Trump Responds to Hillary Saying He Can't Handle a Tough Election: I Just Beat 16 People and I'm Beating You

Now that each Party convention is over, the general election battle for the White House has officially begun. 

During her DNC convention speech last night in Philadelphia, where she officially accepted her Party's nomination for president, Hillary Clinton said Republican opponent Donald Trump can't handle the "rough-and-tumble" of an election. 

"Ask yourself, do you really think Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander in chief? Donald Trump can't even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign," Clinton said.

On Friday morning, Trump responded to her comment with this: 

For this first time this week, Trump has topped Clinton is the Real Clear Politics polling average and is beating her in swing states:

After ISIS Attacks, French Govt. Considering A Ban of Foreign Financing of Mosques

After two horrific attacks by ISIS supporters in less than one month, France is considering banning foreign-financed mosques and requiring that all imams be trained in France.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told Le Monde in an interview that this ban would be "indefinite" and is part of the country's expanding counterterrorism efforts. France is also working on improving relations with Islam.

From The Guardian:

In an interview with French newspaper Le Monde, Valls said he was “open to the idea that – for a period yet to be determined – there should be no financing from abroad for the construction of mosques”.

The prime minister also called for imams to be “trained in France, not elsewhere”.

He said the interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, whose portfolio also includes religious affairs, was working on building a new model for France’s relations with Islam.

Interesting, and not entirely unprecedented. Norway has prohibited "countries that do not permit religious freedom" (namely, Saudi Arabia) from financing mosques in the country. Austria passed a similar law in 2015, and Italy is considering a ban as well.

Of course, France could also start by ending the absurd practice of allowing convicted terrorists unsupervised release periods.

Hillary Clinton Suggested Trump Couldn't Be Trusted With The Nuclear Codes, Did She Forget Bill Lost Them?

Hillary Clinton made history by being the first woman nominated by a major party for president of the United States. She delivered a speech that laid out a progressive vision for America’s future, along with assurances that she is the person who will bring certainty and resolve in our foreign policy, especially in the war on terror. It was a brief bit in her speech, but it was said nonetheless. The problem, of course, is that Clinton left our state secrets vulnerable to foreign actors through her private email system that wasn’t approved by the State Department.

Yet, let’s lay off on Hillary’s emails for a bit because she said something interesting last night about Trump. She said that we couldn’t have people near the nuclear codes if they’re easily baited by tweets. A helluva zinger until you find out that Bill lost the nuclear codes while he was president.

Towards the end of his presidency, “the biscuit,” the card containing the nuclear codes, went missing. There are two stories and maybe both are true. ABC News reported back in 2010, that former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Hugh Shelton, wrote a memoir, Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior, where he states that the codes were missing for months. Yet, there’s this other version that dates back to 1998 from a book written by retired Air Force Col. Robert Patterson:

Shelton claims the story has never been released before, but Ret. Air Force Lt. Col Robert Patterson told a very similar account in his own book, published seven years ago.

Patterson was one of the men who carried the football, and he says it was literally the morning after the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke that he made a routine request of the president to present the card so that he could swap it out for an updated version.

"He thought he just placed them upstairs," Patterson recalled. "We called upstairs, we started a search around the White House for the codes, and he finally confessed that he in fact misplaced them. He couldn't recall when he had last seen them."

In Patterson's telling of the story, the President lost the biscuit in 1998, but according to Shelton, the card went missing in 2000.

CNN added that the codes were definitely missing by 2000 when it was time to replace the codes:

Once a month, Defense Department officials conduct an in-person verification to make sure the president has the right codes. At least twice in a row, Shelton writes, a White House aide told the Pentagon checker that the president was in a meeting but gave a verbal assurance that the codes were with him.

Then one month around 2000, according to Shelton, when the time came to replace the codes with a new set, "the president's aide said neither he nor the president had the codes -- they had completely disappeared."

Shelton writes that all this happened likely without Clinton's knowledge.

Yes, even if someone had found the old codes, no launches could be executed without the football. And maybe Clinton didn’t know about it—but this is…extremely careless, no? Usually the president’s aides are the ones who keep "the biscuit" within earshot of the commander-in-chief, so to lose it no only shows said carelessness but also incompetence. How do you lose a piece to one of the most destructive weapons in our arsenal? It’s almost as bad as the story involving former President Jimmy Carter, who sent the nuclear codes to the dry cleaners.

Marc Ambinder, then-contributing editor to The Atlantic, elaborated also in 2010, why losing "the biscuit" presents a total nightmare situation:

So what happens if the President doesn't have his identifier?

The commander in chief of NORAD resorts to the next person the NCA list, the Vice President.

This is a survival mechanism built in during the Cold War, in the event that Washington was decapitated without warning in a nuclear strike. NORAD continues down the list until it finds a capital P-Principle, who provides that identifier and assumes the duties of the Commander in Chief.

