Today in 5 Lines
The Republican National Convention kicked off in Cleveland with the theme “Make America Safe Again,” following a series of shooting incidents across the country in recent days. Republicans also marked the occasion with a photo. Across the state, Hillary Clinton condemned recent violence in a speech at the annual NAACP conference, saying “This madness has to stop.” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said in a press conference that Gavin Long, the gunman who shot and killed three police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday, came to the state specifically to kill law enforcement. A judge acquitted Baltimore Lieutenant Brian Rice of all charges in the Freddie Gray case. Rupert Murdoch and his sons reportedly decided to remove Roger Ailes as the head of Fox News.
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Let the Games Begin: The 2016 Republican National Convention is underway in Cleveland, Ohio, and tensions are already running high. Keep it here for live updates tonight and throughout the week.
The Miracle Drug: Health care is getting more and more expensive, and deaths from opioids have recently hit an all-time high. One cheap and effective solution? Medical marijuana. (Vann Newkirk II)
Failure and Foreshadowing: Zika has proven to be much worse than health officials initially feared, but Congress still failed to approve funding to combat the virus. Scientists say they will continue to look to Congress for emergency funds in the future, but if Zika hasn’t forced them to act, what will? (Adrienne LaFrance)