10 things you need to know today: July 22, 2016

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1. Trump accepts Republican nomination, promises ‘law and order’
Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday, telling convention delegates that the country is in a “moment of crisis” and promising to “restore law and order.” The billionaire businessman and former reality TV star unleashed a sharp attack of his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, saying that as President Obama’s secretary of state she built a legacy of “death, destruction, terrorism, and weakness.” Before Trump spoke, his daughter Ivanka tried to soften his image, saying her father “is color blind and gender neutral.”

Source: The New York Times

2. Roger Ailes resigns as Fox News chief
Roger Ailes resigned on Thursday as head of Fox News after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit accusing him of sexual harassment. Ailes led the conservative cable news channel for 20 years, building it from scratch into a money-making ratings juggernaut. He reportedly stands to get a $40 million exit package. Rupert Murdoch, the 85-year-old executive co-chairman of the news channel’s parent — 21st Century Fox — will take over as acting CEO until a permanent replacement is hired.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, MarketWatch

3. Hillary Clinton expected to announce VP pick
Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her vice-presidential pick on Friday. Democrats close to her say Sen. Tim Kaine, a Spanish-speaking former governor from the battleground state of Virginia, is at the top of her short-list. Clinton also reportedly has been considering Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey. Kaine and Vilsack are considered favorites, because Clinton reportedly wants a strong governing partner with extensive experience who is ready for the presidency.

Source: CNN, The Wall Street Journal

4. French prosecutor says Nice attacker had help
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Thursday that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the Tunisian-born man who killed 84 people with a truck in Nice, France, plotted the July 14 attack for months with “support and accomplices.” Police are investigating five suspects who were taken into custody after Bouhlel plowed through a crowd at the end of a Bastille Day fireworks show. One suspect allegedly told Bouhlel via Facebook, “Load the truck with tons of iron and cut the brakes. I’ll look brother.”

Source: CNN

5. North Miami investigates controversial police shooting
Authorities in North Miami, Florida, have opened an investigation into the shooting of an unarmed black man named Charles Kinsey. Police shot Kinsey in the leg as he was lying down with his arms in the air. A bystander caught part of the encounter on smartphone video. Kinsey is a therapist at an assisted living facility, and he was trying to care for an autistic man who was sitting in the street holding a toy truck. A local Police Benevolent Association official said the officer, fearing for Kinsey’s life, fired at the other man, but accidentally hit Kinsey.

Source: The Washington Post

6. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson leads in poll of military members
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson leads Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump among active duty military service members, according to a new non-scientific poll of 3,500 respondents by military personality “Doctrine Man.” More than 38 percent of the service members polled said they preferred Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico. Trump had the support of 30.9 percent of respondents, and Clinton just 14.1 percent. A recentMilitary Times poll showed Trump leading Clinton 2-1 among active military personnel, with both highly unpopular but still leading Johnson.

Source: The Hill

7. Two-year hunt for Malaysia Airlines plane to be suspended
Malaysia, Australia, and China have jointly decided to suspend the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 once the hunt for wreckage is completed in the 46,300-square-mile area being examined now, ministers from the three countries announced Friday. The plane disappeared more than two years ago on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board. The plane is believed to have turned off course, and finally headed south into the Indian Ocean west of Australia. Officials said the hunt could resume “should credible new information emerge.”

Source: The Associated Press

8. Baton Rouge honors officers killed in ambush
Mourners lined up on Thursday to attend funerals and memorial services for the three law enforcement officers — Baton Rouge police officers Matthew Gerald and Montrell Jackson and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola — who were killed Sunday by a gunman in an ambush. People stood in lines stretching around the funeral home for a chance to pay their respects. “We’ve got so much hatred in the world right now,” one mourner, Sherri Parent, said, dabbing at tears. “People used to have respect for law officers.”

Source: The Associated Press

9. Brazil arrests 10 over alleged Rio Olympics terror plot
Brazil arrested 10 members of an Islamist militant group on Thursdayfor allegedly discussing possible terrorist attacks during the Rio Summer Olympics, which start in two weeks. Federal Police officials said the suspects belonged to a group called the Defenders of Sharia, and had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes said the suspects were “complete amateurs” who probably could not have carried out their plans. Brazil stepped up security efforts after last week’s truck massacre in Nice, France.

