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'SNL' hammers President Trump over Puerto Rico response

‘Weekend Update’ roasts Trump’s sons and Scaramucci “Saturday Night Live” didn’t waste any time going after President Donald Trump and the comments he made on Saturday regarding hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The 43rd season premiere of the NBC sketch series opened with Alec Baldwin’s Trump speaking on the phone with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who was played by Melissa Villaseñor. “I know things are, as the locals say, Despacito,” Baldwin’s Trump said over the phone. “FEMA takes a few days unless you join FEMA Prime.” The fake Trump then ...

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Trump's FCC criticized for hurricane response

Hurricane Maria leaves trail of devastation A Democratic commissioner and other critics say President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission is not doing enough to respond to the crisis in Puerto Rico and the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida. Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic commissioner, questioned the agency’s choice not to call for hearings yet to inform its response in the wake of a series of devastating hurricanes. “After Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy @FCC held hearings to address network recovery. Why won’t agency do it for Harvey, Irma & Maria?” she ...

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LeBron salutes NFL response to Trump rhetoric

3:03 PM ET Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James addressed President Donald Trump’s comments on sports and protests on Monday, talking extensively about the issue and the NFL’s response but never using the president’s name. “First of all, I salute the NFL, the coaches, the players, the owners, the fans. Everyone who had any association with the NFL was unbelievable,” James said. “There was no divide. Even from that guy that continues to try to divide us as people. “The thing that frustrated me, pissed me off: He was using the ...

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UK's Hurricane Irma response was not late – Fallon

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has insisted the UK was “not late” in its response to help British overseas territories hit by Hurricane Irma. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, he said the government’s response had been “as good as anybody else’s”. Two senior MPs and residents of the Caribbean islands have criticised the response after the storm struck. Some 500 UK troops have been sent to Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, and British Virgin Islands (BVI). Asked about reports of looting in the region, Sir Michael said there had been ...

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Charlottesville: White House defends Trump response

Media playback is unsupported on your device The White House has defended President Donald Trump’s reaction to deadly violence over a white supremacist rally in Virginia, amid criticism he did not explicitly condemn far-right groups. But a spokesman said his condemnation included white supremacists. A woman was killed on Saturday when a car rammed into a crowd protesting against the rally in Charlottesville. Separately, a rally organiser was chased away by protesters as he tried to give a press conference on Sunday. Jason Kessler, who organised the controversial “Unite the ...

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Trump under fire for response to far-right

Media playback is unsupported on your device US President Donald Trump is facing criticism for his response to the violence at a white supremacist rally. A woman was killed and 19 people injured when a car ploughed into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mr Trump condemned violence by “many sides” – but stopped short of explicitly condemning the far-right. Republican Senator Cory Gardner said “Mr. President – we must call evil by its name.” He added: “These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism.” His comments were ...

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Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

Boots has said it is “truly sorry” for its response to calls to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills. The pharmaceutical company was criticised after telling the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) it was avoiding “incentivising inappropriate use”. It now says it is looking for cheaper alternatives to the Levonelle brand. The firm said it “sincerely” apologised for its “poor choice of words” over the emergency contraception pricing. The progestogen-based drug Levonelle costs £28.25 in Boots, with a non-branded equivalent priced at £26.75. The branded drug costs ...

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Council leader quits over fire response

Kensington and Chelsea Council leader Nick Paget-Brown has resigned following continued criticism of the council’s handling of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Mr Paget-Brown faced calls to resign from London Mayor Sadiq Khan and a number of other senior politicians. It comes a day after an aborted meeting of the council’s cabinet in which leaders had tried to ban members of the public. That decision led to a rebuke from Downing Street on Friday. A Number 10 spokesman said: “The High Court ruled that the meeting should be open and we ...

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North Korea nuclear programme: US 'working with China' on response

Media playback is unsupported on your device The US and China are working on a “range of options” on North Korea, the US top security adviser has said, as tensions mount over the country’s nuclear and missile programmes. Lt Gen HR McMaster told ABC News there was consensus with China that this was a “situation that just can’t continue”. The comments come after a failed missile test launch by North Korea and a massive military parade. President Trump had earlier said China was “working with us” on the issue. Beijing, ...

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