• At the Republican National Convention earlier this week, a video shown used footage from a 2019 protest in Spain in a montage that alluded to the ongoing protests against racism in the US, NBC News reported.
  • In the video, which aired Monday and has since been posted on President Trump’s YouTube channel, two women talk about their conservative values and allude to recent protests, bemoaning “rioting” and “crime.”
  • Anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests have continued across the US, and while they’ve mostly been peaceful, destructive and sometimes violent moments have dominated headlines.
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The Republican National Convention, which took place in a mostly-virtual format Monday through Thursday, used stock video footage of an October 2019 protest in Barcelona, Spain, while the video’s narrators alluded to ongoing anti-racism protests in the United States.

As NBC News reported, the video that aired Monday and has since

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  • Three New York City public housing tenants who appeared in a video shown at the Republican National Convention told The New York Times didn’t know their interview would be used to endorse President Donald Trump.
  • Claudia Perez, Carmen Quiñones, and Manny Martinez said the interview was a chance to air their frustrations with the city’s housing authority and Mayor Bill de Blasio, but they don’t support Trump.
  • Lynne Patton, head of the New York office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, hit back at the Times’ report, insisting in a tweet that participants said the video was “‘amazing’ and ‘wholly accurate.'”
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New York City public housing tenants who were featured in a video for the Republican National Convention told The New York Times they didn’t know their interview would be used to endorse President Donald Trump. 

Claudia Perez, Carmen Quiñones, and

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump may be vying for the same undecided voters, but after their Party’s conventions over the past two weeks, it’s clear they’re offering sharply different ideas for America’s economic future.

Spurred on by the left-wing of his party, Biden is proposing to invest the federal government with sweeping new powers to tax, regulate, and spend its way to his version of a Green New Deal.

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Trump is talking about doing exactly the opposite, devolving power to businesses and workers through lower taxes, less regulation and a lighter touch from the federal government.

Both Biden

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One thing than emerged last week from the Democrats’ dark and stilted virtual convention was that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris are unwilling to run against President Trump’s actual record on the economy.

Lacking any plan of their own to incentivize private sector growth, they attempted to invent two economic strawmen they can run against.

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The first is that the COVID downturn was the president’s fault, and the second — even more outrageously — is that he didn’t create more than three years of historic labor market prosperity, but “inherited” it from his predecessor President Barack Obama.

I was proud to see President Trump put that

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  • The 2020 RNC sought to sanitize Trump’s record on an array of issues, going all-in to convince Americans he’s not racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic. 
  • The convention painted an alternate reality for Americans, particularly in terms of Trump’s bungled response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • The underlying message of the convention was fundamentally contradictory in that it pitched Trump as the solution to problems that arose or were exacerbated during his presidency. 
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The 2020 Republican National Convention painted an alternate reality for the country, portraying President Donald Trump as a tolerant, levelheaded leader who acted swiftly to contain COVID-19. 

During his speech on Thursday, Trump said his administration is focusing “on the science, the facts, and the data” to handle the pandemic. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Roughly 1,500 people gathered on the South Lawn of the White House for the final night

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  • Former government ethics chief Walter Shaub said President Donald Trump was violating ethics codes when he hosted the final night of the Republican National Convention on the White House lawn. 
  • Shaub called it an abuse of power for personal gain. 
  • Experts have accused Trump and his administration of violating the Hatch Act several times during the convention. 
  • The act bars federal employees excluding the president and vice president from engaging in any political activities, including campaigning, in their official capacities.
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Government ethics experts criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to hold the final night of the Republican National Convention on the White House lawn Thursday night.

Walter Shaub, the director of the United States Office of Government Ethics between 2013 and 2017, described it as an abuse of power for personal gain.

“This abomination may be the most visible misuse of official position for

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Mr. Trump withdrew — or “ripped up,” as he put it — from President Barack Obama’s 2015 Iran nuclear deal. And after promising to “bomb the hell out of” the Islamic State, he oversaw a military campaign that led to the terrorist group’s near-total battlefield defeat — even if that campaign was planned and initiated under the Obama administration. In his convention speech on Tuesday night, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited those actions, along with the targeted killing in 2019 of the group’s “evil leader,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Speaking from Jerusalem to spotlight Mr. Trump’s relocation of the American embassy there from Tel Aviv in 2018, Mr. Pompeo also praised the president’s pressure campaign against Iran and the missile strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the notorious Iranian military commander, on Jan. 3.

Other convention speakers emphasized the way Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly vowed to end “endless

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Advancing their anti-Christian, anti-conservative, anti-Donald Trump narrative was all that mattered.” — Kentucky high school student Nicholas Sandmann, in an RNC speech attacking the media for its coverage of his 2019 encounter with a Native American protester on the National Mall. 


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The RNC continues Wednesday with VP Pence’s acceptance speech at Ft. McHenry. Tuesday night featured endless Hatch Act violations, Trump’s naturalization and pardoning stunts, a well received Melania Trump speech, and Republicans referring to the pandemic in the past tense on a day more than 1,000 Americans were killed by COVID. 

Hurricane Laura threatens Texas and Louisiana after massively intensifying. It’s expected to make landfall Thursday morning with 100+ MPH winds and a 15-foot storm surge.  

At least two people were killed in Kenosha, Wisc.

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  • The scheduled speakers at this year’s Republican National Convention have shared so many conspiracies and debunked claims that previous conventions look quaint in comparison.
  • An anti-abortion activist who spoke Tuesday night said earlier this year that police officers should racially profile her adopted son because of “statistics.”
  • Another speaker lost her slot at the convention after retweeting an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that was supported by Hitler.
  • A former Fox host warned that Democrats will “defund, dismantle, and destroy American law enforcement” in a speech that some described as fascist.
  • A sitting Republican congressman claimed Democrats want to “take away your guns,” while another said Joe Biden and the “woketopians” will “disarm you, empty the prisons, lock you in your home, and invite MS-13 to live next door.”
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Congress should come back early from its current summer break and get to work on negotiating a new round of coronavirus relief spending, North Carolina Republican Sen. Thom Tillis said at a stop in Raleigh Tuesday.

Some top priorities, he said, are bringing back unemployment benefits at $400 a week — instead of the previous $600 — and giving families and businesses extra help, in the form of cash payments to families and loans or grants to businesses through new Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, funding.

“We’ve heard a lot of stories where it saved a lot of jobs, saved a lot of businesses,” Tillis said of the $659 billion PPP. “And we’re working hard to get it back before the Senate to increase the funding for it, and to eliminate the politics for a program that, across the board, has gotten rave reviews.”

The previous $600-per-week federal unemployment benefits

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