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By Associated Press 4:31pm, July 26, 2016 - Updated 9:25pm, July 26, 2016
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8:45 p.m.

"Hunger Games" actress Elizabeth Banks and other speakers at the Democratic convention have noted that Hillary Clinton devoted her early law career to children's causes.

It's true that Clinton did work for the Children's Defense Fund. But she also worked at the prestigious Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. It's the third oldest firm in the United States.

Clinton became the firm's first female partner when her husband, Bill, was Arkansas attorney general and then governor.

Among the firm's clients were Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart and several brokerage houses.

The firm became well known during the Whitewater scandal, when investigators probed real estate deals between the Clintons and a Rose client, Jim McDougal.


8:35 p.m.

Trayvon Martin's mother is telling Democrats that she supports Hillary Clinton because the presidential nominee "is a mother who can assure our movement will succeed."

Sybrina Fulton spoke Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention, along with a group of women who had lost their children to gun violence or after contact with police.

They call themselves the Mothers of the Movement.

Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012 at the age of 17. The gunman was later acquitted of second-degree murder.

Martin's mother says at the convention that Clinton "has the compassion and understanding to support grieving mothers. She has the courage to lead the fight for common sense gun legislation."


8:25 p.m.

A group of mothers who lost children to violence is drawing applause and chants of "black lives matter" at the Democratic National Convention.

The group is known as the Mothers of the Movement, and they include the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner.

These women have campaigned for Hillary Clinton across the country in recent months, advocating for criminal justice reforms and gun control.

Geneva Reed-Veal is the mother of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in a Texas jail cell last year after her arrest during a traffic stop.

Reed-Veal says, "I am here with Hillary Clinton tonight because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children's names."


8 p.m.

President Barack Obama says experts have attributed the Democratic National Committee hack to the Russians, and he says the FBI continues to investigate.

Obama says this incident aside, the Russians "hack our systems." He says they hack both government systems and private systems.

Obama tells NBC News that he can't say what the motives were in leaking thousands of DNC emails. But he says Republican Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin. He says Trump has been covered favorably by the Russian media.

Asked whether Russia could have leaked the emails to help Trump, Obama says, "Anything's possible."


7:45 p.m.

Former President Jimmy Carter says Hillary Clinton has his support - and he tells delegates at the Democratic National Convention - "I know she will also have yours."

Carter's message cane in a video address to delegates.

The former president says these are "perilous times" and the nation needs someone with a "strong heart," a deep understanding of issues and a "steady hand."

Carter is also thanking Bernie Sanders for energizing young people and bringing them into the political process.


7:33 p.m.

Bernie Sanders' campaign manager watched the final votes alongside Hillary Clinton's team.

When Clinton hit the magic number clinching the nomination, Jeff Weaver joined Clinton's staff in their box.

He gave a big hugs to top Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Jen Palmieri and sat with the team as the remaining states cast their votes. That's according to a campaign worker.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook cheered and embraced other top staff as the final tally was announced.


7:25 p.m.

This one's for posterity purposes.

Here's what Bernie Sanders said at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday to bring the party's presidential race to a close and formally nominate Hillary Clinton:

"Madam chair, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules. I move that all votes, all votes cast by delegates, be reflected in the official record, and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States."


7:23 p.m.

"Very emotional."

That's how Brian Pine, a Bernie Sanders delegate from Vermont, describes the feeling he had watching Sanders make his call at the Democratic National Convention for Hillary Clinton's nomination.

Pine says the Vermont senator's supporters must accept the gains they've made in the party platform and now move on to support Clinton against Republican Donald Trump.

Pine puts it this way: "In so many ways we've won, but the primary's over and we came up short in the end," he said.

He says Sanders' supporters will need time to heal, but should consider the dark reality of a potential Trump presidency.


7:20 p.m.

Moments after Hillary Clinton officially won the Democratic nomination for president, a large group of Bernie Sanders' supporters left the convention hall in Philadelphia to hold a sit-in protest at a nearby tent for journalists.

Some supporters had their mouths taped shut. A few others sang "This Land is Your Land" and held a banner that read, "We The People."

They say they're holding a peaceful protest to complain about being shut out by the Democratic Party.

One protester is 64-year-old Talat Khan, of San Bernardino, California.

He says: "It's for the betterment of our children and the future of our children."

Earlier Tuesday, Sanders asked the convention to nominate Clinton by acclamation. The delegates did so, to wild cheers inside the Wells Fargo Center.


7:15 p.m.

Some of Hillary Clinton's top campaign aides were on the side of the convention stage when word came that Clinton had become the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, vice chair Huma Abedin and media adviser Jim Margolis exchanged hugs after the news was announced.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was next up at the podium and praised his longtime friend.

McAuliffe was embraced by Mook on the side of the stage after his speech. Mook served as McAuliffe's campaign manager in 2013.


7:10 p.m.

Donald Trump isn't ruling out the idea of hiring ex-Fox News executive Roger Ailes for his presidential campaign.

The billionaire businessman tells The Hollywood Reporter that Ailes has never mentioned that idea to him. But Trump says, "Roger's been a friend of mine for a long time and he's done an incredible job."

Trump says he'd "think about" the idea of having Ailes onboard.

But Trump also says: "We have a great team. We have a great campaign going. But Roger is a very capable guy and he's a friend of mine."


7:05 p.m.

