Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… The Trump campaign has been accused of lifting passages from Michelle Obama when crafting Melania Trump's highly anticipated address to the RNC, which prompted one GOP spokesman to compare both speeches to quotes from "My Little Pony." Then again, in 2011, Herman Cain was accused of plagiarizing the Pokémon theme song. So… progress?
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Things are heating up here in Cleveland after an opening day that highlighted the GOP's grim mood about the country and the some of the Trump campaign's organizational, uh, shortcomings. For all the action, you'll want to follow along on NBC's conventions blog, which will keep you up-to-the-minute with all the goings-on here at the RNC. Check it out here.
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- Here's the latest from day two of the GOP convention.
- Trump is set to become the GOP's official presidential nominee.
- But his campaign is struggling to explain the similarities between Mrs. Trump's speech and Melania Trump.
- Here's five thing to know about Tiffany Trump ahead of her speech tonight.
- The RNC invoked the "My Little Pony" defense of Melania Trump.
- And from First Read: It was a debacle on day one at the RNC.
FOR THE RECORD...
"Melania Trump said, 'The strength of your dreams and the willingness to work for them.' Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony said, 'This is your dream. Anything you can do in your dreams you can do now.'"
- RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer, defending Melania Trump.
Day Three of the Republican National Convention gets underway.
Donald Trump and Mike Pence hold a joint rally in Cleveland, Ohio.