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In Texas, Tropical Storm Harvey is being felt well away from the city of Houston. A hospital in Beaumont is under evacuation, and the entire water system in that city has been shut down. In Crosby, 30 miles north of Houston, clouds of black smoke are being emitted from a flooded chemical plant that FEMA Administrator "Brock" Long calls "incredibly dangerous." Jim Malewitz, investigative reporter for the Texas Tribune, updates the situation.
The worst rainstorm in American history will still be racking up billions in damages when Congress gets back from its summer recess on Tuesday. With less than a month left to raise the debt ceiling and pass a spending plan, as late as Tuesday President Trump threatened a shutdown if there's no border-wall money. Even if he backs away, the government could see its credit downgraded as emergency relief for victims of Harvey massively ups the ante. We hear about the upcoming political storm between the White House and Capitol Hill.
Jennifer Scholtes, Politico (@JAscholtes)
Steve Bell, Bipartisan Policy Center (@SteveBellDC)
Jeremy Slevin, Center for American Progress (@jeremyslevin)
Russell Berman, The Atlantic (@RussellBerman)
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead
Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to know many things about associates of President Trump and their ties to Moscow. One involves Felix Sater, who claimed in an email that a Russian bank was ready to finance a Trump Tower in Moscow — even though it was subject to financial sanctions. Spencer Ackerman is reporting the story for the Daily Beast.
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