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By Holly Thomas

 

TOP STORIES


Wednesday, September 2


THERE GOES THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN DYNASTY Sen. Ed Markey won Massachusetts’ Democratic Senate primary Tuesday, defeating a member of one of the most powerful families in Democratic politics. Progressives, led by the Sunrise Movement, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), rallied behind Markey in his race against Rep. Joe Kennedy III, spurring a come-from-behind victory. The left hopes its decision to go all in to defend Markey could push other Democratic senators to venture into more progressive waters. [HuffPost]


NEAL SURVIVES CONTENTIOUS PRIMARY Rep. Richard Neal, one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress, won his primary in Massachusetts' 1st District on Tuesday, overcoming an energetic progressive challenge from Alex Morse. In the solidly Democratic area, Neal’s primary victory virtually assures him a 17th term representing Western Massachusetts and a swath of the state’s central region. “We ran a terrific campaign ― no mistakes,” Neal told reporters on Tuesday morning after voting in his neighborhood. [HuffPost]


TRUMP INSISTS PORTLAND IS 'ABLAZE ALL THE TIME,' FIRE DEPT SAYS NOPE The Portland, Oregon, fire department has refuted President Donald Trump’s claim that the “entire city is ablaze all the time.” “WE ARE NOT ABLAZE IN PORTLAND,” Lt. Rich Chatman, the public information officer for Portland Fire & Rescue, wrote in a text message to CNN reporter Daniel Dale after the president made the remarks at a Monday press conference. “There is a very isolated pocket of demonstrations that have involved fire, none of which have been substantial enough to need more than one fire engine.” Undeterred, Trump has continued to make more bananas claims on Fox News. [HuffPost]

 

 

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TRUMP STOPPED GOING TO DOVER AFB TO RECEIVE BODIES AFTER BEING BERATED President Donald Trump says he has paid his respects to “many, many” returning soldiers killed in the line of duty, with daughter and top presidential aide Ivanka Trump adding that “each time” it has hardened his resolve to bring troops home. In fact, Trump has traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware exactly four times ― fewer than half as many times as his vice president ― and avoided going at all for nearly two years, after getting berated for his incompetence by the father of a slain Navy SEAL, according to a former White House aide. [HuffPost]


MELANIA USED PRIVATE EMAIL WHILE IN WHITE HOUSE, SAYS EX-ADVISER First lady Melania Trump regularly used private email accounts to conduct government business, her former adviser, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, told The Washington Post on Tuesday. “Melania and I both didn’t use White House emails,” Winston Wolkoff, who helped organize President Donald Trump’s inauguration, said. She is the author of a new book, “Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship With the First Lady." The Trump administration has moved to cast the book as a “revisionist history” full of lies. Wolkoff says that she has tapes to back up claims made in the book. [HuffPost]


KHMER ROUGE'S CHIEF JAILER, WAR CRIMINAL KAING GUEK EAV, DIES The Khmer Rouge’s chief jailer, who admitted to overseeing the torture and killings of as many as 16,000 Cambodians while running the regime’s most notorious prison, has died. Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, was 77 and had been serving a life prison sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He reportedly died at a hospital in Cambodia early Wednesday morning. Duch, whose trial took place in 2009, was the first senior Khmer Rouge figure to face the U.N.-backed tribunal that had been assembled to deliver justice for the regime’s brutal rule in the late 1970s, which is blamed for the deaths of 1.7 million people. [AP]

 

WHAT'S BREWING


BREONNA TAYLOR'S BOYFRIEND SUES POLICE Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenny Walker, filed a lawsuit against Louisville, Kentucky, police and city officials over criminal charges that were filed against him after the botched drug raid during which his girlfriend, a 26-year-old medical technician, was killed. The lawsuit argues that Walker, a legal gun owner in Kentucky, is protected by the state's stand-your-ground laws and should not face attempted murder charges for using his firearm during the no-knock raid because he believed an intruder was trying to break in. [HuffPost]


TRUMP: COVID-19 DEATHS ONLY COUNT IF THE VICTIM IS HEALTHY Hours before the United States surpassed 6 million coronavirus cases and reached a death toll of 183,000, President Donald Trump and his defenders seized on an amateurish misreading of federal data to claim that the COVID-19 pandemic has killed hardly anyone at all. It started Sunday, when Trump retweeted a QAnon conspiracist who claimed that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “quietly” “admit[ted] that only 6%” of coronavirus casualties “actually died from Covid.” Twitter removed the tweet, saying it violated the platform’s rules. But it quickly became the party line. [HuffPost]


BARR TIGHTENS RULES ON SURVEILLING POLITICAL CANDIDATES The Justice Department announced new restrictions Tuesday on how it conducts any secret national security surveillance of candidates for federal office or their staff. The restrictions, announced by Attorney General William Barr, are part of broader changes to the Justice Department’s surveillance procedures implemented in response to problems detected during the 2016 investigation into ties between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign. They're designed to ensure that law enforcement officials have to clear additional hurdles before pursuing the same type of surveillance during the 2020 election. [AP]


WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE IN A CITY THAT'S HAD 3 CLIMATE DISASTERS IN 12 YEARS "My house stands on a neighborhood corner in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It’s been here for 100 years. My husband and I are only the third family to own this house, but the original land was inhabited by people from the Sac and Fox Nation. This community nestled by the Cedar River has been home to people for centuries. But in 2008, Cedar Rapids was completely underwater, and so was this house. The river crested at over 31 feet. It took weeks for the floodwater to go down and for power and plumbing to be restored. In the aftermath, whole neighborhoods were completely wiped out and deemed uninhabitable." [HuffPost]


COURT BLOCKS RELEASE OF TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS A federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked a New York prosecutor from obtaining Donald Trump’s tax returns while the president’s lawyers continue to fight a subpoena seeking the records. The three-judge panel ruled after hearing brief arguments from both sides. Trump’s lawyers had asked for a temporary stay while they appeal a lower-court ruling that granted Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office access to Trump’s tax returns. A lawyer for Vance’s office had argued that further delays would only impede their investigation. [AP]


500 FAITH LEADERS ENDORSE BIDEN AND HARRIS Five hundred religious leaders ― Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and others ― have jointly endorsed the Democratic presidential ticket of Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris, according to the multi-faith advocacy group Faith 2020. The endorsees include some who have never publicly backed a presidential candidate, like Ron Sider, the founder of Evangelicals for Social Action. The list also includes clergy from diverse theological positions, including the evangelical preacher Rev. Rob Schenck, a former militant anti-abortion rights activist who has pledged to vote for a Democrat for the first time in 44 years. [HuffPost]

 

 

 

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