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    Looks Like Turkey Is Having a Coup [UPDATING]

    Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim confirmed Friday that a faction of the military launched an attempted coup amidst reports of low-flying jets, tanks, and blocked bridges. The military, for its part, claimed in a statement that the government has been overthrown.

    Reports of an unusual military presence began filtering in around 3:45 p.m. The government has since reportedly blocked access to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

    Throughout, the country’s state TV channel blithely broadcasted weather reports, though a photo circulated by a BuzzFeed reporter appears to show soldiers inside the channel’s offices. By 4:30 the channel appeared to be completely offline.

    Still, reports posted to Twitter indicate the military blocked off two of Istanbul’s main bridges and surrounded the airport and Army HQ in Ankara with tanks.

    In a statement, the military claimed a successful coup.

    “Turkish Armed Forces have completely taken over the administration of the country to reinstate constitutional order, human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and the general security that was damaged,” the group said in a statement. “All international agreements are still valid. We hope that all of our good relationships with all countries will continue.”

    Unconfirmed reports indicate Turkey’s president, Recep Ergodan, was arrested. He was apparently on vacation at the time.

    UPDATE (6:08 p.m.) As part of the coup, the Turkish military took control of TRT, one of the country’s several state-run television networks. Soon thereafter, state broadcaster Tijan Karas read a statement prepared by the military which apparently referred to Ergodan as a “traitor,” though we are unable to independently verify that.

    Later, Erogdan gave an interview via FaceTime to the independently run CNN Türk:

    UPDATE (10:04pm) President Erdogan returned to Turkey early Saturday morning local time, reports the New York Times and others, a signal that the coup may not be succeeding.…

    UPDATE (11:30 pm) The Turkish prosecutor’s office says at least 42 people were killed in the coup.

    UPDATE (12:15 am) BuzzFeed reports the death toll has risen to at least 60.

    This is a breaking news post. We will update it as additional information is confirmed.

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    CNN Türk staffers abandoned their studio, but remained on the air, as soldiers took over the building as journalists resisted—leading to fights and at least one shooting, audio of which came across the news outlet’s airwaves.

    The first eight minutes or so of the evacuation go smoothly, until an altercation erupts and carries on for several minutes with people screaming; it’s unclear where in the building the microphones are that CNN Türk is patching into its broadcast feed.

    UPDATE (9:57pm): CNN Türk is reportedly back on the air.

    The network also tweeted for the first time since the studio was evacuated, reporting explosions at Turkish parliament:

    This is a breaking news post. We will update it as additional information is confirmed.

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    Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan landed at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport at around 9 p.m. ET (4 a.m. in Istanbul) according to NBC, where he addressed reporters and thousands of supporters.

    Erdoğan repeated his call from earlier that “the people of this nation should go out ... should go out on the streets, on the arenas.” He said that some of the coup plotters have been arrested, and that Turkey “cannot be governed from Pennsylvania,” a reference to Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish religious scholar who has been in self-imposed exile since 1999 and is believed by some to be behind the attempted coup. Hours after it began, Gulen condemned the attempted coup:

    In a somewhat more formal address to the nation later, Erdoğan said that the coup plotters would “pay for this in the harshest way.” He then went further and said the “attempted uprising” was a “gift from god to us, because this will help us clean our military from the members of this gang.”

    He also gave a clue as to the timing of the attempted coup, saying there were to be military meetings and August, and that “it’s very meaningful that they timed this upsizing right before these meetings, and they were aware of what will happen at those meetings. They were afraid of some decisions that will be taken at those meetings.”


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    Report: At Least 130 Military Officers Who Participated In Coup Arrested [UPDATED]
    Turkish soldiers arrested by police sit on a police bus in Istanbul’s Taksim square, early Saturday. (Photo: Selcuk Samiloglu/AP)

    As the sun rises in Turkey, it appears that the attempted coup against president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has failed, and that forces loyal to him are regaining control of the country. Media outlets that were raided are back broadcasting on air, and according to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, at least 130 military officers have been arrested, including 13 who tried to storm the presidential palace. [UPDATE (12:45 a.m.): According to state-run Anadolu Agency, 754 members of the military have now been detained.]