Donald Trump says that he has "zero" investments in Russia - a statement coming in response to suggestions the Russian government may be working to sway the U.S. presidential election in his favor.

The GOP nominee says on Twitter: "In order to try and deflect the horror and stupidity of the Wikileaks disaster, the Dems said maybe it is Russia dealing with Trump."

"Crazy!" he says.

The Democratic National Committee was recently hacked, with private emails posted on Wikileaks.

The cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike Inc. discovered traces of at least two sophisticated hacking groups on the Democrats' network - both of which have ties to the Russian government.

Trump has taken a relatively friendly approach to Russia in his campaign.


7 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton is honoring his wife Hillary Clinton as she becomes the first woman in the United States to be the presidential nominee of a major party.

The former president writes on Twitter, "So proud of you, Hillary. (hash)DemsInPhilly"

Bill Clinton is headlining Tuesday's night's convention with an address to delegates.


6:56 p.m.

Hillary Clinton claimed the Democratic presidential nomination after rival Bernie Sanders asked delegates at the party's national convention to nominate her by acclamation.

It was a dramatic end to the roll call of states.

Sanders told the convention that he wanted the procedural rules to be suspended and that Clinton be selected as the party's nominee.

And that's what happened. And that's how Clinton was declared the nominee.


6:54 p.m.

A historic moment in Philadelphia - and for the United States.

Hillary Clinton is the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major U.S. political party. That first has just come at the Democratic National Convention.

The former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady wants to be the first female president in U.S. history - and to do that, she'll have to beat Republican Donald Trump in the general election in November.


6:45 p.m.

Vermont has passed in the roll call of states as the Democratic National Convention considers the party's next presidential nominee.

Bernie Sanders' home state is expected to be the final one in the roll call.

Hillary Clinton has received a majority of the delegates needed to become the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party.


6:37 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has won the convention votes needed to capture the Democratic presidential nomination - and make history as the first woman to become the White House nominee of a major U.S. political party.

The former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state had faced Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in a tough primary fight for the nomination.


6:25 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is on the cusp of becoming the first woman to win the American presidential nomination of a major party.

Clinton has surpassed 2,000 delegates during a roll call of states that has been conducted through Ohio.

When the roll reached New York, the governor - Andrew Cuomo - said his state was the "proud home of the next president of the United States."

Clinton needs 2,382 delegates to claim the nomination.


6:10 p.m.

Jerry Emmett was born before women gained the right to vote in America, so it's fitting she announced that the Arizona delegation was casting 51 of its 85 votes for Hillary Clinton for president.

Clinton is in line to become the first woman to be nominated for president of a U.S. political major party. And she'd make more history by being elected the first female president of the United States.

Emmett is 102 years old and from Prescott, Arizona. She remembers seeing her mother go to vote for the first time after the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920.

Emmett is legally blind and doesn't hear very well, but she says she walks about a mile a day and still bakes pies.

She says she was thrilled to be at the Democratic National Convention - where she carried a blue-and-white sign that read: "Centenarian for Hillary."


5:50 p.m.

A lifelong friend of Hillary Clinton's is announcing Illinois' vote for president.

"This one is for you, Hill," Betsy Ebeling says at the Democratic National Convention.

Ebeling announced that Illinois had given 98 delegates to Clinton.

Ebeling says it's in honor of "Dorothy and Hugh's daughter and my sweet friend."

Ebeling was a childhood friend of Clinton's in suburban Chicago.


5:40 p.m.

No surprise here: Bernie Sanders is getting his brother's vote at the Democratic National Convention.

Larry Sanders says he's casting that vote with what he calls "enormous pride."

Larry Sanders addressed the convention during the roll call of states - and he was speaking as a member of the Americans Abroad delegation. Larry Sanders lives in Britain.

He appeared to be emotional - and said their late parents would have been proud of the Vermont senator's accomplishments.


6 p.m.

Listen to Delaware's John Carney, congressman and gubernatorial candidate issue delegate votes.

Of the state's 32 delegates, 23 went to Hillary Clinton while 9 went to Bernie Sanders.


5:35 p.m.

The roll call of states was underway at the Democratic National Convention--and it's expected to lead to the history-making nomination of Hillary Clinton for president.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake has kicked off the voting by asking, "Are we ready to make some history?"

Clinton needs 2,382 delegates to win the nomination.



5:20 p.m.

Ashley Judd joined a group marching against police brutality in Philadelphia.

The political activist and actress who starred in "Kiss the Girls," "Double Jeopardy," and "Heat" stopped on Broad Street with tears in her eyes while watching the protest and then accepted a "Black Lives Matter" sign from the Philly REAL Justice group and joined in.

The group is marching from near Temple University, in north Philadelphia, south on Broad Street to City Hall. There, they'll meet up with another group decrying police brutality and economic injustice and then move down to a park near the convention site.

Organizers from the group told white protesters to move to the back of the demonstration, saying the action is "a black and brown resistance march."

Some in the crowd chanted "Don't vote for Hillary (Clinton), she's killing black people."



5:15 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has had her name placed in nomination for president.

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski has done that honor at the Democratic National Convention--and says she's delivering a speech on behalf of "all women who have broken down barriers for others."

Mikulski was the first Democratic woman to be elected to the Senate in her own right.

Later Tuesday night, Clinton is set to become the first woman to be nominated for president of a U.S. political major party.

Clinton's nomination was seconded by a leader of the civil rights movement, Georgia Rep. John Lewis. He tells the convention the nation had made "too much progress and we are not going back."

