June 27, 2019

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former Vice President Joe Biden sparred during the Democratic debate on Thursday as she put him on blast for his civil rights record.

Harris during the debate turned directly to Biden to tell him that she does "not believe you are a racist," but that it was "hurtful" for him to talk recently about working with segregationists senators, a remark Biden came under fire for. She also hit Biden for having opposed busing, tying this into her own experiences as a child.

There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bussed to school every day," she said. "And that little girl was me."

Biden called this a "mischaracterization" of his position, saying he didn't "praise racists" while also defending his civil rights record.

"I was a public defender," Biden said to Harris, a former prosecutor. "I didn't become a prosecutor."

Harris directly asked Biden if he believes he was wrong to oppose busing, to which Biden responded, "I did not oppose busing in America. What I opposed was busing ordered by the Department of Education." Harris continued to tear into Biden, telling him, "there are moments in history where states fail to support the civil rights of all people." Brendan Morrow

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.