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Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are closely aligned on many issues, but Kaine's cautious, left-leaning political profile in a closely contested state is blurred by his ties to energy industry interests and his personal qualms over abortion.
 
During the primaries, Donald Trump threw red-meat rhetoric to supporters, pledging to build a wall on the Mexico border and to ban Muslim immigrants. He even told at least one crowd that he wanted to punch a demonstrator who disrupted an event.
 
A Tesla in Autopilot mode can drive itself but it's not a "self-driving" vehicle, at least as far as safety regulators are concerned.
 
Grieving together? Forget it. Unlike past violence in France, the Bastille Day attack on Nice didn't inspire political solidarity -- instead it sharpened the anger of government critics, fortified the hard right and made it even less plausible that Socialist President Francois Hollande will win re-election next year.
 
After Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election, Republican Party heavyweights uniformly agreed that white voters alone do not hold the keys to winning the White House.
 
Liar. Garbage. Lock her up.
 
An ax attack on a German train. Four people stabbed in the French Alps. A shooting in Britain. Scattered violence across Europe is sparking fears that copycats may be striking out after the truck rampage that killed dozens on a Nice beachfront, prompting panicked police deployment and leading to a likely extension of France's 8-month-old state of emergency.
 
The United States depicted at the Republican National Convention is a scary place. It is wrenched by economic uncertainty, social upheaval, political dysfunction, runaway immigration, violent streets and existential threats from abroad. Republicans want voters to see the need for drastic change. The nation's only choice, they say, is Donald Trump.
 
Turkey faces the prospect of waning economic growth, a struggle to attract international investors and financial market volatility for months to come following the failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
 
American political conventions once had real drama as parties held rounds and rounds of voting before settling on a presidential nominee.
 
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