Feeling the Bern: Photos of 4-Mile Long Border Wall Around DNC Convention

There will be no bridges being built in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention this year.  Instead, a four-mile wide, eight foot tall border wall will surround the compound to prevent commoners from entering the premises.  

Surely this will keep out the thousands of angry Bernie Sanders supporters who feel as though the system was rigged against them since the beginning.

Here is The Full DNC Schedule

The following 2016 Democrat Convention speaker agenda has been provided by the Democratic National Committee and is subject to change. The convention, being held in Philadelphia, starts Monday and concludes Thursday.

Program Hours (all Eastern Time):
Monday, July 25th - 4:00 PM Start Time
Tuesday, July 26th - 4:30 PM Start Time
Wednesday, July 27th - 4:30 PM Start Time
Thursday, July 28th - 4:30 PM Start Time 

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Monday, July 25th

Start: 4:00 PM ET

Pam Livengood

Pam and her family of Keene, NH have been personally affected by the growing substance abuse epidemic and are guardians for their grandson because of their daughter’s struggle with addiction. Pam raised the issue with Hillary while participating at a round-table during the first trip to New Hampshire.

Karla & Francisca Ortiz

Karla is an American citizen from Las Vegas, NV but her parents, including her mother, Francisca, are undocumented and live in fear of deportation. Karla met Hillary Clinton in Nevada and was featured in the campaign ad, Brave. 

Anastasia Somoza

Anastasia of New York, NY, along with her twin sister, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia when she was born and is an advocate for Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Anastasia interned for Hillary Clinton in her U.S. Senate office and on the 2000 campaign for senate. Anastasia first met President Bill Clinton in 1993 at a town hall meeting for kids. 

DREAMer Astrid Silva

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren 

Senator Bernie Sanders

First Lady Michelle Obama

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Tuesday

Start time: 4:30 ET

Kate Burdick

Kate, originally from Philadelphia, PA,  is a staff attorney at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia.

Anton Moore

Anton, from Philadelphia, PA, founded and runs a nonprofit community group that strives to bring awareness and educate youth on gun violence.

Dustin Parsons

Dustin, from Little Rock, Arkansas,  is currently a fifth grade teacher at an elementary school in his home state.

Students from Eagle Academy

As a senator, Hillary Clinton supported the creation of the Eagle Academy to educate at-risk youth in New York City. Eagle Academy was featured in the ad Came Through during the New York primary.

Joe Sweeney

Joe, of New York, NY,  was a detective with the NYPD on September 11, 2001. When the towers were hit, he rushed down to the World Trade Center and began digging through the rubble for survivors.

Lauren Manning

Lauren was a former executive and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald. She is one of the most catastrophically wounded survivors of 9/11. Lauren battled single digit odds of survival, spending more than six months in the hospital and fought recovering through the next decade from an 82.5% total body burn. Lauren asked then Senator Hillary Clinton to support the injured and she has remained unflagging in her commitment and dedication.

Ryan Moore

Ryan, originally from South Sioux City, NE, has spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia dwarfism and has known Hillary Clinton since 1994 when his family came to Washington, DC for an event to advocate for health care reform. Brian Moore, Ryan’s father, lost his job when his employer was unwilling to cover treatment for Ryan’s health condition. Ryan has stayed in contact with Hillary ever since.

President Bill Clinton 

Mothers of the Movement

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Wednesday

Start time: 4:30 PM ET

Erica Smegielski

Erica’s mother Dawn was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary and was killed while trying to protect her students. Since then, Erica has become an outspoken advocate for commonsense gun violence prevention measures. Erica was featured in the ad, My Mom.

Felicia Sanders & Polly Sheppard

Felicia and Polly are two of the three survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, SC.

Jamie Dorff

Jamie’s husband was Patrick Dorff, an Army helicopter pilot from Minnesota who died while on a search and rescue mission in northern Iraq. As a senator, Hillary worked with Republicans and Democrats to increase the gratuity paid to family members of fallen veterans from $12,000 to $100,000.

Vice President Joe Biden

President Barack Obama

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Thursday

Start time: 4:30 PM ET

Beth Mathias

Beth works two jobs and her husband works the nightshift at a factory in Ohio. Hillary met Beth at a roundtable in Marion.


