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10 things to know, Wednesday, July 31


Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. Moderates ridicule ‘Medicare for all’ at debate

Lesser-known pragmatists clash with Bernie Sander and Elizabeth Warren, warning that “wish-list economics” will jeopardize Democrats’ shot at the presidency.

2. 'Part of the dark underbelly of American society’

That's what self-help author Marianne Williamson called racism at the Democratic debate, showing her flair for occasionally producing powerful political moments.

3. Why conservatives are torn over budget bill

Many in the Republican-held Senate are torn between supporting Trump and risking their political brand with an unpopular vote to add $2 trillion or more to the deficit.

4. North Korea conducts another missile test

Pyongyang fires two short-range ballistic missiles for the second time in six days, a move possibly aimed at boosting pressure on Washington to restart nuclear talks.

5. How some schools help kids cope with trauma

Baltimore and other cities are creating trauma-sensitive schools that offer mental-health clinicians, mindfulness exercises and student “peace corners.”

6. Health chief: Trump working on RX import plan

Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the White House is working on a plan that would allow Americans to import lower-priced prescription drugs from Canada.

7. 'Kind of a loner’

The 19-year-old gunman who opened fire at a Northern California food festival lived a life shrouded in mystery, the FBI says as investigators search for a motive.

8. Where Trump’s ‘rodent’ comments ring true

The president's tweets that Baltimore is a “rat and rodent infested mess” ring true for tenants of apartments owned by his son in law, Jared Kushner.

9. What Fed is poised to do

The central bank is expected to cut its key interest rate to counter what it sees as threats to the U.S. economy, from trade to inflation to a darkened global outlook.

10. Bandwagon builds for LGBTQ diversity on children’s TV

From a girl knight-in-training with two dads to a 12-year-old, non-binary protagonist who doesn't want to grow up, LGBTQ representation in children's TV is becoming more common.

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