Democratic debate Night 2, Nipsey Hussle's murder & a surprising source of water: The Morning Rundown

"That little girl was me": Harris confronted Biden on racial issues in starkly personal terms.
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Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Sen.Bernie Sanders and Sen. Kamala Harris arrive on stage for the second night of the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season. Jim Watson / AFP - Getty Images

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By Petra Cahill

Good morning, NBC News readers.

The knives were out during the second night of the Democratic debate — and not just for President Donald Trump.


Biden stumbled as Harris spoke about race in deeply personal terms

Front-runner former Vice President Joe Biden had a target on his back during the second night of the Democratic debate.

In a searing exchange, Sen. Kamala Harris confronted Biden on his recent comments about working with segregationists in the Senate — which she called "hurtful." She went on to call out his opposition to school busing in the 1970s.

"There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every day," Harris said, glaring down the stage at Biden. "And that little girl was me."

Biden fired back, calling Harris' attack "a mischaracterization of my position across the board."

But the attack stung. (Watch the tense exchange here).

Rep. Eric Swalwell of California also called on the 76-year-old, who was elected to the U.S. Senate six times, to "pass the torch" to a younger generation of leaders. To which Biden quipped: "I'm still holding onto that torch."

Who won? Harris had a stand-out performance. We look at who else scored points and who disappeared on stage.

Fact check: NBC News fact checked the candidates' various claims on the second night of the debate, from Biden's stance on busing to whether Sanders version of "Medicare for All" would mean a ban on private insurance.

Notable quotes: From entrepreneur Marianne Williamson's lovefest to Hickenlooper calling U.S. policy toward migrant children "kidnapping," we have a roundup of the most memorable comments from each of the 10 candidates.

Dig deeper: What's South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's stance on gun control? Check a full transcript of the debate that is searchable by key topics.

Analysis: NBC News' Jonathan Allen writes that as the candidate whose main selling point among Democrats has been the idea of his electability, Biden can't afford to show vulnerabilities. But on the debate stage, his rivals exposed several of them.


All smiles, Trump casually tells Putin: 'Don’t meddle in the election'

While Democrats clashed in Miami, Trump touted his "very, very good relationship" with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit in Japan.

As the 2020 election approaches, the president has been under increasing pressure to put Putin on notice that the U.S. won’t tolerate election interference again.

With a smile before a scrum of reporters Trump casually reminded Putin, "don’t meddle in the election."


Supreme Court justices 'turned backs on voters' in gerrymandering ruling, advocates say

The Supreme Court's split ruling on Thursday that federal courts must stay out of disputes over how states draw up congressional districts has dealt a blow to advocates who want to see an end to partisan politics manipulating the maps.

"The Supreme Court has walked away from partisan gerrymandering claims," said Michael Li, a senior counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan public policy institute in New York. "The door was cracked open before, but now they've shut the door and bolted it."


The Week in Pictures

Europeans are baking amid an extreme heat wave. See some of the most compelling images from the past week.

A boy jumps from a diving board into a swimming pool in Frankfurt, Germany on Wednesday as temperatures topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Andreas Arnold / AFP - Getty Images

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Quote of the day

"I couldn't get it done."

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg taking responsibility for racial tensions in his city during the second debate.


One historic thing

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that many see as the spark that ignited the modern-day LGBTQ rights movement. We look at how the experience of coming out has changed over the last five decades.


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