Trump: Obama the “founder of ISIS” was sarcasm

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Pence defends Trump, refuses to say Obama is the “founder of ISIS”

Donald Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, defended the Republican nominee but refused to call President Obama the “founder” of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS.)

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Report: Justice Department officials objected to giving Iran $400 million

Senior officials from the Department of Justice objected to sending $400 million in an unmarked cargo plane to Iran, but those objections were overruled by the State Department, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday night.

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The Daily Bradlo

Good morning!

Convention:

The Democratic Party officially nominated Hillary Clinton for president, making her the first female nominee of a major political party.

Supporters of Bernie Sanders cheered when the Vermont senator received votes during the roll call vote but did not interrupt the proceedings — a relief for Democrats who worried the Sanders supports would not rally around Clinton.

Election:

President Obama on Tuesday raised the possibility that Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin might prefer Republican nominee Donald Trump because the real estate mogul has “repeatedly expressed admiration” for the Russian leader in the past.

“I am basing this on what Mr. Trump himself has said,” the president said. “And I think — Trump’s gotten pretty favorable coverage back in Russia.”

International:

At least 13 people were killed and 19 people were injured after suicide bombers from the militant group Al Shabaab detonated to vehicles near the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia.

The terrorist group has been blamed for attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries that have targeted international peacekeepers, aid workers, and journalists.