6 takeaways the virtual Democratic National Convention

Framing his candidacy as a vessel of light meant to lead America out of its “season of darkness,” Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, capping a more than three-decades long quest at an unprecedented convention transformed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Pledging to draw on the best of the country through the restoration of core values like character, compassion and decency, the 77-year-old Biden drew an implicit contrast with President Donald Trump without ever having to utter his full name.

“I will draw on the best of us, not the worst of us. I will be an ally of the light, not the darkness,” he told a convention hall in Delaware largely empty except for a handful of reporters and photographers.

The themes that Biden stressed in the most momentous speech of his career were not new, and they largely eschewed concrete policy promises. Instead, the former

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Read Michelle Obama’s full keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention

Former first lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote speech for the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, highlighting former Vice President Joe Biden’s experience and empathy for others.

“I know Joe. He is a profoundly decent man guided by faith. He was a terrific vice president,” Obama said. “He knows what it takes to rescue an economy, beat back a pandemic and led our country.”

Wearing a necklace that spelled out the word “vote,” Obama focused on the “consequences” of the Trump presidency, calling him the “wrong president for our country” who “cannot be who we need him to be for us.”

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Read Michelle Obama’s full speech:

Good evening, everyone. It’s a hard time, and everyone’s feeling it in different ways. And I

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Five takeaways from first night of the Democratic convention

In another profound way that the coronavirus pandemic has upended American life, the Democratic National Convention started Monday with no convening. Instead, Democrats opted for the first virtual convention as the party begins the formal process of nominating Joe Biden as its candidate for president.

Here are five takeaways from the first night.


Michelle Obama, in an uncharacteristically pointed and political speech, said President Donald Trump is “simply in over his head,” as she forcefully made the case against his administration and tried to create a sense of urgency and energy for Joe Biden’s candidacy.

As one of the most popular women in the world, the former first lady’s words carried added weight and set a tone for a convention that will try to make the election a referendum on the president’s character as much as his record.

Four years ago, she used her Democratic National

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Joe Biden, aging Democratic lion and presidential hopeful

Joe Biden, scarred by tragedy and in the twilight of a long career, is finally being elevated as the Democratic presidential nominee, betting he can win over Americans tired of his polar opposite: Donald Trump.

If Trump brought brash and bombast to the White House, wrecking everything from convention to international treaties along the way, Biden offers reassurance: a self-proclaimed unifier with blue-collar roots and a personal rapport with voters.

With his white hair, engaging smile and air of a longtime senator, he is the avuncular figure calming a nation on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

While Trump derides the 77-year-old Washington insider as “Sleepy Joe,” Biden wagers that after the Republican’s turbulent reign, Americans wouldn’t mind some rest after all.

Trump succinctly summarizes his own politics as “winning, winning, winning.”

Biden, who rides into the Democratic National Convention beginning Monday with newly-announced running mate Kamala Harris, claims to

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Joe Biden And Kamala Harris Make First Remarks As Historic Democratic Ticket

Joe Biden and California Sen. Kamala Harris appeared together for the first time as a joint Democratic ticket Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware, with a clear general election message: President Donald Trump is a purveyor of crisis.

“America is crying out for leadership, yet we have a president who cares more about himself than the people who elected him,” Harris said after being introduced by Biden. “A president who is making every challenge we face even more difficult to solve.”

The event, held in a high school gymnasium, was only attended by press and staff, as well as Biden’s and Harris’ spouses, Dr. Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff, due to social distancing protocols during the pandemic. Speeches that would typically be met with big fanfare and applause were delivered in a silent room, and livestreamed to a virtual audience. Biden and Harris did not shake hands and for the most part

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A Democratic Money Blitz Is About To Swamp Susan Collins

After Maine’s Republican Sen. Susan Collins voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a promise during a Fox News interview: “Senator Collins will be well funded, I can assure you.”

Maybe not well funded enough.

On Thursday, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, the most likely Democratic challenger to Collins, revealed she raised a whopping $9 million in the second quarter. Oh, and Gideon is set to receive an additional $3.5 million or more after she (presumably) wins the Democratic primary in the middle of July. A Federal Election Commission report filed that night showed Gideon with $5.5 million in the bank as of June 24.

Gideon’s financial advantage over Collins, who reported $5 million cash on hand, doesn’t guarantee a victory over the three-term Republican, who not long ago remained astronomically popular in the state and is trying to frame the race as

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