With America rightly focused on the epic catastrophe in Texas, North Korea brazenly violated the sovereignty of Japan by firing a midrange ballistic missile, designed to carry a nuclear payload, over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean.
CFR President Richard Haass, author of the sadly apt "A World in Disarray," tweeted that the launch "will stimulate missile defense buildup as well as intensify consideration of preventive military action."
How to think about it ... Two experts email me:
President Trump has heatedly denied campaign connections to Russia. But congressional investigators are looking into claims by one of his closest business associates that he briefed the candidate three times on a frantic effort to get a Trump Tower in Moscow.
The two key stories:
Why it matters ... A Republican close to the White House tells Axios' Jonathan Swan: "It gives Mueller all the excuse he needs to open a full-blown investigation into Cohen. And it's worth noting that Cohen's financial affairs are inextricably intertwined with the president's."
President Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump will be on the ground in Texas today for five hours, with stops in Corpus Christi and Austin for briefings on Harvey relief and response. Your quick catch-up on one of the landmark human and economic tragedies of our lifetimes:
President Trump to Fox's John Roberts, at a joint press conference in the East Room with President Niinistö of Finland, on the thinking in pardoning Joe Arpaio just before Harvey's landfall:
"[A]ctually, in the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally. You know the hurricane was just starting, and I put it out that I had pardoned, as we say, Sheriff Joe."
In another sign of corporations' rising voice amid frustration with President Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook tells the N.Y. Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin: "I think we have a moral responsibility to help grow the economy, to help grow jobs, to contribute to this country and to contribute to the other countries that we do business in."
"It's an increasingly common scene as companies from Amazon to Little Caesars and Uber introduce more ways to go about daily tasks while avoiding face-to-face contact," USA Today's Katharine Lackey writes in a front-pager:
"Hillary Clinton's most personal memoir yet" — "What Happened," out Sept. 12 — will be accompanied by a three-month tour, from Washington's Politics & Prose on Sept. 18 to Vancouver, Canada, on Dec. 13.
And this time, she'll go to Wisconsin (Milwaukee's Riverside Theater on Nov. 9).
"The Church's Ambassador to Washington" ... "Michael Cromartie, a Washington networker who helped rebrand America's image of Christian political engagement, has died of cancer at age 67," Christianity Today reported. "Cromartie had surgery last September for stomach cancer."
I was privileged to attend several of Cromartie's Faith Angle conferences, and asked three of my fellow students for their recollections:
"Matthew Stafford will become the highest-paid player in NFL history with the five-year deal he has agreed to with the Detroit Lions," per ESPN: