Photo: Simone Biles during the balance beam in the women's gymnastics US Olympic team trials at SAP Center. (Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)
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The US has launched airstrikes at a stronghold of the Islamic State in Libya. It's a significant expansion of America's campaign against ISIS. The Pentagon says Libya's "unity government" requested the action. Gordon Lubold, who reports on the Pentagon for the Wall Street Journal, has details.
Just four days before South America's first Summer Olympic Games, there's still widespread fear that Rio is unprepared to stage a global spectacle. There's a crime spree, corruption and shoddy construction of major venues. Water contamination is a threat to the health of swimmers and sailors. And the Russian doping scandal has cast doubt on the integrity of world-class athletics. We hear what all this means for the quality of the competition, the size of the crowds and rules for staging Olympiads of the future.
Matthew Futterman, Wall Street Journal (@MattFutterman)
David Wallechinsky, International Society of Olympics Historians (@westwood1sports)
Will Carless, PRI / Global Post (@willcarless)
Jeffrey Ruffolo, Ruffolo Communications (@Ruffolopr)
Carless on seven bad omens for the Rio Olympics
Wallechinsky's 'The Complete Book of the Olympics'
Futterman on why Russia makes the Olympics better
Futterman's 'The Story of Sports and Money, and the Visionaries Who Fought to Create a Revolution'
During last week's Democratic convention, the parents of fallen American soldier Humayun Khan appeared in response to Donald Trump's continuing criticism of Muslim Americans. Much of the audience in the arena and on TV found it moving, but Trump did not. First he tweeted, then repeated his comments about Khan's mother on ABC's This Week program. Trump then acknowledged that Humayun Khan "was a hero," but insisted that his father, Khizr Khan, "viciously attacked" the presidential candidate before millions of people and that the real issue is "Radical Islamic Terror." Glenn Thrush, chief political correspondent for Politico, says the attack has led to more GOP acrimony.
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