Jensen Walcott & Jake Reed

Jensen was fired from her job at a pizza restaurant in Bonner Springs, KS for asking her boss why she was paid 25 cents less than her male co-worker and friend, Jake. After Jensen and Jake’s story came to light, Hillary tweeted “Good for you, Jensen. Every woman deserves equal pay, no matter what her age. Keep up the hard work—and courage!”


Khizr Khan

Khizr Khan’s son, Humayun S. M. Khan was a University of Virginia graduate and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Khan was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving the United States in the ten years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Clinton spoke extensively about Kahn during a speech in Minneapolis.

Chelsea Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Big Time Cruz Donors Are Jumping Ship, "Profoundly Disappointed"

Ted Cruz's life-long career as a politician may be in jeopardy.  After his stunt at last week's Republican convention, a mutiny has erupted among key supporters and donors of the once famed Texas senator. 

According to a statement released by businessman and key Cruz donor Robert Mercer, Cruz's speech was profoundly disappointing.  He also ripped Cruz and called his speech "both regrettable and revealing."

Last summer and again this year, Sen. Ted Cruz pledged to support the candidacy of the nominee of the Republican Party, whomever that nominee might be. We are profoundly disappointed that on Wednesday night he chose to disregard this pledge.

Robert and his daughter Rebekah Mercer donated over $11 million to Cruz-affiliated super PACs supporting his presidential campaign.

Politifact Holds Hillary Accountable For Suggesting Pence 'Slashed' Education Budget in Indiana

When Hillary Clinton was introducing her running mate Sen. Tim Kaine in Miami on Saturday, she offered a condemnation of his Republican counterpart Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. Among her litany of criticism, was the claim that Pence "slashed" education funding in his state.

"While Mike Pence slashed education funding in Indiana and gave more tax cuts to the wealthiest, Tim Kaine cut his own salary and invested in education from pre-K through college and beyond," she said.

Hold up, says Politifact.

Indiana has not "slashed" education funding under Pence’s leadership. In fact, it’s been on the rise every year since Pence took office in 2013 - and they offer a graph to prove it.

Not adjusting for inflation, Indiana state spending for K-12 and higher education combined hit record highs in 2014 through the current year, according to data compiled by Larry DeBoer, a professor of agricultural economics at Indiana’s Purdue University.

Pence did cut individual educational investments, but the state spending increased. Even more awkward, education spending under Kaine actually decreased.

Politifact was generous and only rated Clinton's claim False.

Here is the DNC Schedule For Monday

The following 2016 Democrat Convention speaker agenda has been provided by the Democratic National Committee and is subject to change. The convention, being held in Philadelphia, starts Monday and concludes Thursday. Below is the agenda for Monday, July 25, 2016.
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Program hours: 4:00 PM Start Time

Location: Wells Fargo Arena


Pam Livengood

Pam and her family of Keene, NH have been personally affected by the growing substance abuse epidemic and are guardians for their grandson because of their daughter’s struggle with addiction. Pam raised the issue with Hillary while participating at a round-table during the first trip to New Hampshire.

Karla & Francisca Ortiz

Karla is an American citizen from Las Vegas, NV but her parents, including her mother, Francisca, are undocumented and live in fear of deportation. Karla met Hillary Clinton in Nevada and was featured in the campaign ad, Brave. 

Anastasia Somoza

Anastasia of New York, NY, along with her twin sister, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia when she was born and is an advocate for Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Anastasia interned for Hillary Clinton in her U.S. Senate office and on the 2000 campaign for senate. Anastasia first met President Bill Clinton in 1993 at a town hall meeting for kids. 

DREAMer Astrid Silva

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren 

Senator Bernie Sanders

First Lady Michelle Obama

Watch: Young, Intellectual Republican Women Organize to Support Clinton

There is a group of young Republican women who have decided that Hillary Clinton would be a better choice for president than Donald Trump.  

"We are Republican women for Hillary," said Meghan Milloy, head financier of the American Action Forum.  "We really do support Hillary's experience, her leadership, and a lot of her principles that she has shown during her tim e in office and her time in the State Department."

She went on to say that Trump is too much of a protectionalist and isolationist.  

For those young, conservative millennial women who are on the fence, Republican Women for Hillary is a great alternative, Milloy says.  

