Esme Cribb

Esme Cribb is a newswriter for TPM in New York City. She can be found on Twitter @emquiry and reached by email at esme@talkingpointsmemo.com.

Articles by Esme

Donald Trump Jr. appears to have followed in his stepmother Melania Trump's footsteps and gave a prime-time Republican National Convention speech that lifted some language from a magazine article.

The author of that article confirmed in an email to TPM late Tuesday that he served as a principal speechwriter for Trump Jr. But the incident further complicates what was an already rough news cycle for the Trump campaign.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) called for party unity despite previous disagreements over the GOP nominee in his Tuesday speech at the Republican National Convention.

Ryan, who initially held off on endorsing Donald Trump for almost a month, mentioned Donald Trump's name just twice in the speech. But the specter of the nominee's policy positions and his disagreements with the House speaker lurked behind many of the points Ryan laid out in his address.

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