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Trump leaning towards Indiana Governor Mike Pence as VP nominee

A Washington Post reporter pointed out on Twitter that Pence had criticized Trump's proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. That apparently did not disqualify the governor. "I will admit that I am a Mike Pence fan". The New Jersey governor is a great "explainer" - better than Gingrich, at the emotional level - and has more cross-over appeal than Gingrich, in my view.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor hopes music can heal All Lives Matter anger

Hopefully, this isn't a turn in the Black Lives Matter movement that destroys the work before them, and incidentally, the work before all of us. The trauma surgeon is vocalizing the struggle many people feel between supporting police officers and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Riot charges likely against Minnesota protesters AP

Across the country, protesters had gathered peacefully Thursday evening to demonstrate against the shootings. Eugene Puryear, the march organizer, said the shooting of five police officers in Dallas on Thursday was tragic but inevitable because of police violence against African-Americans.

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Trump's potential running mate says women should decide on abortion

Other potential running mates for Trump, each with significant political experience, hew to the party line on abortion. FLYNN: I have said that , you know, service to this country is an honor. In some ways, the tough-talking general could make an ideal running mate for Trump. Trump, who is expected to become the official Republican nominee at the party's convention next week, has since lost ground in the poll as he struggled to refocus his campaign from the Republican nominating contests ...

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Mortgage rates hold near record lows, Freddie Mac says

The average rate is down sharply from 4.09 percent a year ago. The 15-year mortgage rate slipped to 2.72 per cent from 2.74 per cent last week. A year ago at this time, the 15-year averaged 3.25%. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 7.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.

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Gay GOP Delegate Calls for Neutrality on Same-Sex Marriage

The new platform, however, moved in the opposite direction. The nation's most identifiable crises in public health are the rash of gun violence in which firearms kill 32,000 people each year, and polluted air in industrial areas that causes asthma particularly among poor children.