71% of Americans Support Trump’s Deal With Dems to Keep Gov’t Open, Fund Hurricane Relief, Poll Finds

WATCH: Michelle Malkin Rips Trump's UN Speech Critics Steyn: 'I'm a Non-DREAMer, I Did The Boring Thing and Filled Out Paperwork' More than 70 percent of Americans support President Donald Trump's deal with Democratic leaders to provide hurricane relief and keep the government open for 90 days, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.Trump was criticized by some of his fellow Republicans for reaching across the aisle and working with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to raise the debt limit, which kept the government open and provided relief for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.71 percent of those surveyed by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, however, approved of Trump agreeing with Schumer and Pelosi on the legislation. Only eight percent disapproved, while 20 percent had no opinion and one percent were not sure.Trump’s overall job approval rating in the poll is 43 percent, which is up three points since August. 83 percent of Republicans, 41 percent of independents and 10 percent of Democrats approve of Trump's performance."There's a sense out there that people are so dug in in Washington, they're oblivious to the fact the average American says we're not getting anything done, we're going to have to compromise," Brian Kilmeade said on "Fox & Friends." "And I think the president was the first to realize that. And now the poll numbers reflect that."He noted that a recent Economist/YouGov poll found that 60 percent of Republicans prefer lawmakers who are willing to work with Democrats and compromise.Watch more above. Carlson: Dems Show 'What It Looks Like to Destroy a Country ... for Political Power' DNC Vice Chair Keith Ellison Compares Dreamers to Jews in Nazi Germany Boothe & Harf Face Off After Hillary Calls Trump's UN Speech 'Dark' Continue Reading

Trump blasts Puerto Rican mayor for ‘poor leadership’ in hurricane relief crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — President Trump blasted the increasingly critical mayor of this capital city Saturday for "poor leadership ability" in not being able to "get their workers to help" in hurricane relief, saying the federal government is doing a "fantastic job."The president said San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz had been complimentary to him only a few days ago, but "has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump." He said the mayor and "others" on the island "want everything done for them."In a series of tweets, he also slammed "Fake News CNN and NBC," which he said "are going out of their way to disparage our great First Responders as a way to 'get Trump.' " He said the reports were not fair to responders or their efforts.Five hours later, a second set of tweets from Trump set a somewhat-softer tone: "To the people of Puerto Rico: Do not believe the #FakeNews! #PRStrong," the president tweeted. "We must all be united in offering assistance to everyone suffering in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the wake of this terrible disaster."Cruz, in emotional appeals on TV on Friday, has become the face of Puerto Rican officials distraught over what some charge is an insufficient response by the U.S. government to the crisis from Hurricane Maria, which killed at least 16 people on the island.While Trump described the federal response as "amazing," Cruz publicly called on the president to speed up the delivery of food, water, medicine and fuel, and "to make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives.”"I will do what I never thought I was going to do. I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying," Cruz said Friday. "If anybody out there is listening to us, we are dying, and you are killing us with the inefficiency."Cruz, in a Saturday appearance on MSNBC's AM Joy, said it wasn't just her saying the island needs help. Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the Continue Reading

Why McCain and Flake voted against the hurricane-relief package

Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake joined 15 other Republicans to vote against the $15.25 billion hurricane relief and debt-limit package negotiated by President Donald Trump and Democratic House and Senate leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.But McCain and Flake, both Arizona Republicans, objected not to the emergency funding for the Hurricane Harvey recovery in Texas and Louisiana or raising the debt ceiling to avoid defaulting on debt.Rather, they objected to the inclusion of yet another continuing resolution: the temporary stopgap spending legislation required to keep the government operating in the absence of a federal budget.The senators said they are fed up with Congress' reliance on what McCain called "a mechanism of last resort" rather than passing normal appropriations bills in regular order for U.S. departments and agencies, a process that gives lawmakers oversight of their activities and allows adjustments for current and emerging needs and challenges.The continuing resolution and debt limit included in the hurricane-relief package, which Trump signed into law on Friday, were both short term, extending fiscal year 2018 funding only and the debt limit only through Dec. 8. That means Congress will have to revisit those issues in three months."Attaching emergency funding for hurricane relief to a must-pass CR and debt-limit increase is irresponsible and a dereliction of our most routine duties," McCain said Thursday in a Senate floor speech. "It is a result of yet another self-inflicted crisis. Instead of returning to regular order by moving individual spending bills to fund our government and our national-security priorities, with ample time for debate and amendment, we are shirking our responsibilities and kicking the can down the road."McCain's sentiments were echoed Friday by Flake and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, in interviews with The Arizona Republic.Ernst, who also voted against the hurricane package because of the continuing resolution, was in Phoenix Continue Reading

