DNC 2016: Hillary Clinton accepts nomination for president

Published: Thursday, July 28, 2016 @ 9:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 28, 2016 @ 11:33 PM

            Hillary Clinton's remarks on Donald Trump from the Democratic National Convention.
Hillary Clinton's remarks on Donald Trump from the Democratic National Convention.

Hillary Clinton’s full remarks

11:20 p.m.: “Just ask yourself, Does Donald Trump have the temperament to be Commander-in-Chief? He can’t even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign. He loses his cool at the slightest provocation. When he’s gotten a tough question from a reporter. When he’s challenged in a debate. When he sees a protester at a rally. Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

“Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism, and are made to feel like their lives are disposable.

Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to do a dangerous and necessary job. We will reform our criminal justice system from end-to-end.”

11:15 p.m.: “The choice we face is just as stark when it comes to our national security. Anyone reading the news can see the threats and turbulence we face. From Baghdad and Kabul, to Nice and Paris and Brussels, to San Bernardino and Orlando, we’re dealing with determined enemies that must be defeated. No wonder people are anxious and looking for reassurance, looking for steady leadership.”

“Keeping our nation safe and honoring the people who do it will be my highest priority.”

11:10 p.m.: “We’re going to give small businesses a boost. Make it easier to get credit. Way too many dreams die in the parking lots of banks. In America, if you can dream it, you should be able to build it.”

“We’re going to help you balance family and work. And you know what, if fighting for affordable child care and paid family leave is playing the ‘woman card,’ then deal me in.”

11:04 p.m.: “If you believe the minimum wage should be a living wage, and no one working full time should have to raise their children in poverty, join us.”

“… That’s how we’re going to make sure this economy works for everyone, not just those at the top. Now, you didn’t hear any of this from Donald Trump at his convention. He spoke for 70-odd minutes, and I do mean odd. And he offered zero solutions. But we already know he doesn’t believe these things.”

“In my first 100 days, we will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II. Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation, small business, and infrastructure,” Hillary Clinton said.

10:57 p.m.: “Tonight, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union — the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President. … When any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone.”

“When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit. So let’s keep going, until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves.”

“Democrats, we are the party of working people, but we haven’t done a good enough job showing we know what you’re going through and we’re going to do something about it.”

10:49 p.m.: “I’ve been your First Lady. Served eight years as a Senator from the great State of New York. I ran for President and lost. Then I represented all of you as Secretary of State.”

“The family I’m from, well, no one had their name on big buildings. My family were builders of a different kind. Builders in the way most American families are. They used whatever tools they had, whatever God gave them, and whatever life in America provided, and built better lives and better futures for their kids.”

“I will be a President for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. For the struggling, the striving and the successful. For all those who vote for me and those who don’t. For all Americans together.”

10:47 p.m.: “And so it is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise, that I accept your nomination for President of the United States,” Hillary Clinton said.

10:40 p.m.: “Donald wants us to fear the future, and fear each other,” she said. “We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have.”

“We will not ban a religion, we will work with all Americans and work with our allies to fight and defeat terrorism,” Hillary Clinton said.

“We have the most powerful military, the most innovative entrepreneurs,” Hillary Clinton said. “Don’t let anyone tell you our country is weak. Don’t believe anyone who says, ‘I alone can fix it.’ Those were actually Donald Trump’s words … and should set off alarm bells for us. Isn’t he forgetting those on the front line.”

“He’s forgetting every last one of us,” Hillary Clinton said. “Americans don’t say ‘I alone,’ we say ‘we’ll fix it together.’”

10:34 p.m.: On children, Hillary Clinton, 68, said, “The president we elect is going to be their president too.”

“I want to thank Bernie Sanders,” she said, prompting chants of “Bernie” from the audience. “To all your supporters here and around the world … your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy and passion. That is the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America.”

“We’ve come to Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation … our founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together,” Hillary Clinton said. “Once again America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders there are no guarantees. It’s truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we’re going to work together so we can all rise together.”

10:27 p.m.: Hillary Clinton has taken the stage as the last speaker at the Democratic National Convention.

“Thank you so much. … And Bill that conversation we started in the law library 45 years ago, it is still going strong. You know that conversation has lasted through good times that have filled us with joy and hard times that have tested us, and I’ve even gotten a few words in.”

