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Senator Kamala Harris says the powerful seek to divide America
By Juana Summers
The Associated Press
AKLAND, Calif. — Democratic
presidential candidate Kamala
Harris said those in power are
trying to turn people against each other,
which she says is “not our America.”
Harris, a first-term U.S. senator from
California who recently announced her
candidacy, rallied supporters outside City
Hall in Oakland, her hometown and where
she served as a prosecutor before becoming
the state attorney general. The event was
the formal kickoff for her campaign.
“We are here because the American
Dream and our American democracy are
under attack and on the line like never
before,” she said. “And we are here at this
moment in time because we must answer a
fundamental question: Who are we? Who
are we as Americans? So, let’s answer that
question to the world and each other right
here and right now. America, we are better
Harris also said that racism, sexism,
anti-Semitism, homophobia, and trans-
phobia are real in the U.S. “They are
age-old forms of hate with new fuel. And
we need to speak that truth so we can deal
with it,” she said.
Harris cast herself as the kind of leader
who can unify the country and would fight
for the needs of all Americans.
“I’m running for president because I love
my country. I’m running to be a president
by the people. Of the people. For all the
people,” she said and echoed the words she
Naomi Osaka wins
Australian Open for
second major, top ranking
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in the hand by an intruder at her home in
the Czech Republic a little more than two
Kvitova needed surgery, missed the first
4 1/2 months of the 2017 season, including
the Australian Open, and couldn’t be sure
she’d ever get back to the top of tennis.
“You’ve been through so much,” Osaka
told Kvitova during the trophy ceremony.
“I’m really honored to have played you in
the final of a Grand Slam.”
On a somewhat cloudy, rather comforta-
ble evening, with only a slight breeze and
the temperature around 75º Fahrenheit,
both women hit the ball as hard as can be.
Exchanges were mostly at the baseline
groundstrokes that barely cleared the net
and made retrieving and replying as much
about reflexes as anything.
Here’s one measure of how even it was:
Each finished with 33 winners.
Points were swift and blunt; of 86 in the
first set, only four lasted nine strokes or
more. There was plenty of strong serving,
clean hitting, and good movement.
It was Osaka who was the first to get
ahead, tearing through the tiebreaker by
grabbing five points in a row — four via
winners — to go up 5-1. When Kvitova
sailed a backhand wide moments later,
ceding a set for the first time all
tournament, Osaka pumped her fist and
screamed, “Come on!”
How pivotal was that moment? Kvitova
had won her last 22 Grand Slam matches
after winning the first set. Osaka,
meanwhile, entered the day having won 59
matches anywhere after going up by a
When Osaka broke to lead 3-2 in the
second set, and then got to 5-3, the outcome
seemed to be a foregone conclusion.
Turned out, that wasn’t the case. Not at
All that really matters, of course, is that
Osaka righted herself in time to win.
“It didn’t really take that long,” she said.
“I didn’t have a choice.”
has used in courtrooms and has adopted as
her campaign’s slogan: “My whole life, I’ve
only had one client: The people.”
The daughter of immigrants from
Jamaica and India, Harris entered the
race on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Campaign aides say she has drawn
inspiration from Shirley Chisholm, who in
1972 became the first black woman to run
for president from a major party.
If Harris were to win the White House,
she would be the first African-American
woman and first person of Asian descent to
Her first news conference as a candidate
was on the campus of Howard University,
the historically black college in the
nation’s capital that she attended as an
undergraduate. Later she was in South
Carolina speaking to members of the
Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, of which she
is a member.
Harris’ campaign is expected to high-
light her career as a prosecutor as part of
her rationale for seeking the presidency.
Harris was the first black woman elected
district attorney in California, as well as
the first woman, first African American,
and first Asian American to hold that job.
Some of her tenure as attorney general,
particularly relating to criminal justice,
has come under early scrutiny.
