Friday, July 29, 2016

2016 Presidential Election: Feds launch probe into Clinton campaign hacking; Trump ramps up his attacks on Clinton's character - UPDATED

New: Clinton campaign denies reports that its computer system was hacked

The Clinton presidential campaign said Friday that an “analytics data program” maintained by the Democratic National Committee had been hacked but that its computer system had not been compromised, denying news reports from earlier in the day that the campaign had become the third Democratic Party organization whose systems had been penetrated. Read More

New: Feds probing Clinton campaign hacking

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating a computer hack of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in addition to its examination of intrusions of other Democratic Party organizations, two law enforcement officials said Friday. Read More

New: Exclusive: FBI probes hacking of Democratic congressional group - sources

The FBI is investigating a cyber attack against another U.S. Democratic Party group, which may be related to an earlier hack against the Democratic National Committee, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Read More

New: Trump on 'lock her up' chant: 'I'm starting to agree'

Donald Trump on Friday abandoned his modest dismissals of the "lock her up" chants his supporters have aimed at Hillary Clinton.

"I've been saying let's just beat her on November 8th. But you know what, I'm starting to agree with you," Trump said.

The comments, which came in his first public appearance since Clinton ripped him in her speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, marked an about-face for Trump, who in the last week has resisted joining in on his supporters' chants and instead urged them to channel their anger at the ballot box. Read More

Hillary Clinton makes history – and strives for unity

Hillary Clinton made history in accepting the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday. But to become president, she needs to overcome familiar challenges – most notably questions about her trustworthiness and warmth. Read More

How Hillary Clinton defined her historic moment

Her speech lacked the poetic sweep of the President Barack Obama's address Wednesday, but it was in keeping with someone who presents herself as a practical, dogged, policy-oriented striver who gets knocked down and then gets straight back up. Read More

‘Stronger together’ vs. ‘I can fix it alone’

How does one top a week of powerful speeches by Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama?

You don’t even try.

Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton did not deliver the best address of this convention or even the runner-up. Instead she gave a solid, substance-laden, and highly effective acceptance speech to her fellow Democrats.

It never reached the rhetorical flights of fancy achieved by Obama the night before — but it didn’t need to. Clinton delivered rhetorical shot after rhetorical shot to Donald Trump as she laid out a clear vision for her presidency. Read More

'She found her voice tearing apart a wannabe president': the verdict on Hillary Clinton's speech

Hillary Clinton delivered a searing response to Trump’s dark vision of America at the Democratic National convention – but was that enough? Read More

Clinton speech soars - sometimes

Mrs Clinton, in an acceptance speech that occasionally soared and sometimes trudged along, did her best to frame the upcoming general election race in her favour. Read More

10 takeaways from the Democratic convention

Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, casting herself as a uniter working for the common good and Donald Trump as a divider stoking fear for political gain.

It capped a Democratic National Convention designed to tell a new story about the most famous woman in American politics.

And it teed up the Democrats' frame for the election: Clinton's view of an optimistic, inclusive America ("Stronger Together") juxtaposed against Trump's vision of a country being ripped apart by terrorism, bad trade deals and a corrupt political system that he alone can save. Here are CNN's takeaways from four days in Philadelphia. Read More

Hillary Clinton dreams of wooing Republicans. So far, things look the way they always do.

No doubt annoying the Bernie Sanders delegates in the room to no end, the Democratic convention capped its four-night run with the most explicit appeal to Republican voters it has made all week.

There were speakers from Republicans for Hillary, and the nominee herself mentioned that appeal in her speech. "You heard from Republicans and independents who are supporting our campaign," Hillary Clinton said. "Well, I will be a president for Democrats, Republicans, independents, for the struggling, the striving, the successful, for all those who vote for me and for those who don't."

It's a smart play, for multiple reasons. But if Clinton actually thinks that Republicans will bail on Trump to support her, so far it doesn't really look like it's happening. Read More

At convention, Democrats struggle with stereotypes – of other Democrats

Young black women ready to 'Bern it down.' A teenage boy for Hillary. A middle-aged small-business owner for Bernie.

These are just a few of the fervent Democratic voters who don't fit into the stereotypes dominating the news right now.

While it's useful to see larger trends, such as white millennials for Bernie, there is a far more colorful mosaic of activists on the streets of Philadelphia. Understanding that diversity can help guard against the fear and mischaracterizations that arise between parties, or even within a party. Read More

Antics of Sanders’ backers rankles some black delegates

As most Democrats rally around Hillary Clinton, the lingering ‘‘Bernie or Bust’’ movement is stirring frustration at the party’s convention among delegates of color, who say they’re upset at the refusal of the Vermont senator’s most fervent backers to fall in line. Read More

Bernie Sanders: Is his 'revolution' now beyond his control?

The problem for the Clinton campaign, however, is that the Sanders "revolution" is refusing to acknowledge defeat. Read More

Trump says he would like to 'hit' DNC speakers who disparaged him

Donald Trump, after hearing speeches at the Democratic convention this week, said Thursday he wanted to "hit a number of those speakers so hard, their heads would spin.""They'd never recover," he said. Read More

Dozens show up to protest Trump in Davenport

The candidate spoke this afternoon, July 28, 2016. One specific group of protesters included the people with the League of United Latin American Citizens. LULAC said their message to Trump was simple. Read More

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