As Democrats meet in Orlando, Fla., on Friday and Saturday to finalize their platform, Bernie Sanders is trying once again to influence the party’s agenda before his expected endorsement of Hillary Clinton next week.
“It’s by far the most progressive platform the Democrats have ever presented," the Vermont senator told CNN this week. "I want to see it more progressive."
Sanders wants the party to call for a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour, a ban on fracking and a tax on carbon emissions. He's also looking for seven days of guaranteed sick leave for workers and for the Department of Justice to investigate all police shootings.
Crises that arise during presidential campaigns often define the candidates.
Will this horrific week prove to be the crucible of the current campaign?
Violence has shuddered through America since Tuesday: First, two controversial shootings by police of African American men, captured on cameras and spread on social media; then the assassination of at least five Dallas police officers and the wounding of others by snipers after a peaceful march protesting the earlier deaths.
“Now is definitely not the time to get political,” retired neurosurgeon and former GOP candidate Ben Carson said on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “Now is the time to use logic and ask ourselves: Why do we have a Constitution?”
Obama’s response to the shooting threatens 2nd Amendment rights, Carson added.
Donald Trump condemned the killing of five Dallas police officers as “an attack on our country” and said Friday that racial tensions in America were deteriorating.
“We must restore law and order,” the Republican presidential candidate said in a statement. “We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street. The senseless, tragic deaths of two motorists in Louisiana and Minnesota reminds us how much more needs to be done.”
The shooting of 12 officers in Dallas on Thursday night during a protest against police killings of African Americans in Louisiana and Minnesota came 10 days before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
The State Department is reopening an internal investigation of possible mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and top aides.
Although the former secretary of State's closest confidants have left the agency, they still could face punishment. The most serious would be loss of security clearances, which could complicate her aides' hopes of securing top positions on her national security team if she becomes president.
The State Department started its review in January after declaring 22 emails from Clinton's private server to be "top secret." The investigation was suspended in April to avoid interfering with the FBI's inquiry. State Department spokesman John Kirby said the probe is restarting after the Justice Department's announcement Wednesday that it won't bring any criminal charges.
When Bernie Sanders appeared this week before an audience of 100 or so Democratic House members, the closed-door reception in a basement hearing room on Capitol Hill was markedly cool.
Lawmakers shouted “Timeline! Timeline! — pressing him to hurry up and endorse the party’s presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton — and there were boos when the Vermont senator said his goal was “not to win elections” but “to transform America.”