Natural Disasters

MSNBC Chyron Fact-Checks Trump In Real Time

I love when they do this. Via Mediaite: Following his speech announcing the decertification of Iran nuclear deal Friday, President Donald Trump made some informal remarks on a variety of subjects to the White House press pool. One of the subjects the President hit on was Puerto Rico. And yet again, Trump praised himself and his team for their work ...

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San Juan Mayor Blasts The “Hater In Chief”

Talking Points Memo reports: After President Donald Trump continued his tirade against Puerto Rico Thursday morning, the mayor of San Juan shot back and said Trump’s comments sound like they were coming from “a ‘Hater in Chief,’” not the President. On Thursday morning Trump again criticized the U.S. territory’s debt and infrastructure issues. He tweeted that FEMA, the military and ...

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Trump Threaten To End Aid To Puerto Rico

The Washington Post reports: President Trump served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid a staggering humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Declaring the U.S. territory’s electrical grid and infrastructure to have been a “disaster before hurricanes,” Trump wrote Thursday that it will be ...

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San Juan Mayor Doesn’t “Give A Shit” About Trump’s Attacks, 89% Of Puerto Rico Still Doesn’t Have Power

USA Today reports: “I don’t give a shit.” That’s one of the first things that Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, said to me, referring to her recent public exchanges with President Trump. In reference to his tweets calling her “nasty,” she went on to say, “This isn’t about me or politics. I’m not going to ...

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CALIFORNIA: Wildfires Continue To Rage Across State, Governor Declares Emergency, 1500+ Buildings Lost

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: At least 14 wildfires in the North Bay and surrounding region ravaged mountainsides, homes, vineyards and farmland Monday. One person is confirmed dead and several others were severely burned. Major highways were shut down, and local officials requested help from around the region as Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency. Information from authorities ...

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FEMA Website Deletes Stats On Puerto Rico Crisis

The Washington Post reports: As of Wednesday, half of Puerto Ricans had access to drinking water and 5 percent of the island had electricity, according to statistics published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on its Web page documenting the federal response to Hurricane Maria. By Thursday morning, both of those key metrics were no longer on the Web page. ...

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Hurricanes Reverse 7-Year Jobs Trend

Business Insider reports: The US economy in September lost more jobs than it created for the first time in seven years. Amid the damage caused by the hurricanes Harvey and Irma, nonfarm payrolls fell by 33,000, the Labor Department said Friday in its monthly report. Most of the losses occurred in the leisure-and-hospitality sector, where most employees can’t work remotely ...

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Lin-Manuel Miranda- Almost Like Praying [VIDEO]

Via press release: Atlantic Records has announced this week’s release of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying” (Feat. Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, Camila Cabello, Pedro Capo, Dessa, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Alex Lacamoire, John Leguizamo, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Moreno, Ednita Nazario, Joell Ortiz, Anthony Ramos, Gina Rodriguez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, PJ Sin Suela, Tommy Torres, and ...

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Trump Tosses Paper Towels At Puerto Ricans [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: President Trump employed an unusual method of distributing supplies to hurricane survivors during his visit to a church in Puerto Rico on Tuesday, at one point tossing paper towels into the crowd. Trump entered Calvary Chapel to cheers from the crowd. Signs in the room read “Let’s Make Puerto Rico Great Again” and “God bless You Mr. ...

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Trump Says Puerto Rican Officials Should Be Proud That Thousands Didn’t Die “In Real Catastrophe Like Katrina”

Vox reports: President Donald Trump met with local leaders and federal responders shortly after landing at an Air Force base in Carolina, Puerto Rico, for what was supposed to be a briefing on the situation on the island. Instead, Trump turned it into an opportunity to congratulate himself and the federal government’s response to the disaster and to say the ...

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Trump Again Blames Puerto Ricans As He Departs For Visit: The Locals Have To Give Us More Help [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump says the federal government has done a good job in Puerto Rico responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, but says local officials need to “give us more help.” Trump says Tuesday that “in Texas and in Florida we get an A-plus, and I’ll tell you what, I think we’ve done just ...

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Trump Attacks Puerto Rican “Ingrates”

The New York Daily News reports: President Trump woke up Sunday still fuming about criticism of his Puerto Rico recovery management, firing off another series of tweets attacking naysayers and patting his administration on the back. Trump has spent the weekend complaining on Twitter about the widespread criticism that his administration has been slow to help people in Puerto Rico ...

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Trump: The Fake News Is Lying, Puerto Rico Loves Me

The Washington Examiner reports: President Trump told residents of Puerto Rico not to believe the “fake news” media regarding the federal response to Hurricane Maria, and said the administration is “getting great marks” for its recovery efforts. Trump has been criticized for his response to the crisis in Puerto Rico, and Democrats accused the president of paying more attention to ...

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White House Denies Report That Puerto Rico Relief Effort Has Been Hampered By Trump’s Golf Excursions

The Hill reports: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Saturday denied the veracity of a Washington Post report that claimed that recovery efforts on Puerto Rico have been hampered by President Trump’s excursion last weekend to his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey. The Post reported on Friday that Trump and his team effectively “went dark” after departing for ...

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PUERTO RICO: Furious San Juan Mayor Blasts Trump Administration’s Self-Praise For Hurricane Response

San Juan Mayor Carmen Cruz became tearful and furious during a CNN interview this morning after being told that the Trump administration is continuing to congratulate itself over the response to Hurricane Maria. Via Raw Story: After viewing a clip of acting secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke telling reporters this was “a good news story,” Cruz became increasingly furious ...

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ABC POLL: Majority Blame Climate Change For More Severe Hurricanes (But 77% Of Republicans Disagree)

ABC News reports: In a Pew poll in early September 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina, just a quarter of Americans thought climate change likely was responsible for its severity. Two-thirds said it was more likely “just the kind of severe weather that happens from time to time.” As the storm’s impact became clear, more, 39 percent, blamed climate change just ...

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Trump Lifts Shipping Restrictions On Puerto Rico, Feds Force Evacuees To Promise Repayment On Travel Costs

The Hill reports: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced early Thursday that President Trump has waived the Jones Act, lifting shipping restrictions to bolster relief efforts on hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Officials with the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that the administration was considering lifting the law, which bans foreign-flagged ships from carrying freight between U.S. ports. But ...

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Trump Hesitates To Lift Shipping Restriction For Puerto Rico, Same Law Was Waived For Texas And Florida

The Washington Post reports: In the wake of Hurricane Maria, pretty much the entire island of Puerto Rico is dark, hot and running out of supplies — quickly. Because it’s an island, many lifesaving supplies will arrive by boat. But Puerto Rico has to wait until American boats can reach its shores with supplies because of an obscure, World War ...

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J-Lo Donates $1 Million To Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

The Associated Press reports: Jennifer Lopez has pledged $1 million toward hurricane relief efforts in her family’s native Puerto Rico. Lopez announced during a news conference with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday that she would give money from her ongoing Las Vegas residency to various charities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Lopez says she’s also enlisting the ...

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PUERTO RICO: Governor Begs For More Federal Aid In Face Of Looming “Humanitarian Crisis For America”

CNN reports: A damaged dam is in danger of bursting. Most buildings are damaged or destroyed. Millions are without power, and the communication network is crippled. Puerto Rico is in a dire situation after Hurricane Maria, Governor Ricardo Rosselló told CNN in an interview on “New Day” Monday morning. “This is a game changer,” he said. “We need to prevent ...

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