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4 people arrested after trying to enter Secret Service-protected area outside the DNC
The Secret Service issued a statement late Tuesday night saying four people had attempted to climb a fence outside the Democratic National Convention and breach a protected area.
All four were promptly arrested before they could enter the stadium.
The full statement:
On 7/26/16 at approximately 8:30pm, four individuals climbed over an outer perimeter fence and attempted to enter a Secret Service designated secure zone. The four individuals were immediately arrested without incident by Philadelphia Police and Secret Service personnel. At no point did the individuals enter the Wells Fargo Center. The four individuals will be charged with 18 U.S. Code 1752, Entering Restricted Area. They have been transported to the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center. Their initial appearance before a magistrate judge will be held on Wednesday 7/27/16.
From the delegates: ‘You are voting for the next 50 years of a progressive Supreme Court’
Robin Tyler and Diane Olson of North Hills had gathered up most of the night’s placards around their electric scooters.
“We’ve come out of the feminist movement, the anti-war movement, the LGBT movement. We’ve come out of so many movements and we know who the real thing is, and Hillary Clinton isn’t making up her background. She has worked for decades on behalf of people, for decades to change things,” said Tyler, 74.
Tyler and Olson sued to challenge California’s same-sex marriage ban in 2004, after being repeatedly denied at the Beverly Hills courthouse. A California Supreme Court judge ruled in their favor, and when Tyler and Olson married in 2008 they were the first same-sex couple to do so in Los Angeles County.
“I don’t have to convince my friends to vote for her because they all know that the alternative, even the Bernie people know this, is Donald Trump and the Supreme Court,” she said. “You’re not just voting for Hillary Clinton, but you are voting for the next 50 years of a progressive Supreme Court.”
Olson, 63, said she didn’t need convincing.
“I like everything about her,” Olson said.
Who was Bill Clinton trying to convince? Sanders supporters.
“In the spring of 1971, I met a girl,” Bill Clinton said Tuesday evening.
That was the first clue: This would be a Bill Clinton speech like few others. Bill Clinton is the Democratic Party’s acknowledged master of political persuasion. After his electrifying speech defending Barack Obama’s economic policies in 2012, Obama joked that he needed to name Clinton his “secretary of explaining stuff.”
But this speech was different. This time, Clinton was acting as a character witness for his wife.
Instead of policies and arguments, he rolled out a series of family stories: How Bill had to ask Hillary to marry him three times before she said yes. How she raised Chelsea, almost single-handedly, while he concentrated on running for – and being – president.
And, unlike most other families’ stories, how she has worked doggedly for civil rights, children’s rights, universal healthcare and other progressive priorities.
“She’s the best darn change maker I ever met in my entire life,” he said.
That was the point, of course: to make Hillary sound like change, not the status quo. In case anyone missed it, thousands of printed signs reading “Change Maker” instantly popped up on the convention floor.
A single speech won’t convert every skeptic. Republicans will point out that Clinton’s speech skipped over the late 1990s entirely – the unhappy period when Bill nearly wrecked his marriage to Hillary and his presidency at the same time. The word “Benghazi” was never uttered. People who didn’t trust Bill Clinton before won’t trust him now.
But this speech wasn’t aimed mainly at Republicans. It was aimed mostly at Democrats – especially Bernie Sanders Democrats – who have either forgotten about Hillary Clinton’s early years or, more likely, never knew that part of her story.
Hillary Clinton addresses convention, historic nature of her nomination
After a rousing speech from her husband and a musical flourish from Alicia Keys, along came the nominee.
She appeared via video stream, figuratively breaking through a montage of all 44 male presidents.
“I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling,” Clinton said from New York. “This is really your victory, this is really your night.”
Despite the late hour, she added a message for some of the younger viewers who stayed up to watch the night’s proceedings.
“I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next,” she said, as the camera panned out to show her standing alongside a young girl.
Clinton isn’t scheduled to appear at the convention in person until Thursday. But in 2008 and 2012, President Barack Obama made cameos in the arena after the final speeches on the convention’s third night — Joe Biden’s in 2008 and Bill Clinton’s in 2012.
Hillary Clinton makes a cameo at the Democratic National Convention. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide
Clinton friend and top Democratic fundraiser Mark Weiner dies at 62
At the opening of his Democratic National Convention speech, former President Bill Clinton mourned the death of Mark Weiner, a major Democratic fundraiser, Hillary Clinton supporter and provider of merchandise to the Democratic National Convention. Weiner died Tuesday in Rhode Island.
Weiner, 62, died in Newport as he prepared to head to the convention in Philadelphia, former Providence Mayor Joe Paolino said. He had wanted to see the former president, his longtime friend, address the convention Tuesday, Paolino told the Providence Journal.
Bill Clinton introduces ‘the real’ Hillary Clinton
In 2012, Bill Clinton arguably helped put President Obama on a path to reelection with a convention speech testifying to his stewardship of the nation out of recession, and on a path to economic recovery.
On Tuesday, the former president did away with the wonky-yet-folksy analysis that earned him the moniker “secretary of explainin’ stuff” and opted for a far more personal, yet still folksy, account of his wife’s lifetime of public service.
In a speech of typical Clintonian length to end a more harmonious second day of the convention, Clinton began with the story of how he and Hillary Rodham first met, as law students at Yale. After dating, it took several proposal attempts until “I married my best friend.”
Calling her “the best darn change-maker” he’s ever known, Clinton focused on how often his wife produced results for people even without an official title. His wife “introduced me to a whole new world of public service by private citizens,” he told the audience.
