10 things you need to know today: July 20, 2016

Trump officially wins the Republican presidential nomination, Ailes reportedly negotiating his exit from Fox News, and more

An attendee at the Republican National Convention
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1. Trump officially declared GOP nominee

Delegates at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland officially voted to nominate Donald Trump as the party's presidential candidate on Tuesday. The billionaire real-estate magnate, ex-reality TV star, and political newcomer beat out 16 rivals in the primaries. Sen. Jeff Sessions, an early Trump supporter, officially nominated Trump, saying he had shown himself to be "a warrior and a winner." In the night's speeches, Gov. Chris Christie put Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on a mock trial, with the audience shouting "guilty" as Christie accused her of failure in Libya, Iran, counterterrorism, and trade.


2. Ailes reportedly negotiating exit from Fox News

Roger Ailes is negotiating his exit as head of Fox News as he faces a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by ex-Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, one of Ailes' lawyers told The New York Times on Tuesday. The news came a day after New York magazine reported that the leaders of Fox News parent 21st Century Fox — Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan — had decided to push out Ailes. Matt Drudge reported Tuesday that Ailes had been fired, but 21st Century Fox denied it.

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The New York Times

3. Donald Trump Jr. makes his debut at the GOP convention

Donald Trump Jr. delivered a forceful speech on the night his father was officially nominated as the Republican Party's presidential candidate. The younger Trump bashed Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, and praised his father as a common-sense every-man and mentor who was the "only" choice for president. The speech ignited speculation about the younger Trump's own political future. Detractors noted that the speech contained recycled lines from an article speechwriter F. H. Buckley wrote in the American Conservative in May, prompting comparisons to his stepmother Melania's plagiarism scandal the day before.


4. Turkey requests extradition of cleric accused over failed coup

Turkey on Tuesday formally requested the extradition of a Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen from the United States in connection with Friday's failed coup. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly blames Gulen for the coup attempt, which left 232 people dead and sparked a widening crackdown. The government suspended 15,000 education workers on Tuesday. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told Parliament the request was looming on Tuesday, calling Gulen a "terrorist leader." Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, has denied any role in the plot.


5. Obama calls for more resources for local police

President Obama said Tuesday that local police departments need more resources. Obama said after meeting with members of his domestic security team that the recent murders of three police officers in Baton Rouge and five officers in Dallas demonstrated the importance of federal action to support police. Obama said that more resources would have to be made available to help train local officers to deal with attacks by gunmen. "Unfortunately, not all the departments that want to train their officers have the resources to do it," Obama said.

The Associated Press

6. Ukrainian journalist dies in car bombing

Prominent Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in a car bombing in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, on Wednesday. Ukrainska Pravda, the country's top news website, said Sheremet, one of its journalists, was getting into a car owned by its editor-in-chief to drive to work when the blast hit. Government officials said the explosion was caused by a remote-controlled, improvised device with the equivalent of 600 grams of TNT. The publication's founder, Heorhiy Gongadze, was murdered in 2000 in a gruesome crime that traumatized the country's journalists.

The Associated Press

7. French lawmakers extend emergency rule after Nice attack

French lawmakers on Wednesday approved extended emergency rule for six months in response to last week's truck attack in Nice, which killed 84 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility, marking the third time in three months that Islamist extremists have boasted of a deadly attack on French soil. The government of President Francois Hollande is under increasing pressure to improve security, and the overwhelming vote by France's National Assembly extends search-and-arrest powers for police.


8. Officers charged in violent New Hampshire arrest caught on video

New Hampshire authorities on Tuesday arrested two state troopers on assault charges over a violent arrest captured on video in May. The two officers were seen in the video punching a driver who had led officers on a chase that started in Massachusetts and ended in New Hampshire. The clip sparked an investigation by New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster. The officers, Joseph Flynn of the Massachusetts State Police, and Andrew Monaco of the New Hampshire State police, were charged with simple assault against pickup truck driver Richard Simone, who was wanted on warrants for assault and battery and other charges.

The Washington Post

9. Netflix announces new Making a Murderer episodes

Netflix's popular documentary series Making a Murderer, from directors and executive producers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, will return with new episodes on the story of convicted murderer Steven Avery. The overwhelming response from viewers "ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold," Ricciardi and Demos said in a joint statement. A news release said the new installments will take viewers "back inside" the case, following the appeals of Avery and co-defendant Brendan Dassey.

E! Online

10. Legendary sitcom creator Garry Marshall dies at 81

TV legend and film director Garry Marshall died Tuesday night from complications of pneumonia after suffering a stroke, his publicist confirmed. He was 81. Marshall, the older brother of actor-director Penny Marshall, created Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, The Odd Couple, and other hit sitcoms in the '70s and '80s. He later directed such films as Pretty Woman (1990), The Flamingo Kid (1984), Beaches (1988), and Runaway Bride (1999). Marshall was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Science's Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Harold Maass

Harold Maass is a contributing editor at TheWeek.com. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 launch of the U.S. print edition. Harold has worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, Fox News, and ABC News. For several years, he wrote a daily round-up of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons.