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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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Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

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Episode 5: The secret CIA plan

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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. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.

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  3. Vaccine: Fauci: 100 million doses in 100 days is "absolutely" doable.
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