Republican convention

Trump Speech Excerpts
'America is less safe,' Republican nominee expected to say in prime-time address

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will speak to delegates at the convention on Thursday. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Excerpts from Donald Trump's speech Republican National Convention:  

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

Christie Tries Clinton from Podium, 'Lock Her Up,' Screams the Crowd
Political attack dog goes after Democrat on foreign policy, email scandal, character

Delegates shout "guilty" as Chris Christie makes the case against HIllary Clinton.. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Chris Christie conducted a mock trial of Hillary Clinton on Tuesday at the podium of the Republican convention, winding up delegates into furious chants of “Lock Her Up, Lock Her Up.”  

Wielding a rhetorical pitchfork, the New Jersey governor and 2016 presidential primary rival of nominee Donald Trump thundered that Clinton was guilty of monumental policy and character failures that he said disqualify her from the presidency.  

Ryan to Hold Charity Event with Ohio Poverty Fighters at Convention
Speaker has been studying parliamentary procedure for his role as convention chair

Speaker Paul D. Ryan is expected to speak at the Republican convention in Cleveland, possibly next Tuesday night, he said. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Tuesday he will hold a charity event at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland "with some friends of mine in Ohio who have been fighting poverty."  

In addition to charitable events, the Wisconsin Republican said at a news conference Tuesday that he will spend time at the convention with delegations coming in from around the country.   

A 'Trumptastic' GOP Convention
GOP establishment's absence will allow billionaire to liven up the show

A Republican convention with a speaking role for Don King, right, to talk about his friend Donald Trump would be a ratings win, writes Patricia Murphy. (Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Don King Productions)

It’s easy to dismiss Donald Trump’s plans for the Republican convention as a joke. With former presidents and current congressmen refusing to go, Trump is reportedly planning to fill the vacuum with Bobby Knight, Don King, and a host of sports stars, has-beens, misfits and B-to-C list celebrities.  

Trump has said we should also expect speeches from four of his five children and his third wife, Melania. And, if his Trump Tower penthouse is any indication of his taste level, we should probably brace ourselves for a truly obscene display of razzle-dazzle.  

The View From the Q, Before and After Game 7
Cleveland game watch party worked around GOP convention preparation

As Cleveland celebrates the end of the city's 52-year drought in winning a major professional sports championship, the organizers of the Republican National Convention face a quick timeline to get the basketball arena converted for the event, which will run from July 18-21.  

So they were working before and after a sold-out watch party for Sunday night's game seven, as shown in a new time-lapse video from the convention organizers.