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1. Government relief

Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert announced the “largest-ever mobilization of our military in a naval and marine operation” to provide relief after Hurricane Irma and said about 700,000 people had registered for aid after Harvey.

A US Navy rescue in St Thomas on Saturday.
A US Navy rescue in St Thomas on Saturday. Photograph: Sgt. Priscilla Desormeaux/AFP/Getty Images


Asked about the price tag of the operation, Bossert said he didn’t want to guess. The governor of Texas announced he had disbursed $135m in federal aid on the same day as Donald Trump signed a $15.3bn aid bill.

How we survived Irma

Bossert. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Could climate change play a role?

Causality is outside my ability to analyze right now.

– Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert, on the relationship between climate change and hurricanes

2. Trump commemorates 9/11 attacks

May God Forever Bless the United States of America. #NeverForget911

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2017

Flashback: September 11

Thousands of people died on 9/11 and Trump’s initial reaction was happiness his building was the tallest again

— jordan 🌹🌹 (@JordanUhl) September 11, 2017

3. White House spreads Irma hoax

The White House is literally tweeting out fake news during a national disaster (and apparently sharing fake videos with the President).

— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) September 10, 2017

4. Bannon admits ‘original sin’

In the 48 hours after we won, there’s a fundamental decision that was made. You might call it the original sin of the administration. We embraced the establishment. I mean, we totally embraced the establishment … because ya had to staff a government.

– former White House strategist Steve Bannon, on 60 Minutes

Miss America gets political

Steve being Steve

On Steve Bannon's prediction of GOP "civil war" over DACA, Sanders says, "Steve always likes to speak in the most extreme measures."

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 11, 2017

... and another thing:

It's on an island on both the ocean & intercostal and in a mandatory evacuation zone... probably not the best idea, but you know, narrative!

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 10, 2017

... and another thing:

Donald Trump called Chuck Schumer to bask in the positive press coverage of their fiscal deal.

An amazing quote:

— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 10, 2017

... and another thing:

On 9/11, "Fox & Friends" asks: Will liberals try to remove Flight 93 memorial like they did Confederate statues?

— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 11, 2017

... and another thing:

TONIGHT, 10pm: We reveal our exclusive interview with former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. OCTOBER issue on stands next week!

— Chicago magazine (@ChicagoMag) September 11, 2017


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