    In his various public statements across the past six hours, Erdoğan repeatedly asked citizens to go into the streets and protest against the attempted coup by a faction of the military. Images from Turkey showed that a sizable number of Turks followed his request, and we are now seeing astonishing photos of police officers and ordinary citizens arresting soldiers who participated in the attempted coup.

    Report: At Least 130 Military Officers Who Participated In Coup Arrested [UPDATED]
    Turkish soldiers, arrested by civilians, are handed to police officers, in Istanbul’s Taksim square, early Saturday. (Photo: Selcuk Samiloglu/AP)
    Report: At Least 130 Military Officers Who Participated In Coup Arrested [UPDATED]
    Turkish soldiers, arrested by civilians, are handed to police officers, in Istanbul’s Taksim square, early Saturday. (Photo: Selcuk Samiloglu/AP)
    Report: At Least 130 Military Officers Who Participated In Coup Arrested [UPDATED]
    A Turkish soldier that participated in the coup, and apprehended by civilians is escorted to be handed over to police, in Istanbul’s Taksim square, early Saturday. (Photo: Selcuk Samiloglu/AP)
    Report: At Least 130 Military Officers Who Participated In Coup Arrested [UPDATED]
    A Turkish police officer, center right, confronts a Turkish army officer, center left, that participated in the coup, after he was apprehended by civilians and handed over, in Istanbul’s Taksim square, early Saturday. (Photo: Selcuk Samiloglu/AP)
    Report: At Least 130 Military Officers Who Participated In Coup Arrested [UPDATED]
    People stand on a tank after they stopped it in Istanbul, early Saturday. (Photo: Selcuk Samiloglu/AP)

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    You Will Actually Be Surprised At Who 'Hill Billy Deluxe' Is Supporting For President 

    A friend of Jezebel is home in Arkansas today, where, on a beautiful highway, she saw this, the most surprising decal endorsement of all time. I know people like to say “You won’t believe” or “You will be surprised” as a cheap click-procuring tactic, but really: You’ll be surprised.

    Both the candidate of choice and the reason here are interesting, no?

    You Will Actually Be Surprised At Who 'Hill Billy Deluxe' Is Supporting For President 

    Congrats to Hillary for securing an apparently dedicated voter, and congrats to the decal place who made a hell of a commission from Mr. or Ms. Hill Billy. Boy, this election takes some hairpin turns.

    Photo via Friend of Jezebel Lauren.

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    Did Jared Kushner Just Completely Fuck Chris Christie's Shit Up?
    Photos: AP

    Here is a theory: Jared Kushner blocked Chris Christie from becoming Donald Trump’s vice presidential nominee as revenge for his father.

    Back in summer 2004, Chris Christie, then-U.S. Attorney General for the District of New Jersey, negotiated a plea agreement with Charles Kushner, the head of a $2 billion real estate company and one of the most powerful and ruthless men in the state. Were it not for Christie’s investigation, Kushner, a close ally of then-governor Jim McGreevey, would likely have been appointed chairman of the New York-New Jersey Port Authority—a position that would have given him influence over billions of dollars in government contracts.

    Kushner was accused, among other things, of blackmailing his brother-in-law—a witness in a federal investigation—by setting him up with a sex worker and filming their interactions. In August 2004, he pleaded guilty to 18 felony counts of tax fraud, election violations, and witness tampering. He was sentenced to two years in federal prison in Montgomery. His eldest son, Jared Kushner, flew down to Alabama every Sunday.

    At the time, Jared was interning for Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau’s office, on break from New York University School of Law, where he was studying in a joint law-M.B.A. program. Jared was already being groomed to take over Kushner Properties. Previously, Charles used his political influence to get Jared into Harvard, according to The Price of Admission, calling in a favor with Senator Frank Lautenberg, who asked Ted Kennedy to ask the university president to make room for the young heir. The indictment moved the timeline forward.

