Good evening from Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton has the opportunity to deliver the speech of her life. After a convention which brought about party unity and blistering critiques of Donald Trump, her acceptance speech is her best chance to reintroduce herself to the American people. One of the most well-known individuals in public life, Clinton is misunderstood, according to her aides, who have offered testimonials from friends and allies over the course of the week to that effect. She is also deeply distrusted a historically disliked for a presidential nominee. But the act of redefinition is a personal one. She’ll get help from a charismatic lead-in, her daughter, Chelsea, but only Clinton can put herself out there in a way that changes how voters view her. Her allies did their part attacking Donald Trump last night, now she has to sell herself.
What you missed today: Not much. It was the calm before the storm.
What you’ll hear tonight: Clinton’s direct pitch to voters about why she’s the best candidate for the White House.
What you’ll want to look out for during the speeches: Does the lingering Bernie Sanders-or-bust crowd—dressed in matching glow-in-the-dark shirts, try to disrupt Clinton or walk out in protest?
Read the best from the convention below, and check Time.com for updates all night:
Black Pastors Step Up for Hillary Clinton
They want to stop the Trump pastors from defining the narrative, TIME’s Elizabeth Dias reports
Intelligence Director: Clinton and Trump Will Receive Classified Briefings
Despite calls from both parties to limit them [TIME]
Democrats Aim for Optimism in Philadelphia Amid National Gloom
A battle for the sentiment of the American people, TIME’s Sam Frizell writes
“And I’ll tell you really it’s not up to the administration and certainly not up to me personally to decide on the suitability of a presidential candidate. In essence the process that is going on here is the American electorate is in the process of deciding the suitability of these two candidates to serve as commander in chief” — Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on calls to restrict candidate access to classified information
“I wanted to hit some of them so hard.” — Trump on speakers criticizing him at the DNC
Bits and Bites
Harry Reid To Intel Community: Give Donald Trump Fake Briefings [Huffington Post]