Obama boosts Clinton: Carry her like you carried me

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News Channel 8 anchor Keith Cate is in Philadelphia. Look for his updates, including on Twitter, Facebook and TV. 

PHILADELPHIA — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention:

12:05 a.m.

That’s her man.

President Barack Obama’s got a special Twitter admirer back in Illinois.

The president’s address to the Democratic National Convention had barely ended Wednesday night when a tweet popped up from first lady Michelle Obama.

She watched the speech from her mother’s home in Chicago.

Her tweet: “That’s my man! Your truth, dignity and grave reminds us what real leadership looks like. I am always proud of @POTUS. -mo”

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11:50 p.m.

“A sad sight for the Democratic Party.”

That’s the assessment by Donald Trump’s campaign of the lineup of speakers at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night.

Trump adviser Stephen Miller says the Democrats “spoke in cheap, petty terms beneath the dignity of a convention.”

Miller says the message conveyed by Democrats was that things are perfect. He says Democrats resorted to fear to try to scare voters away from supporting Trump.

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine and others presented Trump as devoid of solutions to serious problems in American society.

They said Trump is the candidate using scare tactics, especially to appeal to voters who have not shared in the nation’s economic recovery.

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11:48 p.m.

President Barack Obama is signing off at the Democratic National Convention by thanking Americans for sustaining him through two terms.

Obama says his tenure hasn’t “fixed everything.” But he says he’ll leave office with assurances the Democratic Party “is in good hands” and that voters will sustain his successor as they’ve sustained him.

He recalls a “big-eyed green owl” given to him by the parents of a 7-year-old girl killed a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

He recalls meeting an injured solider who learned to walk again and who stepped into the Oval Office to shake the president’s hand.

He recalls a small business owner from Colorado who gave up his own pay to keep from firing his employees.

And he recalls a Texas conservative expressing his appreciation for the president because he tries “to be a good dad.”

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11:46 p.m.

President Barack Obama is asking Democrats to “do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me.”

He’s asking a cheering audience at the Democratic National Convention to “carry her the same way you carried me.”

Obama is crediting his supporters with giving him hope in the face of difficulty. He calls it “the audacity of hope.”

He says America has “vindicated that hope these past eight years.”

And the president says he’s now “ready to pass the baton and do my part as a private citizen.”

He asks voters to “reject cynicism, reject fear” and elect Hillary Clinton the next president.

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11:46 p.m.

President Barack Obama did it without mentioning his name.

Obama was taking one of his strongest shots yet at Donald Trump, yet didn’t use the Republican nominee’s name.

The president used his speech at the Democratic National Convention to say that “anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end.”

That line came out as Obama was telling an enthusiastic Democratic audience that values of his grandparents in Kansas are still relevant today.

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11:41 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is embracing President Barack Obama on stage after his speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Clinton is making the surprise appearance with Obama a night before she addresses the convention.

The president tells Democrats he’s “ready to pass the baton” to Clinton in her campaign against Republican Donald Trump.

Clinton is the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major party.

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11:36 p.m.

President Barack Obama is making a pitch to disaffected Republicans to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Obama is quoting Ronald Reagan to make the point that Republican Donald Trump is peddling fear in his white House campaign.

Obama says at the Democratic convention that Reagan called America “a shining city on a hill.” Obama says Trump calls the United States “a divided crime scene” and that Trump is hoping to scare enough people into voting for him.

The president says Trump and his supporters don’t offer solutions to pressing problems.

He says the rhetoric at the GOP convention “wasn’t particularly Republican, and it sure wasn’t conservative.”

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11:33 p.m.

President Barack Obama was coming to the part of his convention speech where he’s critical of Donald Trump – and the mention of the GOP nominee’s name caused the crowd of delegates to boo.

Obama didn’t miss a beat.

He deviated from his prepared remarks to implore his fellow partisans: “Don’t boo. Vote!”

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11:31 p.m.

President Barack Obama is telling the Democratic convention and voters watching on TV that if they’re “concerned about who’s going to keep you and your family safe in a dangerous world,” then their Election Day choice is clear.

Obama says Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is “respected around the world not just by leaders, but by the people they serve.”

He says Clinton has worked closely with “our intelligence teams, our diplomats, our military.”

He says Clinton won’t relent until the Islamic State group is destroyed.

And in a reference to GOP nominee Donald Trump, Obama says Clinton will “finish the job – and she’ll do it without resorting to torture, or banning entire religions from entering our country.”

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11:30 p.m.

President Barack Obama is blasting Donald Trump’s for trying to scare Americans into handing the GOP nominee the keys to the White House.

Obama tells the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that Trump believes he will win if he “scares enough people” over immigration and crime.

Obama says Trump is “selling the American people short” by suggesting “he alone can restore order” as a “self-declared savior.”

The second-term president notes that Democrats are meeting in the same city where American founders signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and later wrote the Constitution.

He’s quoting words from those documents, and saying it’s “We the people” who “can form a more perfect union.”

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11:28 p.m.

President Barack Obama is telling the Democratic National Convention that if they believe that there’s too much inequality in our country and too much money in our politics, they need to be as vocal, organized and persistent “as Bernie Sanders’ supporters have been.”

He says they need to get out and vote for Democrats up and down the ticket and then hold them accountable.

Obama says politics can be frustrating, but that “democracy works.” He says Americans have to “want it, not just during an election year but all the days in between.”

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11:27 p.m.

President Barack Obama is trying to make the case for his preferred successor and he says: “Hillary Clinton is that woman in the arena.”

Obama says the Democratic nominee has been “there for us – even if we haven’t always noticed.”

The president tells the delegates at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia that if they’re serious about democracy, “you can’t afford to stay home just because she might not align with you on every issue.”

That’s a coy reference to supporters of Clinton’s primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

He tells activists: “You’ve got to get in the arena with her, because democracy isn’t a spectator sport.”

Obama’s also making a reference to GOP nominee Donald Trump. The president says, “America isn’t about, ‘Yes he will.’ It’s about, ‘Yes we can.'”

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11:26 p.m.

President Barack Obama says Donald Trump “shows no regard for working people.”