As first lady of Arkansas, she helped lobby in favor of a sales tax increase to fund improvements in a state school system that had been rated the worst in the country.
“Looks to me like we elected the wrong Clinton,” the former president recalled one lawmaker saying at the time.
He largely breezed through the 1990s and his own presidency, but for mention of the children’s health insurance program she helped pass in partnership with Republican Tom Delay, typically a Clinton antagonist.
And he touted her work as a senator and secretary of State, playing a role in big decisions like the daring raid that ultimately killed Osama bin Laden to things far fewer noticed, like increasing funding for AIDS treatment in Africa.
Ultimately, he did address the elephant in the room: his wife’s low polling numbers on issues of trust. How does all her work square with what Republicans say about her?
“One is real,” he said. “The other is made up.”
“They’re running against a cartoon.”
Madeleine Albright on Donald Trump: ‘He has undermined our fight against ISIS’
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Tuesday delivered a scathing indictment of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, arguing that he has already made the United States less safe because of his incendiary rhetoric and positions.
“Many have argued that Donald Trump would harm our national security if he were elected president. The fact is he has already done damage, just by running for president,” Albright said at the Democratic National Convention. “He has undermined our fight against ISIS by alienating our Muslim partners. He has weakened our standing in the world by threatening to walk away from our friends and our allies — and by encouraging more countries to get nuclear weapons. Donald Trump also has a strange admiration for dictators.”
Albright and Clinton are two of three women who have served as secretaries of State, which Albright looked back upon as she cast another barb at Trump.
“We also know what it’s like to step off that plane with the words ‘United States of America’ on it. She knows that safeguarding freedom and security is not like hosting a reality TV show,” Albright said. “It is a complex, round-the-clock job that demands not only a steady hand and a cool head, but also a big heart. You are not just representing yourself, you are there for all of us.”
Albright made the remarks as Republicans castigated Democrats for not mentioning the threat posed by Islamic State during their convention Monday night. On Tuesday, several speakers spoke of the threat posed by the terrorist group, including Albright, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Watch: Madeleine Albright says Trump has ‘done damage just by running for president’
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright assailed Donald Trump on Tuesday night, questioning his foreign policy credentials.
“Many have argued that Donald Trump would harm our national security if he were elected president,” Albright said. “The fact is, he has already done damage just by running for president.”
Madeleine Albright, former secretary of State, speaks at the Democratic National Convention. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide
President Obama says it’s ‘possible’ Donald Trump could win
As President Obama prepares to address the Democratic National Convention, he seems to be putting the party on notice: Donald Trump can win.
“Anything is possible,” Obama told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie in an interview to air Wednesday. “It is the nature of democracy that until those votes are cast and the American people -- you know, have their say-- we don’t know.”
It’s a different message than one Obama has been delivering with some consistency this year.
Asked about Trump’s candidacy in February, for instance, just as the first votes were being cast in the nomination fights, Obama insisted Trump would never come close to the Oval Office.
“I continue to believe Mr. Trump will not be president,” he said at a news conference from the Sunnylands retreat. “And the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people, and I think they recognize that being president is a serious job. It’s not hosting a talk show or a reality show. It’s not promotion. It’s not marketing.”
So what’s changed in five months?
“You know, as somebody who has now been in elected office at various levels for about 20 years, I’ve seen all kinds of crazy stuff happen,” Obama told Guthrie this week. “I think anybody who goes into campaigns not running scared can end up losing.”
Packed house at DNC for Bill Clinton’s speech
Once lured to L.A. by human traffickers, human rights advocate Ima Matul tells her story at DNC
Speaking on the national stage Tuesday night was a woman who first came to the United States as a teenager, looking for a better life.
Ima Matul, who was born in Indonesia, was stuck in an arranged marriage and ran away from home as a teen. She was lured to Los Angeles in 1997 at the age of 17 with the promise of a job as a nanny that would pay $150 a week.
“Instead, I spent the next three years in domestic servitude being abused,” Matul said.
Matul touted Hillary Clinton’s work fighting human trafficking, saying, “Before there were laws to identify and protect victims, even before I escaped my trafficker, Hillary Clinton was fighting to end modern slavery.”
She worked 18 hours a day, seven days a week. Her traffickers became violent, she said in a YouTube video, grabbing her and throwing her against a wall. After one particularly bad beating, Matul had to go to the emergency room.
It took three years for Matul to work up the courage to slip a note to a fellow nanny next door, she told KPCC in 2014. The note read, “Please help me.”
The neighbor took her to the Los Angeles-based Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking, where Matul received services and was placed in a shelter.
Matul later became a passionate advocate for the organization.
She was honored by President Obama at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2012.
Watch: ‘Mothers of the Movement’ highlight Black Lives Matter
Mothers of African Americans killed by gun violence speak at the Democratic National Convention. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide
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Why Bill Clinton is still one of the most popular ex-presidents
Bill Clinton is speaking tonight on behalf of his wife, Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic nominee for the presidency. President Bill Clinton’s own presidency was characterized by his consistently high approval ratings. Even in the midst of political turmoil — his highest approval ratings came during impeachment hearings in 1998 — he remained one of the most popular modern presidents. Unprecedented economic growth helped sustain his popularity even after leaving office.
Clinton’s tenure was largely characterized by the importance he placed on economic growth. His time in the White House led to the longest economic expansion in American history — a period of 115 consecutive months of economic growth, and the lowest unemployment rates in 30 years.
Clinton was the only president to have a near-perfect period of job growth, adding over 22 million jobs, the most ever created under one president.
