A flood has destroyed the home of a Christian lobbyist who preached that God sends natural disasters to punish gays. President of the controversial Christian group Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, described a deluge of "near biblical proportions" hitting his Louisiana home that forced him to flee in a canoe. Perkins said he has been forced to live off "God's provisions" following the flood. read more
Many longtime Republicans are praising the DNC's positive, pro-American message as they contrast it to the dark tone of the GOP convention.
Why this convention is better: It's about loving America. GOP convention was about loving Trump. If you didn't love Trump, it offered nada.
-- Jonah Goldberg
I am sure hearing a lot more about God and faith at the DNC than the RNC.
-- Amanda Carpenter, former spokesperson for Ted Cruz
How can it be that I am standing at my kitchen counter sobbing because of the messages being driven at the DNC? Where has the GOP gone?
-- Rich Galen, Dick Cheney's press secretary
A recent Pew poll found that voters age 18-29 prefer Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson over GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump. Overall for the age bracket, 47% supported Hillary Clinton followed by 22% support for Johnson and 21% for Trump. Across all age brackets, Clinton leads the poll with 45% followed by Trump at 36% and Johnson with 11%.
"A St. Louis-area cop was shot during a traffic stop Friday. The cop was walking back to his patrol car after ticketing a driver for speeding in Ballwin, a suburb of St. Louis. The driver got out of his pulled-over car, shot the officer at least once in the neck and fled, sources said."
The suspect has been captured.
Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight: Our polls-only model has [Donald] Trump with a 19 percent chance of beating [Hillary] Clinton as of early Wednesday afternoon. (The forecasts will continually update as new polls are added.) Our polls-plus model, which considers economic conditions along with the polls, is more optimistic about Trump, giving him a 26 percent chance. Still, Trump faces longer odds and a bigger polling deficit than John McCain and Mitt Romney did at the same point in their respective races. He needs to look back to 1988 for comfort, when George H.W. Bush overcame a similar deficit against Michael Dukakis to win. ... Giving Clinton a 70 percent or 75 percent chance of winning might seem bold. It's actually fairly cautious, however, compared with what the model would normally say about a candidate with a 7-point lead. read more