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What We’re Following

Quiet in Cleveland: The Republican National Convention ended last night with a speech from Donald Trump, who accepted his party’s nomination by promising voters that he alone could solve their problems.  See all of our convention coverage here. Next week: the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where police are already preparing to meet an influx of protesters peacefully. Read all of our convention coverage here.

A Shooting in Germany: Eight people are dead and 10 are injured after an attack near a Munich shopping center. According to early reports from police, there may be as many as three attackers. Here’s what we know so far.

A Medical Breakthrough: Researchers have created a revolutionary new pain treatment that can match the dosage it delivers to the level of inflammation around an injury. It can be used to treat chronic ailments like arthritis, mucositis, and ulcerative colitis; it could make more limb transplants possible; and it looks like injectable Jello.


Snapshot

Santas take a morning swim at the World Santa Convention in Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 19, 2016. See more photos from the week’s news here. (Mathias Loevgreen Bojesen / AFP / Getty)

Quoted

“No one knows who the hell I am. ... Honestly, it’s great.” —Mike Birbiglia, a screenwriter and comedian

“Some of the bacteria in our gut are derived from very ancient lineages that have been passed down through the primates for millions of years. They’re like our genes in that sense.” —Andrew Moeller, an evolutionary biologist

“We’re pioneering the collectibles pop-culture market for politicians. I think I’m on the cusp of something big.” —Brian Wallos, who makes political trading cards


Evening Read

Alissa Greenberg on a rare form of synesthesia:

Jonathan Jackson sees his thoughts as shapes. Every person he meets, every sentence he reads, and every decision he makes are presented as data points on a kind of continuously moving mental scatter plot, creating figures he compares to constellations. If he were to make a decision about whether to take a new job, for instance, those points might represent salary, location, and cost of living. The lines between them would change depending on how attractive they were to Jackson, creating a unique configuration for each option.

For many people, decision-making is a murky, difficult process. Think it through, go with your gut, follow your heart—there’s a reason the English language features so many ways to talk about groping around in the cellar of the conscience to find the light switch of intuition. But for Jackson, intuition is anything but blind. When he makes a choice, his gut feelings are visually laid out in front of him. He can choose among his options the way others might choose the reddest, glossiest apple from a bowl.

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News Quiz

1. With a population that is 72.2 percent white and only 6.3 percent African American, ______________ is the whitest big city in the United States.

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2. Democrats and Republicans began to have different political vocabularies around the year ____________.

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3. Some of the first ____________ , built in the 17th century, were made entirely of  metal and intended to teach young girls how to manage a house.

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Reader Response

What does it mean to be black in America? An African American reader writes:

I don’t know why black activists feel that each and every black person in America must be black before any other aspect of their personalities and lives. I have been called an Oreo Cookie because of the way I speak, where I live, and the people I choose to have/share my life with. …

Somehow some black people believe that our collective past makes it impossible for us to be American. How can I know or be anything more than my exposure to life, which has been wholly American? And not black American—simply American. We all have a shared history, regardless of how dark and violent. We all have dreams of living good lives, educating our children while exposing them to untold adventures and yet we operate as if the color of our skins makes those very human drives different. …

As a black American, I cannot return to Africa. … So, if America is not my home, am I supposed to accept that I am just a stranger in a very strange land without the hope of ever being accepted as merely human?

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Verbs

Anxieties voiced, museum submerged, Lego sets analyzed, Jon Stewart returns.

Answers: Portland, ORegon; 1990; dollhouses


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