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Theresa May is Britain's first woman Prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher. We give you three reasons you should care in today's big story. The rest of latest top news is below!

Person of the Day

Did the media just misreport Donald Trump’s running mate?

Donald Trump running mate

Who is laughing now? (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Tons of news outlets ran the news that Donald Trump selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate.

The thing is, Trump's campaign says nah. His reps are saying the real announcement won't happen until Friday, so everyone must wait to know his VP pick will be.

So, really, nobody is sure if Trump Pence 2016 is a for sure thing or not.

Who is Mike Pence anyway?

Pence has been the governor of Indiana since 2013, and previously served in Congress for six terms. He describes himself as a "Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order."

Donald Trump running mate

Here's Indiana Governor Mike Pence speaking at CPAC. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Last year, he signed an anti-LGBTQ "religious freedom" bill into law, which was highly controversial and earned him a lot of critics.

He's also pretty easy going and polite, though, which is a stark contrast from Donald Trump.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to announce his choice on Friday at 11 a.m. in Manhattan. More and more signs are pointing to the Governor from Indiana--are you feeling the susPENCE?

Quote of the Day

Justice Ruth Ginsburg nearly apologized for insulting Trump

Ruth Ginsburg

Justice Ginsburg looking a bit bad AF. (WFULawSchool/Flickr)

By now, it's no secret Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is #NeverTrump. Justices generally avoid diving into political views, but Ginsburg is not a typical Justice. Recently she has spoken out in interviews about how she really feels about the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

Justice Ginsburg told reporters she just can't imagine what the US would be with Donald Trump as our President. Days later, she told another reporter that Trump is "a faker" and has "no consistency about him."

She clearly hurt Trump's feelings with her comments because he immediately called for her resignation:

He wasn't the only one criticizing Ginsburg, either. Others are saying it was highly inappropriate and out of line for a Supreme Court Justice to share her personal political beliefs:

Well, after the criticism, Ginsburg sort of apologized for saying mean things about Trump:

"On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them. Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future, I will be more circumspect."

Okay, so it wasn't exactly an apology, but she does regret her actions?

Image of the Day

These new feminist emojis are coming to your phone

Smartphones are about to celebrate gender equality in a unique way: feminist emojis.

The Unicode Emoji Subcommittee (yes, that's a thing) agreed to add 11 new emojis that Google designers created to push for gender equality.

There will now be 11 new professional emojis for women (with options for men as well) in various skin tones. That means there will soon be about 100 new combinations to highlight the diversity of women's careers.

The Google designers created the emojis to protest the slight gender bias on smartphones.

Without further ado, here is a sneak peak at the new gender equality emojis:

Number of the Day

Berners could put Jill Stein in the debates

Jill Stein

Jill Stein ran in 2012, but this could be her most successful year yet. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Since Senator Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, he left his supporters with an important decision: shift allegiance to Clinton, join the Donald Trump train, or vote for presumptive Green Party nominee Jill Stein.

Who's Stein? She supports many of the same ideals as Sanders: healthcare as a human right, a $15/hr living wage, and free public college. She also wants to completely cancel student debt and slash the military budget by 50%.

After Sanders endorsed Clinton, Stein's campaign donations skyrocketed 1,000%--with over $80,000 received in only 24 hours. Stein says Berners are flocking to her:

"There’s been an explosion of Berners coming in through every portal of the campaign, and it’s really exciting. There is so much courage out there to stand up to the marching orders handed down by the usual suspects."

Her presence on social media has also rapidly expanded in recent weeks. Stein's Facebook account has grown by more than 44,000 likes in a week and her Twitter now captures over 145,000 followers. Her social growth only continues to exponentially rise.

Major social publishers, such as AJ+ and NowThis, have also run viral stories on the Green Party nominee:

Jill Stein

A Jill Stein campaign poster from 2012. (niXerKG/Flickr)

Jill Stein's one big obstacle: The national debates.

If Stein can reach 15% in national polls, she will join Clinton and Trump in the debates ahead. She is optimistic that if she can communicate her message to a national TV audience, she will have a real chance in November.

A poll from mid-June put Stein at 7% and she currently averages at 3.4%.

But following Sanders' endorsement of Clinton this week, it looks more possible that Stein's numbers could jump.

Instead of following Sanders in his endorsement of Clinton, many of his supporters have said they will vote for values. And by values, they mean Stein.

So far, Stein has secured her spot on the ballot in 23 states and Washington DC, and is currently petitioning for signatures in 27 others. She is confident that her name will be on "90 to 95 percent" after petitioning.

Place of the Day

What we know about the horrific truck attack in Nice, France

Around 60 people died and at least 100 were injured in Nice, France as a truck plowed through crowds of people watching Bastille Day fireworks.

WARNING: Graphic content below!

The truck reportedly speeded up and zig-zagged through the crowd of people, proving the driver intended to harm citizens. In other words: It wasn't an accident.

A witness said people were either caught in the truck's path or were forced to jump over a beach barrier onto rocks.

The driver of the truck was shot dead, police say. But, they have asked people to stay indoors for the time being.

Facebook has activated its safety check feature, so Nice residents can let family and friends know they are unharmed.

Many details are still unknown, like who the driver was and what the motive was.

Eight months ago, almost to the day, ISIS militants killed 130 people during brutal attacks in Paris, France. French citizens, still healing from those attacks, came together today to celebrate Bastille Day.

