Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Stevie Wonder: "I Wish"

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Quote of the Day

"He's completely unqualified to be president and would be a menace if he were to get there. I do wish more prominent Republicans would step forward and say that."Dr. Eliot Cohen, State Department counselor during George W. Bush's second term (and organizer of the open letter from a number of Republican national security leaders denouncing Donald Trump) on Trump's unfathomably reckless comments today.

I also wish more prominent Republicans would step forward and speak as bluntly as Dr. Cohen. In fact:

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Daily Dose of Cute

image of Zelda the Black and Tan Mutt asleep on the couch with the tip of her tongue hanging out
Sleepy puppeh.

As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

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In the News

My time continues to be tight because of convention stuff, so let's continue to crowdsource this! Please feel free to use this thread to share news items of interest you've seen in your travels 'round the web today.

(As always, please be sure to add relevant content notes. Thanks!)

Here are a couple of links of interest:

[Content Note: Misogyny] Roundup of Newspapers That Illustrated Hillary Clinton's Nomination with Pictures of Her Husband.

Clinton Running Mate Kaine Endorses Repeal of Hyde Amendment on Abortion.

So We Counted All the Women and People of Color at the DNC and the RNC…

Obama Chooses Historic Jackson Park as Library Site.

Searches for 'Donald Trump Treason' Spike Following Russia Comments.

[CN: Video may autoplay at link] Aide: Trump 'Will Not Be Releasing' Taxes.

[CN: Violence] Would-Be Reagan Assassin John Hinckley Jr. to Be Freed After 35 Years.

Philae Lander: Farewell Messages to Philae as Life Support Ends.

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What Donald Trump Just Did Is Tantamount to Treason

At a press conference earlier today, Donald Trump said: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the thirty thousand emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let's see if that happens."

This is utterly gobsmacking. As is most of the media's lack of concern in covering this story meaningfully. I have been tweeting about it, and I've Storified those tweets for anyone who wants to read them.

I also have a new piece at BNR about it: "BIG: Former CIA Director Says Trump's Loyalty to U.S. in Question."
This comes in the context of increasingly alarming connections between Donald, his campaign co-chair Paul Manafort, Russian hackers, and Russian lenders with ties to Putin.

...We cannot state this any more plainly: Donald is an existential threat to the United States. He cannot be elected president.

Further, in saying that Russia will be "rewarded mightily by our press," Donald is openly acknowledging – and exploiting – the media's demonstrated hatred of Hillary.

It should utterly chill members of the media that Donald is (understandably) assured he can exploit their hatred of Hillary to collude with a foreign government.

...This is the man the Republican Party chose as their nominee. Is the Party of Reagan going to sit idly by while their candidate suggests that foreign government hackers should infiltrate the U.S. government?

If so, the entire party has abdicated all pretense of allegiance to this nation.

And if the national media can spend months hammering Hillary for her emails and give Donald a pass for this, then they are openly trying to elect him.
Meanwhile, in other fucking alarming news: "Buried news today: Trump would consider recognizing Crimea as legally part of Russia."

Every new day brings fresh evidence that Donald Trump is, quite literally, running on a platform of being Putin's puppet.

Is our media going to wake up and address this with the gravity it deserves? Is the Republican Party going to do something about the traitorous dirtbag they chose as their nominee?

TRUMP MUST BE STOPPED. That is not hyperbole. This is grim.

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Rage. Seethe. Boil.

[Content Note: Police brutality; death; racism. Video may autoplay at link.]

Prosecutors have dropped all pending charges on the officers who had yet to be tried in the death of Freddie Gray:

Prosecutors dropped all remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers accused in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in a downtown courtroom on Wednesday morning, concluding one of the most high-profile criminal cases in Baltimore history.

The startling move was an apparent acknowledgement of the unlikelihood of a conviction following the acquittals of three other officers on similar and more serious charges by Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, who was expected to preside over the remaining trials as well.