Howard Dean revives ‘Dean scream’ at Democratic convention
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean revived the infamous “Dean scream,” which some believe ended his presidential aspirations more than a decade ago, as he campaigned for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.
“This race is going to be won on the ground, and it’s going to be won in Colorado, and in Iowa, and North Carolina, and Michigan, and Florida, and Pennsylvania, and then we’re going to the White House!” said Dean, his voice swelling louder and his smile growing wider with every state.
The audience at the Democratic National Convention applauded wildly at the obvious reference to Dean’s headline-making speech after he came in third in the Iowa Democratic caucuses in 2004.
Dean’s appearance was also notable because he pushed a progressive agenda, drawing vast support from young people and fundraising online, similar to this year’s runner-up, fellow Vermonter Bernie Sanders.
Terry McAuliffe’s TPP comments do Clinton no favors
With friends like these …
Hillary Clinton’s longtime friend Terry McAuliffe, the governor of Virginia and a prolific fundraiser for Democrats, just made her difficult job of pulling the Democratic Party together even tougher.
As Clinton assures restive Bernie Sanders voters that they can trust her to fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the massive trade deal that Sanders helped galvanize a large share of the electorate against, McAuliffe just gave them good reason to doubt her.
Asked by Politico whether Clinton will ultimately work to approve the trade deal once in office, McAuliffe said, “Yes. Listen, she was in support of it. There were specific things in it she wants fixed.”
Before Clinton came out against the deal during the primary, she had praised it. Her running mate, Tim Kaine, was also a big fan of an agreement until only recently.
McAuliffe’s comments undermined reassurances earlier in the day from Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, that Clinton was determined to scrap the whole trade deal, known as the TPP.
“She’s been clear, and I think Sen. Kaine has been clear, that they are against it before the election, and they will be against it after the election,” Podesta said at a gathering of reporters sponsored by the Wall Street Journal. “We are not about renegotiation. We are not interested in that. We are about a new approach.”
Podesta solidified his stance in a tweet a few minutes ago.
Hundreds of protesters marching outside convention
Hundreds of protesters, many of them supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, coalesced and marched near the Democratic convention hall Tuesday night.
Some carried signs that called the Democratic National Committee “corporate dictators” and others touted banners depicting Sanders next to the words “Not For Sale,” a common campaign rallying cry for his supporters.
The seemingly disparate groups of protesters eventually combined and began marching toward the convention hall, picking up even more demonstrators along the way.
Watch: Cecile Richards says to Donald Trump, ‘Women are going to be the reason you’re not elected’
Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Action Fund president, speaks at the Democratic National Convention. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide
Actresses Lena Dunham and America Ferrera bash Trump at the DNC
Two Hollywood actresses drew hoots and cheers Tuesday as they slashed at GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump during the Democratic National Convention.
“We know what you’re all thinking — why should you care about what some television celebrity has to say about politics. We feel the same way, but he is the Republican nominee so we need to talk about him,” said Lena Dunham of “Girls” fame, who added that Trump would probably rate her body “a two.”
“The unfunny fact is this man would have you believe that our differences are more important than what unites us,” Dunham said.
She was joined by America Ferrera of “Ugly Betty,” who said Trump likely thinks she is a rapist because of her Latino heritage. When Trump announced his presidential bid, he said Mexico was sending rapists and other criminals to illegally cross the border.
Ferrera spoke of her immigrant Honduran parents, attending public schools and occasionally tapping the free-lunch program for the poor.
“I am profoundly grateful for the access and opportunity that exists in this extraordinary nation,” she said. “Not everyone looks at [the children of struggling families] and sees an investment, but Hillary has spent the last 30 years proving what she sees in us — not our color, gender or economic status, but our capacity to grow into thriving adults capable of contributing great things to this country.”
The women urged voters to text a campaign phone number before proclaiming jointly: “And let’s declare: Love trumps hate.”
Watch Eric H. Holder Jr. emphasize that America is an ‘already great nation’
Eric H. Holder Jr., former U.S. attorney general, speaks at the Democratic National Convention. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide.
Sen. Barbara Boxer: The GOP ‘has thrown everything’ at Clinton
Speaking to the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, Sen. Barbara Boxer focused on describing the woman she’s known for more than 20 years rather than going after the Republican presidential nominee.
“I personally saw the light in her eyes when she became a grandmother, and her fight for a better America became more personal and even more urgent,” Boxer said. “During this campaign, we have seen something else: her toughness, and I know a little bit about toughness. The right wing has thrown everything at Hillary – not only the kitchen sink, but the stove, the refrigerator and the toaster too. And you know what, she’s still standing.”
Many of the convention’s prime-time speakers have focused on Republicans or uniting Democrats around a single candidate. Boxer wanted people to see Clinton through her eyes.
Boxer and Clinton have known each other since Boxer’s first Senate bid in 1992, when Clinton campaigned for female Senate candidates while supporting her husband’s presidential bid.
Boxer’s daughter went on to marry Clinton’s brother in a White House ceremony in 1994, and while the marriage lasted just a few years, it produced a grandson for Boxer and a nephew for Clinton.
“I know her as the loving aunt who helped plan my grandson’s birthday parties when he was just a little toddler,” Boxer said. “I saw her rush over after a busy day at the State Department to cheer him on at his high school football games.”
Boxer prompted Clinton to run for the Senate herself less than a decade later after the Clintons left the White House. When President Obama asked Clinton to become secretary of State in 2008, Boxer encouraged her friend to take the job.
Boxer has said repeatedly that electing Clinton is a priority before she leaves Congress.
