Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, casting herself as a uniter working for the common good and Donald Trump as a divider stoking fear for political gain.
It capped a Democratic National Convention designed to tell a new story about the most famous woman in American politics.
And it teed up the Democrats' frame for the election: Clinton's view of an optimistic, inclusive America ("Stronger Together") juxtaposed against Trump's vision of a country being ripped apart by terrorism, bad trade deals and a corrupt political system that he alone can save.
Here are CNN's takeaways from four days in Philadelphia:
1. Making history
Clinton stepped onto the stage in a moment of intense emotion. She stopped to whisper in Chelsea Clinton's ear after her daughter offered a loving introduction. And she paused, appearing overwhelmed, as Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" blared, before stepping to the microphone.
She acknowledged the history-making reality of her nomination: For the first time, a major U.S. political party has nominated a woman for president. Clinton said she's "so happy this day has come" -- calling it big for women and men, "because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone. When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit."
The history of the moment resonated with delegates in the hall.
"Having been involved in women's issues for 50 years, it's very emotional, it truly is, that I'm able to see this in my lifetime," said Sally Howard, 72, a South Carolina delegate. "I have a daughter and two granddaughters: for them to know that being president is not something only men do. It's the kind of thing that should have happened earlier."
2. Meet Hillary Clinton, again
Democrats spent four nights proving there's much more to Hillary Clinton than you know -- the "cartoon" created by Republicans, as Bill Clinton put it. The version of Hillary Clinton featured in Philadelphia is one who's spent a lifetime working for children, the poor and the disabled -- and who is relentlessly dedicated to the work of social justice.
Central to that task was Bill Clinton, who began his Tuesday night speech saying: "In the spring of 1971, I met a girl."
Hillary Clinton also embraced her inner policy wonk, selling that quality as what qualifies her for the presidency -- and what should rule Trump out.
"It's true," Clinton said. "I sweat the details of policy -- whether we're talking about the exact level of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, the number of mental health facilities in Iowa, or the cost of your prescription drugs. Because it's not just a detail if it's your kid -- if it's your family. It's a big deal. And it should be a big deal to your president, too."
Notably missing: Any mention of the controversies that have dogged her campaign, like her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
Instead, she told the story of her grandfather working 50 years in a lace mill; his father starting a business printing fabric for draperies; her mother, who was abandoned by her parents at 14, being "saved by the kindness of others."
"The lesson she passed on to me years later stuck with me: No one gets through life alone. We have to look out for each other and lift each other up," Clinton said. "She made sure I learned the words of our Methodist faith: 'Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can.'"
3. Creating a referendum on Trump's temperament
Clinton portrayed herself as solid, steady, experienced -- respected across the world and comfortable in crisis. She then cited Trump's tendency to shoot from the hip.
"A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons," she said.
Clinton cited Jackie Kennedy's words after the Cuban Missile Crisis in an attack on Trump. "She said that what worried President Kennedy during that very dangerous time," Clinton said, "was that a war might be started, not by big men with self-control and restraint, but by little men -- the ones moved by fear and pride."
Trump did tweet after Clinton's speech, and emphasized one of his key points: that Clinton "is unfit to lead" due to her failure to discuss "Radical Islam."
4. An appeal to independents -- and Republicans
The core theme of Clinton's speech was an invitation for Americans of all political stripes -- and with all kinds of interests and values -- to "join us."
"Whatever party you belong to, or if you belong to no party at all, if you share these beliefs, this is your campaign," she said.
She checked off a list of her campaign's policy priorities -- incentivizing corporate profit-sharing, hiking the minimum wage, punishing unfair trade, expanding access to health care, ensuring equal pay -- each time using the refrain, "join us."
Clinton turned that into an attack on Trump, arguing again that she's a problem-solver and he is not. And that it's OK for independents or Republicans to vote with Democrats this time around.
"You didn't hear any of this from Donald Trump at his convention," Clinton said. "He spoke for 70-odd minutes -- and I do mean odd. And he offered zero solutions. But we already know he doesn't believe these things. No wonder he doesn't like talking about his plans."
5. Sacrifice and service
Khizr Khan, whose Muslim son was a U.S. soldier killed in action in Iraq, pulled a copy of the U.S. Constitution from his breast pocket and hammered Trump for his attacks on Muslims.
"You have sacrificed nothing and no one," Khan told Trump.
"If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America," Kahn said of his son. "Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership. He vows to build walls and ban us from this country."
It was part of a blistering assault on Trump's capacity to lead America's military. The night's lineup was reminiscent of the 2004 Republican convention in New York -- the first after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Retired Gen. John Allen, who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan, made a forceful case that Clinton is a "just and strong leader" who will be "exactly the commander-in-chief that America needs."
