In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

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Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.

White Men Are Minority of House Democratic Nominees For First Time. 

Women and people of color make up the majority of politicians running for House seats on the Democratic ticket, according to a new analysis.

Democrats have nominated a whopping 180 female candidates in House primaries. The party’s previous record was 120. Democrats have also nominated at least 133 people of color and 158 first-time candidates to run for the House.

A new analysis by Politico determined that white men are in the minority of House Democratic nominees for the first time. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser is denied an FBI investigation before the hearing on the allegations and Germany’s chief of domestic intelligence is removed from his position after being accused of far-right sympathies. This and more news stories, link in Bio.


Republicans Reject Kavanaugh Accuser’s Request To Delay Hearing For FBI Investigation.

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault says the FBI should investigate the incident before senators hold a hearing on the allegations. Her attorneys argue that “a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee will move forward with a hearing scheduled for Monday on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, despite a request for further investigation from his accuser.


Germany’s Chief of Domestic Intelligence Accused of Far-right Sympathies Removed From Position.

Germany’s chief of domestic intelligence,  Hans-Georg Maassen, was removed from his position after Chancellor Angela Merkel raised questions about whether Germany’s security apparatus was too sympathetic to the far right to monitor its links to neo-Nazi groups effectively.

Hans-Georg Maassen questioned the authenticity of a video showing an immigrant being chased by far-right protesters, directly contradicting the chancellor.


Shrapnel Found in Yemen Ties US Bombs to Civilian Deaths.

A CNN investigation found remnants of a US-made bomb at the scene of an airstrike that left dozens of schoolboys dead. An independent Yemen-based human rights group called Mwatana has given CNN exclusive access to a trove of documents that show fragments of US-manufactured bombs at the scene of a string of other incidents since 2015, when the civil war began.


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