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1. ‘Nice weak point’
Israel is planning to dam Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., from coming into the nation on an official go to after strain from President Donald Trump.
Trump tweeted on Thursday that Israel “would present nice weak point” by permitting the progressive congresswomen to go to. Later, in remarks to reporters, he accused Omar and Tlaib of being “very anti-Jewish” and “very anti-Israel,” including that if Israeli officers wished to welcome them, they might, “however I can not think about why they’d do it.”
Each Omar and Tlaib, the primary Muslim girls elected to Congress, have criticized Israeli insurance policies concerning Palestine and assist actions to boycott Israel. In a press release, Omar stated: “Trump’s Muslim ban is what Israel is implementing, this time in opposition to two duly elected Members of Congress.”
The president’s feedback are an “train of uncooked presidential energy,” in line with ABC Information Senior Nationwide Correspondent Terry Moran. “What President Trump did was use the ability and the status and the affect on the world stage of the workplace of the presidency to go after these two members of Congress, and persuade an ally, strain an ally, to ban them from coming into the nation.”
2. ‘These sort of tales’
Within the race for 2020, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is out and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, remains to be in.
O’Rourke relaunched his marketing campaign in El Paso on Thursday with plans to maneuver in a distinct path from the normal Iowa and New Hampshire route, which has to this point left him polling within the low single digits, in line with ABC Information Political Director Rick Klein.
“He desires to go to locations like Mississippi and Oklahoma, locations that he says President Trump’s insurance policies have straight put folks on the firing line … and he desires to showcase these sort of tales as this marketing campaign goes on,” Klein says on “Begin Right here.”
And after Hickenlooper introduced Thursday he was ending his presidential bid and would look into exploring a Senate run in Colorado, there’s additionally hypothesis that Trump’s former marketing campaign supervisor Corey Lewandowski might pursue an identical path in New Hampshire.
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Democratic presidential candidate, former Rep. Beto ORourke (D-TX) speaks to media and supporters throughout a marketing campaign re-launch, Aug. 15, 2019, in El Paso, Texas.
3. ‘We’re hurting’
“It has been a troublesome yr,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea stated Thursday, reacting to the ninth demise by suicide of a New York Metropolis police officer this yr — the second this week.
“This isn’t distinctive to legislation enforcement, however for us, we’re hurting proper now,” he stated. “We’re all feeling it, and we’re all making an attempt as greatest as we will to give you initiatives to do extra.”
Police departments nationwide are affected by elevated charges of suicide. Statistics compiled by legislation enforcement advocates reveal that extra cops have died by suicide this yr than within the line of obligation.
“Now we’ve not only a development, however actually an emergency scenario right here with the people who find themselves actually there to guard us and put their lives on the road each single day,” ABC Information Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton tells us.
In the event you or somebody you understand has talked about considering suicide, name the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or use the net Lifeline Disaster Chat, each out there 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
4. ‘Beijing bluster’
After pro-democracy protesters successfully shut down Hong Kong Worldwide Airport this week, extra demonstrations are deliberate over the weekend with hundreds anticipated to attend.
In an effort to crack down on the protests, the Chinese language authorities has described them as exhibiting indicators of “terrorism” and even flexed its navy power on the border, however demonstrators on the bottom view all of it as “Beijing bluster,” in line with ABC Information’ Clayton Sandell in Hong Kong.
“A lot of the present considering is that for now … China will not truly ship within the navy as a result of the world is watching, and so they do not need to danger the optics of what folks have been calling Tiananmen 2.0,” Sandell says. “They consider that will be devastating to China’s repute [and] might convey down the Hong Kong financial system that the mainland depends on.”
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Demonstrators type a barricade as they conflict with riot police at Hong Kong Worldwide Airport, Aug. 13, 2019.
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