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Republican National Convention: What to Know on Day 2

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Melania Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention contained two passages that match nearly word-for-word the speech given by Michelle Obama in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention. (Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016)

    The Republican National Convention started off with a bang — or a debacle, according to your point of view. Donald Trump must hope that Day 2 hews a little closer to the script. 

    A day after an angry convention-floor eruption laid bare how many Republicans are still reluctant to nominate Trump, his team lined up a roster of supporters eager to showcase their belief that the flashy business mogul should be president. Among them: Trump's son, Donald J. Trump Jr., and two fellow White House hopefuls he defeated in the primary. 

    That's not to say there may not be some awkward moments, especially as Trump is feted by party luminaries who have walked a tightrope this year trying to show support for the presumptive nominee without embracing his more provocative positions. 

    What to watch for at the convention on Tuesday:

    Clinton Blasts Trump on Birther Lie

    [NATL] Clinton Blasts Trump on Birther Lie
    Hillary Clinton criticized Donald Trump for repeatedly claiming that President Obama was not born in America. (Published 4 hours ago)

    NEVER TRUMP, NEVERMORE?

    On the opening day, GOP leaders approved rules for the convention over furious objections. Anti-Trump delegates had tried to force a state-by-state roll call vote on the rules, which to their dismay require delegates to vote for a nominee based on their state primaries and caucuses. Despite what initially appeared to be a successful attempt to force a full vote, Republican leaders proceeded with a quick voice vote and Trump's team declared the "dump Trump" movement vanquished. 

    Indeed, with Trump laying claim to a solid majority of delegates, the anti-Trump movement appears all but defeated. But that doesn't mean they'll go quietly. 

    CALL THE ROLL 

    Presidential Debate: Trump on Releasing His Taxes

    [NATL] Presidential Debate: Trump on Releasing His Taxes
    Donald Trump comments on releasing his taxes during the first presidential debate. (Published Monday, Sept. 26, 2016)

    If there is a last-gasp flare-up, it'll almost certainly come Tuesday when Republicans hold their formal roll call for the nomination, in which every state gets to say how its delegates are voting — and to throw in a few plugs for the state. Watch for the most die-hard anti-Trump delegates to cause a ruckus, and expect plenty of corny references to a state's famous foods or prized natural wonders. 

    MELANIA VS MICHELLE 

    Delegates are sure to be asked about the speech Donald Trump's wife, Melania Trump, delivered Monday evening. Though well-received, the speech contained two passages that match nearly word-for-word the speech that first lady Michelle Obama delivered in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention. 

    The passages in question focus on lessons that Mrs. Trump said she learned from her parents and the relevance of their lessons in her experience as a mother. The similarities quickly started garnering attention on social media and on cable TV. 

    Trump's campaign responded in a statement that said her "immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech." The statement didn't mention Mrs. Obama. "In writing her beautiful speech, Melania's team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking," Trump spokesman Jason Miller said. 

    White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Monday evening. 

    THE HOUSE SPEAKER SPEAKS 

    Though he's the official chairman of the convention, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin didn't appear publicly on Monday. But he'll give a speech Tuesday that will be closely watched to see how he'll handle his delicate relationship with Trump. 

    Donald Trump Trips Over African American Museum's Name

    [NATL] Donald Trump Trips Over African American Museum's Name
    Donald Trump stumbled over the name of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture during a rally in Roanoke, Virginia. The Republican presidential nominee said the museum is a "really beautiful place," and then called it the "Smithsonian national museum of American history, African American art." (Published Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016)

    Reluctantly, and only after long deliberation, Ryan endorsed Trump, saying that he'd be better than Hillary Clinton and that it was important that the speaker back the party's nominee. Yet Ryan has continued to criticize Trump for his positions on trade and Muslim immigration, even accusing Trump of using "textbook" racist language. In an appearance Monday with his home-state delegation, Ryan never mentioned Trump, but focused on poverty and economic issues — themes he plans to hit in his speech. 

    CHRISTIE'S FALL FROM GRACE 

    Four years ago, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was honored by being tapped to give the keynote speech at the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida, reflecting his up-and-comer status in the party at the time. Yet he was criticized for giving a lackluster speech that focused on himself and barely mentioned the nominee, Mitt Romney. 

    The past few months have been harsh on Christie, who ran against Trump in the primary, sharply criticized him, lost, endorsed him, then appeared diminished as he played Trump's sidekick at campaign events. Christie lobbied hard to be Trump's vice presidential pick but was passed over, just as his "Bridgegate" political retribution scandal continues to evolve. 

    'Tonight’: Clinton on Breaking Barriers, Debating Trump

    [NATL] 'Tonight Show’: Clinton on Breaking Barriers, Fighting Bigotry and Debating Trump
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton talks to host Jimmy Fallon about the differences between her and her rival Donald Trump. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016)

    JOBS, JOBS, JOBS

    Tuesday's stated theme is "Make America Work Again." Trump hopes the day will cast him as the successful businessman who can create jobs for the whole country. It's a theme that taps into the deep economic anxiety that many Americans are feeling — especially Trump's supporters. 

    But the argument may be complicated by the fact that America is already going back to work — at least judging by unemployment. Under President Barack Obama, the jobless rate has fallen from close to 10 percent at the height of the recession to under 5 percent. 

    UNDER THE GUN 

    'Late Night’: Closer Look at Trump’s 'Birther' Past

    [NATL] 'Late Night’: A Closer Look at Trump’s 'Birther' Past
    Host Seth Meyers calls Donald Trump’s attempt to shift blame from himself to Hillary Clinton for the birther movement one of the biggest cons. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016)

    Chris Cox, the top lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, will take the stage at a time of deep unease about gun violence and shootings both by and against police. The day before the convention opened, three officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where weeks earlier the fatal police shooting of a black man had sparked a national outcry. 

    Expect Trump's supporters to voice overwhelming support for police officers and overwhelming opposition to stricter gun control measures, in line with the NRA. Yet that full-throated call will come just as Trump is working to expand his appeal to Democrats and Clinton supporters who by and large want to see new gun laws in the wake of mass shootings like the recent one in Orlando, Florida.