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.
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Philadelphia was the scene of political assemblies long before the Continental Congress issued the Declaration of Independence in 1776. In modern times, the city has played host to eight major party conventions since 1856.
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. Sen. Bernie Sanders (R) waves to the crowd after the Vermont delegation cast their votes during roll call on the second day of the DNC in Philadelphia, July 26, 2016. PHILADELPHIA — At first it was about him.
Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention late Tuesday was part grandfatherly musings, part nostalgic love story, part family history, part political memoir and entirely about portraying his wife as trustworthy, authentic and an agent of change for voters sick of the status quo. Republicans fearful of Hillary Clinton’s appeal used their convention to draw a “cartoon alternative” of her, he charged. “Cartoons are two-dimensional, they’re easy to absorb,” said Clinton.
The creator of “Girls,” Lena Dunham, and actress America Ferrera took to the stage here Tuesday night to tweak Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump about his views on women, a topic Democrats have been driving home for months in web and TV ads in an effort to increase Trump’s already high negative ratings with women voters heading into the general election. “Hi, I’m Lena Dunham, and according to Donald Trump, my body is probably like a 2,” said Dunham, who has been subjected to a huge amount of public body-shaming as part of her creative decision to appear nude on her show, despite the fact that she is not stick-thin. Trump has a history of publicly ranking women physically in radio remarks and used to own the Miss USA beauty pageant.
The roll calls at nominating conventions are a quadrennial joy, a chance for every state in the nation to brag about former and potential future presidents and products, from Pez to Gore-Tex. After a Republican convention whose highlights included the candidate’s children announcing the votes that put their father over the delegate threshold, it seemed the Democratic roll call might be overshadowed. In what was probably the most emotional moment of the roll call vote, Bernie Sanders’ brother Larry acknowledged their parents, ”who would be immensely proud of their son and his accomplishments.” Sanders, who lives in the United Kingdom, was speaking for the delegation of Democrats Abroad. Both Sanders brothers were failing in their attempts to hold back tears as Larry continued.
Nine black mothers who have lost children to gun violence vouched for Hillary Clinton during a criminal-justice section of Tuesday night’s DNC program. “Hillary Clinton isn’t afraid to say that black lives matter,” said Lucy McBath, whose 17-year-old son Jordan Davis was shot at a gas station in Florida. “She has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation,” said Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman in 2012.
Twenty-eight years ago, then-Texas Gov. Ann Richards charmed the Democratic Party from the 1988 convention podium, as she taunted the new Republican nominee. “Donald Trump has called women ‘fat pigs’ and ‘dogs’,” she said. Well, Mr. Trump, come this November, women are going to be a lot more than an inconvenience.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric and Yahoo National Political Columnist Matt Bai are joined by Politico's Mike Allen at the Democratic National Convention. The three discuss former President Bill Clinton’s speech and the second day of the DNC as a whole.
Her brother was born the year Arizona became a state. “I’m feeling wonderful right now,” Emmett told Yahoo News after her vote, as the states’ roll call continued. The roll call would conclude with Clinton being selected as the first major-party female presidential nominee.
Ahead of their appearance tonight at the Democratic National Convention, the mothers of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown spoke to Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sits down with actor and political activist Tony Goldwyn at the Democratic National Convention. Goldwyn plays the President on “Scandal” but he’s stumping for Hillary Clinton in real life.
Hillary Clinton officially received the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency Tuesday evening. Clinton is now the first woman to become the presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party. Vermont’s delegation voted last, joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric and Yahoo National Political Columnist Matt Bai were joined by former Maryland governor and former Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The three discussed the candidacy of Hillary Clinton and the future of the party.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric and Yahoo National Political Columnist Matt Bai are joined by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. This will be Rangel’s final DNC as a sitting member of Congress.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sits down with Clinton campaign senior strategist Joel Benenson at the Democratic National Convention to discuss the candidacy of Hillary Clinton an what a Clinton presidency would mean for the country.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., on Tuesday raised the prospect of sanctions against Russia if it is confirmed that the Kremlin was involved in the leak of Democratic Party emails released last weekend. The emails showed DNC staffers working to help Clinton’s campaign during her primary fight against Bernie Sanders, despite the DNC’s publicly neutral stance.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sits down with EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. EMILY’s list is an organization with the mission to “elect pro-choice Democratic women to office.” Schriock talks with Katie about why they’ve thrown support behind Hillary Clinton.
Hoping to avoid another round of stories about Bernie Sanders backers booing speakers at the Democratic National Convention on a night whose program will be heavily focused on criminal justice reform issues, the Sanders delegates from New York made a pact among themselves on Tuesday morning: no booing tonight. “We’re not going to boo, that’s all … that we agreed on,” said Chuck Hess, 31, an IT specialist from Buffalo sporting a sky blue Bernie T-shirt. In addition to an address by former President Bill Clinton, the Mothers of the Movement — as the mothers of African-Americans killed during encounters with police are called — will speak from the podium in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sits down with United States Secretary of Labor Tom Perez at the Democratic National Convention. Perez weighs in on the state of the American workforce, the economy and the potential impact of this next election.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Yahoo Senior Political Correspondent Jon Ward is joined by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Van Hollen weighs in about uniting the Democratic Party and what the road ahead looks like for Hillary Clinton.
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.
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.