Democratic National Convention

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Khizr Khan: Trump ‘a Person Without a Soul'

'This is a person without empathy' who is 'unfit' for the presidency

(Newser) - The father of a Muslim-American soldier killed in the line of duty and the Republican presidential nominee continue to lob verbal bombs at each other, with Khizr Kahn dismissing Donald Trump's attack on his wife as being "typical of a person without a soul." Kahn is digging... More »

Trump Jr.'s Plagiarism Tweet Causes a Ruckus

Later suggests accusation against Obama was tongue-in-cheek

(Newser) - There's a new plagiarism kerfuffle making the rounds in political circles, but this one is a little strange. It begins with this tweet from Donald Trump Jr.: "I'm honored that POTUS would plagiarize a line from my speech last week. Where's the outrage?" He was referring... More »

Historic Speech 'Was Exactly Who Clinton Is'

'Workmanlike' address gets mixed reviews

(Newser) - It was an instantly historic speech: Hillary Clinton stood before Democratic delegates in Philadelphia Thursday night and became the first woman to accept a major party's presidential nomination. Opinions on her convention address are split, largely along partisan lines, though all agree that it was quintessential Hillary Clinton. A... More »

Trump Fires Back at Clinton Acceptance Speech

He says he wanted to 'hit' several DNC speakers

(Newser) - "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons," Hillary Clinton said in her acceptance speech to the Democratic convention Thursday night—and it wasn't long before the man she was talking about fired back on Twitter. In... More »

Hillary's 5 Best Lines

'A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons'

(Newser) - "It is with humility, determination, and boundless confidence in America's promise that I accept your nomination for president of the United States," Hillary Clinton told the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, delivering a fiery acceptance speech that cast herself as a unifier who can keep America safe,... More »

Chelsea: 'My Wonderful, Thoughtful, Hilarious Mother'

'Grandma would be so, so proud of you tonight'

(Newser) - Chelsea Clinton looked back to moments growing up in the White House and praised her "wonderful, thoughtful, hilarious" mother in her speech to the Democratic convention Thursday night. "I'm here as a proud American, a proud Democrat, a proud mother, and, tonight in particular, a very, very... More »

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lands One-Liner Against Trump

No, he explains, he's not Michael Jordan

(Newser) - NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had a serious duty at the Democratic convention—to tell the story of American Muslim soldier Humayun SM Khan, who was killed in Iraq—but he couldn't resist a quick dig at Donald Trump upon taking the podium. “Hello, everyone. I’m Michael Jordan,... More »

Dad of Slain US Muslim Soldier Offers Trump His Constitution

Khizr Khan says GOP nominee routinely smears Muslims

(Newser) - The father of a Muslim American soldier who was killed fighting in Iraq got a rousing ovation Thursday at the Democratic convention when he invoked his son's memory—and pulled a copy of the Constitution from his pocket for Donald Trump. "I will gladly lend you my copy,... More »

A Rarity: Republican Addresses Democrats

Doug Elmets to Trump: You're no Ronald Reagan

(Newser) - A Republican made his way onto the speakers' roster Thursday night at the Democratic convention, but it soon became clear why. Former Reagan administration official Doug Elmets explained that he'll be voting Democratic for the first time in his life, and he used his own version of a now-famous... More »

Former Michigan Governor Channels Carly Simon to Skewer Trump

'You're so vain ...'

(Newser) - Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm woke up a relatively subdued crowd at the Democratic convention with an energetic speech that praised Hillary Clinton but also mocked Donald Trump's ego. One of the biggest applause lines came when she summoned a famous song: "Donald, you’re so vain, you... More »

Openly Trans Person Addresses Convention for 1st Time Ever

Sarah McBride just made history

(Newser) - A historic first just happened at the Democratic National Convention—and this time we're not talking about the nomination of Hillary Clinton. When Sarah McBride took the stage to speak Thursday she became the first openly transgender person to address a national party convention, Vox reports. Introducing herself as... More »

Chelsea Clinton to Join Mom on Day 4

Former first daughter's speech bound to draw comparisons to Ivanka Trump

(Newser) - As the Democratic National Convention heads into its final night, viewers may experience a subtle sense of deja vu from last week's RNC event : the presidential nominee being preceded by an intimate speech from a daughter. It's Chelsea Clinton's turn to "sell Mrs. Clinton to the... More »

WikiLeaks Voicemails Reveal ... Kid Talking About Elephants

And they didn't drop on Wednesday night

(Newser) - "WikiLeaks Releases Hacked DNC Voicemails," read the original headline on the Hill's piece, and many others like it on Wednesday. That's not exactly how it went down, as the edited Hill headline makes clear. What to know about the 29 voicemails included in the DNC dump:... More »

Winners, Losers From DNC Day 3

It was a good day for the party's big guns

(Newser) - Wednesday was the penultimate day of the Democratic convention and it ran smoothly enough for speakers to focus on praise of Hillary Clinton—and takedowns of Donald Trump—instead of calls for party unity, though Bernie Sanders supporters didn't go completely unheard. But some Dems had a better day... More »

Obama's 5 Best Lines

'I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me'

(Newser) - Amid shouts of "Yes we can" and even a few of "Four more years," President Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, delivering a message of optimism as he looked back at the last eight years and endorsed Hillary Clinton—and the American people—to... More »

Kaine 'Humbly' Accepts Nomination, Zings Trump

'Trump has a passion. It's himself'

(Newser) - Tim Kaine introduced himself to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, telling the crowd he "humbly" accepted the VP nomination and giving his life story before launching some fierce attacks on Donald Trump. There were big cheers whenever the former Virginia governor switched to speaking Spanish, the Guardian... More »

Bloomberg: Trump a 'Con,' 'Demagogue'

The DNC fights New York billionaire with New York billionaire

(Newser) - Perhaps in an effort to fight fire with fire, the Democratic National Convention welcomed its own New York billionaire to the stage Wednesday night. As a former Republican and current Independent, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg came out against parts of the Democratic platform but fully against Donald... More »

Joe Biden's Fiery Speech: 'Never, Never, Never'

'We do not scare easily,' veep tells DNC

(Newser) - Vice President Joe Biden fired up the Democratic National Convention crowd on Wednesday, delivering a rousing, patriotic endorsement of Hillary Clinton and condemnation of Donald Trump. He praised the "unbreakable spirit of the people of America" and insisted that "it's never, never, never been a good bet... More »

Panetta: Trump Inviting Russia to Hack Clinton Is 'Inconceivable'

He says Clinton is the candidate who will keep America safe

(Newser) - Former secretary of defense Leon Panetta says he's worked with nine presidents from both parties and Hillary Clinton is more prepared than any of them to keep America safe and prosperous. "She is smart, she is principled, she is tough, and she is ready," Panetta told the... More »

Gabby Giffords: Speaking Is Hard; 'I Want to Say 'Madam President' '

Former congresswoman speaks out against gun violence at DNC

(Newser) - Five years after surviving a near-fatal assassination attempt, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords told the Democratic National Convention : “Speaking is difficult for me, but come January I want to say these two words: 'Madam President'." Giffords capped off a string of speakers calling on the government to do... More »

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