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Newly unearthed emails show Trump’s doctored hurricane map threw government agencies into chaos

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President Donald Trump’s decision to doctor a map of Hurricane Dorian to make it incorrectly appear as though it was a direct threat to Alabama was widely ridiculed — but it had a real-world impact on the agencies in charge of monitoring and responding to natural disasters.

Emails obtained by the Daily Beast show that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service were both thrown into chaos after the president showed off his bogus hurricane map in the Oval Office.

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“One top official said that workers directly involved in handling hurricane response were forced to turn their cell phones off because of the influx of media calls seeking an explanation for the president’s tweets and his accompanying efforts to prove he’d been right about Alabama all along,” the Daily Beast reports.

Chris Darden, the meteorologist-in-charge at a National Weather Service office in Alabama, said in one email that “this has really gotten out of hand,” referring to the president’s false claims about Hurricane Dorian.

Under pressure from the president, the NOAA eventually put out an unsigned statement that falsely insisted that Trump was correct about Alabama being in the path of the hurricane. According to the internal emails, this badly hurt morale within the agency.

“The statement is deeply upsetting to NOAA employees that have worked the hurricane and not fully accurate based on the timeline in question,” wrote one NOAA programmer to a public affairs officer.

Read more about the internal emails at this link.

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Trump has spent his three years in office desperately trying to corner the Indian market for his properties

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President Donald Trump went to India for the first time in his presidency, but he can't stay at his own Trump properties, because they're not as far along as he would probably like.

“It’s a little different situation than him going to his own club and being able to hold court there,” Alyssa Ayres told Politico. She was previously the deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia. “This trip will make [his properties] more visible in India.”

According to the report, Trump is likely hoping his presence will help his developments along while most of them are stalled.

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Louisiana judge admits to exchanging racist texts with cop boyfriend about courtroom employees

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Appearing on a local TV station on Sunday, a district court judge in Assumption Parrish in Louisiana owned up to racist comments she made about African-American employees in her courtroom that she texted to her then-police officer boyfriend.

According to WAFB, Judge Jessie LeBlanc initially denied using the N-word about a black sheriff’s deputy and a black law clerk in her district when texting with former chief deputy, Capt. Bruce Prejean, with whom she was involved while both were married.

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Julian Assange lawyer tells court: After pardon fell through, Trump administration resorted to ‘extortion’

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An attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused the Trump administration of extortion in a London court on Monday.

The WikiLeaks attorney appeared at Woolwich Crown Court along with U.S. prosecutors, who argued that Assange should be extradited the United States, where he faces 18 charges and up to 175 years in jail.

Attorneys for Assange previously told the court that former Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) tried to broker a pardon deal between the White House and Assange if he would agree to say that Russia was not the source of hacked Democratic Party emails.

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