    Not that it seems to have mattered: Two years after his father entered his guilty plea, and having completely revamped the family business—moving away from New Jersey real estate and into New York City—Jared bought the New York Observer, a local weekly newspaper with a reputation for sharp reporting on the kinds of people who send their children to intern for the Manhattan district attorney, from its longtime owner, Arthur Carter. From a 2009 Gabriel Sherman profile in New York magazine:

    The Kushners had never been lovers of newspapers, to say the least. Charlie and Jared blamed papers in general and more specifically the Newark Star-Ledger for besmirching the family name. The Kushners respected the Observer’s elite readership, but that was about all they liked about it. “I found the paper unbearable to read, it was like homework,” Jared tells me.

    Jared, tall and blond and rosy-cheeked, had been trying to arrange a meeting with Carter for six months. Each time he called, Carter rebuffed him. “You’re a nice boy”—he said—“but you’re 25 years old.” Carter was on the verge of selling the Observer (where I was a reporter from 2003 to 2006) to Tribeca Film Festival founders Craig Hatkoff, Jane Rosenthal, and Robert De Niro. “The money was on the wire,” a person close to the De Niro camp says.

    But Carter had doubts that the Tribeca people would actually be interested in keeping the newspaper afloat, and Jared managed to charm old man Carter into selling it to him instead.

    The Manhattan elite welcomed Jared as one of their own. “You have to give Jared a lot of credit,” Stephen Ross, the chairman and majority owner of colossal real estate firm Related Companies, told Sherman. “I think buying a newspaper is a good way to make a name for yourself. He got everybody’s attention.” A few months after buying the paper, Jared started dating a fellow real estate scion: Ivanka Trump.

    The family, however, did not forget those who had slighted it. “Be nice to my son. We’ve been killed enough by the press,” Charles said to Sherman, years after his release. “Just because I’ve been killed, don’t kill him.” Among the press that “killed” Charles, it seems worth noting, was the Observer—a publication that also regularly skewered Jared’s future father-in-law. No surprise, then, that Jared found the paper “unbearable to read.”

    One might wonder whether Jared’s purchase and subsequent destruction of the Observer was an intentional act of vengeance for its coverage of his dad. (Vengeance being something like a family tradition, for the Kushners.) On the one hand, he’s a feckless idiot; on the other, according to a former Observer staffer, he once said his favorite book was The Count of Monte Cristo, which is of course the story of a man who uses fantastic wealth to carry out a years-long campaign of revenge. Also, we hear that—at one point, at least—he kept a chess set on display in his office.

    Did Jared Kushner Just Completely Fuck Chris Christie's Shit Up?

    Earlier this week, sources close to Christie told CNN that Jared was opposed to Trump picking the New Jersey governor. Jared is not only married to Trump’s favorite child but clearly has the presumptive Republican nominee’s ear, having reportedly so insinuated himself into his father-in-law’s presidential bid as to become a de facto campaign manager. “It’s obviously out there and it doesn’t help,” CNN’s sources said. “We’re just not sure if it hurts.”

    In February, Chris Christie became the first high-profile Republican to endorse Trump, despite having throwing a fair few haymakers at him last summer and fall. The lengths to which Christie would go to win Trump’s favor quickly became apparent: he was rumored to have fetched the real estate developer food; was mocked for his weight; and roped his wife into the whole sad affair. In a word, the governor of New Jersey debased himself in the hopes that he would win the vice presidential nomination.…

    Presumably, Christie had obtained from Trump a promise of...something. VP? AG? Instead, he is out in the cold without even a speaking slot at the convention. Every rival candidate had to weigh the damage of holding out versus rolling over: He went all in for the rollover, and he got nothing.

    If Jared wanted to utterly destroy Christie for prosecuting his father, it’s hard to imagine how he could have wreaked a more complete humiliation. Now trending on the web page: 11 Hilarious Memes of Chris Christie Getting Snubbed as Trump’s VP Pick.

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    Turkey's Government Reports Thousands of Military Personnel Detained, 265 People Dead After Failed Coup
    Photo: AP

    Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced there have been 265 casualties and 1,440 wounded as a result of clashes between military personnel and government forces following an attempted military coup in Turkey, the New York Times reports. Yildirim also said that 2,839 military personnel have been detained.

