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What We’re Watching Today
It’s Wednesday, June 26.
(Jim Bourg / Reuters)
The Democratic debates begin tonight! We’ll give you a little primer on each of the 10 candidates who will be onstage in Miami from 9 to 11 p.m. ET. First, a bit of news:
No Comment: Toward the end of his vice presidency, Joe Biden worked to garner support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Obama administration’s failed trade deal. But now, on the evening of the first primary debates, Biden’s team won’t say whether he supports the deal. He’s not alone—only one out of all the candidates we asked gave a definitive yes.
Bad Poker Face: President Donald Trump heads to Japan today for a series of meetings where he’ll try to address several foreign-policy goals at the core of his presidency: the North Korean nuclear threat, the ongoing dispute with Iran, and unresolved trade disagreements with China. But the leaders he’ll be meeting with know that, for all his aggressive rhetoric, he often folds, reports Peter Nicholas.
The Presence of Politics: When employees at Wayfair, a home-goods retailer, discovered that the company had sold furniture for a new detention center opening in Texas to house migrant children, they circulated a petition. In leaked audio, its co-founder seemed to express surprise that employees were demanding a stance. “The political moment has created a sort of moral gyre from which no corporation is truly safe,” writes Ellen Cushing, “no matter how deeply its executives want to avoid taking a side.”