Dem. Chair Scrapped From Convention

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Democratic party officials determined that Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will no longer preside over the upcoming Democratic National Convention after leaked emails implicated the DNC in attempts to strategize about ways to harm Bernie Sanders in the primary. Representative Marcia Fudge, of Ohio, will now serve as the permanent chair of the convention, and will gavel each session to order, a job that was once set for Schultz. 

2. Bad Influences

German Police Detain Afghan Teen Over Munich Attack

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German police say they have arrested a 16-year-old Afghan boy for possibly having been aware of the Munich shooting but failing to report it. The 16-year-old, who has not been identified, was questioned by police after he contacted police in the wake of the attack at a Munich shopping center that left 10 people dead, including the gunman. Police opened an investigation into the boy's possible involvement in the attack after he made contradictory statements. "There is a suspicion that the 16-year-old is a possible tacit accomplice to (Friday's) attack," a police statement said Sunday. Specifically, the boy may have posted an announcement on Facebook inviting people to a cinema near the Munich train station, a post similar to a social media announcement made by the gunman in order to lure visitors to the scene of the attack.

3. Senseless Attacks

Syrian Migrant Suspected in Ansbach Bombing

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A Syrian migrant who was refused asylum injured 12 people and killed himself after setting off a bomb at a music festival, German authorities say. Authorities have identified the suspected bomber as a 27-year-old Syrian man who had arrived in Germany two years ago but been denied asylum last year. Late Sunday night, he allegedly detonated a bomb at a bar near the Ansbach Open music festival after being refused entry to the festival. Twelve people were injured in the blast, three of them seriously. Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said the suspect was unstable, having twice attempted suicide before. "We don't know if this man planned on suicide or if he had the intention of killing others," Hermann said, adding, however, that he had enough explosives to kill many people.

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Bloomberg To Address DNC For Clinton

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Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City who considered a presidential run this year, will address the Democratic National Convention this week and formally endorse Hillary Clinton. He has not been a member of the Democratic Party since 2000 and was a previous Republican when he was elected. Bloomberg will reportedly speak as an independent and a business man to say why those respective groups should be voting for Clinton. 


Trump: Maybe Ban French Immigration

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During a taped interview on "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Donald Trump suggested that he was interested in expanding the initial temporary proposed ban on Muslim immigration into the United States. "I'm looking now at territory. People were so upset when I used the word Muslim," Trump told Chuck Todd. "Oh, you can't use the word Muslim. Remember this. And I'm okay with that, because I'm talking territory instead of Muslim."

When pressed about regions of the world like France and Germany that have seen recent terrorist attacks, Trump did not directly answer whether immigration would be banned from those countries as well. "Here is what I want: Extreme vetting. Tough word. Extreme vetting," he said. Additionally, Trump claimed that it is France's fault that the country has seen recent devastating attacks. 

Gideon Resnick

6. Drug Wars

Mexican Mayor Gunned Down

The mayor of a Mexican town overrun by drug traffickers has been gunned down, the second in less than two days, Mexican authorities said Sunday. Ambrosio Soto, the mayor of Ciudad Altamirano in southern Guerrero state, had been under federal protection after receiving threats. Late Saturday, gunmen blocked a highway on which Soto had been travelling and opened fire on his vehicle, killing Soto and wounding two federal officers who had been guarding him. Soto had reportedly refused to pay a local drug gang protection money. Earlier on Saturday, the mayor of San Juan Chamula in Chiapas was shot to death along with four other people.


Obama's Half-Brother: I'm Voting Trump

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Malik Obama, President Obama's Kenyan half-brother, told The New York Post that he plans on voting for Donald Trump in the election. “Make America Great Again is a great slogan. I would like to meet him," he said. Obama was specifically angered by the lack of indictment over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and same-sex marriage in the United States. 


Gen. Flynn Retweets Anti-Semitic Tweet

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General Michael Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and a previous vice presidential prospect for Donald Trump, retweeted a tweet on Sunday with an anti-Semitic message. "Not anymore, Jews. Not anymore," the last line of the tweet read with a link to a video clip of Hillary Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook discussing the recent leak of DNC emails. Flynn manually retweeted it with the line: "The corrupt Democratic machine will do and say anything to get #NeverHillary into power. This is a new low."

Here's another recent tweet from the same account: 

Flynn did not immediately respond to a direct message about the tweet and whether he was aware of its origins. The user has yet to respond as well. 

He quickly apologized for the mistake and clarified that he only meant to retweet the video and not the attached message. 

Gideon Resnick

9. Close Calls

Lightning Strikes Chicago's Blue Line Station

Chicago's Blue Line trains were halted Sunday night after lightning struck the tracks and caused a pedestrian area to collapse, authorities say. The incident occurred around 7 p.m. at the Illinois Medical District station, according to the Chicago Transit Authority. Lightning apparently caused the canopy over a pedestrian ramp to collapse onto the platform and the tracks. There were no injuries, but one of the trains had to be evacuated. As of midnight, the Blue Line was running again but bypassing the Illinois Medical District Station, where crews were still working to clear the area. Although lightning is thought to be the culprit, an investigation into the incident is ongoing.


Manafort: Alleged Putin Ties “Absurd”

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Donald Trump's campaign chairman Paul Manafort faced questions on Sunday morning about his alleged ties to Russia and whether the campaign is any way working with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "No," Manafort said on ABC. "It's absurd. There's no basis for it." Manafort has worked for Ukrainian clients in the past and the recent release of DNC emails, possibly from Russian hackers, led some to suggest that the campaign was colluding with the Russian president.