Turmoil: DNC Kicks Off Amid Controversy and Division, Party Chairwoman Ousted

Much has been made of the lack of party cohesion on the Republican side of the aisle, a reality underscored by the events of last week: An acrimonious floor fight, a primetime speaker refusing to endorse the nominee and being booed off the stage, and the nominee dredging up insane conspiracies while vowing to exact retribution on several former primary competitors. And internal polling numbers like this must give RNC officials indigestion. Hillary Clinton's campaign is seeking to sow further discord, releasing this video highlighting clip after clip of GOP officials -- including several stalwart Trump allies -- disavowing and condemning various statements by the man who was crowned in Cleveland last Thursday:

Trump's campaign has sought to play up how unified the party is by noting how much applause the nominee received from delegates during his acceptance speech. This is...interesting:

But if the media had plenty of storylines about a fractured and infighting Republican Party to cover last week, similar material abounds among Democrats.  As Christine reported yesterday, party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was ousted as the presiding officer of the convention; the DNC email hack scandal seems to have sped the arrival of her long-awaited and imminently-expected demise in her current role.  She is now out, effective after the convention.  I wonder if she regrets this trolling of RNC chairman Reince Priebus last week.  Oops:  

Heh.  Among other things, the leaked emails prove that Democratic officials were actively hostile to Bernie Sanders' campaign from the very beginning.  They provide smoking gun proof that the powers that be at least partially rigged the system, deliberately stacking the deck against him.  Many Sanders supporters have expressed outrage online, with Sanders' campaign manager pointing out that even if the Clinton camp is correct that the Russians are actively aiding Trump's campaign (which is not totally far-fetched, actually), that still doesn't change the substance of the newly-revealed messages.  The Vermont Socialist himself is once again declining to make hey of a damaging story, confirming that he was never really serious about beating Hillary:

I'll leave you with a new development from that other, more serious, email-related controversy:

The State Department says the email chains in question would cause "exceptionally grave damage to national security if publicly released." Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton cannot stop lying about the scandal.  So, to recap:

Oof: Watch Debbie Wasserman Schultz Get Booed Off Stage

Yesterday was not a good day for former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and it looks like things aren't going to get any better any time soon. At a breakfast for Florida delegates attending the Democratic National Convention, Wasserman Schultz was loudly booed off stage as she addressed the crowd.

Ouch.

...That's not exactly a home-state welcome.

Wasserman Schultz is up for reelection this year and faces a stiff primary challenge in Tim Canova. Florida's primary elections are held on August 30.

Donald Trump To Do A Reddit AMA On Wednesday

Republican nominee Donald Trump will host an "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) session on Reddit this Wednesday. The post will go live at 6:30 p.m. and Trump will begin answering questions at 7:00 p.m. The AMA will be hosted on the subreddit r/The_Donald, a pro-Trump forum which has done AMAs with other noteworthy Trump supporters.

In an AMA, Reddit users are permitted to ask the person leading the thread literally anything, and nothing is off limits. President Barack Obama did an AMA during the leadup to the 2012 election, and Sen. Rand Paul did one as well.

Reddit's userbase generally skews to the left, but there are a number of pro-Trump subreddits. It will be interesting to see if this AMA goes well or is "hijacked" by people who do not support Trump.

So, DNC's Interim Chair Was Also Implicated in WikiLeaks Emails

With Debbie Wasserman Schultz out as DNC chair effective after the convention because of leaked emails showing her bias against Bernie Sanders in the primary process, DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile was named as her interim replacement. But there’s just one problem with that. Brazile was also implicated in the WikiLeaks emails as well. 

And another one: 

Rep. Marcia Fudge was named as the permanent chair of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week.

Brazile will serve as interim chair through the election. 

'Stronger Together': DNC Protests Already Surpass Those at the RNC

Remember how the Democrats couldn’t wait to point out the apparent division at last week’s Republican National Convention – reaching a boiling point after Sen. Ted Cruz failed to endorse GOP nominee Donald Trump during his speech? Well, the joke is on the DNC. The Democrats haven’t even officially begun their convention, and already thousands of protesters are lining the streets of Philadelphia to decry the Democratic National Committee’s “rigged” primary system that offered Bernie Sanders no shot at the nomination.

