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Texas governor stumped after Trump claims Texans went ‘out in their boats to watch’ Hurricane Harvey

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Texas is ready for the next Hurricane Harvey, Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday after participating in a briefing with President Donald Trump to prepare for storm season, which began Friday.

“We are ready, and we are taking steps on a daily basis to make sure we will be able to address any challenge coming our way,” Abbott told reporters. “We’re getting everything lined up to make sure that we will be capable of responding to a replication of Hurricane Harvey.”

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Abbott participated in the briefing via video teleconference at the headquarters for the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin. Trump was joined in Washington, D.C., by Vice President Mike Pence and a number of Cabinet members and federal emergency officials.

After the briefing, Abbott told reporters that they were expecting 10 to 16 storms this year, five to nine of which could turn into hurricanes. “They are not expecting the same level of activity that was seen in 2017,” Abbott added.

2017 was the year of Harvey, the massive storm that made landfall last August on the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane and dumped record amounts of rain on southeast Texas. During a part of the briefing that was open to reporters, Trump hailed the Coast Guard for rescuing so many people in Texas during Harvey.

“They saved 16,000 people, many of them in Texas, for whatever reason that is,” Trump said. “People went out in their boats to watch the hurricane. That didn’t work out too well.”

Asked later by reporters about Trump’s claim, Abbott said he had “no information one way or the other about that.”

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BY PATRICK SVITEK, THE TEXAS TRIBUNE


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‘Brutal and unacceptable’: Calls for arrest of NYPD cop who put woman in the ER during protests

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The Speaker of the New York City Council is demanding accountability for a NYPD officer caught on tape violently striking a woman during protests of police violence.

Video of the incident appeared on social media on Friday. The video appears to show the cop running up a shoving the woman, launching her off her feet.

She is reportedly now in the ER after suffering a serious seizure.

"This officer needs to be charged with assault," Speaker Cory Johnson posted on Twitter. "Hard to watch. Brutal and unacceptable."

This officer needs to be charged with assault.

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‘I’m getting shot’: Shocking video shows police in Louisville hitting journalists with pepper bullets

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Police fired pepper bullets at a camera crew doing a live broadcast of the police violence protests in Louisville on Friday evening.

"WAVE 3 News reporter Kaitlin Rust appeared to have been hit by rubber bullets reportedly fired by an LMPD officer during a protest in downtown Louisville," the station reported.

Rust was wearing a fluorescent safety vest at the time of the incident.

"I'm getting shot," she shouted.

The news anchor asked, "who are they aiming that at?"

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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot to Trump: ‘What I really want to say … begins with F and it ends with U’

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CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday ripped President Donald Trump, saying he’s fomenting violence and playing to racist urges for political gain in response to the killing of a black man by a Minneapolis police officer and subsequent rioting.Lightfoot’s comments were an apparent response to Trump tweeting a message that included “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” in reply to rioting in Minneapolis and elsewhere following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck while he was in custody. Lig... (more…)

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