Tim Kaine kicked off his Wednesday night Democratic National Convention speech as any well-meaning family man might — by thanking his wife and children. According to Twitter, at least, Kaine’s father-figure brand stuck around throughout his speech — and long after it finished — as viewers at home flooded social media with suburban dad jokes about Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick. Before Clinton tapped the Virginia senator and former governor to be her running mate, he was not particularly well-known to the general public.
Donald Trump says he was kidding when he directly called on Russia to find the estimated 30,000 emails that Hillary Clinton deleted from a private email server she used as secretary of state. The committee’s emails, which were leaked on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, suggested the Democratic Party favored Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the primaries. Administration officials and cybersecurity experts believe those emails, which were obtained and published by WikiLeaks, were the result of a breach of the DNC’s servers carried out by Russian hackers in an apparent attempt to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.
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 — How do you solve a problem like Hillary? With Bernie Sanders packing his bags for Burlington, and the party’s presidential nomination finally, firmly settled (even if the last few Sanders stragglers protesting in the press tent might disagree) the attention of the Democratic National Convention turned Wednesday to the unenviable task of trying to persuade the American people to vote for a nominee whom 55 percent of them don’t like and 68 percent of them don’t trust — and who is actually trailing Donald Trump in the polls right now.
President Obama formally passed the torch to Hillary Clinton on Wednesday — but not before using it to try to burn down Donald Trump’s hopes of the White House and to light a fire under any Democratic voters inclined to stay home in November. “America is already great, America is already strong,” Obama told rowdy, sign-waving party activists packed into the Wells Fargo Center here, cheering his direct assault on the Republican nominee’s signature slogan. “And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump,” he said, to commingled hurrahs and laughter.
Sen. Tim Kaine defended Hillary Clinton against Republican attacks Wednesday night in his first speech since officially becoming the Democratic nominee for vice president. Kaine also debuted an impression of Donald Trump, mocking the Republican nominee for making promises he doesn’t keep. “Now, last week in Cleveland, we heard a lot about trust,” Kaine said of the Republican National Convention.
A billionaire who has his name on office buildings around the world spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg used his own business success to undermine the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, who has largely based his campaign on his brand as a real estate developer and dealmaker. At one point, Bloomberg even called into question Trump’s sanity.
It seemed like the speech Joe Biden would have given if he were the Democratic nominee for president. After an emotional tribute to his eldest son, Beau, who died a year ago of brain cancer at age 46, and some words of support for the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, Biden saved his most passionate oratory for a rousing takedown of Trump. Biden used the heart of his speech to take Trump’s message of doom and gloom and use it against him, arguing that Trump is betting against Americans and doubting their strength and resolve.
In a blistering, mocking speech Wednesday, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared Donald Trump dangerously unfit to be commander in chief, accusing the brash entrepreneur of inviting Russian spies to help him defeat Hillary Clinton. “We cannot afford an erratic finger on our nuclear weapons,” Panetta, who also served President Obama as CIA director, told party faithful at the Democratic nominating convention here. Panetta blasted the former reality-show star for calling on Russia earlier in the day to track down an estimated 30,000 emails Clinton deleted from a controversial private server she used as secretary of state.
“I think that he is the most dangerous candidate that we’ve had in this country,” Sanders said of Donald Trump, who accepted the Republican nomination for president in Cleveland last week. “He’s an entertainer and he’s not dumb,” she said.
“I was told what he said and, frankly, I didn’t believe it,” Holder said in an interview with Yahoo News. Holder’s comments came after Trump spoke at a Florida press conference. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” the Republican nominee said, staring directly into the cameras.
Democrats made gun violence one of the biggest issues of their four-day convention on Wednesday night, devoting nearly an hour to the topic. On a night otherwise devoted to President Obama’s primetime speech boosting nominee Hillary Clinton and to introducing her running mate — Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia — to the nation, Democrats set a somber tone for much of the night.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver took the Democratic National Convention stage Wednesday night to praise Hillary Clinton, who helped draw national attention to the city’s contaminated water crisis early in her presidential campaign. As part of a state-led effort to save money, the water supply in Flint, Mich., was switched from Lake Huron to the polluted Flint River in April 2014. It wasn’t long before Flint residents began complaining about the color, taste,and stench of their tap water.
Capping a session that saw seven of his state’s top elected officials addressing the Democratic National Convention, California Gov. Jerry Brown completed a decades-long transformation from one of the Clintons’ bitterest Democratic foes to one of Hillary’s most prominent, if not particularly passionate, supporters.
On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sits down with the Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Network April Ryan to close out day three of the Democratic National Convention. The two discuss President Obama’s impassioned speech in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The former Democratic chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that the United States should withdraw its ambassador from Moscow if it is determined that the Russian government hacked Democratic National Committee computers. “I think the possibility that [the Russians] are going to try to influence the outcome of American presidential election is totally outrageous and unacceptable,” former Sen. Bob Graham of Florida said in an interview with Yahoo News at the Democratic National Convention. If the FBI conclusively determines that the Russian government was behind the cyberattack on the DNC, there should be severe consequences, Graham said.
The Democratic National Committee will be in need of new leadership after the November election, and one possible replacement took the stage at the convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening: Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List.
Her remarks came in the 5 p.m. hour, not in primetime, but when NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue spoke from the Democratic National Convention stage here on Wednesday, she made convention history.
On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sits down with the President of the Center for American Progress Neera Tanden. The two discuss the latest developments from the Democratic National Convention.
On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sits down with Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., after he delivers his speech to the Democratic National Convention.
LGBT rights advocate Sarah McBride will make history when she speaks in support of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention Thursday. On the eve of her speech, McBride, 25, joined Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to discuss her experience as a transgender person in the United States and why there’s so much prejudice against her community.
On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sits down with Senior Advisor to former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Howard Wolfson. The two discuss Bloomberg’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party’s path to the presidency.
On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sits down with Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., at the DNC to discuss the nomination of Hillary Clinton and the road ahead for the Democratic Party.
On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric sits down with former senator Bob Graham as well as Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff. The three discuss the path ahead for the Democratic party and the challenges this particular election poses.
On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, Yahoo Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff and Yahoo News Deputy Editor Dan Klaidman are joined by former Attorney General Eric Holder at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The three discuss the future of the Democratic Party and the country.