Wednesday morning news: July 31, 2019


White House hopefuls face off for second 2-night debate » Ten White House contenders squared off last night in Detroit for round two of Democratic primary debates. It was the first half of another two-day debate.  

DELANEY: Why do we gotta be the party of taking something away from people?! WARREN: No, no one is the party … DELANEY: That’s what they’re running on! 

One of the more spirited exchanges of the night between former Maryland Congressman John Delaney and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on healthcare. That’s been one of the most divisive issues in the race. 

Warren is among the Democrats who back shutting down private insurance in favor of a government healthcare system. She said she’ll pay for it in part with a wealth tax.

WARREN: Giant corporations and billionaires are going to pay more. Middle class families are going to pay less.   

But others, like former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said trying to force socialized medicine on many voters who don’t want it is not a winning platform. 

HICKENLOOPER: Proposing a public option that allows some form of Medicare that maybe is a combination of Medicare Advantage and Medicare, but people choose it. 

Democrats also split on decriminalizing illegal border crossings and providing free healthcare to undocumented immigrants. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders… 

SANDERS: I talk about healthcare as a human right that applies to all people in this country. 

But Montana Governor Steve Bullock pushed back. 

BULLOCK: We got 100,000 people showing up at the border. If we decriminalize entry—if we give healthcare to everyone, we’ll have multiples of that. 

But Democrats were largely united on social issues, topics like gun control and raising the minimum wage. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttegieg… 

BUTTEGIEG: So called conservative Christian senators right now in the Senate are blocking a bill to raise the minimum wage, when scripture says that whoever oppresses the poor taunts their maker. 

Ten more Democrats take the stage at 8 p.m. Eastern Time tonight for day-two of the debate.  


Data stolen from more than 100 million Capital One customers » More than 100 million customers who applied for credit cards from Capital One had their data stolen. WORLD Radio’s Kristen Flavin reports. 

KRISTEN FLAVIN, REPORTER: Court records revealed the massive data breach. A hacker accessed people’s reported incomes, credit scores, and other information. She also took the Social Security numbers of about 140,000 customers and 80,000 linked bank account numbers.

Thirty-three-year-old Seattle software developer Paige Thompson allegedly boasted about the data theft online. She used an alias, but FBI investigators followed her web footprint. They quickly tracked her down and arrested her. 

In a statement, Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank apologized for the breach and said he is “committed to making it right.” 

Reporting for WORLD Radio, I’m Kristen Flavin. 


Gilroy shooting victims identified » We now know the names of the people killed in this week’s shooting at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California. 

Thirteen-year-old Keyla Salazar lost her life saving a family member. When her family ran away, she stayed behind with her stepfather’s mother, who uses a cane and was wounded. Salazar later died at the hospital from her wounds.

The shooting also killed 6-year-old Stephen Romero and 25-year-old Trevor Irby. 

FBI special agent Craig Fair said investigators are still combing through evidence.

FAIR: We are currently undertaking social media scrubs as well as assessing information that’s derived from other interviews and investigative techniques that we’ve deployed. 

Police shot and killed the 19-year-old gunman at the scene. His motive is still unknown.


Hong Kong protesters stop rush hour trains » Protesters in Hong Kong clashed with police again on Tuesday. WORLD Radio’s Sarah Schweinsberg has details. 

SARAH SCHWEINSBERG, REPORTER: Several hundred protesters mobilized in the streets outside a police station. Many chanted slogans and threw eggs at the building. Police used pepper spray to try to disperse them. 

That demonstration followed media reports saying more than 40 people had been arrested on criminal riot charges stemming from Sunday’s protests.

The clash capped another day of unrest. It started with demonstrators blocking subway train doors during the morning rush hour commute. The disruption temporarily halted train service at multiple stations. 

China’s central government is calling for swift punishment for any illegal actions during the pro-democracy protests. 

Reporting for WORLD Radio, I’m Sarah Schweinsberg. 


Jury: Katy Perry copied Christian rap beat » Pop superstar Katy Perry may soon be writing a big check to Christian rap artist Flame. 

A unanimous jury in Los Angeles ruled that Perry and her co-writers and producers are guilty of copyright infringement.  Many will remember Perry’s performance of her hit song Dark Horse at Super Bowl XLIX  four years ago.

MUSIC: [Dark Horse]

The lyrics are original, but musically the jury found that Dark Horse bears an unmistakable resemblance to a song by Flame called Joyful Noise

The penalty phase of the copyright infringement trial opened Tuesday. Attorneys for the creators of Joyful Noise told jurors that Dark Horse earned $41 million. Perry’s lawyers claimed it made about $3 million and that after costs, the label’s profit on the song was a mere $630,000.


(AP Photo/Paul Sancya) From left, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., participate in the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in the Fox Theatre in Detroit. 

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