A new WikiLeaks dump on Friday proved that the DNC was out to get Sanders' campaign. The whistleblower group released 20,000 emails from the DNC that shows hostility between DNC leadership and Sanders' staff. Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz even called one Sanders aide “scummy” in one of the hacked emails. As a result, Schultz is resigning her post at the end of the week.

With this disunity in context, Sanders supporters are bringing their message to the convention’s front door. On Sunday, thousands of people, presumably angry progressives, marched through Philadelphia chanting, "Hell No, DNC, we won't vote for Hillary." 

The RNC finished with only a couple dozen arrests. I have a feeling the tally won’t be so conservative this week.

Trump Takes National Lead After Convention

After the Republican National Convention, GOP nominee Donald Trump has taken the lead over rival Hillary Clinton in a national poll released Monday morning.

Trump is now ahead of Clinton in both a two-way matchup and a four-way matchup.

Donald Trump comes out of his convention ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, topping her 44% to 39% in a four-way matchup including Gary Johnson (9%) and Jill Stein (3%) and by three points in a two-way head-to-head, 48% to 45%. That latter finding represents a 6-point convention bounce for Trump, which are traditionally measured in two-way matchups.

This is the best Trump has polled against the former secretary of state in a CNN/ORC survey since September 2015, and this has much to do with the increase in support he received among independents, 43 percent of whom said that after the convention they’d be more willing to back him.

But he also fared better in terms of favorability, personal image, and his ability to manage important issues.  

Beyond boosting his overall support, Trump's favorability rating is also on the rise (46% of registered voters say they have a positive view, up from 39% pre-convention), while his advantage over Clinton on handling top issues climbs. He now holds double-digit margins over Clinton as more trusted on the economy and terrorism. Trump also cut into Clinton's edge on managing foreign policy (50% said they trusted her more, down from 57% pre-convention).

The convention also helped Trump make strides in his personal image. A majority (52%) now say Trump is running for president for the good of the country rather than personal gain, just 44% say the same about Clinton. He's increased the share who call him honest and trustworthy (from 38% to 43%), and who would be proud to have him as president (from 32% to 39%). And nearly half now say he's in touch with the problems ordinary Americans face in their daily lives (46% say so, 37% did before the convention).

Despite Democratic criticism of the Republican convention's message as divisive, the percentage who say Trump will unite the country rather than divide it has increased to 42%, compared with 34% pre-convention.

The survey of 1,001 adults was conducted between July 22-July 24.

Suicide Bomber in Germany Was 27-Year-Old Syrian Migrant

UPDATE: ISIS has claimed responsibility.

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The suicide bomber who blew himself up at a music festival in Ansbach, Germany on Sunday was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum in Germany back in 2015, yet was permitted to stay in the country and was provided an apartment to live in due to the current situation in Syria.

Twelve people were injured in the attack, which occurred late Sunday evening. The bomber was the only fatality, although officials say the backpack bomb he carried had the potential to kill many people. The bomber ignited the bomb when he was not allowed in to the music festival when he did not have a ticket.

A failed asylum seeker from Syria killed himself and injured 12 other people after setting off a bomb near an open-air music festival in the German city of Ansbach, officials say.

Bavaria's interior minister said the 27-year-old man detonated a backpack device after being refused entry to the festival in the southern city.

About 2,500 people were evacuated from the venue after the explosion.

It is the third attack in the state of Bavaria in a week.

Three of the 12 people injured are in serious condition.

Two Dead, 17 Injured After Shooting at Florida Nightclub

At least two people were killed and as many as 17 others have been injured at a shooting that took place early Monday morning at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida.

The attack was at Club Blu during a “swimsuit glow party” that was for teenagers. One of the reported victims was 12-year-old Cherly Garn, according to Lee Memorial Health System, WINK reports.

Police have detained three people, but they are “actively canvassing the area looking for other persons who may be involved in this incident," a statement reads.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

Obama’s Half-Brother Is Ready To Make America Great Again

Well, if you want something to chuckle at for a bit, there’s this story from The New York Post that wrote about President Obama’s half-brother who is ready to Make America Great Again. That’s right–Malik Obama plans to vote for Donald Trump in November, citing his brother’s disappointing leadership, his support for traditional marriage, and the FBI’s refusal to file criminal charges against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over her private email system, where she and her staff were noted to be “extremely careless” in the safeguarding of classified material. He claims to be registered in Maryland (via NY Post):

“I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart,” Malik Obama told The Post from his home in the rural village of Kogelo [in Kenya]. “Make America Great Again is a great slogan. I would like to meet him.”

