In today’s news: Puerto Rico, the West Bank, private emails, Kurdistan, Dak Prescott, and the MLB playoff race.
Trump tweets about Puerto Rico problems as feds rush aid (Chicago Tribune) – “The U.S. ramped up its response Monday to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, even as President Donald Trump brought up the island’s struggles before Hurricane Maria struck — including ‘billions of dollars’ in debt to ‘Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with’ . . . Five days after the Category 4 storm slammed into Puerto Rico, many of the more than 3.4 million U.S. citizens in the territory were still without adequate food, water and fuel. Flights off the island were infrequent, communications were spotty and roads were clogged with debris. Officials said electrical power may not be fully restored for more than a month.”
Palestinian shoots dead three Israelis at settlement near Jerusalem (Washington Post) – “The attacker, who was killed on the scene, was crossing through a security checkpoint to Har Adar from his neighboring village of Beit Surik, around 500 yards away, when he opened fire just after 7 a.m., residents and security officials said. Another Israeli was seriously injured and transferred to hospital, police said. The militant group Hamas praised the attack, calling it a ‘new chapter’ in Jerusalem’s intifada, but did not claim responsibility.”
At least six White House advisers used private email accounts (NY Times) – “The disclosures came a day after news surfaced that Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, used a private email account to send or receive about 100 work-related emails during the administration’s first seven months. But Mr. Kushner was not alone. Stephen K. Bannon, the former chief White House strategist, and Reince Priebus, the former chief of staff, also occasionally used private email addresses. Other advisers, including Gary D. Cohn and Stephen Miller, sent or received at least a few emails on personal accounts, officials said. . . . While the private email accounts spurred accusations of hypocrisy from Democrats, there are differences. Mrs. [Hillary] Clinton stored classified information on a private server, and she exclusively used a private account for her government work, sending or receiving tens of thousands of emails.”
Big ‘yes’ vote expected for Iraqi Kurd independence (Yahoo! News) – “Iraq’s Kurds were Tuesday expecting the announcement of a big “yes” vote for independence, as authorities in Baghdad weighed how to respond to a referendum they considered illegal. Large numbers turned out in northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region for Monday’s vote, which went ahead despite fierce objections from Baghdad, Turkey and Iran. . . . The vote is non-binding and will not lead automatically to independence, but is seen by the Kurds as a major step towards a long-cherished dream of statehood.”
Dak Prescott leads Cowboys to hard-fought win (ESPN) – “Monday’s 28-17 win against the Arizona Cardinals might have been Prescott’s hardest game, and it definitely can be considered his most satisfying. With folks waiting to see how he and Ezekiel Elliott would respond to the worst defeat of their young careers – a 42-17 loss last week against the Broncos in Denver – they answered the call, especially Prescott.”
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Updating the MLB postseason picture (SBNation) – “As the postseason inches ever-closer and the last divisional and wild card races sort themselves out, there will be a lot of updates about who’s in things and who’s out. We’re here to make following all of that easier with updates about the latest action around the league from now until the season ends.”