07.25.2016 - 10:29 PM EDT

That was an extraordinary speech.

I would have to go back and watch the 2008 speeches in their entirety. Michelle Obama was certainly a very solid speaker for a non-politician eight years ago. But I do not remember that kind of command, confidence and grace. She seemed more like someone who did very well in a role she was not entirely comfortable with, one thrust upon her. It's bracing and enlivening to see how she has taken possession of her role as a towering public figure in American popular and political culture.

07.25.2016 - 10:11 PM EDT

Tonight Donald Trump told a crowd in North Carolina that to show our NATO allies how it's going to be, we'll have to leave the alliance and force our allies to bring us back with offers of more money. "We have to walk," Trump said. "Within two days they're calling back! Get back over here, we’ll pay you whatever the hell you want."

Meanwhile, when asked about the Clinton campaign's claim about Russian complicity in the DNC email hack, a Kremlin spokesman replied: “Mr. Trump Jr. has already strongly responded."

07.25.2016 - 9:00 PM EDT

As we watch the Democrats give their speeches this evening with various attacks on Trump's misogyny, nonsense and more, Trump himself is giving a speech in North Carolina which seems to be something like a self-parody. He's hitting all the same points.

A couple examples after the jump ...

07.25.2016 - 6:13 PM EDT

This is the transcript from an exchange scheduled to run later this evening on NBC News, Julian Assange insisting there's "no evidence" the emails Wikileaks released were from Russian intel ...

07.25.2016 - 5:10 PM EDT

As I've noted, I'm still holding on to some level of skepticism about what we truly know about the DNC hack. But this new article from The Daily Beast suggests that the weight of evidence appears to fall heavily of a Russian disruption campaign mounted to help Donald Trump become President.

07.25.2016 - 5:00 PM EDT

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