“What a remarkable week it’s been. We head the man from Hope, Bill Clinton, and the man of hope, Barack Obama.”

10:06 p.m.: Chelsea Clinton has taken the stage to introduce her mother, Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

“I’m here as a proud American, proud Democrat, proud daughter,” Chelsea Clinton said.

DNC Night 4 – Chelsea Clinton introduces Hillary Clinton

Chelsea Clinton said her daughter Charlotte loves to FaceTime with her grandmother.

“My earliest memory is my mom picking me up, giving me a big hug and reading me ‘Good Night Moon,’” Chelsea said. “Regardless of what was happening in her life, she was there for me.”

“I love that my parents expected me to have opinions … and to be able to back them up,” Chelsea said.

“She’s a listener and a doer, she’s a woman driven by compassion, faith … and a heart full of love,” Chelsea said. “I’m voting for a fighter that never gives up.”


Democratic National Convention 2016 live updates: Day 4

Report says House Speaker Paul Ryan may retire in 2018, he says it’s not true

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 12:44 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:31 PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan. Getty Images
House Speaker Paul Ryan. Getty Images

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, may retire from Congress after the 2018 midterm elections, according to a report in Politico.

“In recent interviews with three dozen people who know the speaker—fellow lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and Republican lobbyists—not a single person believed Ryan will stay in Congress past 2018,” the article by Tim Alberta and Rachael Bade says.

Read the full Politico story here

Ryan denied the report was true in a call with President Donald Trump Thursday.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Ryan “assured the president that those were not accurate reports and that they look forward to working together for a long time.”

Ryan became speaker in October 2015 after former Speaker John Boehner stepped down after five turbulent years.

Republicans rallied behind Rep. Paul Ryan to elect him the House’s 54th speaker on Thursday as a splintered GOP turned to the youthful but battle-tested lawmaker to mend its self-inflicted wounds and craft a conservative message to woo voters in next year’s elections..

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How could Democratic win in Alabama impact Ohio in 2018?

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 5:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 5:06 PM

Republican candidate for US Senate Roy Moore addresses supporters after a historic loss to Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12, 2017 in Montgomery, Ala. (Miguel Juarez Lugo/Zuma Press/TNS)
Miguel Juarez Lugo
Republican candidate for US Senate Roy Moore addresses supporters after a historic loss to Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12, 2017 in Montgomery, Ala. (Miguel Juarez Lugo/Zuma Press/TNS)(Miguel Juarez Lugo)

The defeat of Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore in Alabama Tuesday is not only a sharp rebuke against President Donald Trump but serves as a warning to Republicans such as Josh Mandel of Ohio against fully embracing Trump and the arch-conservative voters who support him.

Mandel, who is seeking next year’s Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, has campaigned as an ardent Trump supporter, backing Trump’s call for a wall along the Mexican border and an end to sanctuary cities where local officials do not cooperate with federal officials on identifying illegal immigrants.

But Democrat Doug Jones’ victory over Moore in the Alabama special election to replace U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has confirmed fears among some Republicans that attaching themselves too closely to Trump could cripple their hopes of holding the Senate and House next year. Once Jones is seated, the Republican majority in the Senate will be 51-49.

Republicans say Moore’s loss had less to do with any overriding national revulsion against Trump. Instead, they contend he was a deeply flawed candidate accused of trying to romance teenage girls, including one 14-year-old, more than three decades ago when he was in his 30s.

“The message is very simple: People don’t vote for pedophiles,” said Corry Bliss, who managed the 2016 re-election campaign of Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.

Columbus-area Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, who is heading the House GOP re-election campaign, said “candidates and campaigns matter. It wasn’t just that Roy Moore was a flawed candidate. He ran a flawed campaign. He didn’t talk to voters about what they cared about; he talked to voters about what he cared about.”

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But independent analysts dismiss such an explanation. Trump’s job approval rating has tumbled nationally and exit polls from Tuesday’s race showed from among those who voted his approval rating in deeply conservative Alabama was just 48 percent.

“I don’t think the general electorate is looking for Trump clones next year,” said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

Danielle Vinson, a professor of political science and international affairs at Furman University in South Carolina, said if she were “a Republican running in Ohio, I’m staying up at night getting ulcers trying to figure out what do I do. Because I don’t think you can fully embrace him.”

Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate race

“You might be able to win the Republican nomination but I don’t know that you’ll win next year in Ohio if you embrace Trump,” she said. “It just seems to me there are way too many college-educated women, there are minorities; there’s a lot working against you if you decide to adopt that strategy next year.”

Moore’s defeat may also have been a warning against Republicans for relying on their slender congressional majorities to push through a massive tax cut which polls show is deeply unpopular with voters.

By doing so, Republicans are emulating Democrats in 2009 who brushed off an astonishing defeat in a Senate special election in Massachusetts in which the major issue was Democratic plans to overhaul the health-care system. Instead, Democrats approved an unpopular health care bill known as Obamacare, which helped lead to their loss of the House in 2010.

“The most important thing we need to do is demonstrate results that help middle class families and the No.1 way to do that is to cut middle class taxes,” Bliss said. “At the end of day, the tax bill will be very simple. Eight months from now if people see their taxes are cut, they’ll like it. If they see their taxes increase, they won’t like it.”

Yet a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday included an ominous warning: Fifty-five percent of American voters disapprove of the tax plan compared to just 26 percent who support it, while 43 percent would be less likely to support a candidate for the Senate or House who backs the bill.

“They’ve got to pass something,” said James Ruvolo, former chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. “Their problem is they have a bad bill, but they have no accomplishments.”

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Mandel, the state treasurer, and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth, who is seeking next year’s GOP gubernatorial nomination, have been the Ohio candidates modeling their campaigns after Trump.

Mandel has gone so far as to mimic Trump’s pattern of making accusations against his likely opponent, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, that simply do not withstand scrutiny. This week Mandel again repeated his claim that Brown air-dropped a tax break for private jet owners into the tax bill, tweeting “get used to seeing it for the next 11 months.”

The drawback is multiple fact-checkers, including Cleveland.com, have debunked the claim.

“Trump won Ohio handily in 2016, but Ohio is still more moderate than Alabama,” said Mark Caleb Smith, a professor of political science at Cedarville University. “So, for candidates to mimic Trump would have consequences in Ohio, I think.”

“When you look at successful statewide candidates in Ohio, they are not marked by outlandish behavior or pervasive showmanship,” Smith said. “They are steady, reliable, and can point to a track record.”

Mandel is running against Cleveland banker Mike Gibbons for the Republican nomination to run against Brown next year.

Publicly, Republicans are fuming at the arch conservatives headed by former White House adviser Steve Bannon, who backed Moore in a state primary, even though polls showed he would be a weak candidate in the general election.

They point out that conservative candidates defeated more established Republicans in five key state primaries in 2010 and 2012. But they were far too conservative for the general election and Democrats won all five races – Indiana, Missouri, Colorado, Nevada, and Delaware.

Jeff Sadosky, a former Portman adviser, said Bannon and other arch-conservatives “will try to shirk any responsibility for yet another blown election” with Moore. But Sadosky said “instead of talking about a near filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, Republicans are barely holding on to a one-seat advantage.”

Omarosa says she wasn’t fired; CBS News reports she was

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Who is Omarosa Manigault Newman

One thing is a fact, Omarosa Manigault Newman no longer works at the White House.

Whether the 1996 Central State University graduate left on her own or was fired is still a question.

This morning she went on ABC’s Good Morning America and said she resigned. She said news reports that she was removed from the White House grounds this week are “100 percent false.”

She said that she witnessed incidents at the White House that made her “uncomfortable,” but didn’t name specifics.

She said she will eventually.

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“But when I have a chance to tell my story … quite a story to tell, as the only African-American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people,” she said. “And when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear.”

CBS News reports scene at the White House

CBS News White House Correspondent Major Garrett reports that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly gave Manigault Newman until Jan. 20 to leave. But she did not like those terms and tried to renegotiate. Kelly said no. So, she appealed to Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, but she took no action. Newman then found her way to the White House residence, where she tripped the alarms. Kelly became angry, and had her escorted from the building. It is unclear who did the escorting.

A White House official denied this account of Manigault Newman's departure.

Manigault Newman called the report “ridiculous” and “absurd.”


One of Trump’s most prominent African-American supporters, Manigault Newman was an assistant to the president and director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, working on outreach to various constituency groups.

