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How to watch, live stream and follow the Republican convention

What's actually going to happen at the Republican National Convention?

More than 2,000 delegates from 50 states and multiple U.S. territories, as well as media, politicians, lobbyists, pundits, and generally curious onlookers descend on Cleveland this week for the Republican National Convention. Aside from confirming
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More than 2,000 delegates from 50 states and multiple U.S. territories, as well as media, politicians, lobbyists, pundits, and generally curious onlookers descend on Cleveland this week for the Republican National Convention. Aside from confirming

More than 50,000 people have descended on Cleveland this week for the Republican National Convention, which runs Monday through Thursday.

At the end of the week, Donald Trump is expected to be named the Republican presidential candidate.

Most of us will watch what happens inside Quicken Loans Arena — known as the “Q” — from afar over the next four days.

Here’s what you need to know.

The detailed lineup

GOP website: Convention.gop

How to watch

Here are CNET’s tips on how to watch online and on TV:

▪ Download the official RNC app.

▪ Google will live stream the convention — watch on a laptop, desktop or mobile — using 360-degree cameras.

▪ Twitter will live stream CBS News’ convention coverage. Twitter will annotate the coverage with real-time, convention-related tweets.

▪ Most of the major networks and cable news networks will carry prime time events live; many will stream on their websites and apps.

▪ C-SPAN will air the convention using Facebook Live between 7 and 10 Central Time from its own Facebook page.

▪ Bing and Sling TV will carry coverage that can be viewed on a mobile device.

Late-night coverage

Many late-night talk shows will expand their political coverage this week for the Republican convention, then next week for the Democratic National Convention.

According to USA Today, Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah will cover the convention this week.

HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” will air special half-hour live episodes beginning at 11 p.m. EST Wednesday and Thursday.

Meyers on NBC’s “Late Night” will add a live show after the final session on Thursday.

Colbert’s “Late Show” on CBS will air live shows from New York Monday through Thursday both this week and next. Jon Stewart will be a special guest.

Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” will tape episodes in both Cleveland and Philadelphia Tuesdays through Fridays. Thursday’s episode will be live at 10 p.m. Central.

Speaker lineup and daily themes

Monday: Make America Safe Again

Headliner to watch: Melania Trump, who is expected to be introduced by her husband, Donald Trump.

Other notables: Rudy Giuliani; Willie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty,” and actors Antonio Sabato Jr. and Scott Baio.

Tuesday: Make America Work Again

Headliners to watch: Trump’s adult children — Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

Other notables: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky; Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wisconsin; former presidential candidate Ben Carson; Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White; pro golfer Natalie Gulbis, and soap star Kimberlin Brown.

Wednesday: Make America First Again

Headliners to watch: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s vice presidential running mate, and Eric Trump.

Other notables: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida; Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas; former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista; Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, and Jerry Falwell Jr.

Thursday: Make America One Again

Headliners: Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump, Trump’s daughter.

Convention by the numbers

2,472: Delegates, according to Politico.

2,302: Alternate delegates.

10,867: People registered (as of July 1) to protest. More than 30 groups have received permits to hold marches, rallies and demonstrations.

15,000: Credentialed media on hand.

8,000: Host Committee volunteers greeting people at the airport and helping visitors make their way around downtown.

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