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Billionaire tech mogul Peter Thiel got a rousing ovation when he declared he is gay during his speech at the Republican convention Thursday night even as he dismissed the debate over transgender bathroom use.

"When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union, and we won," said Thiel, the founder of PayPal. "Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?"

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Thursday that Democrat Hillary Clinton would abandon the United States' allies if she were to occupy the White House.

The remark comes less than a day after Donald Trump startled the foreign policy community by telling The New York Times that he would consider helping the United States' NATO allies if they “have fulfilled their obligations to us.”

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Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign chair, suggested on Thursday night that after the FBI did not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information, the agency's crime statistics cannot be trusted.

CNN's Jake Tapper noted in an interview with Manafort that much of the Republican convention has focused on violent crime but that "according to FBI statistics, crime rates have been going down for decades."

"How can the Republicans make the argument that somehow it's more dangerous today when the facts don't back that up?" he asked.

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