California, Kamala Harris, Theresa May discussed on BBC World Service


Castro Delaney, Gabon Gila bardo Jada. Warren Yang leads the list of the US Democrats who have so far said that they're running for the presidential nomination in two hundred twenty two which list we can now add Kamala Harris seen as a rising star. She was attorney general for California before she became a Senator as women of color with the Lauren Justice background is great interest in her but water at chances patt Morrison has covered her career. Pat is an opinion columnist at the L A times. So what makes Harris stand out as a candidate woman of color? I think is what attracts a lot of attention Californian will divide people in several directions. Of course. And the fact that she's a United States Senator she has been very aggressive in questioning supreme court nominees in other nominees to the Trump cabinet that has raised her profile substantially in spite of the fact that she's only been in the Senate. For two years, right? And what sort of bells therefore will? She ring when when sort of vaguely interested Americans right across the country here the name again what sort of tone? Does it strike? I think the tone. She wants to strike is one of inclusion she chose this day. Martin Luther King holiday to make her announcement for the presidency. So what's going to distinguish her her background? Of course, her mother is Indian her father Jamaican, they were civil rights activists when they met she herself has been the product of what is a very cutthroat sense of politics in the bay area. The bay area of California has produced very high profile successful. Democrats democratic women Senator Dianne Feinstein Representative Nancy Pelosi and out of that crucible where you had to fight fellow Democrats to make your way to make yourself known. She's been very successful. Right. Former attorney general obviously, very high profile for the state of California as well. What does the law enforcement records say about her? What what kind of a figure was she? And how will she deal with that take advantage of it or maybe be attacked on that basis as well? I think both of those things are very likely to happen. Hugh course, like many candidates has written an autobiography about that. She has done. She liked to think of herself as a prosecutor who brought some humanity and some understanding to some very severe sentencing laws that are still on the books in California. But at the same time, the progressives in the party, some of them are looking at scans at her just because she was a prosecutor in California being an attorney general is often the pathway to becoming governor. And there was a lot of buzz several years ago at that's what Kamla Harris was looking for. But now aspirations are reaching higher. And of course, the scrutiny is going to be more intense about her record as a prosecutor, you mentioned some of the the the signifies that that she can use being a woman of color, the law enforcement background. Obviously the fact that she's a woman candidate as well. But also in there. Is the simple fact that she's a Californian. That's great, California. How does that play? Elsewhere. Well, it's California is a very successful state a very democratic state and the state that aggravated Donald Trump because it gave Hillary Clinton a margin of victory of nearly three million votes. And so obviously, it's a reliable democratic state. But for all those reasons and many others, California is still seen as the price from the nineteen twenties. The lands of fruits and nuts. And as a consequence you're going to have a lot of Americans who look scancen, anybody from California. Who is the democrat is not Ronald Reagan who is not Richard Nixon in the much more distant past and say, well, come on, you know, who they have out there. They have those crazy people it is much harder for Democrats and for Republicans from California to establish reputations. Well, remember Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor of California Republican. So we've seen so successful that there was a buzz about changing the constitution to allow him. It was not born in this country to run for president. It's not that kind of support for democratic candidate. And certainly California's reputation as I said a data reputation when here we are an extremely successful state and economy bigger than the entire country of Russia. None of that's to be sneezed at. But that's not the note. That's not the game. It's going to be played against comma, Harris, and any other California to might choose to run Morrison opinion columnist at the LA times looking at the prospects, and the background and credentials as well of Kamala, Harris, let's get down with Matthew and a wonderful performance from the man who knocked out Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis. We're talking about Greece's Stefanos pass who's through to the semifinals at just twenty years old after a strong and stylish four sets win over Roberto Battista good on court now, the first of the women's singles quarter-finals Annastasia pavilion chunk of against Daniel Collins and Pavley chunk of has won the first set six to your football headlines. Former Ghana star Kevin print spotting has joined boss Alana on loan from his Italian club. Sesame us, no defender. Hector Beller in will miss the rest of the season. After scans confirmed. He's ruptured his cruciate, ligaments, the two final places at the Asian Cup will be decided later South Korea telecom behind Qatar meteorologist on Monday, the hosts Pitcairn Gaston, defending champions strategy needed penalties to get pastas, Becca, STAN and Japan sneak three with an narrow one nil. Win over Saudi Arabia, and the I AA athletics governing body has cleared forty two Russian athletes to compete as neutrals later today. The world anti doping agency will reveal if Russia will face any more sanctions for the delay in access to that database. We will talk about that in a half an hour. Matthew. Thank you. Now fake news is back will ban is here. And we're not the fake news, by the way. Today's the messaging service said what's up trying to tackle the public tennis? Yeah. That's right. Connie to what is announced his limiting its members to folding on any single message just five times at from the twenty times, you can forward something now, and that's important because increasingly they say what's been happening is people been joining these big groups of context of up to kind of two hundred and fifty