Hillary Clinton accepted her party's nomination in a forward-looking speech at the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention Thursday night.
"We will not build a wall. Instead we will build an economy where everyone who wants a good job can get one. And we'll build a path to citizens for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy," Clinton said, hitting on Trump's trademark platforms. "Every generation of Americans has come together to make our country freer, fairer, and stronger. None of us can do it alone. That's why we are stronger together."
Clinton also paid tribute to Senator Bernie Sanders, the main competitor of her primary campaign.
"I want to thank Bernie Sanders. Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls into our primary. You put economic and social issues front and center where they belong." Clinton said. Addressing Sanders' supporters, Clinton said, "I've heard you. Your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy, and passion. That is the only way we can turn our progressive platfrom into real change for America."
Apparent Pro-Bernie supporters heckled war heroes at the Democratic National Convention endorsing Hillary Clinton, shouting 'No More Wars' as veterans spoke on stage.
Holding signs, many of the hecklers were wearing fluorescent yellow shirts, an idea developed by a member of the Colorado delegation to designate themselves as Sanders supporters who wanted to send a signal that they did not prefer Clinton.
As retired Four-Star Gen. John Allen and Medal of Honor recipient Florent Groberg endorsed Clinton, hecklers interrupted several times, only to be drowned out by shouts of 'U-S-A!' from the vast majority of the crowd. Both Allen and Groberg spoke at length about how Clinton was imminently qualified to be president of the United States.
"Hillary Clinton has been preparing for this moment for decades," Groberg said in his remarks. "As commander-in-chief she will defeat ISIS."
Groberg earned a Medal of Honor in Afghanistan four years ago, after grabbing a suicide bomber and throwing him away from his troops. He lost a part of his leg in the incident.
"There were a couple hecklers… It's America—freedom of speech!" Groberg told The Daily Beast following his speech Thursday night. He said that he was a registered Republican who decided to endorse Clinton in a speech after her campaign reached out about two weeks ago.
"She asked me to come, and she's done a lot of things for our veterans," Groberg said. "Our veterans are dying out there. She's gone out there and tried to fix it. She's got experience -- as first lady and Secretary of State."
"I've never seen a single thing Donald Trump has done for veterans," he continued.
Chelsea Clinton took the stage Thursday night to call on Americans to elect Hillary Clinton. In her speech, Chelsea Clinton reflected on Hillary as a mother and an advocate for children.
"People ask me all the time, how does she do it? How does she keep going amid the sound and the fury of politics? Here's how: because she never ever forgets who she's fighting for," Clinton said of her mother. "That's who my mom is. She's a listener and she's a doer, driven by a fierce sense of justice and a heart full of love."
Chelsea Manning could face "indefinite solitary confinement" for an attempted suicide attempt, the American Civil Liberties Union says. Manning, currently serving 35 years for leaking millitary and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks, reportedly attempted suicide in prison on July 5. Officials at the United States Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where Manning is imprisoned said they were investigating her for charges of “resisting the force cell move team,” “prohibited property,” and “conduct which threatens.” If convicted, Manning could be placed in solitary confinement "indefinitely."
Donald Trump told press on Wednesday that he doesn’t know Vladimir Putin, shortly before asking the Russian government to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails. But in a 2013 interview with MSNBC, Trump boasted of being acquainted with the Russian leader. “I do have a relationship and I can tell you that he's very interested in what we're doing here today," Trump told anchor Thomas Roberts in Moscow during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant. “He’s probably very interested in what... I am saying today, and I’m sure he’s going to be seeing it in some form.” Trump also allegedly scheduled a meeting with Putin that same year, before that competition, NBC reported. Due to a scheduling conflict, however, the two men did not meet at the time, although Putin reportedly sent a gift and a note to Trump’s New York offices.
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was the target of a recent hack, multiple FBI sources tell Reuters. The DCCC, which raises money for Democratic congressional candidates, was hacked as recently as June in a possible attempt to gain information about donors, these FBI sources say. Some aspects of the DCCC attack, like an IP address of an intermediary website used in the hack, share characteristics of the breach on the Democratic National Committee. The FBI has stated that it is not ready to attribute the DNC hack to the Russian government.
Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks engaged in a highly public Twitter beef on Thursday afternoon after the NSA whistleblower criticized leak-publishing outlet’s handling of several recent leaks. Snowden slammed the non-profit organization’s failure to hide personal information: “Democratizing information has never been more vital, and @Wikileaks has helped. But their hostility to even modest curation is a mistake,” he tweeted.
“Opportinism won't earn you a pardon from Clinton & curation is not censorship of ruling party cash flows,” WikiLeaks fired back, including a link to the Wikipedia page for “digital curation.” While the two InfoSec heavyweights usually share an amicable relationship on Twitter, WikiLeaks has come under recent fire for publishing personal contact information in its leaks of Democratic National Committee emails and Turkish government communications.
Human Rights Campaign national spokeswoman Sarah McBride made history on Thursday by becoming the first transgender person to speak at a major political convention. For her speech, in which she officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, McBride recalled her own LGBT history—from coming out while in college to interning at the White House to helping her home state of Delaware pass anti-discrimination protections for trans individuals. “Despite our progress, so much work remains,” she cautioned. “Will we be a nation where there is only one way to love, only one way to look, and only one way to live? Or will we be a nation where everyone has the freedom to live openly and equally, a nation that is stronger together?” The 25-year-old activist declared that a President Clinton would work to advance LGBT equality and to “end the HIV/AIDS epidemic once and for all.”
The Nusra Front, a Syrian jihadist group, has branched off from al-Qaeda. In a recorded message, Nusra Front leader Abu Mohammed al-Julani, announced Thursday that the group was renaming itself "Jabhat Fateh al-Sham" or "Front for the Conquest of Syria." An al-Qaeda spokesperson said the group approved of the Nusra Front's split from theirs. The U.S. Department of State says the jihadist group's move might be little more than a name change.
Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper expressed skepticism about Al Nusra's claimed separation from Al Qaeda. "I think this is more of a PR [public relations] move, and whether they're actually splitting from Al Qaeda remains to be seen," Clapper said during an interview with CNN's Jim Sciutto.
Clapper said that Al Nusra might have announced the separation in order to avoid being attacked becuase of its association with Al Qaeda. "I think they are concerned about being singled out, particularly by Russia."
Two U.S. officials who spoke to The Daily Beast earlier this week dismissed any possible disassociation of al Qaeda by Nusra. For them, the decision is a short-term strategy, not a split in still shared goals of Jabhat al-Nusra and al-Qaeda. Because of that, the announcement will not change U.S. military plans to strike the group, the officials said.
It was not until the prospect of the U.S. and Russia working together to target al Nusra that the group made the decision to officially split. The opposition is struggling to survive in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city; an onslaught of strikes could lead to its demise in Syria.