Aug 31, 2017

08/31/2017: Power’s out

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A refrigerated storage container at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, exploded this morning. Well, the sheriff calls it a chemical reaction indirectly caused by flooding, which killed the power and backup power that was keeping the container cool. At any rate, it was bad, and eight more could go off. We'll start today's show by looking at the electrical grid: a piece of critical infrastructure that's very vulnerable to storms like Harvey. Then: We talked yesterday about the White House's tax plan, which, right now, doesn't exist. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talked about it on CNBC today, and we'll break down his remarks. What you need to know about Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, before Trump potentially overturns it.

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Fires at flooded Arkema chemical plant in Texas worry residents

Aug 31, 2017
“I’m just worrying about what we’re gonna be breathing,” one local resident told us.
A Harris County Sheriff vehicle blocks access on the Crosby Dayton Road which leads towards the Arkema Chemical Plant in Crosby, Texas on August 31, 2017.
MANDEL NGAN / Getty Images

The Kushner Cos.’ big problem in Manhattan

Aug 31, 2017
Jared Kushner, son-in-law of the president of the United States and a senior adviser to him, has a problem. It sits on Fifth Avenue smack in the middle of Manhattan, and on it hangs the fortunes of Kushner family business — and some questions about how Kushner is getting the money to pay the mortgage. David […]

Why this filmmaker doesn't want Hollywood's $100 million

Aug 31, 2017
Nicolás Lopez used his "Chile-wood" to make "Hazlo Como Hombre" for less than a million dollars.
Ignacia Allamand as Luciana, Mauricio Ochmann as Raúl and Humberto Busto as Eduardo in "Hazlo Como Hombre."
Courtesy of Pantelion Films

What could happen to workers and employers if President Trump ends DACA?

Aug 31, 2017
700,000 of 800,000 recipients nationwide are legally working, experts say. Repealing the program would exacerbate labor shortages.
Protesters demand immigration reform in front of the White House yesterday.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Congress should have seen the signs that a Harvey-like event was coming

Aug 31, 2017
Politico's Michael Grunwald discusses a decades-old report about repetitive losses in the Naional Flood Insurance Program.

A refrigerated storage container at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, exploded this morning. Well, the sheriff calls it a chemical reaction indirectly caused by flooding, which killed the power and backup power that was keeping the container cool. At any rate, it was bad, and eight more could go off. We’ll start today’s show by looking at the electrical grid: a piece of critical infrastructure that’s very vulnerable to storms like Harvey. Then: We talked yesterday about the White House’s tax plan, which, right now, doesn’t exist. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talked about it on CNBC today, and we’ll break down his remarks. What you need to know about Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, before Trump potentially overturns it.

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