Politics

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

Outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz won't be able to expect financial support from the DCCC led by New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján, in her upcoming Florida primary race. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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, the most competitive seats around the country — so typically the front line districts and red-to-blue districts and emerging districts."

McGinty Apologizes To Toomey Over Name-Calling
Pennsylvania Democrat is running in one of the year's marquee Senate battles

Pennsylvania Democrat Katie McGinty, seen here after a primary debate this year, is locked in a competitive Senate race against Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Senate nominee Katie McGinty has apologized to Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey for calling him an "a--h---," saying that she regrets the language she used during an event in Philadelphia earlier Monday.   

"I regret the language I used and apologize to Sen. Toomey," McGinty said in a statement. "Our campaign is about moving Pennsylvania forward and we're going to continue to talk about the issues that are important to Pennsylvania families." 

Texas Democrats Do a Two-Step Over Voting Rights Victory
LBJ's daugher adds star power to delegation's event

Lynda Johnson Robb, left, seen in a 2014 photo with her husband, former Virginia Sen. Chuck Robb and Donna Brazile, joined in celebrations marking a court decision against Texas' voter ID law. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

PHILADELPHIA — Texas Democrats did a victory lap Monday at their delegation’s “Texadelphia” kickoff event for the Democratic National Convention, celebrating a recent court victory that found the Lone Star State’s voter identification law discriminatory while paying tribute to their own political legacy.  

“He wanted you, all of you, to vote,” said Lynda Johnson Robb, the oldest daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and a former first lady of Virginia. (She is married to former Gov. and Sen. Chuck Robb.)  

5 Times Foreign Governments Meddled in US Politics
Trafficking in secrets for political gain is nothing new

Men dressed up as the Spy vs Spy cartoon characters walk to John Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the National Mall in Washington on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The cyberattack that cost embattled Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz her job — just as her party piled into Philadelphia to formally nominate Hillary Clinton as its presidential nominee — is just the latest example of foreign interests meddling in U.S. politics.  

Per media reports, the FBI is investigating the dissemination of embarrassing communications by DNC aides that some maintain was perpetrated by Russian agents.  

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Won't Gavel in the Convention
DNC head was forced to resign over emails that showed Clinton bias

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been under fire for months from supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders over accusations of favoritism toward Hillary Clinton's campaign in the Democratic presidential primaries. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will not be opening the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday night.   

"I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am not going to gavel in the convention," she told Florida's Sun Sentinel newspaper in a phone interview.  

The Latest from the Democratic National Convention
Upheaval over email leak roils opening of gathering of Democrats

An Alabama delegate holds a Bernie Sanders sign during opening proceedings at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Elizabeth Warren Will Be the Keynote Speaker at the DNC
Opening night also features Sanders, Booker and first lady Michelle Obama

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, left, waves to the crowd along with Massachusetts Sen Elizabeth Warren before a campaign rally in Cincinnati in June. (John Sommers II/Getty Images file photo)

Democrats announced Monday that Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be the keynote speaker on the opening night of their convention on Monday and will lay out the case against Republican nominee Donald Trump.  

Joining Warren on the Monday night bill are former Democratic primary contender Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Cory Booker and first lady Michelle Obama.

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

An anti-fracking demonstrator riding atop the "Bus for Progress," sports a Sen. Bernie Sanders doll near City Hall in Philadelphia on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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.  

Democrats Set for Wider Embrace of LGBT Rights in Rebuke to Trump
Comments by GOP presidential nominee may 'fire up' opposition

Democrats are expected to denounce Donald Trump's attempts to reach out to LGBT voters at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Gay rights — and the Republican Party's complicated relationship with the issue — is likely play a prominent role at this week's Democratic National Convention, with Donald Trump's stated embrace of the "LGBTQ community" still lingering in the air.  

"I expect Democratic leaders to directly denounce his veiled attempt to suggest he's anything but an enemy of LGBT rights," said Eric Stern, the director of LGBT outreach for the Democratic National Committee during the 2004 presidential campaign. "It's firing people up, both people who are members of the community, and allies of the community. It's engaging us like never before."  

Trump Tries To Woo Sanders Supporters By Trolling Sanders
Vermont senator is too "weak" and "exhausted" to fight, Trump says

Donald Trump called Sen. Bernie Sanders a "weak and somewhat pathetic figure" ahead of the Vermont senator's Monday night address to the Democratic National Convention. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Even though Sen. Bernie Sanders is supporting Hillary Clinton after the Democratic National Committee email scandal , Donald Trump is using it as a way to try to pry supporters way from the Vermont independent.    

Trump is fanning the flames of the leaked internal committee emails by saying that Clinton rigged the system from the beginning and that Sanders did not have a chance to win — a common refrain among Sanders supporters who say DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz gamed the primary system in Clinton's favor. 

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

A Bernie Sanders supporter demonstrates at the Florida delegation's Democratic convention breakfast. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

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."  

California Delegates Boo Speakers at Convention Breakfast
Jeers for Pelosi, cheers for Sanders in ominous opening for DNC

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the boos from Bernie Sanders' supporters at the California delegation breakfast in Philadelphia on Monday in her stride. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

PHILADELPHIA — Democratic discontent with Hillary Clinton was on full display at the California delegation breakfast Monday morning ahead of the first night of the Democratic National Convention.  

Members of the delegation repeatedly disrupted the lineup of speakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, with protestations against Clinton and cheers for her erstwhile primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.  

Imprisoned Hastert Wants Judge to Throw Out Victim's Civil Suit
Lawyers will argue Monday that hush money agreement is unenforcable

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 to a victim's fund for breaking banking laws as he sought to pay a man to keep quiet about past sexual abuse when Hastert was a coach at Yorkville High School . (Joshua Lott/Getty Images file photo)

Imprisoned former House Speaker Dennis Hastert shouldn't have to honor a deal he made to pay one of his victims $3.5 million in hush money because the pact is unenforceable, his lawyers are reportedly scheduled to argue Monday.  

The hearing, at an Illinois county courthouse, will be the first since Hastert's lawyers asked a judge this month to dismiss the breach of contract lawsuit filed by a former student athlete, who wants Hastert to pay the $1.8 million balance, plus interest, of an out-of-court settlement the man said the two made several years ago, according to The Chicago Tribune .

Feel the Burn: Philadelphia Swelters Before Convention Starts
Officials warn of dangerous heat conditions as Democrats gather

A woman protects herself from the sun during a protest in Philadelphia on Sunday on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

The heat is smothering Philadelphia as the Democratic National Convention gets underway.   

The city's mayor, Jim Kenney, issued an excessive heat warning  over the weekend that lasts through Monday. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning  until 6 p.m. Monday for high humidity and temperatures in the the high 90s making it feel like up to 105 degrees.  

How She Got Here: Clinton's Key Life Moments
As the Democratic convention approaches, a look at Hillary's life

Hillary Clinton campaigning with former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, in New Hampshire earlier this month. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

The woman poised to officially become the first female nominated for president by a major political party has a well-known past thanks to her long tenure in public office.