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  • Louisiana flooding is the country’s ‘worst natural disaster’ since Hurricane Sandy, Red Cross says

    08/19/2016 7:26:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 17 | Emma Brown, Ashley Cusick and Mark Berman
    After two feet of rain began falling Thursday night, water rose quickly in Baton Rouge and then migrated east and south, leaving a vast swath of damage. At least 40,000 homes have been damaged, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards (D). The death toll has risen to 13. Roads remain flooded and closed, while schools, businesses and government offices have been shut down for days. The country has not seen a natural disaster this bad since 2012, when Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast, according to the American Red Cross. “The current flooding in Louisiana is the worst natural disaster...
  • Nets Compare Louisiana Flood to Katrina But Ignore Obama Vacation

    08/18/2016 1:50:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | August 18, 2016 | Kyle Drennen
    Between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, the broadcast networks of NBC, ABC, and CBS presented several reports on the “massive” and “historic” flooding devastating Louisiana, even comparing storm damage to that suffered during Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina. However, the one thing missing from the coverage was a single mention of the President of the United States, Barack Obama. On Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt proclaimed: “Now to the flooding disaster still impacting tens of thousands of people in the south. That massive tropical system that devastated Louisiana is now bringing new flash flood watches to Texas. This...
  • Ex-State Dept. Staffer Who Set Up Clinton Home Server to Take 5th Amendment Before Congress

    09/02/2015 7:36:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/2/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that a former Hillary Clinton State Department staffer who reportedly set up her home brew server will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights and refuse to testify to Congressional committees investigating Clinton’s home email system. Bryan Pagliano, though his attorney, informed the House Benghazi Select Committee which had subpoenaed him to testify on September 10, that he was declining to testify. The Post reported the letter cited the FBI investigation in to Clinton’s email system. Senate committees seeking Pagliano’s testimony were also informed he would be taking the Fifth. ““While we understand that Mr. Pagliano’s...
  • State board grants provisional charter for NY Climate Museum

    07/20/2015 11:45:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 20, 2015 9:56 PM EDT | Jim Fitzgerald
    The plan for a museum in the city that would focus on climate and climate change, with exhibits that could relate to health, social justice and rain-delayed baseball games, moved a step forward Monday, officials said. The state Board of Regents, meeting in Albany, approved a five-year provisional charter for the museum, Regents spokesman Tom Dunn said. The vote means “there is absolutely going to be a museum,” said Miranda Massie, executive director of the Climate Museum Launch Project. She said the museum is now “empowered to hold collections in trust for the public.” Supporters say it would be the...
  • NJ assemblywoman's husband sought help from Habitat for Humanity in rebuilding $465K shore home

    02/21/2015 12:54:00 PM PST · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    NJ Advance Media for NJ.com ^ | February 20, 2015
    State Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) tonight acknowledged that her husband got help from a non-profit group that assists low-income homeowners in demolishing a shore home severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy that records show had been purchased for nearly a half-million dollars. The owner of the Manasquan home — identified in public records as Richard Stender, the assemblywoman's husband — applied to Monmouth County-based Coastal Habitat for Humanity for help, said Maureen Mulligan, the group's executive director.
  • American Red Cross Hires Attorneys To Hide Hurricane Sandy Expenditures

    06/27/2014 6:06:37 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 27 2014 | Alex Pfeiffer
    The American Red Cross has employed an expensive New York law firm in an attempt to hide information about how it spent Hurricane Sandy donations, ProPublica reports. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wrote to the Red Cross last June requesting information regarding how the organization spent the money it received for Hurricane Sandy relief. ProPublica filed a public information request for the information given to the attorney general’s office, but Red Cross attorneys stepped in. Gabrielle Levin, of New York’s Gibson Dunn, appealed the request and wrote to the attorney general’s office to block the release of information. Levin...
  • Belmar's Sandy debris removal costs questioned by federal auditors