6. Chelsea takes the stage
The former and potentially future first daughter offered the nation an intimate glimpse of her mother as she introduced the Democratic nominee Thursday night.
Chelsea Clinton recalled trips to dinosaur museums, dinner-table conversations about the book "A Wrinkle In Time" and her mother leaving notes to open every day when she was out of town as a child -- and said the former secretary of state is even more doting now as a grandmother of two.
"She'll drop anything for a few minutes of blowing kisses and reading 'Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo' with her granddaughter," Chelsea Clinton said.
It was a powerful counterbalance to Ivanka Trump, Chelsea Clinton's friend who introduced her father at the Republican National Convention last week. And combined with Bill Clinton's speech Tuesday, it again underscored that both nominees' best surrogates in the 2016 campaign are often their family members.
"I never once doubted that my parents cared about my thoughts and my ideas, and I always, always knew how deeply they loved me," Chelsea Clinton said. "That feeling of being valued and loved -- that's what my mom works for every child. It is the calling of her life."
7. Democrats are going to miss Obama
Democrats have nominated Barack Obama for the presidency twice and, if not for that pesky 22nd Amendment, they'd keep doing it.
He's universally admired by a party that's still stitching up the wounds of a long primary between Clinton and Bernie Sanders. And first lady Michelle Obama may be even more beloved -- her speech Monday night was crucial in setting the tone of unity and urgency for Democrats here.
Wednesday night, the president gave his fourth straight memorable convention speech. Since his first one in 2004, Obama has given voice to the party's values and hopes, energizing a base and winning two terms in the White House.
Democrats cherish the historic nature of his 2008 election -- a defining achievement in a civil rights struggle that the party traces back to Martin Luther King Jr. and the Kennedys. The Obamas are, for first couples, young. The Obamas' credibility within their party has kept his approval rating high with Democrats. The Clintons have much deeper ties all across the Democratic Party -- but views of the couple are also much more complicated.
8. Bernie Sanders' revolution continues
Obama told Democrats to "feel the Bern!" Vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine said voters should "feel the Bern, and not get burned by the other guy."
And Sen. Bernie Sanders sat back and watched with a faint smile as his supporters cheered.
With what he's calling the most progressive platform in party history as his claim to fame, Sanders did all he could to direct his loyalists into Clinton's camp -- even ending the roll call vote by asking for Clinton to be nominated by acclimation.
His legacy: a Democratic Party moving leftward much faster, and in much larger numbers, than party leaders had imagined. Clinton now opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership and pledged to work with the Vermont senator on reducing the financial burden of high college tuition. Her call to overturn Citizens United drew big cheers Thursday night in the hall.
9. Troubled times for the DNC
Four days later, it's easy to forget: Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, announced her resignation the night before the Democratic National Convention began.
Like Melania Trump's plagiarized speech, the controversy had faded from the headlines by the time the nominee took the stage.
But the episode made clear that for Clinton, a major political task will be repairing the atrophied DNC -- fulfilling her promise to focus on party-building in a way Obama never has.
The trouble for the party isn't over. WikiLeaks has promised more emails are coming -- which means more embarrassing conversations among top staffers could be published.
10. It's still July
The vice presidential nominees are chosen. The conventions are over. Now there are 101 days until Election Day.
In previous cycles, the Olympics could push politics to the back burner for two weeks, but 2016 isn't an ordinary election. Prepare for three straight months of campaigning, promises and insults -- so many insults -- by Trump and Clinton.
Clinton and Kaine will leave Philadelphia Friday for a bus tour to Las Vegas, hitting spots in Pennsylvania, Ohio and other states along the way. Trump spent the week of the DNC in swing states.
The next big moment on the presidential calendar: September 26 -- the first debate between Clinton and Trump.
Orlando police Capt. Tim Crews said the morning of June 12, more than 150 Orlando police officers and dozens of others from different agencies showed moments of bravery and courage as the attack continued inside Pulse.
He said it wasn't until later that day when those officers went home and took off their uniform that the burden of what they witnessed overcame them, reminding us that officers are human, too. So as leader of OPD's Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team, it's his job to help them heal.
"You are never going to understand any of that, that's impossible," Crews said. "First, you have to admit that this is the worst thing I have ever seen in my life. That it doesn't get any worse than this."
Crews said that admission is the first step in trying to fathom the unfathomable. And that's the first thing they did right after the attack.
He said the hundreds of officers and other first responders who were at Pulse that morning huddled in Boone High School's auditorium for a debriefing. The crowd split up into smaller groups of about 10 to talk through what they saw. In each group, there was a member of OPD's CISM team and a mental health professional.
