HUFFPOST HILL – RNC Gavels Into Session; Ohio Dogs Bark Incessantly, Woodland Creatures Flee

Republicans are gathering in the Quicken Loans Arena to nominate Donald Trump, which is appropriate as both Quicken Loans and Donald Trump promise to give people a lot of money in a short amount of time and enjoy plastering their names on things.  The theme of tonight’s RNC speeches is “Make America Safe Again,” which is probably why they asked the guy from “Charles in Charge” to talk. And Paul Manafort attacked John Kasich for not endorsing Donald Trump. We’re still waiting for the Ohio governor to reply by shrugging, saying “Aww I urrrhhhh, gosh, boy” and then stuffing a reuben in his mouth. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, July 18th, 2016:

TONIGHT AT THE CONVENTION: ‘MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN’  – We’re about to head into the arena, where we will presumably be blinded by the reflection of 5,000 different bejeweled cowboy hats. Starting at 7:50: Reince Priebus, Willie Robertson, fmr. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Marcus Luttrell, Scott Baio, Pat Smith, Mark Geist and John Tiegen, Kent Terry and Kelly Terry-Willis, Antonio Sabato Jr., Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden and Jamiel Shaw, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), Senate candidate Darryl Glenn, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Karen Vaughn, Sen. Jeff Sessions, fmr NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Melania Trump, Ret. Lt. General Michael T. Flynn, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Jason Beardsley, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.).

 @MorningMoneyBen: CNN reporting motor vehicle accident in Trump motorcade but Trump is fine.

NEVER TRUMP FINALLY YIELDS – Like a dog! Mike McAuliff and S.V. Date: “A delegate revolt that began with the hope of taking the presidential nomination away from Donald Trump finished by trying to throw a twig into the spokes. New Hampshire delegate Gordon Humphrey, who has been working with the Delegates Unbound and Free the Delegates groups, tried to force party leaders on Monday to approve their rules for the convention on a roll-call vote, rather than a voice vote as is normally done. ‘Donald Trump is so ignorant of anything that he hasn’t a clue what is going on here in general or in detail,’ said Humphrey, a former senator who backed Ohio Gov. John Kasich during the primary season. The bid for a roll call vote failed, but caused an ugly moment in Trump’s march to the nomination. As officials called for a voice vote, many delegates cried ‘Aye!’ but were soon followed by a roar of ‘No!’ from the crowd.” [HuffPost]

RYAN: TRUMP ‘NOT MY KIND OF CONSERVATIVE’ – Smell that delicious, warm GOP unity that Paul Ryan just let sit to cool on a windowsill. Scott Wong: “Speaker Paul Ryan, the chairman of the GOP convention here, said Monday he believes that Donald Trump is a conservative, just ‘not my kind of conservative.’ ‘But I come from a different part and wing of the party,’ the Wisconsin Republican said at a Wall Street Journal lunch in downtown Cleveland just as the Republican National Convention kicked off. ‘I think he is a conservative,’ Ryan said of the presumptive GOP nominee. ‘There are different kinds of conservatives, that’s for darn sure.’ Ryan and Trump have had their differences throughout the 2016 campaign cycle. The Speaker, the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, has cringed at some of Trump’s more extreme statements and positions: Ryan called Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims ‘unconstitutional,’ blasted Trump’s attacks on a Mexican American judge as “racists,” and chided the candidate for refusing to disavow support from a white supremacist.” [The Hill]

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SOME CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS SITTING THIS ONE OUT  – Seung Min Kim and Rachel Bade: “When the Republican National Convention convenes in Cleveland, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) jokes he’ll be getting his hair done. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) will be fly-fishing with his wife instead of joining the Donald Trump coronation. And Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) says conventions aren’t his thing, so he might use the coming week to irrigate his ranch. A noticeably large number of Republicans from Capitol Hill won’t be on hand in Cleveland as the convention kicks off Monday. Many of the no-shows are locked in competitive races and would rather use the time to campaign back home…House insiders predict just under 200 Republicans from their 247-member conference will attend. Meanwhile, well over a dozen Senate Republicans are saying “no, thanks” to the Cleveland festivities, which get underway just after Congress left Washington for a seven-week summer recess.” [Politico]

DEMS ARE NERVOUS  – In other news, Donald Trump holds himself in high regard. Sam Stein: “A difficult month of press coverage for Donald Trump, compounded by his distinctly off-the-cuff speaking style and a slightly off-key rollout for his vice presidential nominee, has fed expectations that the next few days in Cleveland could go poorly. And Democrats like Paul Begala, an adviser to Hillary Clinton’s super PAC, are worrying once more that a Republican candidate is being graded ‘on a curve’ ― that in Trump’s case, the mere absence of a racially tinged line in his speech or the simple routine of getting through a convention evening without a mishap will be hailed as a sign of presidential timber.” [HuffPost]

MANAFORT TAKES AIM AT KASICH, GOPers WITHHOLDING ENDORSEMENT  –  Jonathan Martin: “Addressing reporters at a breakfast on Monday, Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s de facto campaign manager, accused Mr. Kasich of acting “petulant” for refusing to support Mr. Trump following the governor’s defeat in the Republicans’ presidential nominating process. ‘He’s embarrassing his party in Ohio,’ Mr. Manafort said of Mr. Kasich, calling the governor’s chief political strategist the culprit behind Mr. Kasich’s strategy of not endorsing Mr. Trump. “Negotiations broke down because John Weaver thinks that John Kasich will have a better chance to be president by not supporting Donald Trump.’ Such a calculation, Mr. Manafort said, is ‘a dumb, dumb, dumb thing.’ Asked about the criticism, Mr. Weaver escalated the dispute. He not only mocked Mr. Trump’s rambling and at-times awkward introduction of Mike Pence as his running mate on Saturday, but also pointedly brought up Mr. Manafort’s history of working with contentious foreign leaders.” [NYT]

