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Fisherman Justino Rodriguez Rivera, 53, washes clothes with water from a well in Loiza, Puerto Rico, which sustained heavy damage by the destructive path of Hurricane Maria. Rodriguez and his wife evacuated to their church. Angel Valentin for NPR hide caption

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Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., continues to tweak the health care bill he cosponsors in an effort to persuade reluctant senators to back it. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Susan Collins, R-Maine (seen in 2013), along with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have announced firm opposition to the latest GOP health care bill. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Marines participate in an exercise during the Infantry Officer Course in August at Quantico, Va. The first female Marine to complete the course graduated on Monday. Master Gunnery Sgt. Chad McMeen/Office of Marine Corps Communication hide caption

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Carmen Rivera, at left in the orange dress, sits on a cot at the Cataño shelter. She suffers from severe asthma and knee pain and has had to be rushed by ambulance to the hospital for asthma treatment twice since the hurricane. She says she feels forgotten by authorities. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Desperation In Puerto Rican Town Where 60 Percent Are Now Homeless

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President Barack Obama speaks at the 2014 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C. Speechwriter David Litt, who helped craft the president's comedy routine that night, says, "Some of the joke is always that it's the president telling a joke." Olivier Douliery/Getty Images hide caption

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A Former Speechwriter Looks Back On His 'Hopey, Changey' Years With Obama

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American gold medalist Tommie Smith (center) and bronze medalist John Carlos raise their fists in the air in a black power salute during the playing of the U.S. national anthem at the 1968 Olympics. Anonymous/AP hide caption

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U.S. Capitol Police remove a protester from Monday's Senate Finance Committee hearing on the Graham-Cassidy health care plan to repeal Obamacare. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho leaves his hotel in New York on Monday. Ri says President Trump's tweets amount to a declaration of war against North Korea — and that the country can now defend itself under international law. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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