She mentioned Republican nominee Donald Trump by name twice, the second time contrasting the candidates’ stances on access to abortion.
“Well, I have a message for Donald Trump and Mike Pence: We are not going back to the dark days when women died in back alleys. We are never, ever, ever going back!” Boxer said.
Watch the full speech:
Sen. Barbara Boxer Of California speaks at the Democratic National Convention. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide.
Delegates’ view of California’s turn in the roll call
‘Donald is not making America great again; he’s making America hate again.’
Donald is not making America great again; he’s making America hate again. The vast majority of us, we cannot afford to see his vision of America come to be.
— Actress America Ferrera
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to take stage after ‘special place in hell’ dust-up
Months ago, Madeleine Albright faced harsh criticism for introducing Hillary Clinton at a campaign stop by saying “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” a dig that Bernie Sanders’ female supporters did not appreciate.
She won back another crowd in May, when she spoke to graduates at Scripps College in Claremont. Students and professors there had protested her appearance and denounced her as a “white feminist” and “war criminal.”
Referring to the comments that had spurred the controversy, Albright said, “Rest assured, there’s a special place in heaven for anyone who speaks truth to power.”
It’s anybody’s guess how Albright will be received Tuesday night in the convention hall, which has been packed for two days with fervent Sanders supporters, some of whom have led a chorus of boos against Clinton.
Albright, secretary of State under Bill Clinton, was the first woman to hold that post. She also served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and was a member of President Clinton’s National Security Council.
She was born in Czechoslovakia and fled with her family to Britain during World War II, and then to the United States.
Albright has been credited with helping negotiate nuclear proliferation agreements, mediating peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians and is one of the highest-ranking U.S. officials to have met with the leader of North Korea.
Absent from Mothers of the Movement appearance on DNC stage: Tamir Rice’s mother
Among the Mothers of the Movement members who gave emotional statements about their children’s deaths Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention as they endorsed Hillary Clinton, one high-profile name was missing.
Samaria Rice, the mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who died in November 2014 after being shot by police in Cleveland while he played in a park with a replica pellet gun, has declined to endorse Clinton.
Though the Republican National Convention took place in her hometown, she was also absent from the RNC and has not endorsed Donald Trump.
No candidate is “speaking my language about police reform,” Samaria Rice recently told Fusion, saying she wants “a lot on the table, not a little bit of talk, a lot of talk about police brutality, police accountability, making new policies, taking some away, and just reforming the whole system.”
Rice added that no presidential candidate appeals to her yet.
She has also been critical of President Obama.
“He may mention something about it, but he’s not really going to go into details about it and hold the government responsible for killing innocent people,” she said in the same interview.
Actor Tony Goldwyn, who plays president on ‘Scandal,’ speaks after Clinton nomination
A man who plays a president on television spoke out on Tuesday about the woman who wants to be president in 2017.
Actor Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on “Scandal” and is a longtime backer of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, took a serious turn as he introduced the Mothers of the Movement, whose African American children were killed, many in interactions with police.
“They understand we must reach out to each other because of our diversity, because we are stronger together,” he told thousands of people gathered at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. “You know, Hillary says we can’t hide from these hard truths about race and justice in America. We have to name them and own them — and then change them. That’s what she’ll do as president.”
Goldwyn noted that he works with the Innocence Project, which works to free the wrongly imprisoned.
“I have never heard them speak of anger or outrage, only their desire to reform the system so that others might be spared their suffering,” he said.
Democrats counting on celebrities to introduce heavy subject matter
The Democratic National Convention has no shortage of star power.
Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep will speak after former President Bill Clinton and will introduce a film about him.
A performance from singer-songwriter Alicia Keys is to follow the film.
Before that, Erika Alexander, who has appeared on “The Cosby Show,” “Living Single,” and “Last Man Standing,” will be on stage.
She has been a surrogate for Hillary Clinton and has campaigned in Atlanta for her with Rep. John Lewis of Georgia.
She will introduce speaker Ryan Moore, who has spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia dwarfism and has known Clinton since 1994 when she was spearheading a healthcare reform effort that ultimately failed.
“Will & Grace” actress Debra Messing will introduce Joe Sweeney, a former New York Police Department detective who on Sept. 11, 2001, helped dig through the rubble looking for survivors.
Messing will also introduce Lauren Manning, who suffered severe burns in that terrorist attack and spent more than six months in the hospital recovering, according to the Democratic National Convention website.
How do Americans feel about Black Lives Matter?
On Tuesday night, Mothers of the Movement, a group of black mothers who lost their children to gun violence or at the hands of police, will take the stage at the Democratic National Convention. While not all the women are officially a part of the Black Lives Matter organization, the death of their children spurred the protest movement that has focused on police reform and gun violence prevention.
The nation remains divided in its perception of Black Lives Matter and its effectiveness, according to the Pew Research Center.
Support and understanding of Black Lives Matter is starkly divided by race
Both blacks and whites are skeptical of the movement’s overall effectiveness, with just 20% of black respondents saying they believed the cause would effectively help achieve racial equality.
Four out of 10 black adults say they strongly support Black Lives Matter
Survey respondents were asked to rank their support for Black Lives Matter along a spectrum ranging from “strongly support” to “strongly oppose.” For white adults, support for Black Lives Matter is even more divided among party lines, with just 4% of white Republicans expressing strong support for the movement.
Strong divisions remain along party lines and ethnicities on the importance of how minorities are treated
One of the primary goals of Black Lives Matter is achieving equality for black Americans. According to the Pew Research Center, a little over half of white respondents said that the treatment of minorities was important to their vote in this election, compared with 82% of black respondents.
