Month: September 2017

Populist Morning Report | United States Now Speaking Directly to North Korea

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR Sec of State Rex Tillerson says the US is in direct contact with N. Korea to find out if Pyongyang’s leaders are interested in dialogue. Tillerson is in Beijing ahead of Pres. Trump’s visit planned for November. The Chinese state media summarized the meeting quoting Chinese President Xi Jinping as saying Trump’s upcoming visit to Beijing is the most important event in China’s bilateral relations with the US. President Trump has posted a series of tweets on Puerto Rico’s crisis after Hurricane Maria. He started by accusing Democrats of urging San Juan’s to criticize the government’s response. He blasted Puerto Rican leaders for wanting “everything to be done for them.” He praised first responders on the island and accuses the media of disparaging them. Meanwhile, in Puerto Rico, food and supplies are dwindling, there is no electricity or clean drinking water and gasoline is scarce. The highway that circles the island is clear, so people wonder why supplies have yet to get to them. Florida is preparing for more flooding thanks to a system moving in from Cuba. It comes less than 3 weeks after Hurricane Irma. Some homes remain flooded. Rain is forecasted for next week. President Trump is looking for a new Health and...

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Populist Morning Report | Puerto Rico Cleanup Ongoing, Remains Hard

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR US Defense Department Officials are being sent to Puerto Rico to help direct hurricane response efforts and to see how the US military can better assist. Food, fuel, and clean water remain scarce. The Trump Administration has suspended the Jones Act, shipping rules that will allow foreign ships to bring goods, for ten days. One man has been injured at Yosemite National Park after another huge rock fall. This comes after a rock fall Wednesday that killed a man and injured his wife. Officials say it was probably triggered by Wednesday’s incident. US Ambassador Nikki Haley wants countries to stop sending weapons to Myanmar until they stop what she calls “ethnic cleansing” and calls what is going on there a “human rights nightmare.” Rohingya refugees have been giving bone-chilling accounts of the violence they faced there. The US and the UN are calling for humanitarian access and for Myanmar to allow refugees to return home. HHS Sec. Tom Price will reimburse the federal government nearly $52,000 to cover a small part of his tax-payer funded travel on private charter planes. Politico reports the cost may be close to $1 million which would include the price for staffers who traveled with him. Immigration officials say they have...

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Populist Morning Report | Heffner Dies at 91

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR Millions of Americans in Puerto Rico still don’t have much relief aid after Hurricane Maria hit more than a week ago. Many remain in shelters or damaged homes. Officials have met in San Juan to plead for aid as hysteria is growing. The Trump Administration is considering waiving shipping restrictions on Puerto Rico because critics say it is slowing down the shipment of relief supplies. Others say the trouble is not getting aid to Puerto Rico, the problem is distributing it. Officials from Twitter will meet behind closed doors on Capitol Hill today as part of the investigation in Russian meddling in US elections. Lawmakers are trying to learn more about the spread of false news on social media. Governor Jerry Brown D-CA signed a bill moving the state’s presidential primary from June to March because of complaints that by the time California voters weigh in on the nominating process, other states have already decided the outcome, which leaves CA voters feeling irrelevant. The UN says nearly half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh. The Sec. Council is meeting for the 2nd time in 2 weeks on the crisis. The council issued a statement after the 1st meeting calling on Myanmar to end...

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Populist Morning Report | GOP Focus Turns to Tax Reform

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR Puerto Rico remains in desperate need of relief as people stand in lines for food, clean water, and gas following Hurricane Maria. The majority of the island’s hospitals don’t have electricity and emergency response officials are trying to bring as many as 36 planes per hour. Officials say many Americans are not receiving relief aid. Tropical Storm Maria is moving north in the Atlantic and is staying off the east coast and is expected to swing deeper into the Atlantic later today. A day after Senate Republicans gave up on the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump and congressional Republicans are moving on to taxes. Pres. Trump will provide details later today in a speech in Indianapolis. He has said the goal is to simplify the tax code, lower taxes for businesses, and cut taxes for the middle class. The crowd erupted in loud shouts when Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was declared the winner in the Republican primary run-off election. Moore told his supporters that if he is elected to the Senate, he will work to return American to a “knowledge of God” and he wants to be known as a backer of Donald Trump. He will face Doug Jones in a...

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Populist Morning Report | Entire Dallas Cowboys Team Kneels Before Game

Burst Your Media Bubble: Top Stories As Reported Here’s the way the left, right and foreign press are presenting the news today. NPR People in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are still cleaning up after hurricanes Maria and Irma – two category five hurricanes. More than three and a half million Americans have been affected in both regions. Republican attempts to repeal and replace the ACA have once again hit a dead end. Because of the process the Republicans are trying to use to oppose ACA, they only have until the end of September. The Iraqi government is taking measures to punish the Kurdistan region yesterday for voting for independence, saying they’re reasserting control over their borders. Turkey and Iraq are both conducting war training exercises near the border with Kurdistan today. A published report says at least 6 Trump officials and former aides have used private email accounts for official business. The Trump administration has criticized Hillary Clinton for her exclusive use of a private email account while Secretary of State. Pres. Trump continues to criticize NFL players who refuse to kneel during the National Anthem as a form of protest over the shooting of people of color, sending out more tweets on the issue this morning. The first female U.S. Marine ever to complete an infantry officer training course graduated yesterday from Quantico. The Marine Corps...

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