    At a news conference in Ankara, Turkey on Saturday, Yildirim called the coup, “a stain in the history of democracy.”

    Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan has blamed the followers of Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric who lives in exile in Pennsylvania, and a one-time ally of Erdogan until the two had a falling out three yeas ago, the New York Times reports.…

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday that he has yet to receive an extradition request for Gulen, but signaled the federal government’s willingness to cooperate in Turkey’s investigation.

    “The United States will obviously be supportive of any legitimate legislative efforts and, under due process and within the law, we will be completely supportive of efforts to assist the government of Turkey if they so request,” Kerry said.

    Gulen has condemned the coup and denied playing any role in its orchestration.

    Turkish authorities temporarily froze American-led strikes against ISIS flying from the Incirlik air base on Saturday, according to the New York Times.

    On Saturday, Turkish Airlines resumed flights out of Istanbul’s international airport, which had been closed since late Friday due to the coup, resulting in 32 cancelled flights, according to Reuters.

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    Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Bastille Day Attack in Nice
    Photo: AP

    The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Thursday’s truck attack in Nice, France, alleging that the assailant Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was a “soldier” of the group, the New York Times reports.

    The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq said in a statement released through its Telegram account on Saturday, “The person who carried out the operation in Nice, France, to run down people was one of the soldiers of the Islamic State. He carried out the operation in response to calls to target nationals of states that are part of the coalition fighting the Islamic State.”

    The New York Times reported 84 casualties from the attack so far, and 303 injured people, 26 of whom are in intensive care, as of Saturday morning.…

    French authorities told Reuters that they have yet to uncover evidence that Bouhlel had been radicalized and are investigating ISIS’ claim.

    New York Times reporters Alissa J. Rubin an Aurelien Breeden cautioned against taking ISIS’ claims at face value without corroboration, saying in their report:

    The claim must be greeted with caution. The Islamic State has in the past asserted responsibility for attacks carried out in its name, even when there was no sign of its direct involvement…. The group has intentionally blurred the line between operations that are planned and carried out by its core fighters and those carried out by sympathizers inspired to commit violence only from a distance.

    New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi noted on Twitter that the amount of time ISIS took to claim responsibility for the attack is unusual (typically they do so within a day), but the group has occasionally taken longer, as in the case of the San Bernardino attack.

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    Trump Campaign Appears to Have Changed Its Logo to Something Less Erotic 
    Credit: Twitter

    The Trump campaign seems to have gotten the thrust of the merciless Internet giggling that greeted the unveiling of its new logo on Friday.

    The logo, rolled out shortly after presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump announced Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate, is comprised of Trump’s “T” ramming into Pence’s “P,” a softcore messaging malfunction that sent Internet commentators straight to stroking their keyboards.

    Similarities between the Trump/Pence logo and the Aryan Nations logo, were not overlooked either.

    It now appears that a new logo has been conceived. An updated logo featuring Trump’s name on top of (but not inside of) Pence’s appeared on Trump’s website on Saturday, and in a fundraising email from Pence.

    Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton’s logo, which was also widely derided when first released, remains rock solid months later.

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    Donald Trump Briefly Paused Talking About Himself to Introduce Running Mate Mike Pence

    Donald Trump formally announced his pick for vice president on Saturday, ostensibly introducing Indiana Governor Mike Pence to an electorate that couldn’t pick him out of a lineup.

    Trump selected Pence in a bid for “party unity,” which is shorthand for “unobjectionable establishment politician who won’t threaten my spotlight.” True to form, though, Trump dedicated the bulk of his rambling speech to bloviating about his own accomplishments, committing many long, breathless minutes to congratulating himself on predicting Brexit, condemning Hillary Clinton and marveling at the success of his D.C. hotel project. Did Trump know where he was? Does Trump have any idea who Mike

    Pence’s name occasionally wormed its way into the speech, mostly in relation to how his business acumen saved the state of Indiana. Pence, Trump said, lowered the state’s unemployment rate from 8.4 percent to under five percent, and increased the labor force by more than 186,000 jobs.

