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Debbie Wasserman Schultz is stepping down as DNC chair after the DNC - photo by GETTY
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is resigning as the chairwoman of the USA's Democratic National Committee once the party's convention ends this week.

The Florida congresswoman is stepping down amid an email leak which reveals a conspiracy against the Bernie Sanders campaign for the 2016 Democratic nominee. Sanders lost the campaign to Hillary Clinton.

Sanders had called for Wasserman Schultz's resignation on Sunday and embraced it in a media interview today.


Vocabulary
sabotage - the deliberate act of destroying something so it does not work
to resign - quit

to step down - to quit a position
leak - the act of letting something (secret information) escape (become known)
conspiracy - a secret plan
campaign - a project to succeed at a particluar result
nominee (noun) - a party's or group's candidate selection during an election
to embrace - to warmly welcome

 
 
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Republican Ted Cruz rode Air Force One with Democrat president Obama - photo by The Still Report video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bnlr-_LKTrE
The Dallas Morning News reported this morning that Senator Ted Cruz travelled with President Obama on presidential aircraft Air Force One on July 11 to attend the police memorial being held in Dallas for those police murdered during the July 7 massacre.

Cruz was the only Republican reported to be on the flight with the USA president. 

The incident has brought controversy because as a Republican, Cruz has profusely criticized Obama's performance. As well, Obama is Democrat and both parties are locked in the adversity of the 2016 presidential election campaign. 


Cruz has recently received much criticism from Republicans for not endorsing 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for president as he and the other Republicans had publicly pledged during his speech to the Republican National Convention two days ago. 


Cruz is not the only former-Republican contender to ride with Obama on Air Force One. Marco Rubio, who also ran for the 2016 Republican nominee and lost, joined Obama on Air Force One to attend the memorial for the victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre on June 12. 


Cruz and Rubio were each locked against Trump in fierce, often ill-willed competition during the 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries. 


These events appear to be apart of a recent common pattern among politicians in light of USA Attorney General Loretta Lynch's exclusive plane meeting with former-USA president Bill Clinton. At the time, Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democrat presidential nominee and wife to Bill, was under investigation from the FBI for mishandling classified emails. 

Political pundit Bill Still has said that many analysts are wondering if taking plane rides together is a way for political elites to conduct clandestine meetings. 

Visit The Still Report on Youtube for more on the story.


Vocabulary
Air Force One - the USA president's private airplane
memorial - an event to remember people who died
massacre - the murder of many people at one time
nominee (noun) - a party's or group's candidate selection during an election
pledge - a promise
contender - someone who is in a competition
controversy - a long public disagreement over a specific issue

profusely - in a large amount
fierce - very aggressive

elites - people with much more power, money, social privilege, etc. than most other people
ill-willed - mean, unkind, bitter
exclusive - only for special people; not everyone is allowed
clandestine - very secret
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Former-Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio and President Barak Obama leaving Air Force One together to attend the memorial for the Orlando Shooting Massacre - photo by video at The Still Report https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bnlr-_LKTrE
 
 
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2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will give his acceptance speech tonight in Cleveland, Ohio - photo from video screenshot
Republican USA presidential nominee Donald Trump told The New York Times yesterday that if he is elected president, he may drop the guarantee for protection to co-NATO states. Trump said that the USA would help NATO-countries in need of military protection only if those countries hav"fulfilled their obligations to us".

Under Article 5 of the initial NATO agreement, member countries must help those other nations that require military aid. 

While not an official response to Trump's comments, White House spokesman Josh Earnest has said that the USA's dedication to the full NATO agreement is "ironclad" and that "the president renewed that commitment just two weeks ago today when he travelled to Warsaw, Poland, to attend the NATO summit."

While no other USA official has ever suggested reneging on the NATO-deal, Trump said that he would prefer to help the USA's allies but not if those allies are not taking advantage of the USA. "We are spending a fortune on military in order to lose $800 billion. That doesn't sound very smart to me." Trump said.

