Florida is bracing for a direct hit by Category 5 Hurricane Irma. The Atlantic storm has swept over the Caribbean islands leaving death and destruction behind. It is expected to hit southern Florida by Sunday morning. The storm is then projected to continue north to Georgia and South Carolina. The governors of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have ordered mandatory evacuations in areas on Irma's projected path. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
President Donald Trump is defending his decision to work with Democrats to fund the government into December and increase the nation's borrowing limit. Trump and Democratic congressional leaders reached agreement during a White House meeting Wednesday, but many Republicans remain unhappy about the president's outreach to the opposition party. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more on Trump's unpredictable governing style from Washington.