Obama says he knows plenty of businessmen and women who’ve achieved success like Trump has. But Obama says they’ve done it without leaving a trail of lawsuits, unpaid workers and “people feeling like they got cheated.”

Obama tells Democrats at their convention that “The Donald is not really a plans guy. He’s not really a facts guy, either.”

He said anyone concerned about pocketbook issues and who wants a bigger voice for workers should vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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11:21 p.m.

President Barack Obama is criticizing what he says is the “deeply pessimistic vision” of America he says he heard from Republicans at their convention last week.

Obama is telling the Democratic National Convention that Republican nominee Donald Trump and his supporters proposed “no serious solutions to pressing problems.”

Instead, the president says Republicans spent their time fanning “resentment, and blame, and anger, and hate.”

Obama says “that’s not the America I know.”

He’s delivering a speech that makes the case for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s election as his successor.

Obama says the country is “full of courage, and optimism, and ingenuity.”

The president is acknowledging that Americans have “real anxieties” and that some have not shared in the economy recovery.

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11:17 p.m.

President Barack Obama says there’s never been a man or a woman – “not me, not Bill” – who’s more qualified than Hillary Clinton to be president.

Obama says at the democratic convention that “nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office.”

Obama says Clinton has been in that room and has been part of the decisions that a president makes.

He’s vouching for Clinton as someone who listens to people, keeps her cool and treats everybody with respect.

Obama says, “that’s the Hillary I’ve come to admire.”

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11:12 p.m.

President Barack Obama says Hillary Clinton’s handling of their 2008 presidential primary rivalry proved her mettle as a public servant.

Obama tells the Democratic convention in Philadelphia he was “worn out” by that race, but watched then-New York Sen. Clinton match him step-for-step – “backward in heels.”

He recalls asking her to serve as secretary of state after he won the general election, a move he says surprised her.

But Obama says Clinton “ultimately said yes” because “she knew that what was at stake was bigger than either of us.”

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11:10 p.m.

President Barack Obama is defending his record during his two terms in the White House. He says the economy has rebounded and the world order has been sustained amid so many threats.

The Democratic president says at his party’s convention that “by so many measures our country is stronger and more prosperous than when we started.”

He cites falling deficits, a recovering auto industry, plummeting unemployment and his signature health care law.

He’s referencing his decision to order the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. And he’s championing the deal designed to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions. And he’s celebrating a “new chapter” of normalized relations with Cuba.

He says “change is never easy” and acknowledges that necessary changes aren’t accomplished “in one term, one presidency or even in one lifetime.”

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11 p.m.

It’s his final Democratic National Convention as president, and Barack Obama is saying he’s “more optimistic about the future of America than ever before.”

Obama is speaking on the night before Hillary Clinton addresses the convention – and he’s making the case for her to continue his work.

The president says the nation has been tested by war and recession but he’s more optimistic about the country’s future.

Obama arrived to an extended ovation and chants of “Yes, we can.

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10:50 p.m.

Democrats are getting a reminder of the loneliness of being president.

A video being shown before President Barack Obama takes the stage at their convention recalls the difficult decisions Obama faced as he took office amid the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

Among the decisions Obama struggled with were whether to support a bailout of the U.S. auto industry and press for a health care overhaul.

He did both in the face of political concerns that he might not win re-election.

The video also explores Obama’s emotional reaction to the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

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10:40 p.m.

Donald Trump’s campaign is accusing Leon Panetta – a former CIA chief and defense secretary – of turning a blind eye to what it calls Hillary Clinton’s “enablement of foreign espionage.”

Trump adviser Stephen Miller says in a statement it’s “alarming” Panetta would, “through his silence,” condone Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.

Miller says Panetta “better than most, should know how many lives she put at risk.”

There’s no evidence Clinton’s actions put any lives at risk.

Panetta said at the Democratic convention that Trump’s comments encouraging Russia to find and make public emails deleted by Clinton disqualified him from being commander in chief

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10:35 p.m.

Tim Kaine is focused on trust as he concludes his pitch – to Democrats in Philadelphia and to voters watching on TV – that Hillary Clinton should be the next president.

The Democrats’ vice presidential candidate tells his party’s convention that “we better elect the candidate who’s proven that she can be trusted with the job.”

He adds there’s another standard that voters should consider: which candidate is “ready for the job.”

The Virginia senator says Clinton’s “ready because of faith. She’s ready because of her heart. She’s ready because of her experience. She’s ready because she knows in America we are stronger together.”

And here’s his closing line: “Hillary is ready. Ready to fight, ready to win, ready to lead.”

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10:30 p.m.

Tim Kaine is tearing into Donald Trump as a “guy who promises a lot” but always follows up with the words “believe me.”

Kaine says in his speech at the Democratic convention that “most people, when they run for president, they don’t just say ‘believe me.’ They respect you enough to tell you how they will get things done.”

Kaine says the Republican presidential nominee has asked Americans to believe he’ll build a wall with Mexico, destroy the Islamic State group “so fast” – and that there’s nothing suspicious in the tax returns he won’t make public.

The Virginia senator says, “so here’s the question: Do you really believe him? Donald Trump’s whole career says you better not.”

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10:25 p.m.

Tim Kaine says he knows a lot of Republican senators who say privately “how fantastic a senator that Hillary Clinton was.”

Kaine is making his first major speech as the Democratic vice presidential nominee. And the Virginia senator is speaking about his work on the Senate Armed Services and Senate Foreign Relations Committees – as well as serving on the Senate Budget Committee with Bernie Sanders.

Kaine says that on the Senate Aging Committee, he helps seniors to make sure they’re not targeted by “rip-off artists.”

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10:17 p.m.

Tim Kaine is promoting his lengthy government experience in his first major speech as the Democratic vice presidential candidate.

The Virginia senator – in a prime-time speech at the Democratic convention – is detailing his rise from a member of the Richmond City Council to the city’s mayor, to Virginia’s lieutenant governor to governor.

Kaine says if he’s good at his work, it’s because he “started at the local level listening to people, learning about their lives and trying to get results.”

Kaine says it was hard work steering his state through the recession, but he says, “Hey, tough times don’t last – and tough people do.”

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10:14 p.m.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine says his Republican father-in-law has been voting for a lot of Democrats recently.

