White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls on a reporter during the daily press briefing. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Sarah Sanders' Friday briefing largely focused on the backlash President Trump has faced from his own party following the debt ceiling deal he made with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Sanders told reporters that Trump's focus is doing what is best for the American people, and said he plans to "continue working with whoever is interested to keep the ball moving forward."

  • On the criticism coming from Republicans: "We are less concerned with what makes Congress happy and more concerned with what makes America better and stronger."
  • On DACA changes: Outside of circumstances where there is criminal activity, the president is clear there will be no change over next six months.

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Stocks close down more than 3%

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Stocks took a hit on Wednesday, with the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrials Average and Nasdaq dropping more than 3% across the board.

Why it matters: The volatility is a break from the stock market grinding higher in the face of spiking coronavirus cases, a stalling economy and gridlocked negotiations over an additional stimulus package.

Zeta, now a Category 2 Hurricane, closes in on Louisiana coast

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

Zeta strengthened on Wednesday afternoon, on track to make landfall along the southeastern coast of Louisiana by the afternoon as a "significant" Category 2 hurricane, per the National Hurricane Center.

The state of play: Zeta is producing 100-mph maximum sustained winds and stronger gusts. The storm is gaining strength as it heads northeastward at 20 mph. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) requested a pre-landfall Emergency Declaration in a letter to President Trump on Tuesday.