Sep 12, 2018

The big picture: Puerto Ricans dissatisfied with Hurricane Maria response

Shipping containers with unclaimed bottles of water in Puerto Rico. Photo: Richardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images

Puerto Rican residents believe that the response from all levels of government, including that of President Trump, has been inadequate, according to Washington Post/Kasier Family Foundation polling data.

Why it matters: Trump touted the country's response in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria that slammed Puerto Rico, saying the administration did an "unappreciated great job." Puerto Rican residents see things differently — not only with Trump, but with their own local government as well.

The issue: Nearly a year after Maria rolled through Puerto Rico, residents are still reporting that basic necessities are not being fulfilled by government aid.

  • 83% report major damage to their homes, a loss of power for more than three months, and health and employment issues in the year following of the storm.
  • 93% of residents say they need more resources to repair roads and highways in their areas.

Driving the news: Aid from all levels of government has fallen through the cracks in many cases. Most recently, thousands of bottles of water were discovered having been left on a tarmac, becoming contaminated and undrinkable.

  • 80% of those surveyed viewed Trump's response to the storm unfavorably.
  • But it's not just Trump: 74% view the Puerto Rican government's response as unfavorable and 67% feel the same about Governor Ricardo Rosselló's response.

What they're saying: Residents believe that if another storm hits the island, it will be debilitating. Many also say, including Senator Ben Sasse, that it may be necessary to look at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's shortcomings to find areas of improvement in hopes of being prepared for another disaster.

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Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wanted to keep his momentum after winning contests in New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hoped to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates were just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination were in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They spoke, sometimes over each other, about health care, Russian interference in the election, foreign policy the economy, gun control, marijuana, education, and race.

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4 takeaways from the South Carolina debate

Former Vice President Joe Biden, right, makes a point during Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders listens. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The 10th Democratic debate was billed as the most consequential of the primary thus far, but Tuesday night's high-stakes affair was at times awkward and unfocused as moderators struggled to rein in candidates desperate to make one last splash before Saturday's primary in South Carolina and Super Tuesday.

The big picture: After cementing himself as the Democratic favorite with a sweeping win in Nevada, Sen. Bernie Sanders came under fire as the front-runner for the first time on the debate stage. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who will be on the ballot for the first time next Tuesday, was a progressive foil once again, but he appeared more prepared after taking a drubbing at the Nevada debate.

Coronavirus spreads to Africa as U.S. soldier in South Korea tests positive

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

A 23-year-old American soldier stationed at Camp Carroll in South Korea has tested positive to the novel coronavirus, as the outbreak spreads to more countries.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 80,000 others, mostly in mainland China. Public health officials confirmed Tuesday the U.S. has 57 people with the novel coronavirus, mostly those repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

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