PRAY FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: US – We care quite a bit about us. Michael Calderone: “News organizations have been preparing for the possibility of their employees covering political unrest during the Republican National Convention, with some offering training and equipment typically reserved for war correspondents. Yet even a body armor-clad reporter or photographer could miss the action if arrested.  The National Press Photographers Association recently conducted a series of trainings with Cleveland police to help minimize the chances that journalists will spend a few hours, or a night, in jail. Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the NPPA, described preventing the arrest of journalists as a ‘triple win…’ On Sunday, the Society of Professional Journalists, the NPPA and the Radio Television Digital News Association expressed concern that restrictions in the designated “event zone” near the Republican convention could ‘hinder journalists’ jobs and safety.’” [HuffPost]

BREAKING: TRUMP CAMPAIGN SUSPICIOUS OF JOURNALISTS – Surprisingly nothing negative about Breitbart. McKay Coppins: “Back in April 2014, Sam Nunberg — the consultant from whom Trump is now seeking $10 million in damages — prepared a document titled “Trump reporter assessments 2014,” which BuzzFeed News recently obtained. In the document, Nunberg listed 67 journalists who had received credentials to cover the upcoming New Hampshire Freedom Summit, and added notes on which ones Trump should talk to and which ones to avoid…Next to The Atlantic Molly Ball, Nunberg wrote, ‘NO – VERY NEGATIVE TOWARDS MR. TRUMP.’ David Martosko of the Daily Mail was deemed a ‘medium priority’ because he ‘has been positive for Mr. Trump. He used to work at Daily Caller. I have worked with him before.’…Some journalists were passed over without much explanation. Politico’s Maggie Haberman: ‘NOT NOW.’ The New York Times’s Jeremy Peters: ‘NO.’ Business Insider’s Brett LoGiurato: ‘Maybe.’ Next to Time’s Zeke Miller, Nunberg wrote, ‘I CAN SPIN ZEKE IN BACK ON DEEP BACKGROUND.’ And for Newsweek’s Matthew Cooper, he wrote, ‘NO. COOPER IS A LIBERAL.’” [BuzzFeed]

If you can’t beat ‘em: “A group of conservative Latino leaders who once vowed to never support Donald Trump is now planning to endorse him, vote for him and urge other Hispanics to do so, too. The group of current and former state party leaders, conservative activists and association bosses plans to release a letter Monday that explains that despite previous opposition and concern about Trump’s rhetoric and policy positions, the organization thinks he would be a stronger, more uniting president than Democrat Hillary Clinton.” [WaPo’s Ed O’Keefe]

The Clinton campaign remade that Lyndon Johnson “confessions of a Republican” ad.

NETROOTS NATION BOMBS – Eliot went to this year’s Netroots, where everyone and their mother wanted to gripe on background about it: “In interviews with The Huffington Post, many activists and politicians gathered in St. Louis expressed the hope that Netroots would leverage its unparalleled collection of influential progressive figures and organizations to rally around a set of candidates and issues ahead of the Democratic National Committee in Philadelphia. However, they were sorely disappointed by how the convention unfolded’We have some great stars and stars in the making in the progressive movement, but it would be wonderful to have a platform to introduce them to the community and really catapult them into the national spotlight,’ lamented one leading progressive activist. ‘CPAC has been good in the past at using the main stage and making stars,’ the activist added, referencing the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, which often serves a springboard for aspiring right wing politicians.” [HuffPost]

AILES OUT AT FOX (SOON)  –  Now he can really sink his teeth into the Putnam County News and Recorder. Gabriel Sherman: “Roger Ailes’s tenure as the head of Fox News may be coming to an end. Rupert Murdoch and sons Lachlan and James — co-chairmen and CEO, respectively, of parent company 21st Century Fox — have settled on removing the 76-year-old executive, say two sources briefed on a sexual-harassment investigation of Ailes being conducted by New York law firm Paul, Weiss. After reviewing the initial findings of the probe, James Murdoch is said to be arguing that Ailes should be presented with a choice this week to resign or face being fired. Lachlan is more aligned with their father, who thinks that no action should be taken until after the GOP convention this week. Another source confirms that all three are in agreement that Ailes needs to go.” [NY MAG]

BECAUSE YOU’VE READ THIS FAR – Here’s a dog doing push-ups.


– Planned Parenthood is using Pokemon Go to promote safe sex.

– Two musicians lured John Williams out of his house by playing the “Star Wars” theme.

–  It’s worth watching Stephen Colbert’s hijacking of the RNC’s microphone.  


@pourmecoffee: The GOP convention for Republican politicians is like the old Love Boat was for actors: where you go when you have nowhere else to go.

@MEPFuller: Folks, I’ve come across the most socially awkward reporter I’ve ever encountered.

Just looked him up. He has over 40,000 Twitter followers.

@morninggloria: Other people on this plane: Frank Bruni, Alex Wagner, the Republican mayor of a mid size Cleveland suburb, Michael Che, and Satan

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