Politics

Kremlin Denies Hacking DNC’s Emails

Reuters reports: The Kremlin on Wednesday dismissed allegations Russia had hacked Democratic Party emails as “horror stories” dreamt up by U.S. politicians, saying it never interfered in other countries’ election campaigns. “Moscow is at pains to avoid any words that could be interpreted as direct or indirect interference in the election process,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call …

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New York Times: Wikileaks Founder Timed Email Release To Damage His “Avowed Foe” Hillary Clinton

The New York Times reports: Six weeks before the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks published an archive of hacked Democratic National Committee emails ahead of the Democratic convention, the organization’s founder, Julian Assange, foreshadowed the release — and made it clear that he hoped to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency. Mr. Assange’s remarks in a June 12 interview underscored …

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Raves For Bill Clinton’s DCN Speech [VIDEO]

From the Washington Post: As he stood at the lectern Tuesday night, Bill Clinton was doing more than delivering another convention speech, something he has done every four years spanning four decades. This was a larger moment for the former president, and it was a long time coming. In this one speech, he was essentially making good on a marital …

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LIVE VIDEO: Hillary Becomes Nation’s First Woman Nominee After Bernie Calls For Vote By Acclamation

Moments ago Sen. Bernie Sanders made a classy stride toward unifying the fractured Democratic Party when he called for a suspension of the state-by-state delegates count and asked for a voice vote by acclamation. And the ayes had it. Watch below as the second day of the convention now moves on to the evening’s headlining speakers, which include Barbara Boxer, …

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Bernie Supporters Face Standoff With Police After Attempting To Storm DNC Media Pavilion [VIDEO]

Shortly after Bernie Sanders graciously called for Hillary’s nomination by general acclamation, hundreds of journalists rushed out the back doors of the Wells Fargo Center and into the massive media pavilion to file their stories. Hot on their heels was a group of diehard Sanders supporters, who briefly gained access to central part of the pavilion before being removed by …

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NIELSEN: Dems Smash GOP In Convention Viewers

Wow! The Hill reports: In the 10 p.m. hour, which featured headliner speeches from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) and first lady Michelle Obama, CNN registered 6.29 million total viewers and 2.19 million in the key 25–54 demographic. Overall, the network was up 70 percent from its 2012 DNC showing in both total viewers and the demographic. …

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TONIGHT: Hillary To Highlight Foreign Policy Experience In Video For Democratic National Convention

Watch below. Via press release from Hillary For America: Tonight, the Democratic National Convention Committee is releasing a new video touting the steadfast leadership and smart diplomacy that Hillary Clinton displayed as America’s 67th Secretary of State. Clinton brokered an improbable ceasefire in Gaza to stop rockets from raining down on Israel. In Copenhagen, Clinton and President Obama crashed a …

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LIVE VIDEO: Democratic Convention Day Two

At 4PM Democratic National Convention chair Rep. Marcia Fudge will gavel the second day to order. Watch below. After some routine business, we’ll get the state-by-state roll call votes and nominating speeches. If things go as they traditionally do, Hillary’s (sorta) home state of New York will be the one to put her over the threshold to formally become the …

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Donald Trump’s Freedom Kids To Sue Donald Trump

From the Washington Post: Within hours of their performance at a Donald Trump rally in Pensacola, Fla., last January, the U.S.A. Freedom Kids were a sensation. You remember the video: Three preteen girls in star-spangled outfits crisply working through simple choreography as they lip-synced an upbeat update to “Over There.” Jeff Popick, father of the smallest Freedom Kid and author …

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INDIANA: Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb Tapped To Run For Governor In Place Of Mike Pence

Politico reports: Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb will be Indiana Republicans’ new candidate for governor after winning a majority vote from the state GOP central committee Tuesday. Holcomb, a career political operative who just became lieutenant governor in March, replaces current Gov. Mike Pence on the ballot. Pence withdrew from his reelection race several weeks ago, after Donald Trump tapped him …

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Bernie Sanders: We’re Not Ready For A Third Party

The Washington Post reports: Bernie Sanders rebuffed calls from the Green Party — and a loud minority of his delegates and supporters here — to abandon the Democratic Party and build a third force outside of it. “I don’t know the leadership of the Green Party, but I respect what they’re trying to do,” Sanders said, at a breakfast sponsored …

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Raves For First Lady’s DNC Speech [VIDEO]

From the Chicago Tribune: Three sentences. That’s all it took for First Lady Michelle Obama to eviscerate the central theme of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. “Don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country is not great,” Obama said on the first night of the Democratic National Convention. “That somehow we need to make it great again. Because this right …

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LIVE VIDEO: Headlining Speakers At Dem Convention

Some of you have asked that I break these live video posts up to make the number of comments more manageable, so here you go. Tonight’s headlining speakers at the Democratic National Convention will be Sen. Cory Booker, First Lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, reportedly in that order. Watch below.

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Hillary To Address Substance Abuse In DNC Video

Watch below. Via press release: Tonight, Hillary for America and the Democratic National Convention Committee will show that the American people are united together to take on some of our country’s most urgent challenges. Hillary Clinton’s career has been about putting families first, and the opioid epidemic is quietly tearing families apart in communities across the country. Tonight’s Democratic National …

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New York City To Pay $18M To Protesters Wrongly Arrested At 2004 Republican Convention

The New York Daily News reports: Nearly 10 years after Madison Square Garden hosted the 2004 Republican National Convention, the city has agreed to pay $18 million to settle dozens of lawsuits brought by protesters and bystanders who claim they were wrongly arrested during the event. Lawyers for the plaintiffs, who rallied Wednesday outside City Hall, called the agreement the …

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LIVE VIDEO: Democratic Convention Begins

The 2016 Democratic National Convention is about to formally gaveled into order. But not by you-know-who. Watch below.

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PHILADELPHIA: Bernie Sanders Booed By Own Supporters For Saying “Vote For Hillary” [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders booed today as the former Democratic presidential contender told them, “We must elect Hillary Clinton.” He was appearing for the first time this week in Philadelphia, where the Democratic National Convention is set to kick off later today. Addressing a group of his delegates, he spoke broadly about his accomplishments during the …

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Nate Silver: Trump Would Win If Vote Were Today, But Hillary Is Still Favored To Win In November

The Hill reports: Statistician Nate Silver on Monday said Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would be favored to win if the general election occurred today. Trump now leads presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, 57.5 percent to 42.5 percent, in that scenario, according to Silver’s website, FiveThirtyEight. FiveThirtyEight has Clinton besting Trump this November in two other prediction samples, however. …

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Hundreds Of Bernie Sanders Backers Chant “Fuck You Debbie” As They March On Convention [VIDEO]

At this writing hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Bernie Sanders supporters are marching on the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Buzzfeed’s Jim Dalrymple is with them and as you’ll see from his video below, they are chanting “Fuck you, Debbie!” I witnessed a similar scene inside the convention hall earlier today, when hundreds were chanting “Feel the Bern!” and “No more election fraud!” …

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DWS Gives Up Her Convention Gavel

From Schultz’s hometown Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, won’t gavel her party’s national convention to order on Monday afternoon. In a brief phone conversation with the Sun Sentinel, she said: “I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high …

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