Hurricane Irma, now the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, made landfall early this morning in Antigua and Barbuda and has now reached St. Martin, where it destroyed four of the island's "most solid" buildings. Forecasts show the hurricane will reach Puerto Rico midday today and could hit Florida on Sunday. Follow the Guardian for the latest Irma updates.
"Holding DREAMers hostage to get the wall funded was part of the White House’s plan all along."
The demographics of DREAMers: Most arrived when they were six, the largest numbers are in California, and they're higher-skilled and paid more than undocumented immigrants.
Trump's EPA adopts his habit of going after reporters by name after toxic Superfund sites are flooded.
An odd piece of political pork looks to be attached to the Harvey aid package: raising the debt ceiling. And this is always useful: Everything you need to know about the history of debt ceiling crises.
"My kolache guy cracked about having the steadiest job in town. Friends joked about having beachfront views as their belongings floated beneath them." Bryan Washington on the humor and resolve that brought Houston together after Harvey.
Photos of the fire that burned in Burbank, Calif., this weekend—the largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history.
The great, unpredictable poet John Ashbery has died at 90. Here’s an episode he appeared in with Kenneth Koch in the ’60s series USA: Poetry.
A tennis publisher takes Meldonium—which got Sharapova in big trouble—and enjoys positive, maybe placebo effects.
“What do the electoral college and tennis scoring have in common? They’re arcane and they tilt the field to favor the inferior, yet everyone seems to accept them as immovable.” A brief history of tennis, with nods to Trump, finds baked-in favoritism for losers.
In 1965 an Indian golfer beat Gary Player at a course that didn't allow non-whites in the clubhouse.
An experiment finds that women are more cautious than men in financial trading, except in China.
Comparing the fates of an Apple janitor today and a Kodak janitor in the '80s (who became a tech executive).
“You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well. Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.” There’s an American tradition where outgoing presidents write letters to incoming ones. Excerpts from some of them.
You may have been wondering the same thing: Theories on why William H. Macy directed The Layover.