Sounds like no big deal, right?

Here's the reality: Losing that identifier card had the potential to create a vast disruption in nuclear command and control procedures.

So Al Gore gets "the call" because Clinton can't properly ID himself. Gore is confused, lives in Washington, knows the President is fine. He tells NORAD to hold while he tracks down the President, who can't verify his own identify anyway. Precious minutes (and I do mean precious, seconds count in the nuke business) are lost while civilian and military leadership sort things out.

And that says nothing of the fact that the President would be in gross violation of his duties by allowing the VP to execute an order that is lawfully the President's to make.

What a mess.

Granted, I’m sure Hillary supporters would shrug and say, “what difference does it make?” That’s precisely wrong—and another reason why the Clintons are a gruesome twosome. Moreover, it shows that Hillary has an appalling lack of self-awareness when she says that Donald Trump is too unstable to be trusted with the codes. Honey, your husband lost them…for months.

Hillary Clinton’s server was kept in her basement, which was an unsanctioned and unsecure location for the transference and collection of such sensitive data. She also said that no classified information was sent through her server—all of which was a lie. She also lied about seeking State Department approval for the system. If she had, officials at State said it would not have been approved.

FBI Director James Comey delivered all but an indictment against the former first lady, who torpedoed her entire narrative behind the server, but also noted that she and her staff were “extremely careless” in handling classified information. The point is that if Hillary Clinton can’t be trusted with keeping state secrets secure, why should we trust her with any foreign endeavor, especially with making sure “the biscuit” is secure? Your other half already lost it.

Ha: Russia Threw Its Banned Athletes Their Own Olympics

In a move reminiscent of the "Friendship Games" attended by Soviet Bloc and Eastern European countries boycotting the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Russia has thrown its banned athletes their own version of the Olympics: The Stars 2016 Tournament. Track and field contests are the majority of events taking place at Stars 2016, and the games will be held in Moscow.

The Stars 2016 Tournament will feature over 100 athletes, including multiple world and Olympic champions.

"About 135 track-and-field athletes are going to compete," Yuri Borzakovsky, the head coach of the Russian athletics squad, told TASS about Stars 2016. "They include Olympic champions and medal holders as well as less renowned athletes forbidden to compete in Rio.

"Pole Vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva will not compete," he added, referring to the two-time Olympic champion who launched a public campaign to have her ban lifted, only to be denied. Current world champion hurdler Sergey Shubenkov, as well as 2012 Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov, and 2013 world champion silver medalist triple jumper Ekaterina Koneva are reportedly taking part.

While the majority of Russia's Olympic team escaped a blanket ban from competing in Rio, the track team remains prohibited from international competition amid allegations of a state-run doping ring. Only one Russian track and field athlete, long jumper Darya Klishina (who is based in the U.S. and was able to prove that she is not doping) will be allowed to compete in Rio, albeit as an independent athlete.

Video: Will Hillary's Overtures to Right-Leaning Voters Be Successful?

Following up on my post from last night, I appeared on Fox News this morning to discuss whether the DNC's obvious thematic attempt to reach out and appeal to to disaffected conservatives would prove successful. Color me...skeptical (via Right Sightings):

Concealed Carry Permits Reach All-Time High

There are over 14.5 million Americans that have a concealed carry permit. That’s an all-time high, according to John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center. It’s an increase of 1.73 million this year alone, breaking the previous record of 1.69 million last year. Overall, Lott says there’s been a 215 percent increase in concealed carry permits holders since 2007. 

Women and minorities mostly fuel the surge. In fact, Lott writes in the abstract of his paper that there’s “some evidence suggest[ing] that permit-holding is increasing about 75% more quickly among minorities than among whites.”

Lott also added that Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas are states in which one million of their residents are CCW-permit holders. He adds that ten states have a permit holding demographic that constitutes about 10 percent of the respective population, with Indiana being the highest at 15 percent. And, in keeping with national trends, women obtaining permits has increased twice the rate of men between 2012 and 2016. Concerning crime, the CPRC says that between 2007 and 2015, the murder rate fell from 5.6 to 4.7 per 100,000—a 16 percent drop.

The real spike in CCW permits came during the Obama presidency, which also saw a massive spike in sales. Since Barack Obama has taken office, over 100 million firearms have been sold:

…during the eight years from 1999 to 2007, the number of permits increased by about 240,000 annually. During the next four years, the number of permits surged by 850,000 annually. Then, in 2012 and 2013, the yearly increase accelerated to 1,550,000. Then 1,690,000 last year and 1,730,000 this year.

The rapid increase in concealed carry permits is mirrored by a rapid increase in gun sales. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks soared from 11.2 to 23.1 million between 2007 and 2015. Sales in 2016 have grown at an even faster pace.

