Congress gets hot potato as Trump ends 'Dreamers' program
The Chronicle's JOHN WILDERMUTH: "President Trump was quick to toss away the hottest of political issues Tuesday, telling Congress it’s now up to lawmakers to decide the fate of the nearly 800,000 young people who could face deportation with the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program."
"Congress, get ready to do your job — DACA,” Trump tweeted early Tuesday, hours before Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the program established in a 2012 executive order by former President Barack Obama “is being rescinded."
Second round of NAFTA talks ends with major issues unresolved
LA Times' PATRICK J. MCDONNELL: "Representatives of the United States, Mexico and Canada declared “progress” but unveiled no breakthroughs at the conclusion Tuesday of a second round of talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement"
"Still unresolved are a number of controversial issues, including Washington’s desire for expanded use of U.S.-made materials in automobiles and other products and disagreements about the mechanisms for resolving trade disputes and whether steps should be taken to raise salaries for Mexican workers."
"The future of NAFTA has become a major irritant in U.S.-Mexico relations. President Trump has repeatedly assailed the deal as a job killer for the United States and threatened to pull out. The 23-year-old trade pact is being renegotiated at the insistence of Washington, which seeks to reduce its more than $60 billion annual trade deficit with Mexico."
Living in a tent to save her flooded Houston home
LA Times' MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE: "When Hurricane Harvey flooded Nikki Fields’ house last week, she knew she did not want to abandon her home of 16 years."
"Fields searched her house, and in a washroom found a red tent she had used for camping. She pitched it on her moldering front lawn in East Houston and stayed in it until Monday."
"Fields, 43, had grown up running the streets. She had come to this place to rebuild her life. She also wanted better for her four children. She fixed herself as she fixed the rented three-bedroom turquoise cottage."
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Weiner not giving up on 4 AM closing time bill
The Chronicle's MATIER & ROSS: "State Sen. Scott Wiener is not ready to give up on his drive to extend bar hours for cities that want to party hearty till 4 a.m., despite having had his legislation 86’d last week."
"I’m absolutely not giving up on this bill,” Wiener, D-San Francisco, said upon his return to the state Capitol after Friday’s 11th-hour ambush of the bill by state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, chair of the Appropriations Committee."
SF State tests benefits of workouts in virtual reality games
The Chronicle's NANETTE ASIMOV: "You enter the boxing ring and face your opponent. He glares at you, his bulging pecs glistening under the arena lights. Pow! You nail him with a right hook to the jaw. He cross punches. You duck. You jab. He reels."
"Sweat drips down your face. Your heart races as the crowd roars — only there is no crowd, and you’ve never actually left home or suffered a blow. You’re standing in your living room, maybe your garage, playing a virtual-reality video game."