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FEMA Tries New Approach for Hurricane Matthew
Clinton campaign forced to cancel Obama rally in Miami Gardens

Projected path of Hurricane Matthew. (National Hurricane Center)

Federal officials are placing personnel and equipment close to areas where heavy damage from Hurricane Matthew is expected, aiming to respond more quickly than in the wakes of past storms.

The Category 4 storm will soon move over the island of Cuba and head north, putting the Eastern Seaboard of the United States squarely in its path. Matthew, with its 145 mph winds and torrential rains, is already being compared to Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

Louisiana Lawmakers Make Plea to Obama for Flood Aid
Call to make relief funds part of stopgap funding bill now being negotiated

Sen. David Vitter joined his fellow Louisiana lawmakers in calling on President Barack Obama to make a supplemental funding request to Congress for flood relief for their state. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Louisiana lawmakers want federal dollars to aid in the recovery from devastating recent flooding in their state.

The delegation, led by Republican Sens. David Vitter and Bill Cassidy, are making a plea to President Barack Obama for a timely request.

President's Pledge of Federal Help for Dallas is No Guarantee
Florida was denied $5M by FEMA after Orlando nightclub attack

Dallas police stand watch near the scene where five Dallas police officers were killed on Thursday in Dallas. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama ’s pledge Friday to send “whatever” federal help Dallas officials might need after an attack that left five police officers dead could send a wave of agents and experts to Texas, but it doesn’t guarantee that local officials will get everything they ask for.  

Obama, speaking from Poland where he is attending a NATO summit , said he spoke with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to “convey the deepest condolences of the American people.” The president said he also conveyed that “the federal government will provide whatever assistance Dallas may need as it deals with this tremendous tragedy.”