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Betsy McCaughey Ross Is Not Kidding — Betsy McCaughey Ross is settled in the back seat of her Chevrolet Suburban, her stockinged feet curled in a swirl of papers, pumps and candy wrappers, a Hershey bar in one hand, a car phone in the other. She has a question.

Clinton Ends Campaign With Clear Call to Elect Obama — WASHINGTON - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton brought her campaign for the White House to an end on Saturday with a rousing farewell to thousands of supporters here and an emotional and unequivocal call for her voters to get behind Senator Barack Obama, the man who defeated her for the Democratic nomination.

With the Conventions Behind Us, Our Takeaways From Both — PHILADELPHIA - The Democratic convention is over, and delegates streamed to airports and train stations on Friday morning to return home for the summer weekend. But the contrasting back-to-back political displays -- Republicans met last week in Cleveland -- offered important lessons about the two presidential nominees, and their parties, as they head into the November general election.

Democrats’ Divisions Linger, but Parties Have Seen Far Worse — The current Republican Party may also fall into that category, given how many powerful Republicans have refused to back Mr. Trump. "In 1968, the cleavage in the party was far deeper than it is now," Mr. Gitlin said. "The hatred in the streets between the Humphrey supporters and the supporters of Kennedy and McCarthy was so intense.

Sanders Urges Unity Behind Clinton — Senator Bernie Sanders appealed for unity at the Democratic convention, mentioning Hillary Clinton's name 15 times in his speech on Monday and declaring that she "must become the next president of the United States."

How Can Hillary Clinton Sell Herself to Voters Who Already Know Her? — For nearly a year, Mrs. Clinton has struggled to answer questions about her use of a private email server, particularly after her conduct was excoriated by the F.B.I.; Republicans have accused her of negligence, criminal mishandling of classified information and even treason. Rightly or wrongly, the most recent controversy is what has defined her most.

It’s Donald Trump’s Republican Party Now — "Trump has got everybody's attention," he said. Mr. Trump's ascension is a turning point in a political evolution that first upended the Republican Party in 2010, when Tea Party insurgents began defeating establishment politicians. The longtime intraparty alliance between disaffected blue-collar whites and the wealthy is unraveling; Mr. Trump seized on that change and personified it.

Missing party celebrities, convention loses energy and delegates — By Adam Nagourney and Jeremy W. Peters New York Times CLEVELAND >> It was just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, a coveted time slot at any political convention. But at the Quicken Loans Arena here, there were rows and rows of empty seats as Kimberlin Brown, a soap opera actress and California avocado farmer, struggled to talk over the chatter of delegates heading for the exits.

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Donald Trump’s Convention Is a Low-Energy Show So Far — Donald Trump Jr. followed with a rousing speech for his father - but he soon yielded his spot to Ms. Brown, the actress who played the devious character Sheila Carter on "The Young and the Restless." She was killed off the show in the 1990s, according to Variety.
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Aug 24, 2016

Pattern of Clintons in public life. They don't consult advisers before decisions like this. Clean up In Aisle 1! 

Aug 23, 2016

Cher, if u care, on Trump: "Sociopathic narcisscist. I just wish he’d fall off the face of the earth." @jmartnyt 

Aug 23, 2016

Cher on Clinton at private gay funder: “This chick is tougher than Chinese algebra." Trump is like Hitler @jmartnyt! 

Aug 20, 2016

An epic throwback for your Saturday afternoon: @jimrutenberg thumping George W. Bush. Or maybe vice versa: 

Aug 20, 2016

Black and white families of similar incomes live in separate worlds. @jeligon explores a new kind of segregation. 

Aug 19, 2016

Opposite of crazy. Totally relevent and a way to measure how he'd run a Trump White House 

Aug 18, 2016

A Trump death spiral? @jmartnyt on rising GOP concern that they will lose Senate because of Trump: Pa, NC and NH. 

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