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Rio Olympics 2016: Five Things To Watch Out For As Games Commence:

The athletes have arrived, the venues are ready and expectation is palpable as the sporting world awaits the commencement of the 31st Olympic Games, the first ever Olympiad to be staged in South America.

Although there is little by the way of sporting action Friday, there’s still plenty happening in host city Rio de Janeiro.
Here are five things to look out for on day zero of the 2016 Olympic Games

Opening ceremony

Rio 2016 will officially get underway Friday when IOC president Thomas Bach opens the Games in the Maracana Stadium. Before that an estimated television audience of billions will tune in to view an opening ceremony that is expected to showcase the best of Brazilian culture and sport

Clinton’s Lead Over Trump Grows In New National Polls:

Hillary Clinton has widened her lead over Donald Trump in a pair of new national polls published on Thursday, as the Republican nominee ends one of the worst weeks of his campaign.

Clinton opened up a 15-point margin in the McClatchy-Marist survey, 48% to 33%, which was conducted as Trump feuded publicly first with the Muslim parents of a slain American war hero and then House Speaker Paul Ryan, one of the GOP’s most popular and powerful figures.
Last month, Clinton held a narrow 3-point advantage, 42%-39% in a McClatchy-Marist poll.
In an NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll, Clinton’s edge is 9 points (47% to 38%), cushioning what was a 5-point advantage in early July. A CNN/ORC poll this week showed Clinton with a similar 9-point edge over Trump nationally.
Ultimate Guide to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Ultimate Guide To The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics:

The Rio de Janeiro Olympics will commence with Friday’s opening ceremonies, as the Games go to South America for the first time. There’s certain to be trepidation, both for the roughly 10,500 athletes and the 500,000 visitors Brazil expects.

New faces will emerge, and we will get a last look at some familiar ones.

With that in mind, here’s your guide to the biggest storylines that will be inescapable over the next two weeks.

Gymnasts are sure to get the USA party started

Unless all of the experts are wrong, the only possible negative about the USA’s women’s gymnastics team is that it might seem a bit greedy.

Winning the team gold is considered a foregone conclusion, and it’s likely that 19-year-old Simone Biles will lead the way for a USA sweep of the all-around plus the four individual events.

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Obama: Trump’s Warning On Elections Is ‘Ridiculous’:

The advertised purpose of President Barack Obama‘s pre-vacation news conference Thursday was to highlight gains in the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria with the Pentagon as a backdrop.

But for all his talk of terrorism, Russia and other geopolitical challenges, the underlying argument he wanted to make was clear: it’s a serious business being commander in chief and the Republican who wants his job isn’t fit for the Oval Office.
Obama ridiculed Donald Trump’s recent suggestion that the election system could be rigged, called on the candidate to act like a president since he’s soon to be briefed on confidential information and implied that he didn’t believe the billionaire businessman could be trusted with America’s nuclear codes.

Arrest Made After Black Firefighter’s Home Burns Down:

Police arrested a former volunteer firefighter after he admitted to setting fire to the home of an ex-colleague, who is the only black volunteer firefighter in an upstate New York town.

Two days before the arson, the victim Kenneth Walker said he received a letter Monday in his mailbox. It demanded he resign from the fire department by the end of the week and that he leave the small town of North Tonawanda. The letter used the N-word several times.
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