Harris is among the first major Demo-
crats to jump into what is expected to be a
FEARLESS FIGHTER. Democratic senator
Kamala Harris of California waves to the crowd while
formally launching her presidential campaign at a rally
in her hometown of Oakland, California. (AP Photo/
crowded 2020 presidential contest.
Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has
entered the race. Senators Elizabeth
Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gil-
librand of New York have set up explora-
tory committees. Former Maryland
representative John Delaney and Julian
Castro, federal housing chief under
President Barack Obama and a former
San Antonio mayor, are also in the race.
Senators Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Amy
Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Bernie
Sanders of Vermont may also run.
In her Oakland speech, Harris said she
sees this year as an “inflection point” in
American history and that she is best
positioned to unite a divided country.
“Even though we have powerful forces
trying to sow hate and division, the truth is
that, as Americans, we have much more in
common than what separates us,”
according to her prepared remarks.
After the rally, Harris made her first
trip to Iowa as a presidential candidate. In
the weeks before last November’s
elections, Harris travelled to the leadoff
caucus state to campaign on behalf of
Democrats, and also visited other
The campaign will be based in Baltimore
and led by Juan Rodriguez, who managed
her 2016 senate campaign. Aides say a
second office will be located in Oakland.
Malaysia defiant despite being
stripped of Paralympic event
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) —
Malaysia’s government has remained
defiant despite losing the right to host the
World Para Swimming Championships
after it banned Israelis from competing in
the event, a qualifying competition for the
2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir
Mohamad was unapologetic.
“We stand by our principle, which is that
Israel is a criminal nation. It has been
breaking international law without
anybody saying anything,” he said. “We
have a right to voice our feelings and to
have our own policies.”
Sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul
Rahman said Malaysia will not
compromise on its decision “on the ground
of humanity and compassion for the
The ban prompted the International
Paralympic Committee to withdraw
Malaysia’s hosting rights. The event
involves about 70 countries and was to be
staged July 29 through August 4.
In January, the government said no
Israeli delegates can enter Malaysia for
sporting or other events in solidarity with
A mainly Muslim country, Malaysia is a
strong supporter of the Palestinian cause
and does not have diplomatic relations
REALISTIC ROLE. An NBC “Superstore” panel is held during the NBCUniversal TCA Winter Press Tour in
Pasadena, California. Pictured from front row left are executive producer Justin Spitzer, Ben Feldman, America
Ferrera, Mark McKinney, and from back row left, Colton Dunn, Lauren Ash, Nico Santos, and Nichole Bloom.
(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
“Superstore” actor relishes
true-to-life gay Filipino role
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — For Nico
Santos, the role he plays on NBC’s sitcom
“Superstore” is personal.
“I never thought in a million years I’d be
involved in a project that celebrated the
fullness of my identity of being queer and
Asian,” Santos told a TV critics’ meeting.
He also appreciates the comedy’s focus
on what his character, Mateo, has faced
after learning that he’s an immigrant in
the country illegally.
“I certainly know a lot of members of my
community who are undocumented, and
that’s so relevant right now. I’ve gotten so
many messages from everybody. People
stop me wherever I go who are ... just really
appreciative of the fact that we’ve tackled
the issue, because they themselves are
undocumented or a family member or a
loved one is undocumented.”
Santos, who played Oliver in Crazy Rich
Asians, said he’s grateful the comedy is
portraying the character with “dignity and
Colton Dunn, who plays Garrett in the
series set in a big-box store, said Mateo is
important to the show. Dunn and his
castmates, including America Ferrera,
took part in a panel promoting the show’s
midseason return in March.
“A lot of times, the narrative of un-
documented workers and undocumented
people is that they are criminals,” Dunn
said. “That’s a narrative that’s put out
there. And the other side is, ‘No, they are
not.’ It’s great to have an actual example of
a character who is really just living
through this time out here. All he’s trying
to do is be a floor supervisor at a
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