Wednesday News: Not-so-deep state


MARK MEADOWS DEVELOPS CONSPIRACY THEORIES TO PROTECT TRUMP: On Sept. 5, a week after a closed-door interview between Ohr and the House Oversight Committee, Meadows sent a letter asking the Justice Department to review Ohr’s contacts with Steele. But even before that request, Meadows was floating a theory for his supporters to consider. “Here are some key facts you need to know about Bruce Ohr to understand why he is important to our investigation,” Meadows wrote in an email newsletter. “Bruce Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS — which was the firm hired by the Clinton campaign to write the dossier. Bruce Ohr gave the dossier to the FBI. The FBI then used the same dossier to spy on the Trump campaign.” But as PolitiFact noted in a fact-check of conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt about Jordan’s theory, there is no evidence that Nellie Ohr personally routed the dossier to the Justice Department.

NEW TRACK FOR HURRICANE FLORENCE MAY SPARE TRIANGLE & TRIAD: The 11 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center shows that Florence's track has shifted to the south. The latest model shows the storm would still make landfall in Wilmington as a major hurricane on Friday night, but would then move into South Carolina. "If this path holds, there would be lesser impacts for parts of our viewing area," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. Wrightsville beach and surrounding areas could still see the brunt of the storm surge on the current path, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. The current path diminishes the chance for catastrophic rains in Raleigh and the Triangle, but could still have significant impact on the southern North Carolina counties.

NC'S "RAINY DAY" FUND FLUSH, BUT ALSO CONTROLLED BY LEGISLATURE NOT GOVERNOR: As Hurricane Florence approaches, North Carolina’s state government has more money in its savings account than it had in past storms — and a higher share of savings than the governments of Virginia and South Carolina, which will also be affected by the storm. Republican legislators boasted about the size of the state’s “rainy day fund” on Twitter this week. After getting an additional $161 million in this year’s budget, the fund totals about $2 billion, which represents more than 8 percent of the state’s annual spending. But that law also restricts how much of the fund can be spent at once. If in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, legislators seek to spend an amount higher than 7.5 percent of last fiscal year’s total operating budget, they’ll need at least two-thirds of the House and Senate to vote yes.

TRUMP ATTACKS SAN JUAN MAYOR IN TWEET ABOUT PUERTO RICO HURRICANE RESPONSE: President Donald Trump said Wednesday the government is ready for massive Hurricane Florence and insisted that his administration's response to the devastation in Puerto Rico last year was an "underappreciated great job." In a series of morning tweets as Florence bore down on the Southeast U.S. coast, Trump bristled over criticism of the response to Hurricane Maria, in which 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico. "We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan). We are ready for the big one that is coming!" Trump tweeted.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION INTERNMENT CAMPS SWELL WITH MIGRANT CHILDREN: The government said Tuesday that it plans to triple the amount of space for migrant children traveling without a parent at the Tornillo immigrant detention camp so that up to 3,800 of the children can be held there. That’s a 20 percent increase in the number of beds for unaccompanied minors, now at 12,800, in the controversial network of more than 100 shelters overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It comes as the length of stay for unaccompanied minors has lengthened to an average of 59 days — nearly double what it was four years ago. The expansion of the facility in the desert community of Tornillo southeast of El Paso follows growing outrage over the detention of young migrants who cross the U.S. border, mostly Central Americans, and an increase in the number of reports of sexual and medical abuses of children at the detention centers run by government contractors.



Having some connectivity problems...

Which is why I went ahead and published an earlier (incomplete) version a little while ago. I think my WiFi has been monitoring all these scary hurricane updates, and is freaking out a little bit...