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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- Post-convention edition: Dem winners, losers in Philly | On the floor during Hillary's speech | Trump hits back at Clinton | New Zika cases came from Florida mosquitoes | National Chicken Wing Day

DEVELOPING THIS A.M. -- ZIKA IN THE STATES: Florida officials said Friday that there is a "high likelihood" that the first cases of Zika virus being transmitted by mosquitoes in the continental United States have occurred. What changed: Before now, all of the cases in the U.S. been people who contracted the virus elsewhere and then returned to the mainland.

Happy Friday! Filing from a collectively delirious Amtrak train filled with political nerds -- after a not-so-brief stop at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia for snacks ;) -- I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of what you missed this morning and what's on tap for the rest of the day. Send comments, story ideas and upcoming events to, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

THE QUESTION OF THE MORNING -- HOW DID CLINTON'S SPEECH PLAY?: Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, during Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP lawmaker defends Chelsea Clinton after confrontation over New Zealand attacks Klobuchar: Race, gender should not be litmus tests for 2020 Dem nominee Kirsten Gillibrand officially announces White House run MORE's acceptance speech for the presidential nomination, she called on Democrats to unify against Republican nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJoint Chiefs chairman denies report that US is planning to keep 1K troops in Syria Kansas Department of Transportation calls Trump 'delusional communist' on Twitter Trump has privately voiced skepticism about driverless cars: report MORE. She spent a large part of the speech tearing apart Trump's positions on everything from the military to his temperament.

Politico's John Bresnahan
Clinton sitting a kitchen table, talking into the camera very calmly. Compare that to Trump's image sitting in gaudy Manhattan penthouse

The Daily Beast's Jackie Kucinich
If anyone can sell Hillary Clinton to the broader public it's Morgan Freeman

Comfortably Smug
W & Hillary are the dream team!!!

Sonny Bunch responded: DNC = Democratic Neocon Convention

CUE TRUMP'S FAVORITE MEDIUM OF ATTACK: Donald Trump attacked Hilary Clinton with a rapid-fire string of tweets moments after her convention speech. He went with a fave talking point: calling Clinton soft on terror.

WELL, AT LEAST YOU CAN SAY THIS CONVENTION WAS MEMORABLE: Democrats swung between triumph and disaster in Philadelphia in four days that saw outstanding speeches and emotional moments, but also some stark displays of disunity.

Winners: Hillary Clinton, President Obama, Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersO'Rourke faces pressure from left on 'Medicare for all' O'Rourke says he won't use 'f-word' on campaign trail O'Rourke not planning, but not ruling out big fundraisers MORE, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, stand-up comic and Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman, and CNN.

Mixed: Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonGOP lawmaker defends Chelsea Clinton after confrontation over New Zealand attacks As global order collapses, American leadership is critical Trump Jr. defends Chelsea Clinton after confrontation at vigil for New Zealand attacks MORE and vice presidential nominee Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOfficials dismiss criticism that Trump rhetoric to blame for New Zealand attack Kaine says Trump is 'using language that emboldens' white nationalists Mulvaney: Military projects impacted by wall funding haven't been decided yet MORE.

Losers: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the 'Bernie or bust' backers, Senate candidate Katie McGinty, Philadelphia, convention organizers and the on-site media.

Reasons for each from The Hill's Niall Stanage:

MOST SHARED -- OH, THIS IS QUITE THE PHOTO: Time magazine's Olivier Laurent captured the happiest photo of Hillary Clinton I've ever seen. It's worth seeing:

ANNOUNCED TODAY – THAT HEADACHE ISN'T GOING AWAY YET, BOB: A federal appeals court refused to drop corruption charges against Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Manafort sentenced to total of 7.5 years in prison Acting Defense chief calls Graham an 'ally' after tense exchange William Barr is right man for the times MORE (D-N.J.). Menendez's attorneys had argued that his actions on behalf of a campaign donor were protected because he's a sitting senator.

T-MINUS SEVEN DAYS: The Rio Olympics begin a week from today! Here's the latest on how prepared Rio is:



Interruptions -- TV vs. in person: Dozens of people wearing neon green pro-Bernie Sanders shirts held signs for Green Party candidate Jill Stein and kept disrupting the show. It felt like they were trying over and over to see if they could rattle Hillary Clinton. Note: The interruptions were MUCH more noticeable in the arena than on TV.

Work. It.: Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerWhy we need to build gateway now Campaign to draft Democratic challenger to McConnell starts raising funds Schumer congratulates J. Lo and A-Rod, but says 'I'm never officiating a wedding again' MORE (N.Y.) was really working the crowd on the convention floor last night. Lots of people took selfies with him and, according to The Hill's Sarah Ferris, "he definitely caused a traffic jam." Apparently one fan tried to say hello and called him "governor." He then corrected himself after being quietly corrected. Happens to the best of us

Social media obstacle course: "Random people walking around Facebook Live-ing themselves was not a convention floor hazard I was prepared for." (h/t The Hill's Pete Schroeder)

Tidbit about a speech: "Doug Elmets clearly didn't write this speech. He's mispronounced several words: StatuTe instead of statue, peNtupant instead of petulant, etc." (h/t to The Washington Post's James Hohmann)

Donor vs. delegate seating: "DNC has reserved seats between delegates and stage inside the buffer for what appear to be donors. Not even RNC does that." (h/t Time's Zeke Miller)

Not all the screamers were Bernie peeps: "Sitting next to a man who keeps standing up and saying 'Viva Hillary' only to be sushed [sic] by his neighbors" (h/t Bloomberg's Kendall Breitman)



CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, New York Times photographer Doug Mills, CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson, and "PBS NewsHour" host Judy Woodruff were spotted among the bleary-eyed travelers in Philadelphia hopping aboard an early morning Acela train back to Washington today. (h/t The Hill's Judy Kurtz)

Republican strategist and Jeb Bush supporter Ana Navarro was seen in the Xfinity Live hub right outside the arena beside the CNN hub.

Voto Latino hosted a "Brave Party" at the Theater of Living Arts. Attendees included: "East Los High" star Tracy Perez; Voto Latino co-founder Rosario Dawson; Rep. Linda Sánchez (Calif.); Labor Council for Latin American AdvancementExecutive Director Hector Sanchez; founder and Chairman of Latino Leaders Network Mickey Ibarra; Jackie Gagne, HBO vice president for multicultural marketing; Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Alejandra Ceja; President and CEO of Voto Latino Maria Teresa Kumar.



Rep. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDems shift strategy for securing gun violence research funds The Hill's 12:30 Report: O'Rourke jumps into 2020 fray Overnight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget MORE (D-Conn.)
I feel like I've accomplished everything I need in politics. Lance Bass just said to me "Oh, I know who you are." #thisipromiseyou

Politico's Seung Min Kim (That's so awkward!)
OMG. [Sen. Charles] Schumer says there are 13 Schumer marriages, and "three cooking." That's so much pressure!

Ingrid Ostby (The photo that goes along with this is the funniest thing I've seen all week)
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2 p.m. EDT: Donald Trump holds a town hall event in Colorado Springs, Colo.

8:30 p.m. EDT: Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine hold a rally in Harrisburg, Pa.



Sunday: Hillary Clinton will appear exclusively on "Fox News Sunday."



Today is National Chicken Wing Day and National Lasagna Day!

A NICE MOMENT: Via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Greg Bluestein, during this week's convention, Rep. John Lewis (Ga.) met with Jerry Emmett, the 102-year-old delegate from Arizona.

And with that, here are the dance moves I hope to learn this weekend:


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