The contrast was not the traditional conservative-liberal one -- though the policy differences remain stark -- but one of temperament, of pessimism versus optimism, of "I alone" versus "Yes we can." The polls and the election will tell us how it played with an electorate worried about terrorism and economic uncertainty, but it set quite a rhetorical bar for Hillary Clinton's coronation tonight. Here's what you need to read to catch up.
Aaron Gould Sheinin and Tamar Hallerman deliver the lede-all:
Jim Galloway: Hillary Clinton's historic moment tonight is more "gee whiz" than "wow."
Galloway: Tim Kaine warns of "one-man wrecking crew" Trump.
Dan Chapman: Joe Biden reprised the roles of Middle Class Joe, America First Joe and Obama Defender Joe to take down Trump.
Greg Bluestein: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed used his prime speaking slot to declare Democrats choose "diversity over division."
Sheinin: A succession of Democrats sought to hammer home Clinton's superiority on national security and hammered Trump for his ties to Russia.
Here's the full text of Obama's speech, which is likely to be remembered for a while.
Obama's argument: Trump isn't American enough to be president. (New York Magazine)
Because everyone loves a good listicle, Politico put together 21 of Wednesday's sickest Trump burns.
How could we forget 'em on a day like Wednesday, when Trump said in a news conference that the Russians should hack Clinton's missing emails and release them the way they (apparently) hacked the DNC. Dan Balz writes in the Washington Post that the "chaos candidate" must always seek the spotlight when it's turned elsewhere, and the comments were "exponentially beyond even his standards for creating turmoil and controversy."
But this kind of stuff has only helped him in the past, so why not keep going back to the well?
For more on Trump and Russia, journalist Mikhail Zygar writes from Moscow in Politico Magazine about why the billionaire presents "the kind of relationship with a US president the Kremlin has dreamed about" -- and it's not about financial ties.
From a former Ronald Reagan speechwriter
Hillary Clinton closes the convention tonight, after an introduction from her daughter, Chelsea. Not known for soaring addresses, can she meet the moment?
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