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Inside Daily Brief (Aug 14th, 2017)

On Monday, President Trump condemned the violence that broke out at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. “Anyone who acted criminally in this weekend's racist violence, you will be held fully accountable,” Trump said. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America.” He went on to call racism “evil” and said people who cause violence in its name are “thugs.” After the rally, President Trump initially said that “many sides” were to blame for the “hatred, bigotry and violence” that broke out in Charlottesville. – WAPO

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China has banned imports of iron ore, iron, coal and lead from North Korea. The move is a part of sanctions issued by the UN Security Council, designed to place more economic pressure on the North. However, China remains critical of President Trump’s “transactional approach to foreign affairs,” according to the state-owned China Daily newspaper. “By trying to incriminate Beijing as an accomplice in the [North Korea’s] nuclear adventure and blame it for a failure that is essentially a failure of all stakeholders, Trump risks making the serious mistake of splitting up the international coalition that is the means to resolve the issue peacefully,” read an editorial in the paper. – WAPO

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Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga has promised to continue fighting against “electoral fraud,” following his loss to Uhuru Kenyatta in the country’s election. "We had predicted they will steal the election, and that's what happened," Odinga said. "We are not done yet. We will not give up." On Monday, he asked his supporters to not go to work in partial protest of the election results and recognition of those who died over the weekend. Kenya’s Commission on Human Rights says that at least 24 people have died by police gunfire since Election Day last week. – NPR

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Kenneth Frazier, CEO of Merck and Co Inc, has resigned from President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council. "America's leaders must honor our fundamental views by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal," said Frazier, upon announcing his resignation. His decision was in reflection of President Trump’s response to the white nationalist rally in Virginia this weekend, which turned deadly. Following his resignation, President Trump said Frazier should now have “more time to lower ripoff drug prices” on Twitter. – REUTERS

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A planned 'free speech' rally scheduled for August 19 in Boston will move forward despite vocal criticism from the mayor and local activists. Over the weekend, one person died and 19 others were injured in a similar white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. “We don’t need this type of hate,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. “So my message is clear to this group. We don’t want you in Boston. We don’t want you on Boston Common. We don’t want you spewing the hate that we saw [in Virginia], and the loss of life.” The group organizing the August 19 rally is not the same that planned the event in Charlottesville. However, civil rights groups are still calling for the cancellation of the rally. – CBSBOSTON

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Former President Barack Obama thanked Chance the Rapper for his efforts to support Chicago students over the weekend. The musician was in the city to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Bud Billiken Parade and host a free concert at Roosevelt University. He handed out 30,000 free backpacks full of school supplies to students at the parade. “We want to make sure that we are nurturing and protecting and encouraging and loving the next generation of leaders all throughout the city of Chicago,” said Obama, in a pre-recorded message aired at the concert. “So Chance, I’m grateful for everything that you’ve done on behalf of the young people back home.” – NBCCHICAGO

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A state of emergency was declared near Athens, Greece on Monday as wildfires spread through the area. They initially broke out on Sunday in Kalamos, northeast of Athens, and expanded as the wind changed direction. More than 200 firefighters and nearly 60 fire engines were called in to battle the blaze. Authorities said that the fire had expanded to “dozens of kilometers” by Monday afternoon. "It was a terrible mess, that's what it was,” said one witness. “You could see homes on fire, people running, people desperate, it was chaos and the fire was very big.” – REUTERS

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Shonda Rhimes has signed an exclusive multiyear deal with Netflix. Rhimes is responsible for creating successful shows including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” for ABC. The series that are already in development for ABC will remain on the network, including a “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff. In a statement, Rhimes said that Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos “understood” what she was looking for – “the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix’s singular sense of innovation.” – NYT

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