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June 25, 2014
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Chris McDaniel, the Tea Party–backed challenger for U.S. Senate in the Mississippi Republican primary, is not taking his loss all that well. Instead, he is now fully challenging the moral legitimacy — and perhaps even the legal legitimacy — of incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran's victory.

The Cochran campaign had reached out to African-American voters, who often vote Democratic, to vote in the Republican runoff in order to stop the more extreme McDaniel. Cochran has won the race with just under 51 percent of the vote.

"But there is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual, about a Republican primary that's decided by liberal Democrats," an outraged McDaniel told his supporters. "So much for bold colors, so much for principle. I guess they can take some consolation in the fact that they did something tonight — by once again compromising, by once again reaching across the aisle, by once again abandoning the conservative movement."

He later added: "And today, the conservative movement took a backseat to liberal Democrats in the state of Mississippi. In the most conservative state in the Republic, this happened. And if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere. And that's why we will never stop fighting."

McDaniel also explained to the cheering crowd: "As you know, folks, there were literally dozens of irregularities reported all across this state. And you know why. You read the stories. You're familiar with the problems that we have. Now it's our job to make sure that the sanctity of the vote is upheld. Before this race ends, we have to be absolutely certain that the Republican primary was won by Republican voters. And so we will stand with courage, we will stand with judgment, we will stand with integrity, and we will stand with dedication."

To watch the speech, via C-Span, click here. Eric Kleefeld

9:06 p.m. ET
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Arnold Palmer, the beloved golfer who helped popularize the game, died Sunday. He was 87.

His death was confirmed by Arnold Palmer Enterprises CEO Alastair Johnson. In a career that spanned six decades, Palmer won 62 PGA tour titles and seven majors, in addition to making millions as a pitchman and golf course designer — he put his touch on more than 300 golf courses in 37 states and 25 countries, including the first modern course built in China in 1988. Born Sept. 10, 1929, in Pennsylvania, Palmer's father, a pro and greenskeeper at a country club, first put a club in his hands at the age of three. Before winning the 1954 U.S. Amateur at the Country Club of Detroit, Palmer attended Wake Forest University on a golf scholarship, spent three years in the Coast Guard, and sold paint in Cleveland. Palmer, nicknamed "The King," said his 1954 win was the "turning point in my life. It gave me confidence I could compete at the highest level of the game."

Palmer was also known to non-golfers for the famous beverage carrying his name: The Arnold Palmer, half iced tea and half lemonade. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2012, the highest honors the United States can give to a civilian. His wife of 45 years, Winifred Walzer, died in 1999. He is survived by his second wife, Kit; daughters Amy Saunders and Peggy Wears; and six grandchildren, including PGA Tour golfer Sam Saunders. Catherine Garcia

12:49 p.m. ET
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Charlotte city officials say they are planning extra security for the Carolina Panthers vs. Minnesota Vikings game their city will host Sunday, because protests over the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott are expected to move to the Bank of America Stadium. The city has labeled the game an "extraordinary event," a category which permits police to ban backpacks in the stadium as well as items like box cutters and chains that might be used as weapons.

Protesters took to the streets for a fifth night on Saturday after the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released dash and body camera footage depicting Scott's death. The video does not settle the issue of whether Scott had a gun or whether he was holding it while interacting with officers, a major point of contention between police and the Scott family.

"There is no definitive evidence in this video as to whether or not there is an object in his hand, and if there is, what that object is," said an attorney for Scott's family, Justin Bamberg. "But what we do know is that the moment Mr. Scott is shot, it appears as though he's not aggressively moving toward law enforcement; he's actually doing the opposite. He's passively stepping back."

Some protesters have expressed hope that an NFL player, like the Panthers' Cam Newton, who has spoken on race-related issues in the past, might declare their support for the rally at the stadium. Bonnie Kristian

12:17 p.m. ET
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North Korea held its first air show Sunday, and only two of the planes were remote-controlled scale models.

Intriguingly, one of the models was a miniature American F-16, an odd choice for the isolated, communist nation whose government regularly declares its hatred for the United States. Likewise odd, another demonstration featured U.S.-made Hughes MD 500 military-use helicopters, which in theory should not be in North Korea thanks to U.S. sanctions.

