The Note: The Mountaintop

That boom in downtown Denver late Wednesday: "The package was found about 10:30 p.m. shortly after the Pepsi Center had emptied after the convention session. Police chose to detonate it in place, and the loud bang could be heard up the 16th Street Mall. The package contained literature from a political action committee," per The Denver Post.

The DNC is ready for St. Paul: ABC's Jennifer Parker gets a the Democrats' survival kit for reporters: "Inside an envelope labeled 'DNC at the RNC: The McCain Files: A Survival Kit for Reporters,' are press credentials to the Democratic Party's 'More of the Same Media War Room' in St. Paul," she writes. "The packet also contains a flash drive with Democratic party 'opposition research' against Republican nominee John McCain as well as extra strength pain reliever, antacids, a Pay Day and 100 Grand candy bars, and a button that reads 'Ask me how many houses I own.' "

The GOP platform made a small change that's pretty big: "We call for a ban on human cloning and a ban on the creation of or experimentation on human embryos for research purposes," reads the new platform language, per National Review. (Yes, a total ban on stem-cell research.)

Charlie Wilson's op-ed: "We can avoid the need to spend so much on our military -- and put so many of our soldiers in harm's way -- simply by investing more in saving lives, creating stable societies and building economic opportunity. This strategy won't resolve the conflict in Georgia today, but it could help America prevent similar crises in the future," he writes in The Washington Post.

The Kicker:

"Freudian slip, folks. Freudian slip." -- Joe Biden, accidentally calling John McCain "George."

"He did exactly what he was told, except it was the wrong Holiday Inn and the wrong van." -- Tim Pawlenty, on the "inadvertent" theft that left him riding around Pennsylvania Sunday in a stolen van.

Viewing Guide:

Watch Charlie Gibson, Diane Sawyer & George Stephanopoulos at the Democratic National Convention -- Thursday at 10PM ET on ABC.

ABC NewsNOW's gavel-to-gavel coverage of the convention also resumes Thursday. We're on the air (and online) from 4 pm ET to 11 pm ET (2 pm MT to 9 pm MT), hosted by Sam Donaldson and Rick Klein.

Follow the links to live coverage at ABC News' Politics site.

And I'm blogging all week here.

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