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EMILY’S List endorses Pramila Jayapal in Congressional race

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maxresdefaultSEATTLE (Diya TV) — Sen. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, has been endorsed by EMILY’s List, an influential national group that raises and bundles donations to Democratic women candidates, in her race to succeed retiring Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott.

The group has successfully seeded the campaigns and elections of several holders of public office in Washington, including Sen. Patty Murray, two-term Gov. Chris Gregoire, then-U.S. Rep. (now Sen.) Maria Cantwell, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, and former U.S. Rep. Jolene Unsoeld.

“Our country has never before elected an Indian-American woman to Congress, but Pramila is poised to be the first — and the EMILY’s List community is proud to endorse her historic campaign for Washington State working families,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List.

“As a first generation American whose parents made huge sacrifices to give her every opportunity they could, Pramila is a tireless fighter for common sense immigration reform to keep families together, grow our economy and strengthen our communities.”

Jayapal is currently deadlocked in a three-way race for the outgoing McDermott’s seat — state Rep. Brady Walkinshaw and King County Council President Joe McDermott (no relation to the outgoing) are the other two candidates. Jayapal has garnered national attention for her stances on immigration issues, resulting in several national endorsements, and the White House issuing a statement opining her as a “champion of change.”

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While Jayapal’s celebrity is being recognized nationally, her opponent Joe McDermott is garnering the local attention, where the voting populous exists. The most recent list of McDermott backers includes three mayors — Dave Kaplan from Des Moines, Amy Alen from Kirkland and John Marchione from Redmond — as well as County Council colleagues Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Dave Upthegrove.

“Day-in, day-out, Joe McDermott delivers results for the people of Seattle and King County and we need him to continue that work in Congress,” said Seattle City Council member Rob Johnson, another McDermott endorser.

Johnson credits McDermott for his steadfast efforts in championing “more bus service and expanding light rail,” and that he “advocated for fixing our deteriorating roadway infrastructure.”

Regardless, Jayapal’s association with EMILY’s List, which is an acronym for “Early money is like yeast,” bodes well for her campaign. The group has raised more than $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates.

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Exclusive: Judges Srinivasan, Rao kickoff SABA virtual conference

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Diya TV is home to the South Asian Bar Association virtual conference this weekend, which got kicked off by perhaps the two most powerful Indian American lawyers in the nation: Chief Judge Sri Srinivasan & Circuit Judge Neomi Rao, both of whom serve in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered the second most powerful court in the nation to only the Supreme Court. We’ll update you on their conversation and preview this weekend’s virtual gala featuring Stacy Abrams, Preet Bharara, Vanita Gupta, Ajit Pai and many others.

Meanwhile, Judges Srinivasan and Rao may get another Indian American colleague, as President Trump nominated Vijay Shanker to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Democratic Party announced they will be conducting their convention virtually from Milwaukee.

Indian American Jeremy Cooney is leading in the race for New York State’s 56th Senate District, with absentee ballots still to be factored in.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Satellite images show larger Chinese presence at Indian border

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LADAKH, India (Diya TV)  — While the ongoing fracas between India and China has not led to all-out war yet, satellite images indicate China is sending a larger group of troops and building infrastructure in Galwan Valley, site of that vicious clash that killed 20 Indian troops, and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers. It was the first loss of life in battle for the Chinese in more than 40 years. U.S. intelligence decreed China instigated the battle and India says China has been staffing up in the area since May. Following the release of the satellite images, China says India is to blame.

The U.S. is regressing in its battle against COVID-19, setting a new single day record for coronavirus cases at more than 37,000. The virus has infected nearly 10 million people globally, a quarter of that total in the U.S. The death toll now stands at 125,000 in the United States, with Florida, Texas, Arizona and California seeing major increases.

Pakistani-American Qasim Rashid advanced in the Democratic primary in Virginia’s First Congressional District. ​He’ll take on longtime incumbent Republican Congressman Robert Wittman in the fall.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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As critics fume, Modi says India was not breached by China

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV)  — During an all-party political leaders meeting, Indian Prime Minister Modi told the group China did not breach Indian territory in Ladakh, nor was any Indian Army border post captured. Modi emphasized India will protect Galwan Valley, the region where the clash killing 20 Indian soldiers and a reported 43 Chinese soldiers took place. But Modi’s critics say the situation was an intelligence failure and many want Modi to strike back with force. Meanwhile, in a statement, the Chinese Government pinned the conflict on India and is laying claim to the entire valley region.

India was elected as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for a 2-year term starting next year, receiving 184 out of 192 valid votes.

And in a wild Friday night surprise, the Justice Department said Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York would be stepping down, to be replaced by Jay Clayton, the current Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But in a statement, Berman said he’s not leaving until Congress confirms someone & his investigations, including into folks allied with President Trump, will continue.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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