It also means the office of Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby will secure no convictions in the case after more than a year of dogged fighting, against increasingly heavy odds, to hold someone criminally accountable in Gray's death.
This cavernous lack of accountability is utterly enraging, even though it is hardly surprising.

Freddie Gray's family still has the opportunity to pursue a civil case, but that is, for a variety of reasons, not the same as a criminal case. Which is why they are separate in the first place.

There will never, ever, be justice without meaningful accountability. And real justice is not just consequences for the killers of Freddie Gray, but no more people killed in acts of police brutality ever again.

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[Content Note: Bigotry; fearmongering.]

So, Donald Trump has added an "Issues" page to his campaign website. I don't know when it was added; I haven't looked at his website for awhile. [H/Ts to Jen Statsky and Ginger McKnight.] And it is really something.

The entire page is just a series of short videos, with Trump talking directly to the camera about something (while cinematic Action President! music plays), and a short paraphrase beneath each video.

screen shot of Donald Trump's 'Issues' page, showing page as described above

There are literally ZERO policy details. Here, for example, is Trump on the issue of "The Military," the description of which on the page reads: "I will make our Military so big, powerful and strong that no one will mess with us."

Trump: I'm gonna make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody, absolutely nobody, is gonna mess with us. We're gonna take care of our vets, and we're gonna get rid of ISIS. We're gonna get rid of 'em fast.
THAT'S LITERALLY IT. He is, however, minimally more loquacious when it comes to making sure he conveys that he will definitely be a total shit to marginalized people.

I have a great education. I went to an Ivy League college. But I'm not politically correct. Because to be politically correct just takes too much time. It takes too much effort. We have to get things done in this country, and you're never gonna get it done if we just stay politically correct.
At first blush, this might seem hilarious, but that's one of the most sinister things about Donald Trump: He seems like a joke upon cursory examination, but his pithy hatred is scary. Reducing his authoritarian nationalism into small, digestible bites for people who will just uncritically follow and cheer him as long as he speaks (literally) to their lizard brains is not funny. It's terrifying.

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"She has made history."

[Content Note: Misogyny.]

I've got a new piece up at BNR: "SHE DID IT!!! Hillary Overcame the Haters with Grace and Dignity."

A friend of mine, a professor of women's history, once said to me during a conversation about women trailblazers that history looks back on these women through a lens that often filters out the vast array of difficulties they had to navigate on the way to their remembered achievements.

The destination is what we celebrate, and while it's generally agreed that the path must have been tough, rarely are the details, in their specificity and scope, so well-recalled.

It has taken 227 years for a woman to achieve what Hillary achieved today. For the most part, people agree that she had to overcome some obstacles to get here.

But will history remember how truly plethoric and pervasive those obstacles were?
Head on over to read the whole thing, because to truly honor the profundity of Hillary's achievement, we must acknowledge the full landscape of her journey to get there.

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Democratic Convention Day Two Wrap-Up!


As you might have heard, via the news or via the reverberating sound of my celebratory sobs carried on the winds of history, Hillary Clinton officially captured the Democratic nomination yesterday, making her the first woman in the nation's history to be the presidential nominee of a major party.

Woo. What a time to be alive!

At the end of the evening, Clinton made a quick appearance at the convention via satellite from New York:

Video Description: A video that was showing all the male presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama on a huge screen in the convention hall "shatters," revealing Hillary Clinton with a HUGE smile on her face. The crowd cheers as celebratory music plays!

Clinton: Hello, Philadelphia! I am so happy. It's been a great day and night. What an incredible honor that you have given me. And I can't believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet! [cheers] Thanks to you and to everyone who's fought so hard to make this possible. This is really your victory; this is really your night. And, if there are any little girls out there who stayed up late to watch, let me just say [the camera pulls back to reveal that she's in a room full of supporters] I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next! Thank you all! I can't wait to join you in Philadelphia! Thank you! [cheers and applause]
I again did some live-tweeting of the primetime speakers, and I've Storified those tweets for anyone who wants to read them.

