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Satellite image of Tropical Storm Gordon on Sept. 3, 2018. Photo: NOAA via CIRA/RAMMB

Tropical Storm Gordon is steadily intensifying over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, prompting the National Hurricane Center to issue hurricane and storm surge warnings for parts of the northern Gulf Coast.

What we're watching: The storm is expected to make landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning near the Louisiana border with Mississippi. Gordon has intensified faster than some computer models suggested, and it has another day of mild, Gulf of Mexico ocean waters to traverse.

In general, hurricane intensity forecasts are less reliable than storm track projections, and it's possible that it could cross land as a more, or less, intense than currently expected.

Yes, but: The storm's forward motion of 17 miles per hour, along with some wind shear — winds blowing with different speeds or direction with height — could act to keep a lid on the storm's rate of intensification.

The National Hurricane Center predicts that Gordon will bring storm surge flooding to an area that is extremely prone to such a hazard. This includes 3 to 5 feet of water above ground if the peak surge strikes at high tide from Shell Beach to Dauphin Island, Alabama.

Go deeper: National Hurricane Center's latest information on T.S. Gordon.

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

Officials warn 5 key tech sectors will determine whether China overtakes U.S.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

U.S. intelligence officials responsible for protecting advanced technologies have narrowed their focus to five key sectors: artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, semiconductors and autonomous systems.

Why it matters: China and Russia are employing a variety of legal and illegal methods to undermine and overtake U.S. dominance in these critical industries, officials warned in a new paper. Their success will determine "whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is eclipsed by strategic competitors."