July 18, 2019
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump has turned a campaign rally into an extended dissection of four Democratic congresswomen, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions. After Trump suggested they leave the country and singled out Somali-born Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the crowd shouted, “Send her back!” Trump is accusing the lawmakers, all women of color, of “helping to fuel the rise of a dangerous, militant hard-left.”
NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump has placed racial animus at the center of his reelection campaign, and even some of his critics believe it could deliver him a second term. Trump intensified his attacks on Wednesday, blasting four young congresswomen of color during a rally in Greenville, North Carolina. Frequent Trump critic Terry Sullivan managed Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2016 Republican presidential campaign and says what Trump is doing is “sad” but “it’s smart politics.”
TOKYO (AP) – A Japanese fire official says 13 people have been confirmed dead and more than 10 others presumed dead in a suspected arson at a popular animation production studio in Kyoto. He says firefighters found 13 victims on the first and second floors, and more than 10 presumed dead on the top floor. They were searching inside the building to make sure nobody else was left behind.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Trump administration officials are shrugging off contempt of Congress citations against two Cabinet members as political theater and presidential harassment. The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold in contempt Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. It’s unlikely the Justice Department will seek to prosecute the officials.
NEW YORK (AP) – Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is celebrating new figures that show the number of drug overdose deaths falling last year for the first time in nearly three decades. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths in 2018. The number may go up as more investigations are completed, but the agency expects the tally will end up below 69,000. Overdose deaths topped at 70,000 in 2017.