Once again, I'll just remark upon how almost indescribably different the Democratic convention is from the Republican convention. I am buoyed by the messages of hope, optimism, and commitment to the hard work of making progress happen together that emanate from every speaker at the Democratic convention. My people.

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Open Thread

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Hosted by kids.

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Democratic Convention Day Two Thread

Instead of doing Questions of the Day during the conventions, I'm going to be posting Convention Threads, since the big speeches happen in the evenings, and I thought we might all want a place to discuss.

Here is the schedule of speakers for this evening.

Y'all, when I started blogging 12 years ago, I honestly didn't think I'd see this day in my lifetime. I had the same thought in 2008. To have gotten to see these two historic nominations back-to-back is overwhelming. I have cried my head dry.

I can't quite put into words what it feels like to have spent so much of the last ten years researching and writing about Hillary Clinton—first, just as her defender against misogyny; then as her hesitant admirer; then as her ardent supporter—and to now sit in this moment, celebrating the history she has made.

I have spent a lot of time with her, although we've never met. I have burdened myself with the task of being her champion, and I have burdened her with the task of being mine.

And I have never been disappointed.

image of President Obama with Hillary Clinton, which has had text added to it by BNR reading: 'My faith in Hillary Clinton has always been rewarded.'--President Barack Obama, July 5, 2016

This is an incredible moment. This entire convention has been incredible for me. Just having the opportunity to watch so many people speak positively about a woman is rare, no less the opportunity to watch them speak about a woman who may be our next president.

Hillary Clinton is officially the nominee. And I am officially overwhelmed.

* * *

Among tonight's speakers is former President Bill Clinton. There have been former presidents who spoke in support of a presidential nominee before, and spouses who spoke in support of a presidential nominee before, but tonight, in another historical first, a former president who is also a spouse will speak in support of a presidential nominee. Whoa.

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She Did It!


image of Hillary Clinton standing in what looks to be a hotel room with her back to the camera, speaking on a cell phone while she gazes out a window
"Hi, Victoria? It's me—Hillary. I did it."

I will say once again: Thank You, Hillary.

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Two-Minute Nostalgia Sublime

Katy Perry: "Roar"

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This is it, y'all! The roll call to officially nominate the Democratic presidential nominee is about to begin at the Democratic convention! Eeeeeeeeeee!

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[Content Note: Hacking.]

Background here.

'DNC Hacker' Unmasked: He Really Works for Russia, Researchers Say:

The hacker who claims to have stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee and provided them to WikiLeaks is actually an agent of the Russian government and part of an orchestrated attempt to influence U.S. media coverage surrounding the presidential election, a security research group concluded on Tuesday.

The researchers, at Arlington, Va.-based ThreatConnect, traced the self-described Romanian hacker Guccifer 2.0 back to an Internet server in Russia and to a digital address that has been linked in the past to Russian online scams. Far from being a singly, sophisticated hacker, Guccifer 2.0 is more likely a collection of people from the propaganda arm of the Russian government meant to deflect attention away from Moscow as the force behind the DNC hacks and leaks of emails, the researchers found.

ICYMI yesterday: Sophisticated Agitators Are Actively Working to Sabotage Hillary.

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Hillary Clinton's Entire Career Has Been Set to a Soundtrack of Shouting

[Content Note: Misogyny.]

I've got a new essay up at BNR: "What's All That Shouting at the Democratic Convention?"

To be a woman is to live a life against a backdrop of shouting.

...And most of us don't live our lives on a stage as visible and a scale as grand as Hillary Clinton has done — and continues to do.

...Hillary is used to being shouted at. The sound of shouts echo through the halls of whatever space she works, doing the business of getting things done, for the people who shout at her. And the people who don't.