Source: The New York Times

10. NBA moves All Star game from Charlotte over N.C. bathroom law
The NBA announced Thursday that it is moving the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte in the latest backlash over a state law barring local governments from enacting anti-discrimination ordinances. The state’s Republican-led legislature passed the law, House Bill 2, to block a Charlotte move to let people use public bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity. The NBA said it could not respect “the values for which we stand” in a city affected by “the climate created by HB2.” Gov. Pat McCrory said liberal “elites” were misrepresenting a law meant to protect children.

Source: ESPN, USA Today

Nicolle Wallace: The Republican Party ‘Died in This Room Tonight’


Wallace: “We Are Now Represented As A Party By A Man Who Believes In Protectionism, Isolationism, And Nativism”

NICOLLE WALLACE: Listening to this, I was struck by two things I always believed during my two decades in Republican politics. One, the voters always get it right, and two, the Republican Party that I worked for for two decades died in this room tonight. We are now represented as a Party by a man who believes in protectionism, isolationism, and nativism. And those were the forces that George W. Bush, and I believe John McCain too, were most worried about during their times as the leaders of the Republican Party.

CHUCK TODD: Striking comment. You believe the Party died tonight?

WALLACE: Well, the voters picked this guy. This is where the Republican Party is now. They now are attracted to those forces of isolationism and protectionism. But the party I was part of for two decades is dead.


Great teleprompter failures in political history


Brian Williams and Republican strategist Steve Schmidt share stories of important political speeches that skirted the brink of disaster when the teleprompter failed. Duration: 1:20


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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21:  A screen displays Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivering his speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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DAILY KOS – By kos

 This speech wasn’t as interesting as his usual ad-libbing boastful person. But … this was much darker, much uglier. There was little to laugh at. Less to mock. His ego was subdued by his speechwriter, which must’ve been quite the feat in itself, but still, holy shit this was nasty.

We saw every conservative trope, overtly and proudly paraded. Brown people are coming to kill your daughters! Death! Destruction! The stuff about “raising taxes” seemed quite quaint, in comparison.

So this is the new Republican Party. Zombie Reagan is good and buried, his “Morning in America” in the dumpster.

But as ugly as this is, it’s also refreshing. Because Republicans are no longer pretending to be something that they are not. This is it, modern conservatism, raw and uncensored. And despite all the lies and dishonesty we heard tonight, it made this a genuinely honest speech.

Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 · 11:42:19 PM EDT · Mark Sumner

After that speech, celebrating has to seem wrong even to the people in the room.

We’re gonna die! Now, watch these balloons.

Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 · 11:51:25 PM EDT · kos

Thursday, Jul 21, 2016 · 11:52:23 PM EDT · kos


9 Lies In Donald Trump’s Big Speech To The Republican Convention


At the beginning of his big RNC-closing speech, Trump called for “a straightforward assessment of the state of our nation,” and said he would “present the facts plainly and honestly.” He didn’t follow through on that promise.

Trump’s speech was much more scripted than his typically ad-libbed rally performances, which areriddled with falsehoods. But his formal acceptance of the nomination was also full of deception. Here’s a rundown of some of the misleading claims made by the man whose campaign statements were named the “lie of the year” by Politifact.

“America is one of the highest-taxed nations in the world.”

Trump has called the United States the “highest-taxed nation in the world” several times, but America is not even one of the highest-taxed nations in the world, as he said Thursday night.

Politifact found Trump statements like this objectionable enough to write several articles refutingthis claim, culminating with one titled “For the third time, Donald Trump, U.S. is not ‘highest taxed nation in the world.’”

The fact-checking website looked at the most recent data from 2014 and found that it “shows that the United States wasn’t the most highly taxed by the typical metrics and actually places near the bottom or around the middle of the pack.”

“Decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this Administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement.”

Trump released “blizzard of cherry-picked statistics all directed at one purpose — convincing you that crime has run amok.” The reality is that “crime isn’t just on a downward trend, but it has been for a very long time.”

“In 2009, pre-Hillary, ISIS was not even on the map.”

The implication here is that Clinton is responsible for ISIS. In Trump’s first joint interview with Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) with 60 Minutes on July 17, Trump said “Hillary Clinton invented ISIS with her stupid policies.”

This is false.

The roots of ISIS date back before the Obama administration and Clinton being named Secretary of State. Though the group did not exist as ISIS until 2010, the fact-checking website Politifact ruledthat the idea that Clinton is responsible for ISIS is “false.” It was called al-Qaida in Iraq in 2004, and then the Islamic State of Iraq in 2006, before turning into the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders.”

The notion the system was rigged against Sanders is false. At the end of the primary season, Hillary Clinton had won 55 percent of the roughly 30 million votes cast, compared with Sanders’ 43 percent. That translated to 2,764 total delegates for Clinton and 1,894 for Sanders.

“Nearly 180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country, are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens.”

This figure comes from a letter the Department of Homeland Security submitted to Congress in response to questions from staunchly anti-immigrant Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), in which the agency said they have no way to determine how many “aliens” have criminal convictions.

The DHS, however, uses a very broad definition of “criminal.” Most “criminal” undocumented immigrants deported during the Obama years were actually convicted of minor crimes like traffic offenses or simply “illegal entry,” a petty misdemeanor under federal criminal law. Additionally, many immigrants ICE targets as criminals have no criminal conviction at all. Deportations of these “criminal” immigrants have risen drastically under Obama.

“My opponent wants to essentially abolish the 2nd amendment.”

In an interview with ABC last month, Clinton said she wants to strive for “common-sense gun-safety measures consistent with the Second Amendment.” Her website notes she believes “weapons of war have no place on our streets,” but she has never indicated she has any desire to do away with the right to bear arms.

“There’s no way to screen [Syrian] refugees in order to find out who they are or where they come from.”

In fact, refugees are incredibly well-vetted. The process takes years, and involves submitting birth certificates, report cards from school, identification cards, driver’s licenses, passports, and old utility bills. As a result, refugees who have been resettled in the United States have a nearly spotless record.

“Iran is on the path to nuclear weapons.”

This is false. As ThinkProgress previously reported, the Iran deal has been successful in dismantling much of Iran’s nuclear program.

Since the economic sanctions on Iran were lifted, the government has responded quickly by reducing 98 percent of its uranium stockpile, dismantling thousands of centrifuges, limiting uranium enrichment and research, and filled its reactor with cement.

Unquestionably, the country is further away from obtaining a weapon than before the deal was struck.

“Household incomes are down more than $4,000 since the year 2000.”

This statistic is from 2014 and is badly outdated. The most recent report “shows median annual household income in June was $57,206, slightly below the income of $57,826 in January 2000, in 2016 dollars.”

So Trump’s statistic is off by $3,400.


Trump Spent A Lot Of His Speech Fear-Mongering About Crime. These 3 Charts Prove Him Wrong.



Donald Trump wants you to think that America is a scary, scary place. In his speech accepting the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, Trump claims that “decades of progress made in bringing down crime are now being reversed by this Administration’s rollback of criminal enforcement.” He unleashes a blizzard of cherry-picked statistics all directed at one purpose — convincing you that crime has run amok and that he is the only thing that can save you.

Don’t believe him. The reality is that crime isn’t just on a downward trend, but it has been for a very long time.


Trump begins his flurry of statistics with several claims. “Homicides last year increased by 17% in America’s fifty largest cities,” according to the GOP candidate. “In our nation’s capital, killings have risen by 50 percent. They are up nearly 60% in nearby Baltimore.”

Mr. Trump’s first claim is unusually specific. Though it is true that homicides did increase in the nation’s 50 largest cities in 2015, data is not yet available for the overall rate of homicides throughout the nation in that same year. According to the FBI, however, the nation’s homicide rate showed a steady rate of decline from 1995 through 2014:

murder chart

Though it is possible that the 2015 data, when it is available, will show an uptick in homicides, a brief uptick is not inconsistent with an overall downward trend. Between 2004 and 2006, for example, the number of homicides per 100,000 people grew from 5.5 to 5.8. Yet it quickly resumed its decline, reaching a low of 4.5 in 2013 and 2014.

Moreover, while Trump names two cities with unusually large spikes in homicides between 2014 and 2015, in at least one of them that trend appears to be reversing. Homicides are down 9 percent in 2016 when compared to the same period in 2015, according to the Washington, DC police department.

Obama’s Hometown

In an apparent effort to rhetorically link a supposed rise in crime to President Obama, Trump next claims that “in the President’s hometown of Chicago, more than 2,000 have been the victims of shootings this year alone. And more than 4,000 have been killed in the Chicago area since he took office.” This is actually a significant step back from a statement Trump made just last week in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, where Trump claimed that “in Chicago where we’ve had almost 5,000 killings, deaths, from the time [Obama] became president.”