    “I said ‘Gimme the stats on the state, and it’s always bad. Down, down, down. Here is somebody where it’s gone up,” Trump said. Governor Pence, he added, balanced the state’s budget. “Can you imagine a balanced budget?”

    After announcing that Indiana was recently recognized by Chief Executive magazine as the number one state in the U.S. for business, Trump returned to the topic at hand: Trump.

    “Boy am I going to win big with the veterans,” he said. “We know that for a fact.”

    Pence did succeed in eventually muscling his way onto the stage, where he confirmed what we already knew: That he’s a pretty basic guy, raised by an ear of corn and a slice of Wonder Bread.

    “People who know me well know I’m a pretty basic guy. I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order,” he said. “I’m really just a small town boy.” A small town boy who seems to have conflicting emotions on banning Muslims.

    The joint-news conference, held in Manhattan’s New York Hilton Midtown, was initially scheduled for Friday but was delayed following the deadly attack in Nice. Nevertheless, Trump tweeted his decision to select Pence as a running mate on Friday morning.

    Analysts on CBS News pointed out that 86 percent of voters have no opinion on Pence, because they don’t know enough about him to actually form one. Today’s announcement has done virtually nothing to change that, but you can educate yourself on some of Pence’s terrible legislation here.

    Image via AP.

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    An ergonomic mouse, affordable weights, and a clever keyboard lead off Sunday’s best deals.

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    Whether your current mouse is giving you chronic wrist pain, or you just want to try something different, this 4.4 star rated ergonomic vertical mouse from Anker is only $14 today. In addition to the clever design, it even comes with three adjustable DPI settings, which is pretty rare at this price level.…

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    Three Cops Dead, Three Wounded in Baton Rouge Shooting
    Source: WAFB

    Authorities said that multiple officers were shot near a shopping center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Sunday morning, according to the Associated Press.

    The Advocate reported that Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola confirmed several officers were shot, and that they are unable to confirm at the moment whether they’ve apprehended their suspect.

    Mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish Kip Holden said at least three officers are seriously wounded, according to the New York Times.

    This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

    UPDATE [12:10 p.m.]: Holden said in an interview with MSNBC on Sunday that three officers are dead, and several more are wounded and being treated at a local hospital. Holden said the situation is currently “fluid,” that the identity of the shooter, and whether there were multiple shooters involved, is not yet known.

    UPDATE [12:40]: The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department confirmed in a statement that three police officers have been shot and killed, and that three more officers have been wounded. A spokesperson for the department said that one shooting suspect is dead and officials believe another two may be at large.

    UPDATE [4:45]: Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Michael Edmonson said at a news conference that the person who shot the officers was shot and killed at the scene. While authorities had initially been searching for two additional suspects, the situation has changed and “There is not an active shooter scenario in Baton Rouge,” according to Edmonson.

    UPDATE [5:20]: Multiple news outlets are reporting the identity of the shooter is 29-year-old Gavin Long, from Kansas City, Missouri.

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    Turkey's President Floats Idea of Reinstating the Death Penalty
    Photo: AP

    Two days after a quelled military coup, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his administration have doubled down on vindictive rhetoric and going after their perceived enemies with a vengeance.

    Since the coup was arrested on Saturday, some 6,000 people have been detained, according to Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, who told the state-run Anadolu Agency that this number is expected to rise.

    Erdogan suggested on Saturday that he is considering reinstating the death penalty in Turkey, which has been abolished in the country since 2004.

    “They will pay a heavy price for this,” Erdogan said of the military personnel who rose up against his administration, Reuters reports. “This uprising is a gift from God to us because this will be a reason to cleanse our army.”…

    CNN also reported that Erdogan told a crowd of people chanting “we want the death” penalty at a funeral on Sunday that the Turkish government, “can’t ignore the people’s request in a demonic—this is your right.”

    “This virus will be cleaned form all departments of the government,” Erdogan said.

