property theft, and lots of talk of a sexist workplace culture. Expedia, on the other hand, was named one of the best places to work in tech by Fortune magazine.
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President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
The challenges of being Native American in Oakland Tommy Orange is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma, but he grew up in Oakland. His new novel, “There There,” is set in Oakland. His many disparate characters -- all urban Indians -- struggle with what it means to be Native and struggle to connect with disappearing traditions.
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