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Today is Thursday, July 28, 2016, and tonight Hillary Clinton will have the task of selling herself to the American people — the most important appearance of her campaign so far.

Last night, President Obama did his best to set the stage for Clinton to take over for him, and led to the biggest surprise of the night: when she unexpectedly emerged after he finished speaking to embrace him on the convention stage. Obama made it clear that Clinton is the most qualified candidate for president, even more so than he was and her husband Bill Clinton was.

We also met her running mate Tim Kaine, and got to see his Spanish-speaking skills and unflattering impressions of Donald Trump firsthand.

It was a big night for Michigan, too, with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on hand to tout the city's successes and emergence from bankruptcy. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver was there to remind everyone that Hillary Clinton heard the city's cries for help during the aftermath of the water crisis. And U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee and former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer are there boosting their profiles with potential supporters for a gubernatorial run later on.

Tonight, Clinton takes the stage, to be introduced by her daughter Chelsea. Stay with detroitnews.com for updates and live video from the convention throughout the day. Also, be sure to follow reporters Jonathan Oosting, Maureen Feighan and Chad Livengood as well as editorial page director Nolan Finley on Twitter for more.

Here's what else is making news today:

He won't back down

  • The Republican National Convention may be over, but Donald Trump is not wasting any time relaxing.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump indicated yesterday that he might soften his stance on penalizing Ford Motor Co. for making vehicles in Mexico. The New York businessman has criticized Ford for taking advantage of the North American Free Trade Agreement to invest more than $4 billion in Mexican auto assembly and parts facilities and build mostly cars that would be sold in the United States.
  • He also clarified his remarks about asking Russia to unearth Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. It was sarcasm, he says. 
  • Naturally, none of this has changed Democrats' minds about him. Bernie Sanders told the Michigan Delegation in Philadelphia this morning that Trump is the "most dangerous" candidate for president ever. And many are offering rewards to Trump and his favorite charities if he will release his tax returns, something that all modern-day presidential candidates have done. 

DETxMSU

  • The hot new place to study abroad: Detroit. Thanks to a new program at Michigan State University, students are spending their summer months in the city living, working, playing and making a difference for residents. 

Avoid I-696 this weekend

  • A several-mile stretch of eastbound Interstate 696 will be closed this weekend west of Telegraph as part of an ongoing concrete replacement project, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. All eastbound lanes will close from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday between the I-275/I-96/M-5 interchange in Novi and Farmington Hills and Telegraph Road in Southfield, officials said. 

What's going on in Troy?

  • Concerns over the past year regarding Troy’s city manager, including questionable expenditures and practices such as an unreported car accident, have been quietly scrutinized for the past two months, officials confirmed Wednesday. Get the details here

It's not so bad

Grand Sport sexy

  • Speaking of things that are hot, auto critic Henry Payne got to meet the Corvette Grand Sport. He describes it as follows: "Imagine if Superman and Wonder Woman had a love child."

Let's go Tigers!

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