    On Satuday, Erdogan demanded the immediate extradition of Fethullah Gulen, an influential Turkish cleric who lives in exile in Pennsylvania, whom Erdogan believes is responsible for the uprising, a claim Gulen denies.

    Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in a statement on Saturday, “Any country that stands behind [Gulen] is no friend of Turkey, is engaged in a serious war with Turkey.”

    Secretary of State John Kerry has been clear from the outset that the United States will cooperate with Turkey’s investigation into the coup, including extraditing Gulen, provided they are shown evidence of his association with the uprising.

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    Cleveland Police Union President Demands Suspension of Open Carry Laws at RNC
    Photo: AP

    President of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association, Steve Loomis, called upon Ohio Governor John Kasich to suspend laws that permit the open carry of firearms at the Republican National Convention, which begins on Monday. Loomis’s request came hours after six police officers were shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    The police union leader said he wouldn’t mind temporarily breaking the law in order to protect police officers, who enforce laws, at least in theory.

    Loomis told Reuters, “I don’t care what the legal precedent is, I feel strongly that leadership needs to stand up and defend these police officers.”…

    In an interview with CNN, Loommis said, “We are sending a letter to Gov. Kasich requesting assistance from him. He could very easily do some kind of executive order or something—I don’t care if it’s constitutional or not at this point.”

    This selective disregard for constitutional rights is not altogether surprising coming from a man who once called Tamir Rice—a 12-year-old boy murdered by Cleveland PD in 2014—“menacing.”

    As it turns out, it’s not always so easy for state government to take unconstitutional action at its police department’s behest.

    Kasich responded that none of what Loomis is demanding is going to happen. “Ohio governors do not have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or state laws as suggested,” Kasich said.

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    With the 2016 Republican National Convention just hours away, the city of Cleveland has opened its arms to all sorts of conservative media firebrands. And unfortunately for permafrosted Thanksgiving turkey Karl Rove, that means running into people like conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones as you’re trying to board your plane.

    Jones posted a video of the encounter, in which he bombards former George W. Bush strategist by growling at the camera that he’s “just going to ask him a few questions.”…

    Jones then interrogates Rove over whether he’s going to “support Trump” or if he’s just “siphoning money off of him to make sure Hillary wins.” Rove sidesteps the question, instead choosing to explain to that, since he works for Fox, he “won’t be appearing on the Alex Jones Show.”

    At that point, Jones explains to his viewers that Rove has just proven his point, Rove gets mad, and the two proceed to argue over whether or not Alex Jones should “scuffle off.” (Alex believes that he should not. Karl thinks otherwise.)

    The two men repeat this dance several times until, finally, Karl Rove has had enough. He seeks sanctuary at the customer service desk, and Alex Jones, sensing trouble, decides to flee.

    My friends, the Republican National Convention has officially begun.

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    RNC Pretends to Release Speaker Schedule
    Image: Getty

    This year’s Republican National Convention isn’t what one might call “organized” or “functional” or “attended by people who actually want to be there in any capacity.” But you can almost definitely say that it “is happening.” The RNC still just doesn’t seem to want to tell us when.…

    Of course, the fact that the RNC just sent out a news blast titled “2016 GOP CONVENTION PROGRAM ANNOUNCED” might seem to indicate otherwise. But take a closer look and you’ll notice that this new “convention program” is actually just a list of speakers scheduled for the 7pm primetime slots.

    In other words, there’s still no indication that anyone actually knows what’s happening during the rest of the day. And if they do know, they’re certainly not telling us. The official RNC app only reads “Official Schedule Coming Soon,” which is a marked regression from the previous schedule of dead president George Washington and only dead president George Washington.…

    Most notable in the “new” program, though, is that Wednesday’s set of speakers (theme: Make America First Again) includes none other than everyone’s favorite foam-lovin’ Miami party boy, Little Marco Rubio. Little Marco isn’t going back on his word not to attend, though; he’ll just be addressing the crowd via video. Because when no one wants to speak at your party, you’ll take whatever the hell you can get.

