Up First briefing: Romney won’t run again; prepare for hurricanes; immigration growth

Mitt Romney will not run for reelection in 2024, a conflict of interest emerges for a top Biden advisor, Hurricane Lee threatens the Atlantic Coast, and US immigration hits a record high.

Political shake-up: Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney won’t run for reelection in 2024, citing his age and the current state of the Republican party.
* NPR’s Domenico Montanaro highlights Romney’s belief in bipartisanship and necessity to entrust the next generation with unresolved issues.

Conflict in the spotlight: Top Biden adviser Anita Dunn faces a conflict of interest revealed in a federal corruption trial.
* In 2018, her PR firm partnered with anti-harassment charity Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, supporting Alaina Hampton, while also providing “crisis communications” for Michael Madigan, the person Hampton had reported for harassment.

Weather alert: Hurricane Lee is approaching the Atlantic Coast, posing a risk for New England and parts of Canada.
* The hurricane is expected to cause flooding and high winds over the weekend. New England, having experienced an unusually wet summer, faces complications due to already saturated ground.

Immigration spike: Immigrant population in the U.S. reached a record high last year, according to the Census Bureau.
* This growth comes after a pause due to the pandemic and Trump administration policies, now aligned with a gradual reboot of legal immigration systems such as refugee vetting and visa processing.
* Responses to the increase vary, with hardliners viewing it as strain on resources, while advocates point out its contribution to economic growth.

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