From the RNC: The need-to-know stories on Wednesday morning, 7.20.2016

Tuesday night's theme was less about jobs and more about attacking Hillary Clinton's credibility.

Part of the Democrats' 2016 strategy is to try to convince voters that Donald Trump is too dangerous to be president. The Republicans tried to beat them to the punch on Tuesday night.

The official theme of night two of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland was jobs, or "Make America Work Again" as the Trump campaign put it, but many of the speeches made the case that Hillary Clinton is unfit to hold office. Chris Christie was the lead prosecutor, holding a mock trial of Clinton’s record as secretary of state and riling up the delegates with a "guilty or not guilty?" call and response. The crowd at Cleveland’s Quicken Arena chanted "Lock her up!" throughout the New Jersey governor’s talk.

Now for the weird: Ben Carson went off-script and played a game of two degrees of separation between Clinton and…Lucifer. Aside from the unexpected near-impression of Saturday Night Live’s "Church Lady," there were other bumps. The Alaska delegation held up Donald Trump’s official nomination on the floor, and Republican officials struggled to explain accusations of plagiarism against Melania Trump throughout the day.

Speeches by vice presidential candidate Mike Pence and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — called "Lyin’ Ted" throughout the primaries by Trump — will be under the microscope on Wednesday night. Trump himself is expected to appear in support of Pence. Will he let the Indiana governor get a word in this time?

The need-to-know stories from Cleveland:
Donald Trump Jr. was also accused of plagiarizing parts of his address, but his speechwriter threw cold water on those claims.

How Melania Trump’s speech happened: Donald Trump’s wife rejected drafts by professional speechwriters assigned to help her, according to The New York Times, and tried to make the address her own.

On attendees’ minds: What’s next for Fox News as longtime network chief Roger Ailes reportedly nears the exit amid sexual-harassment accusations.

What people are talking about: Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos was banned for life from Twitter after campaign to harass Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones. 

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