DNC keynote address will feature 17 young party leaders

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August 18, 2020: The Demoocratic National Convention continues Tuesday with a keynote address featuring 17 speakers. Donald Trump released a digital ad that questions Joe Biden’s mental acuity. 

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Notable Quote of the Day

“This was not the Michelle Obama of hope and change that defined her husband’s rise. Michelle was always the less sentimental half of the Obama team, the one with slightly more pessimistic assumptions about many pockets of America. But it was still jarring, 16 years after her husband declared at the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston that there were no blue states and no red states, to hear Michelle Obama plainly say ‘that my message won’t be heard by some people’ because ‘we live in a nation that is deeply divided, and I am a Black woman speaking at the Democratic Convention.’ …

Michelle is the hard-headed realist from the South Side of Chicago who suggested in her memoir that Trump’s election confirmed some ugly truths she had always harbored about the United States. In many ways, the Democrats are still the party of Barack, but they are living in Michelle’s world.”

– Ryan Lizza, Politico chief Washington correspondent

Election Updates

  • The Demoocratic National Convention continues Tuesday with a keynote address featuring 17 speakers. The party said the address was “reimagined for a convention that will look and feel different than anything ever before.” The night will also include the roll call vote for the presidential nomination and speeches from former President Bill Clinton and former Second Lady Jill Biden.

  • Rapper Cardi B interviewed Joe Biden about COVID-19 and police brutality in a feature for Elle on Monday.

  • Donald Trump released a digital ad on Monday that questions Biden’s mental acuity by comparing clips of his speeches from 2015 and 2016 to 2020. The ad ends with the phrase, “What happened to Joe Biden?”

  • Speaking during a campaign event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on Monday, Trump said, “The only way we’re going to lose this election is if this election is rigged.” He also discussed the coronavirus pandemic and said Biden wanted to “replace American freedom with left-wing fascism.”

  • Kanye West filed to appear on the Utah ballot as an unaffiliated presidential candidate on Monday.

Flashback: August 18, 2016

The Clinton Foundation announced that it would no longer accept foreign and corporate donations if Hillary Clinton were elected president.

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