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10 things you need to know today: July 24, 2016

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Hillary Clinton formally introduces VP pick Tim Kaine at rally

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her new running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), held a rally at Florida International University in Miami Saturday, marking their official debut as a complete 2016 ticket. "Sen. Tim Kaine is everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not," Clinton said in her introduction. "He is qualified to step into this job and lead on Day 1. And he is a progressive who likes to get things done." Kaine is seen as a safe bet for Clinton, and is reported to have been chosen to attract white male voters, a group that largely supports Trump. During the rally, Kaine spoke in fluent Spanish to the largely Hispanic crowd. [The New York Times, Politico]


Munich gunman was 'obsessed' with mass murder

A mass shooting at a Munich shopping center Friday evening left 10 people dead, including the gunman, who has since been identified as an 18-year-old German-Iranian named David Sonboly. Authorities say Sonboly had no apparent ties to an outside terrorist organization, but did have a history of psychiatric care and an obsession with mass murder. They also say Sonboly had spent a year planning the attack. Another 35 people were wounded before Sonboly killed himself, and 10 remain in a life-threatening condition. [Reuters, The Associated Press]


ISIS claims responsibility for Kabul bombing that killed at least 80

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing at a protest in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Saturday. The demonstration was primarily composed of the Shia Hazara minority; ISIS represents an extreme variant of Afghanistan's Sunni majority. At least 80 people were killed in the attack and about 230 more were wounded, officials said. The Taliban condemned the incident, calling it an "act of making enmity among Afghan ethnicities." If ISIS involvement is confirmed, it will be the first time the group has made a major strike in Afghanistan outside Nangarhar province. U.S. State Department Spokesman John Kirby called the attack "vicious." [USA Today, Politico]


DNC staffer apologizes for emails targeting Bernie Sanders' religion

The chief financial officer of the Democratic National Committee, Brad Marshall, apologized on Saturday after emails leaked by WikiLeaks showed the DNC had planned to attack Bernie Sanders on his religion. The emails did not mention Sanders, who is Jewish, by name, but said, "Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist." In a Facebook post, Marshall apologized, saying the content was insensitive. [Politico]


Democratic Party shows signs of divide leading into convention

On Saturday, the chief financial officer of the Democratic National Committee, Brad Marshall, apologized after emails leaked by WikiLeaks showed the DNC had previously planned to attack Bernie Sanders on his religion. On Sunday, Sanders said the emails were disappointing, and called for the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The tension comes just before the Monday launch of the Democratic National Convention, where Clinton is expected to officially become the Democratic presidential nominee.

At the Democratic National Convention rules committee over the weekend, Sanders supporters and Hillary Clinton supporters agreed to create a "unity commission" to examine and revise how presidential candidates are nominated within the party. The decision disappointed some Sanders supporters, who had hoped to see superdelegates removed from the nominating process altogether, or at least have their nominating power reduced. The decision follows a tense primary season between Sanders, largely seen as a political outsider, and Clinton, an established political juggernaut. [The Washington Post, TIME]


Mother of Benghazi attack victim asks Donald Trump to stop talking about her son

Mary Commanday, the mother of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who was killed in the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, has asked that the Donald Trump presidential campaign stop referencing her son in attacks on Hillary Clinton. In a letter to The New York Times, Commanday wrote, "I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection. I hope that there will be an immediate and permanent stop to this opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign." Clinton was secretary of state at the time of the attacks, which featured prominently at the Republican National Convention last week in speeches criticizing Clinton's leadership skills. [The New York Times]


Donald Trump 'loves' Hillary Clinton's VP pick Tim Kaine

In an interview on NBC's Meet The Press that aired Sunday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told host Chuck Todd that he is pleased by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.). "Well, first of all, he took over $160,000 of gifts. And they said, 'Well, they weren't really gifts, they were suits and trips and lots of different things,'" Trump said. He also painted Kaine as a "slap in the face" to Bernie Sanders supporters. "I love it from my standpoint," he said. On Saturday, Clinton said Kaine "is everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not." [Politico]


Turkey closes more than 2,200 institutions in crackdown after failed coup

Turkey announced on Saturday that it had seized control over more than 2,200 institutions following a failed military coup earlier this month that left about 290 people dead. The move is an attempt to hunt down and root out those suspected of plotting the coup. Targeted facilities include hospitals and educational institutions. More than 10,000 people have been jailed in the crackdown. The country is also disbanding its elite presidential guard, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told Anadolu state news agency. [Time, CNN]


First year of Apple Watch sales disappoint

Apple Watch sales fell by a whopping 55 percent year-over-year, according to a recent report from market research firm IDC. Apple is the only top vendor in the smartwatch market that experienced a sales drop during the same time period. The Apple Watch launched just a year ago, with Apple touting it as a must-have accessory for the tech-savvy. But its steep price and glitchy functionality made it a tough sell. Apple Watch 2 is expected this fall. [IDC, Bloomberg]


Solar plane launches last leg of trip around the world

After nearly 16 months of travel, Solar Impulse 2 is headed back to the place from where it originally launched: Abu Dhabi. The solar-powered plane left Cairo on Sunday morning and is expected to land at 11 p.m. UTC on Monday to become the first aircraft in history to complete a round-the-world flight without the use of fuel. The plane has already set records by becoming the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean without fuel. [Wired]