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    Baton Rouge Shooter Identified as Former Marine Gavin Long
    Photo: AP

    Citing law enforcement and military sources, CBS News has identified the deceased gunman who killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge on Sunday as 29-year-old Gavin Eugene Long, a former Marine who used the pseudonym “Cosmo Setepenra” online.…

    The Guardian uncovered additional evidence that Long was Setepenra, whose website was registered in Long’s name and whose author profile on Amazon says he left the Marines as a sergeant, the same rank CBS News reports Long attained before being honorably discharged in 2010.

    Baton Rouge Shooter Identified as Former Marine Gavin Long
    Setepenra’s author profile on Amazon.

    Online, Cosmo Setepenra presented himself as a spiritual advisor and life coach who often spoke about alpha males (identifying himself as an “alpha preneur”) and exacting “justice (blood)” to end police oppression of black people. From The Guardian:

    Video footage posted on the Setepenra Facebook page earlier this month appeared to show the owner of the account in Dallas, Texas, where five police officers had been killed by a gunman at the end of a protest against the excessive use of force by law enforcement.

    In a video separately posted to YouTube on 10 July in the name of Cosmo Setepenra, the speaker said he was making the clip in Dallas. He compared the fighting of oppression by black people to the efforts of American revolutionaries.

    “But when an African fights back, it’s wrong,” according to mainstream thought, he said. “You gotta fight back – that’s the only way a bully knows to quit.”

    On Twitter, Setepenra advocated violent resistance, writing, “Violence is not THE answer (its a answer), but at what point do you stand up so that your people dont become the Native Americans...EXTINCT?”

    In a chilling message posted the night before Sunday’s shooting, Setepenra tweeted “just bc you shed your physical body doesn’t mean that you’re dead.”

    Early reports connected Long to an alleged anti-government organization called the “New Freedom Group,” but on July 8, Setepenra posted a video on YouTube declaring he was “not affiliated with anyone,” including the Nation of Islam or ISIS, “if anything happens with me.”

    “I thought my own thoughts, I made my own decisions,” said Setepenra. “I’m the one who’s gotta listen to the judgment.”

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    Slain Baton Rouge Officer Called for End of Hatred Days Before Death
    Photo: Twitter/PBCountySheriff

    Just nine days before a shooter gunned down Baton Rouge police officer Montrell Jackson and two others in the line of duty, Jackson penned an emotional Facebook post calling for peace in the wake of Alton Sterling’s death.…

    “These are trying times,” pled Jackson. “Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better.”

    Slain Baton Rouge Officer Called for End of Hatred Days Before Death
    Image: Facebook/Kristi Vick Godal

    In the post, Jackson drew on his experiences as both a black man and a cop to express his disappointment with the “reckless comments” made by some friends, family members and other officers.

    “I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me,” wrote Jackson. “In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat.”

    Finally, Jackson pledged to do his part to help the city recover, writing, “I’m working in these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, family, or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer. I got you.”

    Speaking to The Advocate, Darnell Murdock, one of Jackson’s friends, described the fallen officer as a new father to a young son who “loved his job.”

    “It motivated him to go out and change people’s lives. He was on [the force] to help people, to make you have a better day,” said Murdock “He was humble, kind and sweet. … He wasn’t on there to write tickets. I don’t understand how this could happen to someone like him.”

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  • 07/17/16--20:45: This Gun's for Hire
  • You can’t start a friendship,

    You can’t start a friendship without a spark.

    This Christie’s for hire,

    even if he’s just dancing in the dark.

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    On Sunday, 60 Minutes aired the first interview with Donald Trump and 100 percent, totally, for sure running mate Mike Pence. It, um, probably could have gone better.…

    Over the course of 20 minutes, the mood shifted from painfully tense to unbearably, painfully tense as Trump repeatedly interrupted both interviewer Lesley Stahl and new best friend Pence, who spent the majority of the time chuckling off to the side while everyone talked about him like he wasn’t right there.

    At one point, Trump gave Pence permission to speak before talking right over him. At another, Trump interjected, “I’m much more humble than you would understand.”

    Watch the worst of it above.

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