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‘Get out of your golf course cocoon’: NYC lawmaker shreds Trump for ‘despicable’ attack on San Juan mayor

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Appearing on CNN with host Christi Paul, New York City lawmaker Melissa Mark-Viverito lambasted President Donald Trump for his meager response to the tragedy in Puerto Rico and called him out for his “despicable’ attack on the mayor of San Juan.

Mark-Viverito, the Speaker of the New York City Council, noted that she had just returned from Puerto Rico where she visited her mother, before detailing what she saw.

“What I was struck with was the devastation, basically, though, the absence of any sort of federal authorities in the three days that I was there,” she recalled. “It is about life and death, this is about lack of preparation, lack of planning, lack of appropriate response.”

“What we need to do is save lives, to have more federal workers there and more troops on the ground,” she continued. “We only have about 10,000 between troops and relief workers when there were 40,000 in Florida with Irma. This is not an appropriate response and that has to be acknowledged.”

Mark-Viverito then turned to Trump.

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“We need much more seriousness,” she said as her voice rose. ”We need President Trump to basically pull away from his fragile ego, to get out of his golf course cocoon and get to work. This is on his watch. People are dying, and he needs to respond appropriately and give proper direction.”

Asked later about Trump’s tweets attacking San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, the New York City lawmaker was livid.

“He needs to be in charge,” she responded. “He needs to demonstrate some level of empathy over what has happened. The tweets this morning are despicable, deplorable, not statesman-like at all. We need an an understanding that there is a seriousness given to this crisis.”

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‘Clear and present racism’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika say Kellyanne Conway should have been ‘fired on the spot’ for slurring reporter

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were astonished by Kellyanne Conway's response to a reporter asking about President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four first-year lawmakers.

The White House senior adviser asked Breakfast Media White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg, who is Jewish, about his ethnicity after he asked Conway what countries Trump was telling the Democratic congresswomen to return.

"I won't draw any parallels with any fascist countries, but what happened yesterday in a press gaggle has nothing to do with the United States of America," Scarborough said, "and in any other administration over the past 240 years, a person that did what Kellyanne Conway did yesterday would have been fired on the spot. By the time she left the press gaggle and went back into the White House, they would have already packed up her belongings and would have told her leave by the back door and never talk to us again."

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Elon Musk shows off progress on brain-machine interface

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Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk late Tuesday revealed his secretive Neuralink startup is making progress on an interface linking brains with computers, and said they hope to begin testing on people next year.

Musk has long contended that a neural lace meshing minds with machines is vital if people are going to avoid being so outpaced by artificial intelligence that, under the best of circumstances, humans would be akin to "house cats."

Musk and members of the Neuralink team laid out progress they have made on their mission at an event held in San Francisco to recruit talent in software, robotics, neuroscience and more.

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Two Texas Republicans in Congress were outraised as national Democratic offensive kicks off in Texas

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Two potentially vulnerable Texas Republicans in Congress were outraised — and a few others saw seriously funded challengers — as the first major fundraising deadline passed in a cycle where national Democrats have built an expansive battlefield here, targeting six seats.

In the second quarter, Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, fell short of Democratic challenger Sri Preston Kulkarni, $378,000 to $421,000. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell, raised less than Democratic opponent Kim Olson, $225,000 to $279,000, before making a large loan to his campaign. And a few other GOP incumbents posted strong numbers — but so did Democrats running to unseat them, in a couple cases outpacing the officeholders after they entered the race mid-fundraising cycle.

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