Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination and became the first female presidential candidate for a major party with a convention speech described as "unadventurous but commanding" and "superbly written, adequately delivered." The speech "lacked the poetic sweep of the President Barack Obama's address Wednesday," says CNN, "but it was in keeping with someone who presents herself as a practical, dogged, policy-oriented striver who gets knocked down and then gets straight back up."
- Around a dozen protesters were arrested in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week. "The police, instead of hauling demonstrators off to jail as they did 16 years ago when Republicans gathered in the city, issued those who crossed the line $50 tickets for disorderly conduct and released them with complimentary bottles of water," NBC reports. But seven people who crossed a Secret Service fence around the Wells Fargo Center were held in a federal detention center and scheduled to see a judge Thursday.
- A Texas police officer who witnessed part of the Sandra Bland traffic stop that led to her imprisonment said the local district attorney's office wouldn't allow him to testify to the grand jury; the Waller County District Attorney, Elton Mathis, said this is "fictional."
- Chelsea Manning faces additional charges that could lead to indefinite solitary confinement after trying to commit suicide July 5.
- Thursday night's DNC speeches featured the first openly transgender person, LGBT rights activist Sarah McBride, to speak at a major-party convention.
- "Donald Trump… let me ask you, 'Have you even read the United States Constitution?'" asks Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim soldier killed in Iraq.