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NYT First Draft on Politics - July 25, 2016: Democratic Convention: What to Watch For on Day 1

Monday, July 25, 2016

The New York Times

The New York Times

Monday, July 25, 2016

Crews set up on Sunday for the Democratic National Convention this week in Philadelphia.
Crews set up on Sunday for the Democratic National Convention this week in Philadelphia. Jim Wilson/The New York Times
Democratic Convention: What to Watch For on Day 1

The Democratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia on Monday, promising a “United Together” theme even as leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee forced the party’s chairwoman to resign.
The leaked emails threaten to undermine unity.
If there was one thing Hillary Clinton didn’t need as she prepares to accept her party’s presidential nomination this week, it was another email scandal.
But the release of about 20,000 leaked emails, which suggested the party had worked to undermine the Bernie Sanders campaign and forced Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the party’s chairwoman, to announce her resignation on Sunday, is likely to continue fueling resentment among many of Mr. Sanders’s delegates at the convention.
Mrs. Clinton’s campaign had hoped that the convention would showcase unity in the party after a bruising and divisive nomination contest that left many young and liberal Democrats less than satisfied with the outcome. Instead, the emails could amplify the frustration felt by his delegates about what they consider a rigged process.
Sanders will get his last chance to push his agenda on the big stage.
His supporters may not like it, but Mr. Sanders has acknowledged defeat and endorsed Mrs. Clinton. Even so, he has made it clear that he will use his speech on Monday to continue pressing for an ideological revolution that advances party priorities like a higher minimum wage, government health care, breaking up big banks and rebuilding infrastructure.
And though Mr. Sanders, who called for a broad overhaul of the party’s nominating process, was Mrs. Clinton’s chief rival during the primaries, his appearance at the convention is unlikely to produce controversy like that of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas at the Republican convention last week in Cleveland. Mr. Sanders has already been clear that he hopes Mrs. Clinton will win in November.
One last time: Michelle Obama begins the handoff from the Obama era.
Mrs. Obama’s speech will serve partly to begin the transition of the Democratic Party from her husband to Mrs. Clinton.
Mrs. Obama, who remains among the most popular figures in the party, may be one of the most effective advocates for Mrs. Clinton when it comes to the Obama coalition: young people, African-Americans and Latinos. Her convention speech will be an opportunity to argue that her husband’s constituency should be Mrs. Clinton’s as well.
She will probably get a rousing response from the conventiongoers, for many of whom the speech is likely to be the last time they see her in person.
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, at a rally for Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, in Miami on Saturday.
Scott McIntyre for The New York Times
Some prominent Democrats had called for the Democratic National Committee chairwoman to step down in the wake of emails revealing the party’s attempts to undermine Bernie Sanders’s presidential bid.
Under Virginia’s lax ethics rules at the time, the gifts that Tim Kaine received as governor, which had a total value of more than $160,000, were all legal as long as they were disclosed.
Luke Sharrett for The New York Times
The gifts he received during his time in the Virginia Statehouse are certain to be cited by Republicans as a sign that Mr. Kaine is not as clean as he portrays himself.
Hillary Clinton, at a rally on Friday in Tampa, Fla., is set to become the Democratic presidential nominee at the party’s convention in Philadelphia.
Ruth Fremson/The New York Times
A political fixture for a generation, Mrs. Clinton faces the task at this week’s convention of persuading parts of the electorate to take another look at her.

The Supporting Cast
Michael R. Bloomberg plans to endorse Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Dismayed by Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg Will Endorse Hillary Clinton
The former mayor of New York City, who chose not to run for president this year, will back Mrs. Clinton in a speech at the Democratic convention.
President Obama on Friday in Washington. He will speak this week at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to try to bolster Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Obama at D.N.C.: Character Witness and Prominent Clinton Convert
The president’s speech on Wednesday in Philadelphia will aim to bolster Hillary Clinton’s standing with voters still wary of her.
Alex Schaefer adjusted “Big Bernie,” a likeness of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as protesters demonstrated in Philadelphia on Sunday, the day before the start of the Democratic National Convention.
Bernie Sanders Backers March Against Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia
The large, impassioned crowd hinted at a week in which the Democrats’ divisions are likely to be on vivid display as the party holds its convention.
Vladimir V. Putin in Moscow last month. Democratic leaders and cyberspecialists wonder if Mr. Putin is meddling in the presidential election.
Pool photo by Ivan Sekretarev
The release of stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee has intensified talk of the role of Russian intelligence agencies in the United States’ presidential campaign.
Donald J. Trump on the last day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Thursday.
Chang W. Lee/The New York Times
On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Trump indicated that the United States needed to protect itself from the failures of nations like France.
The Resignation
Ann Wright, with the group Code Pink, protested in Philadelphia on Sunday, calling for Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
Ego Clashes Exposed in Leaked Emails from Democratic National Committee
The documents released by WikiLeaks also offered an evocative glimpse of Democratic power brokers and their elbows-out relationship with the news media.
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Saturday at a rally in Miami for Hillary Clinton. She agreed on Sunday to step down as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.
Party Leader’s Resignation Is a Sign of Bernie Sanders’s Influence, His Backers Say
Moments after Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement that she would step down, Mr. Sanders and others said her resignation would help the party unify after a tough primary campaign.
Scott McIntyre for The New York Times
Some advisers believe that overemphasizing Mrs. Clinton’s historic achievement as the first woman to accept a major party’s nomination could backfire.