Following the disastrous Republican National Convention, it seemed the Democratic National Convention this week would be a placid affair. Then on Friday, Wikileaks published 20,000 emails it received from a hacker, who cyber-security experts say appears to be backed by the Russian government. Since then, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned and was met with boos today when she met with a delegation from Florida.
The Democratic National Convention nonetheless kicks off today in Philadelphia and includes a list of heavy-hitter speakers for its first night. The theme is “United Together,” and the speakers include New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren will provide the keynote address this evening before Sanders takes the stage, providing back-to-back doses from two active progressives in the Democratic party.
The rest of the week also features political luminaries. Tuesday will be headlined by former President Bill Clinton. Wednesday features President Obama and Vice President Biden, as well as an address by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent. Thursday night, Chelsea Clinton will introduce her mother, who will then give her valedictory speech.