people strong, and then forwarding these messages, which as you can imagine kind of accelerates pretty quickly how that information gets around the world, and how it seen, and it doesn't break disastrous consequences. Well, for example, in India where the best you've been trying this John tackle the promotion. Come lynchings sparked by bogus information spread on. What's up Melissa Baso is from Cambridge University? She's been researching the spread of fake news on WhatsApp in particular. And she gave us her view on. Today's announcement the discount clampdown was being rolled out worldwide. Especially in developing countries, what's up is used in a very different manner. So it's primarily used as a personal messaging app, but it is also a form of social network. What's up? Has a limitation of just about two hundred fifty members per group. However, thousands of groups can exist at any given time dedicated to any given topic. So what we see around the world, especially in developing countries is that they are group's dedicated to political candidates or parties of social movements, but also to sports and entertainment and that kind of area so one would be able to forward to hundreds of groups if one is part of hundreds of groups and within a Nata of seconds, really reach out to thousands of people what we can see with other social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, for example, is that they can pose content meditation on the stuff that is shared online. However, what's up is very proud of its encryption in the sense that it's entered encrypted so many the sender and the receiver of the message can receive and read the message, and what's up has no access whatsoever. To these messages. This is great. In the sense that for private conversations, it's but at the same time, it is very difficult to detect where and how the spread of misinformation occurs within this app. It is not really a long term solution. The sense that it won't necessarily solve the fundamental problem about it. We will merely with this attempt. Slow down the process of forwarding misinformation, that's minister basil from Cambridge University. Well, Ben, thank you very much. Right. We tried to shield you from Brexit. Not important. It's Jillian potent. At the moment. Let's have a look at the front page of the papers. Dozens of ministers ready to quit over Brexit may Prime Minister Theresa may rules out second voters threat to social cohesion and Corbin leader of the opposition box plan for a second referendum lots of developments following on. Of course, the record defeat in a vote in parliament last week and also returned to parliament yesterday. Web broadly message was I'm going to keep on trying plan B is planning a again, let speak to our British political. Correspondent rob Watson. Who's on the line? Rob welcome back. Once again, what's been the response to plan B. Lawrenson? Hello. And Hello everybody is about to have a little joke with your own say I've seen a overnight. The Brexit crisis has been solved. You have to establish Huma. Sometimes. Well, I think that the response to Theresa May's plan. Thinks she's she's lost a certain amount of goodwill among MP's who are hoping that plan. Clam bay might slow just a teeny tiny bit of difference to plan. But of course, it doesn't plans right? Dense ical apart from a promise to work on some of the bits that are unpopular with MTA's. But I guess I would draw the following three brief conclusions number one. It shows. You Theresa May as mentally stubborn. I think number two it shows you she believes that her plan is the least worst option on Brexit. Number three. I think it also shows that she's pretty cynically trying to run down the clock. Because while I was waiting for you guys. I just went looks back at my Dari. I mean, the original meaningful vote was supposed to be should have been seven weeks ago on her Dale and actually nothing has changed. So it does make you think maybe she is hoping that the clock will put pressure on MP's tobacco unloved deal. So plan b is a plus. Yes. Definitely. Listen, take us gently through all these parliamentary maneuvers because now the issue is the government's facing a lot of trouble getting its plan through. So the attention has turned to parliament and MP's are trying to come up with what are they trying to do? They're trying to hedge what the government does they're trying to take the government's place. What's going on trying to do two things? So the first thing as as to present to try and see if that's something that I M Pei could agree on which is an alternative to Theresa May still because nobody likes it very much. The second thing that trying to do as much more to do with who's got the power. So a group of MP's are trying to say, let's say Theresa May hasn't got a deal agreed by the end of February parliament should be able to stop Britain crashing out of the European Union without to deal. That's basically what they're up to new ideas and trying to make sure that's reason they can't crash Britain at the right? Okay. And is that going to be an ugly fight? And what's the next? Date to watch. When are we next to be in a tent on college green room? Okay. That's easy. If you go diarrhea. Okay. Probably Wednesday morning and Tuesday morning because the votes will be next Tuesday. But you asked whether the, you know, this was going to be ugly. I mean mate it's already immensely. I mean, it couldn't get any uglier than this. I mean, this is a full blown political crisis and actually one of the few things Theresa May has got going for because the the MP's will think Dale is rubbish can't agree on an alternative someone to second referendum. Someone's a softer version of Brexit. I mean, it's mayhem down. What can I say? Rob listen look forward to seeing if next week maybe talking to you next week, rob Watson, British political correspondent now in Kellyanne FRANZ just a few years ago. Asylum-seekers in makeshift camps were trying to get to Britain in their tens of thousands today. That figure has plummeted estimates suggest some two thousand people gathered on the other side of the channel hoping to make the dangerous journey over to England. Many attempting the journey by boat Iranian refugees, and our reporter Andrew Hoskin has been in Kelly speaking to some of them. You don't have to be an expert in sea navigation to realize just how dangerous it is to try and cross the English channel in a small boat on a blustery day.

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