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- Publicist wonders if he was 'patsy' in Trump Tower meeting
- Cruz and O'Rourke face off in testy Texas Senate debate
- Sessions's push to speed immigration cases meets resistance from judges union
- Georgetown Prep president says school has been soul-searching in wake of Kavanaugh allegations
- Whatever happens to Kavanaugh, Trump has already made 2018 the Year of the Woman
- Activists protest Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to Supreme Court
- In the marquee Texas Senate race, Cruz and O'Rourke take to the debate stage
- Defense of Kavanaugh turns to theory of evil look-alike before collapsing under ridicule
- Women's groups outraged by pressure to rush Ford's testimony
- Trump starts attacking credibility of Kavanaugh accuser
- Could Democrats pull off another Deep South surprise in Mississippi Senate race?
- Do Americans value climate action enough to vote for it?
- Puerto Rico still recovering 1 year after Hurricane Maria
The United States’ deadliest hurricanes have killed most of their victims with powerful winds and flooding in the hours and days immediately before and after landfall. The National Hurricane Center says that when Katrina struck Louisiana and other states in 2005 it caused 1,500 direct deaths and 300 indirect ones from causes like heart attacks and failed medical equipment.
Largely due to decades of neglect and years of fiscal crisis, the Puerto Rican electrical grid collapsed into the United States’ longest-ever blackout after Maria hit on Sept. 20, 2017. That spawned a long and deadly tail for the storm, with hundreds of deaths coming long after the first weeks, as medical equipment failed and sick people weakened in the suffocating heat.
Researchers from George Washington University hired by Puerto Rico’s government estimated last month that 2,975 people had died because of Maria in the six months after landfall, a number Puerto Rico accepted as official.
Though President Trump continued to assert this week that his administration’s efforts in Puerto Rico were “incredibly successful,” both the local and federal governments have been heavily criticized for inadequate planning and post-storm response. The GWU report found that Puerto Rico had no plan for communication with its citizens in a crisis. The Center for Investigative Journalism found in May that the island’s health department had no emergency-response plan for hospitals and other medical facilities.
As for the Trump administration, more than half of federal emergency personnel in Puerto Rico were not qualified for their assigned tasks as of October 2017, a month after landfall, according to a Sept. 5 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
An after-action report by FEMA found it had underestimated the food and fresh water needed, and how hard it would be to get supplies to the island. Puerto Rico was understocked in part because Hurricane Irma had struck two weeks before Maria, battering the U.S. Virgin Islands. Staff was depleted because of wildfires and other major natural disasters.
On Oct. 19, Trump said he graded the federal response to Maria as an “A-plus” and a 10 out of 10.
“We have done a really great job,” he said. (AFP)
- What Kavanaugh deserves — and what we deserve from him
- Bannon’s ‘Trump @ War’ is a call to arms to keep Congress safe from Democrats
- Unfiltered: ‘Before you slut-shame a woman, think about your mother.’
Three years ago, Amber Rose opened her first SlutWalk event with a speech that began, “The first time I ever got slut-shamed I was 14 years old.”. With more than 2,500 attendance in Los Angeles, Rose spoke about how she’s continuously faced shame for her former career as a stripper, her high-profile relationships, and her prominent sexuality. After crying onstage, she said, “I decided to have this SlutWalk for women who have been through s***.
- Exclusive: With more immigrant children in detention, HHS cuts funds for other programs — like cancer research
- Jeff Flake blasts Donald Trump Jr. over Kavanaugh accuser post
- Trump surveys Florence storm damage in North Carolina
Handing out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words, President Trump sought Wednesday to soothe those who suffered losses in Hurricane Florence, declaring that “America grieves for you” as he surveyed damage the powerful storm left behind in parts of North Carolina.
- Race for Paul Ryan's seat descends into family feud
- Trump wants to hear from Kavanaugh's accuser but doesn't think she can change his mind
- Trumpnado! Tweeting about storms, Trump seizes opportunity to make everything worse
- Duty calls more veterans back to serve — in Congress
- Hillary Clinton adviser: We didn't recognize 'full scope' of Russian interference on social media
- Republican men — and not a single GOP woman — will be Christine Blasey Ford's interrogators on the Senate Judiciary Committee
Next week, Christine Blasey Ford will likely face intense questioning from Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee about the truthfulness of her accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, who she says attempted to rape her during a party in the 1980s. Her turn on Capitol Hill could decide Kavanaugh’s suddenly uncertain fate, as well as the Supreme Court’s direction for a generation.
