The story has another level of intrigue involving Mr. Manafort, Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman. Working through his lobbying firm, Mr. Manafort was one of several American advisers to Viktor F. Yanukovych, the Russian-backed leader of Ukraine until he was forced out of office two years ago. Mr. Yanukovych was a key Putin ally who is now in exile in Russia. – David Sanger [New York Times]
IS ANYONE surprised that Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who has now resigned effective after the Democratic convention, was miffed over the coverage she was getting from Mika Brzezinski, co-host of “Morning Joe”?
Stiffing Bernie Sanders on debates that were held at the worst times for maximum audience reach, you had to be a blind Hillary partisan to not see what was going on. Brzezinski wouldn’t let Wasserman-Schultz off the hook for the rigged debate scheduling.
[Debbie Wasserman-Schultz] was particularly displeased by Mika Brzezinski, a co-host of “Morning Joe,” who had questioned Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s impartiality during the Democratic primary battle between the presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, and Mr. Sanders. [New York Times]
Readers around here left in droves when I began explaining how damaging the email debacle was for Clinton. They didn’t want to hear it. If Clinton-Kaine don’t prevail, the email story will be central to the failure, though given she’s running against Trump she just may have finally gotten a lucky break.
Reporting reveals Russian hackers possibly meddling in our election.
On foreign policy, David Sanger is a voice to follow.
It may take months, or years, to figure out the motives of those who stole the emails, and more important, whether they were being commanded by Russian authorities, and specifically by Mr. Putin. But the theft from the national committee would be among the most important state-sponsored hacks yet of an American organization, rivaled only by the attacks on the Office of Personnel Management by state-sponsored Chinese hackers, and the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, which Mr. Obama blamed on North Korea. There, too, embarrassing emails were released, but they had no political significance. The WikiLeaks release, however, has more of a tinge of Russian-style information war, in which the intent of the revelations is to alter political events. Exactly how, though, is a bit of a mystery, apart from embarrassing Democrats and further alienating Mr. Sanders’s supporters from Mrs. Clinton.
But don’t worry about Rep. Wasserman-Schultz. Establishment players always fail upwards. She’s now part of Clinton’s campaign as “honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program.” From Hillary Clinton
“I want to thank my longtime friend Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her leadership of the Democratic National Committee over the past five years. I am grateful to Debbie for getting the Democratic Party to this year’s historic convention in Philadelphia, and I know that this week’s events will be a success thanks to her hard work and leadership. There’s simply no one better at taking the fight to the Republicans than Debbie–which is why I am glad that she has agreed to serve as honorary chair of my campaign’s 50-state program to gain ground and elect Democrats in every part of the country, and will continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally, in Florida, and in other key states. I look forward to campaigning with Debbie in Florida and helping her in her re-election bid–because as President, I will need fighters like Debbie in Congress who are ready on day one to get to work for the American people.”
— andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 25, 2016
The speech Senator Sanders will give tonight makes the remarks of Ted Cruz pale in comparison to influence, power, and intention. He will meet a ravenous audience wanting to hear the full Bern.
The Democratic runner-up is set to rock Philadelphia tonight.
…and then fade into the background because it’s Hillary’s party now.
Senator Elizabeth Warren will take the stage tonight, along with FLOTUS, Michelle Obama, and Senator Cory Booker.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is this year’s keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention, with a high-profile spot in front of a national audience going to one of the party’s top progressive voices. Warren is slated to take the stage Monday night, where the theme will be putting families first and highlighting Hillary Clinton’s lifelong work, according to a Clinton campaign official.
Waking up today, Democrats found Donald Trump’s convention helping him with voters, though until September polls don’t mean anything.
For once, and it’s rare, I agree with Nate Silver.
Don't think people are really grasping how plausible it is that Trump could become president. It's a close election right now.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) July 23, 2016
.@BernieSanders sends text to delegates: "I ask you as a personal courtesy to me to not engage in any kind of protest on the floor."
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) July 25, 2016
Sanders Booed by Own Delegates for Urging Support for Clinton. https://t.co/YeGDWYR288
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) July 25, 2016
DNC JUST put out a statement apologizing to Bernie Sanders: pic.twitter.com/4j192ZQqSB
— andrew kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) July 25, 2016
— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) July 25, 2016
This piece has been updated.