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Hurricane Matthew Hits, El Caribe Front Page

"Seven killed in Dominican Republic and Haiti as rainfall continues" writes the Dominican Republic's daily El Caribe on its Wednesday front page as Hurricane Matthew — the most powerful Caribbean hurricane in years — devastated parts of the two countries that coexist on the same island.

With winds up to 230 km/h (145 mph), torrential rainfall and mudslides, the newspaper reports that the hurricane "displaced 22,745 people, affected 447 homes and isolated 32 isolated" in the Dominican Republic alone. But though El Caribe states that the hurricane killed at least seven people, the death toll remains uncertain at the moment, with sources reporting two deaths and others up to 11 casualties.

In neighboring Haiti, emergency efforts are struggling to reach some areas, as the storm blocked several roads and knocked down a bridge that linked the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince to the southern part of the country.

The United Nations has called Hurricane Matthew the "largest humanitarian event" that Haiti, one of the world's poorest countries, has had to face since a massive earthquake hit in 2010.

After making landfall in Cuba, the weakening hurricane is now moving towards the Bahamas. Later in the week, the storm is expected to sweep through the U.S. states of Florida, South and North Carolina, where warnings have been issued and the first evacuations have been ordered.

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Murdoch's Resignation Adds To Biden Good Luck With The Media — A Repeat Of FDR?

Robert Murdoch's resignation from Fox News Corp. so soon before the next U.S. presidential elections begs the question of how directly media coverage has impacted Joe Biden as a figure, and what this new shift in power will mean for the current President.

Close up photograph of a opy of The Independent features Rupert Murdoch striking a pensive countenance as his 'News of the World' tabloid newspaper announced its last edition will run

July 7, 2011 - London, England: A copy of The Independent features Rupert Murdoch striking a pensive countenance as his 'News of the World' tabloid newspaper announced its last edition will run July 11, 2011 amid a torrid scandal involving phone hacking.

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Michael J. Socolow

Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States of America on Jan. 20, 2021.

Imagine if someone could go back in time and inform him and his communications team that a few pivotal changes in the media would occur during his first three years in office.

There’s the latest news that Rubert Murdoch, 92, stepped down as the chairperson of Fox Corp. and News Corp. on Sept. 21, 2023. Since the 1980s, Murdoch, who will be replaced by his son Lachlan, has been the most powerful right-wing media executivein the U.S.

While it’s not clear whether Fox will be any tamer under Lachlan, Murdoch’s departure is likely good news for Biden, who reportedly despises the media baron.

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