Democratic convention: Day One –> During its first day, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee who stepped down over the weekend following the WikiLeaks email dump, was booed at a breakfast with the Florida delegation. Progressive stalwart Elizabeth Warren was booed during parts of the convention speech she made endorsing Hillary Clinton, and even Bernie Sanders was booed when he endorsed Clinton at an event prior to his big speech to the convention last night.
As Sanders backed Clinton in his convention address — “Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president, and I am proud to stand with her here tonight” — he continued working to get his delegates on the same page. Earlier in the day he had emailed his die-hard supporters, “I ask you as a personal courtesy to me to not engage in any kind of protest on the floor.” Many did not listen.
But the hit of the evening was first lady Michelle Obama, who told the crowd, “… This election and every election is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives… I want someone with the proven strength to persevere. Someone who knows this job and takes it seriously. Someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.”
David Smith at The Guardian commented, “Here, at last, the profound, moving and devastating riposte to Donald Trump that many in America, and the world, had been waiting for. And the antidote to the non-politician came from another non-politician — a mother.”
Email fallout –> In the wake of the WikiLeaks email revelations, the Democractic National Committee issued a mea culpa to Sanders: “On behalf of the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Sen. Sanders, his supporters and the entire Democratic Party for inexcusable remarks made over email,” the letter read. “There comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to maintain neutrality during the nominating process.”
Meanwhile: Nicholas Confessore and Steve Eder at The New York Times: “The emails capture a world where seating charts are arranged with dollar totals in mind, where a White House celebration of gay pride is a thinly disguised occasion for rewarding wealthy donors and where physical proximity to the president is the most precious of currencies.
“In a statement, Amy Dacey, the chief executive of the Democratic committee, said the party had ‘engaged a record number of people in the political process’ and ‘adhered to the highest of standards.’ The emails reflect the struggles of midlevel staff members in a demanding environment, seeking to bring in money at a steady clip while balancing demands from donors and party officials.”
The climate change election –> In his speech, Sanders laid out the stakes for November, including climate change: “This election is about climate change, the greatest environmental crisis facing our planet, and the need to leave this world in a way that is healthy and habitable for our kids and future generations… Donald Trump? Well, like most Republicans, he chooses to reject science. He believes that climate change is a ‘hoax,’ no need to address it. Hillary Clinton understands that a president’s job is to worry about future generations, not the short-term profits of the fossil fuel industry.”
Given the urgency of the issue, Eric Holthaus writes at Slate, “Hillary needs to assuage Bernie backers’ fears, and fast. What she needs to do now is convince climate voters that her specific brand of incrementalism is the best way forward: After all, making steady, day-after-day progress is better than just hoping for a carbon tax to magically make it through a hostile Congress. Problem is, that’s a hard sell when you’re already convinced the world is burning down around you.”
Meanwhile: As he attempts to take his administration’s next step on climate change, Pressident Obama faces down the airline industry. Coral Davenport at The New York Times: “The plan to curb airplane emissions comes as President Obama looks to strengthen his climate change legacy with new policies in the waning months of his administration. The airline rules would be among the final pieces of his sweeping and contentious second-term climate agenda, which has included rules to rein in greenhouse pollution from cars, trucks and power plants, and his role in forging last year’s Paris agreement committing nearly 200 countries to take action to reduce emissions that are warming the planet.”
But some good news from Damian Carrington at The Guardian: “The global battle against climate change has passed a historic turning point with China’s huge coal burning finally having peaked, according to senior economists. They say the moment may well be a significant milestone in the course of the Anthropocene, the current era in which human activity dominates the world’s environment.”
But bad human rights news from Turkey –> Reuters: “Turkey ordered the detention of 42 journalists on Monday, broadcaster NTV reported, under a crackdown following a failed coup that has targeted more than 60,000 people and drawn fire from the European Union…
“EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker questioned Ankara’s long-standing aspiration to join the EU. ‘I believe that Turkey, in its current state, is not in a position to become a member any time soon and not even over a longer period,’ Juncker said on French television France 2. Juncker also said that if Turkey reintroduces the death penalty — something the government has said it must consider, responding to calls from supporters at public rallies for the coup leaders to be executed — it would stop the EU accession process immediately.”
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