Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Donald Trump Jr. delivered a speech to the Republican convention with phrasing lifted from a magazine article, but since the article’s writer helped write the speech, plagiarism allegations quickly faded.
* In the meantime, questions continue as to who was responsible for Melania Trump’s speech, which included plagiarized portions from a Michelle Obama speech.
* A Trump campaign spokesperson said late yesterday that Melania Trump “wanted to communicate to Americans in phrases they have heard before,” which is probably the funniest of all possible explanations.
* For the first time in the organization’s 38-year history, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is endorsing a presidential candidate: it’s backing Hillary Clinton.
* In a bit of a surprise, Donald Trump reportedly flew home Monday night, leaving his own convention so he could sleep at home.
* Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, suggested yesterday that Paul Manafort, Trump’s current campaign chairman, may need to resign as a result of the plagiarism controversy. The score between these two clearly hasn’t been settled.
* Wright State University in Ohio was scheduled to host a presidential debate in September, but the school announced yesterday that it’s withdrawing, citing escalating costs. A replacement venue has not yet been selected.
* Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told CNN yesterday that she’s unlikely to vote for Hillary Clinton in the fall, but she’s “not completely closing the door” to the possibility.