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Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Dominica as a Category 5 storm and is now headed for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with catastrophic winds. It would be the first hurricane of its strength to hit Puerto Rico in 85 years. CNN

Dominica’s prime minister, who was rescued from his official residence, wrote in a Facebook post that his roof was gone and that “so far the winds have swept away the roofs of almost every person I have spoken to.”



OPENING SESSION: On the first day of the annual United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, President Trump said the organization has “not reached its full potential” in recent years because of a bloated bureaucracy and “mismanagement.” Trump also held meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. BUSINESS INSIDER

TRUMP’S ADDRESS: In his first-ever address to the group today, President Trump will urge other countries to do their part in confronting threats such as North Korea and Iran. He’ll also argue that his “America First” policy is not anti-international cooperation, but rather a basis for nations to work together without losing sight of their own self-interest. NPR

PARADE FLOATED: Trump says he was so impressed with the French military parade he saw in Paris on Bastille Day that he wants one on Pennsylvania Avenue on the Fourth of July, bigger and better than the one he saw in France. CBS NEWS

“I want an Oompa Loompa– I mean a military parade noooow, Daddy!”



Republican Senate leaders are pushing for a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill that would replace Obamacare’s tax subsidies with state block grants. It’s a last-ditch attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act before Sept. 30 under the fast-track process known as reconciliation. Democrats are demanding a full budget analysis of the bill first. POLITICO



THE LUNCH: A New York Times reporter overheard members of President Trump’s legal team discussing sensitive details of the Russia investigation over lunch at a Washington restaurant. The reporter says lawyers Ty Cobb & John Dowd talked about, among other things, how much the White House should cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. NY TIMES

THE PHOTO: Vogel tweeted a photo captioned: “Here’s a photo of Ty Cobb & John Dowd casually & loudly discussing details of Russia investigation at @BLTSteadDC while I sat at next table.” SEE PIC

Also overheard: “Would you please pass the Grey Poupon?”



U.S. stocks hit record highs on Monday as investors prepared themselves for this week’s Federal Reserve meeting. The Dow Jones gained 65 points and hit a record, with Boeing and Goldman Sachs contributing the most to the gains. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq also hit all-time highs. CNBC

Is the economy stable enough to bring back $5 footlongs at Subway? Just for the jingle, of course.



Toys ‘R’ Us, the largest U.S. toy store chain, filed for bankruptcy protection after years of battling competition from online shopping and discount stores. The Chapter 11 filing, among the largest ever by a specialty retailer, casts doubt over the future of the chain’s 1,600 stores and 64,000 employees. It comes just as Toys ‘R’ Us is gearing up for the holiday shopping season. BLOOMBERG

Toys ‘R’ Us is stocking up on Bankruptcy Attorney Barbie and Tax Accountant Ken dolls ahead of the holiday season.


7. iOS 11 DEBUTS

Apple’s new operating system iOS 11 rolls out today, with features from new screenshotting options, to built-in iMessage payments. Here are the 11 coolest things you’ll be able to do with your iPhone that you couldn’t do before: NY MAG

A Lannister always pays their debts with an Emoji.



Grey’s Anatomy alum Kate Walsh told Cosmopolitan that she had surgery in 2015 to remove a benign but “sizable” brain tumor. Walsh and other TV doctors such as former Grey’s co-star Patrick Dempsey have teamed up with health insurer Cigna to encourage people to get annual checkups. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


9. Gaga

Lady Gaga postponed the European leg of her world tour due to severe pain. The singer broke the news to her fans via Twitter, telling them, “I have to be with my doctors right now.” Gaga recently revealed that she suffers from fibromyalgia, an illness that causes extreme fatigue as well as pain throughout the body.  PEOPLE



NBA star Kevin Durant seems to be using fake social media accounts to argue with people who say bad things about him online. In replies from his @KDTrey5 account, Durant referred to himself in the third person while defending himself for leaving the Thunder to join the Warriors– apparently forgetting to first log out of his verified account. SEE TWEETS

@rkattijr:  Live look at Kevin Durant on Twitter



@thesulk: “What’s an FAQ?” is probably an FAQ.

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