What We’re Following
Harvey, Continued: A petrochemical company in Crosby, Texas, experienced explosions and fires due to a power failure caused by flooding—and with multiple energy facilities damaged in the Houston area, more chemical accidents are likely. In the longer term, scientists expect that a “turbocharged water cycle” fed by global warming will lead to more of the extreme rainfall that’s caused historic floods in Harvey’s wake. Already, meteorologists are tracking another hurricane, Irma, which has reached Category 3 status over the Atlantic Ocean. It’s too early to tell where Irma will hit, or how much of a threat it poses—but if it struck a major city like Miami or New York, the results would be catastrophic.
Trump and His Advisers: As early as tomorrow, President Trump is expected to revoke DACA, the Obama-era program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation—a long-delayed campaign promise that immigration hardliners may have finally forced him to fulfill. Meanwhile, Defense Secretary James Mattis has called for a policy review of Trump’s ban on transgender troops, which could soon put Mattis at odds with the president.
A Wealth of Knowledge: The Department of Education confirmed it’s hired Julian Schmoke, the former dean of the for-profit DeVry University, to lead its student-aid enforcement unit. He’ll be in charge of responding to allegations of fraud—like the ones DeVry faced during Schmoke’s time there. And a new study challenges the perception that collegiate education is an equalizer, showing that elite schools are far less accessible to low-income students than many people believe.