The noose has tightened. Turkish authorities have arrested nearly 3,000 soldiers after an apparent failed military coup. It was a “black stain on Turkish democracy,” said Prime Minister Binali Yildirim of the overnight rebellion, which reportedly killed 265 and involved both aircraft and armor. Rebels broadcast that they’d deposed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but the vacationing leader rallied supporters who confronted rebel troops, many of whom were seen surrendering this morning. Meanwhile, four major political parties condemned the uprising, signaling that it may have tightened Erdogan’s already firm grip on his nation.
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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.
He’s gone with his head this time. After a flurry of rumors and reports, Donald Trump has confirmed Mike Pence as his VP pick. The Indiana governor beat out a short list including Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich. Trump himself confirmed the appointment via tweet, having delayed an official press conference announcement after the terror attack in France. The choice of Pence seems to be an olive branch to the Republican base, signaling that Trump wants to go into next week’s convention having carefully considered one of his most critical choices.
They’ve waited 15 years. After pressure from families of 9/11 victims, the House Intelligence Committee has finally released a 28-page document thought to contain some answers. The long-classified report examines possible connections between the government of Saudi Arabia and the 2001 attacks. Though the documents include many redactions, they show 9/11 hijackers had contact with individuals potentially linked to the Saudi government. Saudi Arabia denies any involvement, but we haven’t heard the last word yet. A recent Senate-backed bill may make it easier for 9/11 families to sue the Saudi government for any role in the attacks.
He’s found peace. After the video of his fatal July 5 shooting by Baton Rouge police stirred national unrest, Alton Sterling is being laid to rest today in a public memorial service. Last night his 15-year-old son, Cameron, appeared at a town hall meeting about race relations to ask President Obama to keep his family safe and “unite all the races of the world.” Obama praised the bereaved youth for speaking out, but said “working through these issues … is going to take time.”
They’re taking a new route. The world’s seventh-largest automaker plans to spend $1 billion updating manufacturing plants in Ohio and Illinois as part of a plan to reorganize production. At its Toledo Assembly North Plant, the firm’s spending $700 million to expand annual Jeep Wrangler production from 240,000 to 350,000, including a new Wrangler pickup model, and Cherokee production will shift to Belvidere, Illinois. The two plants combined employ 4,800 hourly workers. CEO Sergio Marchionne sought to ease concerns by promising no job losses and 1,000 new positions.
New U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May meets Scottish first minister on Brexit. (BBC)
Congress recesses without deciding Zika funding or gun measures. (NYT)
Karl Rove joins will.i.am on New York festival line-up (OZY)
Last-ditch effort to block Trump’s nomination flops in rules committee (Politico)
Feeling presidential after a week of briefings? Prove it with the PDB quiz. (OZY)
It’s news you can brew. A consortium of America’s biggest brewers announced it will voluntarily add nutrition labels to its beers by 2020. They aren’t required because booze is regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, rather than the Food and Drug Administration. The labels will provide calorie, carbohydrate, protein and fat information, as well as the already common alcohol by volume and freshness date. The labels could bring surprises, such as the news that Guinness, which is already labeled, has just 15 more calories than Bud Light.
It’s a new dawn for the dead. Two young amateur filmmakers from Providence, Rhode Island, are blasting stereotypes with this summer’s hottest horror flick. Best friends Sam Suchmann and Mattie Zufelt, who both have Down syndrome, share a zombie obsession. Their festival-bound debut, Spring Break Zombie Massacre, in which they star as bionic undead-fighting superheroes, could be a game-changer for disabled actors and directors. Zufelt says, “We want other people with disabilities to scream at the top of their lungs to let other people know who they are.”
It’s a Bactrian bonanza. In the hills near San Diego, Gil Riegler tends to 18 groaning “misunderstood” beasts he wants America to embrace. Camels are already the nation’s third-fastest-growing livestock, and camel milk, though only 1 percent of the world’s consumer milk, is on pace to double to nearly 6 million tons. And Riegler’s a key promoter, making camel milk lotions and soaps and appearing on shows like Bizarre Foods while attracting thousands to his ranch to learn his secrets as he rides the white wave.
Not one for book learning? A new app that designs your very own “memory palace” could help you retrieve data using visual landmarks. Macunx VR lets you navigate through spatial learning, letting you create rooms and objects associated with specific information to aid memory. For example, a pixelated Brandenburg Gate could lead your personalized avatar to German verbs you’re learning. For people who learn faster via visual cues, or those with learning difficulties like dyslexia, this virtual reality tool could become a viable alternative to learning the old-fashioned way.
The hole was tight-lipped. With a chance to record the first round of 62 in major championship history, Mickelson saw his birdie putt heading for the center of the 18th hole before lipping out at the last moment, holding him to an 8-under-par opening round at Royal Troon. Carrying a three-year tournament drought, the golf great would be the second-oldest Open champion at 46. Mickelson holds a three-shot lead over Patrick Reed and Martin Kaymer heading into Friday’s second round.