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Kamala Harris accepts vice-presidential nomination on historic night

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Kamala Harris, a California senator and daughter of immigrants who has broken racial barriers at every step of her political career, made US history on Wednesday night as she became the first Black woman and first Asian American to formally accept a major party’s vice-presidential nomination.

In the most consequential speech of her career to date, Harris urged voters to reject the divisive and destructive leadership of Donald Trump, calling him a president who “turns our tragedies into political weapons”.

Related: Harris makes history and Obama issues warning: key takeaways from the DNC’s third night

“We’re at an inflection point,” the 55 year-old said, speaking from a waterfront convention center near Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware.

“The constant chaos leaves us adrift. The incompetence makes us feel afraid. The callousness makes us feel alone,” she continued. “It’s a

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Harris’ big speech, Obama’s moment and more to watch for

WASHINGTON — It’s Sen. Kamala Harris’ big night Wednesday as the vice presidential nominee addresses the third night of the all-virtual Democratic National Convention, along with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Harris, D-Calif., the first woman of color nominated to the presidential ticket of a major political party, will accept the nomination to be Joe Biden’s running mate in a speech just before remarks by Obama, the first person of color to win the White House.

The two-hour program, whose theme, “A More Perfect Union,” will focus on efforts to make the American promise a reality for everyone, will be emceed by actress Kerry Washington, and it will feature performances by singers Billie Eilish and Jennifer Hudson, as well as speeches by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and former Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona, who became a gun control activist after she was shot in 2011.

Here’s

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At home and in US, Jamaicans celebrate Kamala Harris’ VP nod

ORANGE HILL, Jamaica (AP) — Residents of this small town in the farming country of northern Jamaica watched elated Wednesday night as Kamala Harris, daughter of one of the many Orange Hill residents who emigrated to the U.S., accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president.

“This is a proud moment for us as knowing that she is family. She’s making history!”‘ said Harris’ cousin Newton Harris, a 29-year-old legal consultant in the office of the Attorney General of Jamaica.

“As long as she remains the faithful servant of those who need her advocacy the most, she’ll go far and history will be kind to her,” said Newton Harris, who was watching the Democratic National Convention online at home.

Economist Donald Harris was raised in Orange Hill and emigrated to the United States, where he married Indian immigrant Shyamala Gopalan and had two daughters. His close relationship with Kamala and her

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Why Harris’ HBCU, AKA affiliations could help Biden’s campaign

When it comes to mobilizing Black voters, Kamala Harris has something even President Barack Obama didn’t have as America’s first Black president.

Her degree from Howard University, a historically Black university, and membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation’s oldest Black sorority, could give her a noticeable advantage among loyal members and alumni, including in Delaware.

“It’s a part of Black America that most Americans are not aware of,” Akwasi Osei, a political science and history professor at Delaware State University, said about the Greek organization. “And it is huge.”

It could be the blessing that Biden’s campaign needs after Black voter turnout dropped in 2016. Osei expects Harris to revitalize turnout to match that of its historic levels during Obama’s presidential bids, if not higher.

Since her presidential bid last year, members of the sorority have formed into Harris’ own, unofficial private army.

California Sen. Kamala Harris appears at a fundraiser for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., of which she is a member, Jan. 25, 2019 in Columbia, S.C.
California Sen. Kamala Harris appears at
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Harris’ big speech, Obama’s the closer and more to watch for

WASHINGTON — It’s Kamala Harris’ big night Wednesday as the vice presidential nominee addresses the third night of the all-virtual Democratic National Convention, along with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Harris is the first woman of color nominated to the presidential ticket of a major political party and will accept the nomination to be Joe Biden’s running mate in a speech just before remarks by Obama, the first person of color to win the White House.

The two-hour program, whose theme “A More Perfect Union” will focus on efforts to make the American promise a reality for everyone, will be emceed by actress Kerry Washington and feature performances by singers Billie Eilish and Jennifer Hudson, as well as speeches by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Rep. Gabby Giffords, who became a gun control activist after she was shot in 2011.

Here’s what to watch:

1. Kamala Harris

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Video online of Kamala Harris calling young people ‘stupid’ is missing context

The claim: Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris called young voters “stupid”

The 2020 election season is in full swing and Joe Biden has selected his running mate. His choice of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., may have been in part due her potential appeal to women, people of color and young voters.

