FROM Emily Atkin
Hurricane Irma's not over yet Hurricane Irma is not what it used to be, but it's still doing plenty of damage. From Key West north to Jacksonville, both coasts of Florida are suffering massive wind- and water-damage from a storm that's still 400 miles wide. Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia are among cities still in the path of devastation. At least four people have died in Florida — compared to 30 or more in Caribbean Islands, now short of food and water where few buildings remain standing. President Trump has promised federal assistance to all the states suffering from recent weather-related disaster. We take stock and get current reports, including the influence of climate change and the extent of rising sea level.
The health risks brought by Tropical Storm Harvey The flooding in Texas and Louisiana pose major health and environmental risks to the region. Explosions were reported at a chemical plant just outside Houston, sending plumes of smoke into the air. That’s not to mention mosquitos, mold, and the potential for contaminated drinking water.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?