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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

AP FACT CHECK: Donald Trump resurfaces debunked claims in speech

- Associated Press

Despite promising "the truth, and nothing else" in his convention speech, Donald Trump presented the nation with a series of previously debunked claims and some new ones Thursday night - about the U.S. tax burden, the perils facing police, Hillary Clinton's record and more.

"As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology," Donald Trump said, drawing a strong ovation from the crowd. (Associated Press)

GOP moves toward embrace of gays in convention's final night

- The Washington Times

The Republican Party under Donald Trump took strides toward greater acceptance of gay Americans on Thursday, welcoming a gay businessman to the stage and recognizing the community's suffering at the hands of an Islamic State-inspired shooter in Florida weeks ago.

Despite some minor snafus, Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party's presidential nominee, says he plans to keep doing his thing going forward, touting a recent single-day "money comet" haul. (Associated Press)

Libertarians hope to woo supporters from RNC

- The Washington Times

But despite some minor snafus and less than half a million dollars in the bank, the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee says he plans to keep doing his thing going forward, touting a recent single-day "money comet" haul of $100,000 and calling developments at the GOP convention a "sad state of affairs."

Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, gavels the convention to order during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Reince Priebus must decide whether to enforce Republican pledge

- The Washington Times

Whether Sen. Ted Cruz's speech here was standing up for principles or simply dissing RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to ready himself for 2020, the question now is whether Mr. Priebus will pursue his threat to enforce the pledge Mr. Cruz, Jeb Bush and John Kasich signed to support whoever is the Republican nominee.

Donald Trump hijacks Obama's 'change' slogan for acceptance speech

- The Washington Times

Americans are less safe today than when they elected President Obama and he chose Hillary Clinton as his top diplomat, Donald Trump will say Thursday, and he will promise to bring a steadier hand to the White House in dealing with unrest at home and the threat of terrorism across the globe, according to excerpts of his convention speech.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump rallied a crowd in April at the Milwaukee Theatre. Party members in the state hope this is the year they win the big prize. (Associated Press)

Wisconsin Republicans see hope this year to back a presidential winner

- The Washington Times

Wisconsin Republicans have captured their state's governorship and one of its U.S. Senate seats, and now have the speaker of the House -- but the big prize, the state's 10 Electoral College presidential votes, has long eluded them. With Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, though, they say this is the year that changes.

"After allowing a spirited primary, the time for fighting each other is over," Sen. Marco Rubio said. "It is time to come together and fight for a new direction for America." (Associated Press)

Marco Rubio urges GOP to 'come together,' rally behind Trump

- The Washington Times

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida called for unity Thursday in a video message at the Republican National Convention, urging party activists to rally behind Donald Trump and assuring them that the New York billionaire is poised to put the nation on a more conservative path.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday in Cleveland. (Associated Press)

House Republicans' agenda a hard sell to convention delegates

- The Washington Times

House Republicans were counting on their own agenda to help put some distance between themselves and Donald Trump, but their six-plank plan, which Speaker Paul D. Ryan and fellow leaders released last month with great fanfare inside the Beltway, has landed with a thud elsewhere.

Ivanka Trump (Associated Press)

Ivanka Trump leads campaign's effort to close gap with women

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump's presidential campaign is convinced he will get a much-needed bump in support from female voters coming out of this week's Republican National Convention, where a series of successful and powerful women are taking the stage to extol his virtues.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 42nd International Convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Hillary Clinton's rapid response hopes to take spotlight

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton is counterpunching just as soon as Republicans strike during their party convention in Cleveland this week, but the former first lady's campaign largely is limiting its fire to politicians and has shied away from criticism of celebrities and Donald Trump's children.

A sign sits on empty chairs before the third day session of the GOP 2016 Convention, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Catholics on the Republicans' platform

- Catholic News Agency

The detailed platform adopted by the Republican Party this week received mixed reactions among Catholics for its positions.

Paul Manafort: As far as we're concerned, the 'speech is Melania's speech'

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump's campaign chairman on Wednesday said Melania Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday was her own and the campaign is moving on, after similarities between Mrs. Trump's speech and a 2008 address by first lady Michelle Obama had been litigated throughout the second day of the GOP convention Tuesday.

Donald Trump Jr., Tiffany Trump seek to humanize GOP nominee

- The Washington Times

After putting their father over the threshold to become Republicans' presidential nominee, two of Donald Trump's children took the stage at Republicans' convention Tuesday and sought to humanize a man known to many voters from his reality TV persona and the hard-edged GOP campaign.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan speaks during the second day of the Republican National Convention on Tuesday in Cleveland. (Associated Press)

Paul Ryan: Donald Trump offers alternative to 'third Obama term'

- The Washington Times

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, hoping to unite a clearly divided GOP, offered a full-throated defense of his party's ideas late Tuesday, saying the only way to fight poverty, repeal Obamacare and offer a "better way" to America is to banish a "third Obama term" by dismissing Hillary Clinton and linking arms with Donald Trump.

From The Vault

** FILE ** Actor Clint Eastwood addresses an empty chair at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Clint Eastwood: Talks about convention chat with chair

Associated Press

Clint Eastwood said the idea to use an empty seat as a prop at the Republican National Convention was a spur-of-the-moment decision when someone backstage asked him if he wanted to sit down.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida addresses the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./The Washington Times)

Rubio: American exceptionalism imperiled under Obama

- The Washington Times

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio finally got his moment in the spotlight Thursday when he formally introduced Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, attacking President Obama's record while weaving in his own personal history as a call to arms that anyone, from any background, can make it in America.

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Romney to turn to Reagan playbook for stretch run

- The Washington Times

Carrying a post-convention glow from his coronation as the Republican Party's standard-bearer, Mitt Romney plans to take a page out of Ronald Reagan's playbook from the 1980 presidential campaign by urging voters to ask themselves: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"

** FILE ** Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Jeb Bush defends his brother, former president

Associated Press

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says President Barack Obama should stop blaming his brother, former President George W. Bush, for the country's economic woes.