Kaine’s father-in-law is a former Virginia governor, Linwood Holton. Kaine tells Democrats at their national convention that his father-in-law is in attendance – at age “90-plus and going strong.”

Kaine says his father-in-law remains a Republican, but is voting for Democrats because “any party that would nominate Donald Trump for president has moved too far away from his party of Lincoln.”

Kaine is inviting other voters “looking for that party of Lincoln,” to join the Democratic Party.

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10:10 p.m.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is “humbly” accepting his party’s nomination for vice president.

Kaine tells the Democratic convention in Philadelphia that he formally accepts the party’s nomination on behalf of his wife, Anne, “and every strong woman in this country,” their three children and everyone in the military.

The former governor of Virginia and mayor of Richmond says he’ll run for vice president on behalf of families working to get ahead, for senior citizens hoping for a dignified retirement and for every person who wants America to be a beloved community.

And Kaine says he’ll do it for his friend and running mate, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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10 p.m.

A video introducing Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine is emphasizing his working-class roots and his service as Virginia’s governor and senator.

The video playing for convention delegates says Kaine’s life is “built on selfless humble service” and that he had a “Midwestern start in a working-class home in Kansas City.”

The tribute notes his work as a civil rights lawyer, commitment to family and work to bring Virginia together after a shooting at Virginia Tech while he was governor

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9:45 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is calling Vladimir Putin a “dictator” – a term the U.S. government doesn’t use when referring to the Russian president.

Biden says in his speech at the Democratic convention that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is belittling U.S. allies while embracing “dictators like Vladimir Putin.”

Earlier in the day, Trump said: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” He was referring to emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server as secretary of state that she said she deleted – because they were private – before turning other messages over to the State Department.

The U.S. regularly chastises Putin for cracking down on dissent, but doesn’t consider Russia a dictatorship. Putin has won three presidential elections, most recently in 2012.

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9:43 p.m.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is endorsing Hillary Clinton – and that’s giving her the support of an independent who says he votes based on the candidate, “not the party label.”

Bloomberg says at the Democratic National Convention that the country must unite around Clinton because she can “defeat a dangerous demagogue.”

He’s offering a tough critique of businessman Donald Trump, saying, “I’m a New Yorker and I know a con when I see one.”

Bloomberg points to his work to build a business and compares that with Trump’s beginning in real estate:

“I didn’t start it with a million dollar check from my father.”

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9:37 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden has wrapped up his speech to the Democratic convention by making a forceful case for American exceptionalism.

He says the United States “does not scare easily,” and when confronted with crisis, “we endure, we overcome and we always move forward.”

Biden says the 21st century “is going to be the American century.”

He says that will happen because the U.S. leads “not only by the example of our power but by the power of our example.”

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9:33 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is casting Donald Trump as too dangerous to trust with the presidency.

Biden says “no major party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less or been less prepared to deal with our national security.”

The vice president tells the Democratic National Convention that Trump – the GOP presidential nominee – offers policies that are more in line with the United States’ adversaries.

Biden says Trump backs “torture” and “religious intolerance.” Biden says that “betrays our values” and makes it harder for the United States to defeat Islamic State militants.

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9:27 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is skewering Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for suggesting he represents the middle class.

Biden says the billionaire real estate mogul “has no clue about what makes America great.”

The vice president is telling the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that he’s known as “middle-class Joe” in the nation’s capital – and he says that’s not a compliment.

He says it actually means … “you’re not sophisticated.”

Biden says Trump isn’t actually a friend to the middle class, but instead is a wealthy man who “doesn’t have a clue” about middle America.

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9:25 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden says Hillary Clinton’s election will have a major impact on young girls. He says when she walks into the Oval Office as president, “it will change their lives.”

Biden is vouching for Clinton in a speech to the Democratic National Convention. He recalls his weekly breakfasts with Clinton when she served as secretary of state during the Obama administration.

Biden says everyone knows that Clinton is smart and tough but he says, “I know what she’s passionate about. I know Hillary.”

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9:20 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is paying tribute to his late son Beau, who introduced him at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Beau Biden went on to become attorney general of Delaware. He died in 2015 after a battle with cancer.

The vice president tells delegates in Philadelphia that the nation got to see “what an incredibly fine young man” Beau Biden was when he nominated his father for vice president.

Biden says his challenge in dealing with his son’s death makes him appreciate “the unbreakable spirit of the people of America” who deal with problems every day with “so much less support,” but still “put one foot in front of the other.”

The vice president was considered to be a potential 2016 presidential candidate, but cited his son’s death as a reason he wasn’t up for a national campaign.

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9:17 p.m.

Donald Trump’s running mate is sounding a humble tone during his first solo campaign event since joining the ticket.

Mike Pence is calling himself a “B-list Republican celebrity.”

The Indiana governor was introduced in Waukesha, Wisconsin, by a fellow GOP governor, Scott Walker, and Pence is playing up his self-effacing Midwestern persona.

Waukesha overwhelmingly voted for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz during Wisconsin’s presidential primary – and Cruz won the state handily.

But Pence tells a crowd of several hundred people to vote for Trump because of the conservatives he’d nominate to the Supreme Court if he’s elected president.

He says they should vote Trump for the sake of the Constitution, the sanctity of life, the Second Amendment and “all our God given liberties.”

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9:15 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is paying tribute to President Barack Obama at the Democratic convention, calling Obama the “embodiment of honor, resolve and character.”

Biden says Obama is “one of the finest presidents we have ever had.”

Biden reminds delegates it’s been eight years since he accepted the nomination to become vice president.

He says he and his wife, Jill, now considers the Obamas “family.” Biden says of the president, “He’s become a brother to Jill and me.”

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9:10 p.m.

WikiLeaks has released 29 voicemails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, and they include several from unidentified party members upset by Bernie Sanders’ influence on the party.

The anti-Sanders messages are included with mostly run-of-the-mill messages about upcoming Democratic events that WikiLeaks selected for release Wednesday.

One caller objects to Sanders’ choices for the party’s platform committee and doesn’t even want the Vermont senator to have a speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention.

The caller – speaking about Sanders – says “he’s not a Democrat. Please stop this man now.” Another complains about the role given to Sanders supporter Cornel West, who’s been highly critical of President Barack Obama.

