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Highlights and analysis from Day 4 of the Democratic National Convention

Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Tammy Duckworth, Andrew Yang and Michael Bloomberg also spoke on Thursday.
Image: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on a blue background with white stars.
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The fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention brought presidential nominee Joe Biden's acceptance speech, a host of remarks from more party officials and musical performances by John Legend, Common and The Chicks.

In broad remarks, Biden presented his vision for uniting America to move the country forward from "constant chaos and crisis."

Other speakers Thursday included former presidential primary rivals Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, businessman Andrew Yang and billionaire Michael Bloomberg, and several erstwhile vice presidential contenders, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin.

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Biden, Trump campaigns debut new ads ahead of Biden's DNC speech

WASHINGTON — Ahead of Joe Biden's acceptance speech Thursday, the Democratic nominee's and President Donald Trump's campaigns are out with new ads to push their own Biden messaging. 

Biden's campaign unveiled a television ad titled, "What happens now", which documents the former vice president's experience during the economic crisis after the 2008 recession as proof he will be able to build the economy back from the coronavirus pandemic. The ad is a part of the Biden campaign's latest $24 million media buy next week and will air in key battleground states: Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 

And as the DNC closes, the Trump campaign is out with a new digital ad highlighting a Biden figure who hasn't taken part in the week's festivities: Biden's son Hunter. He hasn't appeared at the convention, except for in a short clip when he eulogized his brother, Beau. 

The new ad is the centerpiece of a seven-figure digital buy specifically targeted at the DNC. It focuses on a 2013 trip to China that both Biden and his son Hunter took, and features 2019 footage of Hunter fielding questions on the potential impropriety of the visit. Both Bidens maintain that there was nothing inappropriate about the trip and have said they didn’t discuss Hunter's business dealings in China. Hunter Biden had been on the board of a Chinese-backed company, which he has since left

Read more about the Trump and Biden camps' ads.

4 key takeaways from Night 3 of the DNC

WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris reintroduced herself to the nation she hopes to help govern as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton made a case about the dire state of American democracy on the third night of the all-virtual Democratic National Convention on Wednesday.

Democrats showcased the diversity of their coalition, with every race and background represented and musical performances in Spanish and English, culminating in Harris, the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, accepting her party's nomination for vice president.

Here are four takeaways.

Elizabeth Warren celebrates Black Lives Matter movement in subtle way

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren subtly celebrated the Black Lives Matter movement with large block letters spelling out the acronym behind her as she delivered her speech Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention.

The letters “BLM” were seen sitting in cubbies over Warren’s shoulder as she spoke at the Early Childhood Education Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Though Warren didn’t point out the letters or explicitly talk about the Black Lives Matter movement, she said that Biden’s plan for president to “build back better” includes making the wealthy pay their fair share, holding corporations accountable, repairing racial inequities, and fighting corruption in Washington.

Read more about Warren’s subtle message here.

ANALYSIS: Obama breaks open convention by hammering Trump

Democrats lauded Barack Obama’s address to their convention on Wednesday for its value as a historical marker — a baring of the national moment in context — and yet the oratory of ideals also served as the velvet cover for a political hammer.

"Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t," Obama said. "And the consequences of that failure are severe. 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone while those at the top take in more than ever. Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before."

While Obama offered a brief assessment of Kamala Harris' abilities, and a longer testament to Joe Biden's, he came less to praise them than to bury Trump's political career. Passages delivered with historical allusions and homages to his own rhetoric of non-partisanship — "these shouldn’t be Republican principles or Democratic principles, they’re American principles" — adorned his scorn for Trump, but they did not hide it.

Read more of Jonathan Allen’s analysis here.