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.
Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton's email, essentially sanctioning a foreign power's cyberspying of a secretary of state's correspondence. "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said, staring directly into the cameras. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press." read more
Hillary Clinton has accepted the Democratic party's presidential nomination Thursday night in Philadelphia, making history as the first woman to be chosen to run for the highest office in the land by a major party in the United States. "Today, we've reached a milestone in our nation's march toward a more perfect union: The first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President," Clinton said. "Standing here as my mother's daughter's, and my daughter's mother, I'm so happy this day has come." "Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. Happy for boys and men, too, because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone," she continued. "When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit."
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
Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party's convention, which is set to begin here Monday. Emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee's impartiality during the Democratic primary. Wasserman Schultz's stewardship of the DNC has been under fire through most of the presidential primary process. DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile will serve as interim chair through the election.
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.
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.
Hillary Clinton sent a text to her supporters at 8:13 p.m. Friday to announce her selection of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate. Kaine, 58, is a former governor of Virginia who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and speaks fluent Spanish. At a campaign stop with Clinton in Annandale, Virginina, last week, Kaine tried out for the role. "Do you want a 'You're fired' president or a 'You're hired' president?" he asked the crowd. "Do you want a trash-talking president or a bridge-building president?" read more
Yuri Applebaum, The Atlantic: Has any American political leader claimed so directly to embody the nation, to speak for it, to be its sole hope for redemption? ... In 2016, Donald J. Trump mounted the stage, and told America that the nation is in crisis. That attacks on police and terrorism threaten the American way of life. That the United States suffers from domestic disaster, and international humiliation. That it is full of shuttered factories and crushed communities. That it is beset by "poverty and violence at home" and "war and destruction abroad." And he offered them a solution. I am your voice, said Trump. I alone can fix it. I will restore law and order. He did not appeal to prayer, or to God. He did not ask Americans to measure him against their values, or to hold him responsible for living up to them. He did not ask for their help. He asked them to place their faith in him.
Donald Trump said Wednesday that, if he is elected president, he would consider recognizing Crimea as Russian territory and lifting the sanctions against Russia. At a wide-ranging news conference, Trump said he "would be looking into that" when asked about his stance on Crimea and Russia. The Crimean Peninsula has been part of Ukraine for decades, but Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed the territory in March 2014 after a popular revolt toppled Kiev's pro-Russian government. The United States, along with the European Union, has refused to recognize the annexation or the referendum legitimizing it and has enforced sanctions on Russian state banks and corporations.