Republican Party leaders are trying to get presidential nominee Donald Trump to tone down his comments that threaten to divide the party, according to the Associated Press. Reine Priebus has reportedly spoken to Trump’s adult children to get him to moderate some of his remarks, which have led to concern within the party as his poll numbers decline. But there’s some doubt about that chances of that. “The candidate is in control of his campaign,” campaign chairman Paul Manafort said in an interview Wednesday. “And I’m in control of doing the things that he wants me to do in the campaign.” Trump’s response to concerns about party unity came in a Twitter post: “There is great unity in my campaign, perhaps greater than ever before. I want to thank everyone for your tremendous support. Beat Crooked H!”, which is presumably a reference to Hillary Clinton. Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence broke with Trump on one issue, the endorsement of House Speaker Paul Ryan. Trump has withheld his support, while Pence expressed it Wednesday.
TERROR CHARGES VS. PATROL OFFICER
A 36-year-old transit patrol officer in Washington, D.C. is facing federal terrorism charges after he allegedly bought about $250 in gift cards for a person he thought was connected to the Islamic State. Nicholas Young, 36, of Fairfax, Virginia, was arrested Wednesday, according to the AP. He was charged with one count of attempting to provide support to a terrorist group, which turned out to be an FBI undercover officer. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
OBAMA COMMUTES 214 SENTENCES
A record 214 federal prison sentences were commuted Wednesday by President Barack Obama. Most of those getting out of prison early are people convicted of “low level” drug offenses. It’s reportedly the biggest one-day commutation in history. The sentences commuted – shortened but the offense not pardoned – includes a man sent to prison for 40 years for selling methamphetamines and firearm possession in 1989.
America’s domination of the Summer Olympics will probably take a big bounce up as the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday voted to add four sports to the 2020 games in Tokyo and bring back two more. Those added include skateboarding, surfing, rock climbing and karate. Returning will be baseball and softball. The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for July 24 to Aug. 9.
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