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RNC paints a dark picture of Biden's America, more protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Jerry Falwell Jr. reportedly resigns

The Republican Party announced that it had no policy platform for the 2020 election other than it's support of President Donald Trump.
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Donald Trump Jr. called former vice president Joe Biden the “Loch Ness Monster of the swamp during his speech at the Republican National Convention. Susan Walsh / AP

Good morning, NBC News readers.

The first night of the Republican National Convention drew a dystopian picture of America under Democratic leadership, protesters returned to the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the fallout from the salacious Jerry Falwell Jr. report.

Here's what we're watching this Tuesday morning.


RNC depicts Trump's pandemic response as a triumph, paints grim picture of America under 'radical' Democrats

The first night of the Republican National Convention offered a sweeping defense of President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic and ominous warnings about what an America led by Democrats would look like.

"Make no mistake: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want a cultural revolution. A fundamentally different America. If we let them, they will turn our country into a socialist utopia," said Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.

Republicans tried to counter Trump critics who say the president is a racist by inviting supporters of diverse backgrounds to speak. But the protests calling for an end to racial injustice were frequently cited as examples of how the country is spiraling into chaos and violence.

"They put political correctness ahead of the safety and security of the American people," Donald Trump Jr. said. "Anarchists have been flooding our streets, and Democrat mayors are ordering the police to stand down."

Earlier in the day, the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution declaring it would not adopt a policy platform for the election, but rather that it pledged its unwavering support for President Trump and his "America-first agenda" — without saying what it is.

  • Check out four key takeaways from the RNC's first night.
  • Fact check: Do Biden and "radical" Democrats really want to "abolish the suburbs"? We fact-checked some of the RNC speakers' claims.
  • Catch up: How about Kimberly Guilfoyle's high-volume speech to an empty room? Read analysis of the night's big moments as they happened.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slated to address the GOP convention from Jerusalem tonight. But diplomats who are barred by law from mixing work and politics say they are appalled by the move.
  • Tune into NBC News, MSNBC and NBCNews.com for special coverage of Day 2 of the convention.

RNC highlights from Night 1

Aug. 25, 202003:38

"No justice, no peace": Protesters return to Kenosha, Wisconsin streets

A day after a police officer shot a Black man multiple times in the back, law enforcement deployed what appeared to be tear gas as protesters defied a curfew in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Monday night.

Protesters converged on the courthouse and threw objects at police Monday minutes before the 8 p.m. curfew. But hundreds of people stuck around, screaming at police and lighting fires, the Associated Press reported.


Jerry Falwell Jr. resigns as Liberty University president

Jerry Falwell Jr. has resigned from his role as president of Liberty University after 13 years at the helm of the prominent evangelical Christian school, he told the Wall Street Journal late Monday.

The move comes the same day as an explosive claim made by a former hotel pool attendant-turned-business partner.

The man, Giancarlo Granda, 29, told Reuters in an interview published Monday that he carried on a yearslong sexual relationship involving the Falwells.

Reuters said Granda shared emails, text messages and other evidence to illustrate the nature of the relationship. Falwell, through his attorney, categorically denied the story.

Falwell, who had been president of Liberty University since 2007, espoused a socially conservative, "pro-family" agenda and helped Trump win the endorsement of evangelicals in 2016.


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"It’s not supposed to be a Democrat versus Republican thing. It’s mail."

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Phew: 2,000-year-old redwoods survive California wildfire

When a massive wildfire swept through California’s oldest state park last week it was feared many trees in a grove of old-growth redwoods, some of them 2,000 years old and among the tallest living things on Earth, may finally have succumbed.

But an Associated Press reporter and photographer hiked the renowned Redwood Trail at Big Basin Redwoods State Park on Monday and confirmed most of the ancient redwoods had withstood the blaze. Among the survivors is one dubbed Mother of the Forest.

"The reason those trees are so old is because they are really resilient," said State Parks District Superintendent Chris Spohrer.

Fire burns in the hollow of an old-growth redwood tree in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Calif., on Monday. Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

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