One thing that Lott does mention is that we have 11 states where permits are no longer required to carry a concealed firearm, so those who are exercising their Second Amendment rights this way could be much higher. In this regard, yes–thanks, Obama. 

Oh, and did I mentioned that CCW holders are insanely law-abiding, like the vast majority of America’s gun owners:

To get an idea of just how law-abiding concealed handgun permit holders are, we need only compare them to police. According to a study in Police Quarterly, police committed an average of 703 crimes per year from 2005 to 2007.8 113 of these involved firearms violations. This is likely to be an underestimate, since not all police crimes receive media coverage. The authors of the study may also have missed some media reports.

So how law-abiding are police? With about 685,464 full-time police officers in the U.S. from 2005 to 2007, we find that there were about 103 crimes per hundred thousand officers. For the U.S. population as a whole, the crime rate was 37 times higher -- 3,813 per hundred thousand people.

Perhaps police crimes are underreported due to leniency from fellow officers, but the vast crime gap between police and the general populace is really undeniable.

Concealed carry permit holders are even more law-abiding than police. Between October 1, 1987 and June 30, 2015, Florida revoked 9,999 concealed handgun permits for misdemeanors or felonies.9 This is an annual revocation rate of 12.8 permits per 100,000. In 2013 (the last year for which data is available), 158 permit holders were convicted of a felony or misdemeanor – a conviction rate of 22.3 per 100,000.10 Combining the data for Florida and Texas data, we find that permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at less than a sixth the rate for police officers.

Among police, firearms violations occur at a rate of 16.5 per 100,000 officers. Among permit holders in Florida and Texas, the rate is only 2.4 per 100,000.10 That is just 1/7th of the rate for police officers. But there's no need to focus on Texas and Florida — the data are similar in other states.

Joe Biden To Appear On "Law & Order: SVU"

Vice President Joe Biden will appear in the second episode of the upcoming season of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" to praise character Lieutenant Olivia Benson for her work to end the rape kit testing backlog. Biden will appear on the show as himself.

Show star Ice-T tweeted a picture of Biden on set and how the set was "locked down" by the Secret Service:

The episode will air on September 28 on NBC. Biden previously made a cameo on NBC's "Parks and Recreation."

DNC Delegate Demands Chants of 'USA' Be Stopped Because It's a Trump Thing

During the DNC convention in Philadelphia this week, Hillary Clinton was booed by Bernie Sanders supporters, American flags were burned by protestors and a moment of silence for police officers murdered in the line of duty was rudely interrupted by chants of "Black Lives Matter!."

On the floor of the convention Wednesday night, Fox News anchor Shannon Bream reported a delegate yelling at those chanting "USA! USA!" to stop because it's a "Trump chant."

Speeches given by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Marine General John Allen were interrupted, specifically when defeating ISIS was mentioned, by chants of "No more war!" 

To say the least, the Democrat Party has lost its way.

VIDEO: These Bernie Supporters Are Ready To Join The Trump Train

Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips was at the DNC this past week, and had the chance to talk to some of Bernie Sanders' most passionate fans. As it turns out, a lot of Sanders fans are quite sympathetic to Donald Trump, and are very concerned with doing whatever it takes to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House.

Watch the video here:

Sanders received 43 percent of the vote in the primary, and many of these votes were from new voters. If a decent percentage of these disillusioned Sanders voters switch to Donald Trump (or the Green Party's Dr. Jill Stein, or simply stay home entirely), this could be, ahem, yuuuge-ly consequential for the general election.

To be frank, at the end of the day Trump supporters and Bernie supporters are essentially two sides of the same coin. Both are heavily frustrated with the status quo and wish to see drastic changes in the upcoming election. It's hardly a surprise that at least some Sanders supporters are willing to give Trump a chance.

Pence Mocks Hillary for Speech That Put Her Husband to Sleep

As Katie noticed, Bill Clinton couldn't stay awake during his wife's historic speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night. Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine even felt the need to try and block the camera from noticing the embarrassing moment.

Donald Trump's running mate Mike Pence told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Friday that would never happen to the GOP nominee's audience.

"Let me assure you, having been on the road with Donald Trump most of this week, there would never be a need for an elbow," Pence said. "I’ve never been around anybody who’s more energetic, more determined, more focused. I mean, Donald Trump’s energy level, his commitment, his devotion to the American people just radiates out of every minute that I’ve been with him. So I can’t imagine it would ever happen, but I’ve got to tell you, I was having a hard time staying awake listening to Hillary Clinton, too." 

It looks like Trump isn't the only one who knows to shell out insults.

Senior Obama Campaign Advisor David Axelrod: Hillary's Speech....Wasn't Great

CNN analyst David Axelrod, who led President Obama to two White House victories as his senior campaign advisor, admitted last night that Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's DNC convention speech wasn't impressive.

