Jeff Sessions

AP EXPLAINS: Why do Republicans say sky is falling? Is it?

The United States depicted at the Republican National Convention is a scary place. It is wrenched by economic uncertainty, social upheaval, political dysfunction, runaway immigration, violent streets and existential threats from abroad. Republicans want voters to see the need for drastic change. The nation's only choice, they say, is Donald Trump.

Why Republicans would paint such a bleak portrait and whether things really are as they say:


GOP Chairman Reince Priebus opened the convention acknowledging "troubling times." Others used less measured terms. Americans live in fear, they said. The country is disrespected by the world, its...