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In D.C., officials stressed the importance of caution but also of allowing economic activity to resume as the Walter E. Washington Convention Center reopened for the first time in about six months.

The facility was among the first venues in the District to shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The closure in early March was symbolic of sweeping changes to city life ahead of other restrictions that followed.

The city now hopes the convention center will serve as an example of how key spaces in the nation’s capital can begin to reopen safely — with a new focus on virtual events while adhering to strict health and safety guidelines.

Gregory O’Dell, president and chief executive of Events D.C., which manages the convention center, said his organization has seen a significant financial blow. In May, the city opened a hospital overflow area in the convention center to prepare for a

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  • It might be time to stop putting so much stock into the TV ratings on the major party conventions.
  • The largest audience arrived on the final night of each convention, with the Democrats edging out the Republicans with 24.6 million viewers compared to 23.8 million.
  • Nielsen found a decline in ratings for both the DNC and RNC this year compared to 2016, but the broader trends are worth paying more attention to.
  • More Americans are picking up their news in bits and pieces on social media, and there is no similar Nielsen-like source for streaming numbers.
  • While the convention programming may be geared toward getting out the vote and persuading undecided voters — who break heavily male — using TV ratings as a metric for predicting some sort of boost to the campaigns may no longer apply.
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Hemming and hawing over the ratings

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President Donald Trump claimed accomplishments he didn’t earn on the pandemic, energy and veterans at a Republican convention finale that also heard Black Lives Matter baselessly accused of coordinating violent protests across the country.A look at some of the rhetoric Thursday from Trump and his supporting speakers at Republican National Convention proceedings:COVID-19TRUMP: “Instead of following the science, Joe Biden wants to inflict a painful shutdown on the entire country. His shutdown would inflict unthinkable and lasting harm on our nation’s children, families, and citizens of all backgrounds.”THE FACTS: That’s false. Biden has publicly said he would shut down the nation’s economy only if scientists and public health advisers recommended he do so to stem the COVID-19 threat. In other words, he said he would follow the science, not disregard it.Speaking Sunday in an ABC interview, Biden said he “will be prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives” when … Read More

  • President Donald Trump tore into Democratic nominee Joe Biden on the final night of the Republican National Convention, portraying Biden as weak on critical issues like crime, immigration, China, and the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Democratic agenda is “the most extreme set of proposals ever put forward by a major party nominee,” Trump said.
  • The president also spread misinformation and conspiratorial claims about everything from mail-in voting, police brutality protests, impeachment, the Russia probe, and COVID-19.
  • Scroll down to read the president’s remarks and how they stack up with reality.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

President Donald Trump took center stage on the final night of the Republican National Convention on Thursday.

In his speech, the president tore into the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, and portrayed him as weak on critical issues like crime, immigration, China, and the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is the most important election in the history

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Obama, for instance, allowed five members of his Cabinet to address the party’s 2012 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, as he sought reelection. Four years later, as his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, sought the White House, Obama decided to prohibit Cabinet members from taking part.

In 2012, Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s health and human services secretary, was cited for violating federal law prohibiting Cabinet members from engaging in politics on the clock when she called for the president’s reelection and touted the candidacy of another Democrat at an event she was attending in her official capacity.

In 2011, a report by Office of Special Counsel found that during the George W. Bush administration, senior staff members at the Office of Political Affairs violated the Hatch Act by organizing dozens of political briefings from 2001 to 2007 for Republican appointees at top federal agencies in an effort to enlist them

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(Reuters) – First lady Melania Trump and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo led an array of Americans making the case at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday for re-electing President Donald Trump over Democrat Joe Biden in November.

Here are quotes from the day’s events, delivered both live and pre-recorded due to the coronavirus epidemic.

TIFFANY TRUMP, DAUGHTER OF DONALD TRUMP:

“Make America Great Again is not a slogan for my father, it is what drives him to keep his promise of doing what is right for American citizens.”

LARRY KUDLOW, WHITE HOUSE ECONOMIC ADVISER:

“Look, our economic choice is very clear. Do you want economic health, prosperity opportunity and optimism, or do you want to turn back to the dark days of stagnation, recession and pessimism? I believe, there can’t be better economic policies than we’ve had in recent years. So I say stay with him.”

FLORIDA LIEUTENANT

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Owen Ullmann, Opinion contributor
Published 3:15 a.m. ET Aug. 25, 2020

The numbers don’t lie: Obama’s economic record is just as good

As the Republican National Convention makes its case to the American public this week, we’ll be hearing a lot from President Trump and his surrogates about his genius as a manager of the nation’s economy.

True, the coronavirus pandemic sent the economy crashing into a downturn unlike anything we’ve experienced since the Great Depression nearly a century before. But the virus wasn’t his doing, and he’ll make the case — as he has numerous times before — that he had engineered the best economy ever before the pandemic struck.

Until the pandemic spread, “we were going in a direction like we had never seen — the most successful economy in the history of our country, the best unemployment numbers in history,” Trump declared Monday in a speech during

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Obama, for instance, allowed five members of his Cabinet to address the party’s 2012 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, as he sought reelection. Four years later, as his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, sought the White House, Obama decided to prohibit Cabinet members from taking part.

In 2012, Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s health and human services secretary, was cited for violating federal law prohibiting Cabinet members from engaging in politics on the clock when she called for the president’s reelection and touted the candidacy of another Democrat at an event she was attending in her official capacity.

In 2011, a report by Office of Special Counsel found that during the George W. Bush administration, senior staff members at the Office of Political Affairs violated the Hatch Act by organizing dozens of political briefings from 2001 to 2007 for Republican appointees at top federal agencies in an effort to enlist them

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The major broadcast and cable networks were mighty friendly to Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden and the splashy national convention which provided his debut in the political arena last week.

Here is the question that follows: Will media coverage of the Republican National Convention be as generous, or will the networks end up censoring President Trump and his campaign message, or compromising the coverage itself?

The liberal media is already rustling with possibilities.

“America is experiencing asymmetric lying — because President Trump’s campaign is much more dishonest, more frequently, than Joe Biden’s campaign. News outlets have to acknowledge this truth imbalance,” CNN media analyst Brian Stelter warns in a tweet.

“Should TV networks air the Republican National Convention in full?” he asked, suggesting that broadcasters consider cutting away if they believe the Republicans are offering “disinformation” to the voting public.

A network decision to stop covering the GOP gathering

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As the Republican Convention opens I expect President Trump will make the case he is best positioned to end the recession. According to Yale professor Ray Fair’s predictive voting model, the incumbent party usually wins if the economy does better in the year of the election. Unfortunately for the Republican party, Trump may have sunk his reelection because he ignored advice from professional economists.

Trump ignored economists who advised him that corporate tax cuts would not be enough to induce investment or induce firms to raise pay. Trump ignored economists’ consensus that tariffs would create higher prices and retaliation. And Trump ignored economists on how to reopen the economy during Covid-19.

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