A big rhetorical moment for gays, a star is born in Ivanka and the yugest acceptance speech of all time. The GOP convention wrapped up without the hiccups of the first three days but with a dark, 75-minute stemwinder from the Donald that drew some intense reaction but stayed remarkably on script. Before you pack your bags for Philly, here's what to catch up on from Cleveland.
The premium site lede-all from Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman:
CLEVELAND — Donald Trump cast himself as the answer to escalating violence and the threat of terrorism, declaring Thursday that he was the voice of the “forgotten men and women of our country” as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination to cap a tumultuous primary campaign.
The New York businessman’s speech of roughly 75 minutes took on darker overtones with a mix of tough-talking rhetoric and an embrace of nationalism. His remarks seemed squarely aimed at winning over skeptical Republicans and jilted Bernie Sanders backers, and damaging Democrat Hillary Clinton, who will accept her party’s nomination next week.
“I have visited the laid-off factory workers, and the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country. People who work hard but no longer have a voice,” Trump said, to roaring applause. “I am your voice.”
Bluestein: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's Trump snub reignited the Georgia GOP's intraparty divisions as Cruz arrives in Georgia on Friday to stump for an anti-establishment congressional candidate.
Conservative columnist Kyle Wingfield says Trump, in his controversial New York Times interview, drew a false equivalence between Turkey and America.
Liberal columnist Jay Bookman says Trump's NATO comments will drive the Baltic States into the cozy embrace of Vladimir Putin.
Jim Galloway: Listen, and you'll hear a shift on cultural issues in Trump's Republican Party.
Bluestein: On Peter Thiel, the gay tech titan who endorsed Trump.
Bluestein: The dreaded Republican establishment rode to Trump's rescue this week in a big way.
Bluestein: Almost one quarter of the RNC's black delegates are from Georgia.
The Economist on Donald Trump, American Caesar.
Putting the man in Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chief said the mogul's bid will get support from women whose “husbands can’t afford … paying for the family’s bills.” (Politico)
A pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC got an early leak of Trump’s speech from a “Republican source.” (Politico)
Time's Jay Newton-Small says Ivanka Trump stole the show with an uplifting address.
Despite a lot of hype, the streets of Cleveland were calm all week. (Toledo Blade)
Don’t forget about the Dems
Cory Booker showed up in Cleveland amid heightened veep talk. (Politico)
Liberals are not keen on Tim Kaine as Clinton's running mate. (Politico)
Now onto the main event, The Donald:
An odd musical choice for the post-speech balloon drop:
Hillary Clinton will announce her vice presidential choice as soon as today, with the Democrats gathering in Philadelphia starting Monday for a convention of their own. Aaron Gould Sheinin has you covered for everything you need to know about the DNC.