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

Boyz II Men do a soundcheck onstage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday. (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
Sanders is too 'weak' and 'exhausted' to fight, Trump says

Donald Trump called Sen. Bernie Sanders a "weak and somewhat pathetic figure" as Sanders prepares to address the Democratic National Convention on Monday. (Photo By 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 Sanders.    

Trump is fanning the flames of the DNC email scandal by saying Clinton rigged the system from the beginning and Sanders did not have a chance to win, a refrain among Sanders supporter that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz had rigged the system:

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 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.   

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia issued a 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.   

As DNC Kicks Off in Philadelphia, Some Dems Worry About Rest of State
Pennsylvania considered a tossup in several projections

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 on Sunday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats might have temporarily bumped up the population of Pennsylvania as they stream in for the convention today, but some party strategists and political analysts aren't certain how the state will lean in November.  

"This time, it's not going to be easy," former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, the chair of the convention host committee and a longtime supporter of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review  on Sunday. “There are a lot of people who feel left out of the process, and we have to reconnect with them and let them know we are on their side.”  

Pro-Democratic Group Spending $1.3 Million Against Toomey
Ad largely focuses Pennsylvania senator's opposition to abortion rights

A partner organization of a Democratic Super PAC is dropping $1.3 million on ads hitting Toomey on abortion rights. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

An outside group with ties to Democrats is spending $1.3 million in Pennsylvania in an ad against the state's Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey the week the Democratic National Convention hits Philadelphia.  

Majority Forward, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit and a partner organization of the pro-Democratic Senate Majority PAC, is behind the buy.  

Democrats Attack Indiana's Todd Young on Social Security
Six-figure DSCC ad buy targets Republican in newly competitive Senate race

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is attacking Indiana Republican Senate nominee Todd Young for calling Social Security a "Ponzi scheme" in a six-figure ad buy debuting Monday.  

The ad, first obtained by Roll Call, will air on broadcast and cable outlets on the first day of the Democratic National Convention.   

Trump Gets Bounce, but GOP Still Divided
Cruz's favorability among Republicans plummets after refusal to back Trump

Florida delegate Henry Allen shows how he feels on the last night of the Republican convention on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Despite Donald Trump's post-convention bounce in the polls, Republicans still think the party is divided and almost half prefer a different candidate than Trump, a new poll shows.   

A CNN/ORC poll  released Monday finds that about a quarter of Republicans believe that the GOP won't unite behind Trump before Election Day while 49 percent think the party is not united but will be by November.   

Staying Power: Clinton is Ready for Her Balloon Drop
She’s universally known, but only now comes her chance to make a lasting mark on history

Clinton in a visit to the Capitol earlier this month

It’s a comparison with serious potential to rattle presidential partisans in all corners: Hillary Clinton has now been on the national scene longer than Richard Nixon was.  

And here’s just one of the many important distinctions between the two, who arguably stand as the most polarizing and dogged political professionals each party has produced in the postwar decades: