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The Republican National Convention and all its bizarre quirks is underway in Cleveland, Ohio right now. But why should millennials care? Read our big story to find out. The rest of our coverage is below!

Person of the Day

Yes internet, Meredith McIver is a REAL person

Meredith McIver

The speechwriter has apparently ghostwritten several of Donald Trump's books. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Turns out Meredith McIver, a writer working for The Trump Organization, is responsible for Melania Trump's disastrous RNC debut that borrowed directly from Michelle Obama's speech at the DNC.

McIver took the blame for Melania’s plagiarism and said she offered her resignation to Donald Trump, who refused to accept it because "people make innocent mistakes and that we learn and grow from these experiences."

Here's the full statement from McIver:

The internet was worried if McIver was an actual human being because they were unable to trace her existence. Many journalists were wondering if Trump wasn't merely being fishy and passing on the blame to someone who isn't there.

Turns out she is real. McIver is a 65-year-old in-house staff writer at the organization and has been part of it since 2001. She has also ghostwritten several books with Trump. She is also a former ballerina according to her bio and currently lives in New York City.

Trump corroborated her existence too and explained why she isn't fired "Celebrity Apprentice" style.

He also seemed fine with Melania's speech, because it kinda did do its job of getting "publicity."

Quote of the Day

Donald Trump had fair warning of Ted Cruz’s scathing speech

Texas Senator Ted Cruz might have been booed off the stage at the Republican National Convention, but a Republican source said it was all planned by Donald Trump:

This was orchestrated by the Trump campaign to make Senator Cruz a pariah within the party. We made this arrangement weeks ago regarding the speech. We said we wouldn’t cause trouble with the delegates, that Senator Cruz would give a speech, that Senator Cruz would not endorse. They agreed to that. That was always the deal. They saw the speech beforehand and knew what Senator Cruz would be saying. They offered no pushback on the speech whatsoever.

Trump even tweeted he had seen the speech "two hours early."

Not to mention, all speeches given at the RNC are vetted by the GOP.

They also said Trump's campaign manager had approved the speech before and his operatives urged the crowd to boo:

Senator Cruz was a little surprised by the depth of the boos. Donors have been emailing, declaring that he’s dead, that it’s the end of his political career."

Cruz said he didn't say anything negative about Trump, just spoke about what he had to, like this:

“To those listening, please don't stay home in November. If you love our country, stand and speak and vote your conscience.”

He only mentioned Trump once in his entire speech:

"I congratulate Donald Trump on winning the nomination last night and like each of you, I want to see the principles that our party believes prevail in November."

Cruz still refuses to endorse Trump:

"I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father."

Afterall, Trump did call out Cruz's father as a suspect in JFK's assassination.

Missed Cruz's controversial speech? You can watch the whole thing below:

Image of the Day

BEHOLD: Donald Trump’s wall version 1.0

Los Angeles photographer and artist Plastic Jesus got real creative as he built a tiny wall, complete with a razor wire on top, around Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

That is one way to rain on Trump's parade during the official Republican party nomination.

The 6-inch wall represents Trump's promise to build a "beautiful wall" along the US-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants.

The British-born street artist is calling it: "gray concrete wall ... complete with 'keep out' signs and topped with razor wire."

He has also made and sold "No Trump Anytime" signs (much like "No Parking Anytime" signs).

New. DTLA #stopmakingstupidpeoplefamous

A photo posted by Plastic Jesus - Official (@plasticjesus) on

The wall has already been removed, so you missed your chance for a selfie.

Number of the Day

4 shocking numbers that define the 2016 RNC

With the Republican National Convention finally coming to an end with the announcement of Donald Trump as the party's official candidate for the Novmeber elections, here's a look at some of the numbers from the tumultuous event:

1. 0 former Republican presidents.

Be it George W. Bush or his father George H.W. Bush, both surviving former Republican presidents were absent at the convention. Trump had already announced he was only going to invite people who were supporting him. Many people, including the former presidents, didn't attend the convention at all.

2. 11 revolting states.

We know neither #DumpTrump or #NeverTrump were successful. But delegates from 11 states still tried to stage a revolt during the convention.

They signed a petition demanding a roll call vote so that they could vote for candidates other than Trump. Needless to say, the revolt failed.

3. 18 African-American delegates.

Of the expected 2,472 national delegates at the convention, only 18 are black. That's a measly 0.7% overall and the lowest GOP total in the last three presidential cycles.

In 2004, 167 black delegates attended the convention and the numbers have steadily gone down from there.

One of the African-American convention goers this year was California delegate, Shirley Husar, who responded to the roll call and then happily pledged all of California's delegates to Trump.

4. 23 minutes.

That was the length of Texas Senator Ted Cruz's speech (where he didn't endorse Trump at all).

He did get booed off the stage and that might have damaged his political career. The RNC even delayed putting the full video of the speech on their YouTube channel.

Place of the Day

The NBA is boycotting North Carolina’s anti-LGBT laws

The NBA is moving their 2017 mid-season All Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina because of their discriminatory anti-LGBTQ bill.

What bill?

House Bill 2 became a law in North Carolina in March and banned towns and cities in the state from starting their own anti-discrimination laws.

But there was a section of the bill that required people to use the bathroom that matches the sex on their birth certificate.

The NBA joins artists who have cancelled concerts and moved events to show their support for the LGBTQ community.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has shown support for the change:

"We were frankly hoping that they would make some steps toward modifying the legislation, and frankly I was disappointed that they didn’t.”

They have now reached out to various other cities, including New Orleans, to host the games.