"It's unfortunate we had to go through an incident like this, but I think it worked very well," Crews said. "There are a couple struggling more than others and I explained that everybody processes things differently."
Crews said the men and women who got to Pulse first saw the worst and are struggling the most. Some of them, he said, are not even ready to come back to work yet, including some of the 11 OPD officers involved in that shootout with gunman Omar Mateen.
"I really can't comment on where they are or what they are doing," he said. "Some are still processing and others are back to full-time work."
Still processing and still healing.
"They came into this field to help people and when they see something on the scale of Pulse, that many casualties, it's hard for them because that's their community, that is who they are here to protect."
The Democratic Party gathered in Philadelphia on Thursday for the fourth night of its convention, and CNN's Reality Check Team put the speakers' statements and assertions to the test.
The team of reporters, researchers and editors across CNN listened throughout the speeches and selected key statements, rating them true; mostly true; true, but misleading; false; or it's complicated.
Clinton on Trump
Reality Check: Clinton on Trump's 'I alone can fix it' claim
By Ali Foreman, CNN
Accepting her nomination for president, Hillary Clinton warned against supporting Donald Trump -- urging voters not to "believe anyone who says, 'I alone can fix it.'" She quoted Trump's line from his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last week, adding that it "should set off alarm bells for all us."
Clinton emphasized the teamwork aspect she believes the presidency requires, asking, "Isn't he forgetting troops on the front lines. Police officers and firefighters who run toward danger. Doctors and nurses who care for us ... He's forgetting every last one of us. Americans don't say, 'I alone can fix it.' We say, 'We'll fix it together.'"
While Clinton's quote may be correct -- Trump did say "I alone can fix it" -- she took his remarks out of context. In that portion of his speech, Trump began by once again addressing Clinton's email server scandal and commented that the FBI's lack of legal action against Clinton indicated "that corruption has reached a level like never before." He stated that his perspective made him the only person capable of preventing powerful politicians -- like Clinton -- from taking advantage of "people that cannot defend themselves."
Trump's full statement on being the only one able to fix this system included: "Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it. I have seen firsthand how the system is rigged against our citizens, just like it was rigged against Bernie Sanders."
Notably, the "I and only I" rhetoric is not new for Trump -- he has frequently claimed he alone can solve America's problems. But in the context of his convention speech, in which he references his perspective on Clinton's alleged corruption, we rate Clinton's claim true, but misleading.
Response to Dallas shootings
Reality Check: Clinton on Dallas police recruitment
By Kate Grise, CNN
Clinton applauded the Dallas community's response to its police chief's call for people to step up and join the police force to make a difference after the fatal shootings of five police officers.
"Police Chief David Brown asked the community to support his force, maybe even join them," she said. "And you know how the community responded? Nearly 500 people applied in just 12 days. That's how Americans answer when the call for help goes out."
After the July 7 shooting, Dallas Police Chief David Brown called protesters to "serve your communities."
"We're hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in," he said. "We'll put you in your neighborhood, and we will help you resolve some of the problems you're protesting about."
As CNN has reported, the department received 467 applications from July 8 to July 20. That was a 344 percent increase from the same dates in June. One-hundred and thirty-six applications were received from June 8 to June 20.
While her number is a hair high, we rate Clinton's claim true.
Reality Check: Clinton on economy
By Tami Luhby, CNNMoney
Clinton praised President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for turning around America's economic fortunes.
"Our economy is so much stronger than when they took office. Nearly 15 million new private-sector jobs. Twenty million more Americans with health insurance. And an auto industry that just had its best year ever. That's real progress," she said.
When Obama took office in January 2009, the country was in the midst of the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Over the course of his administration, the economy has grown 2 percent a year. It's not spectacular growth, but the economy is certainly stronger than during the recession. We rate that claim as true.
The nation has added 14.8 million private-sector jobs between the low point of February 2010 and June 2016, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. But if you look over Obama's two terms, the nation is up only 9.8 million jobs. We rate that claim as true, but misleading.
Health Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in May that 20 million more people have coverage now thanks to Obama's signature health reform law. It includes both people who have gained coverage on the Obamacare exchanges and through Medicaid expansion, as well as young adults who have been able to stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26. We rate that claim as true.
The auto industry sold more cars and trucks in 2015 than ever before. We rate that clam as true.
Trump and Atlantic City
Reality Check: Clinton on Trump's Atlantic City contractors
By Sonam Vashi, CNN
Clinton attacked Trump's record, saying, "In Atlantic City, 60 miles from here, you will find contractors and small businesses who lost everything because Donald Trump refused to pay his bills."
CNN reported on this claim last month.
