Good morning. It’s Friday, and the Democratic National Convention is over. Hillary Clinton accepted the party nomination last night in front of a cheering, flag waving crowd. Like the Republicans, the week started rough, but the party seemed to come together by the end of the convention. Let’s go to the Digest:
1. “I sweat the details of policy because it’s not just a detail if it’s your kid, if it’s your family. It’s a big deal. And it should be a big deal to your president,” Clinton said in an effort to tell Americans more about herself. Her speech lacked the raw emotion of Michelle Obama’s and the soaring rhythms of Barack Obama’s earlier in the week, but it did present the contrast she hoped to with the one Donald Trump delivered in Cleveland last week. And she noted the historic aspect of her nomination: “When any barrier falls in America it clears the way for everyone,” she said, “because after all, when the glass ceiling is broken it means the sky’s the limit.” She promised to create more jobs with rising wages. She appealed to Bernie Sanders supporters, independent voters and Republicans and got the crowd to join in a chorus of “join us!” (New York Times)
2. Clinton’s speech was not nearly as heavy on facts and statistics as Trump’s was last week. But there were some facts to check. (Washington Post)
3. The most powerful speech of the last night of the convention didn’t come from a politician. It was delivered by Khizr Khan. His son Army Capt. Humayun Khan was 27 when he was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004. The family is Muslim, and the elder Khan delivered a devastating attack on Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from entering the country. As his wife stood silently at his side, he held up a copy of the Constitution and asked whether Trump had ever read it. (Politico)
4. Clinton gave a big nod to Bernie Sanders in her speech. Sanders spoke to the Minnesota delegation Thursday morning, and urged them to unite to elect Clinton and defeat Trump. The unity message worked on some but not all of the delegates. (MPR News)
5. What does a Clinton versus Trump contest at the top of the ballot mean for other offices in Minnesota this year? Both candidates are struggling to excite people who should be their core supporters. It looks like Clinton could make things harder for down-ballot Democrats in rural areas, while Trump could be a drag for Republicans running in the suburbs. (MPR News)
Thanks for reading our convention coverage the last couple of weeks. We’ll be back to follow the campaign and other political stories next week.