In any event, Trump’s newer number is closer to the truth. According to Factcheck.org, 3,506 homicides have occurred in Chicago since 2009, when President Obama took office. Every one of those deaths is a tragedy, but there is no reason to believe that President Obama’s policies have contributed to these homicides. To the contrary, as Factcheck.org also shows in a chart, the homicide rate in Chicago has remained fairly consistent since Obama took office, and it is now about the same as it was during President George W. Bush’s final year in office:


Police Shootings

Trump also warns of an uptick in police shootings, claiming that “the number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50% compared to this point last year.” This claim, however, is not especially meaningful. The number of police killed in the line of duty was very small in 2015, and it continues to be very small in 2016.

As of July 9, 26 officers were shot and killed in 2016. By the same date in 2015, 18 were shot to death.

The overall trend, according to the BBC, is very promising. As with homicides overall, the rate of police officers killed as a result of criminal activity is trending downward and has done so since at least the early 1980s:

murder chart

The frightening landscape that Trump presents, in other words, does not exist. Or, at least, it doesn’t exist unless you believe in a giant national conspiracy. Trump’s national campaign chair apparently subscribes to that theory:

The truth is out there, Mr. Manafort.


Jon Stewart, Back on ‘Late Show,’ Lets Loose on Fox News and More


When Jon Stewart appeared Monday on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” it was mostly to play comedic foil to that CBS host (and former Comedy Central colleague) in a sketch that featured Mr. Stewart soaking Mr. Colbert in spit-takes of water.

But on Thursday night, when Mr. Stewart returned to “The Late Show” in a live broadcast after the Republican National Convention, it was to breathe fire, in a vehement comic monologue about the 2016 presidential race, the hypocrisies of the news media and his old nemeses at Fox News.

In a 10-minute segment delivered from Mr. Colbert’s “Late Show” desk at the Ed Sullivan Theater and that more closely resembled the format of “The Daily Show,” Mr. Stewart interwove his acidic straight-to-camera delivery with edited television clips, fiercely criticizing the Fox News host Sean Hannity and other TV personalities who he says have bent over backward to support the Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump.

Taking aim at broadcasters and commentators who say they want their country back, Mr. Stewart said: “You feel that you’re this country’s rightful owners. There’s only one problem with that. This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it. It never was.”

A full transcript of the segment:

Well, the convention’s over. I thought Donald Trump was going to speak. Ivanka said that he was going to come out. She said he was really compassionate and generous, but then this angry groundhog came out and he just vomited on everybody for an hour. But the Republicans appear to have a very clear plan for America, and they’ve articulated it throughout the convention. One, jail your political opponent. Two, inject Rudy Giuliani with a speedball and Red Bull enema. And then, three, spend the rest of the time scaring the holy bejeezus out of everybody. But I’m not interested in that. I’m interested in gymnastics. With the Rio Olympics coming up, I’m enjoying the gymnastics portion of the program that’s about to occur. That would be the contortions that many conservatives will now have to do, to embrace Donald J. Trump, a man who clearly embodies the things that they have, for years, said that they have hated about Barack Obama.

[Montage of Fox News panelists calling Obama divisive, thin-skinned, authoritarian and narcissistic.]

A thin-skinned narcissist with no government experience. Yes. That sounds exactly like — Barack Obama. So now the right-wing media’s going to have to spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week, justifying this choice they’ve made. Can they make the turn? They already are. Let’s trace their journey through the eyes of one of their most talented gymnasts. [Photograph of Sean Hannity.] Um, uh, his name escapes me. Let’s just refer to him as Lumpy. Hey, Lumpy. For instance, here’s how Lumpy felt about Barack Obama’s divisiveness.

[Montage of Mr. Hannity describing divisions for which he blames Mr. Obama, including “black versus white” and “old versus young.”]

Cats versus dogs! Batman versus Superman! [Photographs of Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.] That one against the other two! I’ve been out of the business a while, I don’t know what that is. If you don’t like divisiveness, what about when Trump suggested Mexico is sending us their rapists? On Cinco de Mayo, we had the Trump Tower taco bowl, and that’s one of the healing-est meals on the Trump Tower menu. I’m not an expert on racial unity. But I do believe that some of our more vaunted historical leaders in that area did retweet white supremacists less than Trump. So I believe — I’m just saying. Then there was the Obama crony that Lumpy couldn’t stand. His old friend, Teleprompty.

[Clip of Mr. Hannity criticizing Mr. Obama’s use of teleprompters.]

