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Aug 13 2020 - 01:40 PM
Daily News From Around the World: 8/13/20

Good Afternoon! Here are a few of the latest headlines as part of our continuing daily blog series covering national and international news. The headlines come to us courtesy of Newseum:

The Wall Street Journal, Published in New York, NY

Harris Draws Plaudits From Wall Street as Biden’s Pick

Wall Street is exuberant over Joe Biden’s decision to pick Kamala Harris as his running mate. “With Ms. Harris as Mr. Biden’s running mate, they see a noncontroversial partner—closely aligned with him on issues they care most about—and an asset with big donors.” The Wall Street Journal writes. For Wall Street, the pick is a sign that Biden has kept the party out of the hands of its ever strengthening progressive wing for this election cycle.

Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris

The Japan Times, Published in Tokyo, Japan

Mogul’s Arrest Highlights Rapid Changes in Hong Kong

Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai and his associates were arrested Monday for allegedly breaching the new security law that has clamped down on the civil liberties previously enjoyed by its citizens. Though Lai and some of the others are now out on bail, their arrests show the contrast between Hong Kong and the mainland’s legal system, with the latter branding them “anti-China troublemakers.” Now, with the rule of law in Hong Kong collapsing, its global credibility is in tatters.

The Washington Post, Published in Washington, D.C.

Right-Wing Candidate Puts GOP in a Bind

President Trump hailed Marjorie Taylor Greene, who won her primary in Georgia and looks set to be elected in November, as a “future Republican Star… Strong on everything and never gives up - a real WINNER!” However, many within the Republican Party harbor concerns, “How can we warmly receive someone that’s publicly stated some of the things she stated in her videos? You can’t dismiss people because of their religious beliefs and their ethnicity. You can’t. . . . It’s just wrong.” said Representative Paul Mitchell (R-Michigan). Besides calling the election of Muslim Americans to Congress an “Islamic invasion of our government,” Greene is also a proponent of the QAnon conspiracy theory, believing that Trump is battling “deep state” agents within the government that worship Satan and traffic child sex slaves.

The Boston Globe, Published in Boston, MA

Markey Makes it Personal

There appears to be a change in Congressman Joe Kennedy’s campaign strategy to displace Senator Ed Markey in Massachusetts upcoming primary on September 1. The Congressman and his supporters have been attacking Senator Markey for alleged absenteeism in the Senate and in the state of Massachusetts. In last night's debate, Markey told Kennedy to tell his father, former Congressman Joe Kennedy II, to stop putting money into a super PAC that has been running negative ads all across the state (The Boston Globe reports that the allegation that Joe Kennedy II has been doing this has not been proven).

Senator Ed Markey (left)

The Irish Times, Published in Dublin, Ireland

Johnson to Meet Martin During Visit to North

Boris Johnson is visiting Northern Ireland this week where he will be meeting with Ireland’s Taoiseach Micheál Martin.“They are expected to discuss the shared fight against coronavirus and work on a sustainable economic recovery, and the UK’s negotiations with the EU.” Downing Street stated. Additionally, Prime Minister Johnson will establish two new bodies to mark 100 years since the creation of Northern Ireland: a centenary forum and a centenary historical advisory panel.


Kamala Harris, courtesy of Gage Skidmore at Flickr

Ed Markey, courtesy of Wikimedia


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