Hurricane Ian: More deaths reported in Florida as search for survivors continues in the state facing an arduous road to recovery

CNN — Days after Hurricane Ian tore through Florida, wiping out neighborhoods and turning streets into rivers, rescue crews searching for survivors are reporting more deaths as recovery efforts continue. Officials confirmed Ian has killed at least 76 people in Florida after it made landfall last week as a Category 4 storm, decimating coastal towns, … Read more

Marco Rubio vows to oppose potential Hurricane Ian aid package if lawmakers ‘load it up with stuff that’s unrelated to the storm’

CNN — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Sunday that he will vote against any potential congressional disaster aid for victims of Hurricane Ian if lawmakers “load it up with stuff that’s unrelated to the storm.” “Safe. I will fight against it having pork in it. That’s the key,” the senator told CNN’s Dana … Read more

Kherson: Lloyd Austin says Ukraine is ‘making progress’ on the battlefield thanks to skill of soldiers and strategic use of supplied weapons

CNN — Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said he believes Ukraine is “making progress,” in the Kherson region of the country as they continue to counter Russia’s invasion, adding there has been a “kind of change in the battlefield dynamics.” Austin attributed the change to the skill of Ukrainian soldiers and their strategic use of … Read more

Rick Scott says ‘It’s never, ever OK to be a racist’ when asked about Trump’s personal attack on Elaine Chao

CNN — Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said Sunday that “it’s never ever OK to be a racist” when asked about former President Donald Trump’s personal attack on Elaine Chao, his onetime Transportation secretary. Scott offered a measured response to Trump’s mocking of a notable Asian American in the GOP. Trump, in a Friday … Read more

Curtain lifts on another historic Supreme Court term in the new normal

This Sunday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. ET and PT, CNN will air Fareed Zakaria’s latest special report, “Supreme Power: Inside the Highest Court in the Land.” CNN  —  Chief Justice John Roberts is looking forward to the start of the Supreme Court’s new term on Monday, especially now that the public will be able … Read more

Hurricane Ian: Death toll rises to 66 in Florida after the storm rendered some communities ‘unrecognizable,’ officials say

CNN — Days after Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida, shell-shocked residents are still assessing the damage left behind by record-high storm surge, damaging winds and catastrophic flooding that left some areas of the Sunshine State unrecognizable. At least 66 people were killed by Ian in Florida as it swallowed homes in its furious rushing waters, … Read more

Tudor Dixon seeks a culture war in campaign against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

CNN  —  Tudor Dixon, the Republican taking on Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November’s midterm election, is turning to tactics that have worked for other Republican winners in competitive governor’s races as she seeks to turn the race into a cultural battle over education, transgender athletes and more. But her clash with a well-funded Democratic … Read more

Trump defends ‘great woman’ Ginni Thomas after Jan. 6 testimony

CNN — Former President Donald Trump praised the “courage and strength” of Ginni Thomas at a rally Saturday, days after the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas met with congressional investigators about her efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. In a four-and-a-half hour meeting with investigators on Thursday, Thomas discussed her … Read more

National Archives says it still doesn’t have all Trump White House records

CNN — The National Archives has told the House Oversight Committee that certain presidential records from the Trump administration remain outstanding, citing information that some White House staff used non-official electronic systems to conduct official business. In a Friday letter to the panel’s chairwoman, New York Democrat Carolyn Maloney, the National Archives and Records Administration, … Read more

Federal judge rules against Abrams-founded voting rights group in Georgia

CNN — A federal judge ruled against a voting rights group founded by Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams Friday in a challenge to the state’s voting laws. US District Judge Steve Jones ruled against “Fair Fight Action” on claims over Georgia’s “exact match” voter registration policy, absentee ballot cancellation practices and registration inaccuracies. “Although … Read more