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Wisconsin: Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes Wins Dem Senate Primary

Aug 10, 2022

Primaries were held Tuesday in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont and Connecticut. In Wisconsin, the millionaire construction magnate Tim Michels won the Republican gubernatorial primary. Michels, who was endorsed by Donald Trump, defeated Rebecca Kleefisch, who had the backing of former Vice President Mike Pence. Michels will face Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers in November. If elected, Michels has vowed to abolish the bipartisan Wisconsin Elections Commission.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes easily won the Democratic Senate primary after several of his opponents dropped out. Barnes would become Wisconsin’s first Black U.S. senator if he defeats Republican incumbent Ron Johnson in November. Barnes spoke at a victory rally in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes: “And we will continue to fight for good-paying jobs that you can raise a family on. I’m here to tell you that together we will move forward to protect the rights of so many people, the fight that so many people have been involved in long before we got here, like the right to vote and the right — and the right for you to make your own decisions about your own bodies.”

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Minnesota: Election Denier Wins GOP Primary for Secretary of State

Aug 10, 2022

In Minnesota, Congressmember Ilhan Omar has survived a primary challenge from former Minneapolis City Councilmember Don Samuels, who criticized Omar’s calls to defund the police.

In other news from Minnesota, Kim Crockett has won the Republican primary for secretary of state. Crockett is an election denier who has called the 2020 election “rigged.”

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Becca Balint Wins Democratic House Primary in Vermont

Aug 10, 2022

Becca Balint won the Democratic primary for Vermont’s sole seat in the U.S. House. Balint, who is the leader of the Vermont state Senate, defeated Vermont’s Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray. Balint had been endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders. If she wins in November, Balint will become the first woman and the first openly LGBTQ person to represent Vermont in Congress. Vermont Democrat Peter Welch, who currently serves in the House, easily won the Democratic Senate primary in his bid to replace retiring Senator Patrick Leahy. Welch will face Republican Gerald Malloy in November.

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Republicans Demand Answers from FBI & DOJ over Raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Aug 10, 2022

An attorney for former President Donald Trump says FBI agents took about a dozen boxes of material from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Monday while executing a search warrant. Few new details have emerged about the raid as Republican lawmakers called on the FBI and Justice Department to publicly answer questions about the unprecedented raid. Trump is believed to be in possession of a list of what was taken from his property, but he has not made this public. According to multiple news organizations, the raid focused on recovering documents Trump illegally removed from the White House last year. On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Biden only learned about the raid from public reports.

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre: “The Justice Department conducts investigations independently, and we leave any law enforcement matters to them. It would not be appropriate for us to comment on any ongoing investigations.”

This comes as Donald Trump is expected to be deposed today by lawyers from the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James as part of a probe into the Trump Organization’s financial practices.

FBI Seizes Phone of Rep. Scott Perry, Who Played Key Role in Backing Trump’s Attempted Coup

Aug 10, 2022

Republican Congressmember Scott Perry says FBI agents seized his cellphone on Tuesday morning while he was traveling with his family. Perry is the chair of the House Freedom Caucus and was a key backer of Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election. He has so far refused to testify before the House January 6 committee investigating the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. In June, federal agents also seized the phone of attorney John Eastman, who had advised Trump on ways he could stay in office after losing the election.

Massive Blasts at Russian Air Base in Crimea Kills One

Aug 10, 2022

At least one person died after a series of large explosions on Tuesday at a Russian military air base in Crimea. Russia claims the explosions were caused by an accidental detonation of ammunition. Ukrainian officials have not publicly commented on the explosions, but an unnamed Ukrainian military official told The New York Times that pro-Ukrainian forces were behind the blast. In an address on Tuesday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky did not discuss what happened at the Russian air base, but he called for Crimea to be returned to Ukraine. Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.

S. African FM to Blinken: The Palestinians, Like the Ukrainians, “Deserve Their Territory & Freedom”

Aug 10, 2022

Secretary of State Tony Blinken is in Rwanda today after stops in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa on a five-day trip in sub-Saharan Africa. Blinken’s trip comes just weeks after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Egypt, Uganda, Ethiopia and the Republic of Congo. Some analysts say the two trips have echoes of the Cold War as Washington and Moscow attempt to increase their influence in Africa. While in South Africa, Blinken criticized Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Earlier this year, South Africa joined many other African nations in abstaining from a U.N. vote condemning the invasion. During a press conference with Blinken, South Africa’s Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor said she would like to see an end to the war but criticized how international law is not fairly enforced.

Naledi Pandor: “We believe that all principles that are germane to the United Nations Charter and international humanitarian law must be upheld for all countries, not just some. As much as the people of Ukraine deserve their territory and freedom, the people of Palestine deserve their territory and freedom.”

