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Clinton Picks Kaine

Hillary Clinton has chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate.

Republican Convention Ratings Fall Short

New York Times: “About 30 million Americans watched Mr. Trump’s climactic acceptance speech on Thursday evening on the major cable news and broadcast channels… That was about 200,000 fewer viewers than the last Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, received when he [...]

Convention Dispatch: Nothing Like 1968

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North Carolina GOP Chair Leaves Delegates Behind

North Carolina Republican Chairman Robin Hayes, who flew a private plane to the Republican National Convention, told two fellow delegates who had supported Sen. Ted Cruz’s defiant speech that he wasn’t giving them a ride home, the McClatchy Tribune reports. [...]

David Duke Announces Senate Bid

“Former Ku Klux Klan wizard David Duke planned to emerge from a 17-year political hiatus to qualify for the U.S. Senate race in a state already roiling with racial tension,” USA Today reports. “Duke, a Republican who served one term [...]

Trump Won’t Accept Cruz Endorsement

Sen. Ted Cruz won’t endorse Donald Trump, but the Republican nominee told CNN that he wouldn’t take the support even if the Texas senator offered. Said Trump: “If he gives it, I will not accept it. I don’t want his [...]

The GOP’s Descent Into Darkness

Brent Larkin: “History will recoil in horror over the Donald Trump freak show, a descent into darkness that represented a seminal moment in the breakup of a once-great political party.” “From an organizational and logistical standpoint, Cleveland threw a perfect [...]

Clinton Barely Ahead In New Hampshire

A new University of New Hampshire poll shows Hillary Clinton just ahead of Donald Trump in the Granite State, 39% to 37%. Most interesting: “Neither candidate can clear the 40-percent threshold, but it’s not because voters are torn between the [...]

The GOP Finally Comes to Trump

Byron York: “There’s no doubt that for the Republicans who came to Cleveland, the convention, occasionally troubled, ended on a high note. (As such things go, the balloon drop at the end was epic.) This is impressionistic, but there seemed [...]

The End of the Republican Party

David Brooks: “On the surface, this seems like a normal Republican convention. There are balloon drops, banal but peppy music from the mid-1970s and polite white people not dancing in their seats.” “But this is not a normal convention. Donald [...]

Clinton Expected to Pick Kaine as Her Running Mate

“Democrats close to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign signaled strongly Thursday that she would choose Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate, rounding out the ticket with a popular politician from a battleground state,” the New York Times reports. [...]

A Fitting End to a Bizarre GOP Race

Los Angeles Times: “Not only did the thematically hop-scotching speech provide the first glimpse of a ‘presidential’ Trump, it offered the perfect end to the most bizarre race in Republican history and certainly one of the more unconventional conventions in [...]

Make America Hate Again

Timothy Egan: “They didn’t riot in the streets of Cleveland, as Donald Trump said his supporters would do had things not gone his way. But you saw the raw essence of a riot, the madness and loss of reason, on [...]

Making Speeches Long Again

USA Today: “Trump’s speech clocked in at about an hour and 15 minutes, by various counts, making it the longest of any acceptance speeches in the last four decades.” “Trump’s speech was as long as Mitt Romney’s and Barack Obama’s [....

Trump Offers a Dark Speech that Echoes Nixon

Dan Balz: “There were no echoes of Ronald Reagan’s ‘Morning in America,’ George H.W. Bush’s ‘kinder and gentler nation’ or even George W. Bush’s compassionate conservatism in Donald Trump’s speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination here Thursday night. Instead, in [...]

Quote of the Day

“He sounded like some two-bit dictator of some country you couldn’t find on a map.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), quoted by The Week, on Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

Trump Shatters the Reagan Consensus

Jim Tankersley: “America has traditions that are ingrained. Every power ballad since 1973 is a direct descendant of ‘Free Bird.’ Every summer blockbuster is a riff on ‘Jaws.’ And every Republican presidential nominee since 1988 has run on an economic platform derived [...]

Trump Wants Election to be About Clinton

Donald Trump “leaves the convention here with the most negative public image of any nominee in modern history, particularly among minority voters, according to recent polls, and with many Republicans still hesitant to accept him as their standard bearer,” the [...]

Meeting with Mexican President Said to Be a Coincidence

As Donald Trump was promising to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and renegotiate NAFTA at the Republican National Convention, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was in Washington for a Friday meeting with President Obama, The Week reports. [...]

Republican National Convention: Thursday

A contentious Republican National Convention is coming to an end, with Donald Trump finally addressing the delegates as his party’s nominee. Can he turn things around? Add your own observations in the comments.

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