// 10/1/17 //
The Trump Administration deployed military assets and personnel to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to combat the growing crisis due to Hurricane Maria (WaPo).
- President Trump will waive the Jones Act, a maritime law restricting shipping between ports, to allow relief to reach Puerto Rico (LA Times, NYT, WaPo).
- The U.S. military has named Lt. General Jeffrey S. Buchanan as the coordinating officer for military relief efforts in Puerto Rico (WaPo).
- President Trump’s response to the aftermath of the hurricane in Puerto Rico seems to be taking cues from Hillary Clinton (WaPo).
- The Trump administration is restricting lawmakers from visiting Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in order to keep military aircraft focused on recovery efforts (WaPo).
- Congressional Democrats are demanding increased military support and health funding for Puerto Rico (WaPo).
The California legislature passed three laws that, if signed by Governor Brown, could present challenges to President Trump’s reelection efforts, including by forcing Presidential candidates to release tax returns (WaPo).
A coalition of groups including the ACLU of Massachusetts called on the Boston Police Department to limit cooperation with the Federal Government except when absolutely necessary to investigate and prosecute crime (ACLU).