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Polls: Trump takes lead over Clinton as GOP convention generates bounce for its nominee

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Republican convention has generated a modest increase so far in Donald Trump's poll standing, moving the New York businessman back into a lead over Hillary Clinton.

Through Sunday, the University of Southern California Dornsife/Los Angeles Times "Daybreak" tracking poll of the race shows Trump gaining about 3 percentage ...Read more

Sun Sentinel exclusive: Wasserman Schultz won't open Democratic National Convention

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Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, won't gavel her party's national convention to order on Monday afternoon.

In a brief phone conversation with the Sun Sentinel, she said:

"I have decided that in the interest of making sure that we can start the Democratic convention on a high note that I am...Read more

Angry Sanders delegates drown out California speakers

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PHILADELPHIA -- Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, upset over the disclosure of Democratic National Committee emails showing officials privately discussing ways to help Hillary Clinton beat Sanders, repeatedly shouted down speakers at the California delegation's breakfast Monday morning.

The ruckus came shortly after DNC Chairwoman Debbie ...Read more

Pelosi says Trump boosts prospects for Democratic gains in House

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PHILADELPHIA-- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said having Donald Trump at the top of the Republican ticket will boost chances for Democratic gains in the House, though she stopped short of predicting her party can regain control of the chamber after the November election.

"He has really, shall we say, been the gift that keeps on giving," ...Read more

Hillary Clinton to VFW: 'I don't understand people who trash talk America'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hillary Clinton appealed for veterans' support during a speech at the VFW Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday, where she also repeatedly criticized rival Donald Trump's statements and positions without mentioning his name.

It was Clinton's second appearance in Charlotte this month, and came three days before she's set to...Read more

Democrats set for wider embrace of LGBT rights in rebuke to Trump

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Gay rights -- and the Republican Party's complicated relationship with the issue -- is likely to play a prominent role at this week's Democratic National Convention, with Donald Trump's stated embrace of the "LGBTQ community" still lingering in the air.

"I expect Democratic leaders to directly denounce his veiled attempt to suggest he's ...Read more

Clinton campaign downplays early tensions at the Democratic convention

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PHILADELPHIA -- Top Hillary Clinton aides said they weren't fazed by the harsh reception that outgoing party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz received at her own home state delegation breakfast Monday, and insisted this week's convention would be a showcase for Democratic unity.

Campaign manager Robby Mook sidestepped a number of questions about ...Read more

FBI confirms it is investigating email hack of DNC

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The FBI confirmed Monday for the first time that it is investigating the hack of the Democratic National Committee that resulted in the unauthorized release of at least 20,000 internal emails.

"The FBI is investigating a cyber intrusion involving the DNC" and is working "to determine the nature and scope of the matter," the bureau said in a ...Read more

Bill Clinton: The first running mate

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The Clintons' "two for the price of one" ticket, a prominent feature of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential race, is one of the longest-running acts in politics.

Twenty-four years later, it even applies to the speaking slots for the Democrats' Philadelphia nominating convention.

In the long run-up to Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech on July 28...Read more

From behind bars, Hastert fights victim's lawsuit

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CHICAGO -- In Dennis Hastert's first response to a lawsuit that claims he should pay the full $3.5 million as agreed to silence a former student-athlete about decades-old sexual abuse, the imprisoned former U.S. House speaker argues that the hush-money pact is not enforceable.

A lawyer for the disgraced ex-politician has asked a judge to ...Read more

Loud protests erupt against Wasserman Schultz at convention breakfast

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PHILADELPHIA -- Mayhem met U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Monday morning when she made her first public appearance after being forced out as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

"Shame!" yelled protesters enraged at the Florida congresswoman over leaked Democratic Party emails that suggested her staff favored Hillary Clinton ...Read more

Kaine provides Clinton ticket with more lobbying, fundraising ties

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's selection of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate may gall some progressives. But Kaine brings to the campaign deep connections with Democratic insiders and fundraising on K Street.

Kaine's network of former aides and contacts say the ex-Virginia Democratic governor and one-time chairman of the Democratic ...Read more

Germany on edge after unprecedented string of attacks

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BERLIN -- Germany was put on edge after an unprecedented series of four attacks in the last week left many dead and wounded, placing pressure on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to stem the violence.

The latest incident occurred late Sunday at a music festival in the Bavarian town of Ansbach, near Nuremberg, when a 27-year-old man ...Read more

Q&A: Surgeon says apps may turn organ donation support into 'concrete action'

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Users of Tinder, the popular online dating app, usually swipe right on their mobile screens to gain a potential match. Come September, the same action might allow them to save lives by registering to be an organ donor.

The donor registration drive is the culmination of the partnership between Tinder and a nonprofit group called Organize, which ...Read more

Islamic State attack shows growing capability in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- President Ashraf Ghani's claim four months ago to have wiped out Islamic State in Afghanistan was shattered Saturday when the militant group struck the capital, Kabul, the country's deadliest attack in 15 years of war.

More than 80 people were killed and another 231 were wounded when suicide bombers triggered two ...Read more

Olympus told US executives no broad scope warning needed despite outbreaks

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Faced with superbug outbreaks in three countries by early 2013, Japanese device giant Olympus Corp. told U.S. executives not to issue a broad warning to American hospitals about potentially deadly infections from tainted medical scopes, internal emails show.

After two dozen infections were reported in French and Dutch hospitals, the company ...Read more

Sanders to sound clarion call for Clinton, but will his voters listen?

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WASHINGTON -- The Democratic convention is supposed to be all about Hillary Clinton, but Bernie Sanders is the man of the moment.

Democrats will look to him Monday night to calm the uproar that exploded inside the party over the past 48 hours as a result of some controversial emails about Sanders from party officials.

Angry supporters of the ...Read more

Sanders backers remain divided

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PHILADELPHIA -- When Bernie Sanders takes the stage on Monday night at the Democratic National Convention, the Vermont senator will face nearly 2,000 delegates who have heeded his call for a political revolution but remain divided over how to achieve it.

Some are eager to make a final stand on the convention floor to show their support for ...Read more

Democrats take on a Cold Warrior role

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PHILADELPHIA -- For decades, Republicans were the fiercest of Cold Warriors, fighting the spread of communism and, not incidentally, winning elections by painting Democrats as the party of the frail and feckless.

Even with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the GOP and its defense and foreign policy leaders warned against the threat posed by ...Read more

Tim Kaine addresses whether he'd be third wheel with both Clintons in White House

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PHILADELPHIA -- Sitting for their first interview together, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine answered the awkward question of whether Kaine runs the risk of being a third wheel in a White House where the first gentleman is a former president.

The question had lingered in the background as Clinton made her way through the vice presidential vetting ...Read more