- Trump on Kavanaugh: 'I feel so badly for him'
- Washington House race is about Trump, whether the candidates like it or not
- Kavanaugh’s downfall, once impossible, now seems very possible
- Leadership in the Oval Office, from FDR to Barack Obama
- Lyndon B. Johnson: Moral clarity on civil rights
- George W. Bush: Standing up for tolerance after 9/11
Peter Baker, author of “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House" spoke to Yahoo News about the younger Bush’s defining moment of presidential leadership: standing up to anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination after the attacks on Sept. 11. 2001.
- Jimmy Carter: Staking his reputation on a dream of Mideast peace
Journalist and historian Jonathan Alter, author of a forthcoming biography of Jimmy Carter, spoke to Yahoo News about Carter’s defining moment of presidential leadership: his decision to risk his reputation and personally broker a peace deal between Egypt and Israel.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Calling a ‘bank holiday’ for a collapsing economy
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of "Leadership in Turbulent Times" spoke to Yahoo News about FDR’s defining moment of presidential leadership: the “bank holiday” he declared almost immediately upon taking office in 1933, in the hope that doing so would stem the run on the banks and help stabilize the financial system.
- John F. Kennedy: Cutting a deal with Khrushchev to save the world
- Barack Obama: Going for broke in the bin Laden raid
Peter Bergen, author of “Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad” spoke to Yahoo News about Obama’s defining moment of presidential leadership: the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower: Facing down the Soviets — and the military-industrial complex
- Gerald Ford: Doing the wrong thing for the right reasons
- George H.W. Bush: Breaking a pledge, doing the right thing on taxes
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham, author of "Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush," spoke to Yahoo News about Bush’s defining moment of presidential leadership: the costly decision to defy his Republican base and break his “no new taxes” pledge to bring the federal budget deficit under control.
- Ronald Reagan: Setting back the ‘doomsday clock’ of nuclear war
Journalist and historian Lou Cannon, author of five books about President Ronald Reagan, spoke to Yahoo News about Reagan’s defining moment of presidential leadership: the courageous decision to defy his conservative base and pursue nuclear disarmament with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
- Harry S. Truman: A courageous stand on integrating the armed forces
Cornelius Bynum, associate professor of history at Purdue University and author of “A. Philip Randolph and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” spoke to Yahoo News about Truman’s defining moment of presidential leadership: desegregating the U.S. military in 1948, an act that went against public opinion and the advice of many of his top military leaders.
- Richard Nixon: A Nixon-goes-to-China moment
- Bill Clinton: Taking on the NRA to pass assault-weapons ban
David Maraniss, author of “First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton” spoke to Yahoo News about Clinton’s defining moment of presidential leadership: getting an assault-rifle ban through Congress. The bill passed in 1994, but the provision banning those weapons expired after 10 years and has not been renewed.
- Trump seized on Iowa student's slaying to push immigration agenda, but will it help the GOP this fall?
The arrest of an undocumented Mexican immigrant in the murder of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts seemed tailor-made for Republican campaigning in the midterms. But realities on-the-ground show a more complex picture.
- New Kavanaugh allegations don’t change the fact that it’s all about politics
The accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh raise questions about the responsibility of mature adults for events in the distant past. But the answers will be provided by politics, not moral philosophy.
- Trump breaks silence on Kavanaugh allegations
- How to help Florence victims
- Manafort’s capitulation leaves a wide-open field for Mueller’s team
- Hurricane Florence batters the Carolinas
U.S. Southeast power companies said over 722,000 homes and businesses located mostly in North Carolina and South Carolina were without power on Friday after Hurricane Florence hit the coast. Florence crashed into the Carolinas on Friday with 90 mph (144 kph) winds, torrential rains and a powerful storm surge before slowing to a pace that meant it would plague the area with days of flooding. Duke Energy Corp, the biggest utility in the area, with over 4 million customers, estimated the storm could cause between 1 million and 3 million outages.
- The week in Trumpland: Hurricane Donald rages on
- With GOP concerns about losing the House mounting, Trump drops talk of ‘Red Wave’