An Aug. 12 Reuters poll found Harris was popular with 62% of voters under age 35. (Biden’s standing with the same group was at 60% of those voters in the same survey).

But an Aug 12. Facebook post by conservative political organization ForAmerica insinuates Harris might not be an asset for the Biden campaign with young voters after all.

“What do we know about this population, 18-24? They are stupid,” Harris tells a laughing audience in the video clip posted to the social network. “That is why we put them in dormitories and they have a resident assistant. They

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How the Kamala Harris pick is playing with Indian Americans, a fast-growing and influential voting bloc

WASHINGTON — Rep. Pramila Jayapal got a one-word text from her mother Maya Jayapal when Sen. Kamala Harris was announced as the Democratic vice-presidential nominee. 

“KAMALA.” 

An uncle texted her about the connection between her great aunt P.K. Devi, and Harris’ aunt Sarala Gopalan, who studied under Devi in medical school. 

The flood of texts from her family has not let up. 

The California senator’s first name, which means “lotus” in Sanskrit, has cascaded across social media and spilled into Indian family WhatsApp message groups since Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, announced her as his running mate Tuesday. An emotional video of a tear-filled Harini Krishnan, an Indian American on the Biden campaign, percolated online while a 2019 video of Harris making dosas, a south Indian dish, with comedian Mindy Kaling again went viral on Twitter.

Sen. Harris’ aunt, Sarala Gopalan, wrote this acknowledgment to Rep. Jayapal's aunt, P.K. Devi in a medical textbook.
Sen. Harris’ aunt, Sarala Gopalan, wrote this acknowledgment to Rep. Jayapal’s aunt,
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Baseless birther attack on Kamala Harris shows how Trump is struggling to define her

Joe Biden's selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate has left President Trump and his allies struggling to find a consistent response. <span class="copyright">(Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)</span>
Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate has left President Trump and his allies struggling to find a consistent response. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

President Trump amplified a false claim Thursday that California-born Kamala Harris might be ineligible to serve as vice president, a smear that recalls the racist “birther” campaign he waged against former President Obama.

It marked a new turn in Trump’s scattershot response to Democratic rival Joe Biden’s selection of Harris as his running mate. Trump and his allies have careened through a jumble of contradictory attacks on the California senator’s ideology, demeanor and background, using well-worn sexist and racist tropes. Harris is the first Black woman and first Asian American on a major-party ticket.

In questioning Harris’ American citizenship, Trump is returning to what fueled his rise in Republican politics — his insistence that Obama, the nation’s first Black president, was born

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Kamala Harris Built a ‘Digital Army’

Illustration by Lyne Lucien/Getty
Illustration by Lyne Lucien/Getty

Three days after winning Sen. Kamala Harris’ endorsement for the Democratic presidential nomination, former vice president and future nominee Joe Biden had one request to make of his onetime rival: the support of her famous #KHive.

“All you need to do is ask!” Harris responded cheerily.

That moment, released in a campaign video posted in early March that smash-cuts to a series of clips of drumlines, marches, and supporters dressed in Harris’ signature campaign color palette, presaged the importance of Harris’ most vocal and demonstrative fans—the name is lifted from performing artist Beyoncé’s #BeyHive—in the months to come.

Now that Harris has joined the ticket, the California senator’s fanbase is newly invigorated—although as Biden seeks to unite the Democratic Party in the final months of the campaign, he may need to do more for their support than just ask for it.

“There was so much misinformation

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New Emails Reveal Warm Relationship Between Kamala Harris And Big Tech

Sen. Kamala Harris and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talk at Facebook headquarters on Feb. 10, 2015, in Menlo Park, California. Harris delivered the keynote speech at the event. (Photo: Justin Sullivan via Getty Images)
Sen. Kamala Harris and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talk at Facebook headquarters on Feb. 10, 2015, in Menlo Park, California. Harris delivered the keynote speech at the event. (Photo: Justin Sullivan via Getty Images)

Though it has been lost in the mists of other scandals, back in 2014, Facebook was in the middle of what was then the biggest public relations debacle in company history. That June, a Facebook data scientist and two academics released a paper demonstrating that users could be emotionally manipulated based on the information Facebook’s engineers fed into their accounts. 

The conclusions of the study were alarming. But even more shocking was the means by which researchers reached them. Facebook had used 700,000 of its users as social science guinea pigs without their consent. Not only could Facebook manipulate its users; it had manipulated them, without any regard to the ethical implications.

A firestorm of bad

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