Hurricane relief donation drives underway on Treasure Coast

Retiree Martin Zickert's favorite car, a Corvette, is relegated to the garage.Instead, he is riding around the Treasure Coast in a pickup truck, seated next to stacks of diapers, wipes, dog food and more items intended for Hurricane Harvey refugees in Texas.The retired Air Force colonel from Vero Beach is a collection driver for two local aid efforts that have blossomed since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. Storage units and other places are filled with donations. The Vero Beach Lifeguard Association Wednesday gave $1,000 to the effort for transportation expenses. MORE: Harvey to be costliest natural disaster in U.S. history, with an estimated cost of $160 billion MORE: Fleet Feet in Stuart collecting shoes for Houston residents displaced by Hurricane Harvey "We're glad to help," said association president Erick Toomsoo. "They're all reputable people," he said of the aid organizers, which includes private citizens and radio station employees.By Friday, they expect to fill at least one 26-foot rental truck destined for Houston, with an overnight stop in Alabama. In Houston, all the donations are going to a sorting center, said Vero Beach resident Jennifer Leatherman-Toby.She and her husband, Chad Toby, will be driving. He works in the Texas oil industry."Our friends have lost everything," she said.She used to live in the Houston area. Two weeks ago, they sold their house there. It is OK, but water is affecting residential areas near it, she said.Leatherman-Toby posted Saturday on Facebook she'd be taking a trailer of supplies to Texas. On Monday, a collective of Vero Beach radio stations on 16th Street began broadcasting appeals. The stations are WGYL 93.7 FM;  94.7 Hot Country; WOSN 97.1 Ocean and WTTP 105.7 FM and 1490 AM.Word spread.Zickert joined in and on Tuesday night, he was in Port St. Lucie picking up pet food donated by Tonya Wismer with the nonprofit Ginger's Pet Food Pantry."This is what we do, help Continue Reading

Oakland, CMU to play hurricane-relief game

Oakland University and Central Michigan are joining the fundraising campaign for hurricane-relief efforts under way in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.The men’s basketball teams, which had been set to scrimmage Sunday, now are opening the game to the public at the O’Rena on Oakland’s campus in Rochester.The game will start at 1 p.m., and the cost will be $10 for open seating.Oakland students still get in free, but have been asked to donate a “couple bucks” by Oakland coach Greg Kampe.Michigan State and Georgia will play a hurricane-relief exhibition at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Sunday. Last week, Kansas and Missouri played an exhibition that raised more than $1.8 million. Continue Reading

Asbury Park artists band together for hurricane relief

The music and visual art scenes of the Jersey Shore are joining forces for a great cause this weekend.The Wonder Bar, Fifth and Ocean Avenues at the Asbury Park waterfront, will host a hurricane relief benefit art show from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.Asbury Park's own Dark City Strings will be on hand, providing three sets of musical entertainment for the occasion. LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Asbury Park rallies for film events Saturday's event benefits the charitable organization Waves for Water. The organization is currently involved in hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.There will be a donation jar on hand at the Wonder Bar, and 20 percent of artists' sales will be donated to the organization. Each artist will also donate one piece of art, with all of the money raised from the sales of those donated pieces going to Waves for Water. CONCERT SCENE: Phil Lesh at Asbury Park's Convention Hall Participating artists will include: Matthew Lang; John Glenn; Ronnie Jackson; Peter Nicolaou; Nick Delmar; Ashley McFarland; Salted Gems Jewelry/Dot and Brian Robinson, Timmy Torchia and Suzanne Spitaletta.To learn more about Waves for Water, visit www.wavesforwater.org. For more information on Saturday's show, call the Wonder Bar at 732-455-3767 or visit wonderbarasburypark.com. JERSEY ROCK: Sticks and Stones reunite for Asbury Park show Continue Reading

Prometheus, Philomusica to play benefit concert for Vieques hurricane relief

Milwaukee's Prometheus Trio and Philomusica String Quartet will play a benefit concert for Puerto Rican hurricane relief at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at St. Robert Catholic Church, 4019 N. Farwell Ave., Shorewood.Proceeds will benefit ViequesLove, which supports relief and rebuilding efforts on Vieques, a small island east of the Puerto Rican mainland. Philomusica will perform Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F Minor, Prometheus will play Brahms’ C Major Trio, and both groups will plan to play Tangos. Both ensembles are donating their services.Admission is free; a free-will offering will be collected.     Continue Reading

