Donald Trump speaks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars conference at a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. July 26, 2016. CHARLOTTE—Addressing one of the nation’s largest veterans groups, Donald Trump sharply criticized rival Hillary Clinton as a politician who doesn’t care about the safety of American troops and would do no better as president. Speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention here, Trump accused Clinton and other Washington politicians of betraying a “sacred commitment” to care for the men and woman who have put their lives on the line protecting the United States.
Follow along with the Yahoo Politics team as we provide updates from the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. From the speeches to the protests and everything in between, this will be the go-to place for the latest news all week long.
The Democratic National Convention kicked off with a stormy — literally and figuratively — Monday in Philadelphia, with supporters of Bernie Sanders booing their own party’s chair and even Sanders himself early in the day. The New York Post reacted to the turmoil with the cover: “BERN IT DOWN.” But as the lineup of primetime speakers forged ahead, a little more unity seemed to be in the air. First Lady Michelle Obama in particular delivered a rousing speech on behalf of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, leading the Daily News to declare on its front page: “The Lady Is Her Champ.”
A young Japanese man went on a stabbing rampage Tuesday at a facility for the mentally disabled where he had been fired, officials said, killing 19 people months after he gave a letter to Parliament outlining the bloody plan and saying all disabled people should be put to death. When he was done, Kanagawa prefectural authorities said, 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu had left dead or injured nearly a third of the almost 150 patients at the facility in a matter of 40 minutes in the early Tuesday attack. The fire department said 25 were wounded, 20 of them seriously.
Donald Trump was not impressed by Cory Booker’s speech on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. “I love Donald Trump,” Booker said on CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday. Booker joked that he had been “feeling left out” after Trump’s attacks on his Senate colleagues John McCain and Elizabeth Warren.
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The Los Angeles County Fire Department says about 10,000 homes have been evacuated as crews protect mountain and canyon communities from a ferocious wildfire that’s destroyed 18 houses. Officials said late Sunday that the blaze had burned through at least 51 square miles of brush north of Los Angeles — but that number is expected to jump Monday when better assessment is done at daylight. The Fire Department’s incident web page says about 20,000 residents have been ordered from their homes.
A priest was killed and another person was seriously injured following an attack at a church in Normandy, France, where officials said police killed two hostage takers. Two armed men entered the church shortly before 10 a.m. local time, during morning mass, and took five people hostage at the church in a suburb of Rouen – located roughly 80 miles northwest of Paris – according to the Ministry of the Interior.
The news here, of course, is that the Democratic Party chairwoman, the much vilified Debbie Wasserman Schultz, stepped down after hacked emails revealed that she and her senior aides had been secretly entertaining ways to squelch Bernie Sanders’ primary rebellion. To me, what was shocking about those emails wasn’t that the party was in cahoots against Bernie (this seemed clear enough after he was forced to sue the Democratic National Committee for access to its voter files), but rather how much time the chairwoman and her senior aides seemed to have for reading stories and coming up with pointless schemes. For instance, during the primaries in West Virginia and Kentucky, DNC officials hatched a plan to expose Sanders as a closet atheist.
The first lady and Bernie Sanders give heartfelt speeches, and protests resume in Philadelphia. Yahoo News has enlisted participants at the Democratic National Convention representing different viewpoints and roles to file daily diary entries on their experiences in Philadelphia. Bernie supporters were chanting pro-Bernie, anti-Hillary sentiments on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Coming to you live every morning from Philadelphia, Unconventional is the one thing you need to read to understand what’s really happening at the Democratic National Convention. PHILADELPHIA — In back-to-back speeches Monday, America’s two most popular progressives — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — tried to unite the Democratic Party around the presumptive nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, after a rancorous, decorum-shattering session that saw delegates loyal to Sanders booing or chanting “Bernie! Bernie!” nearly every time Clinton’s name was mentioned.
The man himself tried to soothe the “Bern” at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night. Sen. Bernie Sanders delivered a rousing speech in which he implored the rebellious band of political revolutionaries who backed his presidential campaign to line up behind his former primary rival, Hillary Clinton. After several minutes of roaring applause, Sanders addressed the elephant in the room.
Ben Jealous, the former CEO and president of the NAACP, said Monday that the Democratic National Committee’s email leaks showed why its chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, should resign. “We can never again be allowed to have a Democratic Party whose top officials do such damage to their base,” Jealous told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. Based on messages included in a massive leaked email trove that some have linked to the Russian government, DNC officials were revealed last weekend to have been privately undermining Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign while publicly maintaining their impartiality.