He's asking the delegates to vote in November "like we have never ever voted before."



5:10 p.m.

Kentucky's secretary of state is calling Donald Trump "an unsteady, unqualified bully" and is recounting her long friendship with Hillary Clinton.

Alison Lundergan Grimes is using her speech at the Democratic National Convention to offer insights about Clinton's personal side.

She's stressing Clinton's support for equal pay for women, voting rights, affordable health care and pensions for retired coal miners.

Grimes describes Clinton as a family-oriented grandmother who enjoys watching HGTV and eating Buffalo wings.

As for Trump, Grimes is portraying the GOP presidential nominee as "an unsteady, unqualified bully who points fingers rather than offering a hand to those who are defenseless."

Grimes lost to Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell in a high-profile race in 2014.


5 p.m.

A Hawaii congresswoman has nominated Bernie Sanders for president at the Democratic convention.

In response to the move by Tulsi Gabbard, Sanders' delegates are jumping to their feet in applause.

Gabbard was one of Sanders' major backers during his primary campaign.

She calls the Vermont senator's campaign "a movement of love," and says "it can never be stopped or defeated."

The Democratic convention is beginning Tuesday afternoon with the nomination of candidates for the party's presidential nomination.

Later Tuesday, Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski will nominate Hillary Clinton, who has the delegates needed to win in the roll call vote to follow.



4:50 p.m.

Thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters and protesters rallied near one of the entrances to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia to greet arriving delegates.

They gathered Tuesday afternoon outside of a subway station being used by delegates. Some chanted "This is what democracy looks like!"

The Sanders supporters were joined by people protesting other things as well, including anti-abortion.

Full service on the subway line that serves the convention site was restored Tuesday afternoon after it was earlier limited because of protesters.


4:50 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden said the most ardent of Bernie Sanders' supporters will eventually end up voting for Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump.

Biden tells reporters at the Democratic National Convention that he doesn't think the Democratic Party is fractured. He says Bernie Sanders' supporters have changed the party in a positive way. He says they just need a little time to get over the fact that Clinton is the presumptive presidential nominee.

And Biden tells ABC that those supporters aren't going to pull the lever for Trump "for God's sake."



4:40 p.m.

Former Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin kicked off the second day of the Democratic National Convention with a tribute to the 26th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Democrats are planning to hold their roll call of states later Tuesday - and that's expected to end with Hillary Clinton becoming the first woman to receive the presidential nomination of a major party.

Supporters of rival Bernie Sanders plan to support him during the roll call. But the Vermont senator has acknowledged he won't have enough delegates to win the nomination.

Former President Bill Clinton is set to headline the list of speakers.



4:30 p.m.

Full service has been restored on the subway line that serves the Democratic convention site in Philadelphia.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said on Twitter that Broad Street Line between Oregon Avenue and AT&T station resumed Tuesday afternoon after it was briefly limited to only those with credentials.

Service was limited after a group of Bernie Sanders supporters gathered outside of the station to protest. Most of the group has moved to another area.



4 p.m.

Only those with proper credentials are being allowed to remain on the subway line that serves the Democratic convention site in Philadelphia because of pro-Bernie Sanders protests.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said on Twitter that the Broad Street Line wouldn't provide service past the Oregon Avenue station, the next-to-last stop, because of Democratic National Convention "activity."

A group of Sanders supporters were gathered outside of the AT&T station, near the site of the convention, to protest.

The supporters aboard the train chanted "Bernie or bust!" as they were made to get off at the next-to-last stop. Transit police walked through to check credentials of those remaining on the train.



3:40 p.m.

Hundreds of activists have gathered to drown out a small group of anti-gay protesters at a Philadelphia clinic that offers HIV testing.

The counter-protest drew people with signs mocking those typically brandished by Westboro Baptist Church members. The gay rights group's signs boasted slogans like "God Hates Warm Beer" and "God Hates Bad Signs."

A brass band played in the streets outside the Mazzoni Center for LGBT health as people crowded around the sidewalks outside in Philadelphia's gay neighborhood known as the Gayborhood.

The four Westboro protesters left after about 45 minutes with counter-protesters following after them.



3:20 p.m.

A Philadelphia judge said the host committee for the Democratic convention can keep its donor list secret until September.

Common Pleas Judge Abbe Fletman said that may not promote transparency. But she said federal election law gives organizers 60 days to disclose the names of people who bankroll the conventions.

Fundraisers set out to raise more than $60 million in private donations for this week's convention in Philadelphia. They have taken out a $15 million line of credit from a city agency that requires quarterly financial updates.

Independent journalist Dustin Slaughter of Philadelphia sought those reports and won a favorable ruling from Pennsylvania's open records office. But the host committee appealed, leading to the decision Monday that keeps the list under wraps during the convention.


3:10 p.m.

Organizers of a march against police brutality in Philadelphia are telling white protesters to move to the back of the demonstration, saying the action is "a black and brown resistance march."

Philly REAL Justice organizer Erica Mines says the rally and march are "anti-police" and tells the crowd the officers present on bikes are not there to protect them.

Mines also told the crowd of about 500 marchers that "Hillary Clinton has blood on her hands."

In a call and echo chant, the crowd repeats "Power to the people! No power to these pigs!"

The group is marching from near Temple University, in north Philadelphia, south on Broad Street to City Hall. There, they'll meet up with another group decrying police brutality and economic injustice and then move down to a park near the convention site.