Word of the Day

The bizarre list of speakers at Trump’s gun friendly coronation


The Republican Party has had a hard time getting speakers at this year's GOP convention. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Next week will be the long awaited Republican National Convention (RNC), where Donald Trump will be crowned as the GOP presidential nominee. It's held in Cleveland, Ohio for four days beginning on July 18th and will host 50,000 or so people.

The GOP just released the list of people scheduled to speak during the RNC, and it's a bit ... unconventional.

It includes people we already knew and expected, like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, and some interesting and unexpected additions, like former soap opera actor Antonio Sabato Jr. and pro football player Tim Tebow.

Five Trump family members will also take the stage. Not to mention, PayPal founder Peter Thiel, who funded Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker, will also speak.

There are 62 speakers in total and, of course, some things are subject to change as the day approaches.

Here is the list in full:

And if anyone is wondering whether or not they can bring weapons to the "event zone" in Cleveland, the answer is no, unless it's a gun.

The city has banned 72 different kinds of weapons, including everything from slingshots to bombs to tennis balls. But do you want to bring a gun? No problem.

Since Ohio is an open-carry state, local officials feel a gun ban would infringe on gun owners' rights. So you're welcome to bring your gun to the Republican convention. Surprised?

Video of the Day

George W. Bush awkwardly danced for slain police officers

President Barack Obama, alongside former President George W. Bush, visited Dallas to speak at a memorial service for the five slain police officers.

During the service, the Battle Hymn of the Republic was played and George W. just couldn't help but smile and dance while he held First Lady Michelle Obama's hand.

Seriously. Look at his face. And that sway.

Many people witnessed his bopping and swaying and were confused, to say the least.

Bush's spokesman Freddy Ford said that GWB was just moved by the music:

"I hope they can open their hearts to the history and text of The Battle Hymn of the Republic; the finale song that moved him so ... was selected to conclude the memorial because it is a joyful, spiritual, triumphant song."

Some people found it, well, kind of rude:

But others just used GWB's awkward moment to bust jokes:

Here's the raw footage of him busting a move:

Tweet of the Day

#BlackLivesMatter rallied around a white teen police murdered

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is a diverse movement made up of many ethnicities who aren't African-American. (5chw4r7z/Flickr)

Two police officers in Fresno, California shot and killed Dylan Noble, a 19-year-old unarmed white man, last month during a traffic stop. Now, the body camera footage from the shooting has been released. And it's disturbing.

WARNING: Graphic content below.

The Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said he hoped releasing the videos would answer the community's questions. Instead, it seems they have created more questions.

While the video shows Noble not responding to police commands, he was unarmed when he was shot four times. He was also lying on the ground when he was shot the third and fourth time. So, was deadly force really necessary?

The videos have brought outrage to Twitter, but the #AllLivesMatter movement seems to be fairly quiet. Actually, it is the #BlackLivesMatter movement that is speaking out for Dylan Noble.

Investigators are still trying to determine whether or not the use of deadly force was justified during the shooting last month.

Controversy of the Day

BuzzFeed is accused of plagiarism. Again.


Yes, Jimmy Fallon did the watermelon rubberband video before BuzzFeed. (Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon/YouTube)

Allegations of plagiarism have been haunting the popular media outlet BuzzFeed for quite some time now, and they don't show any signs of stopping. Most recently, BuzzFeed video creators have been accused of profiting off stolen video concepts, and not properly attributing them.

(Remember that viral watermelon video? Jimmy Fallon did the same exact same thing way before BuzzFeed did.)

Akilah Hughes, a YouTube comedy vlogger, said BuzzFeed has stolen several ideas from her videos, and she has had enough. She called on advertisers to stop supporting the site, and referred to them as "Buzz Thieves."

Here are a few other examples she mentioned:

More people have started collecting evidence against BuzzFeed and their alleged plagiarism problem, and many are saying they have always had a pattern of ripping off ideas from women and people of color:

BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti has denied plagiarizing content, and simply used the argument that they constantly recycle video ideas.

The problem is ... the internet is complicated. While some of the videos (and other ideas) from BuzzFeed look and sound remotely similar to others' ideas, they aren't on an individual level considered plagiarism. With or without attribution, most content on the internet is just remixed from other content.

The bigger problem is that BuzzFeed is profiting off of it.

YouTuber Hughes called for advertisers to put their money toward original young creators instead:

"Don’t you think your millions of dollars would be better spent on original content from young creators with audiences and potential on YouTube? Do you know how much more of a return you’d get on your investment if you paid 50 top creators $20,000 instead of throwing a blind million at the untalented, underpaid staff at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures?"

Issue of the Day

A scary poll shows Trump and Clinton in a dead heat

Hillary Clinton

Yes, that's a giant Hillary head at this year's San Francisco pride parade. (quinn.anya/Flickr)

The presumptive presidential candidates--Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton--are practically neck and neck in recent polls. Clinton's previous six-point lead over Trump has disappeared. The candidates are now tied, each with about 40% of voters.

The survey was conducted after the FBI announced they wouldn't charge Clinton in the email scandal that has rocked her campaign. The drop in her numbers--putting her even with Trump--is likely due to more individuals finding her dishonest.

In fact, the number of people who find her untrustworthy has increased by five points since the FBI report, now with 67% of voters saying they don't trust her. Whether or not the damage from the FBI reports will remain is yet to be determined.

People don't really trust Trump either--62% of people to be exact--but his numbers have remained pretty constant throughout his campaign.

The 2016 presidential election could be a nail biter.

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Christina Buff

Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.

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