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Morning Reads: Obama to Visit Louisiana; Hannity Advising Trump

Kris New marks flood-damaged pews outside the Life Tabernacle Church on August 15, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Worst disaster since Sandy –> President Obama will visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana tomorrow to view the devastation. He said he delayed visiting until after relief efforts were well underway to “ensure that his presence does not interfere.” Trump and Mike Pence visited last week. USA Today’s Deborah Barfield Berry: “Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has said he preferred that Obama delay visiting the state so his visit wouldn’t divert law enforcement resources from recovery efforts. He said he welcomed Trump’s visit as long as it wasn’t intended as a ‘photo-op’ for political gain.”

But Louisianans have more to worry about than the politics surrounding the disaster, Matthew Teague reports for The Guardian. “Most remain focused on immediate matters like finding loved ones, burying pets and shoveling river silt from their living rooms. Or even more immediately, they search for food for themselves and their children in places where relief agencies have not yet arrived. ‘Our daily bread,’ some people have taken to calling it… Locals fear the Zika virus and mosquito repellents long ago disappeared from supermarket shelves. So far those fears may be unfounded. According to the Louisiana department of health, four new cases of Zika were reported this week, but all were contracted during travel to affected areas.”

Republicans are raising money, but Trump isn’t spending –> Matea Gold and Anu Narayanswamy report for The Washington Post that of the money the party has jointly raised with the Trump campaign, the campaign has spent little, “making little effort to expand its meager field operation at a key juncture in the race. The GOP presidential nominee’s limited investments in July illustrate Trump’s tightfisted approach to building a national infrastructure, a frugality that has forced the RNC to effectively serve as the campaign’s organizing arm.”

Free advice –> Sean Hannity “is not only Mr. Trump’s biggest media booster; he also veers into the role of adviser,” Jim Rutenberg reports for The New York Times. “Several people I’ve spoken with over the last couple of weeks said Mr. Hannity had for months peppered Mr. Trump, his family members and advisers with suggestions on strategy and messaging. So involved is Mr. Hannity that three separate denizens of the hall of mirrors that is Trump World told me they believed Mr. Hannity was behaving as if he wanted a role in a possible Trump administration — something he denied to me as laughable and contractually prohibitive in an interview on Friday.”

What Clinton could mean for the Court –> Dylan Matthews of Vox looks at the many areas in which a Clinton SCOTUS nominee might provide the decisive vote on a court that has leaned conservative for years. In this way, a Clinton presidency could mean the end of solitary confinement, limits on mass incarceration, the end of the death penalty, limits on Citizens United, a shift on voting rights… the list goes on.

Getting hotter –> July broke temperature records, and, at The New York Times, Heidi Cullen underscores that this is a trend that will continue, using temperature maps that provide “a glimpse of our future if nothing is done to slow climate change. By the end of the century, the number of 100-degree days will skyrocket, making working or playing outdoors unbearable, and sometimes deadly. The effects on our health, air quality, food and water supplies will get only worse if we don’t drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions right away.”

A new study takes a look at what that will mean for future Olympic games. Chris Mooney at The Washington Post: “At a high-end scenario for greenhouse gas emissions, a team of researchers write in the influential medical journal The Lancet, fewer and fewer major cities will be able to host a Summer Olympics as the end of the century nears. The reason? Too much risk of seeing weather conditions get so hot and humid that they would pose a major heat illness danger to athletes.”

Meanwhile, China, long seen as an impediment to climate action, is putting in place the world’s largest cap-and-trade scheme. Europe’s system trades $55 billion a year in credits to offset pollution; China’s could trade $61 billion. “Carbon trading is part of the government’s broader effort to tap into the power of markets to address economic, social and environmental challenges,” Song Ranping of the World Resources Institute told Bloomberg. “It demonstrates China’s commitment to take action.”

13,000 orders, individually signed –> Earlier this year, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order restoring voting rights to 200,000 felons. Republicans were incensed by the move, since the group was expected to overwhelmingly vote Democrat, and the state’s Supreme Court invalidated McAuliffe’s order. In the meantime, however, 13,000 felons had already registered to vote. McAuliffe will announce later today that he has signed 13,000 individual executive orders to ensure those felons who initially registered to vote will be able to; he plans to work his way through the entire 200,000.

Morning Reads was compiled by John Light and edited by Theresa Riley. See a story that you think should be included in Morning Reads? Tell us in the comments!


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