What We’re Reading: Hurricane Florence barrels toward East Coast

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We’re back and we’re reading – everything from the “New York Times” to the “Wall Street Journal.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and policy. Today we’ve got the anniversary of 9/11, Trump’s changes for energy companies, and the latest on Hurricane Florence.  

The 17th anniversary of 9/11

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump paid their tributes to the fallen heroes of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. today.

Nearly two decades ago, passengers and crew members rebelled against the highjacking of the aircraft by storming the cockpit and reclaiming the plane from terrorist attackers.

They brought down the flight in an unpopulated field rather than it’s original destination, the nation’s capital. 

Trump’s tweets 

President Trump has received backlash for one of his most recent tweets about 9/11.

Many users tweeted their disdain for President Trump’s acknowledgment of 9/11 — others mirrored his social media response to other political figures.

Climate Change 

The Trump administration is moving toward a decision that would make it easier for energy companies to release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that warms the atmosphere, into the air.

The Environmental Protection Agency is working to reverse an Obama-era rule, which requires “companies to monitor and repair methane leaks,” “The New York Times” reports.

This is the administration’s third major step to prevent federal efforts to fight climate change. Changes could come as soon as this week.

Hurricane Florence 

As Hurricane Florence moves closer toward the East Coast — the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is gearing up to face it’s first real Hurricane of the season — and this storm isn’t holding back. 

However, FEMA isn’t holding back either. The disaster relief agency has prepared more than 80,000 liters of water, 402,000 meals, 1,200 cots and 34 generators at Fort Bragg near Fayetteville, N.C., according to USA Today.

FEMA isn’t the only ones preparing for this Category 4 storm — the Navy is taking precautionary steps, too. 

Nearly 30 ships were instructed to relocate from Naval Station Norfolk, stationed in southeast Virginia, to avoid the destructive winds and storm surges that are projected to take place. 

The ships will be relocated to areas of the Atlantic to wait out the storm.

Kavanaugh v. the vote 

The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a date to vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

Voting will take place Thursday, which is four days after the original testimony surrounding his nomination. However, Democrats will likely delay the vote until next week, according to NBC.

Check back tomorrow for more.