1. DISASTER RELIEF

    Cantor: Storm Aid Means Spending Cuts

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    Looks as though Irene has something to say about the debt crisis in D.C.—Hurricane Irene, that is. A spokesperson for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Thursday that if “additional funds” are needed for hurricane damage, they’ll need to be offset with spending cuts. It’s important to note that the Republican took a similarly controversial stance after the Joplin tornado, and, more recently, after the earthquake in Virginia. Interestingly, Cantor is from Virginia.

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