Clinton’s Big Night: Now Is Time to Make Her Case — CBS Baltimore

Three days of testimonials have led to this: Now, it’s time for Hillary Clinton to make her own case.

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Three days of testimonials have led to this: Now, it’s time for Hillary Clinton to make her own case.

The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state will step out of the shadows of presidents past and present on Thursday for her chance to persuade Americans that she is the best choice to helm a nation looking for a new era of leadership.

President Barack Obama anointed her the inheritor of his legacy Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention. Delivering a passionate case for his onetime rival, Obama declared Clinton not only can defeat the “deeply pessimistic vision” of Republican Donald Trump but also realize the “promise of this great nation.”

“She’s been there for us, even if we haven’t always noticed,” he said.

Clinton appeared unannounced on the platform soon after to soak up the roar of cheering Democrats. She pointed at the man who denied her the White House eight years ago, smiled wide and gave him a hug.

Summoning his most famous line from that 2008 campaign, Obama said: “America isn’t about ‘Yes he will.’ It’s about ‘Yes we can.’”

Wednesday’s was the picture of diversity that Democrats have sought to frame the whole week: The first African-American president symbolically seeking to hand the weightiest baton in the free world to a woman. It climaxed a parade of speeches over the past 72 hours — from men and women, gay and straight, white, black and Hispanic, young and old — hoping to cast the Republicans as out-of-touch social conservatives led by an unhinged and unscrupulous tycoon.

For Obama, selling Clinton also meant defending his record and the state of the union he’ll hand off. Obama evoked Ronald Reagan, something that drew criticism from Clinton when they were rivals in 2008, to contrast the Republican icon’s vision of America as “shining city on a hill” with Trump’s description of the U.S. as “a divided crime scene.”

“America is already great. America is already strong,” Obama added. “And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump.”

Trump did his best to steal the spotlight Wednesday.

Following reports Russia hacked Democratic Party emails, Trump said he’d like to see Moscow find the thousands of emails Clinton deleted from the account she used as secretary of state. The appearance of him encouraging Russia to meddle in the presidential campaign enraged Democrats and Republicans, even as he dismissed suggestions from Obama and other Democrats that Moscow already was intervening on his behalf.

Hours later, Trump told Fox News he was being “sarcastic” although shortly after his remarks on Wednesday, he tweeted that Russia should share the emails with the FBI.

Trump’s comments fed Democrats’ contentions that the billionaire businessman is unqualified to be commander in chief. He has no national security experience and has dismissed decades of U.S. foreign policy, like standing by NATO allies. Yet in a news conference Wednesday, Trump tried to turn the table on Clinton, saying he believed it unsafe for her to receive national security briefings in light of her mishandling of classified information via email while in office.

On Thursday, Democrats continued to claim it was Trump who is a “dangerous” choice.

“It’s an existential choice for the country,” the Democratic vice presidential candidate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, said in an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Wednesday night, Vice President Joe Biden, in what was likely the last prime-time speech of his political life, delivered a roaring case for Clinton — rich with his regular-guy folksiness, misty-eyed storytelling and hard hits.

A man whose signature phrase is “You’re fired,” can’t claim to understand the plight of the middle class, Biden said of Trump. “That’s a bunch of malarkey.”

After a quarter-century just behind the men in charge, Clinton on Thursday gets her turn alone with the American public for what could be most important speech of her career. She will be tasked with winning the trust of a public that is deeply skeptical of her honesty.

Even some Democrats remain unconvinced, a sentiment underscored by the protests of a small but boisterous set of supporters of her primary challenger Bernie Sanders. Gabriel McArthur, a Sanders delegate from suburban Denver, said anything short of an “hours-long heart-to-heart” with the candidate will likely leave him cold Thursday night.

Still, Clinton, who isn’t known for her oratory, will aim to move others like him. She’ll lean heavily on her “stronger together” campaign theme, invoking her 1996 book “It Takes a Village,” her campaign said.

She also will continue to woo moderate Republicans who may be unnerved by Trump.

That effort was hammered home Wednesday by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who implored Americans to “elect a sane, competent person with sane, international experience.”

Ret. Marine General John R. Allen, a former commander in Afghanistan, will underscore the same point.Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, will introduce her mother.

The lineup also will show off Democratic up-and-comers, including Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro; Katie McGinty, a Senate candidate from Pennsylvania and Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, also a candidate for Senate.

Pop singer Katy Perry is schedule to perform.

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Travel Restrictions On I-95 To End Soon After Closing Gavel At DNC — CBS Philly

Good news for drivers who use I-95.

via Travel Restrictions On I-95 To End Soon After Closing Gavel At DNC — CBS Philly

Good news for drivers who use I-95.

Once the closing gavel is struck at the DNC, crews will begin lifting lane and vehicle restrictions on the region’s key traffic artery.

