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All-Star Lineup of Democratic, Civic, Social, Political Leaders and Celebrities

Wednesday night the Democratic National Convention will feature a stunning lineup of political and social leaders, not to mention tremendous celebrities. 

Starting now, you’ll hear from the mother of one of the victims of the terror attack/mass shooting/hate crime attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and two survivors. The mayor of Flint, Michigan, Karen Weaver. Actress Sigourney Weaver. California Governor Jerry Brown and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. TV and film director Lee Daniels. Anti-gun violence advocate Erica Smegielski, whose mother was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Actress Angela Bassett. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly. Lenny Kravitz.

Also, Democratic Nominee for Vice President Tim Kaine. Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, and the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

President Obama should begin his speech just after 10:30 PM EDT

How’s that for a lineup?

Watch live here:

Here’s the full schedule, via the Clinton Campaign:

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EDT)

 

Call to Order

U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (Ohio)

 

Invocation

Rev. William Byron

 

Pledge of Allegiance

Monroe Handy

 

National Anthem

Sebastien De La Cruz

 

Vice Presidential Nomination

 

Remarks

Daniel Driffin

HIV/AIDS Activist from Georgia

 

Remarks

Neera Tanden

President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund

 

Remarks

U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)

 

Remarks

U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (New Mexico)

 

Remarks

U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (District of Columbia)

 

Remarks

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (California)

 

Remarks

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (California)

 

Remarks

President of NARAL Ilyse Hogue

 

Remarks

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum

 

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

Chair, U.S. Representative Judy Chu (California)

 

Remarks

Brooks Bell

Brooks is a young female tech entrepreneur from North Carolina

 

Remarks

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

In Memoriam

Introduced by Convention Chair U.S. Representative Marcia Fudge (Ohio)

 

6:00 – 10:00 PM (EDT)

 

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Chair, U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján (New Mexico)

 

Our America Musical Performance

 

Remarks

Civil Rights Leader Reverend Jesse Jackson

 

Remarks

Actress Star Jones

 

Remarks

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver

 

Congressional Black Caucus

Chair, U.S. Representative GK Butterfield (NC)

 

Remarks

President of EMILY’s List Stephanie Schriock

 

Remarks

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nevada)

 

Remarks

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom

 

Remarks

U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego (Arizona)

 

Remarks

Jamie Dorff

Jamie’s husband was Patrick Dorff, an Army helicopter pilot from Minnesota who died while on a search and rescue mission in northern Iraq. As a senator, Hillary worked with Republicans and Democrats to increase the gratuity paid to family members of fallen veterans from $12,000 to $100,000.

 

Remarks

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

 

Remarks

Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley

 

Introduction of Film

Actress Sigourney Weaver

 

Remarks

California Governor Jerry Brown

 

Remarks

Director Lee Daniels

 

Remarks

Christine Leinonen, Brandon Wolf and Jose Arraigada

Christine Leinonen is the mother of Christopher “Drew” Leinonen, who was killed in the Pulse attack in Orlando. Brandon Wolf and Jose Arraigada are survivors of the attack at the nightclub in Orlando.

 

Remarks

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut)

 

Remarks

Erica Smegielski

Erica’s mother Dawn was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary and was killed while trying to protect her students. Since then, Erica has become an outspoken advocate for commonsense gun violence prevention measures.

Remarks

Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey

 

Remarks

Actress Angela Bassett

 

Remarks

Felicia Sanders & Polly Sheppard

Felicia and Polly are two of the three survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, SC.

 

Remarks

Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly

 

Musical Performance

 

Remarks

Rear Admiral John Hutson (Ret. USN)

 

Remarks

Kristen Kavanaugh

Kristen Kavanaugh is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a former Marine Corps Captain who deployed to Iraq. She later co-founded the Military Acceptance Project, a California-based social justice organization dedicated to promoting acceptance of marginalized populations within the military.

 

Remarks

Former Congressman and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

 

Remarks

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio)

 

Introduction of Speaker

Dr. Jill Biden

 

Remarks

Vice President Joe Biden

 

Remarks

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

 

Remarks

Michael Bloomberg

 

Musical Performance

Lenny Kravitz

 

10:00 – 11:00 PM (EDT)

 

Remarks

Democratic Nominee for Vice President Tim Kaine

 

Introduction of Film

Sharon Belkofer

Sharon Belkofer is the mother of fallen Lt. Col. Thomas Belkofer. Her son was killed when a suicide bomber detonated a minibus in a convoy carrying Belkofer and three other high-ranking officers in Kabul, Afghanistan.

 

Remarks

President Barack Obama

 

Benediction

Rev. Gabriel Salguero

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Raphael Warnock Beats Trump-Backed Herschel Walker – Democrats Increase Senate Majority

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Millions of Americans in Georgia voted to re-elect Democratic U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock and send him back to Washington D.C., NBC News projects. It is a clear mandate for the policies enacted by the Biden administration and a strong rebuke for the flailing former president, Donald Trump.

Senator Warnock faced a challenge from a Texas Republican who claimed to live in the Peach State, Trump-backed former NFL star Herschel Walker.

The New York Times, confirming Warnock is the projected winner, reports a huge number of Georgians, more than 3.3 million, voted in the runoff election.

An admitted Texas resident, Walker’s long list of hypocritical claims and actions, falsehoods, lies, and troubling business and tax dealings were only outweighed by the women who accused him of violent behavior, pressuring them and paying for them to get abortions, and revelations he had not one child but four, including a son he almost never sees.

