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Hurricane Sandy’s Death Toll Nears 100

Kathy Lahey sifts through her damaged home for items to save November 4, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. With the death toll currently over 100 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the US east coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy.
Kathy Lahey sifts through her damaged home for items to save November 4, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. With the death toll currently over 100 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the US east coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy. Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Officials have now attributed 97 deaths to Hurricane Sandy “within a 65-mile radius of New York City, in an area that stretched across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, from Burlington County in New Jersey to Suffolk County on Long Island to North Salem, N.Y., in Westchester County.” Nearly half the casualties were age 65 or older. Of New York City’s 43 deaths, 34 victims were in Queens and Staten Island, many of whom drowned during the storm.

Hurricane Sandy’s Death Toll Nears 100
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Some smart proposals from the Parkland kids

The student activists who crashed the political arena after the mass shooting last year at their high school in Parkland, Fla., are throwing their weight behind a new and ambitious gun-control program that they hope will set the tone for the debate following the most recent mass shootings and headed into the 2020 elections.

The Peace Plan would create a national licensing and gun registry, long a nonstarter with gun rights advocates; ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; implement a mandatory gun buyback program; and install a “national director of gun violence prevention” who would report directly to the president and coordinate the federal response to what advocates call a national public health emergency.

It would dramatically increase restrictions around owning guns in ways sure to spark fierce blowback, including raising the age to 21 from 18 for those who want to buy guns. It calls for a “multi-step” gun licensing system, overseen by a federal agency, that would include in-person interviews and a 10-day wait before gun purchases are approved. The license would be renewed annually.

About those strong jobs reports from last year…

Employers added a half-million fewer jobs in 2018 and early 2019 than previously reported, the Labor Department said Wednesday.

The revisions, which are preliminary, are part of an annual process in which survey-based estimates are brought into alignment with more definitive data from state unemployment insurance records.

Wednesday’s revision covers the period through March; final updates, which will include the rest of 2019, will be released in February.

The revisions don’t change the overall picture of a healthy job market. But they do mean that 2018, which had ranked among the strongest years of job growth in the decade-long recovery, was weaker than previously believed. After the revision, hiring probably averaged under 200,000 jobs per month last year, down from the 223,000 initially reported and only modestly better than the 179,000 monthly jobs added in 2017.

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Yet another one

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That’s all?

Some of the things Trump made false claims about last week:

The time of day
The election
Voter fraud
Mortgage rates
Being Michigan Man of the Year
The crowd outside
His 1980s rink renovation
Mental institutions

Oh good, we’re back on this again

President Trump on Wednesday said his administration is once again seriously considering an executive order to end birthright citizenship months after several lawmakers cast doubt on his ability to take such action.

“We’re looking at that very seriously,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for Kentucky. “Birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land — walk over the border, have a baby, congratulations, the baby’s now a U.S. citizen.”

“We are looking at birthright citizenship very seriously,” he added. “It’s, frankly, ridiculous.”

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McAleenan is stressing that the new rule allows families to remain together. But it must also be stressed that children, including infants and toddlers, will now be held indefinitely in detention centers that have been flagged for dangerous conditions for adults.


Bernie showing some strength in a new poll

New national polling of the Democrats’ primary elections in 2020 from The Economist and YouGov:

Share among Democratic primary voters (change vs last month):
Biden: 22% (-3)
Sanders: 19 ( 6)
Warren: 17 (-1)
Harris: 8 (-1)
Buttigieg: 7 (1)
O’Rourke: 3 (1)
Gabbard: 2 (0)

The actual news from Greenland

 This is where Earth’s refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise.

New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what’s happening in Greenland from both above and below, calls it “the end of the planet.” He is referring to geography more than the future. Yet in many ways this place is where the planet’s warmer and watery future is being written.

It is so warm here, just inside the Arctic Circle, that on an August day, coats are left on the ground and Holland and colleagues work on the watery melting ice without gloves. In one of the closest towns, Kulusuk, the morning temperature reached a shirtsleeve 52 degrees Fahrenheit (10.7 degrees Celsius).

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ABC summoning some moral courage here

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“Thank you to Wayne Allyn Root for the very nice words. “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world…and the Jewish people in Israel love him….

….like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God…But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense! But that’s OK, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for…..


Trump’s Denmark-trip cancellation is embarrassing for Americans, confounding for Danes

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“Lacks even basic diplomatic skills”
“Please show more respect”
“An insult to the royal house”
“A spoiled child”
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“Quite absurd”
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