Hurricane Irma has strengthened into an "extremely dangerous" Category 5 storm as it approaches the eastern Caribbean — with the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in its sights over the next few days, per the National Hurricane Center.

  • By the numbers: As of 7 a.m. EDT, Irma sits about 270 miles east of Antigua with sustained winds at 175 mph. The storm is expected to remain a Category 4 or 5 hurricane for at least the next few days.
  • The impacts: The Virgin Islands could see a storm surge that tops 10 feet at some point tomorrow, coupled with Irma's intense windspeed.
  • What's next: That's the big question. Most models put Irma as a major hurricane south of the Bahamas at some point on Friday, according to WaPo's Capital Weather Gang, but things get murkier from there. At that point, it's expected to turn north toward the Florida coast — though the exact track of the storm is anyone's guess.

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A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed the Justice Department's attempted intervention on behalf of President Trump in writer E. Jean Carroll's defamation lawsuit against him, after she accused him of raping her in a dressing room in the mid-1990s.

Catch up quick: The agency argued that Trump was "acting within the scope of his office" as president when he said in 2019 that Caroll was "lying" about her claim.

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Tech platforms are no longer satisfied with debunking falsehoods — now they're starting to invest in efforts that preemptively show users accurate information to help them counter falsehoods later on.

Why it matters: Experts argue that pre-bunking can be a more effective strategy for combative misinformation than fact-checking. It's also a less polarizing way to address misinformation than trying to apply judgements to posts after they've been shared.

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