News Wrap: McCain, Rubio win their primaries

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Marco Rubio greets supporters at his victory party in Kissimmee, Fla., after winning the Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)

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GWEN IFILL:  The presidential race took another sharp turn today.  Republican Donald Trump flew to Mexico to meet with that country’s president, hours before giving a major speech on immigration.  Trump’s tough talk about Mexico has made him widely disliked there, but both men said their talks were constructive.  We will have a full report right after the news summary.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  In the day’s other news:  Two Republican senators geared up for tough general election fights after sailing past primary opponents.  In Arizona, five-term Senator John McCain handily defeated a Tea Party challenger, and rallied supporters at a victory rally last night.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-Ariz):  It’s imperative Republicans maintain our majorities in Congress.  It’s important to American’s future that we have a say over the next president’s appointments to this United States Supreme Court.  Now, let’s go win one more time.


HARI SREENIVASAN:  Meanwhile, Florida Senator Marco Rubio won his own primary, as he seeks a second term.  Also in Florida, Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz defeated an opponent who had been endorsed by Bernie Sanders.

GWEN IFILL:  A U.S. commercial flight landed in Cuba today for the first time in more than half-a-century.  It is part of overall efforts to improve ties.  The JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, arrived in Santa Clara, Cuba, with 150 passengers on board.

They included Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  Flights to Havana and other cities are also in the works.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  In Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff was formally ousted by the country’s Senate for violating budgetary rules.  She denied any wrongdoing, but the vote against her was 61 to 20.  It followed a year-long impeachment battle.

DILMA ROUSSEFF, Impeached President, Brazil (through translator):  The Senate has just impeached the first elected woman president of Brazil.  There was no constitutional reason to do it.  This is just the beginning of a coup that will indiscriminately beat back any progressive political organization, progressive and democratic.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  Rousseff plans to appeal to Brazil’s highest court.  The drama has played out amid a separate corruption scandal that has landed dozens of business and political figures in jail.

GWEN IFILL:  Protests against Indian rule flared across Kashmir today, as authorities lifted a 54-day curfew.  Tensions have spiked in the disputed region since a rebel commander was killed in early July.  Today’s crowds battled security forces with rocks and wood, and the troops fired back with rubber bullets.  One person was killed, and about 150 were injured.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  Towns across Northern Japan are underwater from a typhoon strike tonight.  At least 11 people died, most of them residents at a nursing home.  Aerials today showed the damaged building on the banks of a swollen river.  Elsewhere, rescue workers pulled stranded victims from rooftops.

Meanwhile, Hawaii’s Big Island is bracing for a hurricane overnight.  And a tropical storm is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.

GWEN IFILL:  On Wall Street today, stocks fell again, as oil prices sank.  The Dow Jones industrial average lost 53 points to close near 18400.  The Nasdaq fell nine points, and the S&P 500 slipped five.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  And the town of Bunol in Eastern Spain was seeing red today.  It was the annual Tomatina fiesta, marking a 1945 food fight among local children.  Revelers pelted each other with 160 tons of tomatoes and left the town covered in red pulp.  Some 20,000 locals and tourists took part.

CHRISTOF, Tomatina participant (through translator):  This was crazy.  The tomatoes hit you very hard, but it’s an experience that has to be lived.  This doesn’t happen in any other place.  Many tomatoes hit my face, but I’m happy I have experienced it.

HARI SREENIVASAN:  Organizers hosed the streets down minutes after the event ended.  The throngs of tomato-stained warriors were supplied with public showers.

GWEN IFILL:  I had to talk Hari out of going.

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