Obama, 58, a longtime Democrat, said his “deep disappointment” in his brother Barack’s administration has led him to recently switch allegiance to “the party of Lincoln.”

The last straw, he said, came earlier this month when FBI Director James Comey recommended not prosecuting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private e-mail servers while secretary of state.

“She should have known better as the custodian of classified information,” said Obama.

He’s also annoyed that Clinton and President Obama killed Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, whom he called one of his best friends.

[…]

“I feel like a Republican now because they don’t stand for same-sex marriage, and that appeals to me,” he said.

Obama believes strongly in the institution of marriage — so strongly that he has at least three current wives, although press reports have put the number as high as 12.

[…]

Obama plans to trek back to the US to vote for Trump in November. Obama used to live in Maryland, where he worked for many years as an accountant and is registered to vote there, public records show.

The NY Post reported that Malik even has a “Make America Great Again” hat. So, a man who has A LOT of wives (but supports the institution marriage), and called a dictator his friend, is backing Trump. I tell you, some of the endorsement the billionaire picks up are noting sort of astonishing, if not downright colorful. Regardless, whether it’s beneficial or detrimental, Trump decided to weigh in on the matter on Twitter, suggesting family strife was also at the heart of Malik’s decision.

Hillary Clinton Hires Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Hillary Clinton has hired soon-to-be-former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. DWS will resign from her position effective at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention. It was revealed that the DNC was effectively working to sabotage Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the Democratic primary, prompting calls for her to resign.

Clinton emailed supporters and said that Schultz would join the campaign as "honorary chair" of the 50-state program to ensure Democrats win elections nationwide. Wasserman Schultz will continue to serve as a Clinton surrogate.

Shameless.

Vermont's Democratic Delegation Replaced Two Members Because There Were Too Many Dudes

Damn due process and the votes of the people if gender balance is needed. That’s apparently the ethos behind why two male delegates from the Vermont’s Democratic delegation were axed to balance out those who will be descending into Philadelphia to formally nominate Hillary Clinton next week (via Associated Press):

complaint to the Democratic National Convention says two male Vermont delegates were replaced by women in the name of "gender balance" and without adequate due process.

The complaint, filed by 21 Vermont Democrats including 16 women, says the national party this month strong armed the state party to replace Vermont Sen. Tim Ashe and party stalwart Ken Dean, although Dean and Ashe were elected June 11. Dean is among the 21 complainants; Ashe is not.

The state delegation to the four-day convention that begins Monday in Philadelphia overwhelmingly supports Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president over presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

"The DNC's tactics were designed to strong-arm the Vermont Democratic Party: the party was ordered to act within 24 hours, the party was threatened with the loss of 5 delegate seats, the loss of hotel rooms and the password necessary for convention logistics," the complaint says. "The Vermont delegation was given no time to work together to explore other ways, other solutions, to abate the gender imbalance."

The credentials committee for the Democratic National Convention is expected to review the complaint Sunday. Gutting two male members in an affirmative action move on steroids so that the delegation could be more…gender balanced? Oh, this is definitely a Democratic Party convention.

Excuse Me, Congressman–George Wallace Was A Member Of The Democratic Party

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was discussing on ABC’s This Week how Donald Trump is dangerous to the country. He noted that not only are his positions worrisome, but his attacks on the press is another reason to be fearful.

“We do have the worst Republican nominee since George Wallace,” he declared. Ellison prefaced these remarks by saying he’s with Sen. Bernie Sanders concerning doing everything he can t defeat Trump come November.

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) was also on the panel and fact checked his colleague on Wallace’s party affiliation.

“Well, first I want to correct my friend. George Wallace was a proud Democrat and ran for the Democratic nomination. It was on that stage down there,” Cole said.

“Thank God he got rejected and lost,” replied Ellison.

