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Clinton to Stress 'Moment of Reckoning' in Convention Speech
Democratic nominee expected to draw a sharp contrast with Trump

PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton will highlight the stakes of this presidential election, as well as offer specific policy proposals, in her address to the Democratic National Convention Thursday night.  

Campaign manager Robby Mook said Clinton's speech would tie together each of the previous nights of the convention in Philadelphia.  

Biden Pulls No Punches, Calls Trump Claims 'Malarkey'
GOP presidential nominee 'doesn't have a clue,' the VP says at convention

Vice President Joe Biden pulled no punches when he told delegates at the Democratic National Convention what he thought of Donald Trump's claims that he understands the middle class.  

"That's a bunch of malarkey," Biden said to the boisterous cheers from the audience.  

Kaine Chooses To Play Attack Dog in Convention Speech
Vice presidential candidate makes little direct appeal to progressives

Updated as of 11:45 p.m. |  Sen. Tim Kaine was not progressive Democrats' first pick for vice president, and he's unlikely to have changed many minds after his convention speech Wednesday.  

In his big introduction speech to the world, Kaine spent more time talking about Republican nominee Donald Trump than himself.  

Gun Violence Takes Center Stage at Democratic Convention
Activists sense a sea change in momentum around the issue

PHILADELPHIA — Every couple of minutes, it seems to Daniel Hernandez, someone stops him to ask about gun violence.  

Hernandez is a former intern for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He helped save the Arizona Democrat's life after she was shot in the head at a constituent event in 2011.  

Sanders Delegates Boo Clinton at Rally

Vermont senator rallies his supporters as Philadelphia convention opens....
Marcia Fudge Demands Respect and 'Respects Everyone Back'
Ohio congresswoman makes her mark at the Democratic convention

PHILADELPHIA — The Democratic National Convention was off to a rocky start Monday when Rep. Marcia L. Fudge took the stage.  

The Ohio Democrat is the permanent chairwoman of the convention in Philadelphia, where supporters of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton have clashed with disaffected supporters of her primary challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders.  

Schumer Makes Case for Senate Majority at Convention
New York senator is expected to be the next Democratic leader

PHILADELPHIA — The next Senate Democratic leader will make the case that a Hillary Clinton presidency needs a Democratic majority in Congress to get things done.  

"We Democrats fight for an America that works for everyone, that’s focused on leveling the playing field for all of us," Charles E. Schumer will say in his speech to the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night.  

Sanders Surrogates Back Clinton, But Grassroots Remain Opposed
Many Bernie supporters refuse to vote for Clinton, say they'll back Green Party candidate

Rep. Raul Grijalva, one of the few congressmen to support Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, opened his remarks at the Democratic National Convention with a simple statement:  

"I stand here in support of Hillary Clinton."  

DCCC Won't Fund Wasserman Schultz Race
Outgoing national committee chair faces a challenger backed by Sanders

House Democratic campaign chief Ben Ray Luján confirmed Monday that providing funding for outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in her looming Florida primary won't be a priority.  

"The question I was asked is: Does the [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee] get involved in primaries or in races with incumbents?" said Lujan, a New Mexico congressman. "And what we shared with Debbie ... is that priority for the DCCC is always incumbent protection, but that where the resources go when it comes to TV buys and helping in that specific way, [they go to] the most competitive seats around the country — so typically the front line districts and red-to-blue districts and emerging districts."

Sanders Delegates Boo Mention of Clinton
Vermont senator rallies his supporters as Philadelphia convention opens

PHILADELPHIA — Bernie Sanders' supporters soundly rejected presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday.  

The crowd packed into a ballroom at the Philadelphia Convention Center responded with loud boos when Sanders said, "We have got to elect Hillary Clinton.”  

Will Sanders Supporters Become a Liberal Tea Party?
Disruptions at convention could presage electoral changes

Bernie Sanders arrives in Philadelphia vanquished but unbowed.   