3:01 p.m.

Hillary Clinton's campaign says several party luminaries will formally put forth her name as the first woman ever to win a major party's presidential nomination.

Among those set to nominate the former secretary of state Tuesday are Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, civil rights activist and Georgia Rep. John Lewis and Iraq war veteran Na'ilah Amaru.

A roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is set for later Tuesday.



2:49 p.m.

Tim Kaine's wife has resigned as Virginia's Secretary of Education.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office announced Tuesday that Anne Holton stepped down from the cabinet-level post because her husband had been picked to be Hillary Clinton's running mate.

McAuliffe said Holton's resignation was effective Monday.



2:45 p.m.

Green Party supporters rallying in Philadelphia said money has been pouring in to their cause since Bernie Sanders endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein laid out her platform Tuesday to "Bernie or Bust" demonstrators. Stein, a physician, is calling for 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, a $15 minimum wage and defense cuts.

Former Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins of New York has been gathering signatures for Stein. He calls her "Plan B" for Sanders supporters who don't like Clinton or GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Hawkins, of Syracuse, believes Stein can do well enough in November to boost the party's ballot access and public funding. And he says that could make the Green Party a solid alternative in some one-sided congressional districts.



2:44 p.m.

Jim Hightower, a former Texas agriculture commissioner and a Sanders delegate, said both he and former NAACP president Ben Jealous have been asked by other Sanders delegates about being nominated for vice president on the floor. Hightower says both he and Jealous have declined.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton's running mate and will be formally nominated at the convention.

Some Sanders delegates said Kaine is too centrist and have been discussing ways to register their unhappiness, including talk of turning their backs during Kaine's speech.

Hightower says he has also heard of talk of a public demonstration on the convention floor in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.



2:20 p.m.

Bryan Cranston said it doesn't make sense that the public takes his opinions more seriously just because he's an actor, yet he sees it as his responsibility to share his thoughts on social issues.

The "Breaking Bad" star made the comments during a civil rights panel discussion in Philadelphia on Tuesday, the second day of the Democratic convention. He says he's voting for Hillary Clinton.

The discussion highlighted the efforts of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party during the 1964 Democratic convention. They opposed the all-white delegation.

Three civil rights activists who played a part in those events joined Cranston on the panel. He plays President Lyndon B. Johnson in the HBO film "All the Way." The film travels the rocky road that led to passage of the Civil Rights Act.

He says he feels like a "cubic zirconia on a stage with diamonds."

The panel was sponsored by Airbnb, the home-sharing site that's been battling accusations of racism. Some travelers say they've been rejected by Airbnb hosts because they are black.


2:10 p.m.

An organizer of the Bernie Delegate Network is predicting less disruption from Sanders delegates during the roll call vote later Tuesday.

Karen Bernal helped lead the loose organization of 1,200 delegates. She expected a "different tenor" compared to Monday and says delegates are focused on having a full roll call so their votes are expressed.

The group had threatened to walk out if there is a motion to nominate by acclamation - or unanimous vote.

But Bernal said there probably won't be rowdy protests if the motion is made after a full roll call vote.

"It's not going to be a rollicking day like yesterday."

She is reserving options for later in the week, when both Clinton and her VP pick, Tim Kaine, address the convention, she said.


2:00 p.m.

The longest-serving woman in Congress told Maryland delegates on Tuesday that she will formally submit Hillary Clinton's name as the Democratic nominee for president.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski's spokeswoman, Rachel MacKnight, said the senator will give a brief speech and introduce Clinton's name before the roll call of the states Tuesday evening.

A longtime Clinton friend, Mikulski is retiring after her fifth six-year Senate term. She was first elected to the House in 1977.



1:36 p.m.

Julianne Moore, Bryan Cranston, Kerry Washington, Mark Ruffalo, Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Dunham, Shonda Rhimes, and Macklemore are among more than 100 celebrities joining a campaign to urge Americans to deny Donald Trump the presidency.

The campaign is part of Political Action's #UnitedAgainstHate campaign.

An open letter on the group's web site says that the group will try to, "bring attention to the dangers of a Trump presidency, and to the real and present threats of his candidacy."

The letter adds that Trump wants to take the country back to a time when "when fear excused violence, when greed fueled discrimination, and when the state wrote prejudice against marginalized communities into law."

Among the communities it says Trump has attacked: Mexicans and Latinos, blacks, LGBTQ, women, Asians, refugees and people with disabilities.



1:25 p.m.

After a rowdy first night of the Democratic National Convention, Bernie Sanders drew some boos himself as he addressed California delegates Tuesday.

A handful of supporters booed Sanders at a delegate breakfast, said Holly Mitchell, a state lawmaker from Los Angeles, who is a Clinton delegate. She said it was a small number in the large delegation.

According to Mitchell, Sanders told the people to boo if they wanted, but to vote for the future of their children.


1:15 p.m.

Few, if any, of the Bernie Sanders supporters rallying near City Hall in Philadelphia appear to be following the Vermont senator's plea to fall in line for Hillary Clinton.

Leadoff speaker Debbie Lusignan is a "progressive video blogger." She called the primary process "a coup" and says Clinton "lied her way from Iowa to California."

Some of the hundreds of people enduring the Tuesday afternoon sun on another steamy day in Philadelphia are chanting "Bernie or bust."