The release follows more than 19,000 stolen DNC emails that WikiLeaks published on its website last week.

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9:05 p.m.

Leon Panetta’s critique of Donald Trump’s preparation for the presidency has drawn dueling chants from the audience at the Democratic National Convention.

Chants of “No more war!” broke out during Panetta’s speech. The former defense secretary and CIA director questioned Trump’s ability to become commander in chief.

Later in Panetta’s speech, chants of “USA!” filled the arena.

It was one of the first times that chant was heard during the Democratic convention. It was common during last week’s Republican gathering.

Panetta promoted Hillary Clinton’s national security credentials.

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9 p.m.

Democratic convention delegates are watching a video tribute to Vice President Joe Biden in which he proclaims he’s more optimistic than ever about the country’s future.

The video recaps Biden’s long career and is being shown just before his speech in Philadelphia.

Biden is praised for taking on the National Rifle Association in pushing for an assault weapons ban in the 1990s. The video says that’s the “kind of courage we need today in Congress to stand up to the NRA.”

It also alludes to personal loss in Biden’s life – the deaths of his first wife and daughter in 1972, and son Beau Biden from cancer last year.

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8:50 p.m.

Former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Donald Trump is taking Russia’s side, and that means Trump can’t become commander in chief.

Panetta is making the case for Hillary Clinton in a speech Wednesday night at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.

He’s citing Trump’s earlier comments that encouraged Russia to find and make public emails deleted by Clinton from the private account and servers she used as secretary of state.

Panetta is criticizing Trump for – as he puts it – “asking one of our adversaries to engage in hacking or intelligence efforts against the United States to affect our election.”

To Panetta, “it’s inconceivable to me that any presidential candidate would be this irresponsible.”

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8:45 p.m.

A retired Naval admiral is criticizing Republican Donald Trump for encouraging a foreign government – Russia – to spy against his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

John Hutson says at the Democratic National Convention that earlier Trump, earlier Wednesday, “personally invited Russia to hack us.”

In Hutson’s view, “that’s not law and order. That’s criminal intent.”

Hutson also points to Trump’s mocking of Arizona Sen. John McCain for being captured as a prisoner of war during Vietnam.

Hutson’s take on Trump: “You’re not fit to polish John McCain’s boots.”

Hutson’s speech came on the first night at the convention that the Islamic State group and national security are getting extensive attention.

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8:40 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden is tweeting out his admiration for Hillary Clinton in advance of his convention address on the Democratic nominee.

He writes: “I’ve seen Hillary in the Senate & the Situation Room” and he calls her “clear-eyed. Steady. Understands working with people. Exactly the leadership we need.”

The vice president also is savoring the campaign ahead.

“It’s good to be back, folks. … Let’s go elect some Democrats.”

Biden addresses the convention later Wednesday.

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8:30 p.m.

Gabby Giffords – the former Arizona congresswoman nearly killed in a 2011 shooting – is telling the Democratic National Convention that “speaking is difficult for me. But come January, I want to say these two words: Madam President.”

Joining Giffords on the convention stage is her husband, Mark Kelly, as they to talk about the need to challenge the gun lobby and place new restrictions on firearms.

Giffords calls Hillary Clinton – the Democratic nominee for president – “tough” and “courageous,” and Giffords says Clinton, as president, will “stand up to the gun lobby.”

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8 p.m.

Democrats are paying tribute to the victims of the June attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Christine Leinonen tells the crowd at the Democratic convention that her son – Christopher “Drew” Leinonen – always brought people together and started a gay-straight alliance in school.

He was one of the 49 patrons killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. She says her son’s grandparents met in a Japanese internment camp “so it was in his DNA that love always trumps hate.”

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy says he’s “furious” about the lack of progress on gun control in the years since 20 first-graders and six adults were killed at the Connecticut school.

Murphy says Republicans in Congress have done “absolutely nothing to prevent the next massacre.”

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7:45 p.m.

On the same day Hillary Clinton is set to claim the Democratic presidential nomination, the National Rifle Association is coming out with an ad saying Americans’ “right to own a gun for self-defense is at risk in this election.”

The group says it plans to begin airing the 30-second ad on Thursday. It features a rape victim who confronted President Barack Obama over gun right at a town hall meeting this year. She tells viewers that “self-defense is your right. Don’t let it be taken away.”

Word of the ad campaign comes as the Democratic Convention features speeches Wednesday night from relatives of the nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, and the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

The ad’s narrator says Clinton “would take away your rights.”

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7:30 p.m.

Some Hillary Clinton supporters at the Democratic convention are becoming noticeably agitated by the continued protests of Bernie Sanders’ most vocal supporters.

Danielle Adams is a Clinton delegate from North Carolina. She says, “I’m so exhausted by it.”

Some in the Colorado delegation at the Wells Fargo Center have scratched out letters in signs that say “Stronger Together” – and those signs now say “stop her.”

Delegates from Louisiana and Delaware are standing in front of them holding their own signs and attempting to block the view.

In California, an older woman in tears had to be led out of the arena because she was upset by some of the protesting Sanders backers.

Cheryl Brown is a state representative from California. She says the way some Sanders delegates are behaving is exacerbating tensions between the two campaigns.

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7 p.m.

Harry Reid is speaking at his final Democratic National Convention as a senator, and the Senate’s Democratic leader is blasting Republicans and Donald Trump for wanting to – in his words – “tear down the pillars of middle-class security.”

The retiring Nevada lawmaker has some harsh words for the Senate’s Republican leader, Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell.

Reid says McConnell and the GOP have slandered the country’s first black president, whipped up fear of Muslims and sown hatred of Latinos.

Reid says parents are right to worry about their kids hearing what comes out of Trump’s mouth. He says Trump learned it from watching Republicans.

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6:50 p.m.

Movie director James Cameron is calling Donald Trump “a madman,” and “incredibly reckless, incredibly dangerous” when it comes to global warming.

The director of “Titanic” and “Avatar” has made a short film – airing Wednesday night at the Democratic convention – about how climate change is harming the United States.

The film shows wildfires, heat waves and the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy – and then segues to Trump calling man-made global warming a hoax.

