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Worth a Click: 13 Stories You Should Read Today

By DNAinfo Staff | August 2, 2016 1:55pm 

 Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
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9 Percent of Americans Chose Clinton and Trump as the Nominees

A jarring graphic from the New York Times explains how just nine percent of the U.S. population or 14 percent of eligible adults ended up selecting for the two presidential nominees in this year’s primary cycle. [New York Times]

The GOP Doesn’t Seem Fazed by Trump’s Khan Feud

Donald Trump spent the weekend feuding with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of an Army captain who died in Iraq, after the Khans spoke at the DNC in opposition to Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. Despite the unsavoriness of publicly fighting with the parents of a decorated soldier who sacrificed his life, Republicans are largely staying out of the fray on this one. [New York Magazine]

A Republican Congressman is Supporting Clinton

Rep. Richard Hanna, a Republican representing upstate New York, has said he will vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, describing Trump as a “national embarrassment.”

In particular Hanna said Trump's comments about the Khans were the last straw. “For me, it is not enough to simply denounce his comments: He is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country,” Hanna wrote in an opinion piece on syracuse.com. [Washington Post and syracuse.com]

New Florida Zika Cases Prompt Miami Travel Warning

Federal health officials advised pregnant women to stay away from the Wynwood art district of Miami, after Florida officials said that the number of Zika cases caused by local mosquitos in this particular neighborhood went up from four on Friday to 14 on Monday. This is the first time the Centers for Disease Control and Preservation has urged people not to travel to a place in the continental U.S. You can find out on DNAinfo's coverage of Zika here. [USA Today and New York Times]

U.S. Launches Airstrikes Against ISIS in Libya

The airstrikes come more than a year after ISIS took over a Libyan city, in a country that has been suffering from instability. The UN-backed government asked for help in defeating the regime, which also has strongholds in Syria and Iraq. [Reuters]

Rio is Really Polluted

It turns out that Rio de Janeiro is way more polluted than its officials let on in 2009 when they won the bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. In fact, thousands of people die each year because of complications related to the air quality and its waterways have caused “endemic levels” of gastrointestinal diseases. [Huffington Post]

Gawker Founder Declares Personal Bankruptcy After Losing Hulk Hogan Case

Nick Denton not only lost his case against pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan in March, but now could also lose millions. The founder filed for bankruptcy on Monday in New York, after a judge in Florida refused to stop the $140 million damages for Hogan. Denton tried to halt the process in Florida last week, until after the appeal, but was denied. He went on to say that allowing Hogan to collect the money, while the case is still being appealed was a “threat to the freedom of the press.”

Gawker filed for bankruptcy in early June. The company went to trial against Hogan after releasing a sex-tape featuring the wrestler. [Crains New York]

Mute and Alone, He Was Never Short of Kind Words or Friends

An elderly man living a solitary life on the Upper East Side became something of a folk hero to the people he encountered in the area. He lived most of his life mute after a botched throat surgery, but he always displayed kindness to those he met. Mysteriously his voice recovered and then he died. His life is remembered through the people he touched with his friendliness. [New York Times]

Eric Trump Says Ivanka Wouldn’t Allow Herself to be Sexually Harassed

Defending Trump's earlier comments that he would hope his daughter Ivanka would “find another career” if she were sexually harassed, Eric Trump has said he doesn’t think his sister would have put with such treatment in the first place.

“I think what he’s saying is, Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman...I don’t think she would allow herself to be subjected to that,” he said. [Politico]

'The Simpsons' Made a Campaign Ad

Who do Springfield residents want answering urgent 3 a.m. calls at the White House? Watch this "Simpsons" campaign ad — paid for by “people who are really starting to miss Obama” — to find out. [Rolling Stone]

The Truth About Flossing Your Teeth

An investigation by The Associated Press found that there is little scientific evidence to show the effectiveness of flossing. This year without notice, the federal government removed the flossing recommendation from its latest dietary guidelines. [CBS]

A Weekend at Celebrity Boot Camp

New York Magazine writer Allie Jones spends a hilarious (torturous?) weekend at “the Ranch 4.0” a fitness retreat and weight loss program in Malibu where celebrities pay $4,100 to hike, give up coffee and eat sparse vegan meals. [New York Magazine]

'First Dude' or 'First Husband?' An Investigation of Bill Clinton’s Possible Title

To sort out what to call the likely first male spouse in the White House, Vox surveyed 2,000 Americans to see what title they’ll use for Bill Clinton if his wife is elected. The winner? The very respectable “former president.” But that’s boring. We appreciate that among 18- to 29-year-olds, “first gentleman” won out. [Vox]

This column was compiled by DNAinfo reporters Dartunorro Clark, Danielle Tcholakian, Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska, Nikhita Venugopal, Jeanmarie Evelly, Rachel Holliday Smith, Gwynne Hogan, Eddie Small, Carolina Pichardo, Shaye Weaver, Noah Hurowitz, Allegra Hobbs and Irene Plagianos.