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#RNCinCLE kicks off | trolls hit at Leslie Jones | Roger Ailes gets knocked out

Person of the Day

Melania Trump got busted cribbing her RNC speech from Michelle Obama

A lot of people spoke on the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention, and one of them was the potential First Lady, Melania Trump.

But some of that speech sounded familiar, as journalist Jarrett Hill noticed.

Here are some side-by-side comparisons.

So that's awkward.

It also pulled a little bit from Rick Astley.

Of course, this could be a complete coincidence, at least according to RNC Chief Strategist Sean Spicer:

What do the Trumps themselves have to say on the matter?

Melania's speech took Twitter by storm.

So, what does this mean? Well, George W. Bush's chief speechwriter, Michael Gerson, had this to say:

"An error like the one Melania Trump committed last night tells us that the Trump campaign lacks seriousness and structure, which is also demonstrated by its divisive style, weak ground game and poor fundraising numbers."

Quote of the Day

Congressman Steve King doesn’t know what nonwhites have ever done for humankind

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Steve King. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Steve King is a Republican Congressional representative from Iowa. And he's in hot water after saying this during an MSNBC panel, after Charlie Pierce commented on the Republican National Convention's lack of diversity:

"I'd ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you're talking about, where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?"

"These other categories."


It's not King's first brush with sparking controversy. Or his second.

Well, some people had responses for King.

Other thoughts?

Image of the Day

Paul Ryan took a super white selfie with Capitol Hill interns

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan posted this selfie to Instagram over the weekend.

I think this sets a record for the most number of #CapitolHill interns in a single selfie. #SpeakerSelfie.

A photo posted by Speaker Paul Ryan (@speakerryan) on

Notice anything about it? Maybe something missing?

Yeah. It's noticeably vanilla.

Some posted contrasting selfies:

But it's not just a Republican problem. That picture included interns from both parties, since they were at a lecture for Congressional summer interns. The attendees were apparently picked by lottery.

The demographic numbers for interns are unclear, but only 7.1% of senior Senate staff are nonwhite.

Interested in interning in Congress? Start here.

Number of the Day

The last Republican effort to #DumpTrump failed, and he got to 1725

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The Republican National Convention just nominated Donald J. Trump for President of the United States. (EDrost88/Flickr)

1,725. That's how many Republican delegates Donald Trump got--making him now the official 2016 Republican nominee for president.

Remember how people other than Donald Trump got votes in the primaries? Some of those delegates spoke up at the Republican National Convention on day 1. They even called for a vote on the convention rules, the party leadership said no, and lots of people yelled at each other.

What about the convention rules? Well, these #NeverTrump delegates wanted to change the rules so that delegates weren't required to vote in accordance with their states' primary results. Their petition demanding a vote on the rules well exceeded the majority required for the vote to be held--until aides worked the convention floor and got many of the signers to withdraw.

Alaska delegate Fred Brown said he wasn't even given the chance to submit his state's signatures:

"I had secured more than enough signatures from Alaska delegates, but the convention secretary was not at the designated location where I was told to submit them. Some said she was hiding. Others said she was protected by guards. Regardless, I was told I could also present the signatures from the floor. Nevertheless, when the vote occurred, my mic was not turned on. When I attempted to present these signatures at the stage, my effort was ignored by the chair, and the security guard turned me away."

So the vote wasn't held, to the outrage of many.

And on the second night of the convention, those Alaska votes went to Trump.

The anti-Trump delegates probably wouldn't have managed to vote down the rules anyway. And the chance of them actually managing to replace Trump with another nominee was really small. But the attempt was made, regardless, in protest.

New Hampshire Governor Scott Humphrey had very harsh words for the Trump campaign and convention leaders:

"Many of [Trump's] supporters if they are not fascists, act very much like fascists, shouting down the opposition, treating them roughly."

But the efforts stalled, so it's official: Republicans did not deny Donald Trump the nomination through a contested convention.

And Trump is now, officially, the nominee.

Place of the Day

Baton Rouge is mourning three police officers who were killed

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Los Angeles City Hall lit up in blue to honor the fallen officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas. (Mayor of Los Angeles/Flickr)

Three police officers were shot and killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday. Their names were Montrell Jackson, Brad Garafola, and Matthew Gerald. Three other officers were wounded.

The shooter was Gavin Long, a former Marine from Kansas City, Missouri.

This comes after the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and the police shooting in Dallas.

