Ian’s death toll rises as massive rescue efforts continue in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Top Florida officials said Friday that the death toll wrought by Hurricane Ian has reached 21 people as search and rescue teams continue to comb through scores of wreckage hunting for survivors. The state, aided by federal and local responders, has performed more than 700 rescues thus far and made contact with…

Massive rescue efforts underway as Ian floods Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Federal and state officials on Thursday escalated assistance and rescue efforts as Tropical Storm Ian continued to batter Florida, causing widespread flooding and leaving more than 2.6 million people without power. GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday morning said the state launched efforts to rescue possibly thousands of people stranded in their…

Biden, Harris to attend Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court investiture on Friday

The appearance of Biden and Harris at the invitation-only ceremony on Friday underscores the importance of Jackson’s confirmation to the Democratic president’s legacy. Biden had pledged during his presidential campaign that he would nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court.

‘This is a major, major storm’: DeSantis warns residents to shelter in place as Hurricane Ian lurches towards Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida officials and residents are preparing for a “catastrophic” natural disaster when Hurricane Ian makes landfall as early as Wednesday, bringing with it potentially deadly rain and winds that could leave Floridians without power for days. With mere hours until the Category 4 hurricane makes landfall, Florida’s top officials said that bridges…

DeSantis faces the true test of any Florida governor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis spent his first term becoming one of the most influential Republicans in the country — a likely 2024 frontrunner who’s already shaping his party’s national agenda. But DeSantis still hasn’t faced one of the toughest challenges a Florida leader can encounter: a hurricane. That’s poised to change this week…

GOP readies political heartburn for an FBI it won’t defund

Asked about the House GOP’s relationship with the FBI, Rep. Matt Gaetz — the pro-Trump Florida conservative poised to avoid charges in a federal sex trafficking probe — summed it up in only two words: “It’s complicated.” As Gaetz’s House colleagues acknowledge, they don’t plan to make good on conservatives’ pro-Trump calls to “defund the…

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