"Giving a speech like this is not her strength. She didn’t give a great speech tonight, she did not give a great speech tonight, but she hit some ground that is very, very valuable to her,” Axelrod said last night on CNN. 

Axelrod continued his remarks by saying she landed some damaging arguments against her Republican rival Donald Trump. 

Be sure to check out Guy's wrap of Clinton's remarks: Charmless Vessel Shouts Acceptance Speech at America

H/T Mediaite

Trump Hits General Who Endorsed Clinton, "Failed Badly in His Fight Against ISIS"

Republican nominee Donald Trump was fired up Friday morning following the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention.  

He went hard after retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen and his failures to defeat ISIS.  

He also went after Michael Bloomberg, who heavily criticized Trump on Wednesday night, by saying that if a New York City election were held today for mayor, Bloomberg would not get ten percent of the vote.

He was also up late last night hitting Hillary Clinton on her speech, and was up early this morning to steal the headlines once again.  

WH: Obama's the First President to Win Two Popular Vote Majorities Since Ike, You Know

Via the Free Beacon, a frivolous but fun historical misfire that illustrates how silly Team Obama's idolatrous "unprecedented!" meme can get.  In an attempt to demonstrate how popular and awesome his boss is, White House spokesman Josh Earnest asserted that Obama is the only president to win consecutive popular vote majorities since Dwight Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956.  This is wrong.  Ronald Reagan replicated that feat in 1980 and 1984.  When a reporter corrected Earnest on this point, Earnest smugly doubled down:

Back in reality, Reagan carried nearly 52 percent of the popular vote in 1980, beating Jimmy Carter by more than nine percentage points en route to a dominant 489 electoral vote haul. Four years later, Reagan destroyed Walter Mondale by roughly 18 points, winning every state except Minnesota; 525 electoral votes.  Three additional presidents since Ike have scored back-to-back electoral college wins: Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.  Each man failed to hit the 50-percent-plus-one mark at least once.  Clinton never won a popular vote majority.  Many Democrats are pointing to Obama's relatively high approval ratings as an affirmation of his Oval Office tenure. Critics have attributed that uptick to a 2016 election cycle in which most voters are deeply dissatisfied with their choices, and in which the lame duck president has mostly faded into the background.  What Obama fans don't mention is that his ratings were significantly worse throughout most of his presidency, that the country's right track/wrong track numbers are extremely poor, and that popular backlashes against his unpopular agenda resulted in an historic decimation of Democrats at the state and local level in consecutive midterm elections. 

Blue Lives Matter Founder Has Something to Say to Black Lives Matter Activists Who Disrupted DNC's Moment of Silence

Joe Imperatrice, the Founder and President of Blue Lives Matter, joined “Fox and Friends” to weigh in on the paranoia police are feeling right now when they put on their uniforms.

Officers are “definitely on edge,” he said, and feel like they are being targeted 24 hours a day.

“A lot of guys are paranoid,” he said. “A criminal can look like anybody.”

Car stops are the most dangerous, Imperatrice explained, because the officer approaching the driver doesn’t know what’s inside the car. They could be walking straight into an ambush.

Imperatrice’s remarks come the morning after another tragedy Thursday night in San Diego, where an officer was killed in the line of duty and another was seriously injured. The officers were part of an elite gang suppression unit. Details are still emerging so we do not yet know whether this was another battle in the War on Cops.

The “Fox and Friends” anchors asked Imperatrice to respond to Americans’ new distrust of police.

“Many people feel the need to tell police how to do their job,” he said. “Give us the benefit of the doubt.”

Just “let them do their job,” he added. “Believe in them a little bit.”

Imperatrice also responded to the behavior of the Black Lives Matter activists Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention, where they interrupted a moment of silence dedicated to the nation’s fallen officers.

“It’s very disrespectful,” he said, shaking his head. “It’s very hurtful. These are people that lost their lives protecting the community.”

They were doing it to get attention, Imperatrice argued.

"You don’t do something like that.”

Why all the tension between police and civilians?

“It’s about accountability,” Imperatrice said. “No one’s willing to say, 'I’m wrong.'” 

Bill Clinton...Fell Asleep During Hillary's Convention Speech

It's been a long two weeks of convention speeches from Republicans and Democrats. Last night, Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton gave the final remarks of the 2016 convention cycle. Her speech was highly anticipated as the campaign attempts to rebrand and reintroduce her to the country. It was also the first speech in history from a woman formally accepting a presidential nomination for a major political party. 

But after giving his own speech about Hillary on Tuesday, where he tried to frame their relationship as a timeless love story, it appears Bill Clinton didn't have much energy left to watch last night and fell asleep. The cameras and Democrat vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine noticed. 

Don't worry Bill, many of us felt the same way and also had trouble staying awake.

