FROM Scott Malone
Irma hit eastern Caribbean, heads to Puerto Rico The House has already passed and sent to the Senate $7.9 billion in aid for Hurricane Harvey. Meantime, Hurricane Irma is packing 185-mile winds, heading directly for Puerto Rico. Florida Governor Rick Scott is urging people to heed evacuation orders. Some have already been issued. Scott Malone is reporting for Reuters in Puerto Rico.
Guinness Pulls Out of St. Paddy's Day Parade over Gay Exclusion St. Patrick's Day Parades are time-honored traditions in New York and Boston, but Mayors Bill DeBlasio and Martin Walsh, respectively, have gone where politicians of the past might have feared to tread. Both refused to march because gays and lesbians aren't allowed. Boston's parade was yesterday; New York's was today. Both were without traditional features, not just the mayors but key sponsors: Guinness, the quintessential Irish brewer, and Massachusetts' own Sam Adams. Scott Malone is editor in charge of the Northeastern States for Reuters .
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.