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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump warns of 'rogue regimes' in America First-focused U.N. address

  • Mexico City rocked by 7.1-magnitude earthquake, at least 139 killed

  • Hurricane Maria barrels toward Puerto Rico as dangerous Category 5 storm

  • Through spokesman, Manafort demands DOJ investigate wiretapping report

  • Top conservative predicts health-care bill will pass House if it clears Senate

In his debut address before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, President Trump doubled down on his America First outlook as he warned of the threats posed by "rogue regimes." He declared that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who he referred to as "Rocket Man," is "on a suicide mission," and noted that the U.S. "will have no choice but to totally destroy" the country if it threatens the U.S or its allies. Vowing to "stop radical Islamic terrorism," Trump also referred to the Iranian government as an "economically depleted rogue state" whose chief export is violence. "Major portions of the world are in conflict and some, in fact, are going to hell," Trump said.

Source: Reuters

Mexico was struck by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake with an epicenter about 70 miles south of Mexico City on Tuesday, just days after the nation was hit by its biggest earthquake in centuries, on Sept. 8. At least 139 people were killed, government officials said. Several buildings have collapsed or were badly damaged in the quake, which was centered near Raboso, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Tuesday's earthquake fell on the 32nd anniversary of a disastrous 1985 earthquake in Mexico City that left at least 5,000 people dead. The Sept. 8 earthquake, off the coast of Chiapas, Mexico, registered as an 8.1 and killed 98 people.

Source: The Associated Press

Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, is now packing maximum sustained winds of up to 165 miles per hour as it heads toward Puerto Rico, after it battered the small Caribbean island Dominica on Monday night. Maria is forecast to pass near other eastern Caribbean islands recently ravaged by Hurricane Irma, before moving over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Wednesday. Hurricane warnings have now been issued for Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques, as well as the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and other islands, many of which were hit by Irma. The National Hurricane Center described the storm as "extremely dangerous." Maria isn't currently expected to hit Florida.

Source: NPR, Weather.com

A spokesman for President Trump's onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort said Tuesday if reports are correct that Manafort was wiretapped by federal investigators as part of a probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, there should be an "immediate investigation" into the leak by the Department of Justice's Inspector General. "It is a felony to reveal the existence of a FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] warrant, regardless of the fact that no charges ever emerged," Jason Maloni said in a statement. Manafort is requesting the Department of Justice "release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ — there is nothing there." CNN reported Monday that Manafort was wiretapped before Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel to take over the FBI's Russia investigation, and The New York Times reported that Manafort was told by prosecutors they plan to indict him.

Source: CBS News

House Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) predicted Monday that if the Graham-Cassidy health-care bill passes the Senate, "the pressure will be so great" that it will pass the House too. The bill, introduced last week by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), marks Republicans' "last chance" to replace ObamaCare, Meadows said. The GOP has until Sept. 30 to pass the bill with a majority vote — ahead of when the Congressional Budget Office will have its full analysis completed in October. Three 'no' votes will kill the bill in the Senate. Already, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has come out firmly against it, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is expected to oppose it, too.

Source: Politico
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