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Father of Muslim US soldier knocks Trump

  • 1:52 am Friday, July 29th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –


Maybe the most powerful and poignant moment of either party’s convention came on the final night for Democrats in Philadelphia, as the father of a Muslim U.S. soldier who died in Iraq, lectured Donald Trump over his statements on immigration and about Muslims in general.

“Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you – have you even read the United States Constitution?” said Khzir Khan, whose son was killed in combat in Iraq.

Khan then pulled his own copy out of his jacket pocket.

“I will gladly lend you my [More]

Clinton accepts Democratic nomination

  • 11:26 pm Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –


Declaring the 2016 elections “a moment of reckoning for the voters,” Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for President, vowing to spur new economic growth and create new opportunities for Americans, as she joined other Democrats in ridiculing Republican nominee Donald Trump.

“Donald Trump is not offering real change, he’s offering empty promises,” Clinton said.

Before a packed convention hall, Clinton was introduced to delegates by her daughter Chelsea.

“My friends, it is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise that I accept your nomination for President of the United States,” Clinton said to cheers.

Clinton made [More]

Behind the Convention Scenes

  • 12:29 pm Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –

As many reporters get ready to end a two week trip that took us to both the Democratic and Republican conventions, I wanted to give you a look behind the scenes, to give you a feel for what it is like to not only be at a major party gathering, but also what you don’t really see on TV each night.

In both Cleveland and Philadelphia, the venues were a stadium used for an NBA team (and NHL here in Philly) – so it’s a big facility in a big city – both sides dressing it up to [More]

Obama leads skewering of Trump

  • 11:55 pm Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –

President Obama led the top ranks of the Democratic Party on Wednesday night in a full frontal assault on Donald Trump, ridiculing Trump’s world view, his interest in the well being of working Americans, and making the case that Hillary Clinton is the best choice for President in November.

“I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as President of the United States of America,” Mr. Obama said to cheers.

In his speech, the President went back to 2008, when Clinton fought him tooth and nail [More]

Democrats make Trump a convention piñata

  • 9:36 pm Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –

Much as Republicans targeted Hillary Clinton repeatedly at their convention, Democrats used the third night of their gathering to blast Donald Trump on a whole series of issues, imploring voters to reject the Republican nominee for President.

“Donald J. Trump, your words have been hostile, they have been bigoted and insulting,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“You are not qualified to serve as President of the United States,” Butterfield said to cheers from delegates, accusing Trump of painting a picture of “gloom and doom.”

“Trump says there’s no drought,” said Gov. Jerry [More]

Democrats struggle to hit Trump on trade

  • 12:54 pm Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –

As Democrats try to rally behind Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President, elected officials, union leaders and party activists are also using this convention week to do all they can to undermine Donald Trump’s message on trade, making the case that Trump’s record doesn’t back up his campaign talk.

“He makes money from trade agreements,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who rattled off a series of jabs at Trump at a breakfast meeting of the Ohio Democratic delegation on Wednesday.

“He stamps ‘Make America Great Again’ on his hat, but his ties and suits are made in China,” Brown [More]

John Lewis to Dems: Roll up your sleeves

  • 9:32 am Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –

Eight years after making a pivotal switch of support from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama during the 2008 Democratic race, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) is fully on the side of Clinton in 2016, using his star power to urge Democrats here to redouble their efforts in November, arguing that the party should aggressively take on key issues like gun control.

“I must tell you, I have known Hillary Clinton for many years,” Lewis told cheering delegates on Tuesday night. “She is one of the most qualified candidates to ever run for President.”

A civil rights icon in his own [More]

Clinton thanks Democrats for nomination

  • 11:51 pm Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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Speaking to the Democratic National Convention by video from New York, Hillary Clinton thanked delegates for nominating her, as the sound of shattering glass rang out in the convention hall to mark her historic victory.

“I can’t believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet,” Clinton declared, just hours after becoming the first woman to be nominated for President by either major party.

“What an incredible honor that you have given me,” Clinton said via video, her first appearance in two days of this convention, as she framed her success for young women of today.

“If there are any [More]

Hillary Clinton wins Democratic nomination

  • 6:44 pm Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –

Democrats officially nominated Hillary Clinton on Tuesday for their party’s nomination for President, as she became the first woman to be the nominee of a major political party in the U.S.

“It is with a full heart that I am here today as we nominate Hillary Clinton to be the first woman President,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate on her own.

“I must tell you, I have known Hillary Clinton for many years. She is one of the most qualified candidates to ever run for President,” said Rep. John [More]

Sanders makes fresh appeal for unity

  • 10:14 am Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 by Jamie Dupree
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From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania –

After a somewhat raucous first session of the Democratic National Convention, Democrats on Tuesday morning were trying to keep their delegates moving forward, though more outbursts seem likely from supporters of Bernie Sanders when the roll call of the states is taken on the nomination of Hillary Clinton.

Sanders himself tried to soothe some of his disappointed delegates, as he made several surprise appearances at state delegation meetings around Philadelphia, trying to stress his point from Monday night – unity.

“We all know what our task is and that is to make sure that Donald Trump is not [More]

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