Doug Jenkins
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President Obama Tells DNC ‘America is Already Great’ and ‘We Don’t Look to Be Ruled’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — President Obama delivered a resounding defense of the state of the country at the Democratic Convention Wednesday night and said Hillary Clinton would help defend his legacy in the White House, continuing the work left unfinished during his presidency. The president also offered a stinging rebuke of Clinton’s Republican rival Donald Trump, painting him as fear-mongering and unqualified for the job and saying “we don’t look to be ruled.” “A lot’s happened over the years. And while this nation has been tested by war and recession and all manner of challenge -– I stand before you again tonight, after almost two terms as your President, to tell you I am even more optimistic about the future of America,” he said. “I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America,” he declared. Obama framed the choice facing voters in November as something bigger than “the usual debates…

What’s New in Google Maps’ ‘Cleaner Look’

Google(NEW YORK) — It’s out with the old and in with the new at Google Maps. The tech giant has removed nonessential elements from its navigation app’s display and has also added shaded “areas of interest” to highlight popular places. Among the elements removed, Google says roads will no longer be outlined, allowing better visibility for important information such as traffic and transit. The text identifying streets, transit centers and points of interest will get an improved look as well. To help users find popular areas, the app will mark such spots with a shade of orange and show things to do. Google Maps users will need only to zoom in on a neighborhood and look for the orange shading. Zooming in further on the areas will reveal more details about these locales. Google Maps is determining “areas of interest” by their concentration of restaurants, bars and shops. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Winning Numbers Drawn for $422 Million Powerball Jackpot

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The jackpot for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing has soared to an estimated $422 million thanks to nearly three months without a winner of the big prize. But that could change. The numbers drawn Wednesday were 10, 47, 50, 65, and 68. The Powerball is 24. If anyone matches the five balls and red Powerball in Wednesday’s drawing, it will be the game’s first jackpot winner since May 7. A case of large jackpot déjà vu? The #Powerball jackpot is $422 million tonight! #CALottery pic.twitter.com/ORmnXBcQGE — California Lottery (@calottery) July 27, 2016 The chance of winning the big prize is 292.2 million-to-1, according to The Associated Press. A jackpot winner could opt for a $422 million annuity paid out over 29 years or a $291 million lump sum. The prize would rank as the nation’s 11th largest. The big Powerball prize comes less than three weeks after a player in Indiana won a $536 million Mega Millions jackpot. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tim Kaine Says He ‘Never Expected to Be Here’ in Accepting VP Role

Michael Davidson for Hillary for America(PHILADELPHIA) — Sen. Tim Kaine formally accepted the Democratic nomination as vice president Wednesday, saying that he trusts Hillary Clinton with the life of his son, who is in the military, lacing into Donald Trump. “I never expected to be here,” he said. He was officially nominated as the party’s nominee after a voice vote on the floor of the convention this afternoon. Clinton announced last Friday that Kaine, a sitting Senator for Virginia, would be her running-mate. Kaine addressed the audience in Spanish briefly when he brought up the year he spent as a volunteer with Jesuits in Honduras, saying that there was an emphasis on “faith, family and work.” Much like former President Bill Clinton’s speech last night, Kaine talked about how he met his wife, Anne, in college, using the speech as an opportunity to introduce himself to a national audience. And in another similarity to Clinton’s speech about his wife, Kaine described the “battles I have fought my entire life,” citing…

Deadly Ambush Attacks Against Cops Have Increased Dramatically This Year: Inside the ‘Troubling’ Report

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The number of law enforcement officers killed in ambush-style attacks has increased dramatically this year, according to a report issued today by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a finding its spokesperson called “especially troubling.” Sixty-seven law enforcement officers died in the line of duty this year as of July 20 — a small increase from 62 deaths in the same period last year, according to the report. But of this year’s 67 deaths, 32 were firearms-related — which is a 78 percent spike from last year, when 18 deaths were firearms-related. And of this year’s 32 firearms-related deaths, almost half — 14 — were the result of eight ambush-style attacks against unsuspecting officers, according to the report. At this time last year there had been just three ambush deaths. Forty-six officers were killed as a result of a criminal act so far this year, the report said — double last year’s number of 23. The criminal-related deaths this year were from shootings, traffic-related incidents, a…

Bill O’Reilly Slams ‘Smear Merchants’ Who Criticized His Controversial Slavery Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Bill O’Reilly tonight defended his controversial declaration earlier this week that slaves who built the White House were “well-fed and had decent lodgings,” claiming he had been unfairly attacked by “smear merchants.” The host of Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” made the comments Tuesday night in reference to First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech to attendees at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, during which she said, “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters —- two beautiful, intelligent, black young women —- playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.” O’Reilly, 66, said Tuesday on his show, “Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government.” He added that the White House stopped hiring slave labor in 1802 but “did not forbid subcontractors” from using them. “So Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House,” he concluded. “But there were others…

Bloomberg Calls for Unity to Defeat ‘Dangerous Demagogue’ Donald Trump at Democratic Convention

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Billionaire businessman and three-time mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg urged Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November and unite against Republican nominee Donald Trump, who he called a “dangerous demagogue.” “I’m a New Yorker and I know a con when I see one,” he told the crowd about Trump. Bloomberg, 74, an independent and former Republican stumping for Clinton, acknowledged differences with the nominee he was endorsing but said that it was important to put them aside. “There are times when I disagree with Hillary. But whatever our disagreements may be, I’ve come here to say: We must put them aside for the good of our country. And we must unite around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue,” Bloomberg said. He also called Trump a “bomb thrower.” “Today, as an Independent, an entrepreneur, and a former mayor, I believe we need a president who is a problem-solver, not a bomb-thrower; someone who can bring members of Congress together, to get big things…

Mother of Orlando Shooting Victim Makes Emotional Plea at DNC

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — The mother of one of the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting made an emotional plea from the stage of the Democratic National Convention as she called for commonsense gun policies. Christine Leinonen, mother of Christopher Leinonen, told how her son and his boyfriend were among the 49 victims of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. She recalled that when Christopher was born, she was a Michigan state trooper and the hospital put her gun away as she prepared to give birth. “When I went into labor, the hospital put my off-duty gun in a safe. I didn’t argue,” she said. “I know commonsense gun policies save lives.” “I’m glad commonsense gun policy was in place the day Christopher was born,” Leinonen said. “But where was that common sense the day he died?” Leinonen told how her son was an award-winning humanitarian who had started a gay-straight alliance at his high school. “Christopher’s paternal grandparents met and fell in love in a Japanese internment camp. So,…