Authorities stand behind yellow warning tape along the Rio Grande bank where the bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his nearly 2-year-old daughter, Valeria, were found in Matamoros, Mexico, on June 24, 2019. They drowned trying to cross the river to Brownsville, Texas. Martinez's wife, Tania, told Mexican authorities she watched her husband and child disappear in the strong current. (Photo: Julia Le Duc/AP)
As Democrats prepare for the debate stage, the immigration debate surges over a heartbreaking photograph. It’s Ashley. Here’s the news you need to know Wednesday.
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A father and daughter drowned. Will anything change?
Will harrowing photos of a drowned migrant father and his nearly 2-year-old daughter who tried who tried to cross the Rio Grande help change immigration laws? Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she hoped so. “This is a manifestation of behavior that is outside the circle of civilized human behavior,” The House speaker said the U.S. has ignored its “obligations to humanity.” The images have renewed outrage over immigration – and sparked debate over the nature of the photo. (Warning: This graphic image is obviously difficult to look at.)
- The Senate passed a $4.6 billion border funding bill amid a gridlock on humanitarian funding.
- Some are in “cages.” Others sleep on concrete.Sick, hungry migrant children are at risk in detention centers, activists say.
Rosa Ramirez cries when shown a photograph printed from social media of her son Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramírez, 25, granddaughter Valeria, nearly 2, and her daughter-in-law Tania Vanessa Avalos, 21, while speaking to journalists at her home in San Martin, El Salvador, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The drowned bodies of her son and granddaughter were located Monday morning on the banks of the Rio Grande, a day after the pair were swept away by the current when the young family tried to cross the river to Brownsville, Texas. Her daughter-in-law survived. (AP Photo/Antonio Valladares) ORG XMIT: SLV101 (Photo: Antonio Valladares, AP)
‘See you on the other side’
“Dog the Bounty Hunter” star Beth Chapman died after battling Stage 4 lung cancer, her husband and TV show co-star, Duane, announced Wednesday. She was 51. “We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side,” he tweeted. Chapman was placed in a medically induced coma over the weekend at a hospital in Hawaii. She was originally diagnosed with Stage 2 throat cancer in 2017; it returned later as Stage 4 lung cancer.
Duane "Dog" Chapman confirmed his wife, Beth Chapman "hiked the stairway to heaven" in a post on Twitter. (Photo: GETTY)
What people are talking about
- U.S. women’s soccer star Ali Krieger says President Trump is angered by women he “cannot control or grope.”
- More Mueller time: Robert Mueller will testify before Congress next month.
- Amazon is watching, listening and tracking you. Here’s how to stop it.
- A dramatic video shows the rescue of a newborn baby found in a plastic bag in Georgia.
- Want an easy way to improve your credit score?Talk to your landlord.
Prince William: If my kid’s gay, that’s OK
Prince William let the world know he’d be perfectly happy if one of his children was gay. When asked how he’d react if one if his kids came out as LGBTQ he said, “I think you really don’t start thinking about that until you are a parent,” he said, “and I think – obviously, absolutely fine by me.” The prince noted he would be worried as a parent because of the “hateful words, persecution, all that and discrimination that might come” if one of his children came out as LGBTQ.
Prince William wants his children to be who they are. (Photo: Karwai Tang, WireImage)
‘It ain’t right’: A prison puts gang leaders in charge
The prison was brimming with violence, awash in weapons – and severely short on guards to patrol it. Like a growing number of prisons, Mississippi’s Wilkinson County Correctional Facility had trouble finding people for dangerous, low-paying guard jobs (the yearly turnover for them was close to 90%). The prison’s warden turned to gang leaders to keep the inmates under control. Using gangs this way is just how Mississippi prisons operate, the warden said: “It ain’t right, but it’s the truth.”
- The Supreme Court ruled that even sex offenders deserve to have the reasons for their sentences determined by a jury.
- The NSA improperly collected U.S. phone call datadespite saying the problem was fixed.
- How did he still have a license? The head of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles quit amid revelations surrounding a crash that killed 7.
- Bob Ley, ESPN icon and “Outside the Lines” host, is retiring after a 40-year run.
- Got a question or gripe about your Delta flight? Soon, you’ll be able to “text” for help.
Dems gear up for (verbal) war
Ten Democratic candidates will step on stage Wednesday for the first debate of the 2020 presidential race. It’s a two-hour event in which candidates will define their campaigns – or severely hinder them. Here is what to know before tonight:
- When and where? The debate begins at 9 p.m. EDT in Miami. Here’s how to watch.
- Who’s onstage? Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, Julián Castro, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee and John Delaney. Get to know each of the 10 candidates before the show.
- What to expect: Candidates talking very quickly, since they each get only six minutes or so. Some will get more time if they’re attacked (get that popcorn ready). Will that be enough to ignite a presidential campaign?
- Tomorrow night: Ten more presidential hopefuls will take the stage, including a matchup between Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, who top most national polls.
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Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks during the South Carolina Democratic Convention, Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Columbia, S.C.. (Photo: Meg Kinnard, AP)
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