First lady Michelle Obama gave a rousing and well-received endorsement of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, jabbing pointedly at Donald Trump without mentioning the GOP nominee by name. "It was as pure a piece of political oratory as this campaign has offered, and instantly entered the pantheon of great convention speeches," writes Yoni Appelbaum.
A series of recent polls show Donald Trump with a significant post-convention bounce, and the GOP candidate would likely win if the election were held today, according to FiveThirtyEight. "Clinton isn’t just going to glide to victory," writes Nate Silver.
Donald Trump's awkward air-kiss of running mate Gov. Mike Pence sparked a flurry of media coverage -- but convention smooching always does, writes James Poulos. Al Gore raised eyebrows with his enthusiastic embrace of wife Tipper in 2000, and the Clintons will face similar scrutiny in coming days.
Sen. Bernie Sanders gave a full-throated endorsement of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, telling his supporters -- some of whom had booed previous speakers -- that a Democratic president was needed to enact the numerous policy concessions he had secured from the Clinton camp. "Based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States," he said. "The choice is not even close."
The Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week is getting off to a shaky start, after hacked emails revealed that Democratic National Committee officials had plotted against Sen. Bernie Sanders during his primary campaign. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz offered her resignation, but supporters of both Sanders and Hillary Clinton called on her to abandon her planned role at the convention.
Hillary Clinton ended all speculation late Friday by announcing Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her pick for vice president. Kaine, a former mayor and governor, was considered a safe, if unexciting, choice, but his speech at the ticket's first joint appearance rallied supporters in the key state of Florida.
Donald Trump is three points ahead of Hillary Clinton in CNN's polling, a six-point bounce compared to pre-convention polling, with 45% of respondents saying his remarkably dark convention speech matched their view of the country.
Afghanistan civilian casualties rose 4% in the first six months of this year, to 1,601 killed and 3,565 wounded, says the United Nations mission in Afghanistan. More than 1,500 children were killed or injured, an increase of 18% from the same period in 2015.
The United Nations Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a UK-backed resolution calling for UN member countries to assist Libya in destroying its 700 metric tons of chemical-weapon precursors.
The Sustainable Development Goals will tackle the main causes of migration such as poverty and conflict, Philippa Garson writes. However, many in the development world would like to see the SDGs do more to help refugees and migrants.
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