▪ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requested the use of a U.S. military jet to take him and his wife on their honeymoon in Scotland, France, and Italy earlier this summer, sparking an ethics inquiry by his department’s Office of Inspector General. The request for the jet, which costs $25,000 per hour to operate, was for “national security” reasons, Mnuchin said. It was rejected.
▪ A new Florida building code may have reduced windstorm losses from Hurricane Irma by up to 72 percent, according to an expert analysis. The code, which took effect statewide in 2002, required hurricane impact–resistant windows and doors in new buildings, and a standing seam metal roof, connected by strong fasteners to keep it from being ripped off.
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▪ For the first time in 300 years, not a single person is currently living on Barbuda. The 62-square-mile Caribbean island was ravaged by Hurricane Irma, which obliterated 95 percent of the island’s homes and infrastructure, forcing the 1,700 residents to evacuate.
▪ Sneaking across the U.S. border with Mexico has gotten much harder in recent years, with an estimated 55 to 85 percent of those trying the illegal crossing being caught or turned back—up from 35 to 70 percent a decade ago, according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security. The number of border agents has doubled since 2004, producing a steady decline in attempted crossings; those attempts have fallen dramatically during the Trump administration.
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