Cameron tells reporters that attacking Trump on his rejection of mainstream climate change science is a winning strategy for Democrats.

He calls Trump’s positions “incredibly reckless, incredibly dangerous” and later refers to Trump as “a madman saying we’re going to tear up” the landmark climate change agreement negotiated in Paris.

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6:35 p.m.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson says Hillary Clinton can be trusted to fight for issues such as a fair Supreme Court, gun control and progressive policies.

The former presidential candidate says Clinton understands the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement and the shooting deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Alton Sterling.

Jackson also is congratulating Bernie Sanders for energizing the campaign with “ideas and hope.”

In Jackson’s words: “The Bern must never grow cold.”

Still, he says, “It’s healing time. It’s hope time. It’s Hillary time.”

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6:30 p.m.

California’s governor is criticizing Donald Trump for failing to mention the words “climate change” or “global warming” during his acceptance speech at the Republican convention.

Jerry Brown says it’ll take “heroic efforts on the part of many people and many nations” to combat climate change. But, the Democratic governor adds, “You wouldn’t know it by listening to Donald Trump.”

Brown is speaking at the Democratic convention later Wednesday, and in his prepared remarks, he notes Trump has called global warming a hoax.

That’s why Brown isn’t holding back: “I say Trump is a fraud.”

Brown’s also disputing Trump’s assertion there’s no drought in California – only water mismanagement.

Brown’s response: “I say Trump lies.” He says Trump and others who reject climate science “are dead wrong – dangerously wrong.”

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6:30 p.m.

President Barack Obama has a message for fellow Democrats, and all those watching the Democratic convention at home: There’s never been a man or a woman more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president.

It’s a theme Obama is stressing in his convention speech later Wednesday night.

According to the White House, Obama plans to say “nothing truly prepares you for the demands of the Oval Office.”

He intends to vouch for Clinton as someone who’s been part of his biggest decisions in the Oval Office and a leader who never quits – no matter the odds or “how much people try to knock her down.”

The president is set to describe his 2008 campaign rival as someone who listens to people, keeps her cool and treats everybody with respect.

Obama says, “that’s the Hillary I’ve come to admire.”

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5:50 p.m.

President Barack Obama plans to tell the Democratic convention that the America he knows is “full of courage and optimism and ingenuity.”

The White House released a preview of Obama’s Wednesday speech to the convention a few hours before he’ll address delegates in Philadelphia.

Obama says Americans have “real anxieties,” including paying their bills, protecting their children, frustrations with political gridlock and racial divisions.

But he says during his travels as president, he’s “seen, more than anything, is what is right with America.” That includes people working hard and “a younger generation full of energy and new ideas.”

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5:31 p.m.

Six drafts and a few late nights went into the speech President Barack Obama will give at the Democratic convention.

White House officials say work on the speech started in June and Obama got a first draft on July 18.

Officials say Obama stayed up until 3:30 a.m. this past Monday revising it.

The White House officials who provided reporters with details about Wednesday night’s speech spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to discuss the address publicly before Obama gives it.

Obama rehearsed the speech for the first and final time Tuesday in the White House Map Room. It clocked in at 30 minutes, with no applause.

Set to introduce Obama is Sharon Belkofer, a 73-year-old retired nurse whose son died in Afghanistan.

– Josh Lederman in Washington

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5:30 p.m.

The White House says President Barack Obama’s convention speech will focus on Hillary Clinton.

Obama plans to go into detail about Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state and try to make the case she’s qualified to be commander in chief.

White House officials say Obama doesn’t plan to mention Donald Trump’s name more than a few times.

Obama also plans to praise Clinton’s chief Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, and his supporters – paying tribute to the fervor they ignited in the primary season.

The White House officials who provided reporters with details about Wednesday night’s speech spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to discuss the address publicly before Obama gives it.

– Josh Lederman in Washington

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4:45 p.m.

A warning from Donald Trump to women.

He says if Hillary Clinton’s elected president, “she’ll set you back a long way, women, if that happens.”

The GOP presidential nominee – during a rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania – is warning women to “be careful what you wish for.”

Public opinion surveys have found Trump ahead among male voters, but trailing Clinton among women.

Trump has said he’d “cherish” women if he becomes president. But he hasn’t discussed in detail how he would address such as equal pay and affordable child care.

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4:40 p.m.

The Democrats are back in session in Philadelphia, and they quickly dispatch with the day’s first order of business: nominating Tim Kaine for vice president.

The Virginia senator’s name was the only one offered, and a half-full convention hall at the Wells Fargo Center decided by a voice vote to suspend the rules and nominate Kaine by acclamation.

Some supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had talked about challenging Kaine’s nomination. They were upset that nominee Hillary Clinton didn’t pick a more liberal running mate.

Some delegates from Washington state chanted “roll call.” Some from California made some noise during the voice vote. But most in the arena cheered as Kaine was nominated.

The former Virginia governor is set to address the convention Wednesday night.

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4:25 p.m.

As Hillary Clinton gets set to claim the Democratic presidential nomination, fellow New Yorker Chuck Schumer is preparing for his own next act.

Schumer may end up being Clinton’s top Senate partner – or a chief antagonist to Republican Donald Trump if Clinton loses the election.

Schumer is in line to become the Senate Democratic leader next year with the retirement of the current leader, Harry Reid of Nevada.

If Democrats succeed in retaking control of the Senate, Schumer will assume the job of majority leader and move into the pinnacle of Senate power – and the role of a lifetime.

If Clinton ends up in the White House, Schumer would have the chance to serve as her congressional partner in pushing through an ambitious agenda that focuses on public works and jobs – and promoting a more activist role for government.

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4:15 p.m.

Donald Trump has proved he’s not a typical presidential candidate, so that may help explain why the GOP nominee isn’t keeping a low profile during the rival party’s convention – as normally is the case.

Trump has arrived in Scranton, Pennsylvania – that’s where Vice President Joe Biden was born. It’s also the state where Democrats are holding their convention this week.

Trump says he’s happy to break with tradition by scheduling competing events all week.

Trump was met with thundering applause by an enthusiastic crowd that soon started chanting “Lock her up!” – a reference to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s response: “Even better, we’re going to beat her” on Election Day.