So it was inevitable that there would be shouting at the Democratic convention, this place in which Hillary will officially become the first woman ever to be nominated for the U.S. presidency by a major party. It is the biggest and best thing she's ever done (so far), so naturally there is shouting.

But if shouting could stop her, she never would have made it to this moment. Hillary is tougher than the people who shout at her ever will be.

And then there is this: There are people who are shouting for her. With lungs full of air drawn in the deep breath of relief and validation. There are people who are shouting with all of our might that she has done this thing, this extraordinary thing, which took 227 years for a woman to do.

We are shouting, too. We are shouting with the fervor of multitudes; with the vigor of millions of ghosts. Women who have lived and died without ever seeing this moment, who no longer haunt us; whose rattled chains of celebration reverberate in our lifted voices.

We have taken up their legacy with breathless gratitude and compelling need, drawing our lives from their oft unknown lives, beneficiaries of a legacy we only deserve if we endeavor to enrich it with our own contributions, no matter whether infinitesimal or grand, as long as they are honest and true.

This moment is grand. And so we shout. Our shouting will drown in deep, incandescent pools of reproach the shouting of those who would try to derail this moment.
Head on over to read the whole thing. And please share it far and wide with all the Hillary supporters you know who might need the reminder that there are millions of us shouting with joy.

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In the News

My time continues to be tight because of convention stuff, so let's continue to crowdsource this! Please feel free to use this thread to share news items of interest you've seen in your travels 'round the web today.

(As always, please be sure to add relevant content notes. Thanks!)

Here are a couple of links of interest:

Clinton Leads Way on Abortion Rights as Democrats Seek End to Decades-Old Rule.

Cecile Richards: Tim Kaine Is an Incredible Ally for All Women.

There Are All-Gender Restrooms at the Democratic Convention and Nobody Gives a Crap. (Pun intended?)

WNBA Rescinds Penalties Against Players Who Protested Police Shootings.

LUCA: A 4 Billion-Year-Old Ancestor of All Living Things on Earth.

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Daily Dose of Cute

image of Matilda the Fuzzy Sealpoint Cat sitting on the arm of the couch, peering at me from behind a shredded bit of blanket
"Yeah, I was chewing on your blanket. What do you think YOU can do about it?"

As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

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Photo of the Day

Okay, they might not be Obama-Clinton, but this is still a PRETTY TERRIFIC PICTURE AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

image of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine backstage before their first joint appearance as running maters; Hillary is grinning widely and clapping her hands together; Tim is grinning and making two fists
[Photo: Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America.]

In other news, this AP dispatch is ending me:
Tim Kaine says Donald Trump's got him all wrong.

Trump on Monday put Kaine down as a, "weird little dude."

Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate, says he's "not that little."
LOLOLOL!!! So, he has conceded that he's boring, and now he's conceded that's weird.

Senator Kaine, as a fellow traveler who checks both the weird and boring boxes big time, I heartily approve!

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Democratic Convention Day One Wrap-Up!

Well, that was quite a night!

Although the day got off to a rocky start, and stayed fairly bumpy throughout the evening, there were a number of terrific speeches last night, not least of which was First Lady Michelle Obama's. Woo! FLOTUS BROUGHT IT.

[Transcript here.]

I again did some live-tweeting of the primetime speakers, and I've Storified those tweets for anyone who wants to read them.

And here is some of the coverage from BNR:

Me: Grab the Tissues: Karla Ortiz Is Why We're Democrats.

Peter: Karla Ortiz and Anastasia Somoza Make Me Proud to Be a Hillary Democrat.

Peter: Wow! Astonishing Michelle Obama Endorsement of Hillary.

Ginger: Michelle Obama Was My Harvard Law Classmate and Her Convention Speech Floored Me.

Me: Bernie Slams Trump's Twitter Trolling.

What did you think? Whose speeches did you love? It's so amazing when your party nominates someone people love and thus have an embarrassment of riches in terms of speakers, as opposed to nominating a radioactive dirtbag!

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