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White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert speaks during the daily press briefing. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert joined Sarah Sanders Monday to brief reporters on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma:

  • On 9/11's 16th anniversary and impending terror attacks: "We don't have any current active threats against the homeland."
  • Harvey aid: Roughly 700,000 people have registered for assistance in the regions affected by Hurricane Harvey.
  • Irma priorities: Life-saving operations are still the top priority. DHS also worried about flooding, housing, debris and power restoration.
  • Disaster relief resources: "Right now, we have plenty of resources to get through this," said Bossert, but he expects the government will request three or four more supplemental appropriations.
  • Role of climate change in hurricanes: "Causality is something outside of my ability to analyze right now... we'll have to do a larger trend analysis at a later date."
  • On more than 5 million people being without power in Florida: Bossert said it could be weeks before power is restored.

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The GOP is getting torn apart by a spreading revolt against party leaders for failing to stand up for former President Trump and punish his critics.

Why it matters: Republican leaders suffered a nightmarish two months in Washington. Outside the nation’s capital, it's even worse.

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The limits of Biden's plan to cancel student debt

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There’s a growing consensus among Americans who want President Biden to cancel student debt — but addressing the ballooning debt burden is much more complicated than it seems.

Why it matters: Student debt is stopping millions of Americans from buying homes, buying cars and starting families. And the crisis is rapidly getting worse.

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In a world where most Americans are isolated and forced to laugh, cry and mourn without friends or family by their side, viral moments can offer critical opportunities to unite the country or divide it.

Driving the news: President Biden's inauguration was produced to create several made-for-social viral moments, a tactic similar to what the Democratic National Committee and the Biden campaign pulled off during the Democratic National Convention.

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