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Texans complain Trump administration failing to provide hurricane aid — and it’s worse for blacks and Hispanics

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When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston, Texas, it was a Category 4 hurricane. That was nearly four months ago, yet, FEMA has only approved aide for 26 percent of families seeking help. The majority of people saying they’re not getting the help they need are people of color.

A survey of Southeast Texas residents by Kaiser Family Foundation and the Episcopal Health Foundation published by The Washington Post, revealed families are still struggling in the aftermath.

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Flood waters rising got the majority of the media’s attention but those hit worst by it are still suffering from ongoing problems getting their lives back. Those worst affected include those in the “Golden Triangle,” including Beaumont and Port Arthur in Houston, and those in coastal cities Corpus Christi and Rockport.

Two out of three people responding to the survey said they personally had property damage to their home, lost income or had disruptions to their jobs. Approximately 4 in 10 Texans who survived Hurricane Harvey asked FEMA for the Small Business Administration for disaster assistance.

Thus far, only 26 percent said that FEMA has approved them, while 33 percent say they’ve been denied. The rest don’t know the status of their requests or those applications are still pending. The 4 in 10 Texans who were denied told Kaiser that they weren’t given a reason for the refusal. The majority, about 6 in 10 Texans, explained that they weren’t given any guidance on how to reapply and fix application problems.

Jackie Chandler, spokeswoman for FEMA’s Hurricane Harvey response said that everyone is given a reason in their letter and they can appeal the decision.

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Sixty-four percent of black Texans say they’re not getting the help they need, while 44 percent of Hispanics and only 37 percent of whites say they’re being shut out.

Of the Texans who say they’ve been hurt by Harvey, 48 percent they have no savings to help themselves in the aftermath. Two-thirds of Hispanics (65 percent) reported losing income in the aftermath. Similarly, 46 percent of African Americans and 31 percent of whites reported losing income after Harvey.

The survey called cellphones and landlines to get responses from 1,635 randomly selected Texans in 24 counties.

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If Trump were the raving mad King of Liechtenstein all of this would be comical

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

This week, a former White House official told Politico that “Trump’s been asking his government for some matter of months what can we do to make sure that China doesn’t get Greenland.”

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Donald Trump and the Jews: He’s exactly why most of us vote for Democrats

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If President Trump doesn't understand why a large majority of American Jews are Democrats, maybe he should take a look in the mirror.

In case you need a quick refresher, Trump sparked an enormous furor on Tuesday when he said, "I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." He added that "five years ago, the concept of even talking about this . . . of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people — I can't believe we're even having this conversation. Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they're defending these two people over the State of Israel?"

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Wall Street Journal drops a truth-bomb on Trump over his market-destroying trade war: ‘Everyone loses’

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In yet another blast from the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, the editors looked back at Friday's stock market free fall and pointed the finger directly at President Donald Trump and his "trade-war general" Peter Navarro for being the main culprits.

After Friday's disastrous stock market session that took a major downturn due to the escalation of the trade war -- with China and Trump ordering billions of dollars in new tariffs -- the Journal pointed out that there will be no winners.

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