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Death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria rises to 34

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The same day Donald Trump praised his administration’s response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico—and compared the death toll associated with Hurricane Maria to “the thousands of people who died in other hurricanes”—Gov. Ricardo Rosello updated the number of deceased from 16 to 34.

Trump flew to the devastated island on Tuesday, over two weeks after Hurricane Maria ripped through the U.S. territory, decimating Puerto Rico’s power grid and leaving millions of Americans in desperate need of aid.

“If you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina, and you look at the hundreds and hundreds of people that died—what is your death count? Sixteen,” Trump told Puerto Ricans. “You can be very proud of all of your people.”

But according to Rosello, 18 more people have died as a result of the storm, mostly as a result of flooding, flying debris and mudslides. CBS’ David Begnaud noted citizens have also died of “heart attack, anxiety and suicide.”

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Panicked GOP leaders scrambling to get Jeff Sessions to run for Senate so they won’t be saddled with Roy Moore

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According to a 2020 election analysis in the Washington Post, top Republican Senate leaders are cringing at the notion that former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore could be their nominee for the seat currently being held by Democrat Sen. Doug Jones -- and are looking for a way out.

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NRA owes $1.6 million in unpaid bills to vendor who runs NRATV

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The National Rifle Association has a hefty bill that remains unpaid, despite making a huge haul in fundraising for the 2016 election.

According to Betsy Woodruff at the Daily Beast, the NRA owes $1.6 million to their vendor, Ackerman McQueen, they've used for advertising for years. The company is the one responsible for doing the media for NRATV, the group's streaming service for pro-gun television.

The two have had a long relationship and err on the side of quiet privacy, which Woodruff said on MSNBC, shows just how acrimonious the battle has become.

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Michael Moore warns that Trump will be hard to beat: ‘He hasn’t lost one inch of his fired-up insane base’

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Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore thinks that Democrats had better get ready for a very tough fight in the 2020 presidential election.

Even though polls continue to show that President Donald Trump is historically unpopular, Moore believes that the president's base is fired up to reelect him and will crawl over glass to vote for him again next year.

In particular, Moore was struck by the massive enthusiasm that greeted the president at his big kickoff rally in Orlando, Florida.

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