"If Pence’s local paper is reporting it’s Pence. Then it came from Pence and the choice is Pence. Not much susPence," quips Huffington Post's Sam Stein, after reports started flowing in that Indiana governor Mike Pence is Trump's VP pick (at 25,000+ whopping shares right now). "JEBUS EFFING CHEETOFINGERS ... What it's like to live in IN, folks," translates freelancer Gwen Pearson. "Hmm. I haz feelz, but let's hear yours first," cautiously reacts Robin Garr with WineLoversPage.com. But Out Magazine's Matthew Breen had plenty to say, protesting, "Barely tiniest mention of 'gay rights' re: Pence. Yet Pence's national profile is due to his anti-LGBT blunder." But is he really the final pick that we were told we'd hear tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET? "PENCE! PENCE! PENCE!*** ... ***Usual caveats about mercurial Trump and his whims apply," tweets NYT's Ashley Parker, whose team put out their own report on the veepstakes.
"Odds Trump would change mind to screw press?" wonders Craig Newman at Crain's Chicago Business, and it's as if CNN's Dylan Byers read his mind: "It would be entirely in line with Trump's character to sew chaos solely to make the media look foolish." The way we pick VPs is terrible, amirite? This calls for a thinkpiece from Vox's Jeff Stein to remind you why the alternatives are even worse.
A truck plowed into a crowd in Nice, France, during national Bastille Day festivities, leaving at least 70 dead and 100 more injured. Witnesses say the driver, who was killed by police, appeared to deliberately target the crowd by “zigzagging” to hit as many people as possible, making it likely the attack was terrorism. "We were with locals on a Paris street watching the fireworks there when this happened. We moved when cars came by," shares journalist Conny Cooper. It's not yet known if there were any accomplices. "On Sunday, #France had breathed sigh of relief as month-long Euro 2016 soccer cup ended without a feared attack," points out Mehreen Zahra-Malik at Reuters, noting "Almost exactly eight months ago #IslamicState militants killed 130 people in #Paris #France." Trump has already weighed in: "Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse."
Going back to our first paragraph, Trump told Fox News he's actually delaying tomorrow's official veep announcement because of the Nice tragedy, so it's anybody's guess whether the Pence news can be trusted. Which brings us all the way back to politics: a poll finds that those pesky emails are proving more problematic for Hillary than originally thought, causing her to tie with Trump. "I guess the good news for Hillary is that only 67% of voters say she is dishonest and untrustworthy," shrugs David Jolly at the International New York Times. Also, after her tongue-lashing by the New York Times, Notorious R.B.G. expresses "regret" for publicly dissing Trump, or as WaPo's David Weigel puts it, "Kween regrets slaying."