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4:10 p.m.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is criticizing a part of Bill Clinton’s Democratic convention speech when the former president mentioned Muslims.

Clinton said in his address Wednesday night that “if you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together, we want you.”

The advocacy group says American Muslims are “tired of being stereotyped as a separate class of Americans whose loyalty is always subject to question.”

The organization is urging politicians to “speak to our concerns about Islamophobia, education, health care, policing policies, or even just repairing the pothole down the street.”

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4:05 p.m.

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is getting ready for his first solo campaign stop – in Wisconsin, a state that Donald Trump lost to Ted Cruz in the primary season.

Pence – the Indiana governor – is scheduled to appear with Wisconsin’s governor, Scott Walker, at a rally Wednesday night in Waukesha.

The campaign is hoping Pence will appeal to Wisconsin in a way Trump hasn’t, and fill the void left by Cruz’s exit from the race.

Pence – who initially backed Cruz in the contest – has the strong support of Walker, and that might help Trump make inroads in the state.

3:55 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has made it to Philadelphia, where she’ll address Democrats on Thursday night at their summer convention.

A spokesman says Clinton arrived in the city Wednesday afternoon. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, and daughter Chelsea Clinton were both at the convention Tuesday.

That’s when Hillary Clinton officially became the first woman to be a presidential nominee for a major party.

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3:42 p.m.

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will offer a forceful denunciation of fellow New York billionaire Donald Trump Wednesday at the Democratic convention.

The speech is notable in part because Bloomberg was elected mayor as a Republican but is now a political independent. He considered making a third-party run for president this year before opting against a campaign. He said he worried he would siphon away votes from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and inadvertently help elect Trump.

Members of the former mayor’s staff said Bloomberg, one of the nation’s richest individuals, will lay out why a Trump administration would be disastrous for the nation’s economy.

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3:33 p.m.

Vice President Joe Biden plans to use his speech to the Democratic National Convention to argue that the world is too complicated to elect Donald Trump.

The White House says Biden will say in his speech that given the seriousness of the times, the U.S. can’t afford a leader with Trump’s lack of preparedness to handle national security. Biden’s speech comes after Trump’s recent suggestions that Russia should release Hillary Clinton emails and that the U.S. might not defend NATO allies.

Biden also plans to make an economic argument. The White House says he’ll tell the convention that Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine understand the plight of the middle class and will fight to improve their lives.

2:27 p.m.

A Bernie Sanders delegate is calling on fellow delegates to protest President Barack Obama when he addresses the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night.

In a Facebook posting, New Mexico delegate Kathleen Burke says Obama is “highly complicit in the silencing” of liberals because he supported Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders for the presidential nomination.

Burke promises a specific protest action by delegates over Obama’s support for a Trans-Atlantic Partnership trade agreement and that delegates should hold up a newspaper and ignore him throughout his speech.

The post is described as being from the New Mexico delegation and urges delegates to spread the word. It was made on the Facebook page of “Delegates and Friends of Delegates for Bernie Sanders 2016” which has more than 5,500 members.

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2:15 p.m.

Former Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio says Donald Trump’s policy views will begin to take form as he settles into the nomination.

In an interview with WGN radio Wednesday, the Florida senator said Trump’s inexperience should be expected since he’s never held office.

By contrast, Rubio said that the public knows exactly what they are getting with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton given her long years in public service, something he describes as “even more disconcerting.”

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2:05 p.m.

Donald Trump says, if elected, he’ll look into whether Russia was justified in seizing control of the Ukranian region of Crimea.

When asked at a press conference Wednesday whether he would recognize Crimea as Russian territory and if he would consider lifting sanctions against Moscow, Trump said: “We’ll be looking at that. Yeah, we’ll be looking.”

President Barack Obama and the other NATO leaders have accused Russia of “destabilizing actions and politics,” including its 2014 annexation of Crimea. The act fueled angst in the Eastern Europe about Russian aggression.

Earlier this month, Trump suggested the U.S. could abandon its NATO treaty commitments in some cases.

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1:15 p.m.

He’s being roundly panned for suggesting Russia find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails, but Donald Trump is doubling down on that call.

The Republican presidential nominee tweeted: “If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!” That was after Trump made the suggestion that, “Russia if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

Republicans from Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, to House Speaker Paul Ryan have tersely responded that Russia should stay out of U.S. elections or face serious consequences.

But former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tweeted: “The media seems more upset by Trump’s joke about Russian hacking than by the fact that Hillary’s personal server was vulnerable to Russia.”
12:48 p.m.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is denouncing Donald Trump’s call for Russia or any other foreign power to attempt to recover the Democratic presidential nominee’s missing emails.

Trump, in an extraordinary press conference Wednesday, said: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

He later repeatedly declined to condemn any international attempt to hack into Clinton’s account.

Jake Sullivan, a senior policy adviser to the Clinton campaign, responded by saying “this has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent.”

“That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts,” Sullivan said in a statement. “This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”

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12:47 p.m.

A spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan says Russian President Vladimir Putin should stay out of the U.S. presidential election.

The brief statement from Brendan Buck on Wednesday comes as Democrats insinuated that Russia hacked DNC emails and Republican Donald Trump’s call for Russia to infiltrate Hillary Clinton’s email, an unprecedented suggestion to a foreign power to conduct cyberspying on a presidential candidate.

Buck said in a statement: “Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug. Putin should stay out of this election.”

Ryan is backing Trump’s candidacy though he has been tepid in his endorsement, calling out the nominee on immigration and other issues.

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12:24 p.m.

Donald Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, are sending some mixed signals fewer than two weeks into their partnership.

The Republican presidential nominee first called on Russia to find the missing emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal server, since they probably contain “some beauties.”

Later Pence said in a statement there should be “serious consequences” if Russia is found to be interfering in the U.S. electoral process.

Pence added that “both parties and the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences” to any hacking. He was responding to the breach of Democratic National Committee computers.

Trump said he has no relationship to Russian President Vladimir Putin and does not know if Russia or some other country, such as China, is responsible for the DNC breach.

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12:20 p.m.

A Hillary Clinton delegate from Tennessee has been booted from the Democratic National Convention after being accused by a Bernie Sanders supporter of becoming overly aggressive.

