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RNC: What to Know for Day 3 of GOP Convention

The first two days saw efforts to quash an anti-Trump rebellion plus a hubbub over Melania Trump's speech

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The 2016 Republican National Convention is now officially Donald Trump's convention. 

    To Trump's dismay, the first two days saw a rowdy racket on the floor over efforts to quash an anti-Trump rebellion, plus a hubbub over wife Melania Trump's speech that borrowed passages from Michelle Obama. Yet as the convention reached its halfway point, delegates casting votes in the roll call officially made Trump their presidential nominee. 

    That clears the way for the GOP to try to focus on showcasing the mogul-turned-showman-turned-politician during speeches and other events on Wednesday — including an address by Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Another high-profile speech will be by Trump's former primary rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. 

    What to watch for on the third day of the convention:

    Trump Booed Leaving New York Times

    [NATL] Trump Booed Leaving New York Times
    President Elect Donald Trump is booed as he walks through the lobby of The New York Times Building after a 75-minute meeting with Times journalists. The lobby of the Times building is open to the public, and a large crowd had gathered by the time he departed. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016)

    VEEP 

    Many Americans will get their first introduction to Pence when he delivers his headline speech. Though he's served both in Congress and as Indiana's governor, Pence is largely unknown to the broader public, making his convention address all the more important. 

    Pence's selection has helped reassure Republicans who are skeptical that Trump will govern as a true conservative. But Hillary Clinton's campaign has already declared Pence the "most extreme" vice presidential candidate "in a generation." 

    WHO'S ON FIRST? 

    Trump Takes Meetings at His New Jersey Golf Club

    [NATL] Trump Takes Meetings at His New Jersey Golf Club
    President-elect Trump interviewed more than a dozen candidates for his administration at his New Jersey golf club over the weekend, including Mitt Romney, Rudy Guliani, Chris Christie and Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, who has been tough on immigration, and others. (Published Monday, Nov. 21, 2016)

    Wednesday's theme is "Make America First Again." It's a theme that evokes American exceptionalism, a concept that has been at the center of a running debate in American politics for some years. 

    Watch for speakers to wax nostalgic about a time when they'll say that the U.S. was prosperous, free and full of opportunity. And expect promises to restore America to a position of dominance in the world that they'll say has been lost. 

    MELANIA'S MESS 

    Day 2 of the convention was largely consumed by controversy over the speech that Melania Trump gave on opening night. Two passages from her speech were nearly identical to ones in the speech that Michelle Obama gave at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, triggering allegations of plagiarism. 

    Trump's campaign disputed those allegations but offered no clear explanation for what happened. His aides said the controversy was overblown and urged people to move on. Will the hubbub die down, or will Democrats and others manage to keep it alive?  

    THE ALSO-RANS 

    A trio of former Trump challengers will give speeches on the floor on Wednesday. Things could get awkward. 

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been lukewarm in his support of Trump and criticized his comments about a Hispanic federal judge. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called Trump a dangerous "con artist" and a fraud during the primary and crudely mocked the size of his hands. 

    Trump Holds Series of Meetings With Potential Cabinet Candidates

    [NATL]Trump Holds Series of Meetings With Potential Cabinet Candidates
    President-elect Donald Trump is holding a series of meetings all weekend with potential candidates at his New Jersey golf course as he continues to mull over dozens of positions in his upcoming administration. NBC's Chris Pollone reports. (Published Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016)

    The one to watch is Cruz. The second-highest vote-getter in the primary hasn't endorsed Trump and has stayed coy about whether he will in his speech. If he doesn't explicitly back Trump at the billionaire's own nominating convention, it would be a major blow to GOP unity.  

    PROTESTS? WHAT PROTESTS? 

    With the convention half over, the massive protests that many Republican leaders had feared have mostly failed to pan out. Though police broke up scuffles between demonstrators Tuesday, demonstrators appeared outnumbered by police officers and journalists. Overall there have only been five arrests since the convention started, and protesters have numbered in the hundreds, not thousands. 

    Will the demonstrations keep fizzling on Wednesday, or will protesters return with renewed vigor?

    Clinton Reflects on Defeat: 'Never, Ever Give Up'

    [NATL] Clinton Reflects on Defeat: 'Never, Ever Give Up'
    Hillary Clinton is reflecting on her devastating defeat, acknowledging the difficulty of her loss for her supporters and urging them to persevere through the Donald Trump era. She is encouraging her backers to "never, ever give up."

    Making her first public appearance Wednesday evening since her emotional concession speech a week earlier, Clinton said: "It's up to each and every one of us to keep working to make America better and stronger and fairer." (Published Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016)

    THE YOUNGER TRUMP 

    A key testament to Trump's character will come from his son, Eric Trump. The 32-year-old is the executive vice president of his father's Trump Organization and will speak Wednesday evening. 

    Though not an experienced political hand, Trump has found himself at the center of his father's unlikely presidential campaign. He's appeared frequently on radio and television, and many once-reluctant Trump supporters have said that getting to know his kids has reassured them about his character.