In June, both USA Today and The Wall Street Journal published investigations on this subject, reporting that Trump's companies face hundreds of claims that the businessman has not paid contractors -- including waiters, painters, a banking firm and more.
USA Today looked at 60 lawsuits and more than 200 mechanic's liens, and interviewed businesses like an Atlantic City cabinet builder who claimed that the Trump Organization did not pay more than $80,000 owed to him, which started the closure of the builder's business. Hundreds of other contractors in the 1980s made similar claims. Additionally, the investigation found 21 citations against the now-defunct Trump Plaza for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act in the same city.
The Wall Street Journal cited a well-known controversy where contractors on Trump's Taj Mahal casino were told by the organization that they should agree to accept "less than full payment or risk becoming unsecured creditors in bankruptcy court," the paper reported. A year later, the Taj Mahal Casino went bankrupt.
In response to the reports, Trump told USA Today in an interview that he only stiffs or shorts bills if the work is unsatisfactory, and he told the Journal that he pays "thousands of bills on time."
These are just cases in Atlantic City, but both investigations cite examples in other cities such as Miami as well.
Based on the reporting of these two news outlets, we rate Clinton's claim as true.
Reality Check: Income growth
By Tami Luhby, CNNMoney
Katie McGinty, who is running for Senate from Pennsylvania, said that when she was growing up, hard work meant success, but today that deal is off the table.
"Middle-class families aren't making a dime, in real terms, more than they were two decades ago. But we know costs have been going through the roof." she said.
Whether this is true or not depends on your time frame.
The most recent census data is from 2014, when median household income was $53,657. That's up 5.2 percent from 1994, when it was $51,006.
However, if you look at 20 years ago from today -- or 1996 -- median income was $53,345. While technically that's quite a few dimes higher, it is essentially flat.
McGinty is echoing a common refrain that wages have been stagnant in recent years. It's true that median income is still lower than its pre-Great Recession level peak of $57,357 in 2007.
Median income, however, has risen over the past year or two, according to estimates from Sentier Research, which was founded by two former Census Bureau employees. By June 2016, it had risen to $57,206.
While their data doesn't go back 20 years, it supports McGinty's statement that median income has been flat over the longer term. Sentier estimates the typical household earned $57,826 in June 2000, the earliest month they looked at.
As for costs, Americans are paying more for many things. CNNMoney compared the price of tuition, housing, Big Macs and movie tickets between 1995 and 2013 and found all had risen (on an inflation-adjusted basis) while median income remained the same.
We rate McGinty's claim mostly true. While median income rose 5.2 percent between 1994 and 2014, it's roughly the same as it was in 1996, according to census data. And Sentier Research found that median income in June 2016 is roughly the same as it was in 2000. And it's true costs for many things have risen since then.
Reality Check: LA's minimum wage
By Chip Grabow, CNN
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti focused on the challenges faced by America's cities. Garcetti touted his city's action on raising the minimum wage: "In Los Angeles, we saw too many Americans living in poverty, so we became the biggest city in America to raise the minimum wage to $15, inspiring other cities and states to follow."
In June 2015, Garcetti did indeed sign into law a bill that raises LA's minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15. But the increase is being phased in over a five-year period. As of July of this year, LA's minimum wage has only risen to $10.50 an hour.
Other cities also passed measures to raise the minimum wage, including San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago and Seattle. Seattle did so in 2013, before Los Angeles did, and its $15 rate will be implemented sooner, by 2018.
New York City, the country's biggest by population, will raise its minimum wage to $15 by the end of 2018 (business with 10 employees or fewer will have an extra year). The New York state legislature passed a similar law in March 2016.
While LA was the largest city at the time to enact a minimum wage increase, it is not yet up to $15 an hour, as Garcetti implies. Also, other cities like New York will phase in the $15 rate sooner than LA will.
Verdict: True, but misleading.
Reality Check: Clinton's minimum wage position
By Lisa Rose, CNN
Henrietta Ivey, a home care worker from Detroit, praised Clinton as an advocate for a higher minimum wage.
"I know she will fight to raise the minimum wage," Ivey said. "In Michigan, we are 'Fighting for 15,' a $15 minimum wage."
Clinton has indeed spoken out in support of setting a new bar for wages but she has waffled on the amount of the pay hike. Last November, she told an audience at a town hall in Iowa, "I favor a $12 minimum wage at the federal level."
A week after the town hall, she wrote a tweet with the hashtag #Fightfor15, a hat tip to a grass-roots labor group promoting a $15 minimum wage nationwide.
During a CNN debate in April, moderator Wolf Blitzer pressed Clinton to clarify her plans for the federal minimum wage. Clinton said that she was on board with the Fight for $15 movement but she then outlined some fine print, prompting an extended back-and-forth with Bernie Sanders.