Tennessee Democratic Party spokesman Spencer Bowers is quoted by news media outlets as saying that Jerry Ogle of Monroe County had his credentials revoked after an incident with Sanders delegate Amanda Kruel of Knoxville.

Kruel said Ogle assaulted her at the convention Monday because he was angry that she was supporting Sanders. Kruel says Ogle grabbed her by the shoulders, twisted her around and told her to ‘Act like a Democrat.”

Ogle was quoted by The Tennessean as saying that he only tapped Kruel on the shoulder and did not forcefully grab her. Still, he admitted to the newspaper that his actions were inappropriate.

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12:15 p.m.

On Day Three of the Democratic National Convention, look for prime time speeches from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic vice presidential pick Tim Kaine.

Party officials said Wednesday’s speakers will focus on the theme of Hillary Clinton’s “experience and steadiness to bring Americans together.”

Other prominent speakers include former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former defense secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta.

Taking the podium just before Obama will be Sharon Belkofer, whose son was killed in 2010 when his army was attacked by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

Earlier in the evening, there will be remarks from Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard, two survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

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11:55 a.m.

Donald Trump says he has a “real problem” with Hillary Clinton’s access to security briefings as a presidential nominee, saying she is “probably hacked.”

Speaking to reporters in Miami Wednesday, Trump suggested that Clinton is a security risk because she used a private email server while secretary of state. The FBI found that government secrets passed through the server in her home when she blended official and personal work. FBI Director Eric Holder said he did not charge Clinton because the probe found no intent to expose classified information.

Trump on Wednesday expressed outrage that she is receiving briefings through “people with great knowledge of the inner workings of our country and our security.”

Republican and Democratic presidential nominees get national security briefings in part so they are ready to govern if elected.

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11:52 a.m.

Donald Trump says that President Barack Obama has been “the most ignorant president in our history” and “a disaster.”

Trump is lashing out at the president at a press conference in Florida.

Obama has cast Trump as dangerous and unprepared to lead the country. The president said in an interview that aired Wednesday that Trump lacks “basic knowledge about the world” and has shown no interest in learning more about it.

Trump, in turn, says the president has been a “disaster” who came into office knowing nothing and knows less today.

He says Obama, “will go down as one of the worst presidents in history.”

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11:40 a.m.

Donald Trump says his son will not run for mayor of New York City next year.

Trump, the GOP nominee for president, said Wednesday that his son Donald Trump Jr. “likes to win” and suggested that it would be difficult for any Republican to be elected in the heavily Democratic city.

Trump Jr. has been floated as a possible challenger to Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017 since his well-received speech in support of his father at the Republican National Convention last week in Cleveland.

Anthony Weiner, the former congressman who has twice run unsuccessfully for mayor, said this week that he would come out of political retirement to beat Trump Jr “like a rented mule” if he ran.

Donald Trump responded that Weiner, who resigned his seat after a sexting scandal, is a “pervert.”

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11:37 a.m.

Donald Trump says that he has been approached by Russian developers to build properties in Russia, but he turned them down.

Speaking to reporters in Miami, Trump said he was approached by Russian developers “who wanted us to put a lot of money” when he held the Miss Universe beauty pageant in Russia a few years ago.

He wouldn’t elaborate on his decision not to partner with them, saying only that he decided against it.

11:12 a.m.

President Barack Obama says he feels great about the speech he’s delivering for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.

Asked about Wednesday night’s speech, Obama at first joked: “What’s happening tonight?”

Hearing no laughter from the group of White House reporters and photographers gathered in the Rose Garden, Obama clarified by saying “That was a joke. You look so serious.”

Before entering the West Wing, he said: “I feel great.”

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11:11 a.m.

Donald Trump has a message for Russia: Find Hillary Clinton’s emails.

In a press conference Wednesday, Trump said that the 30,000 missing emails from Clinton’s private email server would reveal “some beauties.”

He then issued a plea: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

Clinton’s campaign has said that Russia hacked computers belonging to the Democratic National Convention and released those emails on the eve of the party’s convention to benefit Trump’s candidacy. Trump dismissed the claims saying it’s not clear who hacked those emails, but the hacking is a sign that foreign countries no longer respect the U.S.

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11:10 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump says that he’d like to see the federal minimum wage raised to at least $10 – though he maintains he’d like to see the issue decided by the states.

Trump broke with many in his party with the call, delivered at a press conference in Florida Wednesday morning.

He gave a contradictory answer in an interview with Fox News Channel Tuesday, saying he “would leave it and raise it somewhat.”

“You need to help people and I know it’s not very Republican to say but you need to help people,” he said.

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11:06 a.m.

Donald Trump is dismissing claims made by Democrats that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee emails to benefit Trump’s campaign.

Responding to questions over whether Russia’s President Vladimir Putin might favor a Trump presidency, Trump told reporters he “never met Putin, I don’t know who Putin is.”

The Republican presidential nominee said the incident with the hacked emails demonstrates that Putin and other world leaders no longer respect the United States.

He said he’s never spoken to Putin and knows nothing about him “except that he’ll respect me.”

He said that it may not even be Russia behind the email breach and suggested China may be the culprit.

The emails revealed that DNC officials favored Hillary Clinton over her rival Bernie Sanders. The revelation that led to the resignation of the DNC chief, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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11:01 a.m.

Donald Trump says he knows “nothing about” the hack of Democratic National Committee emails that security experts believe may have originated in Russia.

Trump said Democrats are using the hack as a “total deflection” and are off-base in suggesting that the Republican nominee’s campaign had anything to do with the security breach.

Trump, speaking Wednesday in a news conference in Florida, said he’s more interested in the content of the emails revealed by the hack. Some revealed that DNC officials favored Hillary Clinton over her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders.

The celebrity businessman denied that he had any major investments in Russia and said that he would treat Russian President Vladimir Putin “firmly.” Trump, who has praised Putin in the past, reiterated his hope that the U.S. and Russia could have warmer relations.

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10:54 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump is kicking off a press conference at one of his golf clubs by criticizing rival Hillary Clinton’s reluctance to take questions from the press.

