A range of issues have added more chaos to a bitterly fought election that produced split results in the House and Senate.
The former governor of South Carolina maintains she has no plans to run for president in 2020.
Nearly two weeks after Florence made landfall 110 miles up the coast, record flooding is expected where five rivers converge in and near Georgetown. An evacuation has been ordered.
News audiences were rarely informed about the contribution of human-caused climate disruption to the devastating storm, according to a recent study.
Rainwater dumped by Hurricane Florence is moving to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction.
"We have two hurricanes," says the Rev. William Barber about the recent storm. "The hurricane of poverty and lack of health care and lack of living wages that existed prior to the storm, and then we have the storm."
As the president helps volunteers at a church in the hard-hit town of New Bern, N.C., that state's governor warns evacuees not to return home because the flooding will get worse in places.
More than 2 feet of rain has fallen in places as the hurricane-turned-tropical storm parks itself over the two states. Forecasters say another 1½ feet could fall by the end of the weekend.
As Hurricane Florence, a storm intensified by climate change, heads to North and South Carolina, the states' past approaches to the environmental issue are coming to light.
A decrease in wind speeds drops the hurricane from a Category 4 to a 2, but forecasters warn the likelihood of the storm lingering around the coast for days will bring potentially catastrophic downpours and flooding.