“Now, I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico…”

A study released by Harvard in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that at least 4,645 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria, a death toll 70 times higher than the official count.

UPDATED 08/10/18 11:01 AM PST: The Puerto Rican government has admitted to a higher death toll than previously recorded, though it has yet to acknowledge the numbers put forth by the Harvard study. Read more →

PRESIDENT OF THE U.S.: Now, I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you have thrown our budget a little out of whack, because we have spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico. And that’s fine. We’ve saved a lot of lives. If you look at the—every death is a horror, but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina and you look at the tremendous—hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here with really a storm that was just totally overbearing, nobody has seen anything like this. And what is your death count as of this moment?Seventeen?

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OPINION: It’s The Least We Can Do

French President Emmanuel Macron has granted French citizenship to Mamoudou Gassama, a 22-year-old migrant from Mali who scaled four floors in mere seconds to rescue a child who was dangling from a fourth-story balcony last week.

The video footage of the rescue has gone viral across social media as well as the mainstream media, and Gassama is being called “Spider-Man” in recognition of his incredible feat.

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Once in A Thousand Years

The Southeastern United States is being battered by Subtropical Storm Alberto, and Maryland is recovering from its second “once-in-a-thousand-year” flood in, well, two years.

Sadly, journalists Mike McCormick and Aaron Smeltzer of NBC affiliate WYFF were killed Monday when a tree fell on their news truck as they covered Alberto’s landfall.

In Maryland, more than eight inches of rain pelted Ellicott City over the weekend, flooding Main Street and causing extensive damage.

Army National Guard Sgt. Eddison Hermond’s body was found late yesterday in the Patapsco River, just east of Ellicott City.

Rescuers had been searching for the 39-year-old man since Sunday evening.

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U.S. Border Patrol Must Be Held Accountable

The family of Claudia Patrícia Gómez González, the woman executed by Border Patrol last week, is demanding justice for the 20-year-old indigenous Guatemalan woman.

In a Facebook Live video that has since gone viral, a woman can be heard yelling at Border Patrol agents who had just shot another woman in the head, killing her instantly.

The victim has since been identified as indigenous Guatemalan citizen Claudia Patrícia Gómez González.

The incident took place in Rio Bravo, Texas, just a few miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

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“If I Die in a School Shooting”

Student protesters have launched a viral video campaign under the hashtag #IfIDieInASchoolShooting in which students list the things they’ll miss out on if they’re killed at school.

Individual students are rallying together en mass and are uploading videos of themselves listing the things that they’ll miss out on if they’re killed in a school shooting, as well as their final requests.

The hashtag has also gone viral on Twitter, where Andrew Schneidawind posted the first tweet using the hashtag only two days after the deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas on May 18.

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Bombs and Mortars

Bombs and mortars are flying between Israel and Gaza amid furiously high tensions between the Israeli government and Palestinian protesters.

The militarized branches of Hamas and Islamic Jihad announced a rocket strike in retaliation against the Israeli government’s murder and maiming of thousands of protesters during the ongoing Palestinian March of Return.

Approximately 27 shells were launched from within Gaza in the largest attack against Israel in years.

In response, Israel has launched a counter-strike against military bases in The Gaza Strip after firing a tank into the area on Sunday, killing three.

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How To Lose 1,500 Children and Not Take Responsibility

The United States Government has lost track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children who were placed in sponsor homes by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is responsible for the care of unaccompanied immigrant minors.

Anti-immigrant conservatives like Rick Santorum began defending the government right out of the gates, claiming that the children aren’t really lost.

“They were placed in vetted homes. The question is, they haven’t had communication with these previously vetted sponsors. Does that mean that they’re lost? No. That means there’s a process going on right now to try and find why these sponsors haven’t checked back in to give us their location.”

So, obviously, it’s the sponsors who are to blame in this situation and not the federal government who placed them with those sponsors in the first place.

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Progressivism from the Catholic Church

The people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favor of the repeal of the country’s Eighth Amendment last week, which banned abortion in nearly all cases.

The predominantly Catholic country has had restrictive legislation in place since 1861, with the amendment ratified by the public in 1983.

While many members and clergy of the Catholic Church, which has a deep and powerful presence in the country, have criticized the decision, others have offered a more positive, progressive view.

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Starbucks Shuts Down for Racial Bias Training

The international coffee giant Starbucks is closing its 8,000 U.S. locations today to conduct racial bias training with its employees.

The closure comes a little over a month after two black men were arrested for sitting in a Starbucks and using the bathroom there without having purchased anything while they awaited a third person for a business meeting.

Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson reached a settlement with the city of Philadelphia over the wrongful arrest and secured a $200,000 grant with the city for student entrepreneurs.

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Gaza is Unlivable

Fathi Walid Harb, a 22-year-old Palestinian man in Gaza, has died of the wounds he sustained as a result of his self-immolation in protest of the dire conditions in the Gaza Strip.

Harb poured gasoline all over his body before setting himself ablaze on Sunday May 20, and succumbed to his wounds, which covered 50% of his body as well as severe smoke inhalation.

His mother, Majda, said that her son was expecting his first child but was desperately trying to figure out to support his family under the harsh conditions in the embattled Gaza Strip.

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