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Saturday, July 23, 2016

A "divider" like GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will have a hard time winning Ohio, said Buckeye State Gov. John Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate. "Ohio's a snapshot of the country. People in Ohio want to see a positive agenda, a positive way to move forward," Kasich said Friday in an interview at the Union League of Philadelphia. Asked whether he'd vote for Trump, he declined to answer. "There will be no way that I'm going to vote for Hillary Clinton. As for what I do in the end, I don't know," he said.


Franklin Foer, Slate: There was a strangely foreign quality to [Donald] Trump's address, despite its overt nationalism. He didn't ground his narrative in American history; he didn't invoke any leaders or episodes from the national past. Indeed, he didn't even mention the troops in uniform, a stock trope of acceptance speeches. Although he repeatedly led the crowd in chanting USA, USA, there was little sense of American exceptionalism -- the pluralistic form of American nationalism that forms the bipartisan basis for our political rhetoric at the presidential level. read more


The Dallas Police Department, which was struggling to recruit officers and canceling academy classes, has seen a surge in job applications after the attack that brought global attention to the city. Over the following 12 days, the department got 467 job applications compared with 136 during a similar period in June. "We are hiring. Get out of that protest line and put an application in," Dallas Police Chief David Brown said.


Hillary Clinton sent a text to her supporters at 8:13 p.m. Friday to announce her selection of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate. Kaine, 58, is a former governor of Virginia who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and speaks fluent Spanish. At a campaign stop with Clinton in Annandale, Virginina, last week, Kaine tried out for the role. "Do you want a 'You're fired' president or a 'You're hired' president?" he asked the crowd. "Do you want a trash-talking president or a bridge-building president?" read more


Friday, July 22, 2016

The Pokemon Go craze has made it to the State Department. During a State Department briefing, spokesman John Kirby paused his remarks to call out a reporter who was playing the popular mobile game. "As the secretary said earlier today, though, and I think it's an important reminder -- you're playing the Pokemon thing right there, aren't you?" Kirby said.The reporter said he was "just keeping an eye on it."


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