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Congress Passes $9.7 Billion in Relief for Hurricane Sandy Victims – NYTimes.com

New York and New Jersey flexed their political muscle in order to get Congress to move on making good the promise that victims of Hurricane Sandy would be taken care of.  In these times of budget cuts, budget deficits and tax battles on the Hill, real political muscle prevailed as these two important states were able to move an embattled federal political elite.

“The measure is the first, and least controversial, portion of a much larger aid package sought by the affected states to help homeowners and local governments recover costs associated with the storm. The House has pledged to take up the balance of the aid package on Jan. 15.”

President Obama will follow through on the real politic as bipartisanship hopes yield to political realties…

“The House passed the insurance measure 354 to 67; it then cleared the Senate by unanimous consent. President Obama is expected to sign the measure into law.”

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After Hurricane Sandy, Helping Hands Also Expose a New York Divide – NYTimes.com

New York does everything big, including its hurricane disruptions …  The City has been shaken in many ways by the hard hitting hurricane.  Many families and individuals have been permanently set back by the storm and anger continues to brew.

“After more than a week of self-sufficiency, George Ossy, an immigrant from Africa living amid the chaos of the …”

via After Hurricane Sandy, Helping Hands Also Expose a New York Divide – NYTimes.com.

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Military to Deliver Fuel to Storm-Ravaged Region – NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — As long lines persisted at gas stations in the New York metropolitan area, federal authorities moved on Friday to restore supplies, instructing the Defense Department to send 24 million gallons of fuel to the region and lifting restrictions on deliveries by …

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Hurricane Sandy Predicted to Bring ‘Life-Threatening’ Surge – NYTimes.com

NYTs reports that the Hurricane is now slamming the Jersey Shore.  The storm is now being called a Cyclone by the National Weather Services since it is no longer being fueled by coastal and Southern currents but is still quite powerful with winds of 85 miles per hour!

 

The storm should pass the NY/NJ region within the next 3 to 6 hours …. come morning the damage will show–including flooding, damaged trees and transportation system damage.

 

The NYC subway is especially at risk with possible longer term impact for the millions of commuters that rely on it….

 

The Policy ThinkShop sends out prayers and good wishes to all the folks caught up in the brunt of this storm to people near rivers, waterways and shore towns…

 

“Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New York region on Monday, its powerful gusts and storm surges causing once-in-a-generation flooding in coastal communities along the way, knocking down trees and power lines and leaving more than …”

 

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Hurricane Sandy speeds towards landfall – CBS News

Emergency Notice from The Policy ThinkShop:  The storm will be hitting Cape May in the next 30 minutes and will travel North up the state to NYC at approximately 28 miles per hour.  At that rate the those people within the Garden State Parkway corridor will be hit within the next 3 hours ….

The good news is that rainfall has not been as heavy as expected and trees may hold a little better than if there had been heavier rain and for longer periods prior to the storm.

Now is the time to fill your bath tub with clean water and hold it…  Get your flashlights and batteries ready …  The storm is landing and traveling up the state of NJ and towards Manhattan…

“A superstorm threatening 50 million people in the most heavily populated corridor in the nation gained strength Monday, packing winds of 90 mph and picking up considerable speed just hours before it is expected to make landfall, forecasters said.

The National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Sandy’s top sustained winds are holding at about 90 mph. At 5 p.m. EDT, the storm’s center was about 30 miles east-southeast of Cape May, N.J.”

via Hurricane Sandy speeds towards landfall – CBS News.

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Crane dangles from NYC high-rise as Hurricane Sandy bears down on city – CBS News

CBS News reports on the “dangling crane” in NYC as everyone in Midtown Manhattan looks up wearily!

 

“A dangling crane following a collapse at the One57 construction site at 57th Street and 6th Avenue as Hurricane Sandy blows into …”

via Crane dangles from NYC high-rise as Hurricane Sandy bears down on city – CBS News.

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Hurricane Sandy Predicted to Bring ‘Life-Threatening’ Surge – NYTimes.com

The hurricane is estimated to hit land into the Northeast from the Carolinas to NY City at 8 p.m. tonight.  Millions are estimated to be out of ELECTRICITY and all sources report more than 5 dozen people have already lost their life because of the torrent winds and rising waters. The NYTs reports that:

 

“Hurricane Sandy churned through the Atlantic Ocean on Monday en route to what forecasters agreed would be a devastating landfall that is expected to …”

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Hurricane Sandy Predicted to Bring ‘Life-Threatening’ Surge – NYTimes.com

After relentless coverage and warnings, the NYTs gives last minute warnings to the East Coast region describing the size and the potential impact of the coming storm ….

 

“Hurricane Sandy, a menacing monster of a storm that forecasters said would bring “life-threatening” flooding, churned …”

 

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Tornadoes Touch Down in Brooklyn and Queens – NYTimes.com

A tornado ripped through a beach club in Queens on Saturday, one of several outbursts of severe weather across the New York region that flooded roads, felled power lines and forced the delay of the …

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Free exchange: The geography of poverty | The Economist

WHERE do the world’s poor live? The obvious answer: in poor countries. But in a recent series of articles Andy Sumner of Britain’s Institute of Development Studies showed that the obvious answer is wrong. Four-fifths of those surviving on less than $2 a day, he found, live in middle-income countries with a gross national income per head of between $1,000 and $12,500, not poor ones. His finding reflects the fact that a long but inequitable period of economic growth has lifted many developing countries into middle-income status but left a minority of their populations mired in poverty. Since the countries involved include giants like China and India, even a minority amounts to a very …

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Isaac Is Latest Blow to Swampy South Louisiana – NYTimes.com

The end of the earth was farther away than usual.

The only lights in the Venice marina were the full moon and the running lights on Acy Cooper’s shrimp boat, the Miss Marla Kay, one of a tiny fleet that had made the eight-hour trip down the Mississippi River on Friday. Mr. Cooper and the other shrimpers had weathered Hurricane Isaac on their boats outside of New Orleans. Their arrival here in Venice, the first time they have returned since the storm, roughly doubled …

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