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President Trump's National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and acting Homeland Security Secretary Tom Bossert joined Sarah Sanders for her Friday briefing:

  • Sanders announced that Trump plans to go to Texas early next week following Hurricane Harvey. She also addressed Gary Cohn's FT interview, where he criticized Trump's Charlottesville response, saying that the remarks were a "very small portion" of the interview.
  • Mnuchin assured the press that the debt ceiling will be raised in September. He also acknowledged that he was "wrong" in initially assuming the administration would get tax reform done by August. "I'm hopeful we can get it done by the end of the year."
  • McMaster said that winning in Afghanistan "is allowing Afghanistan to be Afghanistan." Not nation building.
  • Bossert said the administration is evaluating Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's request for an emergency declaration ahead of the hurricane. He later added that the storm "is right up President Trump's alley."

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  3. Business: Surge is sinking consumer confidence Testing is a windfall.
  4. World: Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" coronavirus wave France imposes lockdown as Macron warns of overwhelming second COVID wave Germany to close bars and restaurants for a month.
  5. Sports: Boston Marathon delayed as COVID-19 surges MLB to investigate Dodgers player who joined celebration after positive COVID test.

What the 2020 election means for science

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The 2020 presidential election presents two stark paths for the direction of future-focused scientific research.

Why it matters: Science is a long game, with today's breakthroughs often stemming from research carried out decades ago, often with government help. That means the person who occupies the White House over the next four years will help shape the state of technology for decades into the future.

Zeta, now a Category 2 Hurricane, makes landfall on Louisiana coast

The probable path of Zeta, per the National Hurricane Center. Photo: NHC/NOAA

Zeta, classified as a "significant" Category 2 hurricane, made landfall along the southeastern coast of Louisiana on Wednesday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Emergency Declaration in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday. The hurricane is producing 110-mph maximum sustained winds and stronger gusts. The core of Zeta — including its destructive eyewall — moved ashore near Cocodrie.