Well, the fact of the matter is that this isn’t the first time Democrats have botched their won party history from Wallace to the roots of the Ku Klux Klan. Wallace was an avowed segregationist, though he later recanted and rejected his racist views later in life. The point is that when we have folks saying how Trump is going to bring about the End of Days—you need to step away from the table for a second. It won’t be the end of the world. It won’t be the death of the country. Even actor Tom Hanks knows that this narrative about Trump being inherently dangerous is ridiculous—and that’s a member of the Hollywood Left.

Moreover, it was a failed attempt to slide in a thinly veiled accusation that the Republican nominee is a racist. Now, one can certainly make that argument that he might be a racist; given his unnecessary week he wasted attacking Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is involved in the lawsuit over Trump University. The billionaire called for Curiel’s recusal since he’s of Mexican descent, though he was born in Indiana, which the Trump camp thought constituted a conflict of interest.

At the same time, the media was laser focused on those remarks, and therefore kept the spotlight on Trump. And that’s the thing that many Republicans, especially the Never Trump camp found so troubling about his candidacy. Trump’s not a Republican. He’s a loose cannon. And he’s simply not principled in his positions, whereas there were other candidates in the 2016 field that were who could easily defeat Clinton. Trump knows how the media works, he’s manipulated them throughout the primaries, and it could be that he made those remarks to keep the spotlight on him, no matter how odious the means were to accomplish that goal. There’s always something else with Trump. Case in point, look at what he did to Ted Cruz at the Republican National Convention. He knew Cruz wasn’t going to endorse. The Trump camp reportedly saw a copy of Ted’s remarks beforehand. Yet, he was allowed to speak because I think Trump suspected that Ted just couldn’t let things go. He knew he would implode. In many ways, the Texas senator and conservative firebrand is too smart for his own good—which is why some could speculate this was a perfect trap.

The Trump camp said that they wanted to be the bigger people in allowing Cruz to speak at the Convention. And when he refused to endorse, along with making some digs at the New York delegation, he totally destroyed himself. He was booed off the stage by some of the very people who were die-hard supporters, with many writing the epitaph for his political career.

So, yes, Trump may not be the best candidate—but he’s not George Wallace, and he’s always thinking ahead of the media curve (so far). So, let’s cut it with the misappropriating of party labels and the threats of doomsday with a Trump administration. Life will go on.

Oh, and as for Judge Curiel—he denied a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. So, expect Trump to say something about this soon.

Russian Athletes Will Be Allowed To Compete in Rio

On Sunday, the IOC decided against a blanket ban of all athletes representing Russia in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio. Instead, each sport's federation will decide whether or not Russian athletes will be permitted to compete in that discipline at the games.

Anti-doping officials requested the full ban of Russian athletes after a massive, state-run doping ring was uncovered.

The track and field teams, which were banned

from the Olympics last month, still remain banned.

The Rio games begin on August 5 and will continue through August 21.

This Tweet From DWS Mocking Reince Priebus Is Pretty Awkward Now

On Sunday, the eve of the Democratic National Convention, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued a statement saying that she would step down from her position following the conclusion of the convention. Earlier in the day, it was confirmed that she would no longer chair the convention. Her resignation comes after WikiLeaks leaked 20,000 emails showing that the DNC was essentially in the tank for Hillary Clinton the entire primary.

This, of course, makes this smug, in-your-face tweet from Wasserman Schultz last week during the RNC absolutely hilarious:

Perhaps the Dems should look into flying Reince out to Philadelphia to help smooth things over? After all, he managed to make it through his convention without being forced to step down.

The Democratic National Convention begins on Monday and continues through Thursday.

ICYMI: Rachel Maddow Had To Issue A Trigger Warning During Her RNC Coverage...Over Campaign Buttons

During her coverage of the Republican National Convention, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow issued a trigger warning for her viewers…over campaign buttons. She was also disconcerted about the calls for Clinton to be locked up. Various attendees at the convention wore Hillary for Prison t-shirts that was also problematic for Maddow. Is it really news to the MSNBC world the Republicans have an intense dislike for Clinton. No, actually the majority of voters either dislikes her or finds her untrustworthy. Unless you’re a Democrat, Clinton is not some darling who gets people motivated to vote for her. Again, if you’re a Democrat, you’re Hillary all the way—either from the start or very, very reluctantly now that Bernie Sanders has been decisively defeated. For the rest of us who hear her talk, we all want to trepan ourselves. Scott Whitlock of Newsbusters clipped the trigger warning, which, as always with these progressive political correctness types, wasn’t needed because we’re adults:

