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Person of the Day

The shameful Debbie Wasserman Schultz works for Hillary now

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the DNC, resigned in disgrace on Sunday after leaked emails proved how Schultz and other top Democratic party officials favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders throughout the primaries.

But favoring Clinton may not have been the worst decision for Schultz after all. She's gone from DNC chairwoman to "honorary chair" of Clinton's "50-state program to help elect Democrats around the country."

Originally, there was talk of Schultz remaining for the duration of the convention, but that's off the table now.

Of course, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump had something to say about her resignation.

BTW, Wasserman Schultz did make a brief appearance during a morning event at the DNC, where she was booed and could barely speak:

Quote of the Day

Michelle Obama pointed out the elephant in the White House

Michelle Obama at the DNC

Michelle Obama rocked the first night of the Democratic National Convention. (PBS Newshour/YouTube)

The Democratic National Convention kicked off in Philadelphia yesterday with important speeches from Bernie Sanders, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, and Demi Lovato. But it was Michelle Obama who stole headlines with a racially-charged remark.

The First Lady started off describing her experience with raising children in the White House--and how she's had to help her daughters deal with the vitriol sometimes leveled at their father. That, she said, is what Americans should vote against in November:

"This election, and every election, is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives. And I am here tonight because in this election there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is our friend, Hillary Clinton."

Michelle continued on the same theme, saying she loves the America she lives in and trusts Hillary Clinton to safeguard it in the years to come.

Then, she brought up the sad reality of who built her home of the last eight years:

"I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent black young women, playing with their dog on the White House lawn."

And that line didn't sit well with everyone, leading to this exchange on Twitter:

Here's her full speech. It's worth a listen:

Image of the Day

#BernieOrBust protests exploded outside the DNC

DNC protests

Protesters outside the 2016 Democratic National Convention. (Susan Melkisethian/Flickr)

Speaking of the DNC, Bernie Sanders' speech calling for unity behind Hillary Clinton didn't make much of a dent in the protests happening outside.

While Bernie was at the DNC, Green Party candidate Jill Stein spoke to his supporters outside.

Oh, and the #BernieOrBust people were really not impressed with Sarah Silverman who basically told the #BernieOrBust and #StillSanders people to get over it and vote for Clinton.

Number of the Day

The American Disabilities Act turned 26

President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law 26 years ago today.

So it might be worth pointing out that one of the speakers at last night's DNC was disability rights activist Anastasia Somoza.

And today, a former Senator stepped up to teach DNC attendees the sign for "America."

As of 2010, there were 56.7 million Americans with disabilities.

Place of the Day

2 teens killed in Fort Myers nightclub shooting

Another Florida nightclub has become the scene of a mass shooting.

Two people were killed and at least 16 others injured on Monday night at Fort Myers' Club Blu Bar and Grill.

The victims were 14-year-old Sean Archilles and 18-year-old Stef'an Strawder.

The shooting occurred during a "swimsuit glow party" that was supposed to be a safe and welcoming environment for teens. The gunfire started near the end of the night, as parents were picking up their kids.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, with three "persons of interest" in custody.

Word of the Day

Bernie Sanders fights on with 2 new organizations

Bernie Sanders may not be running for president anymore, but he's not about to disappear from the political landscape either. Two new groups have risen to carry on Sanders' work.

Sanders supporters received an email Monday telling them about Our Revolution, an organization dedicated to realizing the campaign's goals:

"We must transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families."

Our Revolution is a 501(c)(4) organization, like Organizing for Action, a similar group born out of Barack Obama's 2012 campaign. It will help fundraise and campaign for candidates who share Sanders' values.

Sanders also plans to continue campaignining for progressive candidates for other offices through the 2016 election:

"If we are successful, what it will mean is that the progressive message and the issues that I campaigned on will be increasingly spread throughout this country."

The Vermont Senator even said he won't help fundraise for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He thinks it's more important to funnel money and organizing support to lesser known progressive candidates.

Meanwhile, the Sanders Institute has formed to "raise awareness of 'enormous crises' facing Americans."

The Sanders Institute will use media, including documentaries and short videos, to bring attention to issues like poverty, injustice, and lack of adequate health care for Americans.

Oh, and Bernie is also writing a book titled Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In.

Video of the Day

Will Bernie Sanders’ DNC speech rally the Berners?

After a long and hard campaign, Bernie Sanders has come into the fold with his most praising speech of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton yet.

"Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here tonight."

Sanders focused on how, while he may not have won the nomination, his ideals will be better served by a President Clinton than a President Trump. He contrasted Trump's and Clinton's positions on several issues, including global warming, health care, and the minimum wage.

He noted that the next president's ability to appoint Supreme Court justices means this election has long-term repercussions and is crucial for overturning Citizens United:

"If you don’t believe this election is important, if you think you can sit it out, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump would nominate and what that would mean to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country."

Take a gander at the full speech below:

Tweet of the Day

The Democrats officially nominated Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

This is real. (Hillary For America/Flickr)

This probably doesn't come as a huge surprise to anyone, but Hillary Clinton is now officially the Democratic nominee.

Bernie Sanders conceded the race. (Finally, some might say.) In fact, he's the one who moved to finalize the nomination--as Clinton herself did for Barack Obama in 2008.

Everyone knew that Clinton had the votes for it, but the roll call still had some interesting points.

Of course, plenty of people are not happy with this result.

So, what did Clinton have to say for herself? One word.

Controversy of the Day

Does it really matter who hacked the DNC emails?

Wikileaks published about 20,000 Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails that revealed a disturbing exchanges between top party officials discussing Bernie Sanders.

The leak humiliated and even forced chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to design. It also unveiled a troubling collusion between the DNC and liberal media outlets to plant anti-Sanders questions.

In one email, officials discussed how they can weaken Bernie's campaign by attacking his faith:

"This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist."

How did these emails get out? Well, there are suggestions that Russian hackers might have been behind the leak. For one, they've done it before, releasing the DNC's opposition research on Trump as well as intra-party communications.

Some suspect the Russian government backed these hackers and timed the data release to help Donald Trump win the election.

There are also accusations that the DNC knew its servers weren't secure months before they did anything to kick the hackers out.

At the end of the day, it isn't who released them but what they say.

Issue of the Day

4 more terrorist attacks around the world

Terrorist attacks have hit hard across the world this weekend.

In Kabul, Afghanistan, an explosion killed at least 80 people and injured another 260 on Saturday. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. It took place during a demonstration by the Hazara minority near Kabul University.

Then on Sunday, a rocket landed in a Kabul kindergarten. No injuries have been reported from this incident. This is the latest in a long line of attacks in Kabul.

Two car bombs exploded today in Mogadishu, Somalia, near the airport. At least 13 people have died. A terrorist group called al-Shabab has claimed responsibility. (Al-Shabab is allied with al Qaeda.)

In Normany, France, knife-wielding attackers took hostages in a church. This ended with the two attacks dead, as well as one victim, 86-year-old priest Reverend Jacques Hamel. ISIS also claimed responsibility for this attack. One other person is still seriously injured and in critical condition.

In Japan, a mass stabbing at a center for people with disabilities killed 19 and injured 25. The attacker, a former employee of the center who had been fired turned himself in.

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Dana Brown

Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.

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