Trump is set to give his Republican nominee acceptance speech in Cleveland, Ohio tonight at the final day of the Republican National Convention.


Vocabulary
drop - to stop doing something or stop having something
co- - a prefix meaning that groups work together (co- = together, with)
nominee (noun) - a party's or group's candidate selection during an election
aid (noun) - help; assistance

initial - first
spokesman - someone who speaks for someone else (here, Josh Earnest speaks for Barak Obama)
ironclad - very strong and secure
to renege - to fail to keep a promise or commitment

ally - a partner / friend when opposing / fighting another group
a fortune - too much money
to take advantage of someone - to use someone only for your own benefit or gain

is set - is ready



 
 
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Melania Trump speaks tonight at the Republican Convention - photo by Paul Sancya / AP
The 2016 Republican National Convention kicked off this morning in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and will present Donald J. Trump as the party's 2016 USA presidential election nominee.

Authorities and officials in Ohio have been concerned over the security of the event due to racial tension and to the recent gun murders of police officers during a Black Lives Matter-protest in Dallas, Texas and the gun murders of police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana yesterday. Police are also on increased alert because Ohio allows citizens to openly carry guns in public.

So far, pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters at the event have been peaceful.

Donald Trump's wife, model and business woman, Melania Trump will headline tonight's events by giving a speech at the convention.



Vocabulary
convention (noun) - a formal meeting usually of many people
to kick off (verb) - to start an event (usually lasting some days)
party (noun) - a political group
nominee (noun) - a party's or group's candidate selection during an election
racial tension - great stress related to problems between races of people
on alert - very focused
to headline - to be the main event

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus opens the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Monday- photo by Aaron Josefczyk / REUTERS
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Anti-Trump protesters at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio - photo by Sam Hodgson / NY Times
 
 
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Wefaq in Bahrain dissolved - photo by Reuters
In the Sunni-led country of Bahrain, a court has ordered the main political opposition group, Wefaq, dissolved and its assets seized, sources say. 

The Shia-Muslim Wefaq has advocated for the rights of Shia citizens and has led pro-democracy protests since 2011 when 30 people and police officers were killed afteKing Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa brought in troops from neighboring Sunni-led Gulf states to maintain order.

Last month, the justice minister asked the court to dissolve Wefaq, and an appeal court doubled the prison sentence of Wefaq's secretary-general Sheikh Ali Salman. Before the appeal, Salman was acquitted in court of trying to overthrow the government by force. 

The organization Human Rights Watch has claimed that Salman's court trial was unfair. 


Vocabulary
to order (verb) - to tell a servant to do something
political opposition - a group of politicians that argue against the political group that is the leader
to dissolve (verb) - to end by force
assets (noun) - valuables, usually money / property (land, buildings, etc.)

to seize (verb) - to take by force
sources - the origin of a story
to advocate (verb) - to support; to fight for
pro-democracy - in support of democracy (government elected and controlled by citizens)
to maintain (verb) - to keep
order (noun) - peace
justice minister - a government official
appeal - a court intended to reverse a decision

to double (verb) - to make it   x 2  ("times 2" - twice the size)
to acquit - to no longer accuse and let them free
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Wefaq's Sheikh Salman - photo AFP
 
 
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Donald Trump has chosen governor of Indiana Mike Pence as his 2016 vice presidential running mate. -photo by Michael Conroy / Associated Press
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump announced on Twitter today that he has chosen the state of Indiana governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate for the 2016 USA presidential election.

In the tweet, Trump said, "I am pleased to announce that I have chosen governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 am."

Mike Pence was elected governor of Indiana in 2012, and was a House of Representative from 2001-2013. 

In the same tweet, Trump mentioned that he has planned a news conference to discuss his announcement tomorrow at 11:00 am.

Vocabulary
presumptive (adjective) - assumed by people to be true even though it is not official
running mate (noun) - the lesser partner in an election