DNC 2016

Protesters yell as DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz arrives for a Florida delegation breakfast / AP

Corporations, labor unions, and wealthy individuals can buy access to top Democratic policymakers at the party’s convention in Philadelphia this week, according to internal documents detailing the perks that the party is offering to its wealthiest donors.

Political action committees that gave $90,000 to the Democratic National Committee between January 2015 and June 2016 will get two tickets to an “exclusive roundtable and campaign briefing with high-level Democratic officials,” the documents reveal.

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FiveThirtyEight: Trump Currently Projected to Win Election

Donald Trump

Political website FiveThirtyEight’s current projection of the 2016 presidential election gives Donald Trump a 56.7 percent chance of winning the White House, showing the Republican nominee securing the electoral college with at least 283 votes.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Accused of Violating the Hatch Act

Andrew Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) has been accused of violating a federal law that prohibits government employees from engaging in political activity while on the job after allegedly using tax dollars to pay for ads in North Carolina that attempted to “interfere” with the state’s gubernatorial and legislative races.

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Kabul Attack, 80 Dead

An Afghan man weeps outside a hospital after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – Twin explosions tore through a demonstration by members of Afghanistan’s mainly Shi’ite Hazara minority in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 80 people and wounding more than 230 in a suicide attack claimed by Islamic State.

Clinton Chooses Virginia Senator Kaine as VP

Sen. Tim Kaine (D.,Va.) / AP

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton announced Friday evening that she was choosing Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate.

Kerry: Air Conditioners as Big a Threat as ISIS

Air conditioner, complete with piping, insulated with foamed rubber pipe covering / Wikimedia Commons

Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.

Putin’s Sinister Role in the Failed Turkish Coup

Turkish soldiers secure the area as supporters of Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan protest in Istanbul's Taksim square

One group that stands to gain significantly from Erdogan’s “purges” are the local proponents of Eurasianist thinking. In the days leading up to the attempted coup, Alexandr Dugin—the Russian ideologue who is the father of the modern “Eurasian Movement” and a favorite Kremlin harbinger of conflict and annexation—was sitting in Ankara, alternatively visiting with leading Turkish Eurasianists and close allies of President Erdogan.

Ed Rendell’s Fingerprints on Democrats’ Push to Keep Convention Donors Secret

Ed Rendell

The law firm representing the Democratic National Convention host committee in its effort to keep its donors secret until after this week’s event is the firm that has long employed the host committee’s chairman Ed Rendell.

Rendell, the former Pennsylvania governor, Philadelphia mayor, and active Hillary Clinton surrogate, is the chairman of the host committee, which is now under fire for keeping its donor list secret even though a Pennsylvania agency has ordered it to be released.

FiveThirtyEight: Trump Currently Projected to Win Election

Donald Trump

Political website FiveThirtyEight’s current projection of the 2016 presidential election gives Donald Trump a 56.7 percent chance of winning the White House, showing the Republican nominee securing the electoral college with at least 283 votes.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Accused of Violating the Hatch Act

Andrew Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) has been accused of violating a federal law that prohibits government employees from engaging in political activity while on the job after allegedly using tax dollars to pay for ads in North Carolina that attempted to “interfere” with the state’s gubernatorial and legislative races.