He says that Clinton is afraid to take questions.

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10:53 a.m.

Family members of victims in the Orlando nightclub shooting will appear at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday

Aides to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said the families will be part of an effort to talk about public safety. Also appearing will be former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was critically wounded in a mass shooting.

A gunman killed 49 people and injured dozens more at the Orlando nightclub last month.

On Tuesday night Democrats heard from a group of mothers who lost their children to gun violence or through contact with police.

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10:40 a.m.

A top aide to Hillary Clinton says she is “alarmed” by the possibility that the Russian government was involved with the theft of emails from the Democratic National Committee.

Top campaign policy aide Jake Sullivan says Clinton ” does not view this as a political issue, she views this as a national security issue.”

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have reason to facilitate the attack, breaking with tradition to comment on a FBI active investigation.

Clinton, who has spent the last few days at her New York home, was briefed on the attack, says Sullivan. She has not commented on the incident but top campaign officials have previously suggested the goal was to benefit GOP rival Donald Trump’s campaign.

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10:31 a.m.

Donald Trump is calling out Vice President Joe Biden for misstating the GOP candidate’s rhetoric on bombing the Islamic State group.

Speaking to MSNBC, Biden criticized Trump for wanting to “carpet bomb” the extremist group, possibly killing civilians in the process.

Trump Tweeted: “Our not very bright vice president, Joe Biden, just stated that I wanted to ‘carpet bomb’ the enemy. Sorry Joe, that was Ted Cruz!”

It was Cruz who said during the GOP presidential debates that he would “carpet bomb” Islamic State group fighters.

Trump has said in radio ads that he would “bomb the hell out of” the group. And during a speech last year, Trump said of oil supplies that are controlled by the group: “I would bomb the s— out of them.” He added: “I’d blow up every single inch, there would be nothing left.”

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10:16 a.m.

Aides to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi say she has raised more than $93 million for Democratic candidates trying to whittle down her chamber’s Republican majority in this November’s elections.

The aides said in a statement Wednesday that the sum includes $37 million she raised for House Democrats from April through June this year. Nearly $33 million of that amount was for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House Democrats’ fund-raising arm.

Both parties’ leaders are usually top money raisers for House candidates. Overall, hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent by the parties, candidates and outside groups on House races.

Republicans hold a 247-188 House majority, including two vacant seats highly likely to remain Democratic.

Democrats would need to gain an unlikely 30 seats to win control.

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9:27 a.m.

Bernie Sanders is thanking New England delegates, telling them that “as of yesterday, I guess, officially our campaign ended.”

Sanders spoke to delegates from his home state of Vermont, along with those from New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island the morning after he urged the Democratic National Convention to nominate Hillary Clinton for president.

He says he is trying to shift his movement to encourage people to run for office and fight for the issues he pushed for during his campaign.

Sanders adds he spoke to President Barack Obama on Tuesday night, saying, “he was kind enough to call.”

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9:22 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden says the Democratic Party needs to do a better job connecting with white working class voters.

Biden tells MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the party has done “the right thing” for those voters, but “hasn’t spoken enough” to them.

One reason for the disconnect he suggested is that, “We’ve been consumed with crisis after crisis after crisis.”

He said the Obama administration has had the right policies in place to help these voters, but needs to do a better job of telling them.

Polls have shown Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton struggling to capture support from white male voters, while that group is attracted to Republican Donald Trump’s anti-establishment message.

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9:15 a.m.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is urging men to “stand and support strong women leaders” in the presidential election.

Kaine says the United States has lagged other countries in electing women political leaders. But the Democratic vice presidential nominee says the country has “an opportunity to do something magnificent” in electing Hillary Clinton as the first woman president.

Kaine is speaking at a breakfast with delegates from his home state, one of the country’s most important general election battlegrounds. He’s set to address the Democratic convention Wednesday night.

Kaine cast the contest between Clinton and Republican Donald Trump as a choice between building a “community of respect” or embracing “the politics of division.”

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7:58 a.m.

President Barack Obama says Republican Donald Trump “is somebody who likes attention and maybe surprised himself that he got this far.”

Obama tells NBC’s “Today Show” that Trump “doesn’t seem to have any plans or policies or proposals or specific solutions.”

The president made the comments in a taped interview aired Wednesday.

Asked about Trump’s remarks that he alone could fix the country’s problems, Obama said: “That’s not how our founders designed our system. We’re not a government where some strong man orders people around and banishes enemies.”

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7:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama says he worries about a President Donald Trump who would lack “basic knowledge about the world” and has shown no interest in learning more about it.

Obama says, what he thinks is “scary is a president who doesn’t know their stuff.”

Without mentioning Trump by name, Obama added the Republican presidential nominee doesn’t seem to know much about nuclear weapons, where countries are or the differences between the Sunni and Shiite branches of the Muslim religion.

The interview was aired on NBC’s “Today” the same day he is scheduled to address the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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7:31 a.m.

Vice President Joe Biden says he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t want Hillary Clinton to become president.

Biden tells ABC’s “Good Morning America” that adversaries of the U.S. think it’s better to have someone “who doesn’t have any idea what they’re doing” in the White House than have somebody “as tough as Hillary.” He said Putin doesn’t want to see a united NATO or a united European Union.

Biden said he doesn’t know for sure if Russia was responsible for leaking embarrassing emails from the Democratic National Committee. But he said the leak is consistent with Russia’s past conduct.

He also said Republican Donald Trump and his running mate “don’t know what they’re talking about” when it comes to national security. Biden criticized Trump for wanting to break up U.S. alliances with NATO countries.

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3:23 a.m.

It was long ago and far away when Barack Obama snippily remarked, “You’re likable enough, Hillary.” It’s a lovefest now.

Shortly after Hillary Clinton formally captured the Democratic nomination and declared the glass ceiling cracked and nearly shattered, her husband, ex-President Bill Clinton delivered an expansive and passionate testimonial Tuesday night. He offered a deeply personal – though sanitized – account of their relationship, a policy-driven ode to the “best darn change-maker I have ever met.”

Tonight, the current president is joining her party – for it is her party now – in making the case to the nation for electing the former first lady, senator and secretary of state as the first woman to occupy the Oval Office.

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