⚡ With a smirk and a finger point, President Trump told Vladimir Putin at the G20 in Osaka, Japan: "Don't meddle with the election." (AP)
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Sen. Kamala Harris of California, 54, stared down Joe Biden, 76, in a raw exchange on race and personal history that defined last night's Democratic presidential debate, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports from Miami. (See the video.)
In the most electric moment of this week's back-to-back debates, Harris told Biden:
I do not believe you are a racist ... But I also believe, and it's personal ... [I]t was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country. And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing.
And, you know, there was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bussed to school every day. And that little girl was me.
Biden fumbled his response, not pausing to acknowledge her life experience, and tapping out before he was cut off:
It's a mischaracterization of my position across the board. I did not praise racists. The fact is that, in terms of busing, the busing, I never — you would have been able to go to school the same exact way because it was a local decision made by your city council. ...
I supported the ERA from the very beginning. I'm the guy that extended the Voting Rights Act for 25 years. ... I've also argued very strongly that we, in fact, deal with the notion of denying people access to the ballot box. I agree that everybody, once they, in fact — anyway, my time is up. I'm sorry.
🎤 How it's playing ... Stephen Colbert on a special live edition of CBS' "The Late Show": "I believe in global warming, because Kamala Harris was on fire."
Top takeaways from this week's opening debates of 2020, from Axios' Alexi McCammond in Miami, managing editor David Nather, Alayna Treene and me:
The battle for political advantage in state capitols will become more intense after a 5-4 Supreme Court decision declaring that federal judges have no role in settling disputes over partisan gerrymandering, AP reports.
Be smart, from WashPost: The gerrymandering decision is "a dramatic example of how a new justice [Brett Kavanaugh] can create monumental change."
At left, President Trump does a walk-through of the Republican convention hall in Cleveland with his campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in July 2016.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe knows that graphics are an effective way of communicating with President Trump, who can resist traditional briefings.
Vladimir Putin told the Financial Times' Lionel Barber and Henry Foy (subscription) in a Kremlin interview that "the liberal idea" had "outlived its purpose" as the public turned against immigration, open borders and multiculturalism.
Jony Ive will leave Apple later this year "after more than two decades in which his iconic designs for the Mac, iPod and iPhone ... defined a generation of consumer products," the Financial Times' Tim Bradshaw reports (subscription).
Ive told the FT he will "continue to work on wearable technology and health care, two of Apple’s strategic priorities."
Here's a first look at the cover of "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh," coming Sept. 10 from N.Y. Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly.
CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter has begun a book about Fox News in the age of Trump, and Trump in the age of Fox.
Stelter will draw on 15 years of reporting, going back to his days running TVNewser, a site he founded in 2004.
Democratic candidates climb a step ladder in Homestead, Fla., and wave at teenagers behind a chain-link fence covered with a mesh screen, AP reports:
First look: Next month, O'Rourke and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will appear with Stacey Abrams, Trevor Noah, John Legend, Laurene Powell Jobs, Mark Cuban, Carlos Watson, John Kasich, Malcolm Gladwell and more at OZY Fest — an annual music, food and ideas festival in Central Park.
In the photo above — on June 28, 1969 — a crowd outside the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, resists police arrests.
The uprising catalyzed decades of demonstrations and individual acts of defiance that changed workplace, public policy and societal attitudes. (AP)
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