There’s nothing that quickens the pulses of the Democratic faithful like a convention address by a Kennedy. The lore goes back to John F. Kennedy’s presidential acceptance speech in Los Angeles in 1960. In a preview of the sacrifices he would ask of the American people in his first inaugural address, Kennedy said, “The New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises — it is a set of challenges.
In an emotional, soaring and pointedly political speech on the first night of the Democratic National Convention tonight, first lady Michelle Obama braided together her case for her husband’s legacy, her support for the woman who is trying to succeed him and her repudiation of the man who is trying to defeat her. The role of a president, she said, is to create the future for the next generation, and it was that goal that guided Barack Obama’s presidency. Michelle Obama has not always felt this warmly about Hillary Clinton, who ran hard against Barack Obama in 2008.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren told Democratic delegates Monday night that the system is “rigged” against people who aren’t wealthy and that Donald Trump would make that worse if he is elected president. “People get it: The system is rigged,” Warren said at the Democratic National Convention. Warren, who frequently battles with Trump on the airwaves and on Twitter, accused the Manhattan developer of dividing up Americans in order to win votes.
The first Muslim elected to Congress warned Democrats on Monday that staying home in November would amount to a “surrender” to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his discriminatory agenda. Rep. Keith Ellison’s remarks came as he introduced Sen. Bernie Sanders here at the Democratic National Convention, a gathering marred by intra-party divisions between the unconventional Vermonter’s supporters and backers of the presumptive nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Ellison’s message may have been aimed at hardcore Sanders supporters, like some delegates to the convention who have booed almost every mention of Clinton’s name.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Donald Trump gleefully seized on party turmoil at the Democratic National Convention Monday, accusing Bernie Sanders of “folding” against rival Hillary Clinton, whom he attacked for using a “rigged” system to win the nomination. In his second campaign rally since becoming officially becoming the Republican presidential nominee, Trump recapped the drama that has overtaken Democrats in recent days, including leaked emails that suggested officials at the Democratic National Committee tried to undermine Sanders during the Democratic primary.
Standup comic Sarah Silverman, an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter during the Democratic primary campaign, told fractious Sanders supporters at the Democratic National Convention, “I am proud to be a part of Bernie’s movement, and a vital part of that moment is making sure Hillary Clinton is the next president of the United States.”
Cory Booker preached love and unity at the Democratic convention here Monday night, a message aimed not only at a divided country but also at a divided party. The New Jersey senator’s remarks, in a marquee slot just before a speech by first lady Michelle Obama, were a critique of the Republican claim to ownership over patriotic sentiment. “You can’t love your country without loving your countrymen and countrywomen,” Booker said.
In a rare instance of a politician reverse-résumé-polishing, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken in jest claimed a degree from Trump University — which never did grant degrees — at the Democratic National Convention Monday on night. Speaking on the first night of the convention, shortly before helping comedian Sarah Silverman introduce singer Paul Simon, Franken said he had a doctorate in “megalomania studies” from the Republican nominee’s namesake unaccredited business school. Trump University seems likely to play the same role at the DNC as “Benghazi” did last week for the Republicans: as shorthand for the lack of trustworthiness each party is trying to pin on the opposing candidate.
Karla Ortiz, an 11-year-old girl from Nevada, told the Democratic National Convention on Monday night that Hillary Clinton told her not to worry about her parents getting deported, because she would help. Ortiz, a U.S. citizen born in Las Vegas, was accompanied by her mother, Francisca Ortiz. Ortiz and Clinton met in February at a roundtable in Vegas, when the little girl told Clinton she was worried her parents would be deported.
Reporters were told to evacuate the Democratic National Convention’s media space on Monday as a violent storm rocked the tent enclosing it.
Boos and backlash over a new email scandal overshadowed the Democratic National Convention’s unity theme Monday, but once the event kicked off, delegates found a common cause to cheer: young singer Bobby Hill’s soaring rendition of the national anthem. “That was truly the voice of an angel,” actor Mark Wahlberg told Hill after hearing him perform an a cappella version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” for the pope.
One of the Democratic Party’s top fundraisers said Monday that the Democratic National Committee should fire its chief financial officer for suggesting in a leaked email that Bernie Sanders should be pressed on whether he is an atheist. “I think he should be fired,” Ben Barnes, a veteran Washington lobbyist and onetime protégé of President Lyndon Johnson, said in an interview with Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff about the controversial email sent by DNC chief financial officer Brad Marshall.