Clinton has been more the subject of this convention than Donald Trump has, thus far. I want to show you a little something that we shot earlier today. I will tell you that, some of our viewers, you’re not going to find this offensive. You may find it uncomfortable. And so, you may not want to look at this stuff. But these are some of the pins that are being sold at the venue, at the RNC venue in Cleveland. And you know, you always, at conventions, you always get sharp-edged stuff, particularly the merchandisers tend to compete with each other to see what they can produce that will one up one another. But from calling Hillary Clinton a bitch, to the KFC special referring to her breasts and thighs and left-wing and all of those other things. That's part of the merchandise of the RNC. We've also seen pre-printed signs saying “Hillary Clinton for prison.” We’ve seen calls from the stage that she ought to be in stripes, that she ought to be locked up. That’s been a chant throughout the convention proceedings thus far. We expect to see more of this tonight. But here's a taste of what it has been like. That part of the convention the last couple days.

Go on! Run to your safe spaces!

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Not Preside Over Democratic National Convention Due To Email Leak UPDATE: She's Stepping Down After The Convention

UPDATE: Debbie Wasserman Schultz will step down from her position as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee after the convention is over.

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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz will no longer preside over the Democratic National Convention after leaked emails showed that the organization discussed ideas over how to weaken Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during the primary process. Wasserman Schultz will also no longer speak at the convention.

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) was named the new permanent chair of the convention by the DNC Rules Committee.

Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Sanders called for Wasserman Schultz to "resign, period" and said that the DNC needs a new chairperson:

The Democratic National Convention begins on Monday, July 25, in Philadelphia.

Oof: Reporter Gets Caught Playing Pokemon Go At State Department Briefing

Pokémon Go, the insanely popular mobile app that gained instant fame when it debuted earlier this month, already has a long list of casualties. While trying to catch Pikachu, Jigglypuff and the like, players have been muggedfallen off cliffs, and even run into police cars. Now, the game is responsible for interrupting an important State Department briefing on the United States’ coalition against ISIS.

"You're playing the Pokémon thing right there, aren't you?,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby said to a reporter clearly enamored with his phone.

It might have been funny – if Kirby wasn’t in the middle of briefing the press on the Pentagon’s anti-terror efforts. Before the journalist’s interruption, Kirby informed them that the U.S. is committed to “launching international campaigns” and “accelerating global efforts” to combat ISIS’ vast online presence.

“Did you get one?” Kirby later asked the rude reporter, referring to his Pokémon hunt.

No,” the reporter said. “The signal is not very good.”

Only in 2016.

There Are Better Ways To Express Gratitude For Law Enforcement Than What This Illinois GOP Delegate Did

If you’re a delegate at the Republican National Convention, it’s probably good form not to post racist messages on social media. For Lori Gayne of the Illinois delegation, that advice was not heeded and the Illinois GOP promptly revoked her credentials once it was discovered she was the one that used racial slurs when commenting on the security situation in Cleveland (via Chicago Sun-Times):

The executive committee of the Illinois GOP party made the decision regarding Fifth Congressional District delegate Lori Gayne after party officials said she confirmed to them she was the author of the offending post, made under a different name.

[…]

The Republican National Convention welcome party was thrown Sunday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Gayne wrote, over a photo of law enforcement officials on the roof on the iconic building on the Lake Erie shore:

“Our brave snipers just waiting for some “N—- to try something. Love them.”

She used an abbreviation for the racial slur.

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Gayne offered her “deepest apologies” in a statement, saying, “I strongly regret the offensive statements I recently made on social media. While I in no way intended to make racist or threatening statements, I now realize that they could be interpreted that way.

“I have the deepest respect for members of law enforcement and know that they put their lives on the line every day. I made the offensive statements in my attempt to applaud their courage in the face of protests. But I now realize that my statements were ignorant and intolerant, and they cannot be justified.

“The statements do not reflect my character or feelings toward minorities. As a Jewish woman, I know that racism of any kind is unjustifiable and hurtful, even when it’s not intended. I also know that violence is never the answer to political disagreements.

