US briefing: 2020 census, New Orleans storm and Gulf crisis

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Friday’s top story: Trump backs down on citizenship question. Plus, why Pelosi’s attack on her young, progressive colleagues is dangerous for Democrats

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Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories.

Amazon and Ice. Hundreds of campaigners protested outside an Amazon summit in New York this week over the company’s provision of its services to government agencies involved in migrant detention and deportation.

Greece deaths. Seven people have been killed by a freak storm in a popular tourist region of northern Greece, with meteorologists warning of more extreme weather to come.

Climate cash. A group of wealthy US philanthropists and investors has donated more than $600,000 (£480,000) to grassroots climate activist organisations, including Extinction Rebellion.

British fears. The UK has put British shipping in the Gulf on maximum alert as fears rise that the US is pushing Britain towards confrontation with Iran, despite the UK’s continued participation in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Hava debate. The Help America Vote Act (Hava) of 2002 gave states $3.9bn to buy new voting technology and required every polling place have at least one accessible voting machine.

The Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has invited his son Eduardo, a federal congressman with links to the Trump administration and the American far right, to become the country’s ambassador to the US.

Health workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have launched an emergency measles vaccination drive in three Ebola-stricken regions. This follows an outbreak of the disease that has already killed 2,000 , mostly young children.

India’s Chandrayaan 2 moon mission is due to launch on Sunday, with plans to deploy a lander to the lunar surface in September. That would make India the fourth nation to achieve a soft landing on the moon, after the US, Russia and China.

One of 12 existing pairs of Nike’s “Moon Shoe”, whose treads resembled those of the Apollo astronauts, is to go on the block at Sotheby’s in New York as part of the auction house’s first sale dedicated solely to sneakers.

Pelosi’s constant public attacks against the four newly elected women of color aren’t just disrespectful, they’re dangerous. Whether she means to or not, her repeated insinuations that the squad are rabble-rousing upstarts who are undermining the Democratic party helps bolster the right’s vitriolic narratives about the congresswomen.

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