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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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U.S., India, Japan & Australia complete Malabar exercise

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MALABAR ISLANDS, India (Diya TV) — Maritime forces from the U.S., India, Japan and Australia completed Phase II of the exercises dubbed Malabar in the Arabian Sea. The U.S. State Department thanked India in a tweet for hosting the effort by “The Quad” that promotes a free and open Indo-Pacific against a growing Chinese presence in the region.

The state of Michigan officially certified its election, formally granting President-Elect Biden its 16 electoral votes. And while President Trump continues to litigate in the hopes of overturning the outcome of the election, to date, he’s lost more than 30 cases. And now the General Services Administration informed the President-Elect he will be able to get the funding and documents needed  to start the formal transition in government.

Indian American Mala Adiga was appointed by President-Elect Joe Biden to be the Policy Director for his wife Jill, who will be the First Lady. Adiga is an alum of the Obama administration, as well as the Biden Foundation.

Pakistani American Dr. Umair Shah was appointed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to be Washington State’s Secretary of Health. Shah currently serves as executive director and local health authority for Harris County Public Health in Texas. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi thanks troops for thwarting terror plot

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JAMMU and KASHMIR, India (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Modi thanked security forces for unraveling a terrorist plot by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad. Four men suspected of plotting a new attack on the anniversary of the 26/11 attacks were killed during a gunfight with Indian armed forces at a checkpoint in Jammu. Their truck was loaded with a cache of weapons and explosives. Modi is now reviewing the security apparatus along the international border and the Line of Control with Pakistan amid this infiltration.

Terrorism was a major theme of the annual BRICS summit featuring Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was hosted by Russia virtually. Prime Minister Modi said terrorism is the biggest challenge world is facing today, adding “countries that support the terrorists are held accountable.” Russian President Vladmir Putin said India and China may start producing Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19.

Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s eldest son, tested positive for coronavirus. His father and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle and many others in the Trump inner circle have had the virus over the last few months. A spokesman said Trump Jr. learned his diagnosis earlier this week, but has no symptoms and is quarantining in his cabin.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Senators Warner, Cornyn talk US-India relations to USIBC

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — China as it relates to the U.S. and India was a central topic of conversation at the USIBC Post-Election Perspectives virtual conference. Democratic Senator Mark Warner, Republican Senator John Cornyn in conversation with former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma both conveyed how India’s importance to the U.S. is increasing in terms of security and economic opportunity moving forward. Both Senators were confident bilateral ties between the world’s two largest democracies would continue to strengthen under a Biden administration. Cornyn and Warner are co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus.

Elections officials in Georgia called the presidential race for President-elect Joe Biden after a hand recount recertified the results. The vote discrepancy totaled in the hundreds and not thousands needed for President Trump to change the outcome. Biden will be awarded the state’s 16 electoral votes. The Trump campaign continues to dispute the outcome and says they will continue to pursue all legal options.

And the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards #1 overall in the NBA Draft. The Golden State Warriors picked big man James Wiseman #2, but lost NBA champion & sharpshooter Klay Thompson for the year to an Achilles injury

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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