Long deliberately targeted Baton Rouge police.

It's been a very intense summer of violence involving, and sometimes targeting, police.

Word of the Day

Um, there’s a norovirus outbreak at the RNC

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The site of the RNC in Cleveland. And of norovirus. (EDrost88/Flickr)

Donald Trump's nomination isn't the only thing raising temperatures at the Republican National Convention--Cleveland might also be the center of a norovirus outbreak.

So far, at least 10 RNC attendees have symptoms of norovirus. Other reports have the number at a dozen.

The outbreak originated in the California delegation, several of whom have been removed from the RNC to try and keep it from spreading.

Norovirus is pretty infectious and can remain on surfaces for weeks. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, headaches, and low-grade fever.

Video of the Day

Donald Trump’s VP announcement was super awkward in so many ways

Donald Trump has chosen his vice presidential running mate: Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Except Trump's speech announcing that choice was ... kind of awkward. He spoke passionately for 28 minutes about Hillary Clinton, his own victory, and terrorism, among other things ... and remembered, 20 minutes in, to say "Back to Mike Pence!" Then Trump walked off the stage before Pence started his remarks.

And that really just set the tone here.

Trump and Pence also appeared together on "60 Minutes" for an interview, which didn't exactly convey the unity they were probably hoping for.

And then there's their original logo, which was retired after the Internet got a good look at it.

They switched to this.

Tweet of the Day

The slightly surreal #RNCinCLE day 1, in tweets

So, the Republican National Convention started. And it got kind of ... weird.

First, the lighter fare:

Actor Scott Baio said we need to "make America America again."

"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert grabbed the mic--in character, as the Caesar Flickerman-inspired commentator of the Hungry For Power Games--and was removed from stage by security.

And then there was the nominee's entrance, to the stirring notes of Queen's "We Are the Champions" ...

... which the RNC did not actually have permission to use. And, as a few people have pointed out, is kind of ironic considering their anti-LGBT platform.

But Trump might have been upstaged by the delegates from Texas, who chose their outfits with care.

They obviously got the memo--but Representative Michael McCaul didn't, having some trouble with the patriotic chants.

OK, now for the less humorous side of things

Former NYC mayor Rudolph Giuliani gave a speech that was ... spirited.

Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke grabbed headlines by calling #BlackLivesMatter "anarchy."

The response ... varied.

Oh, and Antonio Sabato Jr. said after his speech that he's "absolutely" sure Obama is a Muslim:

"We had a Muslim president for seven and a half years ... I believe that he's on the other side ... He's with the bad guys."

To which you might be asking ... who the heck is Antonio Sabato Jr.?

Well, the RNC's entire guest list was a little underwhelming. (Sabato's a soap actor, BTW.) Though it did feature Peter Thiel as the first openly gay person to speak at a Republican convention. But it was also kind of light on serious politicians and heavy on marginally famous people and reality show stars, like "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson, who spoke.

Sarah Palin, despite supporting Trump, doesn't have a slot on the schedule.

Controversy of the Day

Racist trolls attacked ‘Ghostbusters’ star Leslie Jones on Twitter

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Leslie Jones. (Wikimedia Commons)

The new Ghostbusters movie came out, hit second in box office sales, and got some good reviews. But one of the stars, Leslie Jones, hasn't had much time to celebrate--because of the hatred she's getting on Twitter.

On Monday, she decided to stop blocking trolls and start sharing the often racist posts with her followers.

And she's getting a lot of support.

But also more trouble, when someone started up PhotoShop.

UPDATE: Conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos just got banned from Twitter for his role in trolling Jones.

Does the Internet have a serious problem with trolls and racists?

Issue of the Day

Fox News CEO is ousted for sexual harassment after Megyn Kelly accuses him

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Megyn Kelly. (Wikimedia Commons)

Famous--and infamous--Fox News CEO Roger Ailes is leaving the network. At least, he's in talks with the company to arrange his departure. Because he's being investigated for sexual harassment.

Earlier this month, former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against Ailes for sexual harassment.

And now high-profile Fox News host Megyn Kelly says that Ailes harassed her too, 10 years ago, when she was a legal correspondent for Fox.

So top execs Rupert Murdoch and his two sons have decided that Ailes is definitely out.

21st Century Fox is also waiving NDA's that kept other women from speaking about their experiences with Ailes.

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#RNCinCLE kicks off | trolls hit at Leslie Jones | Roger Ailes gets knocked out

Dana Brown

Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.

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