What We’re Following
A Voting-Rights Victory: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down a Texan law requiring voters to show ID, ruling that the law was racially discriminatory as it disproportionately burdened black and Hispanic voters. Should Texas fight the ruling, its next step will be an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Turkey’s State of Emergency: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a three-month state of emergency as his government’s crackdown on Turkey’s military, judiciary, educational institutions, and civil service continues after the attempted coup last Friday. What Erdogan does next is likely to signal his final agenda for Turkey.
A New Cancer Treatment: A team of scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have engineered Salmonella bacteria to kill tumors by producing anti-cancer drugs that are delivered when they self-destruct. So far, it’s only been tested on laboratory cells and mice, but the treatment technology is promising—not only for cancer, but also for other diseases that require regular drug treatments, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Meanwhile, Back at the GOP Convention
Donald Trump officially became the Republican nominee last night, and his running mate Mike Pence is in the spotlight—yet the strongest force unifying Republicans seems to be a shared hatred of Hillary Clinton. Our veteran political writer, James Fallows, is in Cleveland for the convention—the 11th of his career—and is blogging about the memorable moments: