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Colorado GOP Senate Candidate Faces Questions About 1983 Assault Complaint
Documents contradict Darryl Glenn's assertions that it wasn't him

Colorado Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Darryl Glenn spoke on the first night of the Republican National Convention last week in what was a high point in his career. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Republican Colorado Senate candidate who spoke on the opening night of the GOP convention last week faced a precipitous career fall Tuesday, when a local newspaper raised questions about his previous denials of a 1983 assault complaint.  

Darryl Glenn, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who has campaigned on his integrity, has repeatedly asserted that he has no knowledge of the alleged incident, but this week The Denver Post obtained court documents and a police report with his name on it, the newspaper reported. When confronted with the documents, Glenn's campaign spokeswoman doubled down.  

Democrats' Law and Order Tightrope
The party attempts to strike a balance between protecting police and holding them accountable

The 'Mothers of the Movement' speaking at the Democratic National Convention (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats had a tightrope to walk Tuesday night: how to honor police officers who have fallen to gun violence while recognizing the mothers who have lost their children, sometimes at the hands of authorities.  

The evening program at the Democratic National Convention featured the "Mothers of the Movement," an extraordinary array of African-American women from across the country, bound in a sorority of grief for their lost children.  

The Latest From the DNC
Hillary Clinton has officially won the Democratic nomination

From left, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Jane Sanders and Bernie Sanders listen to nominating speeches at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark)

Amid Cleveland Protests, a Moment of Understanding
Trump backer and Black Lives Matter supporter "agree to disagree"

Trump supporter Ronald Pittman, left, greets Cedric White Jr. at Cleveland's Public Square on Thursday. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

CLEVELAND — On the edge of a protest zone at the Republican convention, a Donald Trump admirer and a Black Lives Matter supporter shook hands, and then went their separate ways.  

The handshake was not a sign that they found some sort of common ground. Rather it was, "an understanding to agree to disagree," said Cedric White Jr.  

The RNC's Favorite Message? Blue Lives Matter
Loudest applause reserved for party leaders with a law-and-order message

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton speaks Monday at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

CLEVELAND — Tom Cotton’s breakfast-time speech to the Ohio Republican delegation hit the usual notes Monday morning, criticizing President Obama and cracking jokes about Hillary Clinton’s email .  

But what made the few hundred Republicans gathered in this hotel banquet room stop checking their phones and pay close attention was a statement that, until recently, would have felt like a throwback to an earlier GOP era.  

An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich
On how Sharia makes Muslims in the U.S. better Americans

Umema Aimen went to college in the United States and is challenging Newt Gingrich on his call for testing Muslims in the U.S. to see if they believe in Sharia law.

Mr. Gingrich,  

You’ve said on Facebook that we need to have an honest discussion. I agree, so here’s what I have to say: I am a 25-year-old Pakistani citizen who spent five years studying in America, four in college and one at a Muslim seminary. I recently moved back to Pakistan and was excitedly planning my honeymoon trip to America until I read your remarks.  

Obama Stresses Unity in Aftermath of Baton Rouge Police Shootings
President notes political conventions, asks that rhethoric be kept in check

President Barack Obama spoke on the shooting of police in Baton Rouge. (Photo By Douglas Graham / CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama on Sunday again urged Americans to unite around solutions to end a string of shootings after three Baton Rouge police officers were killed — and he warned the political convention season threatens to make racial tensions even worse.  

After being criticized by some law enforcement officials and advocates in recent weeks, Obama said the country must be “loud and clear” that nothing justifies attacks on law enforcement officers. Such acts are an attack on the rule of law that he says makes American society possible.  

Why Obama’s Vision of ‘One American Family’ Matters
President believes righteous anger can be transformed into justice, peace

President Barack Obama seems to believe in America far more than those who insist he hates it, writes Mary C. Curtis. Also seen in the photo, from left, former first lady Laura Bush, former President George W. Bush and first lady Michelle Obama. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama rose to the occasion. In a Dallas speech that started with a joke about the first lady’s love of Stevie Wonder and quickly grew solemn, the president included everyone, and asked something of everyone, as well. He acknowledged his own humanity and imperfections and asked those on all sides to do the same.  

And he reminded those listening, at least those with the “new heart” and “new spirit” the Lord promised Ezekiel, that he is a leader who cherishes the promise of America. For someone whose faith has been questioned, the president always reaches deep into Scripture for comforting messages.  

Violence Concerns Cast Cloud Over Conventions
Secret Service preparing for sniper scenarios like Dallas

Philadelphia City Hall as seen from Broad Street, where protesters plan to march. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — Delegates headed to to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions will find themselves in cities that are bracing for trouble after recent racially charged shootings have heightened tensions between minority communities and the police.  

Protests across the nation followed last week's fatal shootings by police of two black men — Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. And at one demonstration, in Dallas, a sniper killed five police officers.  

Union Station Protester Draws Celebrity Attention
Black Lives Matter protester caught the eye of actress Shailene Woodley.

Ayinde Wilson, a Black Lives Matter protester, stood silently in Union Station. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

A young black man standing stoically in Union Station drew the attention of passersby, including one celebrity.  

Actress Shailene Woodley, who starred in the "Divergent" film series, stopped to talk to Ayinde Wilson. He was holding a sign on which he had written in green marker, "Will I become the next endangered species?"