Watch as Bernie Sanders asks the Democratic convention to nominate Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton officially becomes the Democratic Party nominee for president. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide.
Republicans are hammering Democrats for not mentioning Islamic State at convention
Republicans on Tuesday pounced on the Democratic Party for not once mentioning Islamic State during the first night of its nominating convention.
“It is extraordinary to think that yesterday in Philadelphia, 61 speakers came to the podium and none of them named ISIS by name,” Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence told thousands at a Veterans of Foreign Wars conference, using an acronym for the Islamic State terrorism group. The Indiana governor then turned to his running mate, presidential nominee Donald Trump. “This man will name our enemies without apology and he will defeat them.”
Pence’s remarks echoed statements by the Republican National Committee and Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
PolitiFact, a nonpartisan fact-checking organization, ranked the statements as true.
The Clinton campaign chided Trump for failing to articulate how he would defeat the Islamic State and said the Democratic nominee has been steadfast in her proposals.
“Donald Trump’s secret plan to defeat ISIS is so great he can’t tell us anything about it. The American people won’t buy that,” said Jake Sullivan, a senior policy advisor to Clinton. “Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, believes Americans deserves real solutions, and so she has outlined a real, comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS and global terrorism.”
Earlier in the day, Democrats noted that the focus of the convention Monday night was the economy, not foreign policy. And Clinton has repeatedly raised the specter of Islamic State terrorism on the campaign trail, most recently on Monday when she spoke at the Veterans of Foreign Wars conference.
Actress Elizabeth Banks apes Donald Trump’s ‘over the top’ GOP convention entrance
Elizabeth Banks enters the stage at the Democratic National Convention. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide
Actress Elizabeth Banks entered the stage on the second night of the Democratic National Convention to Queen’s “We Are The Champions” in parody of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s unusual entrance a week earlier.
On the first night of the Republican National Convention, Trump came onstage amid a cloud of back-lit fog:
“You know, I don’t usually say this about Donald Trump,” Banks began. “But that was over the top.”
Meet Jelani Freeman, the former foster child who says Hillary Clinton inspired him to go to law school
Jelani Freeman made headlines when he graduated from Howard University Law School in 2010.
It was an improbable journey for the onetime foster child who was abandoned by his mother while his father was in prison.
Freeman credits many people with helping him succeed in life, including Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, whom he talked about Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention.
Clinton cited him as an inspiration in the 2006 edition of her book, “It Takes A Village.”
Freeman, who interned in Clinton’s Senate office, says she inspired him to go to law school. He told the Washington Post in 2010 that the future Democratic nominee even talked to him about his career plans.
“I sort of see this as a collective achievement,” Freeman, then 29, told the Post. “People say encouraging things to other people because it’s the nice thing to do. But she was sincere. She helped me believe it.”
Freeman is one of many character witnesses Democrats are rolling out to talk abut Clinton’s role in the lives of the less fortunate.
Why Mothers of the Movement will take the stage at the DNC
When Mothers of the Movement members speak at the Democratic National Convention tonight, it will be one of the most visible platforms yet for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Their appearance provides a window into how the Hillary Clinton campaign is responding to pressure to address race relations and police reform while acknowledging the dangers police officers face after a series of deadly shootings around the country.
Featured will be mothers of black Americans whose deaths have spurred hundreds of demonstrations across the U.S. over the last four years and raised the pressure on both major political parties to deal with the issue of gun violence and racial disparities.
Who are they?
One volunteer stands up for ‘pivotal moment for women’ during Bernie Sanders protests
Jule Sandoval, a volunteer at the convention, was delivering copies of speeches in the media tent when Bernie Sanders supporters marched in and started protesting.
She stood on a chair with a cutout picture of Hillary Clinton to show her support for the woman who had just become the Democratic nominee.
“Can we celebrate a little bit for our woman here?” she said.
Sandoval, 46, said she understood the frustration of Sanders supporters and defended their right to speak out, but she felt disappointed by their protest.
“The timing couldn’t be worse,” she said. “It’s a pivotal moment for women.”
Planned Parenthood Action Fund chief Cecile Richards has long history of friendship with the Clintons
Cecile Richards, a passionate advocate for women’s reproductive rights and head of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, will address the convention Tuesday, part of a lineup aimed at bashing Donald Trump’s record on women.
Richards will speak in between a video featuring insults Trump has lobbed at his female adversaries and appearances from Lena Dunham and America Ferrera, who have been vocal Clinton supporters helping with outreach to millennials.
Richards, 59, faced a firestorm of criticism last year after secretly recorded videos released by antiabortion activists claimed to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the “illegal trafficking of aborted fetal parts.”
The organization released a statement calling the videos heavily edited and part of a “smear campaign” against women’s reproductive rights.
Richards appeared before a Republican-controlled congressional oversight committee to defend the organization.
“Planned Parenthood has been in the news recently because of deceptively edited videos released by a group that is dedicated to making abortion illegal in this country,” Richards told the committee. “This is just the most recent in a long line of discredited attacks.”
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards defends her organization.
Ultimately, Planned Parenthood announced that it would continue harvesting fetal tissue for research purposes, but would no longer accept payments to reimburse their costs.
(The two antiabortion activists, David Daleiden, 27, and Sandra Merritt, 63, faced criminal charges, the last of which were dropped on Tuesday.)
Before joining Planned Parenthood, Richards was deputy chief of staff for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and founded a network of voter outreach and education organizations.
