We barely knew him

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced Friday morning he would not run for president in 2020 as an independent candidate [WaPo].

Here we go again

The House is expected to pass a stopgap measure next week to keep the government from shutting down on September 30 [Politico].

Thumb on the scale

Republican parties in four states are scrapping their 2020 primaries and caucuses to cut off GOP primary challengers to President Donald Trump's re-election [Politico].


House and Senate Democrats plan to push for legislation to address election security when Congress gets back to work this fall [The Hill].

Hurricane Dorian

The storm made landfall in the Carolinas, bringing 100 mph winds and flooding [WaPo].

Let it go

President Trump continued his Orwellian insistence he was correct when he said Hurricane Dorian was threatening Alabama despite zero evidence to back him up [AP].

An official White House photo shows President Trump being briefed with an accurate Hurricane Dorian map before it was altered to show the storm threatening Alabama [Business Insider].

President Trump called a Fox News correspondent into the Oval Office on Thursday to argue he was not wrong about the hurricane potentially hitting Alabama [CNN].

Trump reportedly told a Coast Guard admiral to issue a statement defending his erroneous information about the hurricane and Alabama [Business Insider]. 

Gun control

President Trump met with West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin at the White House on Thursday to discuss a policy response to mass shootings that have killed dozens of people over the past several weeks [WSJ].

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke calls for a mandatory government buyback of AK-47 and AR-15 rifles [AP].

CVS and Walgreens ask customers to stop openly carrying guns in their stores [AP].

Boring but important

The Trump administration unveiled a sweeping plan to overhaul the U.S. housing market on Thursday. The first phase would release government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac [WaPo].

Warning signs

Texas Republicans are growing increasingly worried long-term demographic shifts may threaten their control of this longtime Republican state [The Hill].

Robert Mugabe dies

The former strongman leader of Zimbabwe died on Friday at the age of 95 [NYT].