The Brief

President Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 27, 2016.
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Democrats Aim for Optimism

In parallel conventions, Republicans and Democrats spoke of the dangers facing the country in starkly different terms. While Republicans opened with fire and brimstone, the Democratic convention at times seemed impervious to the growing sense of unease

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Trump to Russia: Hack Hillary!

Donald Trump encouraged Russia to commit a cybercrime against Hillary Clinton, saying he hoped the nation could recover some of her deleted emails. "Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said

Baltimore Police Death

Freddie Gray Charges Dropped

The remaining charges against three Baltimore officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, whose death last year in police custody sparked days of riots, were dropped, concluding more than a year of legal battles over Gray's death with zero convictions

This Is Janet Yellen’s Biggest Problem

As the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy committee pointed out in the statement following its July meeting, job growth has been quite strong of late, but one of the most important factors holding back the U.S. economy is weak “business fixed investment”

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff outside the Alvorada residential palace in Brasilia on July 22, 2016.

Brazil's Rousseff Speaks on Impeachment and Olympics

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff spoke with TIME from the Brazilian capital of Brasilia, where she defended herself against accusations of corruption and promised that Rio would be able to pull off the Games despite a league of doubters

The 2016 Democratic National Convention

Meet the Green Party's Presidential Candidate

Green Party candidate Jill Stein has fashioned herself as more of a dissident and soapbox champion than a politician, but she could have an outsized effect on the election and severely weaken the Clinton's campaign against Trump

his 30 March 1981 file photo shows John Hinckley Jr. (L) escorted by police in Washington, DC, following his arrest after shooting and seriously wounding then US president Ronald Reagan.

John Hinckley Jr. Granted Release From Mental Hospital

A judge says the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan will be allowed to leave a Washington mental hospital and live full-time in Virginia. The judge ruled that John Hinckley Jr. is ready to live in the community

Turkey Military Coup

Turkey Shuts Down Dozens of Media Organizations

Turkey's state run news agency says the government has decided to close down dozens of media organizations, including 45 newspapers and 16 television stations, and close to 1,700 officers have been formally discharged from the military following the country's failed coup

Founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange (screen), who has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, participates in a discussion by video conference, organized on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the College of Journalists of Chile, an event attended by prominent journalists, activists, social leaders and scholars from Latin America and the world in Santiago de Chile, Chile, on July 12, 2016.

Julian Assange Timed DNC Email Release

Assange said in a June 12 interview that he intended to harm Hillary Clinton's chance of winning the presidency, and timed the release of the emails to coincide with the start of the convention

Shortlisted books for the Man Booker International Prize at The V&A in London on May 16, 2016.

Here Is the 2016 Man Booker Prize Longlist

The 2016 Man Booker Prize longlist is here, and this year's selection of 13 novels is roughly half men (seven) and half women (six). The longlist includes five American writers, the same number as last year