Platform negotiations brought compromises he can support on the issues that framed his campaign: trade protection, affordable college and universal health care. His call for the ouster of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been honored . And he has a prominent speaking role at the convention Monday night.  

Wasserman Schultz Shouted Down By Sanders Backers
Chaos broke out at the Florida delegation's convention breakfast

PHILADELPHIA — Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was shouted down at her home state's breakfast Monday morning by angry supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.  

As the Florida Democrat entered the banquet room in downtown Philadelphia, her supporters started chanting, "Debbie! Debbie!" They were quickly joined by angry boos, with several standing up and holding signs that read, "EMAILS."  

Wasserman Schultz Will Step Down As DNC Chair
Email controversy was her undoing after a tumultous tenure leading party

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will step down as controversy rages over her tenure just as the party is set to nominate Hillary Clinton under a banner of unity.  

Wasserman Schultz issued a statement on Sunday saying that the best way to go forward was for her to resign at the end of this week's convention. The proceedings will be gaveled to order on Monday.  

Exiting Congress, Ellmers Pays Her Own Way to Cleveland
North Carolina Republican lost her seat in primary after Trump endorsement

CLEVELAND - Rep. Renee Ellmers will not be returning to Congress next year, but that didn't keep her away from the GOP convention in Ohio.   

Ellmers was spotted with her husband heading to seats in the upper tier of the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday night. She lost the GOP primary for her seat, so the couple had to pay their own way to Cleveland since she no longer had a campaign fund.   

Amid Cleveland Protests, a Moment of Understanding
Trump backer and Black Lives Matter supporter "agree to disagree"

CLEVELAND — On the edge of a protest zone at the Republican convention, a Donald Trump admirer and a Black Lives Matter supporter shook hands, and then went their separate ways.  

The handshake was not a sign that they found some sort of common ground. Rather it was, "an understanding to agree to disagree," said Cedric White Jr.  

Al Franken Returns to Comedy
In enemy territory, Minnesota senator cracks wise on Trump and his cohorts

Al Franken's long years of comedy omertà are over.  

The former "Saturday Night Live" star has been resolutely serious since arriving in Washington as Minnesota's junior senator in 2009.  

Cory Booker Stays Mum on Clinton Veep Talk
New Jersey Democrat decries "hate and cruelty" on GOP convention floor

CLEVELAND — Sen. Cory Booker demurred Thursday on whether he will be Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick, but the New Jersey Democrat hinted that he is likely to speak at the Democratic convention.   

Booker attended a Democratic National Committee press conference Thursday and decried the rhetoric at the Republican convention in Cleveland this week. Booker said the message at the Democratic convention would be more positive.   

Cruz Destructive, Ego-Mad, Furious Lawmakers Say
'No Big Deal,' says Trump of Cruz's decision to not endorse him at convention

It's no secret that lawmakers on Capitol Hill aren't big fans of Sen. Ted Cruz, but their distaste for the Texas Republican was validated Wednesday night as Cruz refused to endorse Trump and told the delegates in Cleveland to vote their conscience in November.   

"Sen. Cruz tried to destroy the Republican Party tonight just like he's tried to destroy the Republican caucus," Indiana Sen. Dan Coats said. "I've had to deal with the most self-centered person I've ever known in my life."  

Cruz to GOP Delegates: 'Vote Your Conscience'
Texas senator shakes up convention when he doesn't endorse Trump

Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday seemed to be following the adage: "If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all," because he literally said nothing nice about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during his prime-time convention speech.  

In fact, he told the GOP to show up to the polls in November and vote their conscience. He never once mentioned Trump, except when he congratulated him before formally beginning the speech.   

Protesters Burn Flag Outside GOP Convention, Officers Assaulted
Multiple arrests during first notable confrontation between protesters and police

CLEVELAND — Protesters burned an American flag and mixed it up with police on Wednesday in the first notable demonstration outside the Republican convention. Two officers were assaulted and 17 protesters were arrested.  

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said a city police supervisor and an Ohio State Highway Patrol officer sustained minor bumps and bruises when they were punched and pushed during the commotion outside the Quicken Loans Arena.