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Team Clinton spends first night of convention shoring up left flank



Stung by a new email scandal and tensions with Bernie Sanders and climate change protesters, Hillary Clinton's team spent the first night of the Democratic convention Monday shoring up its flank from liberals disillusioned with the party's establishment.

Clinton's formal chief rival, Sanders, first lady Michelle Obama and rising Democratic star Liz Warren are all set to take the stage to plug the historic possibility that America would elect its first women president while assuring the party's base that its nominee is plenty experienced and plenty liberal enough to satisfy the left wing of the party. 

Meanwhile, organizers kept from the national TV screen the face of the DNC email hacking controversy, fallen party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The careful scripting, however, couldn't mask the simmering tensions. Outside the arena, thousands of protesters ranging from Black Lives Matters to climate change roared loudly while inside the arena boos and hisses emanated from Sanders supporters more convinced than ever by evidence in leaked emails that the Democratic nomination process was rigged against their champion.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls Trump's campaign a 'late-night infomercial' [10:41 p.m.] 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has been one of Donald Trump's most outspoken critics, took aim at the now Republican presidential nominee. 

"Just look at his ideas. Donald Trump wants to get rid of the federal minimum wage. Donald Trump wants to roll back financial regulations and turn Wall Street loose to wreck our economy again. And Donald Trump has a tax plan to give multi-millionaires and billionaires like himself an average tax cut of $1.3 million per year," Warren said.

"Trump's entire campaign is just one more late-night Trump infomercial. Hand over your money, your jobs and your children's future and the great Trump hot-air machine will reveal all the answers." 

Michelle Obama: 'We are always stronger together' [UPDATE: 10:28 p.m.] 

First Lady Michelle Obama made her case for Hillary Clinton Monday night at the Democratic national convention, calling her the only candidate "truly qualified to be president.

"We are always stronger together," Michelle Obama said. "And I am here tonight because I know that is the kind of president Hillary Clinton will be. That's in this election I'm with her." 

Michelle Obama focused much of her speech on the future of her children and children all across the nation. 

"This November when we go to the polls, that is what we are deciding," she said. "Not Democrat or Republican, not left or right every election is who will have the power to shape our children for the next four years of our lives."

She looked to the future and thanked Clinton because her daughters and other children "now take for granted a woman can be president of the United States." 

"So don't let anyone tell you this country isn't great, that we need to make it great again, because this right now is the greatest country on Earth," Michelle Obama concluded. 

Sen. Cory Booker brings delegates to their feet with message of 'love' [UPDATE -- 9:51 p.m.] 

Sen. Cory Booker brought delegates to their feet Monday night with a message of love. 

"This is the high call of patriotism," Booker said. "Patriotism is love of country. But you can't love your country without loving your countrymen and countrywomen."

"We are not called to be a nation of tolerance," he continued. "We are called to be a nation of love."

Booker also slammed Trump for his comments about a judge with Mexican ancestry and his comment on Arizona Sen. John McCain. 

Comedian Sarah Silverman sets off Bernie Sanders supporters [UPDATE -- 9:36 p.m.]

Comedian Sarah Silverman set off  Bernie Sanders supporters while waiting for Paul Simon to come on stage to perform. 

Her message to fellow Sanders supporters: "Can I just say to the 'Bernie or bust' people, you're being ridiculous." 

Disability right's advocate: 'Hillary Clinton sees me' [Update -- 9:17 p.m.] 

Anastasia Somoza, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia at birth, spoke out in support of Hillary Clinton Monday night. Somoza said, "Hillary Clinton sees me." 

"Donald Trump has shown us who he really is, and I honestly feel bad for anyone with that much hate in their heart," Somoza said.

Sen. Al Franken lightens the mood, slams Trump with comedy routine [UPDATE: 9:06 p.m.] 

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who also happens to be a former Saturday Night Live actor, cracked several jokes about Donald Trump during his address. 

Franken opened claiming to be an expert in "right-wing megalomaniacs." Then, he bashed Trump, referencing the real estate mogul's Trump University, which was recently involved in a lawsuit. 

"I got my doctorate in megalomania studies from Trump University," Franken joked. "Sure, I had to empty out my 401(k) and take a reverse mortgage on my house to pay the tuition."

He continued: 

"Sure, he's scammed a lot of people. But did you know that Trump University's School of Ripping People Off is ranked second in the nation? Right behind Bernie Madoff University?"

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand contrasted Trump's views on equal-pay-for-equal-work with Clinton's

[UPDATE -- 8:58 p.m.] 

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) compared and contrasted Trump's views on equal-pay-for-equal-work with Clinton's during her address to delegates Monday night. 

 "Donald Trump actually stood on a debate stage and said that wages are 'too high.' Hillary knows that in the richest country in the world, it's unacceptable that a mom with two kids working full-time still lives in poverty."

Gillibrand also addressed women directly.

"Donald Trump thinks that women should just work because - and I'm quoting - 'You're gonna make the same if you do as good a job,'" she said. "Every woman in America knows that's not true! Hillary believes that women deserve equal pay for equal work."

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez slams Trump in DNC speech [UPDATE -- 8:19 p.m.] 

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) slammed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his views on immigration during his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. 

"I will raise my voice against a bigot who thinks a judge born in Indiana can't do his job because his parents were born in Mexico," Gutierrez said. "I will raise my voice against a bully who calls Mexicans immigrants and rapists."

Before Gutierrez spoke, Astrid Silva an undocumented immigrant addressed delegates, saying she fears her family will be deported if Trump is elected.

"While President Obama's immigration action protected me, we live in constant fear that my parents could be taken away from their grandson," Silva said. 

Karla Ortiz, an American born to undocumented immigrants, also spoke at the convention. Karla said she fears her parents will be forced to leave. 

Demi Lovato addresses mental health at the DNC [UPDATE -- 8:00 p.m.] 

Actress and pop star Demi Lovato spoke at Monday night's Democratic National Convention, sharing some of her own struggles with mental illness. 

"Like millions of Americans I'm living with mental illness," Lovato said. "But I'm lucky, I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility."

Lovato said not enough Americans have access to the kind of treatment she received. 

"I urge every politician to support laws that will provide access to better health care and support for everyone. This is not about politics, it's simply the right thing to do."

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