Politics

Clintons Take Back Party as Bill Fetes Hillary
Emotional speech wows delegates

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Clintons are officially back. Though their return to power took eight years longer than planned, Bill and Hillary are again in control of the Democratic Party. And he delivered an impassioned plea for voters to put them back in the White House in just over three months.  

With his wife, the former first lady and secretary of state, officially crowned the party’s presidential nominee earlier Tuesday night, Bill clearly relished the stage — and his prime time role — at the Democratic convention. His mission was clear: Describe Hillary the person, something she and many a surrogate has failed to do over the decades.  

Clinton Tells Delegates: 'This is Your Victory'
Democratic nominee thanks convention for putting her over the top

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addressed the convention via video. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday thanked convention delegates for her victory, saying that "we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet."

   

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Howard Dean and the 'Dean Scream'
Another Vermont politician energized liberals a decade before Sanders

Dean's original Iowa speech sank his prospects for the presidency. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean teased his infamous "Dean Scream" at the Democratic National Convention, this time laughing all the way to thunderous cheers.  

His guttural outburst after losing the Iowa caucus in 2004 is now the stuff of campaign lore.  

Democrats' Law and Order Tightrope
The party attempts to strike a balance between protecting police and holding them accountable

The 'Mothers of the Movement' speaking at the Democratic National Convention (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats had a tightrope to walk Tuesday night: how to honor police officers who have fallen to gun violence while recognizing the mothers who have lost their children, sometimes at the hands of authorities.  

The evening program at the Democratic National Convention featured the "Mothers of the Movement," an extraordinary array of African-American women from across the country, bound in a sorority of grief for their lost children.  

Fact-Checking the Clintons' Claim on the Economy
Does the economy really do better under Democrats?

The Clinton family earlier this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Hillary Clinton often says the economy does better under Democrats.  

CQ Roll Call dove into an April 2016 report  which finds that actually, they might be right.   

Progress — and Setbacks — In Democratic Push for Unity
Convention hall atmosphere shifts but Sanders supporters continue protests

Bernie Sanders delegates and supporters stage a walk out and protest at the media tents outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When thunderous applause filled the convention floor Tuesday evening as Hillary Clinton became the first woman to claim a major party nomination, it appeared that Democrats had achieved party unity.  

Within minutes, though, at least 100 Bernie Sanders delegates walked out of the Wells Fargo Center and held sit-ins in the middle of three media tents. "This is what Democracy looks like," they chanted.  

The Victims Behind the 'Mothers of the Movement'
A look at the children whose deaths inspired their mothers to action

Hillary Clinton greets Sybrina Fulton, center, the mother of Trayvon Martin, after a campaign event in Cleveland in April. (Courtesy Hillary Clinton Facebook page)

Women who all lost children to gun violence or in confrontations with the police took the stage Tuesday night at the Democratic convention.  

The "Mothers of the Movement" has endorsed and campaigned for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who often introduces them at campaign events as “a group of mothers who belong to a club no one ever wants to join.”  

Sanders Protesters Not Swayed by His Clinton Endorsement
They protest outside City Hall and hold a sit-in outside convention arena

A supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders protests outside City Hall in Philadelphia Tuesday. (Simone Pathé/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — As delegates overwhelmingly cast their votes for Hillary Clinton's history making presidential nomination on Tuesday, thousands of protesters — many of them Bernie Sanders supporters — kept up the call to “shut down" the Democratic convention.

Gathering outside Philadelphia City Hall, protesters rallied around a melange of causes represented with signs like “Black Lives Matter,” “Decolonize the DNC,” “Bernie or Bust,” and “Stop Israeli War Crimes” bopping in the air.

Sanders In Dramatic Finish to Clinton Nomination
In show of unity, vanquished rival leads convention in approving Clinton by acclimation

Bernie Sanders (R) along with the Vermont delegation and his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders (L) cast their votes during roll call on the second day of the Democratic National Convention. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

In a dramatic show of unity, Bernie Sanders ended the roll call vote on Tuesday to give Hillary Clinton's history making presidential nomination a rousing finish.  

With the delegate vote count already in the bag for the former secretary of state, her main rival, Sanders, stood to ask the chair of the proceedings to suspend the rules and proclaim Clinton the Democratic nominee by acclimation.  

Clinton Shatters Glass Ceiling, Wins Nomination
Convention sets aside strife to choose first woman as major party presidential candidate

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton makes history. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA – Hillary Rodham Clinton overcame one of the greatest barriers in two and a-half centuries of American political history on Tuesday, when the Democratic National Convention formally selected her as the first woman presidential nominee of a major political party.  

Her shattering of the glass ceiling, which became foreordained two months ago, was something of an anticlimactic afterthought for many delegates still caught in the party’s latest bout with internal strife .  

Groups Unendorse Grayson After Abuse Allegations Surface
Ex-wife claims the Florida Democrat abused her over two decades

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson is the underdog in his Democratic Senate primary against Rep. Patrick Murphy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two liberal groups are withdrawing their endorsements of Florida Senate candidate Rep. Alan Grayson after his former wife publicly accused the Democrat of domestic abuse over a period of two decades.  

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America also called on Grayson to give the money they donated to his campaign to an Orlando-based organization to help victims of domestic abuse.  

Kaine's Resume Not as Unique as Advertised
VP nominee's biography undercounted lawmakers who've completed the mayor, governor and senator trifecta

Sen. Tim Kaine is part of a select group of officials who have served as mayor, governor and senator, though not necessarily in that order. (CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — Tim Kaine has an impressive resume to be sure, but it is not quite as unique as advertised.  

The junior senator from Virginia and Democratic vice presidential hopeful had said he was one of just 20 people to have served as a mayor and a governor as well as a senator. But it turns out that claim was somewhat incomplete.  

Day Two: Who Is Speaking at the DNC
Victims' family members, politicians and performers round out the slate

Stage hands work on affixing the Democratic National Convention logo to the podium in Philadelphia. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The second night of the Democratic National Convention will highlight Hillary Clinton's "fights for her life," issues that she has worked on over her many years in public life.  

Those include advocating for children and families, social justice, woman's rights, 9/11 first-responders, health care and human trafficking.  

Kaine's Wife Steps Down as Virginia Education Secretary
Anne Holton has a long history in Virginia politics

Sen.-elect Tim Kaine and his wife Anne Holton walk to a freshmen luncheon on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in 2012. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Anne Holton, wife of Democratic vice presidential hopeful Tim Kaine, resigned Tuesday as Virginia’s education secretary.  

Holton made the decision to step down after Hillary Clinton chose Kaine to be her running mate , according to WRIC-TV in Richmond . She's held the position since January 2014.