Monday, September 25, 2017, 8:00am

5TtRT: North Korea, Kushner’s private email, Puerto Rico, Graham-Cassidy & journalism

5TtRT: North Korea, Kushner's private email, Puerto Rico, Graham-Cassidy & journalism

“This GOES-16 geocolor image was captured as Category 4 Hurricane Maria made landfall near Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, around 6:15 a.m. EDT on September 20, 2017.” – NOAA (Source & License.)

War before Christmas, guys, you mark my words. It’s the traditional Republican way to “save” a faltering presidency.

In other news, if you’ve got a few spare bucks, Puerto Rico needs help real bad. The situation there is being described as “apocalyptic.” There’s no power on the island, anything even vaguely resembling agriculture or a crop is gone, people need dialysis and can’t get it, they’re running short of food and potable water… it’s hella bad. Also, quick reminder for the cheap seats: Puerto Ricans are Americans. Puerto Rico is an American territory.

In other, other news, have you called your senators about the Graham-Cassidy bill today? Take five minutes. Call. It’s faltering, but not dead yet.

5 Things to Read Today (9/25/17)

  1. AP: North Korea says Trump has ‘declared war’ on his country – “Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters Monday that what he called Trump’s ‘declaration of war’ gives North Korea ‘every right’ under the U.N. Charter to take countermeasures, ‘including the right to shoot down the United States strategic bombers even they’re not yet inside the airspace border of our country.'”
  2. Politico: Kushner used private email to conduct White House business – “The senior adviser set up the account after the election. Other West Wing officials have also used private email accounts for official business.”
  3. HuffPo: Here’s How You Can Help People In Puerto Rico – “3.5 million Americans are enduring ‘apocalyptic’ conditions right now because of Hurricane Maria.”
  4. Reuters: Republicans revise Obamacare repeal bill amid tepid support – “U.S. senators made a last-ditch effort on Monday to secure support for the latest Republican attempt to repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, releasing revised legislation to appeal to undecided senators.”
  5. Jeff Jarvis: Hillary Clinton and Journalism’s Failures – “I wish I could talk with Hillary Clinton in front of a journalism class, for she is a witness to — and victim of — journalism’s failures. Journalism as an institution largely refuses to examine its derelictions — which itself is a failing of the field.”

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