Hillary Clinton's Friday night announcement of Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her vice-presidential running mate stirred immediate disappointment and outrage among the progressive wing of her party and the army of supporters inspired by Bernie Sanders' historic and visionary campaign.
Reporting in recent days increasingly signaled that Kaine was Clinton's top choice, but the official announcement confirmed the worst fears of progressives who warned such a pick would be taken as "a pronounced middle finger" to the millions who voted for Sanders during the primary season. read more
A familiar visitor has returned to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign: her cough. It had been taking a time out from the campaign, but yesterday, at the AFSCME Convention in Las Vegas (the holist of holies for Democrats), coughs interrupted her speech:
So what do we know about likely turnout in 2016? The Pew Research Center has just released a comprehensive study of this year's electoral terrain that sheds a great deal of light on this question.
80 percent of respondents say they have thought "quite a lot" about the election.
85 percent report that they are following the news about the presidential candidates
74 percent believe that when it comes to important issues facing the country, it "really matters" who wins the election.
60 percent say that they are more interested in politics than they were four years ago.
These four trends apply to both political parties, with Republicans enjoying slightly higher shares overall.
It also poses a puzzle. read more
We are about to be treated to two solid weeks of political conventions. Both sides have made at least a temporary peace within the big, sprawling, boisterous assemblies that are modern American political parties. Like very large, dysfunctional families who stop fighting long enough once every four years to take a family photo in which everyone is smiling, the two parties in the coming weeks will be beaming. Starting with the Republicans and followed by the Democrats (by tradition the incumbent party always goes second), each party will do their best to show unity and to convince the voters that sweetness and light awaits the voters who elect them, while bleakness and dark awaits if the other side wins. read more
Russia has aggressively expanded its Foreign Intelligence Service operation over the past decade, according to recent satellite imagery that provides evidence of Moscow's efforts to wage clandestine operations across Europe and in the United States.
The satellite imagery, which was compiled in a recent report on Russia's global intelligence operation, shows that Moscow added several new buildings and structures to its intelligence headquarters, known as SVR, from 2007 to 2016, a period that saw a dramatic rise in Russian espionage operations, experts said. read more