Monday, August 28, 2017, 8:00am

5 Things to Read Today (8/28/17): Hurricane Harvey, Joe Biden, Trump+Russia & more.

Hurricane Harvey

NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured this image of Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico on Aug. 24, 2017. (Source.)

Here’s today’s reading list. Today I’ve got an article with ways to help those dealing with Hurricane Harvey, Joe Biden’s editorial in The Atlantic, an article on Trump/Russia ties, two lawsuits trying to stop Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military, and Hollywood diversity.

Vox: Hurricane Harvey: where you can donate to help with disaster relief and recovery
“For everyone else, one easy way to pitch in is to give money to one or more of the many charities involved with the response and recovery. Here are some suggestions and a little guidance if you’re not sure where to start.”

The Atlantic: ‘We Are Living Through a Battle for the Soul of This Nation’
Former VP Joe Biden wrote a piece for the Atlantic: “I was living history—and reliving it—at the same time. And the images racing through my mind were a vivid demonstration that when it comes to race in America, hope doesn’t travel alone. It’s shadowed by a long trail of violence and hate.”

Washington Post: Trump’s business sought deal on a Trump Tower in Moscow while he ran for president
“While Donald Trump was running for president in late 2015 and early 2016, his company was pursuing a plan to develop a massive Trump Tower in Moscow, according to several people familiar with the proposal and new records reviewed by Trump Organization lawyers.” (Note: This article concerns Trump’s buddies Felix Sater and Michael Cohen. Keep an eye on those two, especially Sater. Sater’s a former mafia guy, heavily involved in Trump’s businesses and Russia, and he’s a former FBI narc. There’s a better than average chance he’s a cooperating witness for Mueller.)

Politico: Pair of new lawsuits challenge Trump’s transgender ban
“The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit on behalf of five transgender service members. The lawsuit, filed by the Maryland branch of the ACLU, argues the ban is unconstitutional and discriminatory and has hired powerful DC law firm Covington and Burling to represent it.”

Vox: How can TV and movies get representation right? We asked 6 Hollywood diversity consultants.
“So who is helping Hollywood tell better, more diverse stories? How are they doing it? What is Hollywood currently getting right, and what is it still getting wrong? To find the answers, I spoke with diversity consultants, many from nonprofit media advocacy organizations, who, along with tasks like compiling data on minority representation, offer free training and research support to studios and networks.”

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