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What's at stake in Trump vs. Clinton election?

By Charles Kaiser
America has always relied upon the latest wave of immigrants to reinvent and reinvigorate these United States. For those of us who were raised in that faith -- and there are millions of us -- nothing could be more offensive than the detritus shoveled out for 76 minutes by Donald J. Trump at the Republican National Convention last week.
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

What's fueling the Republican fury

By Peniel Joseph
Donald Trump's demographic fear-mongering is part of a long tradition of using race in presidential politics, says historian Peniel Joseph.
UNITED STATES - JULY 21: Donald Trump takes the stage to accept the GOP nomination to be President of the United States at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday July 21, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Trump's 'Bizarro World' convention

By Michael D'Antonio
It was the kind of political convention you might expect in the 1960s comic book called "Bizarro World." The headliners included a 1980s TV star who tweeted a grossly obscene message about Hillary Clinton, a former male underwear model, a soap opera actress and a multi-layer marketer who hawks vitamins.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.

The danger of Trump's NATO comments

By Mark Hertling
Donald Trump's irresponsible comments on NATO take on seismic consequences when directed to our friends and allies in Europe, writes Mark Hertling.

Trump: A speech like no other?

CNN Opinion contributors
CNN Opinion contributors offer their takes on the final day of the GOP convention, Donald Trump's speech, and the future of the Republican Party.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.

Trump's midnight in America

By Paul Begala
There were two enormous problems with Donald Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention: too much darkness, not enough inspirational personal biography.
Charles Kinsey was shot by police in North Miami, Florida.

Shooting a man who was lying down with his hands up?

By David Perry
The case in North Miami points to a widespread problem -- people with disabilities may not comply with police instructions, but that doesn't mean they should be treated as a threat, says David Perry
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18:  Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump introduces his wife Melania on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Analysis: How plagiarism flap hurts Trump

By David Gregory
Hypocrisy hurts. Donald Trump's team has spent the first two nights of its convention making the case that voters should reject Hillary Clinton because she lies. At the same time, though, the Trump team hasn't looked like it has been upfront about the fact that some of Melania Trump's comments were lifted from Michele Obama's 2008 convention speech.
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18:  Delegates crowd the convention floor on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

The RNC in 140 characters (or less)

By CNN Opinion
During the Republican and Democratic conventions, CNN Opinion is curating tweets from our frequent contributors on how the two parties are doing. Here's a sampling of what they're saying:

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    QAQORTOQ, GREENLAND - JULY 30: Calved icebergs from the nearby Twin Glaciers are seen floating on the water on July 30, 2013 in Qaqortoq, Greenland. Boats are a crucial mode of transportation in the country that has few roads. As cities like Miami, New York and other vulnerable spots around the world strategize about how to respond to climate change, many Greenlanders simply do what theyve always done: adapt. 'Were used to change, said Greenlander Pilu Neilsen. 'We learn to adapt to whatever comes. If all the glaciers melt, well just get more land. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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