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TOP OF MIND TODAY…
► President Barack Obama stole the show in his final appearance as President at a Democratic National Convention. As Politico reports from Wednesday:
Obama’s convention speech in Philadelphia framed the 2016 election in a very Obama way: the audacity of hope over the politics of fear, optimism over darkness, solutions over slogans, togetherness over division, a supremely qualified public servant in Hillary Clinton over an amateur-hour con artist in Donald Trump. America, he declared, is already great, and Clinton will make it greater.
The president gave a stirring but fundamentally defensive speech, fighting back against the Republican convention’s dystopic vision of America as a crime-infested, porous-bordered, militarily weak, economically stagnant hellscape that only Trump can fix. Where Trump sees chaos and decline, the president said, “I see engineers inventing stuff.” Trump may see a strongman in the mirror, but Obama scoffed, “We don’t look to be ruled.” Obama reprised the themes of the speech that catapulted him to fame at the 2004 convention, contrasting his vision of a unified America that rises above red-against-blue with Trump’s rhetoric of fear.
Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will formally accept her Party’s nomination tonight as the DNC in Philadelphia comes to a close. Clinton is scheduled to speak at about 8:00 pm (MT).
Two Colorado politicians, House Democratic Leader Crisanta Duran and Gov. John Hickenlooper, will also speak on the main stage earlier this evening.
► The campaign of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump continues its systematic blockade of journalists who have not pledged to produce only positive press for His Hairness. As “The Fix” explains:
Jose DelReal is one of a small team of people who covers Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for the Post. On Wednesday, he was in Milwaukee to cover an appearance by Trump running mate Mike Pence.DelReal was barred from covering the event as a reporter, in keeping with Trump’s long-standing ban on the Washington Post. DelReal then tried to enter the event as a citizen. He was told no one could enter with a phone and a computer. He put them in the car and again tried to enter. He was refused — again — and patted down. “I don’t want you here. You have to go,” the security official told him.
That should scare the hell out of you.
It’s easy to let this whole episode fall into a partisan trap. He deserved it!, Trump allies will argue. Reporters at mainstream outlets are biased against Mr. Trump! Maybe if you told the truth sometimes, he would let you in!
Here’s the thing: If we start banning citizens — like Jose or me or Michelle Malkin or Rachel Maddow or anyone else — from attending public events for one of the two people who will be our next president, we are sliding down a slippery slope to a future reality that is a very, very bad thing for our country.
► Donald Trump is coming to Colorado tomorrow for a fundraiser in Colorado Springs and public events in the Springs and in Denver. The Colorado Republican Party will not benefit from the Trump fundraiser because His Hairness is still angry at the State GOP.
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