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Donald Trump is in Louisiana today, surveying flood damage. But the political press is focused on changes in his campaign leadership. Paul Manafort has resigned just days after Stephen Bannon, chair of the rightwing website Breitbart News came on board. Rebecca Sinderbrand, Deputy National Political Editor at the Washington Post, joins us.
Massive flooding that began last week near Baton Rouge is now being compared to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005. The Red Cross calls this America’s worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey four years ago. This time, there was no advance warning, but the victims are in for long-term suffering—especially low-income people in vulnerable neighborhoods. Along with multiple fires in California after years of drought, it’s one of many signals we’re already living with climate change from global warming.
Bob Henson, Wunderground (@bhensonweather)
Paul Champagne, Resident of Baton Rouge
Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research
David J. Mitchell, The Advocate (@NewsieDave)
Jacqui Patterson, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program (@JacquiPatt)
Watch out Google, Apple, Tesla and Ford. Uber wants to be first with a self-driving car. You can already order one up on your smartphone in Pittsburgh.
Martial Hebert, Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University
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