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Kamala Harris, chosen by Joe Biden as his running mate for the White House.

By Holly Thomas

VP IMPACT: HOW SHE’S MAKING HISTORY 

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has tapped Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to be his running mate. Biden described Harris as “a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants.” Harris, a former attorney general of California and ex-district attorney of San Francisco, is a historic pick for the ticket. She is the first African American and first Asian American to be nominated for vice president by a major political party — and her selection has already sparked massive grassroots fundraising. Sarah Palin has offered her some words of advice. [HuffPost] ‌

TRUMP ON BIDEN’S VP PICK: SHE’S VERY, VERY NASTY

President Donald Trump insisted he was surprised that Biden chose  Harris as his running mate, in part because she was “very nasty” to Biden as they vied in their party’s primary race. “She did so poorly in the primaries,” Trump, himself a previous Kamala Harris donor, said at a White House press briefing. “She was probably nastier than even Pocahontas to Joe Biden,” the president added. Nicolle Wallace has revealed what scares Trump the most about Harris, as his campaign struggles to define the newly formed Democratic ticket.[HuffPost]

ILHAN OMAR DEFEATS MINNESOTA PRIMARY CHALLENGER

Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the country’s most prominent and controversial progressive lawmakers, won the Democratic primary for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District on Tuesday. In the overwhelmingly Democratic seat, Omar’s primary win all but officially confirms that she is returning to Washington. Omar defeated will-financed employment attorney Antone Melton-Meaux, who ran as an antidote to what he called Omar’s “divisive” legislative style. Turnout far exceeded the number of people who voted in the 2018 primary. [HuffPost]

FAUCI SHARES SERIOUS DOUBTS ABOUT SAFETY OF RUSSIA’S VACCINE
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert,  expressed serious doubt about the safety of a Russian-created vaccine for the coronavirus. “Having a vaccine” and “proving that a vaccine is safe and effective are two different things,” he told ABC News’ Deborah Roberts. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday claimed the country’s coronavirus vaccine, the first in the world, was ready for use ― despite concerns it had not yet been subjected to a large-scale clinical trial. [HuffPost]

RACIST QANON FOLLOWER WINS GEORGIA GOP RUNOFF

Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has faced condemnation from House Republican leaders for creating racist Facebook videos and embracing QAnon conspiracy theories, has won the runoff for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District. Greene overwhelmingly defeated her opponent, John Cowan — amassing 60% of the vote in the heavily Republican district northwest of Atlanta. She almost assuredly will beat Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in November. [HuffPost] ‌

STATES HAVE 83 DAYS TO GET ABSENTEE VOTING RIGHT

Given the likelihood that Trump will try to exploit voting problems for political gain, the lessons states are learning in this year’s primary and special elections will prove vital in November. The huge surge in pandemic-fueled voting by mail has caused problems in some states, but has gone smoothly in others. Refining what works is key to preempting problems Trump may lie about. [HuffPost] ‌

COVID-19 DEATH CARE HOME TOLL IS CLOAKED IN SECRECY 

New York’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, already among the highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount. Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property and not those who were transported to hospitals and died there. That statistic that could add thousands to the state’s official care home death toll of just over 6,600. But so far the administration of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has refused to divulge the number, leading to speculation the state is manipulating the figures. [AP] ‌

STATES HAVE 83 DAYS TO GET ABSENTEE VOTING RIGHT

Given the likelihood that Trump will try to exploit voting problems for political gain, the lessons states are learning in this year’s primary and special elections will prove vital in November. The huge surge in pandemic-fuelled voting by mail has caused problems in some states, but has gone smoothly in others. Refining what works is key to preempting problems Trump may lie about. [HuffPost] ‌

 
 
   
 
   

STATES HAVE 83 DAYS TO GET ABSENTEE VOTING RIGHT

Given the likelihood that Trump will try to exploit voting problems for political gain, the lessons states are learning in this year’s primary and special elections will prove vital in November. The huge surge in pandemic-fuelled voting by mail has caused problems in some states, but has gone smoothly in others. Refining what works is key to preempting problems Trump may lie about. [HuffPost] ‌

NEW ZEALAND RECORDS FIRST COVID-19 CASE IN 102 DAYS New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days. Ardern said Auckland, the nation’s largest city, will be moved to Alert Level 3 from midday Wednesday through midnight Friday, meaning that people will be asked to stay at home, while bars and many other businesses will be closed. “These three days will give us time to assess the situation … so we can find out more about how this case arose and make decisions about how to respond to it,” Ardern said. [AP]
 

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