Hillary Clinton formally accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president Thursday night, delivering a speech in which she said that the nation is in a “moment of reckoning” and aggressively cast Republican nominee Donald Trump as a divisive figure stoking fear across the country.
“He wants to divide us from the rest of the world, and from each other,” Clinton said. “He’s betting that the perils of today’s world will blind us to its unlimited promise.”
Clinton said Trump has “taken the Republican Party a long way -- from ‘Morning in America’ to ‘Midnight in America,’” nodding to a famous Ronald Reagan ad campaign.
Speaking as the first woman nominated for president by a major party, Clinton, the former secretary of state, is giving the highest-profile address of her decades-long political career.
This year marks the first time 19-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz is voting in a presidential election, and it's a role the actress is taking quite seriously. In her speech at the Democratic National Convention, Moretz explained why she's voting for Hillary Clinton — and what issues matter to her, as a millennial woman.
"I registered to vote at the DMV — on the same day I got my driver's license. It took just minutes, but I know it gave me power for a lifetime," Moretz said at the convention. She added that registering to vote gave her "the power to make my voice heard and to shape the future of our country."
But while Moretz is excited to exercise her right to vote, she also noted that not every millennial is as excited about politics. In the 2014 midterm elections, the majority of millennials in the U.S. didn't cast a vote.
And while it can be disheartening to vote for a candidate you don't agree with on every issue, it's still important to make your voice heard. For Moretz, key issues include student debt and equal pay for women.
"We can elect a president who will fight to give every American a chance to graduate from college debt-free," Moretz said at the DNC. "We can elect a president who will fight for equal pay for equal work. My amazing mother became a single parent when I was 13 years old. It wasn't easy. She had to balance a job and caring for her family. Imagine the difference equal pay could make for today's working moms and their families."
Katy Perry has released a teaser clip for her first music video in two years, days after performing at the Democratic Party Convention.
Perry performed the new track, Rise, in front of activists in on the final night of the Philadelphia convention.
She urged delegates to back Hillary Clinton, reminding them that their vote would count "as much say as any billionaire" in the presidential contest. During her performance, she told the crowd to "roar for Hillary".
Speaking about the upcoming release, in comments likely to be taken as an attack on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Perry said: "This is a song that's been brewing inside me for years.
The battleground state of Virginia looks a little less like a battleground today, as Hillary Clinton has opened up a lead there of 49 percent to 37 percent, echoing some of the movement seen in national polls this week.
Clinton has nearly-unanimous Democratic backing at the moment while Trump isn't doing as well with his fellow Republicans: she has 95 percent of the state's Democrats compared to 79 percent of GOP-ers for Trump. In today's highly partisan electorate, that amounts to a dramatic difference. There isn't a wholesale move of Republicans to Clinton - just 6 percent - but others have drifted into being unsure, or voting third-party, and in what may become a turnout factor down the road, Republicans report lower motivation to vote than before. (However, that also suggests there could be room for Trump to rebound, if some of his partisans return.)
On the other side of the country in Arizona, Trump leads 44 percent to 42 percent, only two points in a state Republicans typically win without too much trouble. Even if this is as close as Arizona ever gets (just 15 percent of those not voting for Clinton would still consider her) it nonetheless tells the story of a potentially shifting map, forcing Trump to defend usually-red territory, in part because of such strong Hispanic support behind Clinton. In Arizona, 80 percent of Hispanic voters feel they're more motivated to vote this year than previous years, and don't believe Donald Trump treats all people fairly.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, earned adjusted gross income of $10.6 million in 2015 and paid $3.6 million in federal income taxes, according to a tax return her campaign released Friday as it sought to draw a contrast with her Republican rival, Donald Trump.
Their income would place the Clintons well within the top 0.1 percent of earners, based on data for the 2015 tax year, said Emmanuel Saez, an economist who specializes in income inequality.
The couple paid an effective tax rate of 34.2 percent in 2015 and donated 9.8 percent of their adjusted gross income to charity — including a $1 million gift to the Clinton Family Foundation — according to the return. The family foundation, which is separate from the better-known Clinton Foundation, listed Hillary and Bill Clinton as its only donors on its 2014 tax filing.