Top news stories for today – July 23, 2016
Munich terror attack left 9 dead
German police are engaged in a huge anti-terror manhunt in the city of Munich after nine people died in a shooting at a shopping center. Police are investigating whether one of the bodies is that of a perpetrator. At least 10 people have been wounded.
Three armed attackers were earlier reported to be on the run. Police urged people to avoid public places. Public transport shut for several hours after the attack at the Olympia center in the north-western Moosach district.
The body of the suspected attacker was found about 0.6 miles from the shopping center, local media reported, and police were using a robot to check it for explosives. German news magazine Focus reported that a gunman had shot himself in the head, but investigators have not commented. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, told national TV the motive for the attack was still unclear. BBC
Aftershocks of Fox News CEO’s out
Fox News built a reputation for being a leader in national political discussions, largely due to Ailes’ efforts over the last 20 years to shape the channel from the ground up — until his resignation Thursday, after former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him earlier this month.
Now, with an exit package in hand reportedly worth $40 million, Ailes’ role in the channel will apparently be limited to, at best, being an informal adviser to interim CEO Rupert Murdoch. “The women at Fox News spoke, and the Murdochs listened,” one network executive told CNN Money. CNN Money, The New York Times, The Week
A former KKK leader to run for Senate
Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke announced Friday that he is running for Senate in the state of Louisiana. The most recognizable figure of the American radical right, a neo-Nazi, longtime KKK leader, a Holocaust denier and white nationalist, Duke served one term as a state representative in Louisiana over 20 years ago, representing a suburb of New Orleans.
He then ran for governor of the state in 1991, but lost to Democrat Edwin Edwards. “I believe in equal rights for all,” Duke said in his video announcement. “However, what makes me different is I also demand respect for the rights and the heritage of European-Americans.”
He also praised Donald Trump, saying he was “overjoyed” to see Trump “embrace” his viewpoints. More than 20 candidates are vying to replace retiring Louisiana Sen. David Vitter (R); in June, the highest-polling Democrat in the state, Foster Campbell, only pulled 9.2 percent support. YouTube, The Associated Press, The Week
Johnson insists Brexit doesn’t mean isolation
“I would draw a very, very strong contrast between Brexit and any kind of isolationism,” Johnson said in response to a question. “Brexit means us being more outward-looking, more engaged, more energetic, more enthusiastic and committed on the world stage than ever before.”
The former mayor of London and public face of the Brexit movement, now Britain’s top diplomat, made his debut Friday at the United Nations. He was in New York to meet with business leaders and then see UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other diplomats at the world body’s headquarters. He said he and the UN chief discussed pressing global issues, including the wars in Syria and Yemen. VOA
US Presidential election
Hillary Clinton selects Tim Kaine as her running mate: Hillary Clinton has officially named Tim Kaine, a Spanish-speaking former governor from the battleground state of Virginia, as her 2016 running mate. “I’m thrilled to announce my running mate, Tim Kaine, a man who’s devoted his life to fighting for others,” she tweeted Friday night. “Tim Kaine is a relentless optimist who believes no problem is unsolvable if you put in the work to solve it.” The two are expected to appear together at an event on Saturday. VOA
Donald Trump leaves Cleveland with bizarre Cruz-centered rant: The day after formally accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump on Friday spent his first address of the general election re-hashing the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy — and whether Sen. Ted Cruz’s father Rafael was involved in the plot. Cruz pointedly refused to endorse Trump in his Wednesday address to the Republican National Convention, and in part said the decision was because Trump had repeatedly attacked his family during the primaries. “All I did is point out the fact that on the cover of the National Enquirer, there was a picture of [Rafael] and crazy Lee Harvey Oswald having breakfast,” Trump said during his final speech in Cleveland. “What did I do?” Trump also mentioned that if Cruz were to in fact offer his endorsement, he “will not accept it.” Fox News, CBS News
Trump lays out ‘Law and Order’ platform in RNC speech: In his first speech Thursday night as the official Republican nominee for U.S. president, Donald Trump struck a tone of urgency regarding recent violent events in the U.S. and billed himself as a truth-teller in saying that under a Trump presidency the country would be one of “law and order.” “Our Convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life. Any politician who does not grasp this danger is not fit to lead our country,” he said. VOA
After convention, swing state Republicans wonder about Trump’s strategy: No Republican has ever won the presidency without winning the Buckeye State. But as Republicans head home after their contentious national convention in Cleveland, some party elders in Ohio and other key swing states are wondering: does Trump have a strategy that will help them win come November? In interviews on the convention floor, one party leader said he wondered “what [Trump’s] going to do” to overcome the Democratic candidate. Ohio Senator Rob Portman said “He’s going to talk some about [Clinton], and that’s fine, but I think people are looking for what he’s going to do.” VOA
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