"I am sure a lot of people are very surprised to learn that you supported raising the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour," Sanders said.
Clinton explained that her policy at the federal level would mirror New York's recent minimum wage increase, which establishes a $15 floor for workers in the New York City metro area and a $12.50 minimum wage for the rest of the state, where the cost of living is lower.
The increases will be phased in over the next five years and there are different timetables for employers in the city, suburbs and rural areas. Small businesses have a more staggered schedule than large companies. The New York law calls for pay statewide to eventually hit $15 but there's no established timeline yet for the increase.
After the debate, a minimum wage "fact check" was posted on Clinton's website.
"Hillary Clinton supports a $12 federal minimum wage but believes that the federal minimum is just that, and encourages states, cities, and workers through bargaining to go even higher, including a $15 minimum wage in places where it makes sense," the post says.
Ivey correctly states that Clinton's platform includes a raise for low-wage workers, so our verdict is true, but it's important to note that some geographic restrictions apply to her fight for $15.
Reality Check: John Hickenlooper on Colorado's economy
By Sonam Vashi, CNN
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper touted Colorado's economic record. "Today, Denver is the fastest-growing big city in America, and Colorado has the second-strongest economy in the country," he said.
Denver is the fastest-growing large city in the country, according to the Census Bureau. Denver had a 2.8 percent growth rate between 2014 and 2015, adding more than 18,000 people.
As for the state's economic strength, Hickenlooper is likely referring to a 2015 Business Insider ranking of the strength of state economies, which looked at 2015 unemployment rates, 2014 gross domestic product data and 2014 wages. Colorado ranked second based on the methodology, just after North Dakota, because Colorado had the biggest improvement in its housing market and had strong GDP growth.
Business Insider uses a somewhat broader measure of a state economy. Looking solely at the state's GDP, Colorado's economy rose at the fourth-fastest rate in the country, behind California, Oregon and Texas.
Since there are many ways to measure the strength of an economy, and not all will show that Colorado is the second strongest, Hickenlooper's claim is mostly true.
Reality Check: Granholm on auto bailout
By Tami Luhby and Chris Isidore, CNNMoney
Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm praised Obama for helping the auto industry in its time of need.
"(Obama) saved the American auto industry. Right, and then that renewed auto industry paid America back in full," Granholm said.
That's not true, actually. When the Treasury Department closed the books on the $45.9 billion bailout of General Motors in December 2013, taxpayers had lost more than $10 billion.
Treasury ultimately recouped $39 billion through the sale of shares, dividends and loan repayments since 2009. But the government pumped $49.5 billion into GM to help it get through a bankruptcy reorganization.
Taxpayers also lost about $1.3 billion on the bailout of Chrysler Group, which wrapped up in 2011.
Ultimately, though, the government may have saved money. The failure of GM and Chrysler would have cost the federal government between $39 billion to $105 billion in lost tax revenues as well as assistance to the unemployed, according to a study by the Center for Automotive Research, a Michigan think tank.
We rate Granholm's claim that the auto industry paid back taxpayers in full as false.
Reality Check: Pelosi on Democrats looking like America
By Kate Grise, CNN
House Minority Leader Pelosi held up her caucus of Democrats in the House of Representatives as representative of the demographics of the country as a whole.
"We are a caucus proud that we look like 21st-century America; over 50 percent women, people of color and the LGBT community members," she said. "What a contrast to the restricted club that met in convention in Cleveland last week."
There are 188 Democrats in the House of Representatives and 247 Republicans.
The Democrats have 62 women, 74 people of color and six representatives who identify as LGBT in their caucus.
That breaks down to 33 percent female, 39 percent people of color, and 3 percent LGBT.
The population of the United States looks similar, but a little different: 50.8 percent female, 22.9 percent people of color, and 2.3 percent identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual.
The Republican caucus in the House of Representatives has 22 women, 11 people of color and no representatives who identify as LGBT.
That means that women make up 8.9 percent of the 247-person caucus, and people of color make up 4.4 percent of the Republican representatives.
We rate Pelosi's claim as mostly true because the Democratic caucus falls short of representing women, but is over-representative of people of color and those who identify as LGBT.
Reality Check: Clinton making college debt free for all
By Amy Gallagher, CNN
Social studies teacher David Wils said Clinton would "make college debt free for all."
Wils is correct that Clinton has stated a goal of making "debt-free college available to everyone." However, her specific plan only offers free tuition at public colleges for families making $125,000 or less. This means her specific proposal covers free tuition for only 80 percent of families. And tuition-free, of course, does nothing to solve the problem of the costs of room and board, fees, and books and supplies.