    05/05/2014 7:43:22 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 4 replies
    NJ.com (True Jersey) ^ | April 30, 2014 | Erin O'Neill
    Federal auditors are questioning more than $500,000 in Hurricane Sandy debris removal costs in Belmar, saying the town awarded two contracts that did not comply with federal rules and lacked paperwork to support other expenses. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General today released its findings about the hard-hit Monmouth County borough, marking the third time a federal audit of a Jersey Shore town’s debris removal work following the storm has been made public. The way two contractors charged for cleanup work accounted for more than half of the expenses flagged in Belmar’s audit. Federal auditors said Belmar...
  • NJ has distributed less than 25 percent of Sandy aid

    05/05/2014 7:00:35 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 7 replies
    NJ.com (True Jersey) ^ | May 4, 2014 | Erin O'Neill
    Though the federal government allocated more than $1.8 billion in Hurricane Sandy disaster relief aid for New Jersey more than a year ago, less that a quarter has been distributed to cash-strapped residents struggling to rebuild, according to a new state report. State officials, however, say they are making considerable progress with recovery programs, addressing concerns and making changes where needed to speed up the delivery of aid. But advocates claim a botched rollout of major housing recovery programs has taken its toll on distributing funding more quickly. More than $1.3 billion of federal aid is "in the pipeline or...
  • Gore Blames Global Warming For Hurricane Sandy, Philippines Typhoon

    04/26/2014 8:44:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Truth Revolt blog ^ | April 25, 2014 | Albert Merrick
    Former Vice President Al Gore blamed global warming for the devastating natural disasters in the Philippines and northeastern U.S. in a Politico interview published Friday. The extensive interview, in which Gore calls himself a "recovering politician" and declines to rule out a Presidential run in 2016, also focuses heavily on Gore's thoughts on efforts to combat climate change. Gore said he thinks the world is nearing a "tipping point" in which there would be "shared resolve" to decrease the use of fossil fuels worldwide. He also said that, if steps are taken now, some "catastrophic" events might be avoided. But...
  • After Sandy, feds mull plan for artificial islands off New jersey, New York

    03/29/2014 8:21:02 AM PDT · by don-o · 29 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | March 29, 2014
    SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. – A string of artificial islands off the coast of New Jersey and New York could blunt the impact of storm surges that proved so deadly during Superstorm Sandy, according to a proposal vying for attention and funding as the region continues its recovery. It's a big proposal that would cost $10 billion to $12 billion. But it's also the kind of innovative idea that federal officials requested as they consider how best to protect the heavily populated region from future storms.
  • Boom: AP Confirms Hoboken's Share of Sandy Aid 'On Par' With Other Cities

    01/25/2014 2:32:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2014 | Guy Benson
    One week ago today, we covered in detail serious allegations from the Democratic Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey against Chris Christie's administration. Dawn Zimmer claimed that two high-ranking Christie officials -- including the Lieutenant Governor -- told her that aid for her city's recovery from the storm was contingent on her approval of a building development deal favored by the governor. I discussed several curious elements of this accusation at the time, noting the Mayor's unqualified praise of Christie several months after this alleged shakedown attempt took place, and citing a local reporter to whom Zimmer had floated a different...
  • Barbara Boxer sees carbon tax in the mix ('Sandy' will be catalyst for O's climate change action)

    01/22/2013 1:34:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/22/13 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Sen. Barbara Boxer said she had a one word answer for why President Obama promised to act on climate change in his second inaugural address: “Sandy.” Boxer called Hurricane Sandy a turning point in public opinion on global warming, and said Washington will act to curb CO2 emissions not via legislation but through the Environmental Protection Agency. “My view is they have no choice but to act,” Boxer said, referring to a Supreme Court ruling that affirmed that greenhouse gasses are pollutants under the Clean Air Act. “The EPA has huge authority here.” ... “There may be a way to...
  • Long waits for aid for [hurricane] Sandy victims in NY and NJ

