Good Sunday morning. An upbeat O.J. Simpson was picked up by a friend when he walked out of prison in Nevada just after midnight, after serving 9 years for kidnapping and armed robbery. A corrections official told CNN: "I told him, 'Don't come back,' and he responded, 'I don't intend to' ... He was upbeat, personable and seemed happy to get on with his life."
President Trump digs in this morning, tweeting: "We have done a great job with the almost impossible situation in Puerto Rico. Outside of the Fake News or politically motivated ingrates, ... people are now starting to recognize the amazing work that has been done by FEMA and our great Military."
In contrast to dire reports from the island, White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert sent West Wing colleagues an unusually upbeat update — leaked to Axios — that points to a rapid recovery no one on the ground is witnessing.
Bossert, back from a trip to Puerto Rico earlier in the week, says it's "still an urgent situation," but that the administration has "a strong ground game in place on the island with military leadership":
The White House's sunny plan comes as TV reports "increasingly echo those after Katrina a dozen years ago in sounding the alarm for a desperate population frustrated by the pace of relief efforts," AP's David Bauder points out:
Be smart: President Trump's tweets blame Puerto Rico for its straits (WashPost lead story: "Trump's newest target? A mayor" ... L.A. Times lead story: "Trump lashes out at Puerto Ricans"), and try to undermine skeptical coverage ("Because of #FakeNews my people are not getting the credit they deserve for doing a great job").
"I was stunned as I walked through the darkened and humid arrivals terminal at San Juan's International Airport two days after Hurricane Maria blasted its way across Puerto Rico," AP's Chris Gillette writes in a "Reporter's Notebook":
Go deeper ... Fascinating N.Y. Times photos and gritty reporting, "Enduring a Day of Misery in Puerto Rico's Ruins: 24 Hours of Despair And Determination On a Battered Island."
Mark Zuckerberg posts a message that refers to use of Facebook in last year's election:
Tonight concludes Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews when we reflect on the past year and ask forgiveness for our mistakes. For those I hurt this year, I ask forgiveness and I will try to be better.
For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do better. May we all be better in the year ahead, and may you all be inscribed in the book of life.
Shortly after Friday's resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney issued this new policy on Executive Branch aircraft use:
"The new reality of old age in America," from a series by the WashPost's Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, "The Forgotten":
"Topping the list of emerging threats? Drones" ... Counter-terrorism experts warn that ISIS' innovative use of inexpensive drone technology may spur aerial attacks around the globe, per L.A. Times' W.J. Hennigan:
"Saturday Night Live" premiered its 43rd season with a cold open of "The Chaos President":
"Weekend Update" on Hurricane Maria, with a drop-by by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Kate McKinnon).