Photo: Police patrol the area as Hurricane Irma slams across islands in the northern Caribbean on Wednesday, in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 6, 2017. (Alvin Baez/Reuters)
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At a bipartisan Oval Office meeting yesterday, President Trump stunned fellow Republicans by making a debt-limit deal with the Democrats. This morning, he followed up with a tweet about DACA. Conservative Republicans are furious, but House Speaker Paul Ryan says the president wanted a moment of bipartisanship with another storm approaching. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi described yesterday’s event as "a long meeting," and praised Senate minority leader, Democratic Chuck Schumer, for "speak[ing] New York to the president." Josh Dawsey, White House reporter for Politico, has more on this productive instance of bipartisanship.
After hammering Puerto Rico and devastating other Caribbean Islands, Hurricane Irma is heading northwest toward Florida. Disaster experts are watching to see if the East Coast is better prepared for a monster storm than Texas, which won't get over Harvey for decades. Every state has its own rules for protecting homes and infrastructure from natural disaster. Some have no rules at all. As the Trump Administration takes another look at federal standards, are higher building costs worth it to reduce damage and the need for reconstruction?
Sharanya Majumdar, University of Miami (@UMiamiRSMAS)
Alice Hill, Hoover Institution (@alice_c_hill)
Mark Bove, Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. (@MarkCBove)
Paul Kirshen, University of Massachusetts Boston
"What happened." That's not a question, but a statement… and it's the title of Hillary Clinton's new book about last year's loss of the presidential election to the unlikely Republican winner, Donald Trump. It'll be out next week and is already topping advanced best-seller lists. But elected Democrats, party officials and campaign operatives are dreading the publicity and the months-long book tour to come. That's according to Edward-Isaac Dovere, senior White House correspondent for Politico.
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Imprisoning our mentally ill? American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill. A murderer doing 20 years at New York’s Sing Sing prison works with schizophrenics serving 24 months for misdemeanors. He tells Warren that sick people should be treated outside. The Sheriff in Chicago says it’s not just inhumane but a waste of taxpayers’ money. How did we get here? What can be done?
Did Trump get conned by Kim? Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.
Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway? California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?
The politics of prison reform Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?
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