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GOP leaders to bring Republican National Convention to Charlotte

GOP leaders to bring Republican National Convention to Charlotte

The Republican Party will host its 2020 presidential nominating convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. >> Read more trending news The Republican National Convention Site Selection Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously in a closed session to select the Queen City to host the convention. The 168-member RNC delegation made it official with a vote Friday. In a candid question-and-answer segment organized by Charlotte City Councilman Tariq Bokhari, site selection chair Ron Kaufman went into detail about the circumstances leading to Friday's vote. He said he sent letters to 30 cities and seven expressed interest in hosting the convention. From those seven, Charlotte and Las Vegas stood out. Kaufman said that the thing he loved most about Charlotte was the fact that, from elected officials to Uber drivers, everyone seemed to be passionate about the city. He admitted that he kept a close eye on Monday's Charlotte City Council meeting, when city leaders approved the framework to host Republican leaders. Kaufman said he was surprised that most of the speakers were in favor of hosting the convention. He said he wasn’t worried about possible protests or security issues because he sees Cleveland as a more partisan city than Charlotte, and there were only 27 arrests there. “There is so much time and effort being put in to make sure Charlotte will be the safest city in America that week,” Kaufman said. Doug Lebda, the CEO of LendingTree, an online lending exchange company based in Charlotte, was also in Texas. He said every major convention and trade show will be looking at Charlotte, since the city will have landed both the Democratic and the Republican national conventions. The Associated Press and the Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report. 

Fence doesn’t keep boy, ‘new best friend’ from playing fetch

Fence doesn’t keep boy, ‘new best friend’ from playing fetch

A Minnesota 2-year-old and a neighbor’s dog have become viral video stars after a family friend recorded them playing a unique game of fetch that even a wooden fence couldn’t stop.  Chad Nelson, a photojournalist with KARE11 in Minneapolis, told the news station that he, his wife and their son Conway were at a friend’s Savage home for a play date Wednesday evening when his friend’s neighbor’s dog, a Labrador retriever named Dozer, peered over the fence and dropped a ball into the yard.  An excited Conway picked up the ball and chucked it back over the fence. The moment quickly turned into the cutest game of fetch ever.  “Conway just loves playing catch,” Nelson told KARE11. “We have two dogs, but neither one will play fetch. So he was pretty excited to have someone that would.” >> Read more trending news Nelson’s friend, Erin Richter, captured the game of fetch on video, which Nelson shared on social media.  “A fence can’t stop my 2-year-old from playing with his new best friend,” Nelson wrote.  As of Friday morning, the video had been watched more than 7.7 million times on Facebook. It had been shared nearly 250,000 times and garnered more than 14,000 comments.  It was also a sensation on Twitter.  Nelson said he and his wife were stunned by the response.  “It was just a cute thing,” he told the news station. “We just thought Conway was being cute and our friends would like it, and all of a sudden it’s being shared to thousands of people.” Richter said Dozer is a frequent playmate of her son, Landon, despite the fence.  “They play ball every time they are both outside,” Richter told KARE11. “Landon quits throwing once the ball becomes too slobbery, but Dozer will keep dropping balls or bones over until he has to go inside.” Several of the commenters on the video of Dozer and Conway were impressed by the toddler’s strong throwing arm.  “So cute, and what a good arm and aim for a 2-year-old,” a man wrote on Facebook.  “Nice arm,” another man wrote on Twitter. “Teach him to throw with his left and he could pitch in the MLB as a LOOGY (Left-handed One Out Guy) into his 40s!” “He has quite the cannon, doesn’t he?” Nelson responded.  Twitter users, by Friday, had watched Conway and Dozer play fetch more than 10.7 million times and shared the video over 255,000 times.

NYT: Michael Cohen secretly taped Donald Trump in 2016

NYT: Michael Cohen secretly taped Donald Trump in 2016

Federal authorities seized recordings that attorney Michael Cohen secretly made of his longtime client, President Donald Trump, during a raid earlier this year, according to The New York Times. >> Read more trending news The newspaper reported Cohen recorded a conversation he had with Trump two months before the 2016 presidential election in which they talked about payments to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy Playmate who claims that she had a year-long affair with Trump in 2006. >> Who is Karen McDougal? 6 things to know about the woman who says she was Trump’s mistress Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, confirmed the existence of the recording to the Times, but he said it lasted less than two minutes and that no payment was ultimately made to McDougal. “Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance,” Giuliani said told the newspaper. The recordings were among the things seized in April by federal agents who raided Cohen’s hotel and office, according to the Times. Other items seized included Cohen’s computer, his phone and several records, The Washington Post reported. >> Trump allies fear investigators seized Cohen recordings in raid: reports Trump allies worried after the FBI raid on Cohen was made public earlier this year that recordings might have been among the items seized, as Cohen was known to sometimes tape conversations he had with associates. He kept the recordings as digital files that he would replay for colleagues, the Post reported, citing unidentified sources.   Authorities sought details on Cohen’s efforts to stave off negative publicity of Trump, CBS News and the Times reported. Among other things, authorities sought information on the release of an infamous tape in which the president could be heard on a hot mic making derogatory comments about women and payments Cohen made to a pair of women who claim they had sexual relationships with Trump, including McDougal, according to the Times. >> Trump says he may sue over 'illegal' 2005 'Access Hollywood' video Officials also sought details on the role that the publisher of The National Enquirer played in keeping the women’s stories from going public, according to the Times. Just before voters went to polls in the 2016 presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reported that American Media Inc. agreed to pay McDougal $150,000 for her story about her affair with Trump. The tabloid never published a story on the alleged affair, which McDougal claims took place in 2006, while Trump was married to his current wife, Melania. >> National Enquirer paid Trump doorman $30K to spike unproven 'illegitimate child' rumor: AP report The publisher has denied accusations that McDougal’s story was bought in order to “catch and kill” it. In a statement, company officials told the Journal that the payment to McDougal was for “two years’ worth of her fitness columns and magazine covers as well as exclusive life rights to any relationship she has had with a then-married man.” Then-Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks denied that McDougal and Trump had an affair and told the Journal that campaign officials had “no knowledge” of the agreement between AMI and McDougal.

Trump faces more domestic flak over tariffs, trade policies

In a loud, bipartisan message from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, and across the landscape of American business and agriculture, President Donald Trump is facing sharp questions about his tariffs on China, Mexico, Canada, and Europe, as businesses and farmers say they’re being economically harmed by the President’s actions on trade.

In hearings this week in Congress and at the Commerce Department, in speeches on the floors of the House and Senate, and in news conferences outside the Capitol, the message has been simple – the Trump Tariffs are hurting, and more won’t help.

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