As New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and other speakers at the Democratic National Convention were criticizing Donald Trump for his history of refusing to pay his debts to contractors and other workers on his building projects, Trump gave a speech in Roanoke, Virginia, Monday in which he called himself smart for not paying bills. Because the room was hot, Trump said, "I don't know what hotel this is, but you ought to try turning on the air conditioning or we're not going to get you paid. ... So then there'll be an article, 'Donald Trump refuses to pay the bill.' Of course. And you know what, the smart people say, 'Trump is smart.' The other people would say, 'Oh, isn't that terrible.' OK. I think the ballroom and the people that own this hotel should be ashamed of themselves." read more
Yoni Appelbaum, The Atlantic: Most convention speeches are forgotten almost before they're finished. But tonight in Philadelphia, Michelle Obama delivered a speech that will be replayed, quoted and anthologized for years. It was as pure a piece of political oratory as this campaign has offered, and instantly entered the pantheon of great convention speeches. Obama stepped out onto a stage in front of a divided party, including delegates who had booed almost every mention of the presumptive nominee. And she delivered a speech that united the hall, bringing it to its feet. read more
The Democratic National Convention opened Monday afternoon in Philadelphia. Speakers today include First lady Michelle Obama, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Also delivering remarks will be immigration reform activist Astrid Silva.
Marni Nixon, the American cinema's most unsung singer, died on Sunday in Manhattan. She was 86. The cause was breast cancer, said Randy Banner, a student and friend. Nixon, a California native, had lived in Manhattan, on the Upper West Side, for more than 40 years. Classically trained, Nixon was throughout the 1950s and '60s the unseen -- and usually uncredited -- singing voice of the stars in a spate of celebrated Hollywood films. She dubbed Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, among many others. read more
Dean Obeidallah: Donald Trump is a serial defender of men who have engaged in sexual misconduct and is a serial shamer of the female victims who have come forward. ... The latest episode of Trump's victim-blaming came Sunday morning when he appeared on NBC's Meet The Press. There, Trump was asked about Fox News' Roger Ailes resignation earlier this week after Gretchen Carlson's bombshell harassment lawsuit and after over 20 other women reportedly came forward alleging sexual misconduct from Ailes. ... Trump stated that he felt "very badly" for Ailes (not for the women, though). Trump also praised Ailes as a "very, very talented person," applauding the way he built Fox News into a media powerhouse. Then Trump started attacking the women who had come forward. read more
Bernie Sanders remains committed to supporting Hillary Clinton after WikiLeaks released a trove of emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee officials. Asked Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press if the emails gave him "any pause" in his support for Clinton, who he endorsed in June, Sanders said, "no, no, no." "We're going to do everything we can to protect working families in this country," Sanders said, saying the election was not about Clinton or Trump but about "the people." He's scheduled to speak tonight on the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Donald Trump appears to have received a decent-sized bump in the polls from the Republican National Convention. The RealClearPolitics rolling average of a two-way matchup shows a Trump jump of about three and half percentage points. Before the RNC he trailed Hillary Clinton by 3.2 points. Now he's up 0.2. However, Trump's bump doesn't necessarily mean he's suddenly the favorite in the race. The Democratic National Convention will similarly affect the national mood in ways yet unforeseen. read more
Donald Trump wasn't claiming to be passing on "factual information" when he linked Ted Cruz's dad to JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald a day after accepting the Republican presidential nomination, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday. "He's got a right to talk about whatever he wants to talk about, however, I don't think he was ever saying this was some sort of factual information," Preibus said. "As far as I'm concerned, we can move on from it."
Iranian authorities have destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers as part of a widespread crackdown against illegal devices they say "deviate morality and culture." One million Iranians have voluntarily handed over their satellite dishes to authorities. "What these televisions really achieve is increased divorce, addiction and insecurity in society," said Mohammad Reza Naghdi, the head of Iran's Basij militia. There are dozens of foreign-based Farsi satellite channels broadcasting news, entertainment, films and TV series.
The suspected Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee is part of a wave of Russian cyber attacks aimed at political organizations and academic think tanks in Washington, US officials briefed on the investigations say. Over the weekend, Wikileaks began publishing emails from the DNC. The group didn't identify the source. But the campaign of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton pointed the finger at Russia, saying the release of stolen emails was intended to help Republican nominee Donald Trump. The FBI is investigating the DNC hack and has sent experts to meet with the Republican National Committee, as well as the major campaigns, to discuss their security measures, the officials say. read more
Verizon on Monday announced plans to acquire Yahoo for $4.8 billion, ending months of uncertainty after Marissa Mayer's battered internet giant said it would review strategic alternatives. ""Yahoo gives us scale and that's what's most critical here. We go from being in the millions of audience to the billions," said Marni Walden, Verizon president of product innovation and new businesses. The transaction is seen as boosting Verizon's AOL internet business, which the company acquired last year for $4.4 billion.
Lt. General Michael Flynn, who was on the shortlist of people considered for Donald Trump's running mate, sent a retweet Sunday containing an anti-Semitic message. In response to a CNN report accusing Russia of releasing the DNC emails to help Trump, the message retweeted by @genflynn to his 12,000 Twitter followers stated, "CNN implicated. The USSR is to blame! Not anymore, Jews. Not anymore." Flynn apologized and said he intended to retweet the CNN report, not the anti-Semite's response to it. But it's the latest example of Trump and his supporters showing an inability to prevent themselves from sharing the messages of bigots on the social media service.
Patrick Tucker, Defense One, Close your eyes and imagine that a hacking group backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin broke into the email system of a major U.S. political party. The group stole thousands of sensitive messages and then published them through an obliging third party in a way that was strategically timed to influence the United States presidential election. Now open your eyes because that's what just happened. Considerable evidence shows that the Wikileaks dump was an orchestrated act by the Russian government, working through proxies, to undermine Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. "This has all the hallmarks of tradecraft. The only rationale to release such data from the Russian bulletproof host was to empower one candidate against another. The Cold War is alive and well," Tom Kellermann, the CEO of Strategic Cyber Ventures told Defense One. read more
A Naperville, Illinois, man's Facebook post about what it has been like to grow up black in America has gone viral, shared over 30,000 times in two weeks. Brian Crooks writes, "The first time I was acutely aware of my Blackness, I was probably 6 or 7 years old. Like, before then obviously I knew I was Black, but I hadn't really had it put in my face like this until I was about 6 or 7. I used to go to daycare back then, and we went on a field trip to a water park one time. One of the other boys from the daycare came up to me and told me he was surprised I was going on the trip because his dad told him all colored people were afraid of the water since we sink to the bottom. He didn't know he was being offensive. He was just curious why someone who would sink to the bottom would want to go to a water park." read more