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Email leaks force Democratic chair to resign

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PHILADELPHIA -- Democratic National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Sunday afternoon that she would quit as head of the party this week, after leaked emails appeared to show bias against Bernie Sanders during his primary challenge to Hillary Clinton.

"I know that electing Hillary Clinton as our next president is critical for America's ...Read more

10 ways to judge whether Clinton convention is a success

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PHILADELPHIA -- Democrats begin four days Monday at which they will nominate the first woman to run for president on a major party ticket. But getting there will be difficult.

Backers of rival Bernie Sanders are threatening a challenge to Clinton's choice for vice president, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. They're considering walkouts during ...Read more

Bloomberg to endorse Clinton in convention speech

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WASHINGTON –– Michael Bloomberg will endorse Hillary Clinton in a prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday.

In a March 7 column explaining his decision not to run for the White House himself, Bloomberg cited the risk that he could help Donald Trump become president.

"We cannot 'make America great again' by turning ...Read more

Clinton's No. 1 goal for convention: clarity

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WASHINGTON -- The convention the Republicans just wrapped up in Cleveland, with its prime-time plagiarism, back-stabbing rivals and missing dignitaries, may not be a tough act to follow, but Democrats are nonetheless in a state of high anxiety as the spotlight shifts to them this week.

The party will stage its national convention in ...Read more

DNC Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz To Step Down

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WASHINGTON –– Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has announced she will resign. Her resignation will take effect immediately following the Democratic National Convention.

“I know that electing Hillary Clinton as our next president is critical for America’s future," Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. ...Read more

Obama outlines his themes for Clinton campaign

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PHILADELPHIA -- As Hillary Clinton looks to President Barack Obama to take a leading role in helping her win the White House, he offered a preview Sunday of his themes in the campaign.

Obama warned on CBS's "Face the Nation" that Donald Trump's approach to fighting Islamic State would only strengthen the extremist organization and divide ...Read more

Panel recommends Chicago police tighten rules on use of deadly force

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CHICAGO -- As battles over police reform in Chicago continue, the agency that investigates shootings by police is recommending that the Police Department tighten its rules on deadly force to further limit the circumstances in which officers can shoot.

A quarterly report from the Independent Police Review Authority in part aims to prevent ...Read more

With globalization threatened, Group of 20 focuses on defense

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CHENGDU, China –– Finance chiefs from the world's biggest economies signaled escalating concern about a wave of anti-globalization sentiment that threatens core principles long embraced by the group.

Meeting in China one month after the vote in Britain to leave the European Union, finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 ...Read more

Trump stands by his NATO comments

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PHILADELPHIA -- Donald Trump reiterated his call for the U.S. to pull back from its commitment to NATO and said the Republican leader of the Senate was wrong to call the proposal "a rookie mistake."

"He's 100 percent wrong. OK?" Trump said in an interview aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "He's 100 percent wrong if he said that."

Trump ...Read more

Who are the New Black Panthers? '60s radicals say new group doesn't embody their ideals

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The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights calls their organization a hate group, and founders of the Black Panthers call them impostors. They call themselves a "black nationalist organization," dedicated to the establishment of an "independently governed black nation."

The New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense has been around since 1989 but ...Read more

Democrats aren't the only tourists flocking to Philadelphia; so are heroin addicts

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PHILADELPHIA -- As Democrats from across the country flock to Philadelphia for their national convention, they won't be the only tourists in town.

Hundreds of heroin addicts from other states have washed up in Philadelphia, law enforcement officials say, drawn to a city that has become a major distribution hub for inexpensive, high-grade heroin...Read more

Clinton in search of larger message

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WASHINGTON -- The convention the Republicans just wrapped up in Cleveland, with its prime-time plagiarism, back-stabbing rivals and missing dignitaries, may not be a tough act to follow, but Democrats are nonetheless in a state of high anxiety as the spotlight shifts their way this week.

The party will take the stage for its own presidential ...Read more

Responsibility was the aim of the Kaine pick

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MIAMI -- In another election, Hillary Clinton might have been tempted to choose a different kind of running mate.

She could have fired up the party base with a staunch progressive, or reinforced her own historic candidacy with another woman or a Latino.

But this is no ordinary year. And Clinton's choice of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine reflects how ...Read more

Bernie Sanders backers seek to change how Democrats pick their nominees

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PHILADELPHIA -- Democrats remain sharply divided over whether superdelegates should continue to help choose the party's presidential nominee, an issue that was emotionally charged during this year's bitterly contested primaries.

Delegates debated the issue hotly at a rules committee meeting Saturday, two days before the Democratic National ...Read more

Trump says he prevented Cruz from being 'ripped' off convention stage

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WASHINGTON –– Donald Trump said he prevented Ted Cruz from being ripped off the Republican National Convention stage by entering the Cleveland arena as hundreds of angry delegates lashed out at the Texas senator.

"You know what, he's lucky I did it," Trump said in an interview to air Sunday night on Showtime's "The Circus."

"I walked in ...Read more

A locked office, getaway car and secret flight: The final steps in picking Clinton's running mate

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It was early evening Friday, when four of Hillary Clinton's top aides, including campaign chairman John Podesta, snuck out of her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, using a freight elevator to avoid being seen.

The four traveled 15 miles to the airfield in Teterboro, N.J., rather than one of the region's larger commercial airports, where they ...Read more

Kaine debuts as Clinton's running mate in Miami rally

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MIAMI -- Tim Kaine made his first appearance as Hillary Clinton's running mate Saturday, taking the stage at Florida International University with the soon-to-be Democratic presidential nominee in bilingual Miami so he could show off his Spanish.

"Bienvenidos a todos," he said. Turning to Clinton, he added: "We're going to be companeros del ...Read more

Guantanamo inmate who wanted to meet rapper Ludacris is denied parole

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The Afghan captive who invited the rap singer Ludacris to stop by the U.S. prison for terrorism suspects was denied parole.

The Periodic Review Board said Haroon al-Afghani lacked "credibility and truthfulness" at his June 14 hearing. "The board is unable to assess the detainee's intentions for the future and ...Read more

Turkey orders institutions linked to exiled cleric to close

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ISTANBUL –– The Turkish government ordered the closing of organizations linked to the alleged mastermind of the failed coup on June 15, while ministers continued to reassure foreign leaders and investors that the country isn't backsliding on democracy and economic reforms.

The decree, published in the Official Gazette, closes schools, ...Read more

At convention, Democrats will try to portray Clinton as likable

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Democratic National Convention, which begins Monday, has one huge goal: Make people like Hillary Clinton. Make her warm, gentle, compassionate.

It won't be easy.

Clinton's negatives have been consistently, historically high. Polls show that most people don't trust her. Her public image is that of a humorless technocrat ...Read more