McAuliffe To Circumvent VA Supreme Court Ruling On Felon Voter Rights, Will Issue 200,000 Clemency Grants

Leah wrote abut how the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order that would allow convicted felons to vote was unconstitutional. The action promoted legal action from the Virginia Republican Party. The court ruled that McAuliffe had overreached the state’s longstanding law concerning disenfranchisement of voting rights for criminals. Now, McAuliffe has decided to work around the court’s ruling by granting clemency to the 200,000 felons who were targeted in his original executive order (via Think Progress):

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is taking action to restore the voting rights of thousands of ex-offenders in the state after a court decision Friday put them in jeopardy. He’s getting around the Virginia Supreme Court’s ruling against him by signing 200,000 individual clemency grants to the state’s ex-offenders to ensure their right to vote in November.

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But just hours after the decision, McAuliffe vowed to push back by signing clemency grants for the state’s ex-offenders one by one.

“The struggle for civil rights has always been a long and difficult one, but the fight goes on,” he wrote. “I remain committed to moving past our Commonwealth’s history of injustice to embrace an honest process for restoring the rights of our citizens, and I believe history and the vast majority of Virginians are on our side.”

The governor is certainly trying to make sure Virginia goes to his pal, Hilary Clinton, come November, huh?

Former KKK Leader David Duke Is Running For Senate

Former KKK leader David Duke is running for U.S. Senate in Louisiana, he announced Friday.

The one-term Louisiana state representative will be seeking the vacated seat of Republican David Vitter.

On his website, Duke said he was urged to run by “enormous numbers of people [in] his district to run for United States Congress."

"With the country coming apart at the seams and no one willing to really speak the truth about what is happening, the majority population in this country needs someone who will actually give voice to their interests in the face of an increasingly violent hatefest launched by the media and political establishment against them," his website reads.

In addition to being the former head of the notorious white supremacist group, he’s also a convicted felon, serving time in 2002 for tax evasion and mail fraud.

In his effort to win the seat, Duke, a registered Republican, will be on his own, as the Republican Party has said it will not be proving any support whatsoever.

"Louisiana voters will be able to choose from several Republican Senate candidates who will have a great impact on the Bayou State and the future of our country," National Republican Senatorial Committee executive director Ward Baker said in a statement. "David Duke is not one of them. He will not have the support of the NRSC under any circumstance."

Exclusive Dinesh D’Souza Interview About New Hillary Book and Movie

Famed bestselling author and documentary filmmaker Dinseh D’Souza sits down exclusively with the Conservative Book Club to discuss his explosive new book and movie, Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (published by Regnery).

- See more at: http://www.conservativebookclub.com/20247/author-interviews/exclusive-interview-with-dinesh-dsouza-about-new-book-and-movie#sthash.on6AIPUK.dpufFamed bestselling author and documentary filmmaker Dinseh D’Souza sits down exclusively with us to discuss his explosive new book and movie, Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (published by Regnery).

In the book and movie, he takes down Hillary Clinton once and for all and exposes the real history of the Democratic Party that you don’t ever learn about in American classrooms anymore, including how the Democratic Party was the political party in favor of slavery, segregation, and fought against women’s suffrage and the civil rights bills of the 1960s.  While this information about the Democratic Party has been reported on before, it rarely gets to see the light of day on the massive platform of both book and movie form, with a noteworthy, intelligent, successful, and controversial filmmaker.

CBC Exclusive Podcast Author Interview with Dinesh D’Souza below:

D’Souza was originally born in Mumbai, India in 1961, and came to America on a Rotary International scholarship and studied at Dartmouth College.  He was one of the first pioneering writers for The Dartmouth Review– one of the first and most influential college conservative newspapers in the country, and went on to work at the Hoover InstituteAmerican Enterprise Institute, and served in the Reagan Administration as a senior policy analyst.

Later, he would become one of the country’s bestselling conservative authors, authoring over a dozen and a half books, including Illiberal EducationRonald ReaganLetters to a Young Conservative, and What’s So Great About Christianity.  He would later write The Roots of Obama’s Rage, and America: Imagine a World Without Her, which would be the basis for two of the top grossing documentaries in history, even beating out Michael Moore’s Sicko and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.

“Hillary’s America” movie trailer:

D’Souza has had an incredible influence on millions of Americans and helped them better understand Barack Obama and the progressive Left.  Last year, he paid a dear price for speaking out against the Democratic machine and was put in a confinement center for eight months due to an overblown campaign finance charge – a charge that has never been punished by jail time before.

But we’re glad D’Souza is back and has not lost his combination of great filmmaking and storytelling – as Hillary’s America is based on a true story.  Even William Peter Blatty, the author of the horror film The Exorcist, calls his book “utterly terrifying”!

Learn more about Dinesh D’Souza, his new movie and book at the Conservative Book Club!

Effort To Eliminate Superdelegates Fails; "Compromise" Reached

"Superdelegate" was probably the biggest buzzword of the 2016 election. Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) were pretty ticked at how Hillary Clinton received far more superdelegates than their candidate in states where he won an overwhelming majority of the popular vote. 

Some states, like Maine, voted to essentially strip superdelegates of all of their power by tying their vote to the results of the primary. (The Democratic National Committee was not thrilled by this.)

With the Democratic National Convention beginning on Monday, Sanders supporters made one last-ditch effort to eliminate the superdelegate system. While they didn't succeed in their endeavor, there was a "Unity Commission" compromise: Congressmen, governors, and other parties leaders are free to support whoever they want, but other unpledged delegates have to vote for candidates in proportion to the vote they received in the state.

"The Commission shall make specific recommendations providing that Members of Congress, Governors, and distinguished party leaders remain unpledged and free to support their nominee of choice," reads the new rules language, "but that remaining unpledged delegates be required to cast their vote at the Convention for candidates in proportion to the vote received for each candidate in their state."

According to the new rules, approved by a vote of 158 to 6, Democrats will appoint a unity commission of 21 members "no later than 60 days" after the general election, chaired by Clinton supporter Jennifer O'Malley Dillon and vice-chaired by Sanders supporter and former Communications Workers of America president Larry Cohen. That commission would report by Jan. 1, 2018, and get a vote on its proposals by the next meeting of the Democratic National Committee, long before the 2020 primaries.

Let's see if anything actually changes come 2020--especially in light of those damning leaked emails.

ISIS Takes Credit For Deadly Explosion in Kabul

The Islamic State has taken credit for an explosion on Saturday in Kabul that killed at least 80 people and injured hundreds more. The explosion happened during a protest against a power line attended by mostly Shia Muslims. ISIS is a Sunni group.

The IS-linked Amaq news agency said two fighters "detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shia" in Kabul.

The attack in Deh Mazang square targeted thousands from the Shia Hazara minority who were protesting over a new power line, saying its route bypasses provinces where many of them live.

The Taliban have condemned the attack.

According to Afghani authorities, three men were sent to attack the protest, but only one was successfully able to detonate a bomb.

Bold: Fox News Anchor Asks Obama If New Polling Is an 'Indictment' of His Presidency

President Obama didn’t seem prepared for the tough questions directed at him by Fox News’ Kevin Corke during his joint press conference with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at the White House on Friday.

Corke, while acknowledging that Obama’s approval ratings were above water, then provided the president with some unflattering polling that reveals over 70 percent of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track.

Is that number an “indictment” of his presidency? Corke wondered.

Obama, clearly annoyed, responded by noting these statistics are nothing out of the ordinary.

“Over the last 20 to 30 years you’re going to be hard pressed to find a time when Americans thought we were on the right track,” he said. “It’s not that unusual.”

Corke also asked Obama whether he had watched any of the Republican National Convention coverage, where he said speakers were clearly "appealing to middle class voters."

Obama again pushed back at Corke’s narrative, arguing the journalist was “editorializing” in his questioning, suggesting Republicans are the ones who appeal more to this demographic.

Obama said he didn’t watch the RNC, but read some of the remarks and said he was dismayed by the Republicans' doom and gloom messaging.

This “vision of violence and chaos everywhere doesn’t jibe with the experience of most people,” he insisted.

