Sep 4, 2018

What to watch in tonight's primaries

Ayanna Pressley and Michael Capuano at a debate. Photo: Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The September 4 primary is all about Ayanna Pressley who is running in Massachusetts to replace incumbent Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano who has been in Congress since 1999.

Why she matters: She's part of the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wing of the Democratic Party; an African-American woman, a political newcomer and a survivor of sexual abuse.

As the New York Times put it: "It’s not a sight you see every day, certainly not around Boston — a black woman mounting a plausible challenge to a 10-term white congressman from her own party, a politician with vast connections who votes the progressive line and opposes everything Trump."

  • It's worth noting that Rep. Capuano joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus in his first term in office. This race has really come down to a fight about increasing diversity and electing a new generation of leaders of Congress.

She's raised nearly $900,000, per FEC reports, and in the 36 hours after Ocasio-Cortez's win, her campaign received 205 contributions totaling nearly $18,000 — more than 3x the number of contributions she received in the same period the week before.

P.S. from Washington Post's Dave Weigel: "In four of September's five primary states — Massachusetts, Delaware, Rhode Island and New York — efforts are underway to dismantle the party establishment, starting with long-tenured politicians who first took power when compromises with the right were more routine."

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
  2. Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout
  3. Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade in $13 billion deal
  4. Coronavirus slams companies' 2020 sales projections
  5. Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Roger Stone sentenced to more than 3 years in prison

Roger Stone arriving for his sentencing hearing. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Longtime Trump associate Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday to 4o months in prison for crimes that include obstruction of justice, lying to Congress and witness tampering.

Why it matters: Stone is the seventh person to be convicted and sentenced for crimes unearthed by former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. His case has been at the heart of ongoing tensions between President Trump and his Justice Department.

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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