Las Notis: PR Gets a Second Round of Voting, AOC’s Scheduled to Speak at the DNC & More

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Las Notis is a daily news column that gets you up to speed on politics, media news + other going ons in Latin America and the diaspora—all in one quick digest. 

Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on today.

  • A crowd of people in Bend, Oregon surrounded a bus carrying two people I.C.E. had detained and blocked them off for nearly 12 hours on Wednesday. The standoff ended when federal agents arrived and reportedly used a spray to dispel the crowd. I.C.E. said that the two individuals had “a history of criminal violent behavior,” but released no names or information about who they were. [CNN]
  • Advocates think that Kamala Harris could rally Latino voters, citing her favorability among the demographic in polls. Others point out that if she vacates her Senate seat to become vice president, she could leave a position open for a Latino candidate in California. [NBC Latino]
  • The family of Andres Guardado is still seeking answers from the L.A. Sheriff’s Department. The department’s commander Chris Marks said in a briefing on Wednesday that they were working on a “parallel investigation” into where exactly Guardado was shot and “trying to gather as many facts as we can,” but ultimately offered no conclusive update on the case. [NBC Latino]
  • After last weekend’s botched primaries in Puerto Rico, the island’s Supreme Court has ruled that a second round of voting will take place on Sunday. [Latino Rebels]
  • Chile is slowly lifting lockdown restrictions in its capital of Santiago. Lockdown started toward the end of March after coronavirus cases were confirmed in Chile. Currently, the country has high infection rates, with more than 378,000 people who have tested positive for the virus. [Aljazeera]
  • Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador encouraged his predecessors to testify and speak to prosecutors after being accused of corruption charges. The country’s prosecutors opened an investigation into Enrique Peña Nieto earlier this week. [Reuters]
  • Venezuela’s opposition-controlled parliament released estimated figures this week that said the country’s inflation rate grew by 4,000% in July. Venezuela has been suffering one of the worst economic crises in its history and although inflation seems to have dipped slightly, the trends seem to be moving upward again. [AFP]
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been confirmed as one of the speakers at next week’s Democratic National Convention (DNC), but here’s the catch: She’ll only have 60 seconds to deliver her message, which will likely be pre-recorded. [Forbes]
  • In the weirdest news you’ll hear all day, the Trump administration is proposing rule changes to increase the pressure in shower head nozzles after Trump complained that not enough water is coming out of his, affecting his hair. “So what do you do? You just stand there longer or you take a shower longer? Because my hair, I don’t know about you,” he said, “but it has to be perfect.” [BBC]