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Jimmy Kimmel: The Trump administration is ready for this storm — they’ve got at least a dozen paper towel rolls

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Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel began his Wednesday show talking about Hurricane Michael and saying that he was keeping everyone in the past in his prayers.

“They say this is the most powerful storm to make landfall in the continental United States in more than 25 years,” Kimmel said. “Which really makes me wonder why they named it Michael. Michael is a much too casual name for a hurricane and I’m worried people won’t take it seriously. ‘Be prepared, Michael’s coming!’ ‘Oh, good, is he bringing the kids?'”

When it comes to Donald Trump, however, it was something different. The president spent the evening campaigning in Pennsylvania and promising that he was monitoring the situation. Kimmel noted that the president has an entirely different idea of what hurricane monitoring is actually about.

“You know the Trump administration moved very quickly to gear up for this hurricane,” he said. “This is where they really shine. Before the storm hits. The president said, ‘We are very well prepared and absolutely ready.’ He’s got more than a dozen rolls of paper towels. They can be deployed at a moment’s notice! His hair is matted down extra.”

He went on to criticize the president for his new claim that he has always wanted pre-existing conditions in health care and would fight for them.

“The president wrote an op-ed in this morning’s edition of USA Today,” Kimmel began. “Are any of you staying at a Holiday Inn Express? Maybe you saw it? This op-ed really makes me mad. In it, Trump blasts what he calls the Democrats’ Medicare for All policy. He made a really truly outrageously claim that he kept a promise to protect coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.”

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“As a candidate, I promised that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and create new health care insurance options that would lower premiums,” Trump wrote in the op-ed. “I have kept that promise. And we are now seeing health insurance premiums coming down.”

Kimmel called it nothing more than “fake news.”

“You didn’t keep that promise!” he exclaimed. “That promise was forced on you because John McCain gave you the finger and so you weren’t able to not keep your promise.”

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Sailing among the stars: Here’s how photons could revolutionize space flight

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A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to power it but a huge polyester "solar sail."

It's been the stuff of scientists' dreams for decades but has only very recently become a reality.

The idea might sounds crazy: propelling a craft through the vacuum of space with no engine, no fuel, and no solar panels, but instead harnessing the momentum of packets of light energy known as photons -- in this case from our Sun.

The spacecraft to be launched on Monday, called LightSail 2, was developed by the Planetary Society, a US organization that promotes space exploration which was co-founded by the legendary astronomer Carl Sagan in 1980.

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Russians to prod Putin on poverty and his personal life as his ratings tank

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Russians are set to ask President Vladimir Putin about growing poverty at home and tensions abroad during an annual televised phone-in Thursday, which comes following a fall in his approval ratings.

The leader is also likely to face a degree of grilling on his personal life, according to questions submitted by the public online ahead of the live show.

Set to be held for the 17th time since Putin came to power in 1999, the show starts at 0900 GMT and usually lasts several hours.

Ahead of the carefully choreographed show, more than one million questions had been submitted, organisers told Russian news agencies.

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Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns

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Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.

In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.

The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.

"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."

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