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Where Cruz's Speech Took A Turn; Trump Uses Celebrity To Enhance His Brand

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep parses Wednesday night convention speeches with NPR's Scott Detrow and former Bush White House political director Sara Fagan. And, NPR's Sarah McCammon has a profile of Donald Trump.

Ted Cruz Booed For Not Endorsing Tump; Falwell On Why He Backs Trump

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to Susan Klein, a Missouri delegate who supports Ted Cruz, and to Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University and one of the first evangelical leaders to endorse Trump.

Vice Presidential Nominee Mike Pence Takes Center Stage At GOP Convention

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 4:00am

Some of the biggest speakers of the Republican convention came out Wednesday, including Donald Trump's vice presidential pick Mike Pence. Pence made his debut after Ted Cruz was booed off the stage.

View From Texas: Did Cruz 'Hurt The Republican Party' Or Follow His Principles?

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 11:10pm

In the halls of the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, there was shock and disappointment from some in the Texas delegation. But others said Cruz did exactly what Donald Trump would have wanted.

Ted Cruz Won't Endorse Donald Trump In RNC Speech On Night 3

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 7:14pm

There is expected to be "severe blowback" without an endorsement, per a convention source.

WATCH: Trump's Plane Interrupts Ted Cruz Rally, Crowd Boos

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:49pm

"Our party now has a nominee," Cruz said. As if on cue, the billionaire businessman's plane emblazoned with "TRUMP" across the side flew overhead to land nearby.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence To Make GOP Convention Debut

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence will make his debut at the GOP convention on Wednesday night.

'Make America First Again' Theme Echoes Pre-World War II U.S.

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

The theme of day three of the GOP Convention in Cleveland is "Make America First Again." Before World War II, the "America First Committee" focused on keeping the U.S. out of the conflict raging in Europe.

Mike Pence, Eric Trump To Deliver Remarks At RNC Night 3

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

On night three of the Republican National Convention, Eric Trump and vice presidential nominee Mike Pence will take the stage.

John McCain Avoids Republican Convention To Focus On Re-Election

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

There are many prominent Republicans who have stayed away from the Republican National Convention this week. Prominent among them is former GOP nominee, Sen. John McCain, who says he's not even watching the convention and is focused instead on winning re-election.

Appeals Court Demands Changes To Texas Voter ID Law

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered changes to a Texas voter ID law on Wednesday finding a part of the law discriminates against minority voters.

Rep. Tom Cole Describes Mike Pence As 'Reassuring Pick' For VP

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, who is also the deputy majority whip for the Republican Party.

Hispanic Republicans Texas Chairman Criticizes Trump's Immigration Views

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:39pm

On day three of the Republican National Convention, NPR's Robert Siegel talks with undecided voter Artemio Muniz, Texas chairman of the Federation of Hispanic Republicans, who's hoping Donald Trump will change his tune on immigration.

Trump Speechwriter Accepts Responsibility For Using Michelle Obama's Words

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:15pm

"This was my mistake and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant," wrote speechwriter Meredith McIver.

Meet One Of The Few Hispanic Faces On Stage At The RNC

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 9:34am

Wednesday night at the RNC, three Hispanic Republicans will be speaking during primetime. One of them is a little-known state senator from Kentucky - Ralph Alvarado.

GOP Convention Day 3: Big Political Stars Set Stage For VP Pick Mike Pence

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 9:16am

The program will feature Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, as well as Govs. Rick Scott and Scott Walker riffing off the theme "Make America First Again." Gov. Mike Pence headlines.

Meet Mike Pence, 'Midwestern Polite' With An Unrelenting Conservative Message

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 6:51am

In choosing Pence, who addresses the Republican Convention Wednesday, as his running mate, Donald Trump has reassured both establishment Republicans and social conservatives.

What Did Pence Do For Schools As Governor? Here's A Look

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 6:15am

Many people seem confused about Republican nominee Donald Trump's education platform. So, let's take a dive into his running mate's record on education in his four years as governor of Indiana.

Random Thoughts On A Rather Random Session Of The Trumpified Convention

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 5:21am

Gov. Chris Christie got the arena rocking with his mock trial of Hillary Clinton that made the crowd "a jury of her peers." Tiffany Trump, the candidate's daughter with Marla Maples, also spoke.

Republican Convention: Most Evangelicals Fall In Line Behind Trump

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:05am

Steve Inskeep talks to pastor Mark Burns, who backs Donald Trump and is speaking at the convention. And he gets the download from Jonah Goldberg of the National Review about RNC cocktail parties.

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