Sep 27, 2017

Feds won't waive shipping law for damaged Puerto Rico

People walk next to a gas station flooded and damaged by the impact of Hurricane Maria. Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP

The Trump administration rejected a request to waive an almost 100-year shipping law, the Jones Act, to "help get fuel and supplies" to the island, which was done after Irma and Harvey, per Reuters.

The Jones Act was enacted in 1920 and says only American ships can "carry goods and passengers from one United States port to another," per the New York Times. Eight U.S. Representatives asked Homeland Security to waive the law, but Gregory Moore, spokesman for Customs and Border Protection, said there was "'sufficient capacity' of U.S.-flagged vessels to move commodities to Puerto Rico."

Why it matters: Hurricane Maria has ravaged Puerto Rico, leaving many without power and scarce supplies. An energy expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists told Reuters that not waiving the law is "raising fears...they are going to be left behind in this disaster." President Trump plans to visit next Tuesday.

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Warren sees bump in national poll following Nevada debate

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren surged to 19% and second place in a CBS News/YouGov national poll released Sunday, trailing front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (28%) but edging out Joe Biden (17%) and Michael Bloomberg (13%).

Why it matters: The poll notes that only 42% of Democratic primary voters have made up their minds. While Warren underperformed in the first three states, her strong debate performance in Nevada last week may have given her campaign new life.

Pence aide says intel report of Russia helping Trump is "false information"

Marc Short. Screenshot: Fox News

Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, claimed on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House has not received intelligence that Russia is seeking to help President Trump win re-election, calling it "false information" that has been selectively leaked by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.

The big picture: Short and national security adviser Robert O'Brien both dismissed reports published in the Washington Post and New York Times last week about a briefing provided by top election security official Shelby Pierson, an aide to outgoing acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire.

Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.