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Open thread #2 on Day 3 of the 47th Democratic National Convention

Some excerpts from John F. Kennedy’s acceptance speech before the Democratic National Convention, July 15, 1960: Here at home the future is equally revolutionary. The New Deal and the Fair Deal were bold measures for their generations, but now this is a new generation. A technological output and explosion on the farm has led to an output explosion. Show More Summary

Open thread #1 on Day 3 of the 47th Democratic National Convention

California Governor Jerry Brown will be speaking tonight at the Democratic National Convention on climate change.  Vice President Joe Biden will speak. And President Barack Obama will deliver what is being called an optimistic 30-minute address that was a month and six drafts in the making. Show More Summary

Sanders shuts down third party talk and booers in his ranks: Our choice is either Clinton or Trump

Campaign Action Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has been pulling out the stops in her unlikely attempt to Ralph Nader the next election. On Monday she offered to cede the party's nomination to Bernie Sanders if Sanders will jump ship and join her. Show More Summary

For Spanish language media, the difference between Cleveland and Philly like 'night and day'

Trump's doing so well with Latinos, why do outreach? Surprise, surprise—that was Trump’s approach to Spanish language media last week in Cleveland, reports Michael Calderone: Since getting out of Cleveland, Univision is suddenly getting its calls returned. Show More Summary

Donald Trump on the minimum wage: 30 seconds, three different answers

What does Donald Trump think of the minimum wage? It’s safe to say that even he doesn’t know what he thinks. Back in November, at a Republican primary debate, Trump said he opposed raising the minimum wage because “wages too high.” On Tuesday night, in an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump had a different position. Show More Summary

Bill O'Reilly wants you to know that slavery wasn't that bad

While the rest of the world was busy being smitten all over again with Michelle Obama’s grace, intelligence, and eloquence,  Bill O'Reilly still had time to take offense.   In one of the most powerful moments of her Monday speech, the first lady reminded the nation of an essential truth. “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. Show More Summary

National Review declares the Democratic convention is 'anti-white' and stirring 'racial conflict'

Last week at the Republican National Convention, there were 18 black delegates. That’s less than 1 percent—the lowest number in at least a century. This week at the Democratic National Convention, there are 1,182 black, 747 Latino, and 292 Asian-Americans, and 25 American Indians among the delegates. Show More Summary

There was a program that might have stopped Dallas and Baton Rouge—and Republicans shut it down

The police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge represent a tragic loss of life. They added a new level of divisiveness and finger-pointing for those who were already inclined to be suspicious of protests against racially-biased police violence. Show More Summary

Convention signs? Yup, another reason that Democratic stagecraft kicks Republicans in the ass

Last week, as TV viewers were greeted to the Republican hate fest, delegates waved just a handful of different signs. There was “Make America Great Again”, the generic “Trump/Pence”, and … that was pretty much it.  There was little effort to integrate the audience with the speakers, creating a unified whole for the TV cameras to capture. Show More Summary

Pathological liar: Trump says he's never met Putin. Before that? 'I got to know him very well'

Campaign Action Hey, so it turns out Donald Trump is a pathological liar. Still. "He said one nice thing about me. He said I'm a genius. I said thank you very much to the newspaper and that was the end of it. I never met Putin," Trump...Show More Summary

After Day Two, Democratic Convention now crushing Republicans in ratings

Comparing the first night of both the Democratic and Republican conventions, the Democrats came out slightly ahead (though the ratings agency admitted to probable undercounting of ours since Bernie Sanders spoke past 11 PM, when they...Show More Summary

Midday open thread: Hinckley going home to mom; gov't food workers to get $1 million back pay

Join us today at 5 PM Pacific Times for live coverage of the 47th Democratic National Convention.  Today’s comic by Matt Bors is The Outer Limits of Criticism: • Would-be Reagan assassin John Hinckley Jr. to be released to live with mom: John W. Show More Summary

Democrats' golden opportunity with voters distraught by Trump's ghoulish convention speech

Donald Trump bet his entire candidacy last week on fear, declaring himself the "law and order" candidate in what's been almost universally described as a macabre, apocalyptic nomination speech. Following on violence in Dallas, Turkey,...Show More Summary

In 1995, Walmart thought talking about a woman president violated 'family values'

In 1995, Walmart sold T-shirts in its stores with the phrase “Someday a woman will be president.” That is, Walmart offered these shirts in a single store, for a very brief period. A Wal-Mart store pulled a popular T-shirt proclaiming...Show More Summary

Trump doubles down on asking Russia—'or any other country or person'—to hack Hillary's emails

Every time we wonder how much more frightening this bozo can get, he completely exceeds expectations. Following his clarion call to Russia Wednesday for assistance with hacking Hillary Clinton's emails, he took his crooked little thumbs...Show More Summary

Julian Assange deliberately trying to hurt Hillary Clinton, threatens to do it again

The DNC hack may or may not have been a Russian attempt to help Donald Trump. That’s a charge that needs more evidence. However, when it comes to Julian Assange's motives in releasing the information through Wikileaks, there’s no question...Show More Summary

Clinton makes history! A look at newspaper front pages from across the United States of America

The Democratic Party made history on Tuesday night by nominating Sec. Hillary Clinton for president. What follows is a sampling of how history was reported by print newspaper front pages from across the country.

Fox News shows what it thinks of the Mothers of the Movement

One of the most powerful moments in a Democratic National Convention that’s been filled with powerful moments was Tuesday night, when the “Mothers of the Movement” appeared. Nine women who have lost children to police action or gun violence...Show More Summary

Donald Trump begs Russia to hack Hillary Clinton

Perhaps the most shocking thing Donald Trump said at his latest rambling, incoherent press conference was that he wants Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s personal emails from her time as secretary of State. He was ostensibly denying...Show More Summary

Prosecutors drop all charges in Freddie Gray case

Prosecutors have dropped all remaining charges against the police officers in the Freddie Gray case. By dropping the case Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore's head prosecutor, effectively ends one of the only attempts to hold law enforcement responsible...Show More Summary

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