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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said President Trump has "elevated women to senior positions in business and in government" during her speech at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night.

Why it matters: Polls suggest Trump is losing support among white women who backed him in the 2016 election, according to the Washington Post. Conway, who has been one of Trump's most loyal supporters since his 2016 campaign, announced recently that she will depart the White House at the end of this month to spend more time with her family.

What she's saying: "[Trump] confides in and consults us, respects our opinions, and insists that we are on equal footing with the men," Conway said. "President Trump helped me shatter a barrier in the world of politics by empowering me to manage his campaign to its successful conclusion."

  • "With the help of millions of Americans, our team defied the critics, questionable polls and conventional wisdom — and we won."
  • "For many of us, 'women’s empowerment' is not a slogan. It comes not from strangers on social media or sanitized language in a corporate handbook. It comes from the everyday heroes who nurture us, who shape us, and who believe in us.
  • "The promise of America belongs to us all. This is a land of inventors and innovators, of entrepreneurs and educators, or pioneers and parents, all contributing to the success and the future of a great nation and her people. These everyday heroes have a champion in President Trump."

The bottom line: "This is the man I know and the resident we need," Conway said after detailing Trump's efforts to combat the opioid crisis. "He picks the toughest fights and tackles the most complex problems. He has stood by me, and he will stand up for you."

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said last week that he cannot support President Trump's re-election.

Why it matters: Hogan, a moderate governor in a blue state, joins other prominent Republicans who have publicly said they will either not vote for Trump's re-election this November or will back Biden.

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Belgium is enforcing a strict lockdown starting Sunday amid rising coronavirus infections, hospital admissions and a surge of deaths, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced on Friday.

Why it matters: De Croo said the government saw no choice but to lock down "to ensure that our health care system does not collapse." Scientists and health officials said deaths have doubled every six days, per the Guardian.

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Billionaire and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, one of Democrats' biggest donors, tells Axios he's launching a $1 million digital ad campaign in battleground states urging voters to be patient with election results and prepare for no winner to be known on Nov. 3, no matter what "some people" may prematurely declare via Twitter.

Driving the news: The three-minute ad, titled "We Count! A Patriotic Musical Extravaganza," features the voice of "The Big Bang Theory's" Jim Parsons and Broadway star Barrett Doss. The spot will appear on Facebook targeting voters in the swing states of Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.