The Democrats have convened Wednesday in Philadelphia for the third of four nights in a national convention that has been eventful and sometimes divided. Speakers tonight include Vice President Joe Biden, nominee Hillary Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine and President Barack Obama.
John Hinckley Jr., who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has been granted full-time convalescent leave and will be released from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he has been in treatment.
U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman of Washington granted the leave, which will begin as early as Aug. 5, according to court documents, and set the monitoring conditions. Hinckley will be permitted to reside full time in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his mother at her home.
Intel Officers Are Worried.
"The notion that the Trump team could request intel briefings on Russia when they clearly have close ties is horrifying," said one former intelligence official.
Members of the intelligence community are worried that Donald Trump ― who has deep ties to Russia and is apparently the preferred presidential candidate of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin ― could have access to highly classified national security briefings as early as Friday.
Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will begin receiving the briefings after the Democratic National Convention ends on Thursday, ABC News reported Monday. As the Republican nominee for president, Trump is now among a handful of people who do not hold a security clearance but have the potential to get these briefings. But he also has closer ties to a foreign government than perhaps any presidential candidate in recent history. read more
Hillary Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday evening after securing enough delegates during the roll call vote on the floor of the convention, according to an ABC News delegate count, making history as the first female nominee of any major party. Prior to clinching the historic vote, speeches for both candidates, including calls for unity, were met with rollicking applause from the audience.
Bill Clinton has even joked about it. When the former president was campaigning for his wife in Iowa back in January, he said he was looking forward to making history in his own way.
"I want to talk about one barrier that has not been broken. I want you to support Hillary for me too. Because I want to break a ceiling. I am tired of the stranglehold that women have had on the job of presidential spouse," Bill Clinton said.
But despite the groundbreaking nature of Bill Clinton's possible new role, Carl Sferrazza Anthony, a historian with the National First Ladies' Library, says the former president has already created a model for himself.
"It's actually going to unfold into a role that's not too dissimilar from the one he's been playing for 16 years as a former president," Anthony said, adding that first ladies have historically avoided partisan issues. "And that's exactly what former presidents do. And that's what Bill Clinton has done," he said. read more