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Chris Christie: Treat Us Like Katrina Victims

Governor makes pitch for more federal aid

(Newser) - New York and New Jersey are looking for federal aid in their ongoing Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, and they're not being modest in their requests. "We expect to be treated in exactly the same way that the victims of Katrina were treated," Chris Christie said—a statement... More »

Timberlake, Biel Help With Sandy Relief

Celeb couple steps out to hand out relief supplies

(Newser) - Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel made their first post-wedding public appearance yesterday, and while it has E! Online predictably gushing about their infinite perfection, it's actually kind of nice: The A-listers showed up in Far Rockaway, NY, to lend a hand with relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy, reports Us ... More »

Obama Really Did a 'Heckuva Job' on Sandy

FEMA would fail once again under Romney: Paul Krugman

(Newser) - Some on the right might have been hoping that Sandy would be President Obama's Katrina, but Paul Krugman is having none of it: Instead, the president's handling of the superstorm has won him much well-deserved praise and even a bump in the polls, he writes in the New ... More »

New FEMA Head's Little Trick: Counting Waffle Houses

Craig Fugate brings years of know-how to disaster recovery

(Newser) - Obama administration officials aren't exactly known for wearing cowboy boots and talking about Waffle Houses. But Craig Fugate, current head of FEMA, brings a down-to-earth attitude to the post he's held since 2009, the New York Times reports. Supported by Democrats and Republicans alike, Fugate brings a philosophy... More »

Obama 'Not Worried' About Sandy's Effect on Election

But 'millions of people' will be affected

(Newser) - President Obama is assuring Americans that there has been "extraordinarily close coordination" between state, local, and federal officials in the response to Hurricane Sandy, he said in a press conference this afternoon. But "millions of people are going to be affected," he cautioned. "The most important... More »

Iran Hospitals Overwhelmed After Brutal Quakes

Death toll approaches 300

(Newser) - With thousands injured as the death toll from Iran's dual earthquakes nears 300, hospitals are reeling from the increased traffic. There are long lines outside as doctors work feverishly to cope with the injuries. "From last night until this afternoon when I left Shohada-ye Tabriz hospital, doctors were... More »

House Clears Bill to Keep Gov't Running

It passed unanimously—with only 3 votes

(Newser) - A nearly empty House of Representatives today passed a stopgap spending measure to avert a government shutdown this weekend and refill disaster aid coffers. The measure passed the House with the unanimous permission of all members present in a chamber that was nearly deserted because Congress is on vacation. It... More »

Heat Is on Senate as Government Shutdown Looms

Congress working through scheduled vacation

(Newser) - After rejecting the House's bill to fund the government into November, the Senate will vote today on its own version, hoping to dodge a new threat of government shutdown, reports the Washington Post . After the weekend brought leaders no closer to agreement, and with disaster relief potentially running out... More »

House Passes Spending Bill, But...

...the Senate vows to oppose it, so Oct. 1 shutdown again a possibility

(Newser) - House Republicans got their ducks in a row late last night, passing a spending measure nearly identical to the one that went down in flames Wednesday. But that might not be enough to prevent a government shutdown, because the Senate is drawing a hard line against the bill, the Washington ... More »

FEMA Suspends Joplin Relief to Pay for Irene Relief

And Obama will likely have to ask Congress for additional funding

(Newser) - How will FEMA pay for Hurricane Irene disaster assistance? By suspending payments related to the Joplin tornado, the Washington Post reports. The FEMA disaster relief fund currently has only $900 million in it, less than the preferred $1 billion minimum. President Obama has already signed emergency declarations for the District... More »

FEMA Asks Disaster Victims to Return Aid Money

Agency says it mistakenly sent out $22M years ago

(Newser) - Oh, FEMA. It's hard to top those formaldehyde Katrina trailers , but this comes close. The agency has begun sending letters to thousands of people who received disaster aid asking for its money back, reports AP . Specifically, FEMA says it mistakenly doled out $22 million to victims of tornadoes, floods,... More »

South Begins to Dig Out of Tornadoes’ Devastation

FEMA, National Guard, church groups organize for victims

(Newser) - In the wake of the deadliest American storms in nearly four decades, hard-hit states in the South are beginning to sift through the ruins as federal and state authorities prepare a giant cleanup effort. Some devastated areas are hardly recognizable, with homes and churches decimated, cars sent flying, and trees... More »

Amid Tragedy, Haiti Readies for Vote

No clear favorite among 18 candidates

(Newser) - Facing recovery from a pair of natural disasters and an outbreak of cholera, work is cut out for Haiti’s next president. Who that will be, however, is anyone’s guess: of 18 candidates, no one campaigner has pulled ahead, the Wall Street Journal reports. With some 80% of pledged... More »

Feeling 'Great,' Bill Clinton Gets Back to Work

Ex-president continues Haiti effort a day after heart surgery

(Newser) - Less than 24 hours after surgery to insert two stents in a coronary artery, Bill Clinton got back to work today. "I feel great," the former president said after returning to his home in Chappaqua, NY. It's "miraculous what they do with the stents," he added.... More »

Haiti Relief Puts Few Dents in 'Massive' Need

Food, shelter, medicine in short supply with government invisible

(Newser) - Relief efforts in Haiti are falling far short of the need despite the best intentions of the international response to the devastating earthquake almost a month past. The nation’s government is almost absent as US soldiers struggle to deliver nothing more than rice, and no temporary shelter besides the... More »

Haitian Pizza Joint Feeds 1,000 a Day, for Free

Muncheez has transformed from upscale eatery to lifeline

(Newser) - A restaurant on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince is taking up the slack left by still-incomplete relief efforts and feeding 1,000 hungry and homeless Haitians a day—for free. Before the earthquake, Muncheez was a pizza joint too expensive for most people in the area. But after the quake, its... More »

Majority Opposes Letting More Haitians Into US

But following earthquake, 63% think US should do all in its power to help

(Newser) - While Americans are securely behind the nation’s ongoing relief efforts in Haiti, a majority is against allowing more Haitians into the US in the wake of the calamitous earthquake. Responses break down along party lines, according to Gallup , which conducted the poll. 53% of all Americans oppose increased immigration,... More »

At Summit, World Leaders Pledge to Help Haiti Rebuild

Gathering sees cooperation, reluctance to address endemic problems

(Newser) - World leaders at an international summit in Montreal today agreed that rebuilding Haiti will take decades. In fact, "rebuilding" is hardly the word—if successful, the state envisioned by envoys to the conference will bear little resemblance to pre-earthquake Haiti. Canadian PM Stephen Harper said the world community must... More »

After Haiti Quake, Immigration Debate Rumbles

Advocates want US to soften its stance

(Newser) - The disastrous situation in Haiti has sparked calls for the US to soften its stance on Haitian immigration, particularly in respect to severely injured children and those with family members here. Though the US will allow Haitians already in the country illegally to stay for 18 months and will fast-track... More »

Celeb Telethon Rakes In $57M —and Counting

Star-studded 'Hope for Haiti Now' event haul sets record

(Newser) - The Hope for Haiti Now telethon raised $57 million in a day, a record for a disaster relief telethon, and donations are continuing to pour in. Friday night's star-studded event was just the kickoff of a 6-month fundraising effort masterminded by George Clooney, and the preliminary total is even more... More »

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