SUMMARY (ALL TIMES EST):
– To read our coverage of the first day, click here
– Well-received keynote speeches on day one, especially Michelle Obama's
– Keynote speakers today include Mothers of the Movement and President Bill Clinton
– Opinion polls currently suggest a close race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
– Get in touch and let us know your thoughts, either via Twitter (@TheSaharZ) or via email (email@example.com)
LIVE UPDATES (PAGE MUST BE REFRESHED MANUALLY):
1:43 Rep. Blumenauer also says that he hopes Obama talks up the benefits of the Iran deal in his speech tomorrow, although he concedes that is "unlikely."
1:39 A lot of love in this room for Senator Tim Kaine, who is seen as a close friend of J-Street. Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon talks about the difference he believes J-Street has made in the public discourse, and credits Kaine for consistently working with them.
1:25 I'm back with J-Street, for a talk on the Iran deal and J-Street's role in the campaigning in favour of it. Spoiler alert, I'm expecting them to speak about why they liked it and why they believe they did a good job supporting it.
1:02 In today's installment of "technology hates me," we're having a bit of trouble with the page, which we're currently trying to correct.
12:51 Let's try that again. Here is our second interview, and it's with Yair Rosenberg. Yair is a senior writer for Tablet Magazine, and one of the most prominent Jews on Twitter. We talked about anti-Semitism online, and his thoughts on the race so far. It's a great interview, click below to listen.
12:30 apologies to those who saw the previous message, there was a technical issue with the interview which we're now working on. It should be up within the next 10 minutes.
11:59 I've relocated to a cafe in between events, which is playing 90's pop classics. I might just stay here for the rest of the day. Air conditioning and cheesy pop, that's all I ask for.
11:36 We're pretty much done with the morning session here at J-Street. Another one to come this afternoon.
11:29 I may also be interviewing someone from J-Street (not confirmed yet), so if you have any questions you'd like me to put to them, let me know via the usual means, either on twitter @TheSaharZ or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
11:22 The numbers regarding the Jewish community and its voting preferences will be the subject of one of our upcoming interviews, so keep an eye out for it
— (((Ron Kampeas))) (@kampeas) July 26, 2016
11:18 In case you're eagerly waiting for tonight, here's what you can expect. The theme is "a lifetime of fighting for children and families" and will focus on Clinton's record and character, and on her trustworthiness, an area where she is perceived as being weak. There is also going to be a state-by-state roll-call vote, which is the last stand for Sanders' delegates. In the primetime speaking slot will be President Bill Clinton and speakers from the Mothers of the Movement organization.
— (((Ron Kampeas))) (@kampeas) July 26, 2016
11:10 Bernie Sanders has been booed at a breakfast of the California delegation. This is the same delegation which was booing every speaker last night
— Mollie Reilly (@MollieReilly) July 26, 2016
Sanders to CA supporters: "It is easy to boo, but it is harder to look your kids in the face if we are living under a Trump presidency."
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) July 26, 2016
11:08 There is definitely a packed house here, it's standing-room only.
— Tali deGroot (@talidegroot) July 26, 2016
11:00 Representative Yvette Clarke of the 9th Congressional District of New York gives an interesting brief talk about her constituency in Brooklyn, which includes Lubavitcher, Modern Orthodox, and Reform communities, all in close proximity to each other, and the fine line she has to walk on many issues.
10:56 The Iran deal is the subject of the next panel, but it has already come up here several times. Jim Gershtein says that the polling they did showed that 60 percent of Jews supported the Iran deal, higher than in the general public.
10:52 I should mention there is a small anti-J-Street protest outside. There are about 20 protesters from the Republican Jewish Coalition, leading chants against J-Street, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.
— Amna Farooqi (@afarooqi99) July 26, 2016
10:42 Jim Gerstein, a pollster who has done work for J-Street, says that for 90 percent of Jews, Israel is not one of their top two issues that affect how they vote. He says that doesn't mean they don't care about Israel, but that they feel that both parties are sufficiently pro-Israel.
10:36 David Axelrod is the first speaker. He was the Chief Strategist for President Obama's Presidential campaigns, and was a senior advisor to him during his first term of office. The discussion is about "evolving politics of the Jewish community." He is talking about "remembering the importance of the special relationship between Israel and the USA" but equally, "not to be afraid to campaign for issues which you believe are in the interests of Israel, which brings us back to the two-state solution."
10:30 It's not yet 11am and I'm sat in a steakhouse, which in Philadelphia feels almost normal. I'm here for a couple of J-Street events which are taking place today. In between of course, I'll be updating you on everything else that's happening around the city.
9:57 Welcome back for the second day of the Democratic National Convention. Before we start, let's take a spin around the internet and see what people are saying about yesterday’s speeches:
Politico’s Glenn Thrush says that Bernie Sanders came across not so much pro-Hillary as anti-Trump, that Michelle Obama’s speech was “perhaps the single most effective political address delivered in 2016” and that Senator Elizabeth Warren’s speech was “solid but unmemorable.”
Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza also praises Michelle Obama’s speech, calling it “an absolute home run.” He also praises Sanders’ speech, although like Thrush, the praise is slightly more muted, calling it “generally, fine – if too long.” He adds that the fact that he wasn’t booed, and the three minute long applause he got before he could even start speaking, made it a good night for the Vermont Senator. He differs from Thrush on Silverman’s spontaneous outburst; “to the Bernie-or-bust people, you’re being ridiculous!” saying it will be “one of the memorable lines of the convention. He also singles out Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who had “a total disaster of a day” after she was booed at her own delegation breakfast, and pushed out of any involvement at the convention.
The New York Times follows the theme of Michelle Obama being “the unquestioned star” of the night, and praises Sanders and Warren for their “full-throated” endorsement of Clinton. They also mention the Sanders delegates who agitated for most of the first half of the program.
On the other side of the aisle, the conservative RedState blog declares the big winner of the night to be… Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate. Their article says the evening was “long on scare tactics about Trump, short on any reasons to support Hillary Clinton that would be persuasive to anyone who wasn't already committed.” Jennifer Rubin, conservative blogger for the Washington Post, had a lot of praise for the first day, saying that “with more star power and better music, the Democratic convention looked and sounded happier than the Republican gathering.” She also highlighted the video showing Trump mocking a disabled reporter, and the backlash to it (including from Fox News commentators and Gov. Chris Christie), which was followed immediately after by a speech by cerebral palsy sufferer Anastasia Somoza, calling it a “’10’ on the scale of political hits.”
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