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'The Exact Type of Immigrant We Want' — When Donald Trump finally came on stage to deliver his speech, Newt Gingrich wiped away tears. And as he bent to hear what Callista said to him, a big, clear, heavy drop fell right from his eye to the floor.

Scenes From the Cruz Underground — There's a Cruz underground at the Republican National Convention, one that claims it's being boxed out and even physically suppressed by an official apparatus determined to throw the party's weight behind Donald Trump. When you walk the halls, they'll come up to you whispering about the injustice, about being silenced, about the "butthurt."

The World Looks at Trump, Confused — The theme of tonight's Republican National Convention is "Making America First Again"-a reference to our nation's place in the world, and to Donald Trump's foreign policy vision-and there's a small room walled off by blue fabric in the back of the Cleveland Convention Center packed with people sent here to puzzle out exactly what that means.

Melania’s Fan Club — In the hours before Melania Trump took the stage on the first night of the Republican Convention, Republican women gathered in Cleveland-delegates, alternates, guests-weren't sure what to expect. "I have no idea," said Sarah Brown, an Ohio delegate. "She's gorgeous and she has beautiful clothes and that's all I can say!"

Melania’s Big Audition — It's been a long time since we've heard from Melania Trump. The candidate's third wife hasn't made a single public statement for two months - a strangely long silence for a campaign spouse.

Putin Plays Nice — Russia knows terrorism. Between the apartment bombings of 1999, the bloody hostage situations of Beslan and Nord-Ost, the many, many suicide bombings, and, now, the wave of Russian citizens departing for Syria, Russia has been dealing with terrorism for the last two decades.

The Millennial’s Guide to Newt Gingrich — If you're of a certain age, there's not much you know about Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House. You might remember his failed 2012 presidential campaign, in which he briefly led the GOP field, and during which he declared, "By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American."

POLITICO Magazine — Before Donald Trump took the stage in Dallas on a June evening, a string of warm-up acts-mostly local politicians and conservative personalities-took their turns addressing the crowd. A local talk-radio host growled that if any of the other 16 Republican contenders would have been fine soldiers in the fight to advance the evangelical agenda, "then Donald Trump is an M1 Abrams tank in that fight."

World Cup: Russia's Very Expensive & Yet Wholly Unimpressive Side — When the Russian Football Union decided to start hiring foreign coaches, they started with Guus Hiddink, in 2006, and then moved on to Dick Advokaat, in 2010. Each of those men was paid millions of Euros a year, but not by the Russian Football Union, which, ironically, is rarely financially solvent.

Obama Just Hit Russia With New Sanctions. Here's What It Means. — The conflict between Ukraine and Russia has been dragging on for months, the Groundhog Day of frozen regional conflicts, so you'd be forgiven for no longer paying attention or caring. Today, however, the Treasury Department rolled out a fresh round of sanctions. What's more, these ones, according to Treasury, were the dreaded "sectoral" kind.
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Jul 24, 2016

RT @samsanders: I'm in downtown Philly w/Bernie Sanders supporters as they prepare 2 march thru the city. They say thousands r here

Jul 24, 2016

RT @liamstack: Dismayed by Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg Will Endorse Hillary Clinton  He hasn't been a Democrat…

Jul 24, 2016

Sorry, folks. My account was hacked. Should be fixed now.

Jul 23, 2016

@jenntashenberg @ddale8 @realDonaldTrump it's a reason he SHOULDN'T be an anti-Semite, but it doesn't automatically excuse him, no.

Jul 23, 2016

I talked to a lot of orthodox Jewish Republicans in Cleveland who said no, Trump is not an anti-Semite. 

Jul 23, 2016

Naming Kaine and Pence as VP candidates because they're safe means you shouldn't worry about the health of the patriarchy just yet.

Jul 23, 2016

Does the DNC hack n' dump leave any questions about Russia's preferences in this campaign?

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