The Perfect Enemy | 5 things to know for Sept. 9: The Queen, Weather, Immigration, Mar-a-Lago, Ukraine
September 27, 2022

5 things to know for Sept. 9: The Queen, Weather, Immigration, Mar-a-Lago, Ukraine

5 things to know for Sept. 9: The Queen, Weather, Immigration, Mar-a-Lago, Ukraine  CNN

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1. Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch whose rule spanned seven decades, died on Thursday at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace announced. Her death marks the end of an era for the United Kingdom, with most Brits having known no other monarch in their lifetimes. The Queen’s oldest son Charles — now King Charles III — has ascended to the throne and is expected to address the nation today. The coming hours and days will see a series of carefully choreographed events to honor the Queen’s life and guide the transition ahead, but her passing leaves a void for the UK at a time of steep change in political leadership and a looming economic recession.

2. Extreme weather

Two tropical storms are moving toward the East and West Coasts of the US today, with each packing forceful winds that could create a slew of different challenges for millions of people. In California, residents are bracing for Tropical Storm Kay, which could bring a year’s worth of rain in the coming hours. This has triggered flood concerns in parts of southern California, where damaging winds are already threatening to extend a brutal heat wave that’s fueled raging wildfires. Kay is weakening, but the storm is not expected to turn away from the West Coast until Saturday night. On the East Coast, dangerous rip currents are expected at beaches this weekend as Hurricane Earl churns in the Atlantic near Bermuda. Forecasts from the National Hurricane Center show Earl has already whipped up sustained winds close to 90 mph with even higher gusts.

3. Immigration

The mayor of Washington, DC, declared a public health emergency on Thursday in response to the thousands of migrants arriving in the nation’s capital by bus from Texas and Arizona. Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott started busing migrants to Washington in April to protest the Biden administration’s immigration policies. Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, another Republican, so far have sent hundreds of buses to DC, and neither has expressed any intention of stopping. Texas has sent more than 7,900 migrants to DC and more than 2,200 migrants to New York City. Arizona, which is only sending buses to DC, has sent 1,677 migrants. 

4. Mar-a-Lago

The Justice Department has appealed a court-ordered special master review of the materials seized by the FBI during its search of Mar-a-Lago. The DOJ has argued the order for a special master — or third party attorney — has put US national security at risk by halting access to the classified documents seized during the search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence. They also argue the order impedes them from conducting “an effective national security risk assessment,” the DOJ wrote in its appeal. Now, the judge ordered Trump’s lawyers to confer with the Justice Department and prepare a joint filing explaining their views on who should serve as the special master. The deadline for this court filing is later tonight.

5. Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claims his country’s military retook a key city from Russia and has liberated at least 20 settlements in its ongoing counteroffensive. As the Ukrainian military continues to press on, officials say Russian forces in the Kharkiv region have suffered significant losses — leading some soldiers to desert and abandon their uniforms, hoping to blend in while wearing civilian clothing. Separately, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced trip to Ukraine Thursday. He said the effort to regain control of Russian-held areas of the country was “proving effective” and also announced the US intends to provide an additional $2.2 billion in investments to bolster the security of Ukraine and other countries in the region.


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