Peter Thiel just made history by telling a room full of Republicans he’s gay

Several days ago, Republicans drafted and approved one of their most socially conservative platforms in recent years, especially when it comes to gay rights: The Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage should be overturned. States should be allowed to limit who can use bathrooms. And conversion therapy is permissible.

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Donald Trump’s campaign manager thinks American women = Betty Draper

Sometimes, people in the business of helping candidates sell their ideas to American voters lose their way.

They say or suggest something off, something that doesn't quite connect the way anticipated, or perhaps has no impact at all. On Thursday night, Donald Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort, seemed to have one of those potential lost-path moments. Manafort told CNN that Trump's campaign had a message that would appeal to women, certain women. Over the course of Trump's campaign, the New York businessman has struggled to appeal to female voters and continues to trail his Democratic opponent with women in national polls. So it's fair to assume that Manafort, and anyone working to get Trump elected, has given the work of appealing to women some thought.

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Trump’s campaign manager suggests that the FBI’s decades of crime data aren’t trustworthy

There's a big problem with Donald Trump's insistence that crime is "out of control" -- an insistence that bolsters his argument that he deserves your vote as the "law and order" candidate. That problem is that crime rates have fallen dramatically over the past 20 years. Trump likens his fight on crime to that of Richard Nixon in 1968, but back then, crime was actually noticeably spiking, according to annual data collected by the FBI.

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How did Donald Trump’s convention speech get leaked in advance?

This post has been updated.

Donald Trump delivered the biggest speech of his life at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, but everyone knew what he was going to say ahead of time. Or, at least, they thought they did — he went off script, at times — because a copy of the GOP nominee's prepared remarks supplied to news outlets under embargo was published early.

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Donald Trump’s dark speech to the Republican National Convention, annotated

Below are Donald Trump's remarks accepting the Republican nomination as delivered. Where text is in bolded, it denotes a place where Trump's comment deviated from the original draft that leaked to the press.

Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.

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Letting Joe Arpaio speak at the Republican convention is a tremendously bad idea

Question for you: What is Donald Trump's position on immigration?

Right, right, the wall. Trump had barely paused for a breath during the speech announcing his candidacy a year ago when he was already railing about the Mexicans that were being sent over the border. (Some of them, he assumes, are good people.) Donald Trump won the Republican primary thanks in part to the initial boost that his hard-line position on immigration gave him — and thanks to the publicity he got from defending his comments.

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A Roger Ailes mid-election ouster from Fox News is a huge deal

Update: Fox announced Thursday that Roger Ailes had resigned as chairman and CEO "effective immediately," with Rupert Murdoch assuming the role of chairman and acting CEO.

Roger Ailes is out as chief executive of Fox News — a monumental development at any time that looms even larger in an election year. In two decades of leadership, Ailes built the cable news channel into the popular and polarizing media behemoth it is today. The former Republican operative created a go-to forum for conservative perspective, in addition to straight news, that resonated with viewers who see a liberal slant in the rest of the mainstream media.

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Inside the Trump convention divestment movement

If you let Donald Trump tell it, this is almost certainly the biggest, best Republican convention of all time, blowing minds nightly.

On Thursday, when Trump is expected to formally accept the party's presidential nomination, viewers should also expect some variation of that claim. But the 2016 Republican National Convention has also faced challenges.

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Megyn Kelly complicated the Roger Ailes sexual-harassment case — big time

Update: Fox announced Thursday that Roger Ailes had resigned as chairman and CEO "effective immediately," with Rupert Murdoch assuming the role of chairman and acting CEO.

Here's a bunch of stuff that will make your head hurt: Megyn Kelly has told investigators hired by 21st Century Fox that Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes made unwanted sexual advances a decade ago, according to New York magazine, bolstering allegations made in a sexual-harassment lawsuit brought by former anchor Gretchen Carlson. But if that's true, why did she tell Variety in April that "I really like working for Roger Ailes"? And why would the woman who earned widespread praise for her resolve in the face of Donald Trump's insults during the Republican presidential primary put up with that kind of crap?

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It’s mostly old people watching the convention, because mostly old people watch conventions

Snapchat's Peter Hamby (formerly of CNN) noticed something interesting in Nielsen's numbers about the convention. On night one of the Republican event this year, 23 million people tuned in. 14 million of them were aged 55 and up. Hamby described this as "eye-popping."

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