Carly Fiorina Tweeted Eight Things That Totally Gutted Hillary’s Acceptance Speech

Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination last night, tore into Republican nominee Donald Trump, and pretty much laid out reasons why he was unqualified to be the next president of the United States. One of which was that we couldn’t have a man who can be easily baited by tweets to be near the nuclear codes. That’s fine—a perfectly legitimate litmus test for president. In fact, it’s one of the oldest regarding who do you trust with the nuclear football. Yet, here’s the thing: Clinton left America’s secrets vulnerable to hacking with her private email system that wasn’t approved by the State Department, though she said approval was sought and it was permitted. FBI Director James Comey said Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” in handling classified material, of which 110 emails were found to be marked as such on 52 separate emails chains at the time they were sent of received. So, when Clinton said no classified material was sent through her server when she was secretary of state—she lied.

Democrats may all freak out about Trump being near the nuclear codes, but it’s a rather irrational fear. First, let’s stop with the hypothetical that Trump is so unhinged that he would launch nuclear weapons. Second, there’s actual evidence that Clinton could’ve seriously harmed national security with her email arrangement.

So, while Clinton outlined her vision for the future as well during her historic address last night—let’s not forget that American voters don’t trust her. After all, has had been caught in a dead lie. Hence, why the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina thought these were appropriate to tweet:

Ouch. Yet, the message is simple. You can't trust her. 

Trump Reacts to Clinton's 'Insulting' Acceptance Speech

In case you missed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech last night, first take a look at Matt’s summary and Guy’s analysis. Then decide if you agree with GOP nominee Donald Trump’s rapid fire assessment of her speech.  

Trump immediately took to Twitter to hit her on everything from being soft on terror, to jobs and the economy, to her role in the Obama administration, to her cozy relationship with Wall Street, and more. 

"Hillary Clinton’s speech was an insulting collection of clichés and recycled rhetoric. She spent the evening talking down to the American people she’s looked down on her whole life," Trump's campaign said in a statement on his website. 

Update: Trump continued Friday morning: 

San Diego Police Officer Shot Dead, Another Seriously Injured

A San Diego police officer has died after being shot multiple times while making a traffic stop. Another officer was seriously injured but is expected to survive after undergoing surgery. 

The shooting happened at around 11 p.m. local time (2 a.m. ET Friday), San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman told reporters early Friday.

The officers — both assigned to the department's gang unit — had just pulled over a car when, almost immediately after, they called for emergency cover, Zimmerman said.

"Other officers were in the area. They arrived shortly on scene and found both of our officers suffering from gunshot wounds," she added.

While the officers have not yet been identified, the one who was killed was a husband and father of two, according to Zimmerman.

One suspect has been arrested in the shooting, but he too has yet to be identified.

Officers across the country have come under attack, with this shooting being the latest. Earlier this month police were ambushed in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

Clinton Accepts Dem Nomination Proving That You Too Could Be President…If You Marry A President First

Well, folks—the time has come. Hillary Clinton formally accepted the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. Her daughter, Chelsea, introduced her mother before her remarks to the attendees and delegates at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

Chelsea said that she was a proud Democrat, mother, and daughter. In an effort to humanize her mother, she said that her daughter Charlotte loves Elmo, and face timing with grandma. She said that her mother would drop everything to spend time with her grandkids. One of her fondest memories growing up was her falling down, being picked up b Hillary, who gave her a big hug—and then proceeded to read “Goodnight Moon.”

As she grew up, Chelsea said that her parents expected her to have opinions back up with facts. She always felt that her parents loved her—and would be there for her. She added that’s how her mom feels about every child in the country, calling it her calling in life that America’s children deserve care and attention.

She described the bad moments growing up in a family whose business was politics. One of those low moments was in 1994, when Hillary lost the fight to enact Clintoncare. She said it was pretty tough to watch, but family movie nights helped in the recovery. Hillary would then be back out in the battlefield that is American politics. People have asked Chelsea how does Hillary do it? Chelsea said that her mom never forgets whom she’s fighting for.

Chelsea added that in her mom’s career as a public servant, she made it easier of 9/11 responders to receive the health care they needed, for women around the world to be safer, treated with respect and dignity—and have more opportunities to better their lives. She also made it easier for families to adopt. She also said that women’s rights are also human rights, as are LGBT rights, here at home and abroad.

Most of all, the former first daughter closed by saying she has seen that we do better when we come and work together. She then introduced her mother, Hillary Clinton, to an uproarious round of applause from the crowd.

Clinton laid out a buffet of progressivism that she hopes to serve to the American people. She first thanked the attendees for a great convention; thanked Chelsea for the mother and woman she has become; and her husband Bill—noting that the conversation they started in the library at law school still goes strong 45 years later. She said that in that period she was able to get more than a few words in, while being partnered with the explainer in chief. As with any marriage, and we all know what happened around 1998, there were good times and bad, but they got through it. She added that she was happy to see that he’s still on the job, noting his Tuesday night address. She also thanked her friends and family—and her supporters, those who have been with her from day one to the newcomers, for their work throughout this convention and this campaign.

