Good morning. Here are some of the headlines we're following this morning:
1. U.S. Is ‘Not Serious’ About Defeating ISIS: Syrian President
A defiant Bashar Assad expressed confidence that Syria's bloody war could be won within months, saying Russia's intervention has helped tip the scales toward victory. Assad spoke exclusively to NBC News on Wednesday at his office in Damascus in a wide-ranging interview about the Syrian war, ISIS, the U.S. and his legacy. Read more in NEWS.
2. Poll: Trump Has 0% Support From Black Voters in 2 States
Zero. That's the percentage of African-American voters who picked Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the battleground states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls. Read more in POLITICS.
3. Meet the Woman Who Could Take Down Trump
Delegate Kendal Unruh is trying to do what 16 Republican presidential candidates and at least three super PACs spending more than $20 million could not do: stop Trump. Read more in POLITICS.
4. RNC Rules Committee Is Meeting — Here's What to Watch For
Trump’s team will be on high alert Thursday at the wonky Republican Convention Rules Committee meeting as opponents push for changes to make it more difficult for him to win the necessary majority of delegates to claim the nomination. Read more in POLITICS.
5. What You Need to Know About Synthetic Pot Overdoses
Despite dire warnings about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, popularly known by names such as K2, Spice, Black Mamba and Kronic, they continue to grow in popularity. But what exactly is K2? Read more in HEALTH.
6. Firefighters Were Warned About Feeding Disney Gators
Firefighters at Walt Disney World were warned to stop feeding alligators at one of the resort's fire stations two months before an alligator killed a toddler. Read more in NEWS.
7. Two Marines Playing ‘Pokemon Go’ Help Catch Suspect
A pair of Marine Corps veterans playing "Pokemon Go" in Fullerton, California, helped nab a man wanted for attempted murder and other crimes, police said. Read more at NBC LOS ANGELES.
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