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?
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#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,
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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
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.
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.