September 5, 2017 Last Updated 8:21 am

AG Sessions set to announce end to DACA, with 6-month delay; Daily News acquired by tronc

Morning Brief: Hurricane Irma strengthened over the weekend and now poses a serious threat to Florida later this week, though its storm track is still uncertain

This week promises to be quite a rollercoaster ride, despite it starting with the Labor Day holiday. Congress is back in session to begin work on the new budget, but it will need to raise the debt ceiling first, then possibly begin tackling immigration reform once again — a political hand grenade.

The day will start with Attorney General Jeff Sessions announcing the administration’s decision concerning DACA — the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — and it is widely expected to be bad news for thousands of people who had trusted Barack Obama and signed up. It is estimated that 800,000 undocumented people who were brought to the United States as minors to live may be effected. But it is also assumed that the new administration with throw the ball back into Congresses court by delaying any change for six months.

But the week started with the news that tronc, the publisher of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, had acquired the New York Daily News.

The deal was priced at $1, with tronc — formerly Tribune Publishing, formerly The Tribune Company — agreeing to take the paper’s debt off the hands of Mort Zuckerman.

The sale returns the tabloid to the same company that founded the paper in 1919. But things are very different today. For one thing, the paper is not profitable, and it is doubtful that the tabloid’s staff level of nearly 800 employees will stay at that level. One change being mentioned is that the Daily News may begin printing tronc’s Hartford Courant, forcing staffing changes there.

New York Daily News:

Statement by former co-publisher of the Daily News, Eric Gertler, to staff about the sale to tronc

It is bittersweet that I announce the sale of the New York Daily News to tronc, Inc.

tronc is a print and online publisher that operates in nine markets with such respected newspapers as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel, Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia, Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Hartford Courant, and San Diego Union-Tribune.

Mort Zuckerman, the Daily News’ Chairman and Publisher who acquired the newspaper nearly a quarter century ago, served as an exemplary steward of this great institution. Mort has always believed in investing in quality journalism. He profoundly cherished the Daily News as the hometown newspaper of the greatest city in the world…

…The media world is undergoing a revolutionary transformation, from the local print distribution of the 20th century to the global online distribution of the 21st century. Still, perhaps more than ever, the public needs a multiplicity of voices that have earned the trust of their audiences. Invaluably, the Daily News is blessed with such trust and will continue to honor it with reporting aimed at protecting the best interests of its millions of local and global readers.

The New York Times, Sydney Ember and Andrew Ross Sorkin:

The Daily News, a Distinctive Voice in New York, Is Sold

Under the terms of the deal, Tronc assumes control of The News’s operations, its printing plant in Jersey City and its pension liability. Tronc will also receive a 49.9 percent interest in the 25-acre property overlooking Manhattan where the printing plant is. It was not immediately clear what The News’s pension liabilities were; however, previous reports indicated that they were worth more than $30 million.

Tronc also expects to save money by using the plant in Jersey City to print The Hartford Courant and The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa., according to people briefed on the negotiations. Such an arrangement could be worth millions of dollars annually.

While one newspaper changed hands over the Labor Day holiday, another media outlet announced that it would cease operations.

Indian Country Today Media Network, publisher of Indian Country magazine and, said it will be taking a hiatus to “consider alternative business models.” Publisher Ray Halbritter said the media outlet would explore alternative business models or partnerships, and while no new posts would go online, the website will stay up for now.

Indian Country Today, Ray Halbritter, Oneida Indian Nation:

Indian Country Today Media Network To Cease Active Operations

Over the last few years, ICTMN has aggressively covered the critical issues facing Indian Country—and has done so in ways that have empowered Natives to tell our unique stories from our perspective. We reported extensively on challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act with a series of stories spanning several high-profile cases; produced human-interest stories and analysis of the latest studies regarding Intergenerational Trauma; corrected the historical record by presenting authentic, proven Native traditions about events and people, such as Pocahontas; celebrated the cultural achievements of Native artists, thinkers, actors and musicians; continued Indian Country Today’s groundbreaking coverage (now spanning decades) on murdered and missing Indigenous women; and worked tirelessly to report directly from the field in Standing Rock on the opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. We conducted a Q&A with President Barack Obama during the 2012 presidential campaign, and later published editorials by him…

…For all of that success, however, ICTMN has faced the same challenges that other media outlets have faced. It is no secret that with the rise of the Internet, traditional publishing outlets have faced unprecedented adversity. These economic headwinds have resulted in ICTMN operating at an enormous—and unsustainable—financial loss, and now have caused us to take a hiatus to explore new partnerships or economic strategies for ICTMN.