A president, he said, should not base his or her policy decisions on “fears that have no basis in fact.”

This presser was taking place just as we started to get news about the deadly shooting in Munich.

Trump Scheduled to Receive Intelligence Breifings

After winning the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, Donald Trump is now set to receive U.S. intelligence briefings, according to ABC News.  

This will mark the first time that someone who has never served in government will receive the intelligence briefings.

After each party's convention and each candidate is chosen, both nominees will receive the same briefings about threats from around the world.  The Democratic National Convention concludes on Thursday, where Hillary Clinton is expected to accept the nomination.  

Current and former officials have expressed concern over briefing Clinton, due to her handling of classified information when she was secretary of State the use of a  personal email as a means of communication.  


Obama Jokes, Laughs While Discussing Deadly Munich Attack

It should go without saying that the time to crack a joke and laugh is not when you are talking about a mass shooting. That, however, is exactly what President Obama did on Friday when discussing the possible terror attack in Munich, Germany, that killed at least nine people.

“Obviously our hearts go out to those who may have been injured, it’s still an active situation and Germany is one of our closest allies, so we are going to pledge all the support that they may need in dealing with these circumstances,” he told the press.

“It’s a good reminder of something that I’ve said over the last couple of weeks, which is our way of life, our freedoms, our ability to go about our business every day, raising our kids and seeing them grow up, and graduate from high school and now about to leave their dad,” he said to raucous laughter.

“I’m sorry I’m getting a little too personal,” he said smiling. “Getting a little too personal there. That depends on law enforcement.”

Hillary Clinton Selects Sen. Tim Kaine As Running Mate

Taking a page from Donald Trump's book, Hillary Clinton also used Twitter to announce who she had picked as a running mate running mate. Clinton tweeted late Friday evening that she is going with Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

This announcement comes as no surprise, as Kaine had been the odds-on favorite for quite a while.

VA Supreme Court Strikes Down McAuliffe's Executive Order Giving Felons Right to Vote

Despite Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s sweeping executive order that sought to restore voting rights to felons in Virginia, they will not be able to cast their ballot at voting booths come November thanks to the commonwealth’s Supreme Court, which declared the order unconstitutional on Friday.

The high court heard oral arguments earlier this week. The plaintiffs in the case, led by leaders from the Republican-controlled legislature, argued that McAuliffe’s move was unconstitutional. The court agreed, and ordered the Virginia Department of Elections to “cancel the registration of all felons who have been invalidly registered,” under the April 22 executive order.

As many as 11,662 felons had registered to vote thanks to the executive order. The order was widely viewed as a move to help Hillary Clinton by all-but-ensuring Virginia goes blue in the November general election, since most convicts register Democratic.  

DNC Chairwoman Calls Sanders Aide 'Scummy' in Leaked Email

If you had any doubts the Democratic National Committee was biased in the 2016 primary process, this leaked email may quash them. In a newly discovered correspondence between DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her staff, one of the 20,000 emails leaked by Wikileaks earlier on Friday, she calls Bernie Sanders aide Jeff Weaver some nasty names.

"Damn liar," she wrote. "Particularly scummy that he barely acknowledges the violent and threatening behavior that occurred."

This heated exchange occurred after the disastrous Nevada Democratic convention in May, where Sanders supporters booed speakers offstage and demanded a recount after Hillary Clinton gained delegates they believe she didn't deserve. Some of his supporters also reportedly threw chairs at the convention and sent death threats to the Nevada State Democratic Party chairwoman Roberta Lange.

This behavior is of course reprehensible. Yet, the DNC is supposed to remain neutral in the process.

Schultz has been accused of overseeing a "rigged" system that unfairly prevented Sanders from having any chance at the Democratic nomination. Her decisions throughout the primary, such as a limited debate schedule, seemed intended to guarantee Hillary Clinton would become their party's nominee. 

In a separate leaked email, DNC staffers were caught questioning Sanders' faith.

Hillary Clinton is hoping to attract Sanders fans to her base. Good luck with that.

