Monday’s Mini-Report, 7.18.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Tune into MSNBC for more: “The floor of the convention erupted in loud protests this afternoon as stop-Trump forces sought to force a roll call vote on the adoption of the rules, which would have ended efforts to deny Trump the GOP nomination.”
 
* The backlash begins in Turkey: “Turkey’s strongman appears to have come out even stronger thanks to a failed coup d’etat in the key U.S. ally. President Tayyip Erdogan has tightened his grip on power following the unsuccessful attempt to seize power, raising fears he will take advantage of the situation to further crack down on political opponents.”
 
* On a related note: “The United States and Europe pressed Turkey on Monday to follow the rule of law and maintain democratic principles despite a crackdown after an attempted coup.”
 
* Baltimore: “Despite three acquittals and a hung jury through the first four trials of officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, prosecutors have the prerogative to push forward with the remaining trials. Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams on Monday soundly rejected the Baltimore State’s Attorneys Office’s case in the latest trial, of Lt. Brian Rice. He cited some of the same holes in the case that he had pointed to in two previous trials in which he found officers not guilty.”
 
* Olympics: “The World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive board wants the IOC to ban all Russian teams from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. WADA issued a seven-point list of requests after it published a report which confirmed claims of state-backed Russian cheating at the Sochi Olympics and beyond.”
 
* Cleveland: “A day after Cleveland’s police union head Steve Loomis said that President Barack Obama has ‘blood on his hands’ after shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Police Chief Calvin Williams said he’s confident Obama supports the police. Asked whether he thought Obama had done enough to reassure police officers he had their backs, Williams quickly said ‘of course.’”
 
* Herbalife: “The Federal Trade Commission has finally closed its investigation into Herbalife – the nutritional-supplement company and multilevel-marketing business whose critics have accused it of being a pyramid scheme. That unsavory term is precisely what the FTC is now not accusing Herbalife of being – but its agreement with the company will force Herbalife to pay a hefty fine and commit to restructuring its business, one in which its products are sold by its ‘members.’”
 
* If this is true, it’s an alarming development: “Less than a day after becoming the U.K.’s unelected leader, Prime Minister Theresa May closed the government’s climate change office, a move instantly condemned as ‘shocking’ and ‘plain stupid.’”
 
* No excuses: “A single restaurant in the U.S. wastes about 100,000 pounds of food a year, according to the Green Restaurant Association, making them auspicious donors for hunger relief groups. But many restaurants are reluctant to give away their edible leftovers, citing fears of getting sued. But they shouldn’t be so worried about backlash, experts say. Because no such lawsuit has ever been waged.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 
 
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 7.18.16