Some context here: Clinton's final plan is the direct result of the push and pull between her and Sanders during the Democratic primary. Sanders touted his plan for tuition-free public college and Clinton, at first, offered only free community college tuition.
When it was clear that Clinton was losing younger voters to Sanders, she shifted her position and offered a new proposal for free tuition at public colleges, but she added, "I don't want to make college free for Donald Trump's kids." With these specifics, her proposed plan does not cover families with household incomes over $125,000 a year, not exactly "Donald Trump's kids."
Therefore, we rate Wils' claim false.
Reality Check: Abdul-Jabbar on religious liberty laws
By Jasmine Lee and Karl de Vries, CNN
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says recent religious freedom acts are the "opposite" of what founding father Thomas Jefferson wanted.
In brief remarks, Abdul-Jabbar cited Jefferson's Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, one of his most famous and important works.
"In 1777, Jefferson drafted the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which later became a model for the First Amendment. Today's so-called 'religious freedom' acts, like the one signed by Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, they are the opposite of what Jefferson wanted because they allow discrimination," Abdul-Jabbar said.
So are today's religious freedom bills the opposite of what Jefferson wanted?
The statute, passed by the Virginia General Assembly in January 1786, is seen as a precursor for First Amendment protections by declaring the need for separation of church and state and the right to exercise one's conscience.
"No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish, enlarge, or affect their civil capacities," Jefferson wrote.
Religious liberty laws, meanwhile, seek to ensure that individuals and businesses may operate in keeping with their faith. They've been used as legal remedies to Obamacare and its requirement that businesses provide birth control to their employees through health insurance, as well as the legalization of same-sex marriage laws.
Proponents say it is a protection of First Amendment rights. Opponents say it is discriminatory.
Pence, Trump's running mate, signed a controversial religious freedom bill in Indiana last year that clarified that the government can't "substantially burden a person's exercise of religion" and that individuals who feel like their religious beliefs have been or could be "substantially burdened" can lean on this law to fend off lawsuits.
The measure soon attracted national controversy. Soon after signing it into law, Pence, under heavy pressure from LGBT groups, signed a "fix" for the bill prohibiting businesses from using the law as a defense in court for refusing "to offer or provide services, facilities, use of public accommodations, goods, employment, or housing" to any customers based on "race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or United States military service."
In defending the bill in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Pence cited none other than Jefferson.
"As Thomas Jefferson noted, 'No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of civil authority,'" Pence wrote.
So who's right?
Abdul-Jabbar didn't point to any particular passage in the statute, but he might have been referring to Jefferson's view that "our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry."
Jefferson, however, believed that "proscribing any citizen as unworthy the public confidence, by laying upon him an incapacity of being called to offices of trust and emolument, unless he profess or renounce this or that religious opinion, is depriving him injuriously of those privileges and advantages, to which, in common with his fellow citizens, he has a natural right."
He also railed against compelling people "to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical."
As for Indiana's religious freedom law, it didn't seek to mandate a particular point of view, but shield those holding certain beliefs from being legally liable.
Furthermore, Jefferson was talking about the government discriminating against citizens. His Virginia Statue doesn't say anything about protecting private citizens' religious freedom from other individuals, which is what the recent crop of religious freedom laws are arguably about. At least, that's what many state supreme courts have found, for instance in the case of bakers and florists who refuse to service same-sex weddings.
Whether religious freedom laws are discriminatory is a matter of opinion, but it's certainly not clear that Jefferson's statute is at odds with them, making Abdul-Jabbar's claim far from a slam dunk. We rate it false.
Reality Check: Toomey's economic policy
By Ali Foreman, CNN
The Democratic Party -- currently fighting to gain a majority in the Senate -- gave Katie McGinty a big platform for her upcoming race at the last night of the DNC. McGinty launched attacks against opponent Sen. Pat Toomey -- whom she will battle in November for a Pennsylvania seat -- spotlighting his financial policy on a national stage. Given the big audience, our team decided McGinty's claims deserved a full-blown Reality Check.
McGinty first emphasized Toomey's six-year investment career, claiming he had "made his millions on Wall Street" before launching into specific criticisms of his economic policy.
While Toomey has certainly benefited from the stock market, how much he's made remains unclear. From 1984 to 1990, Toomey worked as an entry-level trader for Chemical Bank and Morgan Grenfell. According to a Politifact investigation, he would have made approximately $260,000, not including bonuses, during his stint on Wall Street.
Even if you factor in generous bonuses, it is unlikely Toomey topped $2 million as a trader. He is, however, currently valued at $4.8 million by the Center for Responsive Politics -- which given his career history, almost certainly comes entirely from investment banking.