    01/05/2014 6:43:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 24 December 2013 | David b. Caruso, Frank Eltman
    As a second New Year since Superstorm Sandy approaches, many coastal residents are still waiting for New York, New Jersey and New York City to distribute billions of federal dollars that were intended to go directly to people struggling to rebuild their homes. Only a fraction of that money has been spent, leaving storm victims at the mercy of a frustrating maze of bureaucracy. Depending on where they live, the checks could be anywhere from days to many more months away. Congress approved a roughly $60 billion Sandy aid bill last January, setting aside a large chunk of that money...
  • Hundreds of Storm Evacuees in Hotels Face Evictions

    09/25/2013 11:19:56 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 24, 2013 | MIREYA NAVARRO
    Almost a year after Hurricane Sandy, hundreds of displaced New Yorkers living in hotels face eviction. Many of them have or are applying for federal rental subsidies, but finding affordable apartments has proved daunting. A few of those still in hotels are homeowners whose houses have not yet been repaired. But saying there is no longer money for hotel stays, lawyers for the city went to court on Tuesday trying to evict the approximately 350 remaining evacuees by Oct. 1 and steer them into homeless shelters. The lawyers said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would end reimbursements to the...
  • Chris Christie vs. Rand Paul and the Facts

    08/06/2013 2:36:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Fact Check ^ | 08/06/2013
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie conflated statistics when he claimed Sen. Rand Paul’s “pork-barrel spending” is the reason Kentucky receives more federal funds than New Jersey for every tax dollar it sends to Washington. The figures cited by Christie are affected very little by pork-barrel spending.Moreover, Senate Republicans have imposed a voluntary ban on earmarks — otherwise known as pork-barrel spending — since the Kentucky senator took office in 2011. So Paul hasn’t brought any of the traditional pork-barrel spending to Kentucky.Paul also added some confusion to the issue when he seemed to suggest that Kentucky’s ratio was the...
  • Energy Department: Global warming made Hurricane Sandy worse

    07/12/2013 10:34:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/12/13 | Jon Terbush
    The latest evidence that climate change is already causing massive damage Extreme weather patterns spawned by global warming are a serious threat to the nation's energy infrastructure, according to a new report from the Department of Energy, and their destructive effects are already being felt nationwide. "Increasing temperatures, decreasing water availability, more intense storm events, and sea level rise will each independently, and in some cases in combination, affect the ability of the United States to produce and transmit electricity from fossil, nuclear, and existing and emerging renewable energy sources," the report states. In the most striking example, the report...
  • Subsidizing Disaster

    06/14/2013 10:41:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall. com ^ | June 14, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The New York Times is pleased with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 438-page, $20 billion plan to protect New York from the effects of future hurricanes. It notes benignly that the cost is probably an underestimate but agrees with the mayor, "Whether you believe climate change is real or not is beside the point; the bottom line is we can't run the risk." Really? Imagine the argument: "Whether you believe zombies are real or not is beside the point. ... We can't run the risk." Clearly one's willingness to undertake these sorts of preparations depends completely on whether the perceived danger is...
  • Scandal or Storm: The Making of Obama’s Legacy

    06/03/2013 7:16:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2013 | Dan Holler
    Democrats are practically pleading with President Obama to sharpen his message. After successfully raising taxes on every working American at the beginning of the year, the progressive movement has suffered one debilitating blow after another. In March, many in the media laughed when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) declared conservatives were winning. But the rallying cry of collective action that rang throughout Obama’s second inaugural address now seems like more empty rhetoric, not an emerging reality. Still buzzed from their victory over Mitt Romney, Team Obama held the misguided belief they could convince Americans (not collectivists to begin with) that they...
  • Obama Embraces Role As Consoler In Chief To Remain Above The Fray

    05/28/2013 1:34:34 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 28,2013 | Niall Stanage
    President Obama will gain one more day of respite from the controversies that have crowded in on his administration Tuesday, as he tours the New Jersey coast to inspect the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Obama visiting Jersey Shore today

    05/28/2013 6:38:17 AM PDT · by JimRed · 43 replies
    self | 05/28/2013 | self
    Obama will be visiting the Jersey Shore at Belmar today. Rt. 71 and all roads east of 71 will be closed to traffic after 11 AM. No actual time, route or destination has been announced.