Sep 1, 2017

Harrowing Harvey stories emerge

Satellite images of Simonton, Texas, 45 miles west of Houston (just past Katy), on Nov. 20 and Aug. 30 (DigitalGlobe via AP)

"Don't touch me: I'm dying": "One man used his last words to save a friend's life, warning him away from a live electrical wire. Another died checking on his uncle. Several others were last seen helping people out of floodwaters. They're among Harvey victims who lost their lives trying to save other people. They range from 6 years old to 89. Their stories are emerging as the death toll from the storm continues to mount." (AP)

More numbers from Harvey:

  • Harvey may have ruined up to 1 million vehicles along the Texas Gulf Coast. In the Houston area, about 1 in 7 cars may have been destroyed. (USA Today)
  • White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert: "[I]t looks like around about 100,000 affected homes. ... some with flood insurance, some underinsured, some uninsured."
  • Death toll: 39 ... Texas Department of Public Safety said more than 37,000 homes heavily damaged and nearly 7,000 were destroyed, figures that did not include the tens of thousands of homes with minor damage. About 325,000 people have already sought federal emergency aid. (AP)
  • Donald Trump Jr. tweets: "Awesome: Trump Pledging $1 Million in Personal Funds to Harvey Relief."
  • Wall Street Journal lead story: "Pump Prices Surge on Fall In Gas Supply: Gas prices reach two-year high after Harvey forces refinery shutdowns, pipeline slows output ... Retail prices for gasoline [nationally] approached $2.49 a gallon [by last evening] ... up about 14 cents from a week ago."

Go deeper: Houston Chronicle banner, "Crawling from crisis toward painful recovery: Thousands in region begin process that could take years." (Read the digital paper free.)

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Trump to install loyalist Ric Grenell as acting intelligence chief

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President Trump confirmed in a tweet Wednesday night that he will install Richard Grenell, the current U.S. ambassador to Germany and a staunch defender of the president, as the acting director of national intelligence.

Why it matters: The role, which was originally vacated by Dan Coats in August 2019, is one of grave responsibility. As acting DNI, Grenell will be charged with overseeing and integrating the U.S. intelligence community and will advise the president and the National Security Council on intelligence matters that concern national security.

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What to watch in the Nevada debate

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Michael Bloomberg's wealth will fuel rather than shield him from tests and attacks when he makes his Democratic primary debate debut on the stage tonight in Las Vegas.

The state of play: Bernie Sanders is still the front-runner. So the other candidates must weigh which of the two presents a bigger threat to their viability: Sanders, with his combined delegate, polling and grassroots momentum? Or Bloomberg, with his bottomless budget?

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