Progressives emerge triumphant from fiery Detroit debate
It was pitched as a battle between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren for the leadership of the party’s left wing. Instead, the Democratic presidential debate in Detroit on Tuesday saw the two progressive senators team up to weather fierce attacks from moderate candidates such as Johns Hickenlooper and Delaney, who said Sanders’ signature Medicare for All policy represented “the creep toward socialism”. Warren responded that Democrats could not win back the White House with “small ideas and spinelessness”.
- Key moments. Sabrina Siddiqui rounds up the major takeaways from Tuesday’s debate, while our panel of experts pick their winners.
- No We Can’t? Bhaskar Sunkara says Sanders and Warren showed up their moderate rivals as the “No We Can’t” Democrats, while Kate Aronoff argues that it’s high time some of the C-listers crowding the field dropped out.
ACLU: 900 child separations since judge ordered curtailment
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says more than 900 migrant children have been separated from their families at the US-Mexican border since last June, when a judge ordered US immigration authorities to sharply curtail the practice. In a Tuesday court filing, the group said 911 children had been split from their families at the border since the 2018 court order, and that one in five of them were under five years old.
- ‘Criminal conduct.’ The judge who issued the 2018 court order said family separation should halt except in limited circumstances, such as a parent’s criminal history. Of the 911 separated children, 678 had parents facing criminal allegations.
- Pregnant detainees. Under Obama, immigration authorities had a policy of presumption of release for all pregnant women. But in the Trump era more and more pregnant migrants are facing prolonged detention, as Cady Voge reports.
Canada fugitives were let go after alcohol checkpoint stop
The two teenagers accused of killing three people in remote northern Canada were stopped by authorities at an alcohol search checkpoint in Manitoba last week, but Split Lake First Nations safety officers let them go because the pair had not yet been named as suspects. It is a frustrating revelation amid the manhunt for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, who are suspected of fatally shooting American Chynna Deese and her Australian boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, along with Leonard Dyck, a Canadian botanist.
- Long getaway. The teenagers are believed to have driven 3,000km (1,800 miles) from British Columbia – where the victims were found dead – to Manitoba, where they crashed their Toyota RAV4 on a gravel road near the town of Gillam, set it alight and vanished.
Hong Kong protests continue after rioting charges
Several hundred people were involved in tense protests at two police stations in Hong Kong late on Tuesday, as 20 pro-democracy demonstrators appeared in court charged with rioting amid the continuing political crisis in the former British colony. The 20 had been arrested on Sunday during another round of violent clashes with police. The rare charge of rioting can lead to a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
- Chinese influence. The Trump administration reports a buildup of Chinese forces on the Hong Kong border, while westerners living in Hong Kong are being targeted online by Chinese state media and local lawmakers accusing them of stoking the unrest.
- The US Federal Reserve is expected to cut interest rates on Wednesday for the first time in more than a decade, a sign that the central bank believes the economy’s long period of growth may be coming to an end.
- North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, the South Korean military has said, maintaining tensions on the peninsula less than a week after Pyongyang’s previous such test.
- At least 28 people are dead after their bus hit a Taliban roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Yet UN figures suggest more civilians have been killed in 2019 by Nato and the Afghan government than by the Taliban and other militant groups.
- A female rhinoceros at San Diego Zoo has given birth to North America’s first southern white rhino calf conceived through artificial insemination, raising hopes that wild rhino populations can be brought back from the brink of extinction.