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◆ Tropical Storm Harvey will hit Texas coast near Houston as a major hurricane
It will travel NW across Texas, causing serious flooding across the region, as far away as New Orleans
The best place for online updates of forecasts: The Weather Channel
The best place for news about Houston-area impact: The Houston Chronicle
◆ Wall Street Journal editor tells his reporters they were mixing editorial disapproval with their coverage of Trump.
So they leaked all his email to them . . . to the New York Times (NYT story here)
Comment: The editor’s larger point stands and applies to lots of reporting.
◆ Who’s hatin’? Prominent Evangelical Ministry of D. James Kennedy sues Southern Poverty Law Center for defamation (Washington Times)
The ministry filed a federal suit in Alabama
alleging that the SPLC “illegally trafficked in false and misleading descriptions of the services” offered by the ministry, subjecting it to “disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt in the estimation of the public.”
“These false and illegal characterizations have a chilling effect on the free exercise of religion and on religious free speech for all people of faith,” said president and CEO Frank Wright in a Wednesday statement.
Also named in the lawsuit are Amazon and GuideStar. The ministry alleges that the online retailer has excluded it from its Amazon Smile charitable-giving program. –Washington Times
◆ Politico headline: “Agitated Trump lashes out at McConnell, Ryan, Clapper, media“
President Donald Trump escalated his war of words with congressional leaders on Thursday morning, accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan of provoking a “mess” over the debt ceiling, while also lashing out at the news media and former intelligence official James Clapper. –Politico
◆ Here are the tweets themselves
◆ Qatar defies Saudis, Egyptians, Emirates, and sends its ambassador back to Iran (Los Angeles Times)
Iran, which welcomed Doha’s decision, has sent food to Qatar and allowed its airplanes to increasingly use the Islamic Republic’s airspace.
Restoring diplomatic ties will undoubtedly anger those opposing Qatar in the regional dispute, chief among them Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional rival. Perhaps not unrelated, the move comes just days after Saudi Arabia began promoting a Qatari royal family member whose branch of the family was ousted in a palace coup in 1972. –LA Times