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TED MAY NEED A HUG AFTER TODAY: Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPompeo to speak to influential conservative group in Iowa Top National Security Council aide moved to Energy Department role Ted Cruz takes aim at Alabama vasectomy bill: 'Yikes' MORE's controversial speech last night sparked a slew of graphic insults from politicians. Here are a few:

A "f--k" and an "a--hole" -- Rep. Pete King (N.Y.) on CNN and to Jon Allen of Sidewire.

I'd "probably" call Cruz an 'a--hole." -- Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer, following King

"Lucifer is back." -- Former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCoronavirus poses risks for Trump in 2020 Lobbying world Pelosi-Trump relationship takes turn for the terrible MORE (R-Ohio)

Cruz is a "self-absorbed, little man" -- Rep. Chris Collins (N.Y.), Trump's top surrogate on Capitol Hill

Cruz "is a dumb son of a bitch" -- Longtime Trump ally Roger Stone

Happy Thursday from Cleveland, where I'm filing from The Hill's 45-minute party bus from our hotel in Stow, Ohio, to the convention, with disco lights and champagne flutes (?!). Although with no more than three hours of sleep each night, it's entirely possible we're all just imagining it. ¯\_()_/¯ I'm Cate Martel bringing you behind-the-scenes of the Republican National Convention, the events to watch and fun insider tidbits along the way -- basically where to find free to find free food and alcohol in Cleveland. ;) Send comments, story ideas and upcoming events to, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

RECAPPING THE MOMENT OF THE NIGHT -- YOU MAY BE MY NEW STEP FAMILY, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN I'M GONNA LIKE YOU: The convention careened off the rails last night as Ted Cruz refused to endorse Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE while speaking and was met with deafening boos.

And in classic Trump fashion: Trump emerged from the shadows of the arena like a WrestleMania champion. It was much more clear on TV that Trump made an appearance -- the arena is so big that it wasn't quite as obvious to attendees in the room.

Cruz chants: Trump loyalists sprang to their feet, shouting their displeasure. Some people on the convention floor yelled "Lyin' Ted" and "Go home!" while others gesticulated wildly.

Damn: CNN reports "that Ted Cruz went up to one of the donor boxes and was accosted by Trump supporters yelling in his face. One person had to be apparently restrained because they were so angry."

Oh and in case things weren't tense enough: Security guards had to whisk Cruz's wife out of the Quicken Loans Arena for her own safety.

Video from CNN's Manu Raju: How the boos sounded from the floor

Headline of the day, from The Daily Beast's Patricia Murphy: "Ted Cruz Buries the Hatchet -- In Donald Trump's Back"

MORNING FALLOUT: At a Texas delegation breakfast this morning, Ted Cruz defended distancing himself from Donald Trump, refusing to say he's voting for the GOP nominee and ripping the Republican National Convention's response to his speech the night before. "I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father," he said.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR TONIGHT: Donald Trump gives his big acceptance speech tonight. Will he deliver? Here's what else to expect: 

  • Ivanka Trump testifies for her father
  • Theme: Make America One Again
  • Speaker line-up aimed at appealing to women, minorities and other groups
  • Speeches from two venture capitalists: Peter Thiel and Tom Barrack

ANOTHER MAJOR HEADLINE -- TRUMP VS. FOREIGN POLICY ESTABLISHMENT AGAIN: In a New York Times interview with David Sanger and Maggie HabermanDonald Trump says there are conditions that must be met before the U.S. helps its allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Political reaction: Politicians in both parties have raised concerns about the comments. White House reaction: Press secretary Josh Earnest knocked the remarks, telling reporters the alliance's collective defense pledge is "iron-clad."

WE'RE REALLY GOING TO NEED TO WORK ON NAMES IN THE FUTURE: So, let's get this straight: This morning I worked from the "media filing center," not to be confused with "media row," the "media standing desks," the "media stand-ups" or the "media hubs" -- each requiring separate access passes. Oh and the media center is in the convention center, but the convention is not in the convention center. Now I need some Advil. Take notes, Philly.

AT LEAST HE'S BEING REALISTIC: I ran into a California delegate bopping around post-game parties last night and when asked what the chances are that Trump would win his state, he said, "Precisely zero." Welp, there you go, folks.



---- "Rock the Vote" held a post-game party last night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame featuring DJ Justin Nyce. Mary Katharine Ham, Hot Air editor-at-large and CNN commentator, was spotted showing off her dance moves.

---- "Mad Men" star Harry Hamlin was spotted at the CNN Grill yesterday. Also spotted was Carl Bernstein, the legendary journalist who broke the Watergate scandal (hat tip to The Hill's Judy Kurtz).

---- Outfit du jour: No American flags were harmed during the making of this ensemble. Just kidding, I have no idea.

---- Jeb Bush allies Al Cardenas, the former chairman of the Florida Republican Party, and former Bush surrogate Ana Navarro, were spotted in a rickshaw in Cleveland. Photo:

---- "ABC World News Tonight" anchor David Muir was spotted outside the convention center waiting in the long line for BBQ.

---- Former Clinton White House adviser Dick Morris was spotted backstage at the Republican convention.

Scene outside:

Police on horseback. Note: the horses are wearing face protection

Security situation summed up by CBS's Sean Gallitz: "How quiet is Public Square in Cleveland tonight? This is Police Chief Williams just hanging by himself." Photo:

People are weird: A man just chillin' in the street with his rainbow tuba that reads "sex machine." Unfortunately, 2016 has numbed me to the point that I only find this slightly odd amid the day's events.



The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold (Save this tweet. Frame this tweet. Show it to your grandchildren someday when they ask what 2016 -- and what Twitter -- was like.) Trump spox Hope Hicks: "Mr. Trump and the campaign do not agree" that Clinton should be executed by firing squad.

Mic's Luke Brinker
"America deserves better" is actually commentary on the food options inside Quicken Loans Arena.

The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Ballhaus (LOL)
Donald Trump Jr. at WSJ breakfast says his father doesn't go around "parading his grandchildren." But ...



2 p.m. EDT: The National School Boards Action Center is hosting a dessert-themed event (!) at The Chocolate Bar (!) to highlight the role of public education in the election.

5:30 p.m. EDT: A group of former GOP staffers is throwing a traditional Irish wake to mourn the death of the Republican Party at The Dubliner. It'll include a silk-draped coffin of the deceased "party," framed photos of past GOP presidents, a memorial wreath and mourners dressed in funeral attire.

Speakers tonight: Donald Trump; Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTikTok introduces new parental controls Abortion wars flare up in Congress Hillicon Valley: Judge approves T-Mobile, Sprint merger | FTC to review past Big Tech deals | State officials ask for more cybersecurity help | House nears draft bill on self-driving cars MORE (Tenn.); Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin; Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus; Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr.; venture capitalist Peter Thiel; real estate developer, Trump fundraiser and long-time friend Tom Barrack; and Trump's oldest daughter, Ivanka Trump.

10 p.m. EDT: Cleveland Rocks convention wrap-up party at Jacobs Pavilion featuring Kid Rock.

Tomorrow: Everyone heads out of town -- and many on to Philly for the Democratic convention!



11 p.m. EDT tonight: HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" is airing a special installment from the Republican National Convention.



Today is National Crème Brûlée Day and National Junk Food Day! Good, that should make me feel better about this convention-week-with-no-sleep-and-an-all-event-food diet...

WORK IT, GIRL: First lady Michelle Obama participated in "Carpool Karaoke" with James Corden and Missy Elliot.Here's what happened:

And with that, here is a giant whale lunging out of the water right next to a paddleboarder. Damn.


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