Congressional-Executive Commission on China

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 17: Activist Joshua Wong testifies during a Congressional-Executive Commission on China hearing in Dirksen Building titled "Hong Kong's Summer of Discontent and U.S. Policy Responses," on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Army revamps recruiting, hits enlistment goal

WASHINGTON | A year after failing to meet its enlistment goal for the first time in 13 years, the U.S. Army is now on track to meet a lower 2019 target after revamping its recruitment effort.

Army leaders told The Associated Press that they expect to sign up more than 68,000 active duty soldiers for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, as the largest branch of the U.S. military increasingly turns to social media and other new online methods to find potential recruits.

Last year, the Army brought in about 70,000 new active duty recruits, well below the 76,500 it needed amid low unemployment and tough competition from higher-paying civilian companies.

Hong Kong activists

appeal to U.S. lawmakers

to help movement

WASHINGTON | Activists involved in the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong appealed to U.S. lawmakers Tuesday to support their fight by banning the export of American police equipment that is used against demonstrators and by more closely monitoring Chinese efforts to undermine civil liberties in the city.

Republicans and Democrats on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China expressed their support Tuesday for protests that began in June.

Joshua Wong, a Hong Kong activist who has been jailed multiple times, told lawmakers that Hong Kong is a “police state,” where every demonstration is automatically an illegal assembly that results in violent police arrest and where protesters gather amid a mounting Chinese military troop present across the border.

Trump reveals short list for national security adviser

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE | President Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday he’s considering five people to replace ousted National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Trump said his shortlist for the critical post is made up of Robert O’Brien, Ric Waddell, Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty, Fred Fleitz and Keith Kellogg. Press secretary Stephanie Grisham later clarified to reporters that Trump was still considering other candidates for the post.

O’Brien is currently the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs. Waddell served as Trump’s deputy national security adviser. Fleitz is a Bolton ally who served as executive secretary of the NSC last year. Gordon-Hagerty is the Energy Department’s undersecretary for nuclear security. And Kellogg is the national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence.

Houston area preparing for heavy rain, flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda

HOUSTON | Officials in the Houston area were preparing high-water vehicles and staging rescue boats Tuesday as Tropical Storm Imelda moved in from the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to dump up to 18 inches of rain in parts of Southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana over the next few days.

The storm, which formed Tuesday, made landfall near Freeport, Texas, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

— From AP reports