Senator Elizabeth Warren talks with Rachel Maddow about Hillary Clinton's selection of Tim Kaine as running mate, the risks to the U.S. of a potential Trump presidency, and her plans to help Democrats win a majority in the Senate. watch
Nicolle Wallace, Republican strategist, notes the muted response from Republicans to Donald Trump's invitation to Russia to hack U.S. computer systems and meddle in the election, and that the Trump campaign is happy to steal the headlines, regardless of the reason. watch
Donna Brazile, interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, discusses the quantity of material stolen from their digital accounts by hackers and the expectation that Wikileaks will release more of it as the presidential campaign continues. watch
Malcolm Nance, former U.S. intelligence officer, expresses his shock at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's invitation to Russia to hack former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and share any ill-gotten intelligence it may have to help hurt... watch
It's the scalding history from '92 that makes the Jerry Brown speech tonight a huge political deal: https://t.co/gyZ4twBXFE
* Prosecutors in Baltimore "have dropped the remaining cases against the three officers to be tried in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing the case to an end without a conviction. Officer Garrett E. Miller's trial was slated to start Wednesday with Sgt. Alicia D. White to begin in October."
* No end in sight: "Turkey's government has ordered the closure of dozens of media outlets -- including news agencies, television channels, radio stations and newspapers -- as part of its widespread crackdown in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15."
* Doing nothing remains the right call: "The Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, but it issued an upbeat assessment of economic conditions that suggested a growing chance that it would increase rates later this year."
* 35 years later: "John Hinckley Jr., the would-be assassin who almost killed President Ronald Reagan, will be freed after 35 years in a mental hospital, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The judge granted Hinckley, 61, permission to live full-time in the home of his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia, after finding that his continued treatment at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., is 'no longer clinically warranted or beneficial.'"
* Orlando: "Pulse Nightclub, a queer club that became the location of the worst mass shooting in American history, is slated to become a permanent memorial for the 49 individuals, most of them queer people of color, who lost their lives on June 12 when an armed shooter opened fire."
* I've always liked Jackson Park: "The Obama Presidential Library has found a home. Sources told The Associated Press and Chicago Tribune Wednesday that the president has settled on Jackson Park, a green area of more than 500 acres on Chicago's South Side, east of the University of Chicago. Jackson Park beat out rival Washington Park, another South Side green space rumored to have been in the running for the institution."
Donald Trump made quite a bit of news this morning. At a press conference, the Republican nominee called for Russia to use its espionage services to obtain Hillary Clinton emails, apparently in the hopes that the Putin government would help Trump win the U.S. election.
And while that's a career-ending moment for normal candidates in normal parties in normal election cycles, in Trump's case, it wasn't the only notable exchange from this morning's event.
QUESTION: Do you think the Geneva Conventions are out of date?
TRUMP: I think everything's is out of date. We have a whole new world.
Pressed further, Trump added, "I am a person that believes in enhanced interrogation, yes. And by the way, it works."
In reality, it doesn't "work" at all, but Trump too often doesn't seem to care about pesky details like facts and evidence. (When the Senate Intelligence Committee examined the Bush/Cheney administration's "enhanced interrogation techniques," investigators found torture was ineffective, illegal, brutal, and "provided extensive inaccurate information." Trump, in other words, has no idea what he's talking about.)
But let's not brush past the news too quickly. As far as Trump is concerned, the Geneva Conventions are "out of date." Asked about possible changes, the Republican told NBC News' Katy Tur, "I would renegotiate so much of everything."