Daily Briefing

10 things you need to know today: July 25, 2016

Harold Maass
Debbie Wasserman Schultz at a rally


DNC chair announces resignation after email leak shows anti-Sanders bias

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced on Sunday that she would resign after this week's party convention, following the leak of internal emails in which several party officials discussed boosting Hillary Clinton in her primary race against Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Florida congresswoman came under intense criticism after WikiLeaks released more than 19,000 leaked emails. Sanders, who had complained for months that the DNC was biased against him, said Wasserman Schultz made the "right decision" for the party by stepping down. [The Washington Post, Reuters]


Sanders gives full-throated Clinton endorsement at convention

Boos greeted the opening of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, but when Bernie Sanders took the stage at primetime to say "Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States," he was met with thunderous applause. First Lady Michelle Obama also gave a stirring endorsement, saying, Clinton "never buckles under pressure. She never takes the easy way out." Earlier in the evening, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) reprised his former career as a comedian to skewer Republican nominee Donald Trump. He was later joined by comedian Sarah Silverman, who needled Sanders supporters who won't support Clinton, saying, "You're being ridiculous."

Democrats aimed to project the image of a party united behind Clinton, but the task was made tougher after a batch of internal Democratic National Committee emails leaked late last week, showing some party officials were biased against Clinton's opponent, Sanders. The leak prompted DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz's resignation Sunday. [The Associated Press, Sun Sentinel]


Islamic State claims responsibility for music festival bomber in Germany

A Syrian man who was denied asylum last year blew himself up on Sunday outside a music festival in the Bavarian town of Ansbach after he was blocked from entering, German authorities said. The blast killed the 27-year-old Syrian, and injured 12 other people. On Monday, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing, and Bavaria's top security official announced investigators had also found video on the bomber's phone of him pledging allegiance to the terrorist group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The attack — the fourth in Germany in a week — fueled fresh scrutiny of Germany's refugee policy, which has let more than a million migrants into Germany in a year. [BBC News, Reuters]


Gunman kills two at Florida nightclub

A gunman opened fire at a nightclub called Club Blu near Fort Myers, Florida, overnight, killing at least two people and wounding at least 15 others. Police responding to an emergency call found several people with gunshot wounds in the parking lot of the club, which had hosted a "swimsuit glow party" on Sunday night, according to a publicity poster. Investigators could not immediately determine a motive for the shooting. It occurred 43 days after a gunman who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando. [USA Today, The New York Times]


Ex-NYC mayor Bloomberg reportedly to endorse Clinton

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to endorse Hillary Clinton in a prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention this week, an adviser, Howard Wolfson, said Sunday. Bloomberg, a Democrat until 2000, was elected as a Republican, and has since become an independent. He considered running for president as an independent but decided against it to avoid helping Republican Donald Trump to win. Bloomberg, a billionaire businessman, has chided Democrats for attacking Wall Street, but agrees with them on many issues, such as climate change. [The New York Times, CNN]


Verizon to buy Yahoo for $4.8 billion

Verizon agreed on Sunday to buy Yahoo's core internet business and some real estate in a $4.8 billion deal. The companies formally announced the deal on Monday, ending an extended bidding process as Yahoo executives struggled to revive the struggling web pioneer. The deal marks an end to Yahoo's 22-year run as an independent internet company, and caps a spectacular decline for the company, which once had a market capitalization of $125 billion. [CNN, MarketWatch]


Froome wins his third Tour de France

Chris Froome won the Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the first Briton to win the race three times. The 31-year-old Team Sky rider crossed the finish line in Paris almost three minutes before his closest rival, after riding for 89 hours, six minutes, and one second in the 21-stage race. Froome's previous victories came in 2013 and 2015, and he is now the eighth rider of any nationality to win the storied event three or more times. "It's like the first time, it's amazing. Every time it's special," he said. [BBC News, The Guardian]


Suicide blast kills 21 in Baghdad

A suicide bomber killed at least 21 people in Baghdad on Sunday. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing, which occurred in a predominantly Shiite Muslim neighborhood. The attack came weeks after a suicide truck bombing killed nearly 300 people in a busy shopping district in the deadliest attack in the Iraqi capital in years. The attacks come as the Sunni extremist terrorist group loses turf, with Iraqi forces next aiming to retake the northern city of Mosul, the largest city remaining under ISIS control. [CNN]


Russia dodges blanket Olympic ban over doping

The International Olympic Committee said Sunday that it would not issue a blanket ban against Russia from competing at the Rio Olympics. Instead, the IOC is leaving it up to the governing bodies of individual sports to determine whether Russians can compete in the Summer Games, which start in less than two weeks. The announcement came after an independent report found evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping among Russian Olympic athletes. Last week, Russian track and field athletes lost an appeal of a ban preventing them from competing in Rio. [Reuters, CNN]


Griffey and Piazza inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Griffey played 22 seasons, his first 11 with the Seattle Mariners. He was a 13-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winning center fielder. Griffey hit 630 career home runs, sixth on the all-time list. Piazza played for the Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Padres, and Athletics over 16 years, hitting 427 home runs. Griffey, the top draft pick of 1987, was the highest pick ever inducted. Piazza, a 62nd-round pick in 1988, was the lowest pick to get in. [ESPN]