What We’re Following
Today in Charlotte: Cellphone footage of the moments leading up to the death of Keith Lamont Scott has been released by the Scott family’s lawyers. The video was taken by Scott’s wife, Rakeyia Scott, who can be heard saying, “Don’t shoot him. Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon.” Officers in the video can be heard shouting, “Drop the gun.” Body-cam video of the shooting has not yet been released, though police say it will be. Meanwhile, the protester shot by another civilian during Wednesday night’s demonstrations has died. He was 26 years old.
Middle Eastern Violence: Syrian government forces are bombing Aleppo again after talks to restore a ceasefire failed. In the latest round of airstrikes, dozens of civilians were killed. Over in Iraq, ISIS attacked U.S. troops with a rocket containing mustard gas this week—the first time chemical weapons have been used against the U.S. in the country, though ISIS has been known to use them. No soldiers were injured in the attack. Meanwhile, in Yemen, a war is ongoing that’s much less well known in the U.S.—even though, through an arms deal with one of the aggressors, Saudi Arabia, the U.S. is helping to facilitate it.
About-Facebook: On the campaign trail, Ted Cruz called Trump “utterly amoral” and a “pathological liar.” On the convention stage, he publicly refused to give the party nominee his support. But in a Facebook post today, the Texas senator announced he’s endorsing Trump for president. It’s a shocking move, completely at odds with Cruz’s uncompromising political brand, and it’s likely to lose him a lot of goodwill. So, what changed his mind? Cruz gave six reasons, one of which is to be found in the list of 10 more potential Supreme Court nominees that Trump released today.