In an attack ad earlier this month, McGinty claimed Wall Street "had given Toomey $2.7 million in contributions." This estimate is confirmed -- and, in fact, exceeded -- by the Center for Responsive Politics. As of today, they report Toomey has received $2,823,902 from the Securities and Investment industry throughout his career. Although these contributions confirm Toomey has received millions from Wall Street in political donations, hard numbers on his personal earnings remain unclear.
For these reasons, we rate McGinty's claim as true.
McGinty also delved into details on Toomey's voting record. "He's still trying to sell us the same old trickle-down. We're not buying it. We know that trickle-down only benefits those who are already on the top. Trust the stock market with your hard-earned Social Security, Pat Toomey says. Trust the wheelers and dealers with your savings and you will be living large."
In 2012, Toomey wrote an opinion piece for Philly.com, disavowing Obama's proposed tax increases and advocating benefits for the wealthy. Toomey proposed: "The tax side of this framework would include new revenue from top earners, provided it results from pro-growth tax reform that lowers marginal tax rates and offsets the lost revenue by limited deductions, loopholes and write-offs." This proposal is strongly in line with traditional trickle-down philosophy and confirms McGinty's assertion is true.
As for trusting the stock market with "your hard-earned Social Security," McGinty is likely referring to Toomey's 2010 Social Security privatization proposal, which targets a specific group of people. Democrat Joe Sestak, opposing Toomey in the 2010 midterm election, accused him of putting "Wall Street profits ahead of protecting Pennsylvania seniors."
In an interview with The Times-Tribune, Toomey said Sestak had "mischaracterized" his plans and clarified that any change for the elderly would be "outrageous and unreasonable." Instead, the plan was intended to "allow younger workers to voluntarily divert a portion of their Social Security payroll tax into private savings accounts they would control and invest in any way they want."
If individuals did not want to participate, Toomey said they "could stay with the current system of a guaranteed benefit." McGinty's statement that Toomey encourages trusting the stock market with Social Security earnings is generally accurate, but leaves out some important context regarding whom Toomey's philosophy targets. That makes McGinty's second claim true, but misleading.
Trump and FDR
Reality Check: Trump defending Japanese internment camps
By Lisa Rose, CNN
Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro said Trump has defended the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII.
Castro's claim is rooted in comments the business mogul made last year to justify his proposed travel ban for Muslims. It's a bit of a stretch to characterize Trump's statements as a defense of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's proclamations ordering the imprisonment of Japanese immigrants in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor.
On ABC's "Good Morning America," Trump said Roosevelt is remembered as a great president despite his legacy of Japanese internment.
"This is a president who is highly respected by all," said Trump. "If you look at what he was doing, it was far worse (than the travel ban)."
As a follow up, the candidate was asked whether he supported bringing back policies similar to Roosevelt's wartime restrictions.
"I don't want to bring (them) back at all," said Trump. "I don't like doing it at all."
During a separate appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Trump declined to say whether he thought the establishment of Japanese internment camps violated American values.
"I don't want to respond," Trump said. "You know why? That's not what we're doing."
Trump can scramble words like Jackson Pollock splattered paint, allowing for a broad array of interpretations to his patter. But we can't find anything in his commentary that suggests he has a favorable view of Japanese internment. We rate this claim false.
Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination Thursday with "humility, determination and boundless confidence in America's promise," taking her place in history as the first woman to lead a presidential ticket.
On a night pulsating with emotion, Clinton declared, "When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit."
Still, she warned voters the nation is facing a serious "moment of reckoning" from economic pain, violence and terror. The former first lady, senator and secretary of state set her sights on the White House and blasted Republican nominee Donald Trump, portraying him as a small man, who got rich by stiffing workers, peddles fear and lacks the temperament to be commander in chief.
She quickly reached out to disappointed Bernie Sanders voters at the end of a convention dedicated to healing the deep rift from their contentious primary race. With the Vermont senator watching from the arena, Clinton told his supporters: "I've heard you. Your cause is our cause."
Her speech lacked the poetic sweep of President Barack Obama's address on Wednesday, but it was in keeping with someone who presents herself as a practical, dogged policy-oriented striver who got knocked down and got straight back up.
But as she playfully batted away an avalanche of balloons on stage with her running mate, Tim Kaine, Clinton appeared proud, happy and enjoying her historic moment.
President Barack Obama congratulated Clinton at the conclusion of her speech.
"Great speech," he tweeted. "She's tested. She's ready. She never quits. That's why Hillary should be our next @POTUS. (She'll get the Twitter handle, too)"
In the audience, Clinton supporters were moved to tears, including 16-year-old Victoria Sanchez.
"This is more than I ever could have imagined," she said. "I know that I have just lived history and I can follow in her footsteps. This changes my entire life."