The Richards family has a long-running friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton.
In 1992 Richards’ mother, the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards, was rumored to be on the shortlist for potential running mates for Bill Clinton’s first presidential run, until she removed herself from consideration.
As Clinton faced impeachment over the Monica Lewinsky affair, Ann Richards said, “Clinton isn’t the first man I’ve had to forgive and he probably won’t be the last.”
The elder Richards lost a 1994 gubernatorial reelection fight to George W. Bush, who she famously said was “born with a silver foot in his mouth.”
When Ann Richards died in 2006 at the age of 73, the former president escorted her casket into the Texas state Capitol and called her “spontaneous, unedited, earthy, hilarious.”
Bernie Sanders supporters launched protest after Hillary Clinton was named the nominee
Just after Bernie Sanders asked the convention to name Hillary Clinton its nominee, dozens of Sanders supporters marched out of the convention hall and into one of the tents next door where members of the news media are working.
Cameras and reporters surrounded the protesters, who chanted “This is what democracy looks like!” and “We are the people!” Many of them sat on the floor of the tent in silence as they defied Sanders’ call to support Clinton.
Sandra Williams, 54, a Washington delegate, said Sanders supporters felt dismissed and vilified. “All along the way, we’ve been treated like what we had to say and how we felt didn’t matter,” she said.
Williams complained that the convention was “already a done deal” when delegates arrived. Asked why Clinton shouldn’t get the nomination after winning the popular vote and more pledged delegates, she said, “that’s up for debate,” citing allegations of voting problems during the primary.
It was Williams’ first time at a convention.
“I hate politics immensely. The only reason I stepped into politics is because I was so impressed by Bernie Sanders,” she said. “I will never ever do this again.”
Another protester, Majid Al-Bahadli, 49, was serving for his third time as a delegate from Washington at a Democratic convention.
He said tensions were running high on Tuesday,
“Bernie lit a fire in our hearts,” he said. “You can’t just turn the light off, you can’t – not even if you have just a small ember.”
Al-Bahadli castigated the Democratic Party for the “hypocrisy” of courting big donations.
“It’s all corrupted – all corrupted,” he said. “We don’t want to be part of this process in any way.”
Your peek inside the convention hall
Times photographers are capturing the important moments on the floor of the Democratic National Convention.
A symbol in the hall
New interim DNC Chairwoman Donna Brazile has a long history with the Clintons and presidential politics
Following the resignation of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, interim party Chair Donna Brazile is taking over some of the duties, including addressing the convention delegates Tuesday night.
She is vice chairwoman of the DNC for voter registration and participation, and will now replace Wasserman Schultz as interim chair through the election.
Over the weekend, as controversy swirled around a trove of leaked internal Democratic Party emails, Brazile tried to calm tensions between Bernie Sanders supporters and those of Hillary Clinton.
Appearing on CNN and ABC, Brazile said she had personally gone to the Sanders campaign to apologize for the emails.
“I think the allegations, the emails, the insensitivity, the stupidity needs to be addressed and we are going to address it,” Brazile said.
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Brazile called some of the words in the emails “harsh” and “toxic.”
Brazile is a veteran Democratic strategist who has worked on presidential campaigns since the 1970s, including Bill Clinton’s campaigns in 1992 and 1996.
In 2000, Brazile served as Al Gore’s campaign manager.
But Brazile has not shied away from straight talk when it comes to the Clintons. In 2008, after Bill Clinton was criticized for attacking Barack Obama as he campaigned for his wife in the heated primary, Brazile cautioned that his statement “sounds like sour grapes” and that the former president “shouldn’t take out all his pain on Barack Obama.”
Watch from the convention floor: Bernie Sanders backs Hillary Clinton
I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules ... and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee.
— Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaking during the roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention
From the delegates: ‘Hillary has my back and my future’
“Hillary is a person I can trust. Hillary has my back and my future. I tell people that because she will protect Social Security, Medicare, public education ... which I think is an issue for all of us,” said retired elementary school teacher Jimmie Woods-Gray, 74, of South Central L.A.
Just like 8 years ago
Hillary Clinton officially becomes the Democratic Party nominee for president. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide.
Sen. Bernie Sanders with the Vermont delegation
Democratic roll call nears its climactic end, and Bernie Sanders joins the Vermont delegation
Former Sen. Tom Harkin teaches the DNC sign language
Twenty-six years to the day after the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed, Democrats opened the second day of their national convention with a focus on the rights of disabled Americans.
Former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin came out to teach the DNC audience how to say “America” in sign language, waving his hands in a circle.
“It is a beautiful sign. Think about it, we are all together, no one is left out in this constant circle of life that is America,” he said.
“That is the America that we all want. Disabled and nondisabled alike, it is the beautiful America that Hillary Clinton will fight for, for every person,” he said.
On Monday Democrats heard disabled rights activist Anastasia Somoza speak early in the day to attack Donald Trump for his comments he made mocking New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.
“Donald Trump has shown us who he really is, and I honestly feel bad for anyone with that much hate in their heart,” she said. “Donald Trump doesn’t see me, he doesn’t hear me, and he definitely doesn’t think for me.”
This post has been updated. A previous version said Harkin taught the crowd to say “circle” in sign language. In fact he taught them how to say “America.”
Democrats make history by nominating Hillary Clinton for president
Hillary Clinton just made history as the first woman ever nominated to lead a major party ticket into the fall campaign for president. She easily topped her sole rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, in a roll-call vote of states at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
During the raucous vote, the anger that suffused the convention’s opening day seemed to fade, at least inside the hall.