Trying to piggyback off the popularity of both Presidents Clinton and Obama, she said that we heard from a president from Hope—bill—and a man from hope—Obama—during this convention. Clinton added that America is better for Obama’s leadership, and that she is better because of her friendship with Obama. In the spirit of unity, Clinton thanked former rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (who looked like her was having the worst time of his life) for putting economic and social justice issues front and center where they belong; inspiring million of Americans to join his left wing crusade; and declared that his cause is now her cause. She added that Demcorats needed his energy, passion, and ideas to turn their progressive agenda into real change for the country. Hillary’s remarks drew chants of “Bernie!” from his supporters, wearing neo t-shorts that dotted the convention hall.

Clinton then spoke about the origins of the American Revolution, why they’re having their convention in Philadelphia, which was the center where our Founder embraced the enduring truth that we’re stronger together. She cited the art of compromise that was deployed that eventually led both factions present to join and sign a Declaration of Independence from the British Crown. Now, those bonds of trust are fraying and powerful forces are working to tear us apart. She said in this election, we have to decide whether we’ll work together so we can all rise together

Clinton invoked our country’s motto – out of many we are one—will we stay true to that motto?

Well, we heard Trump’s answer in Cleveland last week, she said. He wants to divides us from the world and from each other.

“He has taken the Republican Party from morning in America to midnight in America,” she added. Yet, she referenced Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

She declared that we are not afraid, we will rise to the challenge, we will not build a wall, but an economy where everyone who wants a good job can get one; we’ll create a pathway to citizenship to immigrants who are already contributing to the economy; we will not ban a religion; and we will work with all Americans and our allies to fight and defeat terrorism.

Clinton said that we have the most dynamic and diverse people in the world, and the most tolerant and generous young people we’ve ever had. We have the most powerful military, the most innovative entrepreneurs, and the most enduring values of any country—all of this adding the Democratic narrative that our best days are ahead. These socioeconomic factors are the foundations of that hypothesis.

Clinton then went on to provide a stark contrast with Republican nominees Donald Trump. She warned to never believe anyone who says he can fix anything alone.

“Really?” questioned Clinton. She went on to say that a mindset like that leaves behind the troops on the front lines, police and firefighters who protect us, the doctors and nurses who care for us, and the teachers who shape lives. In America, Clinton added, Americans say we’ll fix it together.

Clinton then invoked the Founders again, noting that they drafted a constitution where no one person can control all the power. Power was dispersed and for 240 years we still put our faith in each other. She said we should look at Dallas after the five police officers were assassinated. Chief of Police David Brown and the city came together and 12 days after the attack, 500 people had applied to join the force.

It was after this jab at Trump that Clinton, with humility and great determination accepted the Democratic Party’s historic nomination for the presidency of the United States.

Clinton then discussed about her family upbringing, how they did not have names on big buildings growing up. Instead, she said her family was different builders, ones who used whatever tools they had and whatever life in America provided to build better lives and futures. He father started his own business after a stint in the Navy after Pearl Harbor. Her parents abandoned her mother at a young age, eventually finding work as a housemaid at age 14, which led to her teaching young Hillary that no one gets through life alone. Clinton said that her mother made sure that she learned the words (and I’m paraphrasing here): do all the good you can, for all the people you can, for all the ways you can, for as long as you can. It’s this mindset that led her to grab her first job at the Children’s Defend Fund in Bedford Massachusetts because every kid with a disability had the right to go to school.

Clinton also gave another hat tip to Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, saying they did not receive their fair share of the credit for saving us from the brink to total disaster.

The former first lady then gave a rallying cry for people to join her, but before that she had to offer a sweetener of appointing Supreme Court justices who will take on the non-issue of money in politics and expand voter rights. If we have to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, then so be it. That drew a loud applause line, which is sort of disconcerting since these liberals were cheering the erosion of First Amendment rights.

Nevertheless, if you support climate change, comprehensive immigration reform, and the belief that companies should share their profits instead of padding executives with bonuses—join us! If you believe the minimum wage should be a living wage and children should be raised in poverty—join us!

She also said that if you believe in affordable health care, if you’re against unfair trade deals (rich, since she called the Trans-Pacific Partnership the gold standard in trade deals),if you want to stand up to China, if you support steel workers, if you support auto workers, and if you support homegrown manufacturing—then join us! Oh, and if expanding social security and protecting abortion rights are important to you, then hop on the Clinton train.

Clinton devoted very little to national security, a good move since her email flap sort of cuts into her ability and judgment on this front, but added that to defeat ISIS she will strike their sanctuaries, increase intelligence assets to prevent attacks, and support the ground troops already fighting them. It won’t be easy, but Clinton assured American victory.

