1. Hillary Clinton Ends Sexism By Becoming First Woman To Head Major Party Ticket For President
On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic Party's official Presidential Nominee. After a long and drawn out fight for the ticket between herself and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Clinton affirmed her status as the Democratic favorite when she garnered enough delegate votes during the traditional roll call to clinch the nomination. Unhappy "Berners" consequently protested the DNC and HRC by staging a walkout.
2. Lindsay Lohan Flees UK, Asks For Privacy After Extremely Public Fight With Fiancé She Says Tried To Kill Her
Lindsay Lohan has accused her estranged fiancé Egor Tarabasov of trying to murder her by strangling her, prompting her to leave her home in the UK and flee to Italy to be with friends. After very publicly accusing Tarabasov of cheating by blasting him all over social media, Lohan then told inquiring fans to stop asking about "private matters" in, you guessed it, an Instagram post.
3. Thank God Election Day In November Because If Were Today, Trump Would Win
According to statistician Nate Silver, Donald Trump saw a pretty significant bounce in the polls after the RNC, pulling him in front of Hillary Clinton for the first time since this election cycle has began. Silver wrote that Trump now has a 57% chance of winning the Electoral College, but Clinton is expected to see a bump in her poll numbers after the DNC. Trump (or someone he paid) is doing an AMA on Reddit today at 7pm EST.
4. The Ice Bucket Challenge Actually Worked
Back in 2014, 17 million people filmed themselves dumping ice water over their heads in the name of ALS research, garnering $115 million in donations to the ALS foundation in just eight short weeks. Now, that money is getting put to good use; it funded research that led to the discovery of another gene responsible for the degenerative disease. This is the third gene scientists discovered using money raised from the Ice Bucket Challenge.
5. Cold War II Heats Up As US Officials Confirm Russia Probably Behind DNC Email Leaks
According to the New York Times, American intelligence agencies have told the White House they now have “high confidence” that the Russian government was behind the email leak that rocked the Democratic National Committee. Supposedly, Russia stole the emails and documents that were then made public right before the Democratic National Convention, and show that the committee seemed to conspire to select Hillary Clinton as the nominee. The emails were released by WikiLeaks, whose founder Julian Assange made it very clear that the intention behind releasing the emails was to keep Clinton from winning the Presidency.