Watch Barbara Mikulski and John Lewis officially nominate Hillary Clinton
Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Rep. John Lewis of Georgia nominate Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide.
U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland officially nominated Hillary Clinton on Tuesday.
Lewis, who in the 1960s marched alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the fight for equal rights for blacks, was a staunch supporter of Clinton throughout the Democratic primary.
Mikulski was first elected to the House in 1977 before she became the first female Democrat to win election to the Senate in 1986. She is the longest-serving female senator and is retiring.
Delegate voices: ‘Finally, finally it’s happening!’
Ruth Musser-Lopez, 63, of Needles, Calif., was rushing through the California delegation seating area, shaking hands and hugging random people.
“Finally, finally it’s happening!” she said, tears streaming down her face.
Musser-Lopez said she didn’t believe it would really happen until Gov. Jerry Brown read the vote tally.
“I was so nervous. Oh, no, is this whole group all going to just turn to Bernie today? Is this going to melt in front of my eyes and Hillary is not going to be nominated? What if that could happen? And then it did not happen and all the Hillary people came out and the room is full. It’s fantastic,” Musser-Lopez said.
“It’s the most historic event of the century, of two centuries. A woman for president! A woman for president!” Musser-Lopez said.
Convention journal: ‘It’s a scary time for people of color like myself’
At last, air conditioning.
This week’s pro-Bernie Sanders street protests in the insane heat had beaten me down, so I wandered into an event called “Truth to Power” where some of the powerful had come to speak.
The voting advocacy nonprofit Rock the Vote has sponsored a three-day pop-up event in a Philly art gallery, which was billed as a space for activists and artists “to elevate and illuminate the most pressing issues facing young people today.” But compared with the ragtag Sanders protest scene outside, it was a jolt.
Here be Democrats. Career ones.
Larry Sanders emotionally casts his vote for little brother Bernie Sanders
Larry Sanders casts his delegate vote for his brother at the Democratic National Convention. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide
An emotional Larry Sanders cast a vote for his younger brother, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, invoking the memory of their parents, Eli and Dorothy Sanders.
“They did not have easy lives and they died young,” he said. “... They loved the New Deal of Franklin Roosevelt and would be especially proud that Bernard is renewing that vision. It is with enormous pride that I cast my vote for Bernie Sanders.”
Bernie Sanders was brought to tears as he watched from his seat.
‘It’s all over, folks. Thanks for coming’
Women couldn’t vote when this 102-year-old was born. She just witnessed Clinton make history
Geraldine Jerry Emmett was born six years before American women received the right to vote with the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.
On Tuesday night, she was an honorary member of Arizona’s delegation at the Democratic National Convention, and she cast the state’s votes for Hillary Clinton, the first female candidate for a major political party.
She joyously called her “the next president of the United States.”
In an interview, Emmett said, “I feel wonderful but I cried after talking. I said God let me live long enough to live through the convention. I was so happy when they asked me to make the speech.”
Emmett says the first vote she cast was for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She’s been a longtime supporter of Hillary Clinton, and started a fan club for her before Bill Clinton was elected president.
A who’s who of California politicians at the Democratic convention
Some of the California politicians present for the roll-call vote:
- California Atty Gen. Kamala Harris
- California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León
- Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon of Lakewood
- California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
- Rep. Barbara Lee of Oakland
- Rep. Karen Bass of Los Angeles
- Rep. Julia Brownley of Westlake Village
- Sen. Isadore Hall of Compton
- Sen. Ben Allen of Santa Monica
- Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of Echo Park
- Assemblyman Luis Alejo of Salinas
California delegation gets revved up ahead of roll-call vote
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Rep. Jackie Speier: ‘We are defying gravity’
Rep. Jackie Speier of Hillsborough, Calif., has had the words of the song ‘Defying Gravity’ stuck in her head all day as she thinks about a woman receiving the nomination from a major political party for the first time.
“What’s happening this week is we are defying gravity,” she said. “It is a truly significant moment in time.”
Speier said she heard Broadway performer Idina Menzel perform the song from “Wicked” at the Democratic National Convention event Tuesday.
Speier brought her 22-year-old daughter, Stephanie Sierra, along to Philadelphia and canceled her participation on a panel about influential women so they could physically be on the convention floor together to witness the roll call.
“I want to imbue in her and all young women that they have so much at stake, not just in this convention but in this election, and they have to speak up,” Speier said.
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Rep. John Lewis and Sen. Barbara Mikulski set to officially nominate Hillary Clinton
A civil rights icon, the longest-serving woman in Congress and an Iraq war veteran are set to officially nominate Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee.
U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland will be joined by Na’ilah Amaru in officially nominating Clinton on Tuesday night, according to her campaign.
The historic moment at the Democratic National Convention will mark the first time a woman will hold the title of presidential nominee of a major party.
Lewis, who in the 1960s marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in the fight for equal rights for blacks, was a staunch supporter of Clinton throughout the Democratic primary.
Mikulski, who was first elected to the House in 1977 before moving over to the Senate in 1987, has been lauded by Clinton for her work in Congress. The two served together when Clinton was in the Senate from 2001 to 2009.
Amaru, according to the campaign, won an online contest among supporters and is an immigrant and adjunct professor who served in Iraq. She was adopted by a lesbian couple.
California’s Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer expected to make a case for Hillary Clinton tonight at the convention
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Barbara Boxer will both speak during prime time tonight from the convention stage.
Pelosi is working on winning the 30 seats Democrats need to regain control of the U.S. House. She’ll speak for the Democratic women serving in the House, starting shortly after the roll call ends tonight.
