PATRICK MCHENRY TAKES TIME OFF FROM POLITICAL GRAFT TO WHIP FELLOW REPUBLICANS: It is Rep. Patrick McHenry’s job to corner, count and cajole his fractious Republican colleagues into a cohesive – or, at least, cohesive enough – voting bloc to pass legislation. The 41-year-old McHenry, in his seventh term in the House, is the acting majority whip, forced into the job when close friend Steve Scalise was seriously injured in a politically motivated shooting at a congressional baseball practice earlier this year. He serves as vice chairman of the Financial Services Committee, a role that nets him outsized donations for his safe district. Between his campaign and his political action committee, McHenry brought in nearly $5 million during the 2016 cycle. More than $1.6 million came from the securities and investment, insurance, commercial bank and real estate industries, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
NOROVIRUS OUTBREAK PUTS KINK IN UNC SORORITY RUSHING SEASON: Health officials at North Carolina's flagship public university say there are at least three cases of a contagious intestinal virus on campus. Multiple media organizations report officials saying that test results confirm three cases of Norovirus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The school said Friday that a female student belonging to a sorority had contracted the virus and that about 30 other students also showed symptoms. The first few days of sororities finding and welcoming new members were postponed as a precaution. Norovirus causes the stomach or intestines to become inflamed and can lead to nausea and vomiting. It can be spread between infected persons or through contaminated food or drink.
HURRICANE IRMA ALREADY AT CATEGORY 5 LEVEL, FUTURE PATH UNKNOWN: The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma had sustained winds of 175mph (280 kph) and was centered about 270 miles (440 kilometers) east of Antigua. It was moving west at 14 mph (22 kph). Residents on the U.S. East Coast were urged to monitor the storm's progress in case it should turn northward toward Florida, Georgia or the Carolinas. "This hurricane has the potential to be a major event for the East Coast. It also has the potential to significantly strain FEMA and other governmental resources occurring so quickly on the heels of (Hurricane) Harvey," Evan Myers, chief operating officer of AccuWeather, said in a statement. In the Caribbean, hurricane warnings were issued for 12 island groups, including the British Virgin Islands, where the governor urged people to evacuate the tiny island of Anegada if they could ahead of the storm.
PUTIN DODGES QUESTIONS ABOUT RELATIONSHIP WITH TRUMP, ALMOST LIKE A SPY WOULD: Russian President Vladimir Putin has refrained from making any criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump. Speaking at a news conference in China on Tuesday, Putin dismissed a question whether he was disappointed in Trump as “naive.” In comments carried by Russian news agencies, Putin said Trump is “not my bride, and I’m not his groom.” Asked how Russia would feel if Trump were impeached, Putin said it would be “absolutely wrong” for Russia to discuss domestic U.S. politics. Russian officials cheered Trump when he was elected last year, and Putin praised him as someone who wanted to improve ties with Russia. However, further U.S. sanctions on Russia and the U.S. decision to close a Russian consulate have raised concerns that the two countries remain far apart.
ANOTHER DAY OF PROTESTS ON TRUMP'S EFFORTS TO ABOLISH DACA PROGRAM: Nationwide protests are expected Tuesday as young immigrants fight to keep Obama-era protections President Donald Trump vows to dismantle, while they prepare for the worst. The second day of protests is anticipated amid reports that Trump will announce that he's doing away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects those brought into the country illegally as children. The young immigrants are preparing for the unknown, with Trump expected to end the program but with a six-month delay to give Congress time to decide if it wants to address the status of the law. Some young immigrants worry they will have to work under the table in lower-wage jobs, while others hope to persevere or even start their own businesses.