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Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:
- As the situation in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands grows increasingly horrifying, with power out (for potentially months), housing and infrastructure destroyed and communication lines down, the president has been harassing black athletes on Twitter and goading Kim Jong Un into nuking the continental United States. FEMA is on the ground there right now and the military has begun limited search and rescue operations, but Trump himself doesn’t appear to be as, let’s say, passionate about this hurricane as he was about Harvey and Irma—now, why could that possibly be?—and the governor has called for a greater response from the U.S. government. [CNN, Politico]
- Speaking of people paying attention to the exact wrong thing, let’s move on to the GOP’s flailing, astonishingly cruel last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said that it will be “nearly impossible” to push Graham-Cassidy forward at this point, amid certain no votes from Sens. Rand Paul and John McCain and likely opposition from Sen. Susan Collins. Ted Cruz has also announced his opposition to the bill. [The Hill]
- Betsy DeVos has accused defrauded college students of taking advantage of “free money,” which is an interesting thing for the daughter of a billionaire and wife of another billionaire to say. [HuffPost]
- Though Angela Merkel was re-elected to a fourth term as chancellor of Germany, the country’s far-right party, AfD, is on the rise. [New York Times, Reuters]
- The Supreme Court may dismiss a challenge to Trump’s travel ban after his administration unveiled a new version. [Reuters]
- Here are some North Korea updates. Sleep tight!
Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:
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