Others say they'll vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. A passer-by at the rally complained that a Stein vote amounts to a vote for Trump.



11:20 a.m.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said he prays for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

After Booker's speech to the Democratic convention Monday night, Trump tweeted that if Booker is the future of the Democratic Party, it has no future. He also said he knows "more about Cory than he knows about himself."

Booker said on CNN Tuesday that he doesn't want to answer Trump's "hate with hate," and wants to "answer it with love."

He says he doesn't want Trump to enter the White House "to be spewing that kind of mean-spirited hate that doesn't even belong in a playground sandbox."

Booker says that he will continue attacking Trump's policies on the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton.




11:05 a.m.

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords attended a rally for "common sense" gun legislation in Philadelphia as the Democratic National Convention enters its second day.

Giffords' political action committee Americans for Responsible Solutions co-sponsored the Tuesday event in a park near The Franklin Institute. Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis of Georgia is among the politicians attending the rally.

Mothers who lost children to gun violence also spoke, and Giffords and Lewis addressed the crowd. Giffords was gravely wounded by a gunman during a public event in Tucson in 2011.

Bernie Sanders supporters planned to gather around noon for a rally near City Hall. A march protesting police violence against blacks is set for the afternoon.



11:00 a.m.

Bernie Sanders supporters haven't agreed on whether to fall in step with Democrat Hillary Clinton or flaunt their opposition at the convention.

Many Sanders supporters worked too hard to easily switch their allegiance to Hillary Clinton, said Walt Dixie, a Bernie Sanders delegate from Syracuse, New York, but he believed many--or most--will make the transition. He said Democrats "can't afford a wasted vote."

But Sanders delegate Jeff Day, of Delaware, predicted an even more raucous response Tuesday night from Sanders' supporters. Day said booing is one way in which those committed to Sanders can show their irritation at being treated dismissively by Clinton's people.


10:37 a.m.

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said there was no evidence the Democratic presidential campaign has been breached by the same hack that revealed Democratic National Committee emails to WikiLeaks.

At a Bloomberg Politics breakfast, he said the campaign felt like it has "robust security" and they'd received no indication by the FBI that their correspondence is at risk.



10:27 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump received an enthusiastic response from veterans as he criticizes Democrats and vows to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"Our politicians have totally failed you," Trump told veterans gathered at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Charlotte

He criticized rival Hillary Clinton and the Democrats gathered in Philadelphia at their national convention for failing to mention Islamic State militants during their convention's first day. He said that "they really established ISIS. Because of weakness."

Clinton on Monday spoke at the same gathering and offered a scathing critique of Trump's foreign policy, casting him as too reckless to serve as the country's commander in chief.

But when Trump mentioned Clinton's name on Tuesday, it was met with shouts of "Lock her up!"

Trump joked, "I guess she didn't do very well" with the crowd.


10:12 a.m.

Hillary Clinton's campaign aides say Tuesday night's convention "will make history about 100 years in the making." It's the first time a major party will nominate a female presidential candidate.

Communications director Jen Palmieri and senior adviser Karen Finney say the evening will focus on Clinton's story and "the fights of her life." But Clinton herself will be watching the festivities ?- including a speech by former President Bill Clinton -? from her home in New York.

Downplaying signs of disunity in the convention hall, Finney is deeming Monday night "very successful" because of the "full-throated" endorsement from Clinton's former rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sanders delegates will be allowed to cast votes for him during a roll call tonight.



9:35 a.m.

Democrats blamed decades of Republican attacks for polls that show Hillary Clinton is widely distrusted and in a tight race against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook says Clinton has long fought for children and families and "has scars to show for it." He says Clinton has "paid the price" by being constantly attacked by the GOP, including House Republican investigations he says were aimed at lowering Clinton's poll ratings.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri said that "every scar that Hillary Clinton wears, she got while she was in public service" fighting for children and families. McCaskill says this week's convention will focus on Clinton's long career and help people see "beyond the 30-second soundbites that are put out by the Republican attack machine."

Clinton has said she has work to do to earn voters' trust.

Mook and McCaskill spoke in separate interviews Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show.



9:23 a.m.

Bernie Sanders said he hoped his delegates would vote for him during Tuesday's planned roll call vote. But the former presidential candidate acknowledged that he does not have enough support to prevent Hillary Clinton from being formally nominated by the Democratic party for president.

Sanders told a round-table interview with Bloomberg Politics that although he has endorsed Clinton, he still thinks his delegates should be able to vote for him during the floor vote at the Democratic National Convention.

The Vermont senator said he's hopeful that "our people treat the process with respect" and not engage in demonstrations or booing on the floor, and said it's possible that someone may request that the vote be considered unanimous once every state has had the chance to voice their support.


8:21 a.m.

Donald Trump complained about hot air at a Virginia hotel, and the hotel is pushing back.

The Republican presidential nominee said he felt like he was "in a sauna" speaking to supporters at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center Monday. Onstage, Trump, owner of luxury hotels, said:

"I don't know what hotel this is, but you ought to try turning on the air conditioning or we're not going to get you paid." He added that "the ballroom and the people that own this hotel should be ashamed of themselves."

Hotel officials told WDBJ in Roanoke that its air conditioning system "was on and working properly throughout the event."



7:59 a.m.

Tim Kaine said Donald Trump's got him all wrong.

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

Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate, said he's "not that little."

He spoke after having breakfast in Richmond Tuesday at the City Diner, his regular haunt, with his usual group of buddies.

