FINALLY America has put a woman at the top of the ticket. Hillary Clinton laid out her differences with Republican nominee Donald Trump in her acceptance speech which, in contrast to Trump’s, stressed the bright forces sustaining America. Howard Fineman lays out the 11 things Clinton must do to defeat him this November. And wish you had been at the DNC? Relive it with this 360 video of the balloon drop. [Amanda Terkel, HuffPost]
THE SHIFT IN ISIS TACTICS “The mushrooming of small-scale terror attacks in Europe has allowed Islamic State and its adherents to keep people here on edge without having to train and equip teams to pull off highly sophisticated operations. Indeed, some U.S. officials say they believe some of the simpler attacks on softer targets of the type seen recently will prove to have been directed by Islamic State, not just inspired by the group.” FBI Chief James Comey warned of a mass “diaspora” of ISIS supporters if the group is defeated in the Middle East. Here’s the newU.S. advertising campaign aimed at undercutting ISIS recruitment. And take a look at this graphic depicting the recent spate of terrorism attacks in Europe. [WSJ | Paywall]
AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING DCCC HACK BELIEVE IT MIGHT BE RELATED TO DNC INTRUSION This hack on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is believed to have been a fact-finding mission on the DNC’s donors. [Reuters]
TERRORISM CHIPPING AWAY AT EUROPE’S BOTTOM LINE IN STEEP TOURISM DROP “At the Mont-Saint-Michel, a spectacular medieval abbey that is one of France’s top tourist destinations, business at the Sodetour Group, a chain of local hotels and restaurants, slumped by up to 70 percent for months after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. It has never fully recovered.” [NYT]
DALLAS POLICE HAVE SEEN A MASSIVE SURGE IN APPLICATIONS Following the deadly ambush shooting this month. [Reuters]
THE FBI CAUGHT THIS FUGITIVE ― 40 YEARS LATER William Claybourne Taylor, who is 67, was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for an assassination attempt on a Florida mayor. [AP]
THE CHARGES HAVE BEEN DROPPED AGAINST THE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING CHANDRA LEVY Ingmar Guandique, who was serving 60 years for the crime, was granted a retrial after his lawyers argued a key witness had lied in the case of the murder of the 24-year-old Congressional intern. [Reuters
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MEET YOUR NEW TRAVEL AGENT In an app. [Fast Company Design]
MERYL STREEP AND EMILY BLUNT ARE HEADED TO A ‘MARY POPPINS’ SEQUEL We can’t wait for that spoonful of sugar. [Variety]
MARIAH CAREY OPENS UP TO COMPLEX “Carey has made a career of divulging what she wants when she wants to ― which isn’t often. After decades in the tabloid spotlight, she’s successfully walled off most of her life from the public.” [Complex]
MEET YOUR TEAM USA If this isn’t motivation to hit the gym, we don’t know what is. [Sports Illustrated]
WE LOVE THE SECRET SERVICE NAMES FOR THE TRUMPS AND CLINTONS And even Mike Pence’s is great. [WaPo]
THE POPE’S VISIT TO AUSCHWITZ “Hunched on a bench near the gate to the Auschwitz death camp site in Poland, Pope Francis prayed
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BEFORE YOU GO
~ Not happy with political reality? Here are TV shows that give you the dream political world you so desire.
~ When friends help friends buy their first homes.
~ Of course we are wild about Madeleine Albright’s shattered glass pin.
~ An ode to why Jeremy Renner needs to be more than a “negotiating tool.”
~ The “So That Happened” team investigates how TPP became such a sticking point at the DNC.
~ It is apparently so hot that horse poop is spontaneously combusting. You can’t make this stuff up.
~ The New York Times takes a look at who is polluting Rio’s water.
~ Now necessary packing for your beach bag: good wifi.
~ People are disgusted and mesmerized by this viral blackhead popping video.
~ Note to self, if you’re a professional quarterback: Try not to freak injure yourself breaking into your own house.
~ President Barack Obama would like to set a few things straight when it comes to his infamous seven almond habit.