Tantrum: At RNC Volunteer Party, Trump Goes Off On Cruz, Repeats Unhinged JFK Conspiracy

You know that long-awaited, elusive "pivot" to a more serious and presidential Donald Trump for which the commentariat keeps yearning? It's not coming. The morning after formally accepting the Republican Party's presidential nomination, Trump and his running mate appeared together at a "thank you" event for convention volunteers. The blowhard mogul proceeded to uncork a rambling, stream-of-consciousness soliloquy that careened from one topic to another, before eventually landing on his favorite subject: The Republican Primary process. From there, it was a short hop to Ted Cruz, whose non-endorsement speech on Wednesday night drew loud boos. Trump initially had downplayed the incident as no big deal, and even managed to avoid firing back at his former(?) rival during his acceptance speech. But Donald Trump is incapable of letting anything go, even when it's in his best interests to do so. He told CBS News earlier that the crowd turning on Cruz was "beautiful," then ramped up his fury at the post-convention gathering, declaring -- apparently on-the-fly -- that if Cruz were to endorse him before November, he'd reject it.  ("You can't fire me, I quit!" Allahpundit snarks). He also mused about forming a Super PAC to go after the Texas Senator in his home state, where Cruz crushed Trump in March.  Keep in mind that this is the morning after Trump called for an end to "petty politics:"

By the way, in spite of Trump's implication, the "controversial" passages of Cruz's speech were all included in the pre-submitted text. Next came a surreal re-litigation of the Trump's attacks on Cruz's family, including a false account of his insults against Heidi Cruz, as well as a repetition of the utterly debunked slander that Cruz's father may have had a hand in the JFK assassination.  To justify that one, Trump sang the praises of the National Enquirer's credibility, citing their take-down of John Edwards.  But that publication also "reported" that the CIA hired a prostitute to assassinate Justice Scalia, who Trump name-checked in last night's address.  The JFK implication one of the more reckless and odious things Trump has done all year, and he simply cannot bring himself to drop it, out of solipsism and spitefulness.  Desirable qualities in a president, to be sure.  Incidentally, I'd love to know what was going through Mike Pence's mind as Trump wandered wildly off-script to trash the man he endorsed ahead of the Indiana primary.  You signed up for this, governor:

For good measure, Trump also attacked popular Ohio Governor John Kasich -- who just happens to command a potent political operation in the most important swing state in the country, without which Trump cannot win the presidency.  Because unity.  Today's churlish performance was a fitting coda to a dysfunctional convention, and a perfect encapsulation of Trump's resentment-fueled campaign.  Democrats will happily let him rip.  Republican officials will tear their hair out, agog that he'd actively step on his own post-convention moment with such a stupid, impulsive, narrative-shifting act of self-sabotage.  And his hardcore followers will absolutely eat it up.  He fights!  I'll leave you with this:

The Rolling Stones Aren't Happy Donald Trump Used Their Music At The RNC

Last night at the RNC, The Rolling Stones' song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" started playing as the night drew to a close. People wondered if they were being trolled...

...but one group of people in particular weren't thrilled their song was being used: the band themselves.

The group released a statement on Twitter saying that they do not want to be associated with Donald Trump.

This isn't the first time artists have thrown a hissy fit over Trump using their music during the campaign. Aerosmith also asked Trump to cease using their song "Dream On."

What About Indiana’s Race for Governor?

Mike Pence is now the vice presidential nominee for the Republican Party. That became official this week. However, to accept this position, Governor Pence had to forgo his re-election campaign in Indiana. This has created last minute upheaval in the Hoosier state.

Before Pence’s switch to the Presidential ticket, he was set for a rematch with the former speaker of the Indiana House, John Gregg. They faced off previously for the governor’s office in 2012 in one of the closest gubernatorial elections in 50 years, despite a clean victory for Mitt Romney on the same ballot.

There will be no statewide election to select the GOP nominee. The candidate will be chosen by the state party’s 22 member central committee on Tuesday, July 26.

After popular former governor Mitch Daniels ruled out a comeback, the race to become the gubernatorial nominee has come down to three: Rep. Todd Rokita, Rep. Susan Brooks, and Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb.

