The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Tunes In to Convention Coverage Like Everyone Else

The DNC chair announced she would not gavel in this week’s national convention.

Representative Elijah Cummings speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Monday. (Mary Altaffer / AP)

Today in 5 Lines

The Democratic National Convention is underway in Philadelphia, and tonight’s speakers will include First Lady Michelle Obama, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. We’re following it live here. Fallout continues after the release of thousands of leaked emails showing Democratic National Committee staffers favoring Hillary Clinton: DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who resigned Sunday, said she will not gavel in the convention, and the FBI is investigating the hack. Two people were killed and 15 others injured in a shooting outside a nightclub in Fort Myers. Verizon purchased Yahoo for $4.8 billion.

Today on The Atlantic

  • Young, Unemployed Males Just Want to Have Fun: Non-college-educated white males make up the core of Donald Trump’s constituency. What are their younger, unemployed counterparts up to? (Derek Thompson)

  • Let’s Talk About Roger Ailes: Many people questioned why it took so long for Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson to come forward with sexual-harassment accusations against the network chairman. But Michelle Cottle explains the consequences women face as “whistleblowers.”

  • Jesse Ventura Has a Theory: The former Minnesota governor and professional wrestler explains how a career in pro-wrestling is good preparation for a career in politics. (Vann Newkirk II)

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Demonstrators make their way to downtown on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia on Monday, during the first day of the Democratic National Convention. Alex Brandon / AP

What We’re Reading

Can Hillary Unite the Dems?: Promoting party unity has been a common theme throughout the 2016 election season, and will be important for Hillary Clinton’s campaign to succeed. To do so, Clinton should learn from both her husband’s ‘92 success and Al Gore’s failure in 2000. (Bill Scher, Politico Magazine)

The Chaos That Trump Created: National crime rates are down, and yet many voters still believe Donald Trump’s description of a crime-ridden country that only he can save—why? (Paul Krugman, New York Times)

BLM Charts Its Path: In the wake of a series of shooting incidents that claimed the lives of black civilians and police officers, Black Lives Matter faces a challenge: Activists cannot allow there to be a perception that they condone violence against law enforcement, as they continue speaking out about American policing. (Darren Sands, Buzzfeed)  

Bienvenido, Tim: Hillary Clinton’s VP pick is known for centrist bridge-building, but it might be his immigration-reform advocacy—and firm grasp on the Spanish language—that will appeal to Hispanic voters. (Leon Krauze, The New Yorker)

Hacked: The recent large-scale hack into DNC emails seems to have extended into private email accounts and possibly even smartphones—and some signals point to the Russians. (Michael Isikoff, Yahoo News)


Who’s Breaking the Glass Ceiling?: Hillary Clinton is about to become the first female nominated by a major political party. These timelines show when other women and minority groups reached political milestones. (Karen Yourish, Larry Buchanan, and Adam Pearce, The New York Times)

Question of the Week

Here we go again! Last week you submitted your suggestions for Donald Trump’s convention song, and here were a few of our favorites. What song should Hillary Clinton come out to when she walks on stage Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention? Submit your answers by Thursday afternoon for consideration.

Send your answers to or tweet us @TheAtlPolitics, and our favorites will be featured in Friday’s Politics & Policy Daily.

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) and Candice Norwood (@cjnorwoodwrites)