READ MORE: ‘Everything Has Been a Lie’: Christian Walker Drops Damning New Video Blasting His Father’s ‘Lies’ Over Abortion

Warnock, who is also the Senior Pastor at the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s church, Ebenezer Baptist, out-raised and out-campaigned Walker, especially in the last week.

Herschel Walker appeared at only two events this weekend, Politico reported, “a tailgate in Atlanta before a University of Georgia football game on Saturday, where he did not speak, and a Sunday rally in Loganville, where his stump speech touched on everything from complaints about pronouns and critical race theory to funding law enforcement.”

With 51 votes in the Senate, Democrats will not be forced into a power-sharing agreement with Republicans as they were two years ago. President Biden will be able to nominate and have confirmed even more judges, an area he has excelled. And Democrats will have full committee majorities, giving them power to issue subpoenas in investigations.

RELATED: ‘The Child Would Not Be Safe’: Woman Who Says Herschel Walker Pressured Her to Have Abortion Says She Felt ‘Threatened’

The Washington Post on Tuesday noted that Democrats having 51 votes is “an insurance policy against the unthinkable — the possibility that vacancies or party switches could flip the majority. That has happened before, most recently in 2001. The reason that it hasn’t happened more often is mostly because the Senate isn’t usually this closely divided. But vacancies and seat flips do happen — a lot. In fact, since World War II, about 70 percent of Congresses have featured some kind of shift in partisan balance of the Senate between elections.”

The unthinkable includes the possibility that a Democratic Senator in a state headed by a Republican governor could resign or die, allowing a Republican to be installed in their place. As The Post notes, there are 11 cases currently where that could happen.

Warnock unseated a GOP Senator in a 2020 special election, making this his first full elected six-year term.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain notes President Biden “becomes the first President since FDR 1934 to see every Senator in his party re-elected (who was seeking re-election.)”

 

 

 

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Guilty on All Counts: Trump Organization Loses Big in Criminal Fraud Case

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A jury has found thew crown jewel of Donald Trump’s real estate empire, The Trump Organization, guilty on all counts in a state criminal tax fraud case.

Calling it “a remarkable rebuke of the former president’s company and what prosecutors described as its ‘culture of fraud and deception,'” The New York Times reports the details include “conviction on all 17 counts.”

Charges include tax fraud, a scheme to defraud, and conspiracy and falsifying business records, but The Times says it is “hardly a death sentence for the Trump Organization.”

The Times adds the conviction comes “after more than a day of jury deliberations in State Supreme Court in Manhattan,” which “resulted from a long-running scheme in which the Trump Organization doled out off-the-books luxury perks to some executives: They received fancy apartments, leased Mercedes-Benzes, even private school tuition for relatives, none of which they paid taxes on.”

Donald Trump was not a defendant in the case, but the case will be front and center during his presidential run.

According to a press release from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, The Trump Organization and the Trump Payroll Corp. were convicted of the following charges:

  • Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, one count
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, one count
  • Criminal Tax Fraud in Third Degree, a class D felony, two counts
  • Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, one count
  • Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E felony, three counts

The Trump Corporation was also convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E felony.

MSNBC reported the verdict on-air:

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

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Watch: McConnell Refuses to Say He Will Not Support Trump for President Even After ‘Terminate the Constitution’ Demand

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Even after Donald Trump called for the “termination” of the U.S. Constitution this weekend and demanded he be put back into office or be given a do-over national presidential election, Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to say he will not support the ex-president’s current run for the White House.

McConnell kicked off his weekly press conference Tuesday by mildly criticizing Trump, although not mentioning him by name.

“First, let me just say that anyone seeking the presidency who thinks that the Constitution could somehow be suspended or not followed, it seems to me would have a very hard time being sworn in as president of United States,” McConnell told reporters.

But when asked if he “categorically” would refuse to support Trump – personally or in his role as Senate Republican Minority Leader – McConnell refused to go that far.

READ MORE: Watch: McConnell and McCarthy Shunned as Congressional Gold Medal Recipients Refuse to Shake Their Hands

“This is the second week in a row you’ve come out to begin your press conference criticizing Donald Trump,” a reporter off-camera said. “Can you say categorically that you do not support him if he were the Republican nominee?”

McConnell could not.

“What I’m saying is it would be pretty hard to be sworn in, to the presidency, if you’re not willing to uphold the Constitution. That’s what I said, and I just said it again,” McConnell stated.

“How about your personal support?” the reporter shot back.

McConnell ignored the question.

During the 2016 campaign Trump also made clear he did not feel beholden to upholding the Constitution, so it’s unclear why McConnell would suggest he could not be sworn in again should he be elected in 2024.

READ MORE: Far Right Republican Slammed by Raskin for Trying to Derail Respect for Marriage Bill with Failed Religious Amendment

In fact, Trump’s concerning remarks surrounding the Constitution in 2016 led Brown University political science professor Corey Brettschneider to pen a piece for Politico: “Trump vs. the Constitution: A Guide.”

“It may be true that Donald Trump has read the Constitution. But it’s unclear if he understands it,” it begins.

McConnell is not only the second longest serving leader of a party’s caucus in the Senate, nor his he just the Senate Republican Minority Leader.

He wields massive power and influence via his ties to a Super PAC.

According to CNN, the Senate Leadership Fund is “a super PAC affiliated with Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.”

This year alone, the Senate Leadership Fund has spent nearly $300 million to elect Republicans to the U.S. Senate. In 2020 it spent over $475 million.

Many have seen their ads, which are almost entirely, according to Open Secrets, against Democrats, not for Republicans.

Watch McConnell below or at this link.

 

 

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