The show also featured parachutists, passenger planes, and fireworks. Watch a portion of the demonstration below. Bonnie Kristian

11:51 a.m. ET
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French United Nations Ambassador Francois Delattre said Sunday the barrage of Syrian government airstrikes that have pounded rebel-held areas of Aleppo since Friday amount to "war crimes" by the Bashar al-Assad regime and cannot be left unpunished.

The "Security Council simply cannot accept such war crimes — yes, war crimes — to repeat again," Delattre argued, proposing "an immediate humanitarian truce in Aleppo and the Ghouta [a region of Syria near Damascus], 20 years after the siege of Sarajevo."

Since Friday, more than 200 strikes have hit Aleppo, killing at least 100 people and leaving 2 million civilians without running water. The U.N. Security Council convened at 11 a.m. Eastern time Sunday to discuss the situation. Complicating matters, the council includes Russia, which is allied with the Assad regime.

Update 1:06 p.m.: British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday also said "war crimes" are occurring in Syria and suggested Russia is responsible because of its alliance with Damascus. American U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power took a slightly more measured approach, avoiding the war crimes label but terming Moscow's actions in Syria "barbarism, not counter-terrorism" and calling the conditions in Aleppo "apocalyptic."

A Russian spokeswoman immediately rejected Johnson's remarks. "The foreign minister of Great Britain Boris Johnson said in a broadcast of the BBC that Russia is guilty of protracting civil war in Syria and, possibly, of committing war crimes in the form of air attacks on convoys with humanitarian aid," Maria Zakharova said on Facebook Sunday. "All this is right except for two words: Instead of 'Russia' it needs to be 'Great Britain' and instead of 'Syria,' 'Iraq.'" Bonnie Kristian

11:10 a.m. ET
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Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence promised Sunday his running mate, Donald Trump, will "absolutely" tell the truth while debating Hillary Clinton on Monday because he "always speaks straight from his mind and straight from his heart."

Trump is "going to speak the truth to the American people," Pence said in an interview with CBS' Face the Nation. "That’s why you see the tremendous momentum in this campaign."

The veep candidate also weighed in on Trump's informal style of debate prep — which poses a sharp contrast to Clinton's more studied approach — arguing that Trump "has been preparing for this debate for his entire lifetime." After all, "he's built a great business and he's traveled the country," Pence said, "and particularly in this campaign he's given voice to the frustration and aspirations of the American people like no leader in my lifetime since Ronald Reagan." Bonnie Kristian

10:46 a.m. ET
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Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson said intergalactic travel is part of the long-term plan of dealing with climate change while speaking with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

Stephanopoulos played a clip from several years ago in which Johnson argued, "the long-term view is that in billions of years the sun is going to actually grow and encompass the Earth, right? So global warming is in our future." Asked whether that means "we don't do anything about it now," Johnson said that line was a joke but then got serious, arguing his mention of the sun highlights "the fact that we do have to inhabit other planets. I mean, the future of the human race is space exploration."

Still, right now, "we should be prudent with the environment," he added as the interview ended. "We care about the environment. Look, clean air, clean water. I think the EPA exists to protect us against individuals, groups, corporations that would do us harm. Pollution is harm." Bonnie Kristian

10:29 a.m. ET
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Gennifer Flowers, the actress and Penthouse model who claims to have had a 12-year affair with former President Bill Clinton, on Saturday agreed to take a front-row seat at the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Monday night. On Sunday, the Trump campaign said she's not invited.

The cold shoulder came from both Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who said on CNN Flowers was never "formally" invited, and from vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, who told Fox News' Chris Wallace that Flowers will not attend.

The arrangement was originally suggested by Trump himself on Twitter Saturday in response to news that Clinton supporter Mark Cuban said he would sit in the front row. Whether Cuban or Flowers would even be permitted to take those seats is unclear; the candidates do have tickets to distribute as they please, but the Commission on Presidential Debates said it would "frown upon" prominent placement of either person. Bonnie Kristian

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