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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Is ‘socialism’ dividing the Democrats From Bernie Sanders to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,“socialism” is having a hot summer. Is it the future of the Democratic Party or an easy Republican target? Prominent liberals and conservatives describe the history--and possible future--of a term loaded with many meanings in America’s political history.
Cartoons, Comic Strips and Opinions Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is the latest editorial cartoonist to lose his job. Fired for harsh portrayals of President Trump. We’ll talk with him and look at another kind of cartooning: comic strips. Even when the kids don’t realize it, they’re political, too. They’re a highly sophisticated artform and a barometer of social change.
Cyberwar: Can the US Defend Against “The Perfect Weapon?” By hacking centrifuges, the US may have slowed Iran’s nuclear-weapons program. But a good offense is not the best defense. Threats to US elections, the power grid and even medical records are real and present. But they’re not getting the attention they deserve. That’s according to the New York Times’ David Sanger, in his book The Perfect Weapon.
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