Top news stories for today – August 30, 2016
McCain, Wasserman face tough primary elections
Voters go to the polls Tuesday in Florida and Arizona, and two powerful incumbents — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) — face unusually strong primary challenges. McCain is expected to survive a long-shot bid to unseat him by State Sen. Kelli Ward (R), but is hoping for a big enough win to assuage doubts about his general election fight against Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D).
Wasserman Schultz, who stepped down as Democratic National Committee chairwoman in July amid leaked emails showing DNC skepticism over Sen. Bernie Sanders, faces well-funded challenger Tim Canova, a law professor endorsed by Sanders. Florida Democrats will also chose between Rep. Patrick Murphy and Rep. Alan Grayson to determine which one faces Sen. Marco Rubio (R), expected to easily win his GOP primary on Tuesday. Time, The Associated Press
Apple must repay back taxes to Ireland
On Tuesday, the European Commission ordered Apple to pay Ireland $14.5 billion in back taxes. E.U. antitrust regulators believe that Ireland gave the iPhone maker a deal allowing it to route profits through Ireland and skirt E.U. laws in return for creating jobs in the country.
Apple shares dropped by 1.6 percent in pre-market trading on the news. The ruling is expected to anger Washington, which has accused the E.U. of targeting big US companies — Amazon and McDonald’s face similar investigations in Luxembourg, and Starbucks has been ordered to pay Holland $33 million. European Commission, The New York Times, The Week
N. Korea to build ballistic missile submarine
Pyongyang’s recent successful submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test flew 500 kilometers before falling into the sea inside Japan’s air defense identification zone. It has raised concerns that the North is also working on a new submarine that can fire multiple ballistic missiles.
“The fact that North Korea is making SLBM means it is making a submarine which can deploy the SLBM, and I think they can make the submarine into a nuclear powered submarine,” said Park Hwee-rhak, a political science professor at Kookmin University.
Developing a submarine with nuclear power would allow it to stay underwater for long periods of time, and to travel longer distances at higher speeds while remaining undetected. VOA
Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan attacked
A suicide bomber crashed a car into a gate at the Chinese embassy in the capital of Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday in an attack that injured three people. Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister Zhenish Razakov said the blast in Bishkek killed only the bomber and that the injured were Kyrgyz employees at the site. The country’s interior ministry labeled it a terrorist attack.
China condemned what it called a “violent and extreme act.” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters the government urged authorities in Kyrgyzstan to launch a thorough investigation and punish whoever was responsible.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Kyrgyzstan has routinely detained people as part of what authorities described as efforts to disrupt Islamic State activities in the country. VOA
US Presidential election
For $5,000, GOP insiders can peek into Trump’s presidential transition efforts: Forty Republican insiders have been invited to a “look inside” the Donald Trump presidential transition effort, but exclusive access to the information will cost them $5,000, Politico has learned. The event at Bernard’s Inn in Bernards, New Jersey, is hosted by Gov. Chris Christie and offers “an inside look on the work underway on planning for the transition,” according to the invitation. The $5,000 donation for the peek goes toward the transition effort, not Trump’s campaign, and is not disclosed until “after the inauguration of the president-elect as president.” Politico, The Week
Clinton, Trump present very different views on immigration: Clinton and Trump have very different plans for immigration policy in if elected president in November. One of the most glaring questions is what to do about the estimated 11 million people already living in the country illegally.There is currently very little that population can do to earn citizenship. Clinton says one of her first priorities is immigration reform that would include creating a path to full citizenship, which Trump does not support. An early Trump priority would be immediately deporting those undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes.Clinton also says she would prioritize kicking out violent criminals. VOA
Russian hackers targeted US election systems: The FBI told Arizona officials in June that Russia was behind an attempt to hack the state’s voter registration system, Matt Roberts, a spokesman for Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan (R), said Monday. As a result of the cyberattack, Reagan shut down the system for a week, and parts remain offline, although investigators determined the hackers did not compromise any state or county systems. Illinois officials also discovered in July that hackers had gotten into their system and accessed “a fairly small percentage” of voter records, said Ken Menzel, general counsel for the Illinois elections board. The Washington Post
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