Campaign trail food awaits him after Kaine joins Clinton in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention to be nominated to the party's 2016 presidential ticket.


6:25 a.m.

Susan Sarandon said she's waiting to be persuaded to support Hillary Clinton before giving her vote.

The actress is attending the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and has been taking part in demonstrations with various groups.

Sarandon has been an outspoken supporter of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. In an interview with left-leaning website Democracy Now, she said she wants to see what Clinton's plans for are on issues such as fracking and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She says she wants to be "convinced" by the likely Democratic nominee.

In a separate interview with left-wing online network, The Young Turks, Sarandon called the leaked e-mails that show the Democratic National Committee and chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz strongly backing Clinton for the party bid, "disgusting," but added, "it doesn't come as a surprise."



6:00 a.m.

A Russian presidential spokesman has accused U.S. politicians of being paranoid about Russia allegedly backing Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race.

Hillary Clinton's campaign on Monday blamed Russia for hacking the party's computers and suggested the goal was to benefit Trump's campaign. Trump has denied the accusations.

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Tuesday that that allegation is just another "paranoid" attempt by American politicians to play the Russian card during the campaign. Peskov also denied reports that Trump's foreign policy adviser Carter Page during his visit to Moscow earlier this month met with Putin's chief of staff.


4:45 a.m.

Secretary of State John Kerry said he raised the email hack of the Democratic National Committee with Russia's top diplomat but stopped short of making any allegation about who might be responsible.

Kerry told reporters Tuesday he brought the matter up with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a meeting in Laos and explained that the FBI was investigating. He did not, however, repeat allegations or echo suspicions that Russia was responsible for the hack and said he would not draw conclusions until the probe is complete. "I raised the question and we will continue to work to see precisely what those facts are," Kerry said. He would not say if Lavrov responded.

Asked about the allegations earlier, Lavrov scoffed.

"I don't want to use 4-letter words," he said.


12:40 a.m.

Sen. Bernie Sanders urged supporters to rally behind Hillary Clinton as the Democratic convention heats up in Philadelphia, but ardent followers seem intent on keeping his upstart campaign alive.

Hundreds of supporters marched for hours in punishing heat Monday to state their case while dozens risked arrest by climbing police barricades outside the convention site. Police instead only cited them for disorderly conduct.

Another series of protests and rallies was planned for Tuesday.

Sanders' supporters have expressed disgust with party leaders after leaked emails suggested the party brass favored Clinton over the Vermont senator during the hard-fought primary race.

But on the convention floor Monday night, Sanders said Clinton "must become the next president of the United States," based on her ideas and her leadership.



Previous coverage

  • Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia: Day 2 coverage
  • The DNC's oldest delegate leads Pledge of allegiance
  • Biden: Sanders' supporters are OK
  • DNC Day 1: Sanders says he's 'proud to stand' with Clinton
  • DNC Protests: Sanders supporters march across Ben Franklin Bridge
  • Delaware Democrats hope email controversy won't prevent unity at DNC
  • Fudge to Sanders supporters: Don't vote Green

  • Ex-New Castle County Councilman Chris Roberts dead by suicide

    By Amy Cherry 2:42pm, July 26, 2016 - Updated 5:27pm, July 26, 2016
    Chris Roberts, a former New Castle County Councilman, has died. (Photo/New Castle County Council).
    Former New Castle County Councilman J. Christopher Roberts has died.

    Sources told WDEL that Roberts took his own life at his home on his family farm, the Roberts Farm, near Odessa, which was preserved by private non-profits in 2015.

    Roberts served on county council from 1987 to 2002.

    "My first reaction was shock, following that prayers for him and his family," said New Castle County President Pro Tem Penrose Hollins, who served on council with Roberts.

    "Chris and his family served the both the citizens of New Castle County and our nation for a number of generations," said Council President Chris Bullock. "Chris worked hard to help his constituents and preserve our environment through his efforts with New Castle County Council and the New Castle Conservation District. His outgoing personality and humor will be sorely missed by many of us."

    Roberts was indicted in 2002 on federal charges of bribery and extortion relating to his council vote to prevent delays in the Chadwyck housing development. The ex-councilman ended up pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of filing a false tax return and was sentenced to two years probation and required to pay a $5,000 fine, according to court documents.

    Conservationist and former DNREC program manager Dave Carter, who's now a professor at the University of Delaware, got to know Roberts well after his checkered political past. The two were neighbors.

    "We would periodically talk about conservation issues in southern New Castle County, and I think there was a little bit of controversy when he was in public office, in terms of a landowner, a farm owner, and a local neighbor, for me, he seemed quite easy to get a long with," said Carter.

    Carter said Roberts struggled with depression after his son, who was in the Army and became a contractor, died overseas.

    "I know he took it very hard when he lost his son, and I saw the change in him since that time, and I think it just hit him really, really hard, and it appears to me that he was just never able to emotionally overcome that loss," said Carter. "There were some questions about what happened when his son was lost over there, and I don't think they ever got the answers."

    WDEL had just spoken to Roberts last week. Carter said he last spoke to Roberts a month ago.

    "He had some good days and bad days, but when I last talked to him he seemed to be doing really well, I think that's why this comes as such a shock to me."

    Roberts was previously married to former County Council President Stephanie Hansen, who's now an attorney for the prominent Wilmington law firm Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP.

