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The DC: ⛈ Hurricane Michael brings red tide and price gouging, and... 📢 Should we charge fees to protest near the White House?

by Countable | Updated on 10.11.18

Welcome to Thursday, (D)s, (I)s, and (R)s...

Hurricane Michael has hit the Florida panhandle.

When Michael made landfall in Panama City as a Category 4 storm, it became the strongest hurricane to ever hit the city.

Beyond the obvious damage, experts are weighing in on how Michael might interact with the nearly year-long red tide that has been plaguing Florida's western coast.

Scientists predict that the hurricane could first help to disperse the red tide, but could subsequently add fuel to additional red tide growth.

For more, head over to Hurricane Michael and Deadly Red Tides — What Can Be Done?

As Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida, Sunshine State officials warned businesses against price gouging.

Florida, Georgia, and Alabama have laws against increasing prices during federal emergencies. But should they? If you support a free-market system, why shouldn’t businesses be allowed to charge whatever price consumers are willing to pay?

Supporters of price gouging argue that while it may seem like officials are protecting the vulnerable from “vultures who would exploit them,” they're actually discouraging businesses from boosting supplies of necessary items.

For the full story, head to Hurricane Michael: Should Businesses Be Allowed to Price Gouge?

On the Radar

  • Violent crime in the U.S. has been rising since 2014, despite the fact that overall crime has declined since 1980. According to our partners at USAFacts (a non-partisan civic initiative aimed at making government data understandable), reported violent crime in the U.S. rose in both 2015 and 2016. Violent crime includes aggravated assault, robbery, murder, non-negligent manslaughter, and rape. To read which cities had the highest murder rates in 2017, and why this might be, click here.

Under the Radar

  • The Trump administration has proposed changes to limit demonstrations near the White House and National Mall, including closing 80 percent of the White House sidewalk, placing limits on spontaneous demonstrations, and imposing a “First Amendment fee” for protests. Under current policy, the National Park Service charges fees for special events (e.g., concerts and weddings), but not for First Amendment demonstrations (e.g., marches and protests). Read what both sides are saying here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • At 11:30am, the president will participate in a signing ceremony for the Save Our Seas Act of 2018.
  • At 11:45am, the president will participate in a signing ceremony for the Orrin G. Hatch - Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act.
  • At 2:00pm, the president will deliver remarks at the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking in Persons Annual Meeting.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Tuesday, November 13th.

The Senate: In

What You're Saying

Here's how you're answering Should the Trump Admin’s Rule Expanding Short-Term Health Insurance Plans be Eliminated?

(Follow Lynn's comment here.)

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But wait, there's more!

And, in the End…

#MeToo is turning one.

In an interview scheduled to air on Friday, First Lady Melania Trump speaks out about the year-old movement and the need to support both men and women.

"I support the women, and they need to be heard... But we need to show the evidence. You cannot just say to somebody, 'I was sexually assaulted' or 'You did that to me.' Because sometimes the media goes too far. And the way they portray some stories, it's not correct. It's not right."

One year into #MeToo, how far do you think we've come? Join the conversation here.

Who wants a treat? Who wants a treat? This handsome boy? Well refrain from giving in to Prof. Oliver Snacks in honor of National Pet Obesity Day,

—Josh Herman

Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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  • Martha
    10/11/2018
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    There should be no charges for protesting near the white house. We should be allow to voice our discontent with the person hire to run the administration. If they don’t like it they should do a better job, or quit.

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  • Phil
    10/11/2018
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    First Amendment rights have already been paid for...in the blood of our fallen Veterans.

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  • Sandra
    10/11/2018
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    No fee should be charged for protesting in front of a house that belongs to you and every other citizen of the United States.

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  • Dicr
    10/11/2018
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    Trump is a pathological liar and the most corrupt man to ever be president. To claim democrats don’t want healthcare for their constituents is outrageous and a lie only hate consumed tRumpet would buy. How can he defend spreading his hate speech on the campaign trail while a hurricane tears through the south. #worstpresidentever

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  • Joe
    10/11/2018
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    The White House belongs to the citizens. We should be able to state our grievances publicly!

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  • Sabrina
    10/11/2018
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    Right to protest

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  • Aiya
    10/11/2018
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    This is America where it is our right and responsibility to tell Washington that we disagree with whatever issue is at hand.

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  • Cara lea
    10/11/2018
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    Charge fees? What? I think not.

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  • Hannah
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    No one should have to pay to protest.

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  • Terry
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    Charge fees ? This is America people. Enough said here.

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  • Hunter
    10/11/2018
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    No....? What garbage swindler would even think of that. Oh right. Probably, the one with all the nukes.

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  • DrCindyBean
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    No to charges of fees for protest near WH. No to fees for protest anywhere. Our constitutional rights to assemble and to free speech must not be restricted nor infringed upon by this corrupt criminal regime currently holed-up in the WH. trump is a traitor and a criminal money laundering mobster.

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  • Steve
    10/11/2018
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    It is the right of every American to peacefully protest.

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  • Aj
    10/11/2018
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    So what we’re gong to have to pay to protest? The country is based on freedom of speech. It doesn’t sound right if we have to pay to speak our minds!

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  • Judith
    10/11/2018
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    THERE MUST BE NO FEES FOR EXERCISING OUR RIGHTS ANY DAMN PLACE WE THE PEOPLE CHOOSE TO OF OUR FREEDOMS OF PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AND FREE SPEACH ! TAKE BACK OUR PRESIDENCY AND HOUSE AND SENATE FROM THE RUSSIAN STOOGES RUNNING THEM ! BLUE TSUNAMI WAVE IN NOVEMBER 💙🌊🌊

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  • Luke
    10/11/2018
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    Making protests more difficult is counter to sound democratic rule. As congressmen, it’s your responsibility to ensure that our democracy continues unhindered.

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  • Mindful
    10/11/2018
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    We still have the First Amendment right?

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  • Dorothy
    10/11/2018
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    What part of “freedom” of speech do you not understand?

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  • Caren
    10/11/2018
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    There should absolutely be laws with very serious penalties and jail time for anyone engaging in price gouging and taking advantage of individuals before, during, and after a natural disaster. It is obvious those who would engage in such behaviors are taking wrongful advantage to bring harm to those who have a lot to lose or stand to lose a lot. And, yes, there should be hefty costs for those who would protest at the White House and for that matter anywhere in the country. Many protests become violent and property is destroyed, so it is absolutely appropriate that there should be a high cost required to obtain a license to protest. Further, it would be appropriate that a credit card would be on file for damages and injury to others and even so criminal charges could be levied and jail time for what occurs during a protest. Also, charges should be levied to those associated with the protest and guilt by association. It is also appropriate for the national guard and police to use force to stop violent protests by whatever means without repercussions on law enforcement. Protesters should not be allowed into the White House or other government buildings to disturb proceedings. What happened during the proceedings with Justice Kavanaugh was nothing short of abominable. Anger is one letter short of danger.

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  • Fred
    10/11/2018
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    This is a joke. Now they want us to pay to protest! It’s not called “free speech” for nothing.

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