On Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron negotiated some concessions for Britain if it remains in the European Union, and on Saturday he announced that Britons will vote on whether to stay in the EU or exit on June 23. On Sunday, London's popular mayor, Boris Johnson, dealt an early blow to Cameron's bid to keep the UK in the EU, arguing in favor of a "Brexit" in his weekly column in The Daily Telegraph. "We are seeing a slow and invisible process of legal colonization, as the EU infiltrates just about every area of public policy," he wrote. "A vote to Remain will be taken in Brussels as a green light for more federalism, and for the erosion of democracy."
Johnson, a Conservative like Cameron, is now considered the de facto leader of the pro-exit camp, though he downplayed such a role on Monday. "There will be plenty of time to talk about Europe and the great future that Britain can have outside the European Union in the next few weeks," he said. Early Monday, the British pound had its sharpest drop against the dollar in 11 months, and also dropped against the euro, plus the betting odds of a Brexit rose 4 percentage points to 33 percent, based solely on Johnson's endorsement.
The Labour Party and Scottish Nationalist Party both back remaining in the EU, but the Conservatives are deeply split. Johnson's endorsement of the exit camp is seen by many as a way to position himself to take over party leadership after Cameron steps down, though one person who doesn't share that view is Johnson's father, Stanley Johnson, a Tory former member of the European Parliament. "To say that this is a careerist sort of move would be a total travesty," he told BBC radio on Monday. "I can't think of any more career ending move than to do what he did yesterday." Peter Weber
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) threatened to have Politico reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere arrested Tuesday, after Dovere asked Grayson about allegations of domestic abuse from his ex-wife, Lolita Grayson. A video of the exchange, which took place outside of a Politico event in Philadelphia, shows the Senate candidate refusing to talk to Dovere and growing increasingly annoyed as Dovere's questions continue:
Grayson can be seen getting close to Dovere's face before accusing Dovere of pushing him. "You're getting in my way, my friend," Grayson can be heard saying in the video. "You're assaulting a member of Congress. You're pushing me. Have this guy escorted out, please." In response, Dovere points out Grayson had come to a Politico event and that he is a public figure.
Grayson then asks Dovere if he really thinks this is "the proper way to conduct an interview" and assures Dovere he'll be handing the video over to the Capitol police as evidence. "You know, I'm hoping that somebody comes here and arrests you," Grayson says.
The tense exchange followed Politico's recent story detailing Grayson's ex-wife's allegations that he abused her for two decades. A police report revealed Grayson's ex-wife "called the police on her husband at least two times in Virginia and two more times in Florida, sought medical attention on at least two occasions, and said that, in one instance, he had threatened to kill her."
Call it the Michelle Obama effect. Approximately three million more viewers tuned in to watch the coverage of the first night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, beating the first night of the Republican convention 26 million viewers to 23 million viewers, according to Nielsen data that recorded the number of traditional TV viewers. The Democrats' count might still go up too, after the ratings for smaller channels get tallied, CNN reports.
Despite being a little rough around the edges, the Democrats trotted out their stars for the night, with Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders all speaking. At the RNC's first night, the keynote speaker was Melania Trump, who came under fire shortly afterward for plagiarizing Michelle Obama.
As an exception, Fox News actually had a higher rating for the Republican convention than the Democratic convention. The network said that its Republican convention coverage was its "highest-rated week in total day since August 2005 with Hurricane Katrina coverage." Jeva Lange
Tennis star Roger Federer broke the news to fans Tuesday that a knee injury will prevent him from finishing up the 2016 season and competing for Switzerland in the upcoming Rio Olympics. In a Facebook post, the world No. 3 explained he will need "more extensive rehabilitation" after knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus earlier this year:
NEW: Roger Federer won't be attending Rio Olympics: "I need more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery" pic.twitter.com/u7ACzV1Lcv
— ABC News (@ABC) July 26, 2016
Federer's announcement means he'll be out of the U.S. Open, just one year after missing the French Open. At the Rio Games, Federer was set to play both singles and doubles for Switzerland. He's won medals at previous Olympics, bringing home a gold for doubles in 2008 and a silver for singles in 2012.
Federer said he plans to return to the courts in 2017. Becca Stanek
It's really, really hot out there, folks, and at least one presidential candidate isn't having it. Speaking to supporters at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Virginia on Monday, Trump said he wouldn't pay the bill for using the ballroom because the air conditioning wasn't turned on.
"I don't know what hotel this is, but you ought to try turning on the air conditioning or we're not going to get you paid," Trump ranted mid-speech.
In his extended rant, Trump said he is "really good" at the hotel business and knows owners can save money by turning off the air conditioning.
"But this is ridiculous," Trump said. "So then there'll be an article, 'Donald Trump refuses to pay the bill.' Of course. And you know what, the smart people say, 'Trump is smart.' The other people would say, 'Oh, isn't that terrible.' Ok. I think the ballroom and the people that own this hotel should be ashamed of themselves." [The Associated Press]
Hotel Roanoke officials maintain that the air conditioning was actually on and working the way it was supposed to for the entire event. Jeva Lange
The Democratic National Convention continues with its second day Tuesday, as Hillary Clinton is set to become the first woman to ever win a major party's nomination for president. After an opening night filled with protests and boos from supporters of her primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, reports suggested Tuesday that Sanders might be planning to interrupt to the roll-call vote to nominate Clinton to request a vote by acclamation — a move Clinton herself pulled for President Obama at the 2008 convention for the sake of party unity.
However, when Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver was asked Tuesday morning whether the senator might be willing to make such a statement, Weaver demurred. "I don't want to give up all of the intrigue yet," Weaver said.
Aside from Clinton's historic nomination, Tuesday's agenda includes speeches from former President Bill Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), former President Jimmy Carter, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, and actress Lena Dunham. Also speaking are mothers who have lost their children to police violence, including the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice. Becca Stanek
The wildly popular smartphone game Pokémon Go has led people to dead bodies, toward muggers, and off of cliffs, but since launching in Japan, a whole new danger lurks for those trying to catch 'em all: nuclear radiation. Tokyo Electric Power Company, which operates the reactors at Fukushima, site of the 2011 meltdown, says that virtual Pokémon characters are roaming the contaminated grounds and could potentially lure users into the evacuation zone.
Even though it has been five years since the nuclear disaster, the land around Fukushima is still very dangerous. What's more, Pokémon Go developer Niantic said that the region is supposed to be a dead zone, where no characters appear.
Everyone agrees that you definitely shouldn't enter the contaminated grounds, even if a MewTwo could await; even Tokyo Electric employees are forbidden from playing on site. Some things just aren't worth it. Jeva Lange
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) reminded California delegates at a Tuesday morning breakfast in Philadelphia that there might be a steep price to pay if they keep up their booing at the Democratic National Convention. "It is easy to boo, but it's harder to look your kids in the face who would be living under Donald Trump. Trump is the worst candidate for president in the modern history of this country," Sanders told the delegation, which includes the biggest group of "Bernie-or-bust" delegates, after a day of his supporters heckling speakers and booing even Sanders' calls for party unity.
Sanders said that while "elections come and go," the regret that would come with failing to elect Hillary Clinton would be "forever." "This is dangerous stuff," Sanders said. "So our job is to do two things. It is to defeat Trump, it is to elect Clinton. But it is not to end on Election Day." Becca Stanek