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Hurricane-battered Puerto Ricans lash out at Trump’s paper towel stunt: ‘All he brought were those napkins’

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President Donald Trump’s decision to throw out paper towels to the crowd during his trip to hurricane-battered Puerto Rico isn’t sitting well with some of the island’s residents.

In New Yorker article on hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico, resident Carlos J. Soto Lopez and his daughter, Katiria, attacked the president for his widely criticized response to helping Puerto Rico recover from the devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria.

“I heard he threw out some paper napkins and left an hour earlier than was scheduled,” said the 17-year-old Katiria. “And that he didn’t leave the San Juan metropolitan area, which wasn’t affected by Maria.”

Her father was even more emphatic in his denunciations of the president’s relief efforts.

“All he brought to Puerto Rico were those napkins,” he said. “And you know what everyone’s wondering? What we’re expected to wipe with them: our asses, or our tears.”

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As of Tuesday afternoon, FEMA reported that only 16% of Puerto Ricans had access to electricity, while 37% of Puerto Ricans still lacked access to drinking water. Hurricane Maria first made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, and President Trump first visited the island on October 4.

Trump on Monday complained that he wasn’t getting enough credit for doing “so much work” to help Puerto Rico.

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The real problem wasn’t the racism — it was the Trump taking ‘the Lord’s name in vain’ twice: supporter

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President Donald Trump was widely condemned after supporters at a campaign rally in West Virginia turned his racist "go back" message into a "Send Her Back" chant against one of a woman of color in Congress.

One Trump supporter in West Virginia also criticized the speech, but not for the racist targeting of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

State Senator Paul Hardesty, a Democrat, wrote to the White House to complain about Trump's use of the word "goddamn."

The letter was republished by the Montgomery-Herald.

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Here’s how Trump hopes to recreate his 2016 presidential win — and how Democrats can send him packing

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Writing for CNN on Saturday, election forecaster Harry Enten explained how President Donald Trump's recent, racist behavior lies in his desire to recreate the same electoral conditions that gave him a victory in 2016 in the presidential election next year.

"The Trump strategy is pretty simple: 1. Drive up the unfavorable ratings of his Democratic rival as he did in 2016 in order to compensate for his own low ratings. 2. Bank on an electoral college/popular vote split as he did in 2016. 3. Use a campaign of racial resentment to drive up turnout even more among groups favorable toward the President," wrote Enten. As he noted, Democrats have excellent odds to flip back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they will have to work harder to win back any of the other states Trump flipped from the 2012 Obama camp — in particular Wisconsin, which was the closest state after those two.

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American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS

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US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.

A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

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