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Inside Daily Brief (Aug 18th, 2019)

1. Saturday night’s suicide bomb attack at a wedding in Kabul claimed the lives of at least 63 people, an Afghan official said. More than 180 people were injured. The attack comes as the Trump administration appears to be on the verge of signing a peace deal with the Taliban to end the 18-year conflict, America's longest war. The Afghan Taliban denied any responsibility for the attack, with spokesman Zabiullah Mojahid saying they condemn the suicide attack on civilians. ISIS has since claimed responsibility. -- REUTERS

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2. At least 13 demonstrators were arrested in Portland yesterday as alt-right groups including the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer staged rallies, with Antifa groups holding counter-protests. Police estimate that there were 1,200 protesters in downtown Portland, reporting six minor injuries related to the demonstrations. Officers confiscated bear spray, knives, shields, and a stun gun from protestors. Mayor Ted Wheeler praised police, saying, “officers did a good job keeping groups separated… hate is not welcome in Portland.” The Proud Boys put out a news release late Saturday afternoon saying they would return to Portland monthly unless Mayor Ted Wheeler “takes charge and removes the scourge of violent domestic terrorists from his city,” referring to Antifa. -- CNN

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3. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is addressing Native American issues with a new policy plan. The Democratic candidate rolled out a set of policies to empower Native Americans, which includes a proposal to create a Cabinet-level position for Native American affairs. Warren is calling for an influx of money toward housing, education, health care and infrastructure on tribal lands; the restoration of lands to indigenous communities; and more attention toward murdered and missing Native American women. Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro are among the 2020 candidates who will address the Native American Presidential Forum Aug. 19 and 20. -- MEDIUM

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4. An estimated 200,000 protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets despite heavy rains for the eleventh weekend in a row. Unrest has been fueled by worries about the erosion of freedoms under China's “one country, two systems” formula. Demonstrators say they seek complete withdrawal of an extradition bill, a halt to descriptions of the protests as “rioting”, a waiver of charges against those arrested and political reform. Many are also calling for the city’s Beijing-backed leader, Carrie Lam, to step down. -- AP NEWS

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5. Thousands of employees at a Shell petrochemical plant in Pennsylvania were told that a Trump event was not mandatory, but only those who attended would receive pay for the day. A memo sent to the employees also stated: "No yelling, shouting, protesting or anything viewed as resistance will be tolerated at the event. An underlying theme of the event is to promote goodwill from the unions. Your building trades leaders & jobs stewards have agreed to this.” Shell said those who decided not to come to the event would have an excused but non-paid absence. -- PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE

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6. Friends' Marcel the monkey is apparently coming back. Marcel, whose real name is Katie, is alive and well and starring in FX's Y: The Last Man. The series focuses on Keoghan’s Yorick Brown, the last surviving man on Earth, who is on a mission to find out why the male population has been wiped out. Katie plays Ampersand, the only other mammal to have survived. Katie is currently in her mid- to late 20s with plenty of career left; capuchin monkeys can live to age 40. -- RADIO TIMES

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7.  Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson was flooded with support and kind words from friends and elected officials after sharing he’s gay. "I’m gay. There – I said it; or rather, wrote it. Those two words took me almost four decades to utter, but as they say, 'Better late than never’,” the op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen read. Don Iverson, mayor of Edmonton, tweeted, “thanks for modeling real courage, Mayor Watson! Canada’s big city mayors have always been proud to serve alongside you, but today we have one more big reason.” -- THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

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8. Joe Kennedy III, the Massachusetts lawmaker and grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., is eyeing the Senate seat held by Democratic heavyweight Ed Markey. Kennedy will likely decide whether to challenge Markey, who has been in congress since 1976, in the coming weeks. If he wins, Joe Kennedy III would be the fourth Kennedy to serve in the Senate.  -- FOX NEWS

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9. The animation world is mourning the loss of animator Richard Williams, best known for the films “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “The Thief And The Cobbler”. Williams died on Friday at the age of 86; his family says he had cancer. During his storied career, Williams won three Oscars and also worked on two of the “Pink Panther” films and “Casino Royale”. -- BBC

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10. During Sunday’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd asked White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, “will we hit a recession next year?” Kudlow said, "we are doing pretty darn well in my judgment. Let's not be afraid of optimism." Wall Street Journal Columnist Peggy Noonan reacted to Kudlow's "optimism" statement, "that makes me nervous... It sounds like one of those hollow things that they want out there in a headline." -- NBC NEWS

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Curated and written by Heather Long, a South Carolina-based journalist with experience in local and national news. When she’s not writing, you can find her renovating her home in Greenville (a must visit), doing homework for her master's degree from Harvard or cheering on the Clemson Tigers. Follow her on Instagram at @heatherjayde.

Edited by Inside managing editor Kim Lyons

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