He probably sleeps with the darn thing and then probably doesn’t call it the next day because it didn’t say so on the teleprompter. Lumpy, your 180, please.

[Clip of Mr. Hannity praising Mr. Trump’s use of teleprompters.]

You hate teleprompters! You’re saying now, “Teleprompters are for stupid people, and I thought Trump handled it pretty good.” O.K., inexperience aside. Divisiveness aside. The worst thing about Barack Obama is his elitism.

[Clip of Mr. Hannity asking how in touch Mr. Obama is with the average American, ordering a hamburger with Dijon mustard.]

Yeah, you elitist! You probably eat that burger with your mouth. Instead of acting like a real American and having a Magnum fire it up your ass. Like they serve them at Arby’s. That’s how they serve them, actually, at Arby’s. Meanwhile, here’s how Lumpy feels about the guy who sits in a literal golden throne at the top of a golden tower with his name in gold letters at the top of it, eating pizza with a knife and fork. How do you feel about that guy?

[Clip of Mr. Hannity describing Mr. Trump as a “blue-collar billionaire.”]

That’s not a thing. You know what? It is true, Trump does seem like the kind of guy you want sit down and own a fleet of airplanes with. Look, all that stuff is actually superficial and I’m sure it’s easy for people without ethics or principles to embrace someone who embodies everything that they said they hated about the previous president for the past eight years. Because, really for a president, it’s about what’s inside. And that’s where Lumpy and friends — that’s where they really have found the president lacking.

[Clip of Mr. Hannity criticizing the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. and saying he would not go to his church.]

Obama would. He’s the type of Christian that’s, you know, [whispers] not Christian. When the pope said that Trump’s talk about immigration was not Christian, surely that gave Lumpy pause.

[Clip of Mr. Hannity asking how the pope can decide if someone is a Christian in his heart.]

Yeah! Who died and made that guy pope? So let’s just say, for real, here’s where we are. Either Lumpy and his friends are lying about being bothered by thin-skinned, authoritarian, less-than-Christian readers-of-prompter being president. Or they don’t care, as long as it’s their thin-skinned prompter-authoritarian-tyrant-narcissist. You just want that person to give you your country back. Because you feel that you’re this country’s rightful owners. There’s only one problem with that. This country isn’t yours. You don’t own it. It never was. There is no real America. You don’t own it. You don’t own patriotism. You don’t own Christianity. You sure as hell don’t own respect for the bravery and sacrifice of military, police and firefighters.

Trust me, I saw a lot of people on the convention floor in Cleveland with their “blue lives matter” rhetoric, who either remained silent or actively fought against the 9/11 first responders’ bill reauthorization. I see you and I see http://cut%20for%20obscenity.

[Mr. Colbert says, “We’re live.”]

We’re live. Never been on a television show with stakes before. So I see you. You’ve got a problem with those Americans fighting for their place at the table. You’ve got a problem with that because you feel like — what’s Representative Steve King’s word for it? Subgroups of Americans are being divisive. Well, if you have a problem with that, take it up with the founders. We hold these truths to be self-evident. [Singing.] “That all men are created equal.” Respect, Lin-Manuel. Those fighting to be included in the ideal of equality are not being divisive. Those fighting to keep those people out are. So, Lumpy, you and your friends have embraced Donald Trump. Clearly, the “c” next to your names don’t stand for constitutional or conservative. But cravenly, convenient —— [Mr. Colbert interrupts with an air horn.]

10 things you need to know today: July 21, 2016

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1. Pence accepts VP nomination as Cruz fails to endorse Trump
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence accepted the Republican nomination for vice president on Wednesday night, praising the party’s presidential candidate, Donald Trump, as a man who “never quits, never backs down, a fighter, a winner.” He said the billionaire businessman is “a doer in a game usually reserved for talkers.” The forceful speech came after Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump’s strongest primary-season rival, upstaged the rest of the night’s speakers by telling conservatives to “vote your conscience” in support of conservative policies, declining to endorse Trump and drawing boos from delegates.

Source: CNN, NPR

2. Trump says U.S. will only defend NATO allies that meet obligations to U.S.
Donald Trump said in an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday that if he is elected, the U.S. might not defend NATO allies from Russian attack unless they “have fulfilled their obligations to us.” Trump also said that he would not pressure Turkey or other authoritarian allies over respecting democracy and civil liberties, saying the U.S. must “fix our own mess” before lecturing others. “How are we going to lecture when people are shooting policemen in cold blood?” said Trump, who is to accept the GOP presidential nomination in the Republican National Convention’s main event on Thursday.