She then tore into Trump for calling our armed forces a disaster, which she says is a sign of disrespect to the men and women who wear the uniform. She then said that a man who you can bait with a tweet should be nowhere near the nuclear codes.

Clinton also said that we couldn’t have a president who’s in the pocket of the gun lobby.

“I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns,” she said. But added that she doesn’t want us to get shot from someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place. She promised to work tirelessly with responsible gun owners to pass common sense reforms and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists.

The former secretary of state then asked for us to be more empathetic, to put ourselves in the shoes of black and Hispanic Americans who are subjected to institutional racism—and the police officers who put their lives at risk to protects us every day. Clinton promised to sass criminal justice reform and rebuild community policing, declaring that we will defend all of our rights. We will stand up against mean and divisive rhetoric.

Piling more on Trump, Clinton said that America is great because America is good. Let’s cut out the bigotry and bombast. There’s a clear agenda with Clinton, and empty promises from Trump.

“The choice is clear, my friend” said Clinton, as she closed her remarks. Let’s be stronger together, and let’s look to the future with courage and confidence. Let’s build a better tomorrow. And when we do, America will be greater than ever.

Guy has his analysis, which you can read here. But one thing that was clear is that the party is still fractured. Notice all of the weird instances in which “Hillary” was being chanted by the crowd. Well, that was done to drown out the Bernie supporters who are still struggling to come to grips with the fact that their side lost.

Analysis: Charmless Vessel Shouts Acceptance Speech at America

It's finally, blessedly over. As expected, Hillary Clinton's anticlimactic acceptance speech capped off a Democratic convention at which two of the weakest primetime speeches were delivered by the the two members of the nominated ticket. There were powerful moments earlier in the evening -- including an impactful address by the father of a Muslim US soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country in Iraq, and an address from a valorous Medal of Honor recipient, who was shamefully heckled by some DNC delegates. But when the lights shone brightest, we got a perfectly nice little talk by Chelsea Clinton, an over-the-top 'Heroine Hillary' introductory video, and a over-long, mediocre, robotically-delivered address by the woman of the hour. Pete Wehner, a senior speechwriter for President Bush and an exceptionally harsh conservative critic of Donald Trump, rendered this assessment of her performance:

Some bits were better than others, but Clinton only seemed to truly come into her own when she was attacking Donald Trump -- her longtime friend and donor, whose wedding she attended. Hillary quoted Trump's infamous statement that he understands ISIS better than our generals. She looked into the camera, ice cold, and unleashed one of several stinging lines:

Alas, there is also no other Hillary Clinton. This is it.  If only she and Donald had taken some voice modulation lessons -- maybe (stronger) together? -- a few weeks ago, things might have been better.  They weren't.  In any case, even if you're inclined to agree with her temperament critiques of Trump (as I am), it's quite rich listening to a woman who knowingly compromised high-level secrets for her own selfish reasons and lied repeatedly about it lecture anyone about trust and national security.  The rest of her speech was almost entirely unmemorable -- although newscasts will love her 'break the ceiling, sky's the limit' formulation.  She talked a little bit about her upbringing and family, she tossed a few bland rhetorical scraps to independent and Republican-leaning voters, and she rattled off a laundry list of liberal-left agenda items.  She made sure to highlight her strong opposition to Citizens United -- because this woman is so terribly offended by money in politics, you see -- failing to mention that the ruling she abhors literally overruled the government's censorship of a film that was critical of...Hillary Clinton.  She also condemned "mean and divisive rhetoric," which seems apt in an age of Trump. But once again, physician, heal thyself. As I predicted, Donald Trump earned a clear polling bounce out of Cleveland. It may or may not be receding. I would be surprised if Clinton doesn't garner one from the program in Philadelphia, too.  But because this is 2016, and because the commentariat was largely enamored with the Democrats' gathering, this is a reasonable caveat:

By mid-August, the polls will likely have 'settled' a bit, and we'll have a better sense of the dynamics of the post-conventions horserace.  And then come the debates.  I'll leave you with a sentiment I felt acutely while watching the final evening of the DNC proceedings, and some sorely-needed levity:

Ha: California Delegates Change "Hillary" Signs To "Liar"

The Democratic Party is still far from unified after a long and drawn-out primary season. Plenty of Bernie Sanders supporters are not about to jump on the Hillary Clinton train, and these California delegates figured out a way to show their displeasure at their party's choice of nominee. They covered up part of the "HILLARY" sign to change it to "LIAR."

A tweet with a picture of the modified sign has gone viral:

Props to them to sticking to their guns and sticking it to the DNC.

