Philadelphia Is Ready for Hillary

Hillary Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in 2008. (AP)

Democrats will hold their 2016 convention in Philadelphia, the only city in America worse than Cleveland, site of the GOP convention. Presumably, that is where Hillary Clinton will finally announce her candidacy for the White House. But is the once-great city ready to accommodate her?

Bill De Blasio’s NYC Too Corrupt to Host DNC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan / AP

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s bid to play host to the Democratic National Committee’s 2016 convention was derailed by corruption scandals surrounding Democrats such as former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the New York Post reports.

Financial Giants Funding Bid to Bring DNC to NYC

Goldman Sachs chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein and Hillary Clinton / AP

New York City Mayor Bill da Blasio announced on Friday that the city has now raised $15 million for its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, much of which has come from financial giants such as Goldman Sachs and Citi.

You Won’t Believe Who’s Attacking Rand Paul for Being Insufficiently Hawkish

Rand Paul

On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal blaming the United States for the rise of the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, while taking shots at “interventionists” like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well “hawkish members” of the Republican Party.

Beyond that, it is unclear what Paul is trying to argue, as the op-ed is only semi-coherent. As best I can tell, he is suggesting that U.S. policymakers talking about military intervention in Syria, and then ultimately deciding against it, is a major reason why ISIS came to power. Or something. He also comes out in favor of having both foresight and hindsight.

Paul’s column invited a lot of predictable criticism, but it was also trashed by an unlikely source:

DNC Official Plots to Capitalize on Ferguson


A top southern Democratic official said at a meeting last Friday that if the party can’t successfully use the racial tension in Ferguson “into a message for our party, we just need to pack it up and go home,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.