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Hello from Philadelphia. It’s Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Day 3 of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Another day of superb staging inside the convention arena by the Democrats and embarrassing leaks from the Democratic National Committee at venues outside the hall.

The Big Dog was here last night, providing a lengthy rebuttal to all the insults hurled at Hillary Clinton by Republicans in Cleveland. I think I know my wife better than the speakers at Donald Trump’s convention, the 42nd U.S. president told the delegates -- and they loved it.

Tonight, the 44th president will take the stage, along with Hillary Clinton’s running mate. More movie stars will be on hand, too, as the Democrats showcase their roster of A-list celebrities, which is also designed to be a contrast with Cleveland.

It was on this date 12 years ago that Barack Obama made his national debut at the Democratic convention in Boston. His keynote address made Obama an instant national political figure. I’ll have a brief word on that speech it in a moment, after pointing you to our front page, with its aggregation of polls, video, stories, and columns spanning the political spectrum -- and to our complement of original material.

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Bill Clinton Charms Crowd as Hillary Wins Historic Nomination. The ex-president crowned his wife’s achievement Tuesday with a keynote speech describing her as a compulsive “change maker.” Alexis Simendinger and I have the story.

RCP Convention Recap. Alexis, Caitlin Huey-Burns and I discuss Tuesday highlights in this video wrap-up.

Why Playing the Odds Underestimates Trump’s Chances. David Byler has this tutorial on probability.

Health Care Remains 2016 Policy Wild Card. Nathaniel J. Hiatt reports on the RCP-sponsored panel discussion yesterday.

Firefighters Back Strickland; Police Endorse Portman. James Arkin has the story.

Russian Meddling in U.S. Election? In RealClearDefense, Alex Mitchell and Alex Schulz write that the leaked DNC email episode may signal a new phase of cyberwarfare.

Best and Worst States for Military Retirees. Also in RCDefense, Odysseas Papadimitriou shares this list based on 20 metrics relevant to the military retiree community.

College Students Aren't Working That Hard. In RealClearPolicy, Lindsey Burke, Jamie Bryan Hall and Mary Clare Reim spotlight new data.

The Scientific Study Condemned by Congress. Ross Pomeroy revisits the 1999 vote on a resolution that badly mischaracterized research into pedophilia.

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On July 27, 2004, at the Democratic convention in the hometown of party nominee John Kerry, an unlikely keynote speaker strode to the podium. The young man from Illinois wasn’t unlikely because he was the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya -- a true African-American -- or really because of that unorthodox-sounding name: Barack Hussein Obama.

The most unlikely factor was that he had accomplished so little in politics. A state lawmaker in Springfield, he’d lost his only race for Congress, and was a U.S. Senate candidate on this summer day a dozen years ago.

But when he rose to speak, the result was magic. Whatever you think of race relations in this country today, or however you adjudge the last seven and a half years in the White House, Barack Obama struck a chord in the American psyche that night – and not only with Democrats.

“Even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes,” he said. “Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America.”

He continued:

“There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America.

“The pundits -- the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue States: red states for Republicans, blue States for Democrats. But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states.

“We coach Little League in the blue states and, yes, we've got some gay friends in the red states.

“There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq, and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq.

“We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.”

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Carl M. Cannon  
Washington Bureau chief, RealClearPolitics
@CarlCannon (Twitter)

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Bureau Chief for RealClearPolitics. Reach him on Twitter @CarlCannon.

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