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I'm a lawyer representing workers and consumers and a longtime Democratic activist. Nothing I say on here, including any comments about legal topics, should be construed as legal advice or creating an attorney-client relationship.

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BREAKING: Clinton campaign got hacked by Russians too

This is troubling. If someone got access to all of her campaign e-mails I am sure they will find a lot of stuff like talking about message strategy that her opponents will use to feed into the opportunist/not trustworthy mantra.

The hackers got Hillary!

A computer network used by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was breached by hackers as part of a sweeping cyber attack that appears to be targeting Democrats, Reuters reported Friday.

Clinton’s campaign is just the latest victim in a string of high-profile security failures — and the second breach to be revealed on Friday by beleaguered Democratic officials.

Earlier in the day the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee admitted to being hacked — and officials said the cyber spying bore a striking resemblance to a prior hack into the the Democratic National Committee computers that bore all the hallmarks of Russian intelligence...

The extent of the campaign hack is not clear and there’s no detail on what type of information the thieves would have gotten from campaign computers, Reuters said.

Posted by democrattotheend | Fri Jul 29, 2016, 06:36 PM (7 replies)

How Barack Obama taught Democrats to tell their American Story

Great article from The Week:

On a July night in Boston in 2004, a 42-year-old state senator gave what we can understand now as probably the most important convention speech in our history, a thunderbolt that made the entire political world sit up and say, "Holy cow. That guy's going to be president one day." Twelve years later, his hair greyer and his face more wrinkled, he gave another convention speech on someone else's behalf. If he had been waiting much of his life to make that speech during John Kerry's convention, the speech he gave for Hillary Clinton was obviously one he'd been waiting to make for the duration of this campaign, if not longer. Watching the rapturous crowd and hearing his unmatched combination of eloquence and delivery, it was hard to avoid the conclusion that Barack Obama will cast an awfully long shadow over Hillary Clinton, should she be fortunate enough to win in November.

Obama's speech was not just a rebuke to Donald Trump's apocalyptic vision of our country, though it certainly was that. Even more, it was a powerful articulation of the progressive version of the American story, and an assertion of patriotism every ounce as strong as that of those who have for eight years questioned whether he is truly American.

Posted by democrattotheend | Fri Jul 29, 2016, 02:50 PM (0 replies)

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm excited.

As you all know, I'm a Bernie supporter this year and was an Obama supporter in 2008. But as a woman, and as someone who has observed Hillary Clinton for 20 years, I am excited for her. It takes temerity and fortitude to go through the grueling process of running for president and lose and then be willing to go through it all over again. When she conceded to Obama in 2008, I felt a twinge of sadness when she talked about the glass ceiling and falling short, and I promised myself that I would at least consider supporting her. In the end I didn't because I have admired Bernie for a long time and was especially attracted to his effort to mount a credible campaign for president without taking any money from corporate fat cats, and Hillary is a bit too conservative for me on some issues. I am now and will always be a Bernie supporter. But I never hated Hillary, and while I always planned on voting for her if she won the nomination, watching the convention tonight I am getting pretty excited about it.
Posted by democrattotheend | Thu Jul 28, 2016, 10:40 PM (10 replies)

Bernie did not "leave" the Democratic Party

He said yesterday, as he had said before, that he was going to keep the "I" next to his name in the Senate because that's how he was elected. He never said he was "leaving the party", and in fact I read that he is sticking around and will be in the audience for her speech tonight. If he wanted to get up and leave, as that stupid headline in LBN implies, he would have hightailed it out of there after his part was done instead of sticking around to show support.
Posted by democrattotheend | Thu Jul 28, 2016, 10:06 PM (11 replies)

Gallup: Trump's speech the worst ever tested

I interrupt our regularly scheduled bickering over the protests to give some good news:

… Trump's speech got the least positive reviews of any speech we have tested after the fact: 35% of Americans interviewed last weekend said it was excellent or good. Of the nine previous speeches we have rated, the top one was Barack Obama's in August 2008, which 58% of Americans rated as excellent or good.


Hopefully this is something we can all be happy about.
Posted by democrattotheend | Thu Jul 28, 2016, 09:02 PM (8 replies)

If true, this is wrong

From a Facebook thread, it appears that they are blocking Bernie delegates from California and giving their seats away to other people. If they did this to all the Bernie delegates, that is wrong. Not all of the delegates are being disruptive. Last night, it seems like it was only a handful of disruptive delegates. I don't condone the heckling but excluding all of the delegates who support a candidate based on the acts of a few is just as wrong.
Posted by democrattotheend | Thu Jul 28, 2016, 05:39 PM (40 replies)

According to David Shuster, no delegates are being allowed in with "No TPP" signs

From twitter:

@BernieSanders delegates say they've been warned "no access" to hall tonight if carrying anti-TPP signs.

I don't know how I feel about this. I have no problem with people carrying protest signs and I don't like the idea of banning Bernie delegates en mass because of a few loudmouths. But given how disruptive they have been the last few nights I can understand why the DNC is doing this. That said, I am afraid taking away people's signs will just lead to more vocal protests. I would rather people carry signs than heckle.
Posted by democrattotheend | Thu Jul 28, 2016, 04:42 PM (97 replies)

Tim Kaine Admits He Was a "Lousy Governor" - of New Jersey

"Yesterday he said I was a lousy governor of New Jersey. And he's right. I wasn't even ever governor of New Jersey," Hillary Clinton's running mate told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday.

Kaine, who served as governor of Virginia from 2006-2010, noted that point before taking another backhand swipe at the Republican nominee.

"But look, basic civics, 50 states. You have to give a guy a break who's only into politics the last few months and not that well-informed," the Virginia senator quipped.

Posted by democrattotheend | Thu Jul 28, 2016, 02:32 PM (24 replies)

POLL: Clinton up 9 (and at 50%!) in Pennsylvania

Clinton 50%, Trump 41%

When Johnson and Stein are included, she is still up 9: Clinton 46, Trump 37, Johnson 5, Stein 3

Here are the cross tabs: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/docs/2016/Suffolk_FINAL_PA_Marginals.pdf

This is a little bit of comfort, at least. I still don't understand why she is not up 20 points everywhere.
Posted by democrattotheend | Thu Jul 28, 2016, 01:45 PM (11 replies)

CNN: How Obama made some anti-Trump Republicans jealous

A delicious collection of tweets by conservatives disillusioned with Trump and jealous that we have such an awesome advocate on our side.

This is my favorite one:
Erick Erickson
I started the evening saying for the first time I thought Trump could win. Then Obama spoke. I’m so angry at my own party right now.

Posted by democrattotheend | Thu Jul 28, 2016, 01:22 AM (21 replies)
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