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UPDATE: I initially wrote that "presumably, the 'very little guy' in Trump's diatribe is Senator Tim Kaine, of Virginia, Clinton's choice as her vice-president."

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Now, two days later, Trump is tweeting that he was referring to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a speaker at the convention.

News of that tweet arrived from the Forward, a Jewish publication and the New York Daily News.

Is this the first of many moments in the Trump so-far "non" campaign, when the Republican nominee builds a case that he is not really serious about winning the election?
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On August 18, 1920, the U.S. Congress ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

On Thursday night, July 28, 2016, just short of 96 years later, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was nominated by the Democratic National Convention to become the next president of the United States.

Almost a century after women gained the right to vote, a woman is now one election away from becoming president.

As the Raw Story website explained, her nomination delivered a "competing -- and compelling -- vision to the dark, dystopian fantasy served up last week by [the Republican nominee] Donald Trump."

Clinton accepted her party's nomination "with humility, determination, and boundless confidence in America's promise," adding, "tonight, we've reached a milestone in our nation's march toward a more perfect union."

It was her convention, a four-day televised production, that, as Raw Story wrote, wove "traditionally conservative themes, such as patriotism, military service, small-town values and the virtues of hard work, into an inclusive and socially liberal narrative lauding shared sacrifice and civic virtue."

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The election campaign, which includes races for the presidency and for congress, will be a significant chapter in American history, which History.com puts in context:

"The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote -- a right known as woman suffrage. At the time the U.S. was founded, its female citizens did not share all of the same rights as men, including the right to vote.

"It was not until 1848 that the movement for women's rights launched on a national level with a convention in Seneca Falls, New York, organized by abolitionists Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) and Lucretia Mott (1793-1880).

"Following the convention, the demand for the vote became a centerpiece of the women's rights movement. Stanton and Mott, along with Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) and other activists, formed organizations that raised public awareness and lobbied the government to grant voting rights to women. After a 70-year battle, these groups finally emerged victorious with the passage of the 19th Amendment."

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