Leaders on the Democratic Platform Committee met in Orlando last week to approve the final draft of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform, finalizing a platform process that the party itself calls the "the most representative and inclusive in history."
For some, including Brooking Institution's William Galston, the 2016 final draft signifies a "sharp left turn" for the party platform and indicates that Hillary Clinton's Democratic Party "is not Bill Clinton's Democratic Party."
The platform supports a number of proposals supported by both Clinton, the presumptive presidential nominee, and her main competitor in the primaries, the self-proclaimed "Democratic socialist" Bernie Sanders. more >>
UPDATE: 9:50 AM ET: A total of 2,839 members of Turkey's military have been detained in connection with an attempted coup overnight, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday, adding that those detained included ordinary soldiers and high-ranking officers.
Yildirim, in a news conference in the capital Ankara, said the situation was fully under control and that "our commanders" were in charge of the military. He called on Turkish citizens to fill town and city squares with flags on Saturday evening and said parliament would meet at 1200 GMT to discuss the attempt. more >>
NICE, France — An attacker plowed a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the French Riviera, killing at least 84 people, 10 of them children, in what President Francois Hollande called a terrorist act by an enemy determined to strike all nations that share France's values.
The driver, identified by police sources as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian resident in France, also appeared to open fire before officers shot him dead. He was known to the police in connection with common crimes such as theft and violence but was not on the watch list of French intelligence services, the sources said.
The third mass killing in Western Europe in eight months caused more fear across an already anxious continent struggling with security challenges from mass immigration, open borders and pockets of Islamist radicalism. more >>
UPDATE: 1:13 AM ET, JULY 14
PARIS — A terrorist gunman killed 80 people and wounded scores when he drove a heavy truck at high speed into a crowd that had watched Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday, officials said.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said 80 people died and 18 were in a critical condition. Many more were also wounded in the attack along the famed seafront Promenade des Anglais as the fireworks ended just after 10:30 p.m. (2030 GMT). more >>
A former Russian Islamic State fighter has opened up about his time in Syria and detailed the barbarity he witnessed that inspired him to come up with a plan to fool one of its top leaders into giving him money and letting him leave the country.
The former militant, known only by the pseudonym Zurab, recently sat down for an video interview with RT's Maria Finoshina and explained that he let his emotions get the best of him when he decided to leave his home in southwestern Russia and travel to Syria and join IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh).
He said that after watching IS recruiting videos, he felt a sense of guilt and responsibility knowing that "Muslim blood is [being] spilled." more >>
With ecstatic exuberance and impassioned chants of "I'm With Her," large numbers of Hillary Clinton supporters are celebrating their candidate being labeled "extremely careless" by a prominent federal agency.
As the Federal Bureau of Investigation concludes that as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acted incompetently regarding her email server, campaign volunteers could not be more proud.
"All my life, I have longed to have an extremely careless person become president," said one elderly woman wearing about one hundred Hillary campaign stickers on her shirt. "Now I am finally seeing this become true!" more >>