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◆ Hurricane Irma, with 185 mph winds, predicted to turn due north.
Forecasts show it moving up Florida’s heavily-populated East Coast.
Evacuations expected soon
The company, Fusion GPS, has no attorney-client privilege but it is simply giving the committee thousands of blank pages.
Comment: Delay, delay, delay and hope the Senate gets tired of the investigation. It won’t. They will threatened contempt, which Sessions’ DOJ, unlike Holder’s, will take to court.
◆ Trump’s 6-month pause on DACA expiration leaves everything in Congress’ hands (Washington Post)
The Democrats are united, so far. The Republicans are split, naturally.
Comment: Don’t know if the D’s will stick together if funding the wall is part of the ultimate deal.
Don’t know if the Congress can act on this at all.
If they don’t, it will be a problem for Pres. Trump to simply extend DACA because the original act by Pres. Obama won’t pass constitutional muster (as Obama himself noted for years before he actually did it).
◆ Trump sides with D’s on debt ceiling, throwing R plans into chaos (Washington Post)
Wants three-month extension plus Harvey relief, agreeing with Schumer and Pelosi, just as Ryan was panning the idea.
Comment: That doesn’t matter unless they have a way to “neutralize” him. Meanwhile, he’ll be living underground.
◆ How local housing restrictions strangle the US economy. Op-ed in the NYT, of all places
If you live in a coastal city like New York, Boston or San Francisco, you know that the cost of housing has skyrocketed. This housing crisis did not happen by chance: Increasingly restrictive land-use regulations in the last half-century contributed to it.
But what appears to be several local housing crises is actually a much more alarming national crisis: Land-use restrictions are a significant drag on economic growth in the United States. –Chang-Tai Hsieh and Enrico Moretti, op-ed in the NYT
Comment: So obvious, even the NYT editorial page noticed, perhaps because New York City is one of the worst cities for housing restrictions.
Uncertain if they will ever discover which political party controls all those cities with heavy restrictions.