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The Emergency Operation Centre (COE) monitors Tropical Storm Dorian in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on August 27, 2019. Photo: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump falsely claimed again on Tuesday that Congress has sent $92 billion in disaster relief aid to Puerto Rico, instead of the $42.7 billion that it has actually sent.

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Why it matters: Puerto Rico has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Dorian heads toward the U.S. territory. The island is still reeling from Hurricane Maria, which struck in 2017 — the year it effectively became bankrupt amid "the biggest government financial collapse" in American history.

Reality check: The Trump administration plans to increase restrictions on the island's federal aid after the political fallout of former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's replacement being ousted. That aid was meant to help rebuild Puerto Rico recover from Maria.

  • The Washington Post reports that about $14 billion of funds allocated by Congress has reached Puerto Rico so far.

What they're saying: San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a well-known Trump critic responded to Trump's tweet on CNN, saying: "It's close to between $12.6 and $14 billion that have come to Puerto Rico and still, things have not worked appropriately."

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

The big picture: Trump approved an emergency disaster declaration for Puerto Rico Tuesday night, as Dorian neared the island.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with Cruz's comments and Trump's emergency declaration announcement.

Go deeper: Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló's scandals threaten recovery from Hurricane Maria

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FDA panel backs Merck's antiviral COVID pill

The Merck Cherokee Plant in Riverside, Pennsylvania. Photo: Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Tuesday voted 13-10 to endorse an antiviral pill developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics to treat adults at high risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19, despite concerns over its effectiveness and safety.

Why it matters: Oral antiviral drugs designed to prevent or treat COVID-19 could be key pandemic-fighting tools, if proven effective, especially as new variants emerge. If authorized, the Merck drug, known as molnupiravir, would be the first treatment of its kind to be made available in the United States.

Shooting at Michigan high school leaves 3 dead, 6 wounded

Screengrab: CBSN

Three people dead and six others are wounded after a shooting at a high school in Michigan according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

Driving the news: The alleged shooter was a 15-year-old sophomore at Oxford High School and has been arrested, per police.

Fed signals it could yank economic support quicker as inflation sticks around

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a hearing before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee today. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve will consider pulling back economic support sooner "as the threat of persistently high inflation has grown," chair Jerome Powell said during a congressional hearing on Tuesday.

Why it matters: This is the biggest signal yet the Fed is backing away from its stance that soaring prices would be fleeting — a change that could shift its policies that underpin the economy.