Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Houston's immediate priorities are "housing, housing, housing," Mayor Sylvester Turner said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. Turner said he asked President Trump for rapid repair assistance during Trump's visit this weekend.

  • FEMA director Brock Long on Harvey victims without flood insurance: "Individual assistance as offered up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency is basically just a ray of hope. It's a bridge to kick start recovery ... Bottom line is that it's not going to be enough to make anybody whole."
  • "Many, many people have elected to stay in their homes. They're now dry, but they need to be repaired. In some cases, they may need to be rebuilt," Turner said.
  • But "the city of Houston is open for business. Anyone who is planning on a conference or convention or sporting event or concert coming to this city, you can still come. We want to you still come. We can do multiple things at the same time," he said.

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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Saturday tweeted a scathing response to President Trump's Friday night commutation of former associate Roger Stone's prison sentence, calling the move "[u]nprecedented, historic corruption."

Why it matters: Romney has emerged as the party's most prominent Trump critic. He sent shockwaves through Washington after announcing he would vote to convict Trump in the impeachment trial — becoming the only Senate Republican to break ranks and vote for the president's removal from office. Now he is the first major GOP lawmaker to condemn Trump's Friday night call regarding Stone.

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Why it matters: The pandemic is not an abstraction, and it is not something that’s simmering in the background. It is an ongoing emergency ravaging nearly the entire country, with a loss of life equivalent to a Sept. 11 every three days — for four months and counting.