    New Castle County Council planned to hold a moment of silence in Roberts's honor at the opening of their meeting Tuesday night.

    "He would be remembered as a very active community member, a very engaging political figure, who always--even after serving in elected office--he kept his finger on the pulse of New Castle County politics," said Hollins. "Outside of his farming, mostly, he's remembered as someone who was very engaged in the politics of this county."


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    Delaware casts 23 delegates for Clinton, 9 for Sanders

    By WDEL staff 9:44pm, July 26, 2016
    John Carney announces Delaware's results (Courtesy of John Carney's Facebook page)
    Delaware got its moment in the spotlight during the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday.

    In announcing how Delaware was allocating its 32 delegates, Congressman John Carney gave the DNC a primer on The First State.

    "Delaware is home to our favorite son and our beloved Vice President Joe Biden. Home to tax-free shopping, Dover Air Force Base and the beautiful beaches of Sussex County. The state that brought you Kevlar and nylon and Gore-tex. The home of the reigning WNBA Most Valuable Player Elena Delle Donne, jazz legend Clifford Brown, and George 'Bad to the Bone' Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers. The state that started our great nation. the first state to sign the Constitution," Carney said.

    Carney then announced the roll call for Delaware's 32 delegates.

    "Delaware casts 9 votes for Bernie Sanders and casts 23 votes for the next President of the United States Hillary Clinton," Carney said proudly.

    Biden: Sanders' supporters are OK

    By Chris Carl 1:27pm, July 26, 2016 - Updated 1:34pm, July 26, 2016
    Vice President Joe Biden talks to people as he checks out the stage at Wells Fargo Arena before the start of the second day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
    Vice President Biden visited the Democratic National Convention site Tuesday morning and said it was OK for Bernie Sanders' supporters to vent their feelings.

    "They're going to be fine," Biden said. "Look, they worked hard. We (should) show a little class and let them be frustrated for a while. It's OK."

    Biden says he's is pretty confident Sanders' supporters will vote for Clinton and not for Trump.

    "Are any of those guys are going to walk in and vote for Trump? Raise your hand if any of those people protesting here or hollering are going to go vote for Trump," Biden said.

    DNC - Oldest delegate leads Pledge

    By Joe Irizarry and Ryan Lang 1:48pm, July 26, 2016
    Ruby Gilliam, the oldest delegate at the DNC (WDEL/Joe Irizarry)
    She's the oldest delegate at the Democratic National Convention is as excited as anyone to cast a vote for Hillary Clinton.

    Ruby Gilliam from Minerva, Ohio is 93 and is attending her eighth political convention.

    She led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Wells Fargo Center on the first day of the convention Monday.

    "I was in the military in World War II. So when I say the Pledge of Allegiance, I'm saying it to all of my fallen comrades. I feel highly, highly honored to do the Pledge of Allegiance," Gilliam said.

    And she admitted she was a little nervous to say the pledge... which is why she got help from the youngest delegate; a 17-year-old from Maine.

    Gilliam is an at-large delegate that is pledged to Hillary Clinton.

    "Everybody says we're running a woman. But not only a woman, but we're running a well qualified woman. And we're going to win this election in the fall," Gilliam said.

    And she has a message for her friends who couldn't make the trip from Minerva to Philadelphia for the 2016 DNC..."wish you were here. I'm having a great time."

    GOP gov. candidate proposing riverboat gambling for Delaware

    By Robert Petree 9:03pm, July 26, 2016
    A candidate for governor wants to expand gambling in Delaware - not by putting a new casino on Wilmington's Riverfront, but by putting the casino ON the water.

    Republican Lacey Lafferty is proposing riverboat gambling for Delaware.

    "We have to utilize what we have in Delaware that no one else has. So why not utilize the Delaware River and have a cruise ship that could benefit the casino industry and create new businesses. I mean look at all the job creation that it would create on-board the ship as well as off-board," Lafferty said.

    Lafferty also believes riverboat gambling based out of Delaware's beach resort area would decrease the amount of traffic on Delaware's roadways.

    "We have an influx of traffic that everybody is complaining about on Highway 113, and it's only going to get steadily worse as time goes on. So why not utilize the river, the casino, Harrington, Delaware Park, Dover Downs, the fact that you're taking this industry to them where they are congregating and vacationing," Lafferty said.

    Lafferty faces Dover Senator Colin Bonini in the September primary.

    Think Trump and Clinton fall flat? Vote for Cat in the Hat

    By Associated Press 2:56pm, July 26, 2016 - Updated 3:08pm, July 26, 2016
    Voters who think presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fall flat can now choose the Cat in the Hat.

    The Cat announced his candidacy Tuesday in Springfield, Massachusetts, outside the childhood home of Dr. Seuss.

    He also announced his running mates--Thing 1 and Thing 2.

    The Republican newspaper reported the Cat said through a spokeswoman that he would be willing to release his tax returns.

    The Cat's platform includes working with Red Fish and Blue Fish to address ocean conservation, working with the Lorax on the environment and working with Sam I Am to address hunger.

    A screenshot from announcing The Cat's election platforms

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    The event served as the official launch for the new Random House book "One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote."

    WATCH: New Castle County Police release video of alleged multi-scene shooters

    By DJ McAneny 5:15pm, July 26, 2016 - Updated 5:27pm, July 26, 2016
    New Castle County Police released Tuesday footage of men they said were responsible for shootings that occurred in three separate communities the week prior.

