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With African American millennials a vital audience for 2020 Democrats, Kamala Harris' team has a special text template for connecting with students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Alexi McCammond writes.
But several of the Democratic campaigns can barely articulate how they're reaching out to a group that's the future face of the party.
Some of the Dems — including Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg — are visiting HBCUs in hopes of turning students into organizers.
What to watch: 30% of black millennials surveyed by the University of Chicago's GenForward Project said they feel the Democratic Party doesn't care about them.
"State and federal health officials are investigating almost 100 cases of mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping and e-cigarette use in 14 states, many of them involving teens and young adults," the WashPost's Lena Sun and Lindsey Bever report (subscription).
Kim Barnes, mother of a 26-year-old from Burlington, Wis., who has asthma and had been vaping for about a year — then was hospitalized last month and attached to a ventilator:
Despite President Trump's reprieve until Dec. 15 for some China tariffs, $33 billion in apparel, shoes and hats are among items subject to a 10% tariff on Chinese imports beginning Sept. 1, The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription).
💰 Self-inflicted wound: Steve Rattner writes for the N.Y. Times ("How World Leaders Ruined the Global Economy") that the U.S., U.K., Europe, China and India "took the best growth picture in a decade and put us in danger of recession."
"The Star-Spangled Banner" is played for 150 citizenship candidates from around the globe, during a naturalization ceremony in Miami yesterday.
Newsrooms around America, including the journalists of Axios, are wrestling with how best to cover what New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet referred to this week as the story of "what it means to be an American in 2019."
At a staff meeting to discuss coverage of race and a divisive administration, Baquet said the paper needs to regroup from "Chapter 1 of the story of Donald Trump" — the collusion/obstruction investigation — and "take on a different story," according to a transcript posted by Slate:
The day Bob Mueller walked off that witness stand [July 24], two things happened. Our readers who want Donald Trump to go away suddenly thought, 'Holy s---, Bob Mueller is not going to do it.'
And Donald Trump got a little emboldened politically, I think. Because, you know, for obvious reasons. And I think that the story changed. A lot of the stuff we’re talking about started to emerge like six or seven weeks ago. We’re a little tiny bit flat-footed. I mean, that’s what happens when a story looks a certain way for two years. Right?
I think that we’ve got to change. I mean, the vision for coverage for the next two years is: ... How do we cover a guy who makes these kinds of remarks? How do we cover the world's reaction to him? How do we do that while continuing to cover his policies? How do we cover America, that’s become so divided by Donald Trump? ...
How do we write about race in a thoughtful way, something we haven’t done in a large way in a long time? That, to me, is the vision for coverage.
Job growth in California, the world's fifth largest economy, is in its 113th month, tying the expansion of the 1960s, AP's Adam Beam writes from Sacramento.
California's unemployment rate dipped to 4.1% for July, tying a record low from 2018.
300,000 young people rocked out at Woodstock, 50 years ago this weekend.
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