The U.S. at a glance ...
Wade’s cousin killed: The cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade became the latest victim of Chicago’s gun-violence epidemic this week— prompting a controversial response from Republican presidential nominee Donald rump. Nykea Aldridge, 32, was fatally shot while pushing her baby in a stroller on the city’s South Side, after being caught in the crossfire of nearby gunshots. “Dwayne Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago,” tweeted Trump shortly after, misspelling the Chicago Bulls player’s name. “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!” The post prompted a backlash, with filmmaker Spike Lee and actor Don Cheadle among those accusing Trump of trying to capitalize on the tragedy. The killing came during the most violent month in Chicago in 20 years, with at least 400 shootings and 78 homicides in August.
McCain wins primary: Longtime Arizona Sen. John McCain easily defeated his Tea Party challenger in this week’s Republican primary— though he now faces a tough pivot to his general election fight against Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. McCain won with 51.7 percent of the vote, compared with former state Sen. Kelli Ward’s 39.2 percent. Ward ran to McCain’s right, arguing that the senator supported “amnesty’’ for illegal immigrants,” and called the 80-year-old incumbent too “old” and “weak” for political office. To appeal to anti-immigrant Republicans, McCain grudgingly endorsed Donald Trump, despite Trump’s mockery of McCain’s capture by the North Vietnamese. But McCain is now expected to distance himself from Trump to avoid alienating centrists and the state’s large number of Hispanic voters. In Kirkpatrick, a native Arizonan with strong funding, McCain faces perhaps his toughest Democratic challenger ever.
Benghazi emails: The FBI has recovered at least 30 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server possibly related to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, the State Department said this week. The communications were part of a cache of 15,000 work-related emails the FBI recently announced it had forensically recovered from Clinton’s server, despite the former secretary of state’s previous vow that she had handed over all communications connected to her tenure at the State Department. “If Clinton did not consider emails about something as important as Benghazi to be work-related, one has to wonder what is contained in the other emails she attempted to wipe from her server,” said a spokesperson for Clinton’s Republican opponent, Donald Trump. The State Department said it would need until the end of September to review the messages for possible classified material before releasing them.
Voters hacked: Several leading Democratic lawmakers have asked the FBI to investigate whether Russia is trying to tip the election to Donald Trump, after revelations that foreign hackers had gained access to state voter registration databases in Illinois and Arizona. Election officials from the two states revealed this week that they had temporarily taken their systems offline in June after they became aware of the breaches, which intelligence officials say came from Russia. In Illinois, authorities said the hackers had accessed the personal information of up to 200,000 voters. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid asked the FBI to investigate Trump advisers Roger Stone, who claims to be communicating with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and Carter Page, who traveled to Moscow in July. Stone denied any knowledge of the hack, and said Reid “is essentially accusing me of treason. It’s the new McCarthyism.”
Governor on edge: The political future of Maine’s controversial governor, Paul LePage, was hanging in the balance this week after LePage threatened a state legislator and blamed “people of color” for the state’s drug problem. The governor came under fire after leaving an obscenity-laced message on the voicemail of a Democratic state legislator whom he accused of calling him a racist. In the message, LePage told the legislator, “You little son of a bitch. I am after you.” Shortly afterward, LePage told reporters that “the overwhelming majority” of drug dealers coming into Maine were “people of color,” calling them “the enemy.” The comments provoked a furor, and LePage said that he might not finish his second term. He then backtracked, tweeting, “The reports of my political demise are greatly exaggerated.” But Republican and Democratic state lawmakers were reportedly discussing calling a special session to censure LePage or remove him from office.
Refugee goal met: The U.S. admitted the 10,000th Syrian refugee to resettle in the country over the past year, meeting a humanitarian goal set by the Obama administration in the wake of the Middle Eastern country’s devastating civil war. The resettlement program, which has scattered the refugees in 231 towns and cities across the U.S., represents a sixfold increase in the number of Syrian refugees accepted by the U.S. President Obama, however, was forced to compromise on his original target amid a backlash by Republican governors and lawmakers, who claimed terrorists might try to enter the country as refugees. The administration said the refugees underwent strict background checks. “Refugees are the most thoroughly screened category of travelers to the United States, and Syrian refugees are subject to even greater scrutiny,” said Alice Wells, the U.S. ambassador to Jordan. More than 4.8 million Syrians have fled the country since the civil war. At least 480,000 are still in need of resettlement.