PennDOT’s Gene Blaum says they’ll have to wait for word from federal, state and local law enforcement officials before deploying road crews onto I-95 to take down the barriers and flashing signs.

“PennDOT staff is going to be on duty tonight into Friday morning, and as long as it takes into Friday to remove all the operational materials that are in place in order to re-open I-95 to those trucks and vehicles that weigh in excess of five tons.”

And that includes reopening the exit ramps at Broad Street which had been closed during the convention.

Because it was declared a “National Special Security Event” by the Department of Homeland security, officials ordered the I-95 restrictions.

State police traffic controls were set up to divert vehicles in excess of five tons off northbound I-95 at exit 13 near Philadelphia International Airport and at southbound I-95, exit 22 by the Vine Street, Route 676 interchange.


Officials In Philly Hold Forum On Revitalizing Urban America — CBS Philly

Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes hosted the conference which took place Wednesday morning in Center City.

via Officials In Philly Hold Forum On Revitalizing Urban America — CBS Philly

Officials from Philadelphia and all over the country held a forum focused on jobs, wages and economic opportunity.

Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes hosted the conference which took place Wednesday morning in Center City.

“This is a conversation about the revitalization of urban America which has been left off the table for far too long.”

Hughes says this meeting is not just meant to talk about issues, it’s also a jumping off point. People can put their feet to the pavement and get to work on making changes for the better.

“About how we deal with the issues of jobs, and creating jobs and funding those jobs in our community, and making sure that people are making livable wages. This is about economic opportunity and making sure it’s available for everybody and not just a few folks.”

During the panel discussion Senator Hughes was joined by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Marc Morialthe, president of the National Urban League.

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The Night before Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Convention


I wrote this little ditty while thinking about all the craziness we have seen this election year. The DNC is opening tomorrow in my hometown, Philly and even though the Democrats say their convention won’t have the drama of the Republican convention but it sure seems like it will be. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, has announced that she is stepping down due to the embarrassing email leaks that proved the scales were tipped in Hillary Clinton’s favor during the primary season.

Surprise, Surprise, Donald Trump is proved right when he said the system was rigged so that Bernie Sanders could not win. So this is my tribute to the Democratic Convention. Hope you enjoy.

Twas the night before Hillary Clinton’s Convention

Twas the night before the democrats were set to convene,

Where they were to pick their new Queen

All of Philly was a set for a rumble

As Bernie Supporters were all a grumble

As emails were uncovered

Which proved such a lie

That Debbie Wasserman Schultz could not deny

The election was rigged

As Trump the bigwig

Had said all along

Bernie was wronged

By the Democrats

And all their false stats

Now the Queen who had stated

It’s been too long, (More than 8 damn years)

This won’t go wrong

Then she exclaims,

I am the Queen

I proclaim,

And to all who say other

There is not another

As she drove out of sight,

She called to the night

Have a good time in Philly

Except for Slick Willy

The crown is all mine

You poor dumb swine



















DNC chair to step down after convention — WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

The four-day convention kicks off Monday in Philadelphia.

via DNC chair to step down after convention — WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

PHILADELPHIA, PENN. (WPRI) — Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she is stepping down as Democratic Party chairwoman at the end of this week’s convention.

The Florida congresswoman has been under fire following the publication of hacked emails suggesting the Democratic National Committee favored Hillary Clinton in the presidential primaries.

That prompted runner-up Bernie Sanders to call Sunday for Wasserman Schultz’s immediate resignation.

In a statement, Wasserman Schultz says she still plans to fulfill her duties formally opening and closing the convention in Philadelphia. She also says she will speak at the four-day gathering.

The four-day convention kicks off Monday in Philadelphia.

President Barack Obama says he is “grateful” for Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s leadership at the Democratic National Committee.

Obama says in a statement that the Florida congresswoman has “had my back,” particularly during his 2012 re-election campaign.

Star Trek Beyond (2016). A thrilling addition to the series, find out why in my review. — CineSocialUK

Film review by Jason Day of the latest Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond starring Chris Pine, Zachary Qunito and Idris Elba, directed by Justin Lin. To like this post, comment on it or follow this blog, please scroll to the bottom. Use the search function on the left of the screen to look for other […]

I am no Trekkie (or Trekker, as Wikipedia suggests describe fans ofStar Trek) so I had to do a bit of prep for this film beforehand, namely watching the previous instalment, Into the Darkness, a viewing of which had hitherto eluded me.

One thing I was immediately struck by on seeing Beyond the next day is how similar the two films are.

We start with a comic action sequence and are then re-introduced to the crew and the ship. We receive a familiar mission statement about an alien form attacking someone and are then off to boldly go god knows where to sort this out, the drama peppered at regular intervals by thrilling action set pieces.



via Star Trek Beyond (2016). A thrilling addition to the series, find out why in my review. — CineSocialUK