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White House Economic Advisor Gary Cohn and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders delivered a press briefing on Thursday. Photo: AP

White House financial advisor Gary Cohn dodged reporters' questions Thursday about whether the new GOP tax cuts would benefit Trump and his family, instead saying "I think what the American people are concerned about their own financial position."

More from Cohn on tax cuts:

  • "Our plan is based on lowering rates and expanding the base. It's very simple if you think of what we're doing."
  • Tax deductions: "People don't buy homes because of the mortgage deduction."
  • A "typical family" with $100k income and two children can expect $1k in tax cuts under this framework.
  • "Don't look at any one piece. Look at the plan in its entirety."
  • On 20% corporate tax rate: "If they want to counter on something lower, we're very open."

Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert:

  • On reports that the federal response to Puerto Rico has been slow: "The coverage is giving the appearance that we're not moving fast-enough," but said in reality the media is just behind in showing their response.
  • On Jones Act: Bossert said there were plenty of US-flag ships to deliver relief to Puerto Rico, so waiving the Jones Act wasn't necessary, rather Trump did it proactively. He added that complaints of the government not waiving it sooner are "unfounded."
  • Bring power back to Puerto: Bossert says Army Corps engineers took charge of restoring power in Puerto Rico yesterday.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

  • Message for Puerto Rico: "We are praying for you. We are working for you. We will not let you down."
  • On Tom Price's private jet use: "As the president said yesterday, he's not thrilled." Added that the WH is conducting an internal inspection and general review of his charter flights.
  • Have Jared or Ivanka taken a private jet since entering the WH? "I'm not sure about those two specific individuals."
  • On Roy Moore's controversial remarks: "We don't agree with those comments."
  • Trump vs. NFL: Trump's "not going to back away" from this. When told that many NFL players are still upset, Sanders replied, "So are many Americans. There are far more Americans than there are NFL players."

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A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

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U.S. threatens to cut aid to Sudan after military takeover

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok during a 2020 news conference in Khartoum, Sudan. Photo: Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Sudan's civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was put under house arrest and several other ministers were detained Monday in what appears to be a military coup in the country, per local reports.

The latest: The head of the military faction of the Sudanese government, Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Burhan, said in a statement that he is announcing a state of emergency, suspending several parts of the interim constitution and dissolving the civilian government and interim sovereignty council — the highest governing body in the country.

Facebook's pivotal week

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

They're battening down the hatches at Facebook headquarters this week as the company faces a trifecta of tumult: a continuing wave of negative press coverage fueled by document leaks, a critical earnings report Monday and a reported name change looming.

The big picture: All this is unfolding as Mark Zuckerberg tries to transform Facebook from a social network into the prime mover behind a new "metaverse" of VR- and AR-driven remote work and play.