No one is sure who the nominee will be. Congressman Rokita did, however, release a poll showing him beating Gregg by double digits in an effort to prove his case as the strongest candidate.

There is reason for Republicans to be optimistic despite losing the power of incumbency and Democrat Gregg holding a $5.8 million campaign war chest... Roll Call still lists the race as “leans Republican” despite no GOP nominee being chosen yet. It is reasonable to assume polls will be even better for Republicans after a candidate is chosen.

Hillary To Announce VP Pick Today

Hillary Clinton will announce her running mate on Friday, multiple sources are reporting. Clinton is currently campaigning in Florida and has an event scheduled for 4:30. She will campaign with her running mate beginning Saturday.

She is reportedly leaning towards Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her choice.

The DNC kicks off on Monday in Philadelphia.

Federal Debt Hits $19,400,000,000,000

The federal debt hits its biggest amount yet this week.  As of Tuesday, the number amassed to over $19,400,000,000,000, according to data released from the U.S. Treasury.  

But how could this happen if Congress passed the  “Bipartisan Budget Act,” which was to suspend the legal debt limit until March 15, 2017?  According to one report, when the bill was passed on November 2, 2015, the federal debt stood at $18,152,981,685,747.52.  But since then, the federal debt has increased by $1,249,380,205,181.94.

Well, check the fine print.  Title IX of the Bipartisan Budget Act, “Temporary Extension of Public Debt Limit,” says that "the limit is increased to accommodate obligations issued during the suspension period.”

Paul Ryan and congressional leadership tell the American people how good of a job they are doing maintaining control over an outrageous debt problem, but then they "accommodate obligations" and the process continues on without change.   

BREAKING: Shooting Reported in Munich Shopping Center; UPDATE: Nine Dead

UPDATE: The shooting is over, but the scene is still considered to be "active." At least one person has died and 10 are injured, but there are no firm numbers yet.

UPDATE II: There are reports of a second shooting in Munich near a metro station. Nobody has been captured in either shooting.

UPDATE III: The transit system in Munich has been shut down. The shooters are still at large.

UPDATE IV: The media is reporting that six people have been killed.

UPDATE V: Police are asking people to please refrain from sharing photos or videos of the perpetrator on social media.

UPDATE VI: The police are treating the shootings as "suspected terrorism."

UPDATE VII: Nine people are dead, a number which possibly includes the shooter.

UPDATE VIII: Police have upped the death total to 10. The alleged shooter's body has been found.

UPDATE IX: The suspect has been identified as an 18-year-old German-Iranian.

---Original Post---

There are reports of a mass shooting at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum (OEZ) shopping center in Munich, Germany. There are no details currently available as to the identity of the perpetrators or any casualties.

Witnesses have been tweeting photos and videos of people fleeing the area.

This post has been updated.

Poll: Trump Closing the Gap in New Hampshire

A new poll has Donald Trump in a statistical dead heat with Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. A WMUR poll has Clinton with only a two-point lead over Trump, which falls comfortably in the margin of error. Clinton leads Trump with 39 to 37, with a margin of error of 4.5

When third-party candidates Jill Stein (Green Party) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) are included in the poll, Clinton and Trump are tied at 37 percent.

The latest WMUR Granite State Poll, released on Thursday evening, has Clinton leading Trump, 39 percent to 37 percent, well within the poll’s 4.5 percent margin of error, while a large bloc of likely voters -- 18 percent – say they would support another candidate and 6 percent are undecided.

When other prominent candidates – Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party – are included, the race is even closer.

Under that scenario, Trump and Clinton are tied at 37 percent each, with 10 percent supporting Johnson, 5 percent for Stein, 5 percent for someone else and 6 percent undecided.

New Hampshire, which is generally considered to be a swing state, last went Republican in the 2000 election.

Uh Oh: Wikileaks Releases Thousands of DNC Emails Ahead of Convention

Wikileaks has just released about 20,000 emails reportedly sent and received from the Democratic National Committee ahead of next week's convention. The email dump is a part of Wikileaks new Hillary Leaks series. Here's what the correspondence includes, according to the whistleblower organization.

Between this and Donald Trump's epic rant Friday morning against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), how can Clinton hope to steal the spotlight with a routine vice presidential announcement?

