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VP Nod the Latest in a Career of Firsts for Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s pick to be his running mate in November’s election, has been a trailblazer all her life.   “My mother used to have a saying,” the 55-year-old Harris is fond of recounting. “She would say to me ‘You may be the first to do many things but make sure you’re not the last.'”   Harris was the first black attorney general of California, the first woman to hold the post, and the first woman of South Asian heritage to be elected to the US Senate. She is now seeking to become the first female vice president of the United States.   And with the 77-year-Biden expected to serve only a single term if elected, Harris would be favored to win the Democratic presidential nomination four years from now. That could give her a shot at more history-making — as the first female president of the United States.   “Senator Harris is a tenacious and trailblazing leader who will make a great partner on the campaign trail,” said Susan Rice, who served as national security adviser under former President Barack Obama and was also under consideration to be Biden’s running mate.   Since ending her White House run and endorsing Biden, Harris has stepped up her criticism of President Donald Trump on a host of issues — from his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak to race to immigration. “Trump’s repeated racist rhetoric tries to place blame for his coronavirus failures on anyone but himself,” she tweeted recently.    “It’s dangerous and it’s wrong — and has real life consequences for Asian Americans and Asian immigrants.” Harris’s own parents were immigrants to the United States — her father from Jamaica, her mother from India — and their lives and her own have in some ways embodied the American dream.   – Close to Beau Biden – Harris was born on October 20, 1964 in Oakland, California.   Her father, Donald Harris, was an economics professor and her mother Shyamala Gopalan, was a breast cancer researcher.   Her parents separated when Harris was about 5 years old and she and her sister Maya were raised by her mother, who died in 2009.   Harris earned her undergraduate degree at historically black Howard University in Washington and is a proud member of “Alpha Kappa Alpha,” the oldest African American sorority. She earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, became a prosecutor and served two terms as a district attorney in San Francisco.   She was elected attorney general of California in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, the same year she married Douglas Emhoff, a lawyer with two children from a previous marriage. As attorney general, Harris developed a working relationship with Biden’s late son, Beau, who held the same position in the state of Delaware. Beau Biden died of cancer in 2015. Her failure, however, to enact bold criminal justice reforms while attorney general dogged her presidential campaign and did not sit well with many black voters during the primaries.   Harris was elected to the Senate in November 2016, becoming just the second black female senator ever. As a senator, she has employed tough questioning skills honed as a prosecutor, notably during the Senate confirmation hearing of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. ‘That little girl was me’ Harris launched her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday in January 2019 at an event attended by 20,000 people in Oakland.   She clashed with Biden during the first Democratic debate, chiding the former senator over his opposition to 1970s busing programs that forced integration of segregated schools.   “There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public school, and she was bused to school every day,” she said. “And that little girl was me.” It provided her with a breakout moment and a bump in the polls, but it was to prove short-lived. Harris dropped out of the race in December 2019 and endorsed Biden in March.   Despite their debate clash, Biden has made it clear he does not hold a grudge, describing Harris as a “first-rate intellect, a first-rate candidate and a real competitor.” Harris voted for Trump’s impeachment at his Senate trial and to defeat him she has invoked the need to rebuild the “Obama coalition” — African Americans, Hispanics, women, independents and millennials.   A tireless campaigner, Harris has a knack for personal connection and a steely demeanor that can give way to a million-watt smile.   Along with her experience in the judicial, executive and legislative branches of government, Harris is expected to provide a jolt of energy to a White House campaign overshadowed by the coronavirus and economic crisis. 

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By Polityk | 12/08/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

NAACP Launches Drive to Boost Black Voter Turnout in Six Key States

The NAACP, the largest U.S. civil rights organization, is launching a drive ahead of November’s presidential election to boost Black voter turnout in six key states, it said on Tuesday. The initiative aims to enlist the services of about 200,000 “high-propensity” Black voters, or people who turned out to vote in a high number of recent local, state and presidential elections. Those voters, in turn, will seek to mobilize so-called “low-frequency” Black voters – people who were registered to vote, but who had not voted in the most recent election cycle or several election cycles — in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The goal is to increase Black turnout by more than 5% compared to 2016. That year, Black voter turnout declined for the first time in 20 years, according to the Pew Research Center. “We’ve seen the outcome of when we have a drop in voter activity in the Black community,” said NAACP President Derrick Johnson. “We have racism germinating from the White House,” he said, stressing the urgency of getting African American voters to the polls. The voter turnout initiative comes during a national reckoning on race after a summer of nationwide protests sparked by the killing of African American George Floyd by a police officer. A majority of Americans said they were sympathetic with the protests, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll in June. Earlier on Tuesday, presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden selected Senator Kamala Harris to be his running mate in the 2020 election, the first Black woman to appear on the presidential ticket for a major party. Biden will face off against President Donald Trump, who has often publicly stated that he has done more for African Americans than previous presidents. Polling has found his approval rating among Black Americans remains low. 