Boxer, who has known presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton for decades, is expected to make the case for why the country should support her longtime friend and colleague.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a prominent ally of the Clintons, to speak after historic roll call
Terry McAuliffe, whose roles over the last two decades span from prolific fundraiser to now the governor of Virginia, has long been a close confidant of the Clintons.
During Bill Clinton’s time in the White House, it was McAuliffe who darted around the country diving into the pockets of wealthy donors for the president. In a 1999 New York Times profile, McAuliffe boasted of having raised about $275 million for Clinton during his two terms.
And his support for the political ambitions of Hillary Clinton has been just as strong. He helped raise money for her 2000 New York U.S. Senate race, and served as campaign chairman for her 2008 presidential bid.
On Tuesday, McAuliffe will address the Democratic National Convention after its roll-call vote, which will mark a historic moment as Hillary Clinton becomes the fist woman to become a major-party nominee.
The prime speaking spot ensures that McAuliffee will be — as he often has been — at the center of a special moment for the Clintons.
For all his support of their political ambitions, the Clintons have offered their unyielding support of his own political career. The Clintons were key figures in helping him become chairman of the Democratic National Committee for a brief stint.
And in 2013, when McAuliffe ran for Virginia governor, Bill and Hillary Clinton held fundraisers and hit the campaign trail for their friend, who narrowly won the open race against Ken Cuccinelli, then the state’s attorney general.
Recently, McAuliffe, whose swing state has 13 electoral votes, has come under intense scrutiny for campaign contributions to his gubernatorial campaign. Federal investigators are probing whether he received illegal contributions from a foreign national. McAuliffe has told reporters he’s “shocked” by the ongoing investigation and has denied any wrongdoing.
When asked by reporters in May if the probe would affect Hillary Clinton’s campaign, he said it would not.
“I don’t think it will affect Hillary Clinton at all,” McAuliffe said at the time, adding, “It won’t affect me at all. If you haven’t done anything wrong what should you be worried about?”
What will it take to get voters to trust Clinton? Campaign chair John Podesta has a plan
It is well known that one of the biggest struggles the Hillary Clinton campaign faces is getting voters to trust her. The electorate has serious reservations about Clinton’s honesty.
Campaign chairman John Podesta talked to reporters Tuesday about the campaign’s efforts to put them at ease.
“She doesn’t like hearing it but she hears that people have issues with her,” Podesta said at a lunch hosted by the Wall Street Journal. “Sometimes it is hard to hear. Sometimes it is hard to even understand.” The campaign is hopeful that once voters’ memories are refreshed about all she has been involved in — things other than investigations into her email server and response to the Benghazi attacks — their views will change.
“What we’re going to do is lay out in our convention why people can trust her to do what she’s been doing her whole life, which is to fight for women and families,” Podesta said. Then he quoted Tim Kaine. “He said if you really want to know something about a politician, look at what their causes were before they got into politics,” Podesta said. “Were they passionate about something they stuck with?”
The campaign has been working to reintroduce the passionate side of Clinton since she entered the race. But will the guarded, wonky approach she takes to campaigning be an impediment against her unpredictable and theatrical rival?
Podesta acknowledged that when it comes to Donald Trump’s style, “some people like it. It works on reality TV.” But ultimately, he said, it is not the style voters are going to choose for the job of commander in chief.
“Having a temperament that is quick to anger, discounts study, is impetuous, [has] probably never been thought of before as a qualification for putting your finger on the nuclear codes,” Podesta said. “While it has certain appeal for certain people who are entertained by him, I think it is quite dangerous.”
What’s at stake in the Democratic and Republican family feuds — and why it matters
If nothing else, the opening day of the Democratic National Convention showed that family feuds are not solely the province of the Republican Party.
Party stalwarts arrived onstage only to be treated dismissively — loudly so — by many of the delegates. That followed a second day of protests by supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, the second-place finisher, who was booed by many of his own backers for suggesting they should cast their November ballots for the winner, Hillary Clinton.
That followed Florida delegates yelling at the party’s outgoing chairwoman, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, on Monday morning, contributing to her decision to cancel her convention appearances.
“Brothers and sisters, this is the real world that we live in,” Sanders had implored his supporters as they booed.
Real world or not, it should come as no shock after the campaign season America has witnessed that chaos has been visited upon both political parties as they seek to put their best faces forward in four-day television extravaganzas.
But the lines of division are not the same in each party.
Sanders tells California delegates it’s ‘easy to boo’ but harder to stop Trump
Sen. Bernie Sanders made an unscheduled stop by the California delegation’s breakfast Tuesday in an effort to calm some of the most active disrupters in the convention center.
“As goes California, so goes America, so I know that you know that you have an enormous responsibility and in many ways you are living up to that responsibility,” Sanders said.
Throughout Monday’s speeches at the convention dozens of Sanders delegates around the arena booed any mention of Hillary Clinton’s name. By the end of the evening, many of those still shouting — including over Sanders’ speech — were in the California seating section.
“We must stay focused on the major concerns of the American people and in the process have the guts to say yes, we are going to transform this country,” he said.
Sanders said that means working to elect Clinton.
Some delegates began to boo and yell over him, but Sanders raised his voice to be heard.
“It is easy to boo, but it’s harder to look your kids in the face who would be living under Donald Trump,” Sanders said. “Trump is the worst candidate for president in the modern history of this country.”
Victoria Thompson, 56, of Citrus Heights, said she was glad Sanders came to speak to delegates, but she’s