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LIVE BLOG: Republicans Gather for Trump

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The theme for Monday, the first night of the Republican National Convention, was Make America Safe Again. Among the speakers were two Navy Seals and the mother of a man who died in the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. There were also a few Hollywood stars who took the stage. However, the speaker most people seemed to want to hear Monday night was Melania Trump, the wife of Republican candidate Donald Trump. Get the latest here.

Word that Trump's ghostwriter for his seminal book "The Art of the Deal" regrets his portrayal of the real estate mogul came on day one of the Republican convention. Reviews of Tony Schwartz's mea culpa about the 1987 book are decidedly mixed. Here's a link to the New Yorker article that's causing all the buzz:

The Monday lineup of speakers in Cleveland (some of the more newsy appearances are in bold):

Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander and star of A&E's "Duck Dynasty."

Former Gov. Rick Perry of Texas

U.S. Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell

Actor Scott Baio, best known for "Happy Days" and "Charles in Charge"

Pat Smith, mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith

Mark Geist, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, fought in the Battle of Benghazi

John Tiegen, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, fought in the Battle of Benghazi

Kent Terry and Kelly Terry-Willis of the Brian Terry Foundation. Brian Terry was a border patrol agent killed at the Mexican border.

Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. of "General Hospital" and "The Bold and the Beautiful"

Mary Ann Medoza, mother of Brandon Mendoza, a Mesa, Arizona police sergeant killed in a traffic accident with an undocumented immigrant

Sabine Durden, mother of Dominic Durden, who sons was killed in a motorcycle accident with an undocumented immigrant

Jamiel Shaw, mother of Jamiel Andre Shaw who was shot and killed by an undocumented immigrant

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas

David Clarke, Sheriff of Milwaukee County

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin

El Paso, Texas County Commissioner Darryl Glenn

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas

Karen Vaughn, mother of fallen Navy Seal Aaron Carson Vaughn, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Melania Trump, businesswoman and wife of Donald Trump

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Michael Flynn

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa

Jason Beardsley, Concerned Veterans for America

U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana

VOA reporter Mia Bush is in Cleveland (along with many others) for the convention and has done a walk-about, snapping a few pics.

The Republican National Convention is taking place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, July 17, 2016.
The Republican National Convention is taking place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, July 17, 2016.

Inside the convention hall:

Workers finish last-minute preparations at the Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday, the day before the start of the Republican National Convention, July 17, 2016.
Workers finish last-minute preparations at the Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday, the day before the start of the Republican National Convention, July 17, 2016.

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