Source: The New York Times

3. Court says Texas voter ID law violates Voting Rights Act
A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a Texas voter-identification law violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act. The New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals voted 9-6 that the law, which requires voters to present a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot, had a discriminatory effect, and sent the case back to a lower court to consider whether the effect was intentional. Critics say Republican-dominated state legislatures have passed such laws to make it harder for minorities to vote, while supporters say the measures are needed to prevent voter fraud.

Source: Reuters

4. Court upholds Olympic ban on Russian track athletes
The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday rejected an appeal by the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 track and field athletes banned from competing in Rio over Russia’s government-run doping. The International Association of Athletics Federation, track and field’s governing body, issued the sanctions in June after revelations about the cheating scheme. On Monday, investigators issued a report saying forensic evidence and computer records confirmed that high-ranking Russian officials covered up positive tests of doped Russian athletes at the Sochi Olympics.

Source: USA Today, The New York Times

5. Erdogan declares three-month state of emergency in Turkey
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency on Wednesday in his latest response to Friday’s failed coup. Erdogan’s government also continued purging its ranks, suspending nearly 22,000 education ministry employees, including teachers. The government already has dismissed thousands of police, judicial, and military officials, blocked 20 websites, and revoked the licenses of 25 media outlets as Erdogan tightens his grip on power.

Source: USA Today

6. Secret Service looks into Donald Trump supporter who said Hillary Clinton should be shot
The Secret Service has launched an investigation into a Donald Trump supporter and adviser, New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro (R), who said presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton should be “shot for treason.” Baldasaro’s comments came after Republicans said at this week’s convention that Clinton, who served as President Obama’s secretary of state in his first term, should be jailed over mishandling of government secrets on a private email server. Trump’s campaign said it did not agree with Baldasaro’s views.

Source: The Washington Post

7. Speechwriter takes blame for Melania Trump plagiarism scandal
Melania Trump’s speechwriter, Meredith McIver, took responsibility on Wednesday for the plagiarism scandal surrounding Mrs. Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention. McIver said she was the one who included remarks lifted from a 2008 speech by Michelle Obama, and included them in what became the final draft of Melania Trump’s speech. “This was my mistake,” McIver said. She reportedly submitted her resignation, but the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump rejected it.

Source: The New York Times

8. Dozens of civilians die in coalition Syria airstrikes
About 73 Syrian civilians, including children, were reportedly killed in U.S. airstrikes as they fled Islamic State-controlled areas in northern Syria this week, activists said. If confirmed, it would be the deadliest attack on non-combatants since the U.S.-led air campaign against ISIS began. The nearby city of Manbij is an ISIS stronghold where more than 450 airstrikes have taken place since May. ISIS militants are reportedly using thousands of civilians in the city as “human shields.”

Source: The Guardian, The Telegraph

9. Toddler’s parents say they won’t sue Disney over fatal alligator attack
The parents of Lane Graves, the toddler killed by an alligator last month at Walt Disney World, have decided not to sue the Florida theme park. “The family is really focused on just moving forward and healing,” said Sara Brady, a family spokeswoman. She could not say whether the two sides had reached a financial settlement. The parents said in a statement that they were “broken.” “We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet baby, Lane,” they said. “As each day passes, the pain gets worse.”

Source: CBS News

10. Hawaii’s Rep. Mark Takai dies at 49
U.S. Rep. Mark Takai (D-Hawaii) died Wednesday, a year and a half into his first term and nine months after he announced he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He announced in May that the cancer had spread and he would not seek a second term. Before being elected to the U.S. House, Takai served in Iraq as a member of the Hawaii National Guard, and was a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives for 20 years. President Obama praised him as a “fighter” who “stood up for America’s most vulnerable.”

Source: USA Today

10 things you need to know today: July 20, 2016

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1. Trump officially declared GOP nominee on convention’s second day
Delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland officially voted to nominate Donald Trump as the party’s presidential candidate on Tuesday. The billionaire real-estate magnate, ex-reality TV star, and political newcomer beat out 16 rivals in the primaries. Sen. Jeff Sessions, an early Trump supporter, officially nominated Trump, saying he had shown himself to be “a warrior and a winner.” In the night’s speeches, Gov. Chris Christie put Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on a mock trial, with the audience shouting “guilty” as Christie accused her of failure in Libya, Iran, counterterrorism, and trade.

