Today’s Lesson for America’s Children: Good Behavior Is for Losers
Democrats, the party of children and families, have to begin accounting for their failures

“What are we going to tell the kids about this?”

For many Americans, the worst moment of election night wasn’t the 3 a.m. victory speech by Donald Trump. In the hours that followed, parents stole into the rooms where their children slept and counted the hours before the school day began on Wednesday, dreading the conversation to come.

Win or Lose, Clinton Offers a ‘How Not To’ Study on Campaign Messaging
Nation still waits for a clear explanation of her goals as president

Here’s quiz for the eve of this election — can you summarize in one sentence Hillary Clinton’s prime justification for being elected president Tuesday?

Me neither.

Ep. 18: Obama Says Hillary Clinton Only Choice for President
The Week Ahead: Convention Special

The third night of the Democratic National Convention was devoted to A-list speakers — from President Barack Obama to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — whose rousing speeches were filled with praise for Hillary Clinton and sharp attacks for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. CQ Roll Call’s Chief Content Officer David Ellis sums up what the water-cooler talk will be about today and what he expects of Clinton, poised to accept the Democratic nomination.  

Show Notes:

Cruz Refines the Reagan Myth That Trump Refuses to Adopt
'Freedom agenda' served as cover to deploy words outside current playbook

The Republican gathering in Cleveland has been a convention like no other, loosely organized, off message and marked by shocks such as the theatrical throwdown between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.  

Those headlines obscure the similarities Cleveland shares with previous party conclaves. At the most basic level, conventions are group therapy sessions where the faithful convince themselves of their own lies.  

Al Franken Returns to Comedy
In enemy territory, Minnesota senator cracks wise on Trump and his cohorts

Al Franken's long years of comedy omertà are over.  

The former "Saturday Night Live" star has been resolutely serious since arriving in Washington as Minnesota's junior senator in 2009.