July 20-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News
-Two former presidential candidates and two of Donald Trump’s children took the stage on the second night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie cast an election trial against Hillary Clinton. Ben Carson spoke later. Tiffany Trump cast her dad as a great parent while Donald Trump, Junior cast doubt against the former Secretary of State. Donald Trump also made a video appearance by remote, from New York. House Speaker Paul Ryan called for party unity. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the case for Republicans to retain Congress.
- Despite some vocal states voicing their displeasure, the majority of delegates have voted Tuesday night to name Donald Trump as the GOP nominee for president. New York passed on the original round so Trump’s home state, and specifically delegate Donald Trump Jr., could be the one to put him over the top of 1,237 delegates. Trump doesn’t officially become the candidate until he accepts the nomination Thursday night.
- The Clinton campaign responded the the New Jersey Governor: If you think Chris Christie can lecture anyone on ethics, we have a bridge to sell you.
- (HFR 7/20 7AM) Americans prefer experience to outsider status in the next president and also give it a higher priority in an ABC News/Washington Post poll, a potential challenge for Donald Trump as he builds toward the general election campaign. The public by 55-41 percent prefers a president with “experience in how the political system works” over “someone from outside the existing political establishment.” Most Democrats want experience, while independents are split and most Republicans prefer an outsider. Among those who prefer experience, moreover, 78 percent call it extremely or very important to them. Among those who prefer an outsider, fewer, 54 percent, call it highly important.
President Obama and Turkish President Erdogan spoken on Tuesday about the coup attempt on Erdogan’s government by the military and how to deal with the cleric the Turkish president believes to be behind the unsuccessful attempt over the weekend. Fethullah Gulen, who has been living in self-imposed in Pennsylvania, is a long-time bitter rival of the Turkish president. Gulen denies any involvement in the coup attempt that left at least 232 people dead and gave way to mass arrests and dismissals. It’s a complicated situation for both countries.
BATON ROUGE SHOOTING
President Barack Obama told the law enforcement community that he fully supports them and promised, "We have your backs" in the wake of deadly attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The comments came in a letter penned to the "brave members of our law enforcement community," posted Monday on the Fraternal Order of Police’s Facebook page, followed by a declaration that flags will be flown at half-staff at the White House and federal buildings in honor of the police officers killed. In recent days, Obama has attempted to ease tensions between departments and minority communities and, at the same time, has insisted that the nation has the ability to come together. He promised that the country can move past this tense point and alleviate racial tensions while building stronger relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
Another lottery jackpot is on the rise. Wednesday night's Powerball drawing is up to $361 million dollars.
TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE
A crane collapsed across the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York Tuesday, and remarkably, no vehicles were hit. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that no one was seriously injured at a news conference. One worker is being treated for minor injuries, the governor said, and two cars had minor accidents while avoiding the falling crane. This is the largest infrastructure project going on in the United States right now, according to Cuomo, and this is the first accident at this site.
The International Olympic Committee saysit is exploring “legal options” whether to ban Russia from this summer’s Olympic Games, and called for the country to be barred from hosting some international sporting competitions over what the IOC said was a "shocking" state-sponsored cover-up of doping by Russian athletes.
KANSAS CITYU POLICE SHOOTING
A police captain with 17 years of service has died after he was shot while responding to help officers at a call in Kansas City, Kansas, Tuesday afternoon, police said. One suspect is in custody, but others were at large, a Kansas City police representative said. Police said it did not appear to be an ambush. The incident began when officers responded to reports of an armed disturbance around 1:30 p.m., police said. Officers eventually located the suspects, police said, and one suspect was taken into custody.
Amid speculation that Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes is under increasing pressure to leave the cable network amid sexual harassment claims, Fox News' parent company 21st Century Fox insisted today that Ailes remained "at work." Two sources told New York magazine Tuesday that Ailes had been given until Aug. 1 to leave his position at the company, following allegations of sexual harassment from former Fox News anchorwoman Gretchen Carlson. The Wall Street Journal, a publication that was part of the same company as 21st Century Fox until mid-2013, likewise reported that he was in negotiations to exit the network.
Microsoft is back in the game. The company's reported soaring 4th quarter profits Tuesday as sales of its cloud products doubled.
July 20th marks the 4-year anniversary of the Colorado movie theater shooting. James Holmes shot 12 people dead and injured 70 at a midnight screening of Batman movie 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, CO. Holmes, who had dyed his hair red and later told police he was The Joker - Batman's infamous nemesis - was arrested outside the movie theater and charged with 165 counts, including two first-degree murder charges for each of the 12 killed. Holmes was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.