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By Polityk | 12/08/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

Biden Picks Senator Kamala Harris as His Running Mate 

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has picked California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate —making her the first Black woman to be named to a major party’s ticket for a presidential election.As a woman of Indian descent, she is also making history as the first major South Asian-American candidate to run in the general election.“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked Kamala Harris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump.”After winning enough primaries to secure the nomination earlier this year, Biden, 77, committed himself to picking a female vice presidential candidate. There was much speculation he would choose a Black woman to run with him. A number of familiar and respected names surfaced in the press as potential running mates.Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris shake hands before the start of the second night of the second 2020 presidential Democratic candidates debate in Detroit, July 31, 2019.But Biden and Harris have a long friendship going back to the days when she was California attorney general at the same time Biden’s late son, Beau Biden, was attorney general in Delaware.“She worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Joe Biden tweeted Tuesday. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”Harris had high praise for Biden during a campaign event several weeks ago before she was named as his running mate.“Joe has empathy, he has a proven track record of leadership and more than ever before we need a president of the United States who understands who the people are, sees them where they are, and has a genuine desire to help and knows how to fight to get us where we need to be,” Harris said.Harris, 55, was born in Oakland, California, to a Jamaican American father and an Indian American mother.She graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and was elected district attorney for San Francisco in 2003 and California attorney general in 2010.Harris arrived in Washington less than four years ago as the U.S Democratic senator from California.In her 2020 presidential campaign, Harris was briefly the Democratic front-runner after success in the early debates. Her criticism of Biden’s one-time opposition to court-ordered busing to achieve racial balance in public schools strained their relationship.But Harris’ overall centrist political stance in the early debates, including her support for law enforcement as an attorney general, failed to excite progressives and liberals, and she dropped out of the presidential race before the first primaries.Some Democrats accused her of being out of touch over issues of police violence — questions that are bound to be raised again amid nationwide protests against police brutality against Black people and other people of color.Social media sites are already full of excitement from many Democrats over the Biden-Harris ticket, including a tweet from former President Barack Obama.FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2018, photo, former President Barack Obama accepts the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a ceremony in New York.“I’ve known Senator Kamala Harris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing,” Obama tweeted Tuesday.Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who was born in New Delhi, tweeted: “Regardless of your political leanings, it says so much about the progress our country has made that a major party ticket now includes a Black and South Asian American woman.”But senior Trump campaign adviser Katrina Pierson calls Harris “Phony Kamala” and says she “will abandon her own morals, as well as try to bury her record as a prosecutor, in order to appease the anti-police extremists controlling the Democrat Party. … She is proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left.”Harris is the third woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket.Democratic representative Geraldine Ferraro was Walter Mondale’s running mate in 1984 when they lost by a landslide to the Republican ticket of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin ran with Republican John McCain in 2008 but lost to Democrats Obama and Biden. 

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By Polityk | 12/08/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

Biden’s Pick of Harris as Running Mate Draws Tears from Some, Criticism from Others

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday announced that U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California would be his running mate in the Nov. 3 election. Here are some reactions to the choice: Former President Barack Obama, via Twitter: “I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing.” U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who had been one of Biden’s rivals for the Democratic nomination, via Twitter: “Congratulations to @KamalaHarris, who will make history as our next Vice President. She understands what it takes to stand up for working people, fight for health care for all, and take down the most corrupt administration in history.” Georgia political activist Stacey Abrams, who was on Biden’s list of potential running mates, via Twitter: “Thrilled to support @KamalaHarris as next VP. I was honored to speak with @JoeBiden at length over the weekend and again today. His focus on reaching out to every corner of our country speaks to how he will lead us. …” Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham via Twitter: “Senator @KamalaHarris will be a formidable opponent. She is smart, aggressive, and has fully bought in to the Democratic Party’s very liberal agenda.” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel in a statement: “A hiding, diminished, and incoherent Joe Biden didn’t just select a vice-presidential candidate, he chose the person who would actually be in charge the next four years if he is somehow able to win. Kamala Harris’ extreme positions, from raising taxes to abolishing private health insurance to comparing law enforcement officials to the KKK, show that the left-wing mob is controlling Biden’s candidacy, just like they would control him as president. These radical policies might be popular among liberals, but they are well outside the mainstream for most Americans.” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who was on Biden’s list of potential running mates, via Twitter: “Congratulations to @kamalaharris and @JoeBiden on a fantastic and historic ticket. Now, let’s go win!” Republican U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas in a statement: “Kamala Harris supports Medicare for All, she implied that Joe Biden is racist, and she laughed at the idea that the Constitution would stop her from confiscating guns. Her presidential campaign was a mismanaged catastrophe that ended before any votes were cast. “By selecting Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s staff have shown just how radical and incompetent a Biden administration would be.” U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, via Twitter: “I have tears in my eyes but joy in my soul. I am so overwhelmed, as I know that women around the nation, women of color, and yes Black women can see their equal status in this nation finally. Thank you Vice President Biden …” Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, via Twitter: “I’m thrilled to welcome @KamalaHarris to a historic Democratic ticket. She’s already proven herself to be an incredible public servant and leader. And I know she’ll be a strong partner to @JoeBiden. Please join me in having her back and getting her elected.” U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, who had run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, in a statement: “Kamala Harris has spent her career fighting for people who need it most – an essential quality for our Vice President as we face the coronavirus pandemic, economic turmoil, and our longstanding struggle for racial justice in America. “She is a champion for middle-class families, and her leadership in the Senate on criminal justice reform has been vital.” NAACP President Derrick Johnson, in an interview: “She will not only be able to speak to the moment, she understands the plight of Black women; therefore, she’s up to the task.” Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, a group that promotes women of color in politics, in a phone interview: “It’s remarkable. Today is a spark of hope. It’s a watershed moment for Black women, for women of color. It’s nothing short of historic.”  

