Politics

Sanders Gets Booed Again as He Throws Weight Behind Clinton
Vanquished rival looks forward to delegate support, but says Clinton must be elected

Delegates supporting Bernie Sanders waves signs during the opening proceedings at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Bernie Sanders took the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia trying to empathize with his supporters before leaning into his endorsement of Hillary Clinton, but the ploy didn't work.   

They still booed him for promising to help elect the presumptive Democratic nominee — the second time that day Sanders supporters turned on him for backing Clinton.   

Michelle Obama: Hillary's Secret Campaign-Trail Weapon?
First lady prods Sanders' supporters, attacks Trump in final convention speech

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night in Philadelphia. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Michelle Obama has been called the president’s secret weapon. On Monday night, she was Hillary Clinton ’s.  

Until the first lady took the stage, the Democratic National Convention’s opening night mostly had been defined by episodic jeering from supporters of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s primary foe, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. But Obama’s passionate endorsement of Clinton and jabs at Republican nominee Donald Trump were met with thunderous applause.  

Warren Hammers Trump, Praises Clinton, Gives Sanders Some Love
Some Sanders' supporters disappointed she publicly endorses Clinton in speech

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) does her podium check before her speech to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Elizabeth Warren hammered Donald Trump and gave Hillary Clinton a ringing endorsement, but she still reminded delegates at the Democratic convention why she’s a darling of the left.  

“People get it,” the Massachusetts senator said in her keynote address in Philadelphia that resonated with Bernie Sanders supporters energized by her message of  income and political inequality.  

Michelle Obama, a Unifying Force in Philadelphia
First lady's address praising Clinton, vilifying Trump met with rousing cheers

First lady Michelle Obama participates in an event with future college students in the East Room at the White House July 19, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Michelle Obama gave a rousing endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Monday, proving to be the most unifying force so far at the Democratic convention.  

The first lady’s remarks about family, her experiences in the White House, her vision for the presidency and her pride at a women nominee for president, brought the delegates to their feet in Philadelphia.  

At DNC, Those Most Affected by Trump's Wall Plan Speak Out
Gutierrez calls Trump policies 'sick, hateful fantasy'

Karla and Francisca Ortiz, of Las Vegas, speak on stage during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. (Bill Clark)

The messages couldn't have been more different.  

Republicans chanted "build the wall" several times last week during their party's presidential convention in Cleveland last week.  

Sarah Silverman to 'Bernie or Bust': 'You're Being Ridiculous'
Spoke about the example of Bernie Sanders

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and comedian Sarah Silverman introduce singer Paul Simon at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Comedian Sarah Silverman raised some eyebrows Monday night at the Democratic convention when she sought to put some boisterous supporters of Bernie Sanders in their place.  

Appearing at the podium with Sen. Al Franken, the Sanders campaigner had just finished a prime-time call for party unity when a Sanders' supporters registered their displeasure.  

Clinton's Gender 'No Reason to Vote for Her,' Pelosi Says
"That she happens to be a woman is so exciting it just gives me goosebumps," she says

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stand at the podium for her sound check at the Democratic National Convention, flanked by other House members. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday that presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton's gender is "no reason to vote for her."  

Clinton wants to be elected president based on her qualifications and because she's the best person for the job, the California Democrat said in an interview with Yahoo News's Katie Couric.   

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, D-Ariz., who endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders, encouraged Sanders supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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."  

Bernie Protesters Delay Congressman from Convention
Thousands of Bernie supporters protested on opening night of DNC

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chant as delegates enter the security perimeter for the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez spoke at the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. But he had a little trouble getting there.   

The Illinois congressman, who's a superdelegate for Hillary Clinton, got caught, with his family in tow, in a protest just outside the security perimeter for the Wells Fargo Center on Monday evening.   

Will Sanders Supporters Vote for Clinton?
Rebellious Sanders delegates seem to be in the minority

Survey conducted in June.

As the Democratic convention kicks off this week, a recent survey  of 2,353 registered voters by the Pew Research Center showed that most registered voters who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in his failed primary campaign would back Hillary Clinton in the general election. The survey, taken in June, showed that just 9 percent would support Republican nominee Donald Trump.  

Amid Jeers, Pro-Sanders Delegates Call for Democratic Unity
Convention gets off to raucous start as sentiment from primary battle still raw

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

The first boos came during the opening invocation, when supporters of Bernie Sanders reacted to the mention of Hillary Clinton in the prayer.  

After a day marked by protests and disorder , the National Democratic Convention officially opened Monday in Philadelphia with supporters of the leading Democratic candidates trading cheers and jeers.  

Ohio Teamsters Endorse Republican Portman for Senate
Union had previously endorsed Democrat Strickland in both races for governor

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman received his second major union endorsement this election season. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Ohio Conference of Teamsters endorsed Republican Sen. Rob Portman on Monday despite the organization's history backing Democrats  

The union endorsement is a coup for Portman, considering that the group backed Portman's Democratic opponent Ted Strickland in his successful bid for governor in 2006 and his unsuccessful bid for re-election four years later.  

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, [they go to] 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 "asshole," 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 daughter 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.)