Trump impeachment chances: Puerto Rico death toll edition.

Today's Impeach-O-Meter: Mr. Good-at-Words-Talking Describes Puerto Rico Death Toll as "Successful"

Today's Impeach-O-Meter: Mr. Good-at-Words-Talking Describes Puerto Rico Death Toll as "Successful"

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Sept. 29 2017 5:45 PM

Today's Impeach-O-Meter: Mr. Good-at-Words-Talking Describes Puerto Rico Death Toll as "Successful"

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Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday.

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The Impeach-O-Meter is a wildly subjective and speculative daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (and convicted) or by resigning under threat of same.

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Good stuff. At least 16 people in Puerto Rico have died because of Hurricane Maria; many more are at risk or may have already passed away and not been counted.

Steve Bannon, incidentally, has described Donald Trump as "probably the greatest orator since William Jennings Bryan." Indeed. "The loss of life, it's always tragic, but it's been incredible, the results that we've had with respect to the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine," the turn-of-the-century populist famously said about one of the notoriously deadly disasters of his era. "People can't believe how successful the Great Hinckley Fire has been, relatively speaking."

Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photos by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images, Drew Angerer/Getty Images, and Peter Parks-Pool/Getty Images.

Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photos by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Win McNamee/Getty Images, Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images, Drew Angerer/Getty Images, and Peter Parks-Pool/Getty Images.