Israeli Forces Kill Two Palestinian Teenagers in Occupied West Bank

Aug 10, 2022

Israeli forces killed two Palestinian teenagers on Tuesday in the occupied West Bank, according to the group Defense for Children. On Tuesday, Israeli forces shot dead 16-year-old Hussein Jamal Hussein Taha in Nablus. Then, in the early evening, Israeli forces shot dead 16-year-old Momen Yasin Mohammad Joude Jaber north of Hebron. This comes just days after Israel killed 16 children during three days of attacks on occupied Gaza.

50 Palestinians Ordered Off Israeli Bus to Make Room for Three Jewish Riders

Aug 10, 2022

An Israeli bus company has apologized after a bus driver ordered 50 Palestinian workers off a bus near Tel Aviv last week. The driver ordered the Palestinians off the bus after three Jewish passengers got on and refused to travel with the Palestinians. The bus company claims one of the Jewish passengers threatened the driver and claimed he was a Transport Ministry official.

Arrest Made in Albuquerque After Four Muslim Men Were Killed

Aug 10, 2022

In New Mexico, police have arrested a 51-year-old man named Muhammad Syed, charged with murdering two Muslim men in Albuquerque. He is also a suspect in the killing of two other Muslim men. The four deaths have stunned the Muslim community in New Mexico. Police are still trying to determine a motive. In a news release, the department said an “interpersonal conflict may have led to the shooting(s).” We will have more on this story after headlines.

Mother and Daughter Face Felony Charges over At-Home Abortion in Nebraska

Aug 10, 2022

In Nebraska, a mother and her teenage daughter have been charged with felonies after the mother helped her daughter obtain abortion medication. Authorities built their case in part on private Facebook messages between the mother and daughter which were obtained through a warrant. Investigators also obtained the teenager’s medical records. Authorities say the teenager, who was 17 at the time, broke the law by performing an abortion after 20 weeks. The mother and daughter are also accused of burning and burying the fetus. The teenager is being charged as an adult at the request of prosecutors.

Asian American Residents in California Sue Siskiyou County Officials for Racial Bias

Aug 10, 2022

In California, a group of Asian American residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against the sheriff and other officials in Siskiyou County in Northern California. The lawsuit accuses the officials of a “sweeping campaign to harass and intimidate Hmong and other Asian Americans.” According to the lawsuit, 28% of drivers pulled over by the county last year were Asian American, even though they make up just 2% of the county’s adult population. The lawsuit also alleges Asian Americans were 25 times more likely to be searched during traffic stops than white drivers.

L.A. City Council Votes to Ban Encampment for Unhoused People Near Schools

Aug 10, 2022

In California, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban encampments for unhoused people near schools and daycares. The vote came after a dramatic meeting where two protesters were arrested as they denounced the council’s vote.

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Ex-Twitter Employer Convicted for Giving Saudis Private Info on Dissidents

Aug 10, 2022

A jury in California has convicted a former worker at Twitter of spying for Saudi Arabia by providing the kingdom private information about Saudi dissidents. Prosecutors accused the man, Ahmad Abouammo, of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from a close aide of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in exchange for information about certain Twitter account holders. One Saudi aid worker, Abdulrahman al-Sadhan, who ran a satirical Twitter account, was later abducted by the secret Saudi police, tortured and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Biden Signs $280 Billion CHIPS Act

Aug 10, 2022

President Biden has signed a $280 billion package to support the U.S. semiconductor industry.

President Joe Biden: “Today I’m signing into law the CHIPS and Science Act, a once-in-a-generation investment in America itself, a law that the American people can be proud of.”

The CHIPS Act will provide more than $76 billion in subsidies to corporations that produce semiconductor chips in the United States. Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders opposed the bill, saying it is a form of corporate welfare for a handful of wealthy high-tech companies.

Grand Jury Declines to Indict Woman for Role in Lynching of Emmett Till

Aug 10, 2022

In news from Mississippi, a grand jury has declined to indict Carolyn Bryant Donham for her role in the lynching of Emmett Till nearly 70 years ago. Till was a 14-year-old Black teenager who was brutally abducted, tortured and killed in Mississippi in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at Donham, a white woman who worked as a store clerk. Her husband and his half-brother were tried for Till’s murder and acquitted by an all-white jury. Earlier this year, a team searching for evidence in the Emmett Till case found an unserved warrant charging Donham in his kidnapping. On Tuesday, Emmett Till’s cousin and best friend, the Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr., responded to the news by saying, “The fact remains that the people who abducted, tortured and murdered Emmett did so in plain sight, and our American justice system was and continues to be set up in such a way that they could not be brought to justice for their heinous crimes.”

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