Imagine what is going through the minds of the thousands of people who have lived nearly their entire lives in the US, do not remember anything about where they were born, but now face the possibility of being deported.

Before the administration outlines its new policy, it is important to understand the rules regarding DACA. Those eligible must have come to the US before their 16th birthday, have lived in the US continuously since 2007, are under the age of 37 right now, have completed high school or received da GED, or are in school now, and have not been convicted of a felony.

The policy was implemented by President Obama after the Congress continued to struggle with immigration reform, but has been unpopular with Republicans from the beginning, with many saying the president overstepped his authority. Nonetheless, the program is popular as most Americans see the so-called Dreamers as those brought here as children who should not be punished for the decisions of their parents to enter the country illegally.

But Trump ran on an anti-immigration platform, and the president’s dwindling support comes from those dead set against immigrants, calling the program an amnesty program.

Politico, Eliana Johnson:

Trump has decided to end DACA, with 6-month delay

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to hold a news briefing Tuesday morning on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, the Justice Department said late Monday.

The announcement comes amid reports that President Donald Trump plans to end the 2012 program, which defers deportation for nearly 800,000 young people who entered the United States illegally as children.

The Justice Department said Sessions would “not be taking questions” after the Tuesday morning briefing with reporters. It did not provide any additional information.

Breitbart News, Neil Munro:

AG Sessions To Announce ‘DACA’ Amnesty Rollback

By allowing Sessions to announce the decision instead of President Donald Trump, the administration is portraying the decision as a legal matter, not a political issue.

The so-called “DACA” amnesty is being closed down because it is legally indefensible, and because Trump campaigned on the promise to close down the amnesty.

Since 2012, Obama’s amnesty has provided work permits and legal documents to 800,000 younger illegals aged 15 to 36, allowing them to compete for jobs against Americans. The 800,000 illegals are part of a larger population of roughly 11 million illegal immigrants, of whom about 8 million hold jobs.

The 800,000 illegals are part of a larger population of roughly 11 million illegal immigrants, of whom about 8 million hold jobs, effectively reducing average wages for American employees.

It announcing the end of DACA, or Congressional battles over the debt ceiling and the budget were not enough, a new, major hurricane is threatening the Caribbean, and possibly Florida and the east coast.

When Tropical Storm Irma first became a concern the forecasts for its track seemed to show that the storm could take a right turn and return to open waters. But the storm, which is now Hurricane Irma, has taken a more southernly route and is now a danger to South Florida, as well as the Caribbean islands currently in its way.

The Washington Post, Angela Fritz and Greg Porter:

Irma intensifies to an ‘extremely dangerous’ Category 5 hurricane on its track toward the U.S.

Hurricane Irma strengthened overnight to a dangerous Category 5 as it barrels toward the Greater Antilles and Southern Florida. It’s likely that Hurricane Irma will affect the U.S. coast — potentially making a direct landfall — this weekend…

…The National Hurricane Center called Hurricane Irma an “extremely dangerous” storm on Tuesday morning. “Preparations should be rushed to completion in the hurricane warning area,” the forecasters wrote in their 8 a.m. update. Devastating winds, a major storm surge and flash floods are all likely in the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico in the next 48 hours.

Over the weekend, the forecast track for this potentially devastating hurricane shifted south and west. It seems likely now that the storm will impact or strike the U.S. coast early next week, although meteorologists don’t know exactly where.

The Miami Herald, Jenny Staletovich:

Hurricane Irma reaches Category 5 strength as it rolls toward Florida

Tropical storm force winds could arrive as early as Friday. Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties and will spend much of Tuesday morning in hurricane briefings….

…Although Irma is moving over warmer waters with little wind shear, forecasters do not expect the storm to grow any more intense. A hurricane hunter plan sent to investigate the storm early Tuesday measured surface winds at 150 mph and spotted a clear eye.

Over the last week, Irma has undergone repeated eyewall replacements, a common structural change for such massive storms. While the replacement may initially weaken the storm, it allows it to spread and grow in size. With each replacement, Irma has also been able to regain steam.

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