Senator Cory Booker discusses how the Hillary Clinton campaign proceeds from the convention against the unconventional campaign style of Donald Trump in what will be an exceptionally long general election. watch
Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt, Republican strategists, talk about how Hillary Clinton's Democratic nomination acceptance speech will resonate with demographic groups beyond the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. watch
Chris Matthews postulates that the candidacy of Donald Trump has been a good thing for Democrats, reminding them of their American values and pushing them to remind the nation at their convention. watch
Third night in a row that Dems have prominently featured law enforcement officers and their family members at DNC.
An MSNBC panel discusses the additional challenges Hillary Clinton faces as the first female major political party nominee for the presidency of the United States of America in her address to the Democratic National Convention. watch
* Extraordinary developments in Russia: "Russia's main domestic intelligence service raided the Moscow headquarters of an investigative agency on Tuesday, in a rare sign of dysfunction in the country's domestic security services."
* The number of skeptics dwindles: "Senior U.S. national security officials tell NBC News they are confident that Russian intelligence agencies hacked the Democratic National Committee."
* ISIS: "The United States is poring over a vast trove of new intelligence about Islamic State fighters who have flowed into Syria and Iraq and some who then returned to their home countries, information that American officials say could help fight militants on the battlefield and prevent potential plotters from slipping into Europe."
* The campaign later expressed regret over this: "At [Mike] Pence's first public event since he was introduced as the Republican vice-presidential candidate two weeks ago, a [Washington Post] reporter was barred from entering the venue after security staffers summoned local police to pat him down in a search for his cellphone."
* Someone wants attention again: "North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington 'crossed the red line' and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month."
* Brazil: "A half-million foreign tourists, dozens of heads of state and the attention of the world's media. If there were ever a headache for anti-terror forces, it's the Olympics."
* Setting the record straight: "President Obama says reports he eats precisely seven almonds each night are a joke that got out of hand. 'Well, this is an example of the weird way that the press works,' he said in an interview that aired Thursday on NBC's 'Today.'"
The Washington Post's centrist editorial board nearly always publishes a presidential endorsement -- the exception was in 1988, when the paper didn't like either candidate -- and it's likely to do so again this year. But with months remaining before that happens, the newspaper did something a little different over the weekend: the Post's editors announced who they won't endorse.
In a rare, full-page editorial, the Washington Post published a piece that described Donald J. Trump as "a unique threat to American democracy." It was a rather brutal indictment, shining an unflattering light on the Republican nominee's "politics of denigration and division" and "his "contempt for constitutional norms."
The paper went on to describe the GOP candidate as "a peril," who, if elected, "would be dangerous for the nation and the world." The Post concluded that Trump is "a unique and present danger," who "represents a threat to the Constitution."
And while such language is certainly fair under the circumstances, it's also unexpected. The editorial board of the Washington Post does not have a reputation for being overtly partisan or incendiary. Sunday's editorial is a reflection, not of editors who see an unqualified candidate, but of Americans who appear to be quite frightened.
And they're not alone. CNN's David Gregory, a veteran of Republican and Democratic White Houses, said this week that Donald Trump is like "a child playing with matches who doesn't understand how badly he and the country can get burned. It's a very serious thing."
The New York Times' Timothy Egan argued last week that Trump's candidacy should cause "fear" among Americans -- "for the republic, for a democracy facing its gravest peril since the Civil War."
Vox's Ezra Klein wrote a compelling piece last week on the degree to which Trump has left him, on a very personal level, feeling scared. The night of the Republican's convention speech, Ezra said he felt "genuinely" afraid for "the first time since I began covering American politics."
Ezra added yesterday, after Trump's bizarre press conference in which he called for Russian intervention in the U.S. election, "It's weird to keep saying this, but this is not okay. This is not a man with the temperament, the steadiness, the discipline to be president. The issue here isn't left versus right, or liberal versus conservative, or Democrat versus Republican. It's crazy versus not crazy."
Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* It's a safe bet Republicans are deeply annoyed that the television ratings for the Democratic National Convention are ahead of those of last week's GOP convention.
* On a related note, Donald Trump's campaign is urging supporters to boycott Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech tonight.
* The North Carolina Republican Party attacked Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine last night for the lapel pin he wore during his convention speech. GOP officials said it was the official flag of Honduras, but it was actually the symbol for Blue Star Families -- Kaine wears it in honor of his son, who's a Marine. The North Carolina Republican Party deleted its criticism but didn't apologize. [Update: Later this morning, the state GOP did issue a written apology.]
* Donald Trump participated in an AMA forum on Reddit yesterday, which was limited to Trump supporters asking easy questions. ("AMA" is supposed to stand for "Ask Me Anything.")
* Nebraska may be a "red" state, but Hillary Clinton will campaign in Omaha on Monday, Aug. 1. Note, then-candidate Barack Obama won one of Nebraska's five electoral votes in 2008, suggesting there are some Democrats in the eastern part of the state.
* Daniel Pipes, a conservative veteran of five presidential administrations, wrote an op-ed this week declaring an end to his 44-year relationship with the Republican Party. Pipes cited, primarily, Trump's presidential nomination.
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