You can search through the DNC email database here.

In Epic Rant, Trump Explains How Cruz ‘Dishonorably’ Doctored His Speech

“Somebody got booed the hell out of the place,” Trump noted in a speech to his volunteers Friday morning as the Republican National Convention wrapped up. “There wasn’t one person who was with him,” Trump said, including the Texas delegation.

Of course, Trump was referring to Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) controversial speech on Wednesday night, where he failed to endorse the Republican nominee and seemingly offered a nod to the “Never Trump” movement by telling voters to “vote their conscience” in November.

Trump’s Friday remarks were supposed to focus on the thank yous - and he did for the most part, spending a few particular moments thanking the secret service and the Cleveland police, but he felt compelled to respond to Cruz’s antics.

“He may have ruined his political career,” Trump said. “He’ll come and endorse because he has no choice.”  

Yet, if he gives his endorsement, Trump said “he will not accept it.”

The GOP nominee then explained what happened Wednesday night.

“I saw his speech,” Trump said. His team told him it’s a "boring speech" and the Texas senator even congratulates him for his nomination.

Then, when Cruz stepped up to the podium, he added a sentence, “which could have been viewed as a nasty thing and implying something,” Trump said.

“That’s dishonorable,” he added. “To me not signing a pledge is dishonorable.”

“I don’t want his endorsement,” Trump repeated. “Ted, just stay home, relax.”

Controversy aside, Trump spent some time remarking on the movement they’ve created. What they’ve done is in the history books, he said.

Yet, “it doesn’t matter unless we beat Hillary Clinton.”

Sanders Reacts to Trump's Claims His Supporters Will Flock to Him

In Republican nominee Donald Trump's acceptance speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, he predicted that Bernie Sanders supporters will flock to vote for him in November. Why? Because Sanders voters were unfairly ignored in a Democratic primary system that was "rigged" for Hillary Clinton, Trump claimed.

Sanders, who has endorsed Clinton and even joined her on the campaign trail, rejected Trump's notion. The Vermont senator's supporters will never accept the Republican's alienating message, he insisted.

Yet, Sanders may want to take a look at some recent polling. Several surveys indicate Sanders fans are attracted to Trump's anti-political aura. A Bloomberg Politics poll from June revealed 22 percent of those who felt the Bern are planning to vote for the Republican alternative to Clinton.

Clinton, they know, will be more of the same Washington establishment they've come to loathe. 

So, is Trump's prediction really that far-fetched?

Time to Wake Up: Russia Bombed US Base in Syria

Russian bombers conducted an attack on a U.S. military base used by elite American and British forces on June 16th, according to numerous reports.  

Immediately after the strike, U.S. leaders in Qatar called Russia's headquarters in Latakia, Syria to tell them that they should not attack the base.  Ninety minutes later, Russia dropped another cluster bomb on the base and the pilots of the aircraft did not respond to any U.S. stress calls.  

The response from the White House and State Department, despite the possibility of U.S. casualties, was that of compromise.  

Defense officials from the Pentagon and CIA claim that Washington succumbed to Russia's pressure instead of confronting the aggression.  

NBA Pulls All Star Game From NC Over Bathroom Law

With North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory standing firm by his state’s recently enacted Bathroom Law, which requires that people use the public restroom that corresponds to their biological gender,  the NBA decided to pull the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, it announced Thursday.

“While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2,” the NBA said in a statement. “… We look forward to re-starting plans for our All-Star festivities in Charlotte for 2019 provided there is an appropriate resolution to this matter.”

Back in April, NBA commissioner Adam Silver threatened to move the game if the law was not changed. With the clock running down on planning for the big event and no signs that change was coming, Silver followed through on the threat, costing the state an estimated $100 million.

McCrory, as you can guess, was livid.

“The sports and entertainment elite, Attorney General Roy Cooper and the liberal media have for months misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present," McCrory said in a statement.

"Twenty-one other states have joined North Carolina to challenge the federal overreach by the Obama administration mandating their bathroom policies in all businesses and schools instead of allowing accommodations for unique circumstances. Left-wing special interest groups have no moral authority to try and intimidate the large majority of American parents who agree in common-sense bathroom and shower privacy for our children. American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process.”

