Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren Defend Progressive Policies + More News

by Debra Brown

Sanders-Warren-Defend-Progressive-PoliciesATPB News: Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.


Democratic Primary Debate 

Senators Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., the two highest-polling candidates at center stage both forcefully defended their policy agendas from frequent attacks from candidates like former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Montana Go. Steve Bullock and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan. A major point of contention between the candidates was health care.

The debate was also seen as the last best chance for the moderate candidates, many of whom are mired towards the bottom of the pack in terms of polling and fundraising, to get their message out to a national audience before the Democratic National Committee imposes stricter rules to qualify for the debates in September and October.

Candidates discussed immigration at the southern border, racism, the green new deal, and gun laws.


Ethiopia Plants 350+ Million Trees in 12 hours

Ethiopia planted more than 353 million trees in 12 hours on Monday, which officials believe is a world record.

The burst of tree planting was part of a wider reforestation campaign named “Green Legacy,” spearheaded by the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Millions of Ethiopians across the country were invited to take part in the challenge and within the first six hours, Ahmed tweeted that around 150 million trees had been planted.

According to Farm Africa, an organization working on reforestation efforts in East Africa and helping farmers out of poverty, fewer than 4% of Ethiopia’s land is forested, compared to around 30% at the end of the 19th century.

The landlocked country is also suffering from the effects of the climate crisis, with land degradation, soil erosion, deforestation, and recurrent droughts and flooding exacerbated by agriculture. Eighty percent of Ethiopia’s population depends on agriculture as a livelihood.


New California Law Requires Trump to Show Tax Returns to Get on the Primary Ballot

California’s Democratic governor signed a law requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to appear on the state’s primary ballot, a move aimed squarely at Republican President Donald Trump.

The Trump campaign said the law signed by Newsom is “unconstitutional.” But even if the law withstands a likely legal challenge, Trump could avoid the requirement by choosing not to compete in California’s March 3rd primary.


Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting

The gunman who opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California used an AK-47-style assault rifle he had purchased legally earlier this month, police said.

The shooter, a 19-year-old Gilroy resident, shot and killed two children, a 6-year-old boy, and a 13-year-old girl, as well as a man in his 20s in the mass shooting on Sunday, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said. Fifteen other people were wounded.

He carried out the massacre using an AK-47 style rifle, a weapon that officials say can’t be legally purchased or transported into California. The weapon was purchased in Nevada. Nevada’s gun laws are among the nation’s least restrictive.


Hawaii Governor Withdraws Emergency Order for Telescope Protesters

Hawaii’s governor rescinded an emergency proclamation put in place to deal with native Hawaiian protesters who are blocking a road to prevent the construction of a giant telescope at a mountain summit they consider sacred.

Gov. David Ige said there were no immediate plans to move heavy equipment to Mauna Kea’s summit. He also noted two hurricanes were approaching that could affect the protest area and the rest of the state.

The governor had declared an emergency on July 17 to give law enforcement more authority to close areas of the mountain and to use additional National Guard troops to help deliver construction gear.

The protest to stop the Thirty Meter Telescope is on its 16th day.

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