Oct 16, 2018

Sen. Heitkamp apologizes after misidentifying victims of abuse in ad

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) is issuing personal apologies to women for running a political ad in North Dakota newspapers Sunday that misidentified them as victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape, the Associated Press reports.

What happened: Heitkamp recently learned some women that were in the ad hadn’t authorized being named or weren’t survivors of abuse in the first place.

"I deeply regret this mistake and we are in the process of issuing a retraction, personally apologizing to each of the people impacted by this and taking the necessary steps to ensure this never happens again," Heitkamp said in a statement.

What they're saying: Heitkamp’s campaign did not respond to AP's questions Tuesday about how the misidentification happened.

  • One woman said she believed she had been included in the ad after being tagged in a Facebook post about sexual assault.
  • Heitkamp's opponent, Kevin Cramer, called Heitkamp’s ad a "revictimization of victims."

Why it matters: Heitkamp is one of the most vulnerable Democrats running for re-election this fall. She trails behind Cramer by more than 8 points, per the RealClearPolitics polling average.

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Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign

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Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday that he is suspending his presidential campaign.

The big picture: It's an end to the campaign of the leading progressive in the race — and the candidate who seemed to be the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination just a few months ago. It also makes Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee four months before the party's convention in Milwaukee.

Indians look to Taiwan amid China's coronavirus missteps

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Many Indians are angry at China and the World Health Organization for their perceived mishandling of the coronavirus. The efficiency and transparency of Taiwan's response to the epidemic, in contrast, has made it a topic of renewed sympathy and interest in India.

Why it matters: The coronavirus crisis is showcasing Taiwan's democratic system of governance on an international stage, the biggest soft power win for the country in years.

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