MU, UWM will play basketball exhibition for hurricane relief efforts

The Marquette and UW-Milwaukee men's basketball teams have renewed their intracity rivalry, this time for charity.The Golden Eagles and the Panthers, who haven't met since 2011, will play an exhibition game at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Al McGuire Center on MU's campus.According to the school, MU requested a waiver from the NCAA to play another exhibition game. It was granted provided all the proceeds go to hurricane relief efforts across the country. The schools will work with the American Red Cross.NCAA rules normally allow only exhibitions against non-NCAA Division I four-year schools. The Golden Eagles face Division II Lindenwood in an exhibition game on Nov. 4.Kansas and Missouri, another hoops rivalry that has been on hiatus, will also stage a game for hurricane relief. MU and UWM have met 39 times in regular-season games. The last matchup was a 64-50 victory by the Golden Eagles on Dec. 22, 2011, under head coach Buzz Williams. The Panthers have never won in the series. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for our programs to become involved with the relief efforts currently underway across the country and it’s my hope we can fill the Al to capacity,” MU head coach Steve Wojciechowski said in a statement.  “Many of us have a personal connection to someone directly impacted by the recent hurricanes and being able to partner with the American Red Cross allows us to help people like Marquette legend Butch Lee, who lives in his native Puerto Rico.” Lee, in an interview with the Journal Sentinel last month, said he has plans to help out businesses around his city of San Juan in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.Tickets will be $20 for lower-level seats, $10 for upper level and $5 for MU students. They will go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. by phone at 414-288-GOMU or online at www.GoMarquette.com/tickets.The game will not be televised or streamed on the internet. Fans in attendance can also donate money Continue Reading

Walker concert will raise funds for hurricane relief

Twenty musical acts will perform Friday as part of the Independent Music Festival at Madame Walker Theatre Center.The event will raise funds for hurricane relief following the Harvey and Irma storms that caused more than $250 billion in damage in August and September. Two IMF performers, rapper Skypp and blues duo Rebekah Meldrum & Paul Holdman, appeared on the Nov. 1 episode of "IndyStar Sessions.""I think that community is always important," Meldrum said. "When you bring music into it, it's a universal language. It's something that connects all of us.""We don't have a lot of shows like this in the hip-hop community," Skypp said. "With all of us coming together — with the jazz artists and the R&B artists — it's real good as far as unity bringing artistry together."Organized by Carmel entertainment companies Milestone Talent Agency and M.E.C.A.P., the festival features acts ranging from R&B vocalists Staci McCrackin and Andrew Young to gospel quartet Men in the Fire. Dave Grohl: Rock star goes full David Letterman as ‘Kimmel’ host Comedy downsizing: Crackers club owner says family came first 'Stranger Things': Music in sequel season is both heavy, mellow Meldrum and Holdman issued their "Live at the Slippery Noodle" album last December. The duo performed original song "Coattails" for the "IndyStar Sessions" episode.Skypp performed "Water Bottle," a song from his 2016 album "Jaffe." He issued his "Jaffe II Inspired By" album this year. Independent Music Festival>> WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.>> WHERE: Madame Walker Theatre Center, 617 Indiana Ave.>> TICKETS: $15, or $13 if purchased in advance.>> INFO: Visit BrownPaperTickets.com, or call (317) 236-2099. Call IndyStar reporter David Lindquist at (317) 444-6404. Follow him on Twitter: @317Lindquist.   Continue Reading

Northern Iowa to play at Wisconsin in hurricane relief exhibition

Northern Iowa will travel to Wisconsin on Nov. 1 for a hurricane relief exhibition game, the school announced Monday afternoon. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center. The money raised will benefit the non-profit organization, Team Rubicon.After a wave of devastating hurricanes this fall, the NCAA last week notified its Division I basketball teams they can play an extra exhibition game prior to the regular season if the money from that game goes to hurricane relief.This game will come on top of the two exhibitions college basketball teams are currently allowed prior to the basketball season. UNI has just one additional exhibition game scheduled — Nov. 5, against North Carolina-Pembroke — as well as a closed scrimmage this Saturday at South Dakota State.In recent seasons, the Panthers have scrimmaged Wisconsin as part of college basketball’s “secret scrimmages.” Two UNI players — redshirt senior Bennett Koch and sophomore Juwan McCloud — are both Wisconsin natives. Dargan Southard covers preps, recruiting, Iowa and UNI athletics for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral.com. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard. Continue Reading