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News Wrap: Tea Party Influence Tested in Latest Primaries

September 14, 2010 at 2:03 PM EDT
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HARI SREENIVASAN: Seven states and the District of Columbia held primary elections today. Tea Party activists were a major factor on the Republican side. In Delaware, Congressman Mike Castle battled Christine O’Donnell for a U.S. Senate nomination. O’Donnell was backed by former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Among Democrats, Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty and veteran Congressman Charles Rangel of New York were in tough races. Rangel faces House ethics charges.

The European Union sharply criticized France today for expelling ethnic Roma migrants. In recent weeks, the French have deported more than 1,000 Roma, also known as gypsies, sending most back to Romania. Authorities also dismantled more than 100 illegal camps. Today, the European justice commissioner called the deportations a disgrace.

VIVIANE REDING, justice commissioner, European Union: I personally have been appalled by a situation which gave the impression that the people are being removed from a member state of the European Union just because they belong to an ethnic minority. This is a situation I had thought Europe wouldn’t have to witness again, after the Second World War.

HARI SREENIVASAN: French President Nicolas Sarkozy has defended the deportations. He maintains that Roma camps are havens for prostitution and child exploitation.

For the first time in 15 years, the number of chronically hungry people in the world has fallen. The U.N.’s food and Agriculture Organization reported today the figure is now below one billion. The agency cited falling food prices

and record production of cereals. Food prices peaked in 2007 and 2008, and sparked riots in developing countries.

Wall Street had a relatively quiet day. The Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 17 points to close at 10526. The Nasdaq rose four points to close above 2289.