More Than 800K Haitians Face Starvation After Hurricane Matthew
According to the United Nations, just a month after Hurricane Matthew hit the island of Haiti, nearly 800,000 Haitians are facing severe food shortages.
The Washington Post writes that “emergency help is arriving, but there is not enough of it, and it will take several more weeks to reach remote mountain communities where officials say the destruction was total.” They also describe that the desperation is so dire that truckloads of food and medical supplies have been looted by crowds gathered along the roads.
A teenage boy was killed Tuesday by police in Les Cayes, where hungry crowds burned tires and blocked roads.
The United Nations has raised just one-third of the $120 million in emergency funding it says it needs to help 750,000 people, including 315,000 children, get through the next three months, The Post noted.
Judge Issues Restraining Order To Stop Voter Intimidation By Trump Campaign
On Friday, a US district judge in Ohio issued a restraining order against Donald Trump’s campaign to prevent anyone working on the campaign from harassing and intimidating voters at the polls on Tuesday.
According to Mother Jones, the order came after a two-hour hearing where the judge pressed Trump’s lawyer to justify the candidate’s inflammatory rhetoric about voter fraud and him and his team asking for their supporters to “watch the polls.”
The restraining order is a result of a lawsuit filed by the Ohio Democratic Party against Trump,Roger Stone, and the Ohio Republican party asking the court to declare it illegal to intimidate voters at the polls says Mother Jones. The suit provided numerous detailed examples of Trump and Mike Pence encouraging supporters to watch the polls and conduct exit polls on election day. The suit also made mention of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 that prohibit voter intimidation were cited in the complaint.
Ohio is not alone with fighting voter intimidation: Similar lawsuits have were filed in Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Michigan.
Later Friday afternoon, the Trump campaign appealed the verdict.
President Obama Snaps At Crowd For Yelling At Heckler
While hecklers at Trump rallies are called “thugs,” President Obama treats his hecklers a lot differently–and expects the same from his audience.
During a rally in Fayetteville, NC., defended a man who interrupted him.
“Hold up, hold up, hold up, hey listen! Listen!” Obama said as the crowd bood and chanted ‘Hillary.’ “Hey hey. Listen up. Hey everybody. Everybody hey. Hey. I told you to be focused and you’re not focused right now. Listen to what I’m saying.”
He later stressed: “Hold up. Hold up. Hold up. Everybody sit down and be quiet for a second. Everybody sit down and be quiet for a second. Now listen up. I’m serious. Listen up. You’ve got an older gentleman who is supporting his candidate. He’s not doing nothing. You don’t have to worry about him. This is what I mean about folks not being focused.”
As the man was being removed from the crowd, Obama defended the man’s right to free speech.
“First of all, we live in a country that respects free speech. Second of all, it looks like maybe he might have served in our military and we ought to respect that. Third of all, he was elderly and we got to respect our elders. And fourth of all, don’t boo. Vote!”
If that’s not the epitome of class–we don’t know what is.