Good morning, readers of NBC News.
In a victory for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court allowed the application of the strictest asylum rule so far. The top Democrats in 2020 will face their third debate tonight. And Bumblebee's birthday party captivates a 4-year-old cancer patient – and community.
Here's what we're seeing today.
USA. may prevent migrants' asylum as long as legal struggle continues, Supreme Court rules
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to impose its strictest restrictions on asylum seekers on the southern border, even though a lawsuit to suspend the new policy is still working on the lower courts.
The government can now refuse to consider an asylum claim from anyone who has not applied for it in another country after leaving their home, but before coming here.
The order means that, for example, migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador cannot seek asylum in the United States unless they have first requested it in Mexico. Judges Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor disagreed, saying the court was acting too fast and should allow the case to proceed through its normal trial.
Meanwhile, the United States will not grant temporary protection status to Bahamas displaced by Hurricane Dorian, an administration official, told NBC News.
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6 states reject agreement to reach agreement with OxyContin manufacturer
Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin opioid, has reached a multi-billion dollar agreement with at least 27 states and territories.
But at least 16 other states have told NBC News that they have not agreed to the deal with the pharmaceutical company and the Sackler family, which owns the company.
"We believe they created the mess and should help clarify it," North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said in a statement opposing the agreement.
"Different states have different perspectives, as expected. But each attorney general agrees that Purdue, Sackler and other drug companies should pay for the treatment of people struggling with addiction."
most Democratic presidential candidates will take the stage in the Houston debate tonight for their third game.
is the first time that former Vice President Joe Biden's predecessors and Senator Elizabeth Warren share the scene.
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang shot a few hoops to loosen up before the big night. Here's how to prepare Biden and the rest of the pack.
In particular, South Bend Mayor Pete Butigigig and former Rep. Beth O 'Rourke are very much on the line as they try to recapture the excitement of the early days of their campaigns.
Meanwhile, billionaire activist Tom Steyer did not make the cut for tonight, but he shared his impeachment opinion with the NBC News "WOMAN" column.
The Trump administration plans to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes
The Trump administration said Wednesday that it plans to ban the sale of tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes amid a crisis crisis.
"Many people think that vaping is wonderful, it's great … It really isn't," Trump told reporters after meeting with the Oval Office with Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Ned Sharpless, acting FDA commissioner.
Doctors, major health groups and concerned parents responded with shock and appreciation to the surprising message from the Trump administration.
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Think about it
"My job is to find the light in the dark. And then show it to the guys on screen," Lee Daniels tells MSNBC's Ari Melbourne.
Producer and director of Precious, The Economist, and Empire television opens for Hollywood, race and addiction in a frank discussion about Mavericks with Ari Melbourne, a series of interviews with artists, musicians, and cultural icons.
Science + Tech = MACH
Scientists say they have discovered one of the largest flying animals that ever lived – a huge, fearsome reptile that rules the sky over 70 million years ago during the Cretaceous period.
One fun thing
For his fourth birthday, Whitaker Weinberger wanted a yellow toy truck that looked like his favorite Transformers character, Bumblebee.
But what is a born boy
Dozens of yellow cars and trucks in real life gathered outside Whitaker's house, many more outlining his path one mile to the preschool.
All this, part of an epic birthday surprise organized by his parents to celebrate his first birthday since being diagnosed with no cancer.
"He is healthy, strong and happy, and we are just excited that he can celebrate and be around all people," said his mother, Erin Weinburger.
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