“Not intended”? So, the n-word is not really racist if the person who uses it doesn’t have that intention? This lady isn’t playing with a full-deck. Moreover, being a Jewish woman, she has to know about the rise of anti-Semitism occurring on college campuses and around the world. But, besides that—this was totally inappropriate. There are other ways to express gratitude for law enforcement than saying they’re protecting us from black people.

Alas, the convention is over, but her state party made the right choice. As for the security situation in Cleveland it was very well organized. Nothing really happened regarding violence from protestors at the convention. Metal fences with concrete barriers behind them dotted the event area around the Quicken Loans Arena. There were also thousands of law enforcement officers, with National Guard units embedded with them. Nothing was going to get out of control.

Of Course, The Media Went Nuts Over Melania Trump's Plagiarism Fiasco, But Went Soft On Obama's Trip Up

The Republican National Convention is over, but that didn’t stop the media from going nuts over the plagiarism flap that marred the first night of events. Melania Trump delivered what was a very good speech on the first night of the convention. Yet, there were a couple paragraphs that looked and sounded very familiar. Why? It was because those passages were lifted from Michelle Obama’s 2008 address to the Democratic National Convention. Team Trump had tripped up, so the media blood sports began. As Guy noted, to make matters worse, it appears as if the original author of Michelle’s speech was a Clinton speechwriter.

The Big Three (ABC, NBC, and CBS), along with CNN, MSNBC, and Fox devoted 130 minutes of their morning coverage the following Tuesday (July 19) to this unforced error. While the morning coverage could’ve been centered on Patricia Smith’s, mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith, speech to the convention, where she slammed Clinton, blaming her for her son's death–the focus was about amateur hour in Trump world. The Media Research Center’s Rich Noyes and Mike Ciandella crunched the numbers:

The flap over Mrs. Trump's speech swamped all other convention topics, especially on cable. An examination of ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel coverage from 7am ET to 9am ET (a time when all six networks are providing live coverage) found 130 minutes devoted to Mrs. Trump's speech, or nearly one third of the available airtime.

CNN's New Day was the most zealous in covering the speech controversy, with 44 minutes, closely followed by MSNBC's Morning Joe, with 41 minutes (statistics are for the 7am to 9am ET hours only, although obviously there was much coverage both before and after those hours).

FNC's Fox & Friends showed more restraint, but still devoted 15 minutes to the story.

At the same time, the news media, specifically the Big Three, was predictably soft when then-Sen. Barack Obama lifted similar passages from speeches given by then-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (and in the video, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards) back in 2008:

Eight years ago, however, when a similar flap threatened then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, the broadcast networks generated much less coverage — just 14 minutes of airtime, or barely one-fourth what they’ve churned out this week.

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The first network coverage of Obama’s evident plagiarism appeared on Monday, February 18, 2008. Over the next day and a half, CBS produced only 2 minutes, 58 seconds of coverage, or less than one-eighth their total coverage of the Melania Trump flap.

NBC offered a nearly-identical amount of coverage — three minutes, exactly. The February 19, 2008 Today show included a long interview co-host Matt Lauer had conducted with Obama the day before, at the height of the controversy, but Lauer never asked Obama about his plagiarism.

ABC offered the most coverage, but also did the most to excuse Obama’s conduct. “Politicians steal slogans more often than comedians steal jokes,” correspondent David Wright argued on the February 18 World News.

The next morning, ABC’s Good Morning America hosted Governor Patrick for a three-and-a-half minute interview to say how delighted he was that Obama was borrowing his language. “Barack Obama’s candidacy is not only about words, it’s about really great ideas,” Patrick enthused. “I think that is the tremendous power of Barack Obama, and I’m neither surprised nor troubled that he used the words that I asked him to use of my own.”

Now, the MRC isn’t saying that this doesn’t deserve coverage. Of course, it does. What Noyes and Ciandella were noting is the amount of coverage on allegations of plagiarism from the wife of a presidential candidate, whereas an actual one, Obama, was barely scrutinized by the media when he was caught. It couldn’t possibly be because there’s a liberal media bias, right? (I’m being sarcastic of course).

Bonus: Here's Clinton calling him out during the 2008 primaries: