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We are live from Cleveland with special coverage of the Republican National Convention. In the thick of it with all the action, insight, and the latest news.

Kansas delegate Beverly Gossage cheers as Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., speaks during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Kansas delegate Beverly Gossage cheers as Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., speaks during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

It is show time tonight at the Republican National Convention, where onetime reality TV star Donald Trump says he wants plenty of show biz. Melania Trump is there. Rudy Giuliani. Sen. Jeff Sessions. And Willie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty"! We are there too, live in Cleveland – watching, listening, asking all the questions as the GOP gets its arms around Donald Trump. He is a handful.  And he is now on the brink of formal nomination. This hour On Point, we are live with night one of the Republican National Convention. — Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Republican congressman representing Oklahoma's Fourth congressional district. (@tomcoleok04)

Elizabeth Sullivan, leads of the editorial board of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland.com.

Megan Murphy, Washington bureau chief for Bloomberg News. (@meganmurp)
David Sanger, national security correspondent for the New York Times. Author of "Confront and Conceal" and "The Inheritance." (@SangerNYT)
From Tom's Reading List

FiveThirtyEight: Who will win the presidency? -- "We’ve just launched FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 general election forecast, which projects how the 538 Electoral College votes could break down in the presidential election. The forecast will be continually updated through Election Day on Nov. 8. Here’s a bullet-point-style look at how it was built."

Cleveland Plain Dealer: In Cleveland, it's all hands on deck for the RNC: editorial — "Downtown Cleveland clearly is looking good for its international debut at next week's history-making Republican National Convention that is expected to coronate the party's presumptive nominee, the ever-controversial and irrepressible Donald Trump."

Bloomberg Politics: Time for 'Presidential' Trump, RNC Head Says on Eve of Convention — "The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential."

This program aired on July 18, 2016.

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