*Hillary Accepts Presidential Nomination:
Hillary Clinton accepted her party’s nomination in a forward-looking speech at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention Thursday night. “We will not build a wall. Instead we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good job can get one. And we’ll build a path to citizens for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy,” Clinton said, hitting on Trump’s trademark platforms. “Every generation of Americans has come together to make our country freer, fairer, and stronger. None of us can do it alone. That’s why we are stronger together.” Clinton also paid tribute to Senator Bernie Sanders, the main competitor of her primary campaign.
*Trump Team: Hil Spoke From ‘Fantasy Universe’:
Donald Trump’s campaign shot back at Hillary Clinton’s historic DNC speech on Thursday night, calling it an “insulting collection of clichés and recycled rhetoric.” Stephen Miller, Trump’s Senior Policy Advisor, said it was “delivered from a fantasy universe.” He added, “She spent the evening talking down to the American people she’s looked down on her whole life.” Clinton, the first female major party nominee for president in the history of the United States, said about Trump: “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.” Still, Thursday evening, Trump took to Twitter to slam Clinton and her speech, writing, “Hillary’s vision is a borderless world where working people have no power, no jobs, no safety,” and “No one has worse judgement than Hillary Clinton—corruption and devastation follows her wherever she goes.”
*French PM Predicts More ISIS Attacks:
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said the government is considering banning the foreign financing of mosques in the country in a bid to prevent more ISIS-style attacks. “We live in a changed era and we must change our behavior. This is a revolution in our security culture… the fight against radicalization will be the task of a generation,” he said in an interview with LeMonde published Thursday. “This war, which does not only concern France, will be long and we will see more attacks,” he said. His comments came as the French government faces heated criticism for its handling of recent attacks, including the attack in Normandy earlier this week in which an ISIS fanatic murdered a priest. Security services were reputedly aware that the suspect was planning an attack but were unable to stop him. Earlier this month, French authorities were urged to take drastic measures after 84 people were killed at a celebration in Nice.
The American economy barely rebounded last quarter from its winter doldrums, weighed down by anemic business spending, overstocked shelves at factories and warehouses, and a surprisingly weak housing sector. Consumer spending remained healthy but it was swamped by the poor showing in other sectors of the economy. Besides the drop in corporate investment, weaker government spending also held back growth, reinforcing a trend that has hobbled the recovery in recent years. The number was well below the 2 percent pace of expansion that economists had been looking for, highlighting the economy’s continued ability to disappoint experts who have been confident that better times are around the corner.
The shocks have come one after another: Islamic State killings of civilians in Brussels and Nice. A deadly outburst of terrorism in Germany. A fresh terror-linked atrocity in a small French town. Warnings abound that more may be on the way. The surge of attacks in Europe has raised questions over whether a potentially durable new threat to stability is settling in. The political challenges for Europe’s leaders are stark, and the impact on the region’s economy may be just as profound. “We are experiencing a structural change, a phenomenon of war on our doorstep that didn’t exist before,” said Georges Panayotis, the president of the MKG Group, a tourism consulting company based in Paris. “If it’s not resolved, the problem will continue.” The effects of that shift on businesses, large and small, have been deep.
Pope Francis walked in the footsteps of his two predecessors on Friday as he visited the former concentration and extermination camp at Auschwitz, where he paid silent homage to the more than one million victims, mostly Jews, who perished there during the Holocaust. Right before his visit, Francis told reporters that he “would like to go to that place of horror without speeches, without crowds.” He said he intended to go “alone, enter, pray,” adding: “And may the Lord give me the grace to cry.” The pope began his visit to Auschwitz — in what is now the Polish town known as Oswiecim, about 30 miles west of Krakow — by meeting 12 survivors of the camp. He greeted them, one by one, mostly in silence, expressing his sorrow and respect just by clutching their hands, looking into their eyes and kissing them tenderly, once on each cheek. Francis was the third pope to visit Auschwitz. Pope John Paul II visited on June 7, 1979, declaring “No more war!” and “Only peace!” Pope Benedict XVI, who as a young man was inducted unwillingly into the Hitler Youth and the German Army, went on May 28, 2006, and asked: “Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate this?
*CHARGED: Six current and former Michigan state employees have been charged in a widening criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis, according to a source close to the investigation. The six people face charges ranging from willful neglect of duty to conspiracy for allegedly withholding information from the public about lead contamination of the city’s drinking water.
Bill Cosby has dropped the last of the federal suits he filed against a woman accusing him of sexual assault. Cosby—who faces at least 50 sexual assault accusations by as many women—had claimed that Andrea Constand violated the terms of a settlement in a 2006 suit. Several others were named in his complaint, including Constand’s attorneys and American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer. Last week, U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno ruled that the 78-year-old cannot sue Constand for talking to investigators about the accusations, and on Thursday Cosby gave up the remainder of the suit, which he filed in February. Those claims included that Constand violated the confidentiality agreement via Twitter comments and through an interview she gave to the Toronto Sun.
The U.S. Navy is naming a ship after Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person elected to public office in California. Milk was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1955 after serving for four years. “When Harvey Milk served in the military, he couldn’t tell anyone who he truly was,” said San Francisco politician Scott Wiener. Wiener wrote the resolution requesting that the Navy name a ship after Milk. “Now our country is telling the men and women who serve, and the entire world, that we honor and support people for who they are.” The Harvey Milk Foundation posted on Facebook, “Hope is never silent and will be represented in a world port soon via the USNS Harvey Milk.” Women’s rights activist and abolitionist Sojourner Truth will also be granted this honor.
The Obama administration has revamped a program designed to lure foreign fighters away from extremist groups like the Islamic State, focusing on a series of new advertisements and social media posts that seek to appeal to emotion rather than logic. Money for the program, which is managed by the State Department’s Global Engagement Center, tripled this year, to $16 million, after administration officials concluded that past efforts that had attempted to scare potential militants away from the extremist groups were not working. It is the latest in a long series of efforts from the Obama administration at what diplomats and other officials euphemistically call “public engagement,” and the multiple reboots have shown how hard it has been for these programs to find traction. Recent attacks in Turkey, Iraq, France and Bangladesh seemed to show extremism has been spreading.
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Police in Kentucky say they found three children living in a shed with no electricity, no water, and a bucket where they were forced to go to the bathroom. The Boyle County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Thursday saying they discovered the children on Tuesday after receiving a complaint of child abuse. The children have been taken into protective custody and treated for rashes and bed bug bites. The children’s caretakers have been charged with three counts of first-degree criminal abuse of a child.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Lindsay Lohan may need to review her life choices. The troubled star, whose father Michael Lohan told “Page Six TV” she was pregnant, was photographed smoking and drinking beer on a yacht in Italy Thursday. Lohan, 30, has been in the Mediterranean most of the week following an explosive fight and breakup with fiancé Egor Tarabosov. ***Nearly eight months after finalizing her divorce from Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith is still struggling to find herself. “I’m having a very introspective time right now,” Griffith told People Thursday. “It’s an interesting time … I’m single, and lonely, and bored, and confused – but then at the same time, totally curious. It’s almost like I have to throw myself out of the nest.”
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