Analysis: Trump's Long, Dark Acceptance Speech Targets Public Anxiety

I'll be brief. It's not an original thought by any means -- but it turned into an instant cliche because it's true: Donald Trump just delivered one of the longest, darkest presidential acceptance speeches in history.  The shouted address  was packed with a blend of correct statements, inaccuracies, and exaggerations; fact-checkers have their hands full.  Welcome to politics, especially in 2016.  It also hit on several themes that will likely resonate with many voters -- Security, law and order and restoring American dominance. While most political speeches try to convey optimism and hope, this address painted a very dreary, almost dystopian, picture of America. Yes, it was over-the-top and demagogic, but guess what?

Just look at the horrendous right track/wrong track numbers detected across the board in national polling. A lot of Americans are feeling deep unease and dissatisfaction about the state of the country. Trump may have gone too far on several occasions, but he was speaking directly to that prevailing sentiment. A modicum of positivity came in the form of a series of assertions that Trump is uniquely equipped to fix these problems, and fast. Very few details of how these things would be accomplished were shared. The GOP nominee's speech had a number of genuine bright spots, of course, including an ode to tolerance, a flash of self-deprication (both of which were ad-libbed), and a lovely tribute to his father. From my perspective, the strongest portion of his comments came toward the very end:

We will rescue kids from failing schools by helping their parents send them to a safe school of their choice. My opponent would rather protect education bureaucrats than serve American children. We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again...We will take care of our great Veterans like they have never been taken care of before. My opponent dismissed the VA scandal as being not widespread – one more sign of how out of touch she really is. We are going to ask every Department Head in government to provide a list of wasteful spending projects that we can eliminate in my first 100 days. The politicians have talked about it, I’m going to do it. We are also going to appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution. The replacement for Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views and principles. This will be one of the most important issues decided by this election. My opponent wants to essentially abolish the 2nd amendment. I, on the other hand, received the early and strong endorsement of the National Rifle Association and will protect the right of all Americans to keep their families safe...

My opponent asks her supporters to recite a three-word loyalty pledge. It reads: “I’m With Her”. I choose to recite a different pledge. My pledge reads: “I’M WITH YOU – THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.” I am your voice. So to every parent who dreams for their child, and every child who dreams for their future, I say these words to you tonight: I’m With You, and I will fight for you, and I will win for you. To all Americans tonight, in all our cities and towns, I make this promise: We Will Make America Strong Again. We Will Make America Proud Again. We Will Make America Safe Again. And We Will Make America Great Again. THANK YOU.

Ivanka Trump, the candidate's elegant eldest daughter, offered eloquent and personal introductory remarks. Despite her detours into ideological statism -- the apple doesn't fall far from the tree in that one regard -- it suspect it was quite effective for viewers at home.  So at last, the show is now over, capped off with "you can't always get what you want" (of all songs!) blaring inside the hall, balloons descending from the rafters. This convention was, by any empirical standard, a mess. An avoidable, acrimonious floor fight.  An avoidable, 36-hour plagiarism kerfuffle. An avoidable spectacle of a primetime speaker getting hounded off the stage with loud boos. But the final night was the by far the smoothest of the week, and I would not be the least bit surprised if Trump enjoys a polling bounce after this, in spite of all the snafus and the dour vision he articulated. Over and over again, the American people were reminded of why they dislike and distrust Hillary Clinton so much.  She'll make her counter-argument next week. Onward, to Philadelphia...

Ivanka Trump's RNC Speech Receives High Praise...From Liberals

Speaking from the RNC convention stage Thursday, Ivanka Trump made the case that under a Trump presidency, childcare will become more affordable thanks to changes in federal law.

"As president, my father will change the labor laws that were put in place at a time when women were not a significant portion of the workforce, and he will focus on making quality childcare affordable and accessible for all," she said after re-upping the myth of the gender pay gap.

That stance is earning high praise from liberals who have been arguing for years the federal government should get involved to regulate the cost of childcare.