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Good Thursday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
— The First Draft Team
Washington Memo

‘Petty Nonsense’ of Washington: Tillerson Joins in Thrashing the Capital

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on Wednesday, when he denied that he had considered resigning.
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson on Wednesday, when he denied that he had considered resigning. Win McNamee/Getty Images
Pettiness, such pettiness, in this noxious swamp of maybe-morons.
“I’m not going to deal with petty stuff like that,” Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson told reporters on Wednesday, declining to refute an NBC report that he had privately called President Trump a “moron” this year. “This is what I don’t understand about Washington. Again, I’m not from this place. But the places I come from, we don’t deal with that kind of petty nonsense.”
There was no immediate estimate available for the collective pettiness of Texas, where Mr. Tillerson was raised, nor of the oil industry, where he spent his career until Mr. Trump summoned him to public service.
But for a certain class of Washington denizen, Mr. Tillerson’s slight opened a new front in the nation’s forever-war against the reputation of its capital. The thrashing of Washington culture by voters, nonvoters, members of Congress — that much is a sacred rite.
A sitting secretary of state, at odds with his president and blaming the city’s trifling instincts for stoking tensions, is another matter.
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Hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico devastated last month.

Administration Requests $29 Billion From Congress for Hurricane Aid


The White House asked lawmakers to approve more relief for Puerto Rico and other areas battered by hurricanes and to shore up the federal flood insurance program.

Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania on Capitol Hill in 2016.

G.O.P. Congressman to Retire After Reports He Asked Woman to Have Abortion


Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, a vocal foe of abortion, said he would not run for re-election next year after reports that he urged his lover to consider terminating a pregnancy.

3 Special Forces Troops Killed and 2 Are Wounded in an Ambush in Niger


Army Green Berets were on a routine patrol as part of a training exercise with troops from Niger, American military officials said.

Michael Grimm after announcing on Sunday he was running for his old House seat. He is challenging Representative Dan Donovan of Staten Island for the Republican nomination in New York City’s last G.O.P.-held congressional seat.

Bannon Backs Grimm, Felon and Ex-Congressman, in G.O.P. Challenge


Michael Grimm of New York met with Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House strategist, three days after announcing he was challenging Representative Dan Donovan for his old Staten Island seat.

The United States is able to keep borrowing, but the risk of problems increases with the size of the debt.

Fear of Federal Debt Has Faded, but Risks Remain


The federal debt is already much larger than experts long considered safe. Some see a warrant for more borrowing; others urge caution.

“Folks that earn a half-million dollars a year and are over 65, they can pay a little bit more for Medicare,” said Representative Fred Upton, Republican of Michigan.

Bill to Rescue Children’s Health Program Hits Snag in House


The partisan brawl that broke out in the House Energy Committee dashed hopes that the Children’s Health Insurance Program would be quickly refinanced.

Smashed windows at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, where the gunman, Stephen Paddock, carried out his attack.

No, There Was Not More Than One Gunman in Las Vegas Massacre


The police have refuted a theory repeatedly and said no evidence thus far supports the viral rumor that there were multiple gunmen.

Four Americans died during the attack in September 2012 on the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Witness to Benghazi Attack Tells of Being Wounded as He Crawled to Safety


In the trial of a Libyan accused of orchestrating the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attacks, a State Department worker described an explosion that tore his arm and nearly severed his leg.

President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, arriving Tuesday in San Juan, P.R.

White House Dials Back Trump’s Talk of Clearing Puerto Rico’s Debt


Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, said the island would have to solve its own fiscal woes despite catastrophic damage from powerful hurricanes.

Kimmeiqua Mahoney looked out from where there once was a wall in her apartment complex on St. Thomas.

‘Are You FEMA?’ Reporter Returns to the Islands to Find Despair


A politics correspondent who lived on St. Thomas 15 years ago is reminded how uniquely isolated America’s Caribbean territories are.

Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss
Read about how the other side thinks. We have collected political writing from around the web and across ideologies.
From the Right
Noah Rothman in Commentary:
“The American left honestly wants to see gun violence in America reduced. But appealing to the same failed tactics over and over suggests that they’re only preening for the advantage of their like-minded audience. The people they need to convince tuned out years ago.”
The problems Mr. Rothman sees in the liberal approach to increasing gun control include “displays of cultural hostility that masquerade as exhibitions of policy-oriented seriousness.” He holds particular contempt for “attacks on the prayerful” because, he sarcastically posits, “prayer for victims of violence is another waste of a few private minutes that could be spent crafting and passing new gun legislation.” And Mr. Rothman says that the “same failed tactics” of persuasion will not work. Read more »
From the Left
Charles P. Pierce in Esquire:
“Only with the Second Amendment do we hear that the price of freedom is the occasional Stephen Paddock, locked away in his own madness on the 32nd floor of a luxury hotel and casino, deciding coolly whose brains he will blow out next a few blocks away in the 273rd such unfortunate exercise of Second Amendment rights this year.”
There are “serious arguments about all the other parts of the Bill of Rights,” according to Mr. Pierce. From practical limits on the free speech promised in the First Amendment to the curtailing of the Sixth Amendment “that allows the states to poison convicts to death.” Why the discrepancy? Mr. Pierce puts it plainly: “Our leaders are afraid to tolerate limits on Second Amendment ‘freedoms.’ ” Read more »
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