After a lifetime in a polarizing political spotlight that has left her with plenty of enemies and dented approval ratings, Clinton set out to prove to voters that she could be trusted.
She avoided any show of contrition for controversies like the one over the private email server she used for official business while secretary of state that has again provoked questions about her honesty and integrity among many voters.
Instead, she presented herself as a dedicated and indefatigable fighter for children, the disabled, blue collar workers, women and the poor, while promising at a backbone of steel as she vowed to take out ISIS.
Throughout a speech punctuated by roars of applause and watched by a misty-eyed former President Bill Clinton, she repeatedly returned to attack Trump -- who laid out a much darker vision of America's future at his own convention last week.
"Don't let anyone tell you we don't have what it takes," Clinton said. "Most of all, don't believe anyone who says: 'I alone can fix it,' " a reference to a part of Trump's acceptance speech last week.
"Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart," she said. "Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. It truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we all will work together so we all can rise together."
Turning to national security, Clinton warned that a president has to make decisions about war and peace, life and death.
"Ask yourself: Do you really think Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander in chief? Donald Trump can't even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign."
She added: "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons."
Trump hit back -- with a series of tweets.
"No one has worse judgement than Hillary Clinton - corruption and devastation follows her wherever she goes," he wrote. "Hillary's wars in the Middle East have unleashed destruction, terrorism and ISIS across the world."
Stephen Miller, Trump's senior policy adviser, blasted Clinton's speech as an "insulting collection of cliches and recycled rhetoric."
"She spent the evening talking down to the American people she's looked down on her whole life," he said.
But Clinton is working to persuade Americans that she understands their frustration and economic anxiety at a time when many of them still do not trust her. Her prime-time televised address is especially crucial because she has not so far generated the kind of passion among her supporters that Trump has garnered from his backers by channeling anger about the direction of the country.
She spoke of her wholesome middle class upbringing and said her family were builders of the American dream and not people "with their name on big buildings" -- another dig at Trump.
Clinton took pains to reach out to white blue-collar workers, many of whom have been left behind by economic globalization and technological change and have been attracted by Trump's anti-elite message.
"Right now, an awful lot of people feel there is less and less respect for the work they do," she said, and admitted that politicians had not done a good enough job of showing they understand.
One of the major themes of the Democratic convention has been an attempt to reintroduce one of the most famous women in the world to the American people. And she admitted that if many Americans knew little of the woman behind the image, it may be her fault.
"The truth is, through all these years of public service, the 'service' part has always come easier to me than the 'public' part," Clinton said.
Clinton also indicated she understood the need to reassure Americans shaken by a violent summer at home and an epidemic of terror attacks in Europe and the US. While Clinton and Obama have argued that ISIS is on the run, the economy is on the upswing, and Americans are safer than they have been in years, they are struggling to counter the dark image that Trump has painted of a nation in decline, chaos and disorder that resonates with many voters.
Amid charges by Republicans that the optimistic mood of the Democratic convention has ignored the threat from ISIS and terrorism, Clinton was specific about the global national security threats that loom -- though she didn't use the term Islamic terrorism as the GOP repeatedly has called for.
"Anyone reading the news can see the threats and turbulence we face," Clinton said. "From Baghdad to Kabul, to Nice to Paris and Brussels. From San Bernardino to Orlando, we're dealing with determined enemies who must be defeated. No wonder people are anxious and looking for reassurance -- looking for steady leadership."
Following a spate of killings by police of African-American youths and massacres of police officers, Clinton laid out a firm stance on gun control, vowing that America should not have a president in the "pocket" of the gun lobby.
"I'm not here to take away your guns," she said. "I just don't want you to be shot by someone who shouldn't have a gun in the first place."
Ahead of her speech, retired four star General John Allen, the former head of US and international forces in Afghanistan, delivered a powerful speech in which he told delegates that Clinton would be "exactly the Commander-in-Chief America needs."
"With her as our Commander-in-Chief, America will continue to lead this volatile world. We will oppose and resist tyranny and we will defeat evil. America will defeat ISIS and protect the homeland," said Allen, who was surrounded on stage by 37 military veterans.
Clinton delivered her speech at the end of a largely successful convention, which helped mend the party after her divisive primary against Sanders. The mood on the convention floor Thursday was festive and upbeat --- in contrast to the discontent that festered on the opening night on Monday when die-hard Sanders fans loudly make their disappointment known.
Samantha Herring of Walton County, Florida, was a Sanders supporter but has decided this week to work hard to elect Clinton.
"Is it hard? Yes. I loved Bernie, but that's why I have to vote for Hillary," said Herring, who made signs reading "He has my heart but she has my vote."
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