Oh My God: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Was Hacked Too

The email woes for the Democratic Party are not over yet. Reuters has reported that the FBI is looking into another breach at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which could be related to the hack into the Democratic National Committee earlier this year.

The release of the DNC emails prior to the start of the Democratic National Convention caused quite a bit of heartburn between the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton camps, with the former accusing the national party leadership of trying to tip the scale for Clinton. The emails show DNC staffers discussing ways to derail the Sanders candidacy. It led to the resignation of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as committee chairwoman.

The news organization added that for some time, a phony site collected the information of would-be donors to the party. Instead of that information going to the company that processes donations, it would go to the phony site. Sources told Reuters that the FBI feels that this was used to obtain donor information and not steal money:

The DNC, targeted by hackers earlier this year, and the DCCC share the same office space on South Capitol Street in Washington.

The DCCC had no immediate comment on Thursday. Donation processing company ActBlue also had no immediate comment. CrowdStrike, the California-based cyber security firm that investigated the DNC breach, declined to comment.

Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist who once worked for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, said the possibility of the DCCC being hacked was cause for great concern.

“Until proven otherwise, I would suggest that everyone involved with the campaign committee operate under the assumption Russians have access to everything in their computer systems,” Manley said.

The FBI referred questions to a statement it made on Monday on the DNC hack:

"The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC and are working to determine the nature and scope of the matter. A compromise of this nature is something we take very seriously, and the FBI will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace."

The disclosure of the DCCC breach is likely to further stoke concerns among Democratic Party operatives, many of whom have acknowledged they fear further dumps of hacked files that could harm their candidates. WikiLeaks has said it has more material related to the U.S. election that it intends to release.

While there is chatter about the Russians being responsible, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said it was just too early to name a perpetrator. Nevertheless, these hacks only add to the whole email narrative against Clinton that has proven to be disastrous concerning her favorability numbers, especially when it comes to trustworthiness and honesty. Hillary had an unsecure server that housed sensitive information. It was certainly vulnerable to foreign intrusion and could have possibly threatened national security. Now, Clinton’s own party’s files are being scooped up—and they may contain some dirty laundry. Yet, who knew that emails would be tripping up Democrats right now.

Stronger Together: Here Is The Agenda Hillary Clinton Has For America

Hillary Clinton will be accepting the Democratic nomination tonight. In her remark, her agenda centers on creating more job opportunities, raising stagnant wages, and reaching out to every corner of the country—from the cities to the rural 15 MPH small towns—in order to accomplish that economic goal.

She also pledges to be strong on national security, offering a strong leadership on the issue of tackling our “determined enemies,” which is obviously ISIS but they're not mentioned by name. In all, the speech centers on what Democrats have been saying throughout this convention, which is that America’s best days are ahead, don’t be pessimistic like the Republicans, and that we’re stronger together. Also, let’s come together to make sure the Clinton vision of America is a success.

Again, it would be more reassuring if Clinton could name out determined enemy by name, along with the radical ideology they follow. Moreover, given her unsanctioned and unsecure private email server that left our secrets vulnerable—not so sure you’re to be trusted on that front either. In fact, the vast majority of American voters don’t trust you. So, let’s see if Clinton pushes back against that narrative, along with Trump’s definition of her as “Crooked Hillary.” We shall see shortly.

Despicable: Black Lives Matter Interrupts Moment of Silence for Fallen Officers at DNC

Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez spoke at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night to offer some remarks about the strained relationship between police and civilians. While she acknowledged the police have been guilty of using excessive force, even against her own family, she decided to become an officer herself and promised that she and her team put on their badges every day to "serve and protect, not to hate and discriminate." She also offered a beautiful story about how four separate tables in a restaurant in which she was dining offered to pay for her bill, proving her community respected her service. 

Following her remarks, she asked the audience to join her in a moment of silence for the fallen officers in Dallas, in and countless other cities that have faced similar tragedies. Her request was respected - until shouts of "Black Lives Matter" interrupted the touching moment.

Disrespectful - and despicable.

Black Lives Matter activists have the right to protest against what they believe is police brutality - but during a moment of silence for murdered officers and the devastated families they've left behind? Unthinkable.

The DNC's "Stronger Together" theme is unfortunately out of reach at this point. This country needs some serious healing.

Former Reagan Staffer To Trump: You're No Reagan

"This year I will vote for a Democrat for the first time," said Doug Elmets, a former aide to President Ronald Reagan at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night.

“I know Ronald Reagan," he explained. "I worked for Ronald Reagan. Donald Trump, you are no Ronald Reagan.”

This year's Republican platform and chosen nominee, Elmets continued, is too extreme for his liking. As a result, he's voting Democrat for the first time in his life.

"Loyalty to our country is more important than loyalty to our party," he concluded.

The Republican National Committee was prepared for Elmets' remarks, highlighting the fact that he has donated to Democrats for years and is no Republican.