Republican National Convention

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 27: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on the South Lawn of the White House August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump gave the speech in front of 1500 invited guests. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Time To Cancel The ‘Cancel Culture’ Handwringing Driving The GOP’s 2020 Strategy Prime Badge
Conservatives define cancel culture as a weapon brandished by left-wing ‘woketopians’ who are hell-bent on destroying the lives of those who fail to adhere to the rules of social justice. But in reality, right-wingers are weaponizing a movement they don’t understand.
Where Things Stand: The Marathon Finish Line Prime Badge
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One more night.

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2020 -- Photo taken in Arlington, Virginia, the United States, Aug. 24, 2020 shows a computer screen displaying Donald Trump Jr., the U.S. president's eldest son, speaking during the 2020 Republican National Convention from Washington, D.C. U.S. President Donald Trump was nominated for a second term on Monday at the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, which has been scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23:  Rep. Mark Meadows, (R-N.C), speaks to members of the media during a closed session on Capitol Hill on October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper was on Capitol Hill to testify to the committees for the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)
Where Things Stand: Revisionist History Prime Badge
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All the cable news pundits have been talking about it as if its some surprising new theme, a novel take on a night laced with apocalyptic doom and sweaty aggression.

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Where Things Stand: The Circus Begins Prime Badge
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NYTRNC20An RNC sign glows outside the Charlotte Convention Center’s Richardson Ballroom in Charlotte, NC where delegates gather for the roll call vote to renominate Donald J. Trump to be President of the United States and Mike Pence to be Vice President.(Travis Dove for The New York Times)

Glancing through tonight’s lineup of speakers suggests that, this evening, we are in for a journey down to the depths of the Trump fever swamp, with only a few potential opportunities to come up for air, when folks like Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) speak.

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UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 23: Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, is interviewed during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in Oxon Hill, Md., on February 23, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
on June 24, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Where Things Stand: They’re Not Even Trying To Hide It These Days Prime Badge
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While President Trump himself is exempt from the rules of the Hatch Act, it would appear he’s not even trying to adhere to precedent as he vies for a second term.

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Where Things Stand: He Chose To Cancel The Convention? Prime Badge
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A new Politico report tells the story of how President Trump apparently made the move to cancel the in-person convention event in Jacksonville, Florida next month.

But I find that hard to believe.

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