Word of the Day

Miami police shot a black therapist with his autistic patient

Therapist Charles Kinsey was unarmed and on the ground with his hands in the air when he was shot in the leg while he was with his autistic patient.

The Miami, Florida native assured the police, repeatedly, that the patient didn't have a gun and wasn't dangerous, but was still shot in what people are seeing as a sign of police brutality against black people.

The entire incident was recorded on a cell phone video. (The video doesn't include the actual shooting.)

Kinsey is a behavioral therapist who was searching for his 23-year-old patient who had escaped from a nearby group home with his toy truck. Kinsey was trying to calm him down when the officer approached him:

“I was thinking as long as I have my hands up ... they’re not going to shoot me."

After being shot, he was handcuffed while the officers waited for medics to arrive.

North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene said they had received a report that a man with a gun was threatening to shoot himself and the officer mistook the patient's toy truck for a gun:

"[There are] many questions about what happened on Monday night. You have questions, the community has questions, we as a city and as a member of the police department, I personally have questions."

The officer might actually have been aiming for the patient, which is even worse.

After weeks of the protests in Baton Rouge and Fresno over the shooting of black men by the police, people erupted on social media over this latest incident:

The case has been turned over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The Florida State Attorney's office will also conduct their own investigation.

Video of the Day

This African-American mother handed California’s delegates to Trump

Shirley Husar, flanked by her three sons, gave all of California's 172 delegates to Trump during the Republican National Convention.

She firmly believes Trump is the man to lead the country, create jobs in the economy, and improve the lives of her sons.

Just watch her talk:

She was really revved up, even during the roll call, as were various other Republican delegates:

Husar is a Los Angeles native who has served as a California Republican Party delegate for 10 years. She has written for The Washington Times, is a real estate agent, and, of course, a Trump lover.

Tweet of the Day

OK, Laura Ingraham awkwardly gave a Nazi salute

Laura Ingraham

Uhhhhh. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Conservative radio talk show host, Laura Ingraham, threw shade at Cruz and dealt out a big helping of shame to the anti-Trump camp.

She called the media out on not supporting Trump and then did THIS:

Just freeze that first frame and take a closer look, it does look like a Nazi salute that awkwardly transitioned into a bent-arm wave.

Let's backtrack and see it again:

Twitter freaked out about the symbology, while some found it hilarious.

Some pointed out Hilary Clinton doing similar gestures.

And then Ingraham also ripped into Clinton:

Incidentally, this isn't the first time Trump supporters have given the Nazi salute.

Controversy of the Day

Human rights are now ‘suspended’ in Turkey

human rights

A banner for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's 2011 election. (Adam Jones/Flickr)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on a power trip. The parliament voted 346-115 to approve a national state of emergency, suspending the European Convention on Human Rights.

The three-month emergency is meant to enable the authorities to act quickly and get rid of all the July 16th coup plotters.

What coup?

A group from the military tried to overthrow the government in an overnight attempt and failed. Erdogan's supporters took to the street while fighter jets flew overhead. Basically it was CHAOS.

After the coup failed, the government started cracking down. Following the coup, Erdogan sent out a nationwide text:

“To teach the traitor, the terrorist [Fethullah Gullen] a lesson, continue your resistance and duty to guard democracy. The owners of our squares are not tanks, but the people.”

Since then 9,000 Turks have been arrested for their "potential involvement" and the government has also fired tens of thousands of people working in the education sector out of fear they're radicalized. They have also closed hundreds of schools on similar suspicions.

The government is purging the ministries and media, too:

Turkish Prime Minster Binali Yildrim said the country is taking these steps for security:

"This is a state of emergency imposed not on the people, but on (the state) itself. We will, one by one, cleanse the state of (Gulen's followers) and eliminate those who are trying to harm the country."

The country's deputy prime minster, Numan Kurtulmus, said the emergency could possibly end sooner:

"Our aim is to keep the state of emergency as short as possible. Hopefully, we [will] finish our jobs in one or one and a half months without the need for three months and complete this process by taking necessary steps and Turkey will return to normal."

Issue of the Day

A US court FINALLY ruled the Texas voter ID law illegal

The presidential elections are now finally just a few months away, meaning everyone should be able to vote, unless you live in the 11 states--Georgia, Texas, Kansas, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Virginia, North Carolina, Arizona, Alabama, Indiana and Tennessee--where a government-issued photo ID is required to vote.

But now an appeals court has called Texas' voter ID law discriminatory.

The majority of the Fifth Circuit court found Senate Bill 14 unconstitutional and gave a lengthy-ish opinion:

"SB 14 creates an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote [under the First and Fourteenth Amendments], has an impermissible discriminatory effect against Hispanics and African–Americans [under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act], and was imposed with an unconstitutional discriminatory purpose [in violation of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and Section 2]. [Furthermore,] SB 14 constitutes an unconstitutional poll tax [under the Fourteenth and Twenty-Fourth Amendments]."

Time for a history lesson.

In the '60s, when the Voting Rights Act was passed, states with a history of discrimination were required to get the approval of the Justice Department before changing any laws.

The Supreme Court then struck down part of the law. Some discriminatory states started implementing voter ID laws which put Hispanics and African-Americans at a disadvantage (they are the most prone to not have the required ID).

Here's a video on the issue:

The court also asked the lower courts to change the law so that the coming electoral process is affected "as little as possible" without the discrimination element, making it easier for people to vote.

According to an election law blog, this is a win for voting rights, but not a complete one:

"BUT, and this is a big but, the remedy is NOT going to be to strike the Texas voter id law as a whole, but instead to fashion some kind of relief that give people who have a reasonable impediment to getting an id the chance to get one."

They have also asked for a more comprehensive solution before the next elections.

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Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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