But the office languished under her watch and Kelly had indicated that changes were forthcoming — including her dismissal, according to two White House officials who insisted on anonymity to discuss personnel matters because they were not authorized to speak publicly about them.

Better known by only her first name, Manigault Newman was escorted from the White House complex Tuesday night but was allowed to offer her resignation, according to the two officials. The U.S. Secret Service, which provides security for the president, tweeted Wednesday that it was not involved in her termination or in her escort from the grounds. Some published reports said Secret Service officers had physically removed Manigault Newman from the complex.

The agency confirmed that a pass granting her access to the complex had been deactivated.

Omarosa saw things that made her uncomfortable

“Our only involvement in this matter was to deactivate the individual’s pass which grants access to the complex,” the agency tweeted.

Trump bid her farewell in a tweet late Wednesday. “Thank you Omarosa for your service! I wish you continued success.”

Her exit comes at the beginning of what’s expected to be a wave of departures. Deputy national security adviser Dina Powell is also leaving early next year.

Manigault Newman, who drew a top salary of $179,700, was one of Trump’s highest-profile supporters during the campaign. She also worked with Trump’s transition team.

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A former contestant on the first season of “The Apprentice,” Trump’s former reality TV show, Manigault Newman had long been unpopular with several senior West Wing officials, including senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Kelly.

Kelly, the retired Marine general who has made it his mission to tighten White House operations and streamline how Trump gets information, has told aides that he wanted to curtail the number of White House officials with ill-defined positions and responsibilities.

Archived video: Omarosa Manigault explains why she loves her alma mater Central State. She was in town May 8, 2015 to get the baccalaureate address for her cousin Shatasia Walker 's graduation from the university. Video by Amelia Robinson and Andrew Smith.

Kelly took away Manigault Newman’s ability to come and go from the Oval Office as she pleased. During the first months of Trump’s administration, aides were known to wander in and out of meetings, a practice Kelly ended across the board. She also drew Kelly’s ire by occasionally going around him to slip news articles to the president.

Manigault Newman enjoyed a close relationship with the president despite the fact that he once uttered the famous “You’re fired!” line to her before dispatching her from the TV show. She held her April wedding at Trump’s hotel blocks from the White House.


Associated Press writers Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire in New York contributed to this report.

Embroiled in sexual misconduct probe, Rep. Blake Farenthold R-TX to retire

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 12:23 PM

The tide of controversy associated with charges of sexual harassment that has swept the nation and Capitol Hill, forced another lawmaker in the U.S. House to leave his job, as Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) announced on Thursday morning that he would not run for re-election in 2018, acknowledging that his staff managment had been “decidedly unprofessional.”

“I had no idea how to run a Congressional office,” Farenthold said in a Facebook video.

“I allowed a workplace culture to take root in my office that was too permissive and decidedly unprofessional,” the Texas Republican added.

While Farenthold said he had allowed ‘destructive gossip, off-hand comments, off-color jokes,” he denied charges of sexual misconduct that had swirled around him.

“I want to be perfectly clear, the charges that were made are false,” he said.

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Farenthold had already pledged to repay an $84,000 payment made by Congress to a former staffer, who had alleged sexual misconduct – but in recent days, it became clearer that remaining in Congress becoming a more and more precarious situation.

“I had a couple of conversations with Blake Farenthold yesterday,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan at a news conference.

“There are new stories that are very disconcerting,” the Speaker added.

“I think he’s making the right decision to retire,” the Speaker added.

Asked about payments – like those made in the Farenthold case – Ryan said there really isn’t a ‘special fun’ for members of Congress, instead it comes out of the same type of payments made to workers in the Legislative Branch for all sorts of matters that turn into legal issues.

The decision by Farenthold is the latest in a string of stories about lawmakers and sexual misconduct – last week, they forced the resignations of two House members, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), as well as Sen. Al Franken (D-MN).

While Farenthold’s announcement envisions him finishing out his current term in Congress, there is still a pending investigation against him in the House Ethics Committee; it’s still possible that could change the calculus on his departure date.

At this date, 20 currently-serving members of the House have decided not to run for re-election in 2018, another 17 are running for a different political office – that’s a 9 percent change – with much more probably on the way.