Government officials gathered yesterday in Virginia to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first legislative assembly by English settlers in the Americas when the General Assembly first met in the nascent settlement of Jamestown in 1619. The colony, near what became modern-day Williamsburg, was originally established in 1607 amid one of the most severe droughts in nearly 800 years. Villagers also survived a two-year famine from 1609-1610 known as the Starving Time - recent discoveries suggest some resorted to cannibalism - before its fortunes gradually improved. President Trump and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam both gave remarks, with Trump being interrupted by a state Democratic lawmaker protesting the President's recent criticism of Baltimore (video here). Black lawmakers also boycotted, choosing instead to hold a parallel event marking the first documented arrival of slaves to the settlement, which also occurred in 1619.
American hip hop artist A$AP Rocky pleaded not guilty to assault charges as his trial began in a Swedish court yesterday, in a case that has drawn global attention after President Trump attempted to intervene on the rapper's (whose real name is Rakim Mayers) behalf. The case stems from a scuffle between the Grammy-nominated rapper's entourage and two men in during a trip to Stockholm (video here) - the victim, 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari, was taken to the hospital with cuts and a broken rib, but the rapper says his group acted in self-defense. Videos posted by Mayers showed the two men following them around the city. President Trump's request to release the artist was rebuffed, and the case has snowballed into an international incident with accusations of racism against Swedish officials. While Jafari is seeking only around $15,000 in damages, Mayers could face up to two years in prison if convicted.
Dem Debates (Part II, Round II).
The second night of Democratic primary debates will be held tonight in Detroit (8pm ET, CNN), with former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) headlining the second group of 10 candidates to qualify for the second-round showdown. The pair had a somewhat heated exchange during the first debate, with Harris questioning Biden's record on school busing policy (watch here). The two will be joined by former Housing Secretary Julian Castro and Sen. Cory Booker (NJ), along with six other candidates (see lineup). Last night's debate was a largely congenial affair, with Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) defending their health care and student debt proposals for most of the night. Keep an eye on long-shot candidate Andrew Yang, a technologist promoting a universal basic income platform, whose camp is clashing with the Democratic National Committee over whether he has already qualified for the third round of debates in September.
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Science & Technology.
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Historybook: 17th US President Andrew Johnson dies (1875); HBD Mark Cuban (1958); HBD J.K. Rowling (1965); START I signed by US & Soviet Union to begin nuclear arms reduction (1991); Fidel Castro relinquishes power to brother Raul after more than 47 years (2006).
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