News Wrap: DOJ inspector says Comey mishandled Trump memos

JUDY WOODRUFF: Millions of people along Florida’s
Atlantic Coast are watching and waiting tonight, as Hurricane Dorian grows into a major menace. Forecasters now say that the storm could be
a Category 4 with winds of 130 miles an hour when it hits on Monday. Today, lines of shoppers waited outside supply
stores, preparing for a tense Labor Day weekend. Governor Ron DeSantis said, it’s the smart
move. GOV. RON DESANTIS (R-FL): You saw long lines for
gas, people going into the grocery store to get water. We don’t like necessarily seeing people wait
in line. But people are heeding the call to just be
prepared. We can’t tell you exactly where this thing
is going to go right now. It’s been kind of here and there, and it’s
not been a very, I guess, consistent path in some respects. But, nevertheless, be prepared. JUDY WOODRUFF: DeSantis also declared an emergency
for the entire state. And President Trump said he is canceling a
planned trip to Poland to keep an eye on the storm. We will hear from the National Hurricane Center
after the news summary. The U.S. Justice Department’s inspector general
says that former FBI Director James Comey mishandled memos of conversations with President
Trump. Today’s report concluded that he broke FBI
rules by arranging for a journalist to see one memo. The report states that — quote — “Comey
set a dangerous example by using sensitive information to build public pressure.” It also found that none of the information
was classified. The Justice Department has already declined
to prosecute. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called
today for revoking Obama era rules on methane leaks at oil and gas drilling sites. The proposal would exempt some companies from
monitoring leaks of the gas that contributes to climate change. We will look at the details later in the program. In Britain, resistance is mounting to Prime
Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament before the Brexit deadline of October 31. Today, protests, legal challenges and petition
drives gathered steam. The opposition Labor Party leader, Jeremy
Corbyn, vowed to fight the move when Parliament returns from its summer recess. JEREMY CORBYN, Leader, Labor Party: We will
be back in Parliament on Tuesday to challenge Boris Johnson on what I think is a smash-and-grab
raid against our democracy, where he’s trying to suspend Parliament in order to prevent
a serious discussion and a serious debate to prevent a no-deal Brexit. JUDY WOODRUFF: By suspending Parliament, Johnson
gives opponents little time to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union without a
formal agreement. China sent fresh troops into Hong Kong today,
calling it a routine rotation. State television showed dozens of soldiers
arriving in Hong Kong overnight, and tanks rolling through otherwise empty streets. The deployment also raised fears about a possible
crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. Hard-liners in Colombia’s main rebel group,
the FARC, issued a new call to arms today. It was a blow to a 3-year-old accord that
ended decades of fighting. In an online video, the rebels accused the
government of failing to live up to the peace agreement. IVAN MARQUEZ, Former FARC Chief Negotiator
(through translator): When we signed the agreement, we did it with the conviction that it was
possible to change the lives of the humble and the dispossessed, but the state has not
fulfilled even the most important of the obligations. That is to guarantee the life of its citizens
and particularly to prevent their murder for political reasons. JUDY WOODRUFF: Colombia’s president offered
a reward of nearly $1 million for the leader of the hard-liners. Back in this country, there’s word that the
mumps virus has swept through crowded migrant detention facilities in the last 12 months. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
says mumps appeared in 57 facilities across 19 states. Nearly 900 migrants and more than 30 staffers
came down with the illness. Top federal health officials issued a national
warning today about marijuana use by teenagers and pregnant women and the risk to developing
brains. More and more states and cities have legalized
marijuana for medical or recreational use. But Surgeon General Jerome Adams, along with
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, said the drug is dangerous. DR. JEROME ADAMS, Surgeon General of the United
States: Not enough people know that today’s marijuana is far more potent than in day’s
past. The amount of THC, the component responsible
for euphoria and intoxication, but for also most of marijuana’s documented harms, has
increased three- to five-fold in the last few decades. Or, as I like to say, this ain’t your mother’s
marijuana. JUDY WOODRUFF: The federal government still
classifies marijuana as a controlled substance. A major study in the U.S. and Britain has
found five new genetic variants that may be linked to same-sex sexual behavior. But the researchers say there may be thousands
more, and they also reaffirm that genes alone do not determine whether someone’s orientation
will be gay or lesbian. The study involved half-a-million people,
in the largest project of its kind. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey apologized today
for wearing blackface during a college skit 50 years ago. Her then fiance had described the episode
in a college radio interview. Ivey said today that she doesn’t remember
the skit, but doesn’t deny it either. And the first-term Republican said — quote
— “That is not who I am today.” And on Wall Street, stocks rose on hopes for
progress in upcoming U.S.-China trade talks. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 326
points to close at 26362. The Nasdaq rose 116 points, and the S&P 500
added 36. Still to come on the “NewsHour”: preparing
for landfall as Hurricane Dorian churns across the Atlantic; on the ground in El Salvador,
while the White House hardens its stance on citizenship; the Trump administration moves
to roll back key regulations for monitoring natural gas; and much more.

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