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* Gov. Tom Wolf spoke at the Democratic National Convention, indirectly contrasting his business practices with those of Republican Donald Trump.

* Senate candidate Katie McGinty addressed the Pennsylvania delegation ahead of a speaker slot at the DNC, and continued to defend earlier remarks in which she called opponent Pat Toomey “an asshole.”

* PA’s Puerto Rican community struggled to use the DNC to draw attention to the island’s financial plight, prompting calls for more political organization.



* A judge ruled that Attorney General Kathleen Kane can’t bring up the “Porngate” scandal at her criminal trial, the Inquirer reports.

* Two teachers are suing the Pennsylvania State Education Association over which charities can receive money educators pay as union dues, writes PennLive.

* A string of legislative changes to boost a downtown improvement district in Lancaster City went into effect, Keystone Crossroads reports.

* A DNC delegate from Central PA says Fox News personality Sean Hannity threatened to fight him at a Philadelphia Wawa, Lancaster Online writes.

* The Patriot News released a slideshow of side jobs and financial interests held by pols across Delaware and Montgomery counties.



* At a history-making speech, Hillary Clinton accepted her party’s nomination. She laid out a pragmatic case for why she should be president, contrasting her professionalism with that of her billionaire-turned-reality-TV-star opponent, Donald Trump, writes CNN.

* Speaking at the DNC, the parents of a Muslim soldier slain in Iraq asked if Trump had ever actually read the Constitution, reports Al-Jazeera.

* Clinton will lead a rally at Temple University, formally kicking off her efforts to win over the Keystone state, 6ABC reports.

* Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter spoke at the DNC, calling Trump “a man without any plans,” writes PhillyVoice.

* Federal authorities arrested a DNC protester who was allegedly armed with throwing knives, according to the Bucks County Courier Times.


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* An Inquirer editorial reflects on the history made on the Wells Fargo Center stage last night as America’s first female presidential candidate accepted her party’s nomination.

* Solomon Jones has a Newsworks op-ed underscoring the importance of healing the racial divide among Clinton supporters.

* The Post-Gazette voices its opposition to Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McClay’s appearance in uniform to speak at a partisan political event.

* The Citizens’ Voice has a measured, point-by-point takedown of Donald Trump’s July 28 appearance in Scranton promising a return to anthracite coal mining in the region.

* The Daily Times assesses the path to bringing Monsignor Lynn – the highest-ranking Catholic Church official to ever be charged and convicted – to justice for his role in a predator priest’s sexual abuse of children, as well as the risks and rewards of a retrial.

* A Times-Tribune editorial ponders whether the sticker shock of double-digit increases to health insurance rates in PA and other states for the coming year will be enough to jump-start real movement to a single-payer system.

* When it comes to liquor-related issues – be they poorly throughout and even more poorly received liquor licenses for PA casinos or complicated wine sales applications for grocery stores, LancasterOnline knows the PA legislature will find a way to screw up.

* The Intelligencer is fully behind PA Sen. Stewart Greenleaf’s efforts to get the Navy to pay for everything related to the environmental disaster caused by its use of firefighting compounds at bases in Willow Grove and Warminster.

* A Times-News editorial wants the full story to emerge on what transpired in the ethics case against Erie County Judge Stephanie Domitrovich. 

* The Pocono Record writes that layoffs happening at Pocono hospitals are the sad but inevitable result of the increasingly competitive health care marketplace.




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KICKER: "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons." – Hillary Clinton delivers a highly tweetable blow to Trump as she accepted her party’s nomination on the final night of the DNC. From CNN.