Source: Reuters

2. Ailes reportedly negotiating exit from Fox News
Roger Ailes is negotiating his exit as head of Fox News as he faces a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by ex-Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, one of Ailes’ lawyers told The New York Times on Tuesday. The news came a day after New York magazine reported that the leaders of Fox News parent 21st Century Fox — Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan — had decided to push out Ailes. Matt Drudge reportedTuesday that Ailes had been fired, but 21st Century Fox denied it.

Source: The New York Times

3. Donald Trump Jr. makes his debut at the GOP convention
Donald Trump Jr. delivered a forceful speech on the night his father was officially nominated as the Republican Party’s presidential candidate. The younger Trump bashed Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, and praised his father as a common-sense every-man and mentor who was the “only” choice for president. The speech ignited speculation about the younger Trump’s own political future. Detractors noted thatthe speech contained recycled lines from an article speechwriter F. H. Buckley wrote in the American Conservative in May, prompting comparisons to his stepmother Melania’s plagiarism scandal the day before.

Source: Politico

4. Turkey requests extradition of cleric accused over failed coup
Turkey on Tuesday formally requested the extradition of a Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen from the United States in connection withFriday’s failed coup. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly blames Gulen for the coup attempt, which left 232 people dead and sparked a widening crackdown. The government suspended 15,000 education workers on Tuesday. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told Parliament the request was looming on Tuesday, calling Gulen a “terrorist leader.” Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, has denied any role in the plot.

Source: CNN

5. Obama calls for more resources for local police
President Obama said Tuesday that local police departments need more resources. Obama said after meeting with members of his domestic security team that the recent murders of three police officers in Baton Rouge and five officers in Dallas demonstrated the importance of federal action to support police. Obama said that more resources would have to be made available to help train local officers to deal with attacks by gunmen. “Unfortunately, not all the departments that want to train their officers have the resources to do it,” Obama said.

Source: The Associated Press

6. Ukrainian journalist dies in car bombing
Prominent Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in a car bombing in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, on Wednesday. Ukrainska Pravda, the country’s top news website, said Sheremet, one of its journalists, was getting into a car owned by its editor-in-chief to drive to work when the blast hit. Government officials said the explosion was caused by a remote-controlled, improvised device with the equivalent of 600 grams of TNT. The publication’s founder, Heorhiy Gongadze, was murdered in 2000 in a gruesome crime that traumatized the country’s journalists.

Source: The Associated Press

7. French lawmakers extend emergency rule after Nice attack
French lawmakers on Wednesday approved extended emergency rule for six months in response to last week’s truck attack in Nice, which killed 84 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility, marking the third time in three months that Islamist extremists have boasted of a deadly attack on French soil. The government of President Francois Hollande is under increasing pressure to improve security, and the overwhelming vote by France’s National Assembly extends search-and-arrest powers for police.

Source: Reuters

8. Officers charged in violent New Hampshire arrest caught on video
New Hampshire authorities on Tuesday arrested two state troopers on assault charges over a violent arrest captured on video in May. The two officers were seen in the video punching a driver who had led officers on a chase that started in Massachusetts and ended in New Hampshire. The clip sparked an investigation by New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster. The officers, Joseph Flynn of the Massachusetts State Police, and Andrew Monaco of the New Hampshire State police, were charged with simple assault against pickup truck driver Richard Simone, who was wanted on warrants for assault and battery and other charges.

Source: The Washington Post

9. Netflix announces new Making a Murdererepisodes
Netflix’s popular documentary series Making a Murderer, from directors and executive producers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, will return with new episodes on the story of convicted murderer Steven Avery. The overwhelming response from viewers “ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold,” Ricciardi and Demos said in a joint statement. A news release said the new installments will take viewers “back inside” the case, following the appeals of Avery and co-defendant Brendan Dassey.

Source: E! Online

10. Legendary sitcom creator Garry Marshall dies at 81
TV legend and film director Garry Marshall died Tuesday night from complications of pneumonia after suffering a stroke, his publicist confirmed. He was 81. Marshall, the older brother of actor-director Penny Marshall, created Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, The Odd Couple, and other hit sitcoms in the ’70s and ’80s. He later directed such films as Pretty Woman (1990), The Flamingo Kid(1984), Beaches (1988), and Runaway Bride (1999). Marshall was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Science’s Hall of Fame in 1997.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, The Associated Press