Hurricane Dorian appears likely to hit Florida's Atlantic coast late Saturday evening as a Category 3 storm, according to updated projections. If predictions hold Dorian will become the worst hurricane to land on Florida's northern Atlantic coast in over 30 years, and the threat prompted officials to declare a state of emergency in advance. The forecast is a change from earlier in the week when the system was expected to be a weak Category 1 storm passing over Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic (see trajectory), which would have slowed the system down. Instead Dorian veered north of the islands and is expected to increase in intensity as it passes over the open ocean, currently making a beeline for the city of Orlando. The storm is also projected to nearly double in size to 250 miles in diameter - since bigger systems are capable of displacing more water, the size increases the risk of deadly storm surges.
Brexit Window Tightens.
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson shortened the amount of time the country's Parliament will have to debate its looming exit from the European Union yesterday, requesting and receiving from the Queen permission to suspend the legislative body for an extra week in October. Parliament was scheduled to meet for the first half of September, break until October 9th for party meetings, then reconvene - the new schedule pushes the break to October 14th, coinciding with the Queen's Speech laying out the upcoming agenda. The UK will leave the EU on October 31st with or without a deal, and critics say the loss of a week hamstrings Brexit opponents and greatly increases the chances of a no-deal departure. Many also see the threat of a sudden break - which some estimate will drop GDP by 2% by the end of 2020 - as Johnson's only leverage to renegotiate a deal previously struck between EU officials and former Prime Minister Theresa May.
Democratic Debates Narrow.
Nearly half of the current Democratic presidential candidates will participate in the next round of primary debates after only ten challengers from the crowded field made a midnight deadline to qualify. Candidates needed at least 130,000 individual donors and 2% support in three DNC-approved polls. It will be the first time the leading candidates appear on stage together - the first two rounds were split across two nights - and will include former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Kamala Harris (CA), Bernie Sanders (VT), Elizabeth Warren (MA), and more (see full list). Notable names not making the cut included billionaire activist Tom Steyer, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2), and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY). Gillibrand became the biggest name to drop out of the race late last night after missing the cut. Candidates who failed to qualify can still plod on to the October debates, which have the same donor and support thresholds to qualify.
The third debate will air live from Houston on September 12th.
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Faking Your Own Death is a Full-Time Job.
Mel Magazine | Isabelle Kohn. Instances of "pseudocide", or faking your own death, date back centuries but skyrocketed when life insurance became generally available in the 19th century. Unfortunately for those looking to disappear, technology has made it practically impossible. (Read)
Seattle Has Figured Out How to End the War on Drugs.
NYT | Nicholas Kristof. Studies of relapse rates - in terms of both drug use and jail time - have shown that harsh prosecutions over small possession charges can have adverse effects. In contrast, Seattle's experiment using an approach known as "Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion" has cut rearrests in half and doubled employment among those in the study. (Read, paywall)
Historybook:Casablanca actress Ingrid Bergman born, dies (1915, 1982); Senator John McCain born (1936); Michael Jackson born (1958); Netflix is founded (1997); Hurricane Katrina makes landfall in US, kills ~1,800 (2005).
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