    According to authorities, the men seen in the video above are wanted in connection to shootings on Friday, July 22, 2016, in the Rosegate, Simmonds Gardens, and Holloway Terrace communities, where more than 30 rounds were fired collectively.

    The men seen in this image are wanted in connection to a multi-neighborhood shooting in New Castle County

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    Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact New Castle County Police at 302.395.8100 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

    Wilmington's Constitution Yards beer garden receives Biennial Gathering license

    By DJ McAneny 12:48pm, July 26, 2016
    Contitution Yards/WDEL file
    Constitution Yards along the Wilmington Riverfront has been granted a Biennial Gathering License from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner.

    The commissioner, from the Delaware Department of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, granted the license under the same stipulations as the previous temporary license:
  • no live entertainment, though background music is acceptable during operating hours
  • The hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
  • An additional requirement included a report of the Constitution Yards income and expenses from the onset of its operations until September 1, 2016, must be provided to the commissioner

  • The beer garden had come close to license expiration a number of times before finding temporary reprieve while seeking an extended license.

    This information was released Tuesday by Megan McGlinchey, Acting Executive Director of the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware.

    Juvenile charged with arson for allegedly starting Wilton motel fire which injured firefighter

    By DJ McAneny 12:08pm, July 26, 2016
    The scene of a fire at the Delaware Auto Court/(Mike Phillips/WDEL)
    A fire at the Delaware Auto Court in Wilton has been ruled an arson, the Delaware Fire Marshal's Office announced Tuesday, and an unidentified boy has been charged with arson.

    According to officials, the fire at the one-story motel and trailer park in the 200 block of South DuPont Highway was determined to have been started by a juvenile staying in the building.

    Officials said the boy intentionally ignited combustibles inside an occupied apartment.

    Property damage was estimated at approximately $50,000, and a firefighter was injured fighting the blaze. He received treatment at Christiana Hospital and was released.

    The boy was charged with first-degree arson, first-degree reckless endangering, and third-degree assault.

    The scene of a fire at the Delaware Auto Court/(Mike Phillips/WDEL)

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    Traffic stop leads to recovery of 523 bags of heroin, Smyrna Police say

    By DJ McAneny 11:08am, July 26, 2016
    Capice Johnson/Courtesy Smyrna Police
    A traffic stop in Smyrna led to the confiscation of more than 500 bags of heroin, authorities announced Tuesday.

    According to Smyrna Police, Capice Johnson, 21, of Smyrna, was stopped at 12:35 a.m. on July 19, 2016, for "moving and equipment violations."

    During the stop, authorities found 523 bags of heroin, a small amount of marijuana, and approximately $1,100 in suspected drug proceeds, they said.

    The heroin was found in wax folds in a bag on the rear passenger seat while the marijuana was handed over by Johnson to officers after police detected a "strong odor of marijuana," police said.

    He was charged with possession of a controlled substance-Tier V quantity, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance with an aggravating factor, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle with illegal window tinting, and failure to yield right of way. He was committed to the Department of Correction in lieu of $80,400 cash bond.

    Convenience store near Newport robbed at gunpoint

    By DJ McAneny 1:56pm, July 26, 2016
    A convenience store outside Newport was robbed at gunpoint Monday afternoon, authorities announced Tuesday.

    According to Delaware State Police, a male suspect entered the "Botanitas El Pueblo" at 418 North James Street and confronted a female clerk with a handgun, demanding money from the register.

    The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in an unknown direction.

    The suspect was described as a thin black male, 25 to 30 years old, 6' to 6'2" and 145 to 155 lbs.

    Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Delaware State Police at 1.302.365 8566 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1.800.TIP.3333.

    DuPont tops Street 2Q forecasts

    By Associated Press 10:24am, July 26, 2016
    DuPont Co. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $1.02 billion.

    On a per-share basis, the Wilmington, Delaware-based company said it had net income of $1.16. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and to account for discontinued operations, came to $1.24 per share.

    The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.10 per share.

    The chemical company posted revenue of $7.06 billion in the period, also exceeding Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $7.05 billion.

    DuPont expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.15 to $3.20 per share.

    DuPont shares have increased slightly more than 3 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has climbed 6 percent.

    DSP: Dover man found, Gold Alert canceled

    By Frank Gerace 7:36pm, July 26, 2016 - Updated 8:27pm, July 26, 2016
    Bobby Ward
    A Dover man who went missing over the weekend has been found, and the Gold Alert that was issued for him has been canceled.

    Troopers found Bobby Ward Tuesday, Delaware State Police said.

    Ward had been missing since Friday.

    Fair visitors post messages of support for police

    By Robert Petree 9:15pm, July 26, 2016
    Visitors to the Delaware State Fair in Harrington took time to pay tribute to police in a unique way Tuesday.

    They covered a patrol car in sticky notes - with handwritten messages like "blue lives matter" and "we pray for your safety."

    Kari Glanden felt that it was important that she take time out of her day to come out and show support.

    "I believe that my son, who is three, needs to understand the value and the importance of heroes in our community, and we just want to show them how much we support them and everything that their doing to keep us safe, and we need to have their backs," Glanden said.

    "Well the whole key to support is how much we appreciate what law the enforcement does, they protect and they serve us, and with everything that's going on in this country we want to let them know that it's a true appreciation for them putting their lives on the line for us each and every day," said Jason Cameron.

    One message was seen the most. It read "thank you."