☀ August 18: Democrats begin convention, ‘Golden State Killer’ victims speak, panda baby watch

[Your Morning]

In this image from video, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)

Good morning! It’s Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Here’s a look at your news across the nation:

1️⃣🗳 Former First Lady Michelle Obama said President Trump is “in over his head” and is the “wrong president for our country.” Obama headlined the opening of the Democratic National Convention held virtually. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, campaigned in the Midwest on Monday and will campaign in Arizona later on Tuesday. Why it matters: Amid the pandemic, the conventions have become a virtual experience.

2️⃣🔌 Widespread blackouts in California to reduce pressure on the electric grid were averted Monday night. Regulators warned earlier in the day that they would not have enough power to meet demand in the midst of a heatwave. Why it matters: The operator had said as many as 3.3 million homes and businesses would be affected but later reduced that to around a half-million before canceling the option.

3️⃣⚖ Survivors of the so-called ‘Golden State Killer’ will confront their assailant in court on Tuesday. Former California police officer Joseph James DeAngelo, aka the ‘Golden State Killer,’ pleaded guilty to 13 murders and 13 charges of kidnapping for purposes of robbery during a 13 year period in the 1970s and 1980s. DeAngelo also admitted to 161 uncharged crimes of rape, attempted murder, robbery, burglary and kidnapping involving 61 victims. Why it matters: Nearly three dozen victims and survivors will confront him at his sentencing.

4️⃣📃 Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment ratification. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a signing of a proclamation honoring the milestone. Why it matters: The 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote, however, many women of color were prevented from casting ballots for decades afterward.

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.


📱 [Trending] across the nation

Panda Cam on Tuesday morning. Courtesy: Smithsonian National Zoological Park Conservation Biology Institute

🐼🍼 Zookeepers at Washington’s National Zoo are on furry black-and-white baby watch after learning giant panda matriarch Mei Ziang is pregnant and could give birth this week.

It’s a welcome bit of good news amid a pandemic that kept the zoo shuttered for months. The announcement of the pregnancy has already touched off a fresh round of panda-mania for one of the zoo’s feature attractions.

Viewership on the zoo’s “Panda Cam” has increased 800 percent.

📅 What to watch for today

🔴 The Golden State Killer sentencing hearings continue today with victim impact statements. We’ll have live coverage from the courtroom beginning at 9 a.m. (PT).

🔴 President Donald Trump is expected to visit Cedar Rapids, Iowa after last week’s derecho. Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa) requested nearly $4 billion in federal disaster aid.

🔴 President Trump will also be on the campaign trail this afternoon visiting Arizona and is expected to discuss immigration and border security.

🔴 House Democrats are expected to hold several media events at United States Postal Service branches across the country, including one at the agency’s headquarters at 2 p.m. (ET).

🔴 The Democratic National Convention continues with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former President Bill Clinton and former Second Lady Jill Biden, among the speakers. The agenda also includes a roll call for nomination votes. The DNC is being held virtually amid the pandemic. Night 2 will broadcast from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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