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John Cornyn holds up top White House nominee

October 20, 2017
Jonathan Swan | Axios
Cornyn — a member of Senate leadership who has a strong say over the floor schedule — has made it clear that Vought will be held up until he gets more funding for Texas' hurricane relief, according to three sources close to the situation.
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Reversing Course, Trump Seeks to Reassure Puerto Rico

October 13, 2017
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Trump sought to reassure Puerto Rico on Friday that he was not abandoning the hurricane-ravaged island, shifting his message a day after blaming its leadership for the territory’s ongoing crisis and warning that he "cannot keep” federal troops and emergency workers “in P.R. forever.”
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White House asks for $30 billion in emergency disaster aid

October 5, 2017
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
The White House on Wednesday asked Congress for nearly $30 billion in new funding to pay for a wave of natural disasters, including hurricanes in Texas, Florida and island territories and wildfires scorching western states.
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Trump hails ‘incredible’ response in ‘lovely’ trip to storm-torn Puerto Rico

October 4, 2017
Ashley Parker, Jenna Johnson | The Washington Post
Trump was upbeat and, at times, playful during the visit, often sounding more like an athletic coach congratulating his team after a winning season than a president addressing American citizens at a moment of crisis.
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Trump may come face-to-face with Cruz in Puerto Rico after days of attacking the mayor

October 3, 2017
Abby Phillip | The Washington Post
The attacks on Cruz by Trump, which have been continued on a daily basis by his allies inside and outside of the White House, turned a dispute over the federal response to the devastation left by Hurricane Maria into a personal grudge match.
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