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All DNC Staffers Told to Turn in Resignation Letters

Tom Perez is cleaning house

(Newser) - It's housecleaning time at the Democratic National Committee: The party's governing body has asked all staff members to submit resignation letters dated April 15. Sources tell NBC News that the request was made soon after Tom Perez was elected as the new DNC chief in late February. A... More »

Democratic National Committee Has a New Chair

Tom Perez defeats Rep. Keith Ellison on Saturday

(Newser) - Tom Perez was elected as the new chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday, replacing interim chair Donna Brazile, Politico reports. Perez, who served as Labor secretary under Barack Obama and is a former civil rights lawyer, won during the second ballot after falling a single vote shy in... More »

Stereotype-Defying Mayor, 35, Could Be Next DNC Chief

Buzz is building around Pete Buttigieg

(Newser) - Pete Buttigieg may not be a household name, but the youthful Indiana mayor just might end up becoming the next chief of the Democratic National Committee, which chooses its new leader Saturday. The South Bend mayor, who turned 35 last month, is being seen as somebody who could break through... More »

Trump: Hacking Had No Effect on Election

He blames the Democrats' 'gross negligence'

(Newser) - Donald Trump was briefed Friday on an intelligence report on Russia's "influence campaign" during the election—and had more to say afterward about the Democrats' failures than Moscow's meddling. "Gross negligence by the Democratic National Committee allowed hacking to take place. The Republican National Committee had... More »

Next DNC Chair Should Be Jon Stewart

He's got wealth, celebrity of Trump, humor and thoughtfulness of ... himself: Donna Gentile O'Donnell

(Newser) - For the next head of the Democratic National Committee, Dem strategist Donna Gentile O'Donnell definitely doesn't want someone embroiled in daily shows of politics—she wants someone who used to head The Daily Show. Writing in the Philadelphia Inquirer , O'Donnell presents her case for why Jon Stewart... More »

Howard Dean Running for DNC Chair

'I'm in,' tweets former chair of Democratic National Commitee

(Newser) - Howard Dean wants his old job back. In the wake of Hillary Clinton's defeat, the former chair of the Democratic National Committee said he wants to run the DNC again, reports Politico . "The dems need organization and focus on the young," tweeted the former Vermont governor. "... More »

Democratic Party Bus Dumps Sewage on Street

DNC sorry for 'honest mistake' in Georgia

(Newser) - Didn't this election smell bad enough already? A hazmat team had to be called on Tuesday when a Democratic National Committee bus dumped raw sewage in Georgia's Gwinnett County, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. A worker at an auto parts store called the cops when he saw the bus—... More »

Putin Says Russia Didn't Hack DNC, but Nice Job

'Listen, does it even matter who hacked this data?'

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin gave a two-hour interview to Bloomberg from Vladivostok, Russia, Thursday, and he had some thoughts on the DNC email hack his country's been accused of having a hand in. WikiLeaks released nearly 20,000 emails right before the Democratic National Convention in July, and they aired a... More »

Hack of Democratic Emails Worse Than Thought

New York Times says investigation is widening

(Newser) - The high-profile hacking of Democratic emails already has caused much trouble for the party—including the resignation of Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. But as the New York Times reports, things might soon get worse for Democrats, because the hack has turned out to be much bigger than... More »

Assange Suggests Murdered DNC Staffer Was Whistleblower

Seth Rich shot to death in Washington last month

(Newser) - Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was shot to death in Washington on July 10 in what police initially said may have been an attempted robbery, per NBC Washington , though Rich was found with his cellphone, credit cards, and cash, his father tells KMTV . Almost a month later, Julian Assange... More »

Hackers Hit Service Used by Clinton Campaign

Campaign says its own systems weren't breached

(Newser) - A computer service used by the Clinton campaign was hit as part of the Democratic National Committee hack, the campaign has confirmed. Campaign officials say the hackers had access to a voter database program for around five days, but there is no sign that the campaign's own systems were... More »

Sarah Silverman: The DNC Said 'No' to One Joke

She acknowledges she can be a bit 'obnoxious'

(Newser) - Sarah Silverman drew one of the biggest cheers of Monday night at the Democratic National Convention when she told Bernie Sanders diehards they were "being ridiculous." But there was one line the Democratic National Committee informed the comedian she couldn't deliver during her speech, she tells the... More »

Assange Released DNC Emails to Damage Clinton

He won't say whether Russia was involved

(Newser) - In a twist that's strange even by 2016 standards, there is mounting evidence that Julian Assange and Vladimir Putin have been working together to undermine Hillary Clinton. Assange, a longtime Clinton critic, declared last month that "upcoming leaks" would damage the "liberal war hawk." At the... More »

Wasserman Schultz Now Faces 'Battle of Her Lifetime'

Primary opponent taking advantage of her recent struggles

(Newser) - Debbie Wasserman Schultz may have been at the center of the Democratic Party's so-called civil war , but she now faces what the Miami Herald labels "the political battle of her lifetime." On Aug. 30, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, who will leave her post after the party... More »

Wasserman Schultz: OK, I Won't Open DNC After All

She changes her mind after uproar

(Newser) - Debbie Wasserman Schultz won't open the Democratic National Convention after all. Following an uproar and lots of booing when the congresswoman addressed Florida delegates Monday morning, Schultz told the Orlando Sun-Sentinel she had changed her mind. She had originally planned to open the DNC despite the fact that she'... More »

Leaked Emails Reveal Anti-Bernie Bias at DNC

Top officials mocked campaign

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders was right when he claimed that supposedly neutral Democratic National Committee officials had a strong pro-Hillary bias , according emails WikiLeaks has released just ahead of the party's convention. In some of the almost 20,000 emails put online Friday, top DNC officials mock the Sanders campaign and... More »

Russian Hackers Swiped DNC's Opposition Research on Trump

And they eavesdropped on chats, emails for a year

(Newser) - Two groups of Russian government hackers—codenamed Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear—pulled a 21st-century Watergate and hacked the Democratic National Committee, eavesdropping on staffers and stealing a huge amount of it opposition research on Donald Trump, the Washington Post reports. According to NBC News , that could include legal documents,... More »

Dems' 'Civil War': Whether to Oust 'Toxic' DNC Chair

Debbie Wasserman Schultz still has the support of many

(Newser) - A dozen Democratic senators have discussed kicking the head of the DNC to the curb, an unnamed "pro-Clinton Democratic senator" tells the Hill . "There have been a lot of meetings over the past 48 hours about what color plate do we deliver Debbie Wasserman Schultz's head on,... More »

The DNC Has a Deal for Bernie Sanders

Seats on critical committee in exchange for no drama at convention: sources

(Newser) - In choosing stick or carrot to get Bernie Sanders and his supporters to play ball at this summer's Democratic National Convention, the Democratic National Committee has decided to go with the carrot—at least for now. Two sources familiar with the situation say the DNC plans to offer Sanders... More »

DNC Restores Sanders' Access to Voter Data

Sanders camp complains DNC has 'tipped the scales' for Clinton

(Newser) - The Democratic National Committee has agreed to restore access to voter files for the Bernie Sanders campaign, cooling tensions in what Politico calls a "civil war" within the party over the Sanders campaign's improper accessing of Clinton campaign data . The DNC agreed to restore access soon after the... More »

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