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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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It's the Clintons' fault.

After the NBA announced on Thursday that the league would no longer hold the 2017 All-Star game in Charlotte, North Carolina, due to the state's anti-LGBT law, the re-election campaign of Gov. Pat McCrory (R) placed the blame where it squarely belonged: on Bill and Hillary Clinton.

"It is no surprise that the NBA has chosen to politically target North Carolina during an election year since Doug Sosnick, Bill Clinton's former White House Political Director, serves as the NBA's chief political advisor," the campaign said in a Thursday evening statement.

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A leaked copy of Donald Trump's speech for the final night of the Republican convention reveals that he will paint a dark picture of crime and violence in the United States, pledging to restore law and order in the country.

The speech, leaked Thursday afternoon by pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Correct the Record, hits on all of the central themes of Trump's campaign and includes hints of Trump's authoritarian style. Trump will note recent attacks on police and terrorism attacks before launching into his thoughts on immigration, linking undocumented immigrants to crime in the U.S. He will also bash President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's foreign policy.

He'll tell the crowd that Americans "will come first once again" under his presidency, touching on crime, terrorism, trade, and the economy.

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CLEVELAND- The shock was still wearing off Thursday afternoon as Republican lawmakers at the convention were contending with the reality that the brightest part of their convention – the selection of conservative Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be vice president – had been overshadowed by their routinely rogue colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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The final night of the Republican National Convention kicks off Thursday around 7:30 p.m. ET and the theme is "Make America One Again."

Donald Trump will officially accept the GOP nomination in the final speech of the night. Other speakers include his daughter, Ivanka Trump, motivational speaker Brock Mealer, Oklahoma Gov. May Fallin (R) and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

Watch live below via NBC News:

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