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By Polityk | 12/08/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

Facebook Announces Restrictions on Political Content

Facebook announced new regulations Tuesday that prevent U.S. publishers with demonstrated ties to political groups from running advertisements that look like news reports on the social networking site.Facebook has been under pressure to manage disinformation appearing on its pages during the coronavirus pandemic and as the country prepares to vote for president in November.The rules announced Tuesday permit publishers with political connections to register with the site, but they will be excluded from using Facebook’s “news” page for their messages.“The news pages with these affiliations will not be eligible for inclusion in Facebook News,” the social media giant said.Previously, such organizations were labeled “news exempt,” meaning that their content was not labeled as political.Facebook defines a “political entity” as “an organization, company, or other group whose predominant purpose is to influence politics and elections,” such as political action groups and organizations designated as social welfare organizations by the Internal Revenue Service.A “political person” includes candidates for public office, those whose positions are subject to legislative confirmation, such as Supreme Court justices and others, who possess the authority to enforce political power.The Columbia Journalism Review published a report Tuesday outlining “new networks of shadowy, politically backed ‘local news websites,’” distributing domestic and internationally-sourced disinformation surrounding the U.S. election.Several tech companies have cracked down on political exploitation of their platforms in recent weeks. Google recently told media company Axios it was planning to implement a similar ban in September, and Twitter temporarily suspended the account of the president’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., in July after he promoted the drug hydroxychloriquine as a treatment for coronavirus. Hydroxychloriquine’s efficacy in treating COVID-19 has been dismissed by medical experts after several clinical trials. 

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By Polityk | 12/08/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

Mike Pence: Backing up a Demanding Boss

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has weathered storms that have shaken the Trump White House, standing by the president through an impeachment trial and many Cabinet reshuffles. He has served as an international envoy and taken a leading role in the COVID-19 response. Mike O’Sullivan spoke with two analysts about Pence’s performance so far.

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By Polityk | 12/08/2020 | Повідомлення, Політика

В Україні тільки 37% дітей віком до року вакциновані від кору – МОЗ

В Україні станом на початок липня тільки 37% дітей віком до одного року вакциновані від кору, паротиту й краснухи (КПК), повідомила пресслужба Центру громадського здоров’я МОЗ.

Згідно з повідомленням, серед дітей віком шести років цей показник становить 41%.

«Такий відсоток охоплення щепленнями від кору в Україні є недостатнім, щоб до кінця року досягнути 95%. Згідно із рекомендаціями ВООЗ, якщо достатня кількість людей у країні є вакцинованими (понад 95%), розповсюдження вірусу припиниться. І навпаки, якщо у країні діти та дорослі залишаються невакцинованими, це може призвести до розповсюдження вірусу та нових випадків захворювання», – йдеться в повідомленні.

За даними ЦГЗ, цього року на кір в Україні захворіли 245 людей, із них 19 – діти віком до року. 

 

Кір – це гостра інфекційна вірусна хвороба. Єдиним джерелом збудника інфекції є людина, яка захворіла. Сприйнятливість до кору надзвичайно висока. Захворіти можна у будь-якому віці.

Збудник кору передається повітряно-краплинним шляхом: через вдихання з повітрям найдрібніших крапель слизу, що містять віруси. Вони потрапляють в повітря під час чхання, кашлю або розмови хворої на кір людини.

У МОЗ уже раніше висловлювали занепокоєння зниженням рівня вакцинації в Україні під час пандемії.

Минулого року через низьке охоплення вакцинацією Україна увійшла до 5-ки країн, де зафіксовано найбільше випадків захворювання на кір.

 

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By Gromada | 11/08/2020 | Повідомлення, Суспільство
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