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Aug 23, 2016

NYT First Draft - August 23, 2016: Obama to Tour Flood-Ravaged Louisiana, and Trump Takes Credit, by Maggie Haberman

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The New York Times


The New York Times

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tammy Phillips of Denham Springs, La., where there was severe flooding last week.
Tammy Phillips of Denham Springs, La., where there was severe flooding last week. Bryan Tarnowski for The New York Times
Obama to Tour Flood-Ravaged Louisiana, and Trump Takes Credit
By MAGGIE HABERMAN
President Obama will visit flood-ravaged Louisiana on Tuesday, a trip that comes four days after Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, made a visit of his own.
Mr. Obama’s tour of the Baton Rouge area comes amid criticism from local officials that the president declined to interrupt his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, has also not visited the area.
Mr. Trump’s visit was initially criticized by the staff of Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat. But Mr. Edwards praised Mr. Trump’s visit as helpful in an interview with CNN over the weekend.
Mr. Trump took a victory lap after Mr. Obama’s planned visit was announced, insisting that he had prodded the trip. White House officials say that is not the case.
Louisiana has been the site of some of the nation’s worst disasters over the last 15 years, and Mr. Obama’s trip will inevitably be compared with the performance of another president, George W. Bush, his Republican predecessor who was harshly criticized for his handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The Obama administration’s response has been praised, even as Mr. Obama’s own presence has been criticized. But everything is taking place against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential election, and for Mr. Obama, who hopes to help get Mrs. Clinton elected, every action has a potential consequence.
 
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Mrs. Clinton will attend fund-raisers in California, while Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia has an event in Denver and fund-raisers in Little Rock, Ark., and in Nashville.
Mr. Trump will host a rally in Austin, Tex., and Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana will make two appearances in Pennsylvania. 
 
Hillary Clinton during a meeting with law enforcement officials in New York last week.
Ruth Fremson/The New York Times
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A federal judge ordered the State Department to set a timetable to release emails uncovered during an inquiry into her private server
Donald J. Trump campaigning in Sunrise, Fla., and Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia this month.
Scott McIntyre for The New York Times; Ruth Fremson, via The New York Times
By PATRICK HEALY
Breaking from recent tradition, both nominees are proving relatively secretive and selective in providing up-to-date medical records.
Donald J. Trump held a campaign rally in Fredericksburg, Va., on Saturday.
Al Drago/The New York Times
By ALAN RAPPEPORT AND MAGGIE HABERMAN
The comments from Mr. Trump follow months of vows to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and to deport immigrants who have entered the country illegally.
Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Cleveland last week.
Ruth Fremson/The New York Times
By AMY CHOZICK AND MATT FLEGENHEIMER
Some supporters of Hillary Clinton see the changes in leadership of Donald J. Trump’s campaign as proof of the “vast right-wing conspiracy” Mrs. Clinton first mentioned in 1998.
President Obama and his family returned to the White House on Sunday after a two-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts. He plans to visit Louisiana flood victims on Tuesday.
Delicate Mix of Compassion and Politics as Obama Heads to Louisiana Floods
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
President Obama, set to visit victims in Baton Rouge, faces a challenge: commending the federal government’s relief efforts without focusing on optics.
A lawyer for Melania Trump said news organizations had made “false and defamatory statements about her supposedly having been an ‘escort’ in the 1990s.”
Lawyer for Melania Trump Threatens Defamation Suits Against News Outlets
By SYDNEY EMBER
The lawyer warned that organizations including The Daily Mail could face legal action for “defamatory statements” about Ms. Trump “supposedly having been an ‘escort’ in the 1990s.”
Taras Szmagala last week at St. Josaphat Eparchial Cemetery in Parma, Ohio. The cemetery has a monument dedicated to Ukrainian freedom fighters who fought and died in World War II.
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Taras Szmagala last week at St. Josaphat Eparchial Cemetery in Parma, Ohio. The cemetery has a monument dedicated to Ukrainian freedom fighters who fought and died in World War II.
Jeff Swensen for The New York Times
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
As they celebrate Ukraine’s 25th anniversary of independence, many Ukrainian-Americans are left confused, rattled by Mr. Trump’s views but wary of Hillary Clinton.