President Francois Hollande says it was “clearly of a terrorist nature.” A French Tunisian reportedly drove at high speed through a crowd of Bastille Day revelers last night in Nice, killing 84 and critically injuring 20. The victims were watching fireworks on the Promenade Des Anglais when the truck hit and continued for more than a mile until police fatally shot the driver. No one’s claimed the attack — almost as devastating as the Nov. 13 Paris massacre — and now authorities must acknowledge ubiquitous vehicles as mass-killing threats.
The Presidential Daily Brief
It wasn’t her final ruling. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has apologized for her recent criticism of Donald Trump. When speaking about Trump earlier this week, the Supreme Court justice didn’t mince words: She called the Republican presidential hopeful “a faker” and joked about moving to New Zealand if he’s elected. But backlash to her remarks, including Trump calling for her resignation, has led 83-year-old Ginsburg to offer a public apology. It’s an unusually vocal response from the notoriously tight-lipped Ginsburg, and has caused a political Twitter storm about the balance between free speech and judicial impartiality.
Who will hear “You’re hired”? Senior insider sources now say Indiana governor Mike Pence is set to be Donald Trump’s running mate out of a short-listed pool including Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich, but Trump did not confirm the news and delayed a Friday announcement after the terror attack in France. Meanwhile in Cleveland, anti-Trump forces are trying to change the rules so delegates can vote their conscience, with perhaps the last gasp of #NeverTrump set to play out Thursday and Friday.
Have they hit bottom? Bank of England head Mark Carney’s just announced interest rates will stay unchanged at 0.5 percent, still a record low — though cuts were widely expected. Carney cautioned that much depends on Britain’s trade renegotiations with the EU, which will be handled by new Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit czar, David Davis. Meanwhile, chief Brexiteer Boris Johnson — famous for insulting international leaders — has been tapped to serve as foreign minister, which prompted the French foreign minister today to label Johnson a “liar” and someone with “his back against the wall.”
Will they ever reach a deal? Rebels controlling parts of Aleppo, once Syria’s biggest city, are running out of food, medical supplies … and patience. As a month-long Russia-backed siege by Bashar Assad’s regime drags on, some rebels see the lack of expected American support as capitulation to Vladimir Putin. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Russia tomorrow to discuss the situation, but many worry that 300,000 people may be at risk if the siege continues, along with any shot at peace.
It’s a race to the bottom. A new poll found that 69 percent of Americans think relations between different races are generally bad. That’s the highest since the 1992 Rodney King riots, likely spurred by recent high profile police shootings of Black men and by the murder of five Dallas police officers. Meanwhile, body camera footage of a June 25 police shooting has been released — this time of an unarmed white teenager in Fresno, which has spurred protests more focused on police brutality than race.
ISIS appears to confirm death of leader known as “Omar the Chechen.” (CNN)
Game of Thrones conquers Emmy nominations. (NYT)
François Hollande’s barber reportedly makes $11,000 a month. (France 24)
Pokemon Go to start taking “sponsored location” ads. (Forbes)
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Business is revving up. French carmakers like Renault and Peugeot have poured billions into the North African country, helping expand its auto exports from nothing to almost $5.3 billion. Automaking has edged out agriculture and phosphates to become Morocco’s largest industry, and economists believe it’ll drive real GDP growth this year. Fueling the trend are relatively cheap labor, infrastructure investment and history — namely the tight relationship between France and its former colony — which is lifting hope that a new revolution, one promising improved standards of living, will get rolling.
Can they put Google’s car out to pasture? Faroe Islands residents are enlisting sheep to help map their remote Scandinavian archipelago. While Google Street View now covers an impressive swathe of the globe, the image-based mapping technology usually relies on roads accessible to vehicles. The Faroe Islands have remained off the grid — until now. Local shepherds and engineers have coordinated efforts on Sheep View 360, strapping solar-powered cameras to wandering sheep to create 360-degree images of the 18 islands from the animals’ point of view.
Somebody threw off his groove. Emperor Akihito could be close to abdicating his throne, sources close to his family say. Many suspect the 82-year-old’s recent poor health is the motive, though the Imperial Household Agency has denied the rumors. Akihito’s son, Naruhito, would succeed him. As monarchies fall out of fashion, abdication has become a more frequent option for Europe’s royal families. But this would be the first time a Japanese emperor voluntarily gave up the Chrysanthemum Throne in two centuries, and might even require revising imperial law.
The clocks are turning backward … and melting. It’s a little-known piece of the Spanish legend’s history that Salvador Dalí spent much of the 1940s waiting out World War II and its aftermath in Monterey, California. Now, thanks to a local collector, more than 570 of the mustachioed artist’s works are on display at a Monterey history museum, the largest Dalí collection on the West Coast. Organizers are also hoping to boost the struggling museum with Surrealist dinner parties like Dalí used to throw nearby.
They stood in a long line. LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul asked to open the awards show with an appeal to fellow athletes to educate themselves and get more involved in their communities, speaking out against police killings of Black men, and against retaliation and rampant violence. The four friends have long been outspoken on the issue and said they were following the tradition of Muhammad Ali and other activist athletes. Said Wade, “Not seeing the value of black and brown bodies has to stop.”