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Floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey (left) and Hurricane Katrina (right). Photos: AP

Days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005, more than 150 foreign countries, rich and poor, began to pledge donations of money and resources to the victims of the storm. But the international response to Harvey has been comparatively scarce. These are the countries that stepped up to offer aid within two weeks of each of the landmark natural disasters.

Hurricane Katrina
  • Afghanistan pledged $100,000 to victims
  • Australia donated $7.5 million to the American Red Cross
  • Bangladesh gave $1 million and offered to send rescue workers
  • Canada prepared to send ships, helicopters and 1,000 helpers
  • China pledged $5 million in addition to 1,000 tents and 600 generators
  • France offered tents, beds, generators and rescue teams from the Antilles
  • India donated $5 million to the American Red Cross
  • Japan offered $500,000 in aid and supplies
  • Nigeria pledged $1 million in aid
  • Mexico offered $1 million in aid in addition to 15 trucks full of food, drinking water and medical supplies
  • Qatar made an offer of $100 million in aid
  • Dozens more, including Singapore, South Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia offered help
Hurricane Harvey

Worth noting: The vast majority of foreign Katrina aid was untouched, either unclaimed by the U.S. government or unused after it was received, per the Government Accountability Office. The U.S. collected $115 million of the $850 million that was pledged in foreign aid and spent $45 million of it.

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President-elect Joe Biden is expected to sign 15 executive actions upon taking office Wednesday, immediately reversing key Trump administration policies.

Why it matters: The 15 actions — aimed at issues like climate change and immigration — mark more drastic immediate steps compared with the two day-one actions from Biden's four predecessors combined, according to incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 7: Trump turns on Pence. Trump believes the vice president can solve all his problems by simply refusing to certify the Electoral College results. It's a simple test of loyalty: Trump or the U.S. Constitution.

"The end is coming, Donald."

The male voice in the TV ad boomed through the White House residence during "Fox & Friends" commercial breaks. Over and over and over. "The end is coming, Donald. ... On Jan. 6, Mike Pence will put the nail in your political coffin."

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The Capitol insurrection means the anti-tech talk in Washington is more likely to lead to action, since it's ever clearer that the attack was planned, at least in part, on social media.

Why it matters: The big platforms may have hoped they'd move to D.C.'s back burner, with the Hill focused on the Biden agenda and the pandemic out of control. But now, there'll be no escaping harsh scrutiny.

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