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🗓 What happened: Joe Biden officially accepted the Democratic nomination in a speech that skewered President Trump for his "unforgivable" COVID response. Watch.

🗣 More speech highlights:

Other speeches on Thursday:

  • Michael Bloomberg
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Sen. Cory Booker
  • Sen. Chris Coons
  • Sen. Tammy Duckworth
  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin

🗣 Speech highlights from Wednesday:

  • Barack Obama lets loose, says Trump and his enablers "do not believe" in American principles.
  • Kamala Harris pays tribute to immigrant mother as she accepts historic VP nomination.
  • Hillary Clinton: We need "overwhelming" win so Trump can't "steal his way to victory."
  • Gabby Giffords: "We can let the shooting continue, or we can act."

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Progressive Democrats want to beat President Trump so badly that they're tabling their apathy about Joe Biden — organizing hard to get him into office, only to fight him once elected.

Why it matters: That's a big difference from 2016, when progressives’ displeasure with Hillary Clinton depressed turnout and helped deliver the White House to Trump.

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Xi's imperial dreams bring both benefits and risks

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By undertaking massive infrastructure projects around the world, China under President Xi Jinping is following in the footsteps of previous empires.

Why it matters: Like previous imperial projects in history, Xi's Belt and Road Initiative presents both benefits and risks for China.

TikTok rolls out in-app elections guide

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TikTok said Tuesday that its debuting a new in-app elections guide to connect users with credible information about the elections from sources like the National Association of Secretaries of State, BallotReady, and SignVote.

Why it matters: The move comes amid scrutiny from the Trump Administration over whether the Chinese-owned app is a national security threat.