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People were flummoxed last week when President Donald Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence as response director to the growing coronavirus outbreak in the United States, due to the Vice President's abysmal record on health and science.

It almost seemed like Trump was setting Pence up for failure.

According to one Democratic political strategist, that's exactly what he's doing.

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[DIGEST: CNN 1, 2, Philly, NBC, FDA, Opana]

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking to ban a previously approved opioid due to its addictive qualities. In this decision, the FDA specifically recognized the public health risk of the opioid epidemic and committed to making other similar evaluations with other drugs.

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[DIGEST: ABC, Buzzfeed]

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump "a national disgrace" and "international pariah" according to newly revealed emails hacked from his private account.The website DCLeaks.com–which has alleged ties to Russian intelligence services–obtained the emails. The hack is the latest suggestion that Russan entities are attempting to influence November's presidential election. The FBI said in July that it believes that Russian intelligence orchestrated the hack of the Democratic National Committee's internal emails before the party's convention. The Daily Caller reported that hackers seized much of Powell's correspondence over the last two years and that Powell wrote these emails between June 2014 and August 2016.

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[DIGEST: Slate, Gawker]

Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim American Army captain slain in Iraq in 2004, delivered perhaps the most damning indictment of Donald Trump’s immigration proposals at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last night. “Our son Humayun had dreams … of being a military lawyer, but he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers,” Khan said. “Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son ‘the best of America.’ If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America.”

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[DIGEST: New Republic, Huffington Post, Vanity Fair]

Democrats rallied around President Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last night as he endorsed Hillary Clinton for the presidency, acknowledging her as the only candidate capable of continuing his legacy. Though he largely refused to mention Donald Trump by name, his feelings on the billionaire tycoon’s incendiary politics were clear.

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[DIGEST: The Daily Beast, Quartz]

Late night talk show hosts Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah all weighed in on the “Bernie or Bust” contingent, which staged a walkout during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last night. Party unity was chief among their collective concerns, which they voiced on their respective programs following a historic evening culminating in Hillary Clinton becoming the first female nominee of a major U.S. political party.

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[DIGEST: Vanity Fair, Washington Post]

First Lady Michelle Obama earned a standing ovation after she publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton and took Donald Trump to task in her address at the Democratic National Convention last night. Obama never mentioned the business tycoon by name, but she emphasized the importance of not allowing a certain “bully” to become President.

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