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MORNING BRIEF: Hurricane Harvey gains in strength, Texans brace for Category 2 storm

A Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicated early Thursday that Hurricane Harvey -- the first major hurricane to hit Texas in 12 years -- has gained strength and is now a Category 2 storm.

The National Weather Service in Houston tweeted that the aircraft registered winds at an estimated 100 mph.

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2020 VISION

Several high-profile moderate Republicans have begun publicly speculating about the possibility that President Trump could face a primary challenger when he seeks re-election in 2020.

SINS OF HER FATHER?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has ramped up calls to remove "reprehensible" Confederate statues from the halls of Congress -- but left unsaid in her public denunciations is that her father helped dedicate such a statue decades ago while mayor of Baltimore. 

It was May 2, 1948, when, according to a Baltimore Sun article from that day, “3,000” looked on as then-Governor William Preston Lane Jr. and Pelosi’s father, the late Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., spoke at the dedication of a monument to honor Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. 

FOX BUSINESS: AMERICAN IN NAME ONLY?

American Airlines workers held another protest against job outsourcing Thursday, this time in Miami. About 400 demonstrators picketed outside American’s Terminal D at Miami International Airport.

Transport Workers Union told The Miami Herald that American is outsourcing 40 percent of its maintenance jobs to China, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America, where labor costs are lower than in the U.S.

WATCHDOG WANTS ANSWERS 

A Washington-based watchdog on Wednesday filed a Freedom of Information Act to learn more about Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife's now-famous trip to Kentucky to watch the solar eclipse.

“We’re not sure about the motive for the trip, but we filed the [Freedom of Information Act request] to get more information about it,” Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, told the Washington Post.

COMING UP ON FOX BUSINESS 

6 AM ET: John Larue, Port Of Corpus Christie executive director, will be on ‘Mornings with Maria’

8:50 AM ET: Jay Rood, MGM Resorts Race and Sports VP, will be on ‘Mornings with Maria’ along with Oscar De La Hoya, former 10 Time Boxing World Champion and Larry Holmes, former Boxing World Heavyweight Champion

9:15 AM ET:  Andy Puzder, former CKE Restaurants CEO, will be a guest on ‘Varney & Company’