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Despite reports that he's not paying attention, President Trump has tweeted that he's "closely monitoring" Hurricane Harvey, saying he's "here to assist as needed." Forecasters are warning of 120 mile-an-hour winds — and historic amounts of rain measured in feet rather than inches. Joe McComb, the Mayor of Corpus Christi, has made clear that rain and the storm surge could be life-threatening. Authorities have made evacuation of low-lying areas and preservation of life a top priority. Lynn Brezosky of the San Antonio Express-News is in Corpus Christi covering the storm.
Teddy Roosevelt's legacy of 400 national parks may be "America's best idea," but some two-dozen national monuments are another matter. Miners, loggers and some residents in Western States are angry that past presidents limited use of millions of acres of public land. President Trump says Clinton, Bush and Obama, abused their power, and he's reportedly ready to shrink the size of some protected areas — if he can. We hear about disputes including industrial and recreational interests, environmentalists and Native American tribes.
Darryl Fears, Washington Post (@bydarrylfears)
Sharon Buccino, National Resource Defense Council (@sharonbuccino1)
Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation (@niconomistloris)
Mark Squillace, University of Colorado Law School (@marksquil)
Secretary Zinke sends monument report to the White House
Fears on Zinke recommendation that Trump alter at least three national monuments
NRDC on national monuments, Trump's assault on our environment
Loris on federal land grabs, why Trump's executive order is a positive sign
Squillace on the endangered Antiquities Act
Two Cuban diplomats have been expelled from the US — in response to unexplained physical symptoms suffered by Americans who live in Havana. They reside in compounds owned by the Cuban government. The State Department won't confirm the AP's report that they were subject to a "covert sonic weapon." Ann Gearan is reporting the story for the Washington Post.
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Author Masha Gessen on the appeal of Putin and Trump Masha Gessen was born in Russia but emigrated with her parents to the United States. She returned in the early 1990s when political change was afoot. And since then, she’s become a leading observer - and critic - of Russian president Vladamir Putin. She fled Russia again in 2013. In this special podcast, Warren Olney talks with Gessen about her new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia .
A month later, Puerto Ricans still stranded by Hurricane Maria Most people in Puerto Rico are still without electricity, and some are drinking from a well contaminated by a superfund site. President Trump's accused of a "shocking lack of compassion" compared to speedy assistance after hurricanes hit Texas and Florida.
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