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Hurricane Irma — one of the strongest storms in the history of the Atlantic — blasted through the small island of Barbuda early this morning. Now, the Category 5 storm is marching through the rest of the Caribbean and toward the US. Irma, with 185-mph winds, next has Puerto Rico, Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the US Virgin Islands in its sights.
Meantime, Congress wants to put disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey on the fast track, but already politics is getting in the way. To speed things up, some GOP senators want to attach the disaster relief bill to a measure that would raise the debt ceiling. Sen. Rand Paul says he’ll do “anything to try to stop that.”
But then President Trump took to Twitter, of course, to say he’ll “revisit” DACA if Congress doesn’t “legalize” it within six months. So, what exactly does that mean? Would the President use executive power to deal with DACA (the same thing Obama got hammered for, BTW)? Does he want these young people to stay in the country, or will he fulfill his campaign promise to push them out? At any rate, this emotional issue probably will linger into 2018 — an election year.
Is the Trump administration thinking of getting out of the Iran nuclear deal? UN Ambassador Nikki Haley laid out a case for doing just that during a speech to a conservative think tank. Haley said Iran’s technical compliance alone with the deal isn’t enough for the US. Iran’s history, its hostility toward America and its behavior in the Middle East must be considered, too, she said. The President will decide next month whether to re-certify the pact, which must be done every 90 days.
Haley on Iran deal: Can’t put lipstick on a pig
The nuke deal has been a boon to Iran in one area — tourism. It’s booming there since the deal was enacted because the lifting of sanctions has meant the return of European airlines servicing the country. That’s resulted in a 50% increase in visitors there compared with last year.
Young tourists flock to Iran
5. Height and health
We all wish we could be taller, but maybe we’ll be satisfied with our height after hearing this: How tall you are might have some bearing on certain health problems, like blood clots. A new study from the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics says height can be a predictor of your risk for blood clots. The taller you are, the greater the risk, the research showed (and blood clots are thought to kill between 60,000 to 100,000 Americans each year). Other health issues — like cancer, heart problems and diabetes — may also have some links to height.
Blood clots and how to treat them
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“We know very well, more than most, what it means to be deprived of human rights and democratic protection”