Negotiations in Egypt between Palestinian and Israeli representatives cooled today, as Hamas rejected what it says are insufficient offers toward compromise, Reuters reports.
"Israel must accept the demands of the Palestinian people or face a long war," Osama Hamdan, head of Hamas' foreign affairs, wrote on Facebook.
A 72-hour ceasefire between the two sides ends on Monday night, and while Israeli and Palestinian negotiators agreed to meet — separately, as neither side recognizes the other — with Egyptian mediators again on Sunday, the lack of progress points to the possibility of renewed fighting. Hamas demands an end to an Israeli-Egyptian blockade on the Gaza Strip, but Israel has shown little interest in conceding such a stand. For its part, Israel requires a disarmament of Hamas as part of any long-term agreement, which Gaza's Islamist group refuses to consider.
The United Nations says the Gaza offensive has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians — most of whom were civilians — so far. Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians have also died in the fighting. Sarah Eberspacher
Bill Clinton mysteriously glossed over the last years of his presidency during Hillary convention speech
In his long, effusive speech on why Americans should elect Hillary Clinton as America's 45th president, former President Bill Clinton talked a lot about his wife's qualifications and what he has learned from her and about her in their 45 years together. He talked about their courtship, their wedding, Hillary's water breaking at daughter Chelsea's birth, her various jobs on commissions, and her stints as a U.S. senator and secretary of state. He did not mention anything between 1997 and 1999, when Clinton was approached about running for an open Senate seat.
Now, Clinton also skipped the late 1980s, and maybe Hillary was busy adjusting to life as an empty-nester after Chelsea left for college. But the last few years of Bill's presidency were hardly uneventful. Twitter was coy:
Bill Clinton just went from 1997 to 2000. Moving right along...
— Karen Travers (@karentravers) July 27, 2016
"So the '90s, yada yada yada, anyway come the year 2000..."
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 27, 2016
— Kerry Coil (@bugeaters1995) July 27, 2016
Cable news talking heads were more explicit, and The Atlantic's Ron Fournier forewent the niceties. In an otherwise "uneven but effective" speech, he writes, Bill Clinton "left one big hole in the retelling of his family story: the pain he caused his wife by cheating on her with a White House intern, an affair the became public in a most humiliating way." Yes, oddly, in talking about how wonderful is wife is, Bill Clinton left out Monica Lewinsky. Of course, Twitter is never of one mind on anything, and there was a clear "there's a time and place" sentiment as well.
Talk about his faults instead of her accomplishments and publicly relitigate a private matter 18 years later? Nah https://t.co/oaxhTGAAk4
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) July 27, 2016
or DONALD TRUMP, who PUBLICLY cheated on first 2 wives and boasted of it to any tabloid that would pick up the phone https://t.co/eSXINqxKh3
— Christopher Orr (@OrrChris) July 27, 2016
It is going to be a long few months until the election. Peter Weber
A group of Bernie Sanders supporters who felt their voices weren't being heard at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday decided to walk out, a move one organizer compared to the 250,000-person strong 1963 political rally that culminated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.
"The March on Washington was an example of a movement at a high point, and I'd say this is one of those," Shyla Nelson, a Sanders delegate from Vermont, told BuzzFeed News. Nelson said the supporters decided to leave the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia during the middle of roll call, as it became increasingly clear that Sanders did not have enough votes to win the Democratic nomination. The delegates chanted "Walk out!" and "This is what democracy looks like!" as they made their way off the floor, with some starting a sit-in in the media area and others putting tape over their mouths.
When asked by BuzzFeed News what the goal of the walkout was, Nelson couldn't say, but did explain that the protesters "don't think the voices of the grassroots, everyday Americans have been heard in this election." Catherine Garcia
Elizabeth Banks brought Pitch Perfect to the Democratic convention with all-star version of 'Fight Song'
Elizabeth Banks, the host of Tuesday night's Democratic National Convention, starred in the a cappella hit Pitch Perfect and directed its sequel, and she put those skills to good use for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, with what Banks described as a surprise video of her and other celebrities singing Rachel Platten's "Fight Song," voices only:
Platten was one of those voices, along with singers Idina Menzel, Mandy Moore, Aisha Tyler, Kristin Chenoweth, Renee Felming, and Sia, plus non-singers Rob Reiner and Jane Fonda, among others. Now, Donald Trump did not need to borrow someone else's catchy song, getting singer Dave Fenley to debut an original number, "Make America Great Again," at last week's Republican National Convention. Both songs are pretty catchy, and now, along with choosing which candidate you want for president, you can pick which tune you want stuck in your head until November.
You're welcome, America. Peter Weber
Meryl Streep began her speech at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday with a little history lesson.
Streep discussed Deborah Sampson, a woman who disguised herself as a man in order to fight in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. "Deborah Sampson was the first woman to take a bullet for the United States," Streep said. "Hillary Clinton has taken some fire over 40 years for her fight for families and children. How does she do it? That's what I want to know. Where does she get her grit and grace?"
Streep name checked notable women in American history, including former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Rosa Parks, Sally Ride, Amelia Earhart, Shirley Chisholm, and Eleanor Roosevelt. "These women share something in common: Capacity of mind, fullness of heart, and a burning passion for their cause," she said. "They have forged new paths so others can follow them, men and women, generation on generation. That's Hillary. That's America." Streep told the crowd they "made history" by nominating Clinton and will "make history again in November because Hillary Clinton will be our first woman president. … She will be the first but she won't be the last." Sure, it wasn't a Scott Baio speech, but Streep did her best. Catherine Garcia
A video montage played at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday featuring every single president, from George Washington to Barack Obama. At the end, there was a twist: The screen shattered, revealing a beaming Hillary Clinton.
We just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet.” —Hillary https://t.co/mYkaLIv861
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 27, 2016
Fresh off her historic nomination, Clinton appeared via satellite from her home in New York, joined by dozens of revelers. "What an incredible honor you have given me," Clinton said to wild cheers in Philadelphia. "I cannot believe we just put the biggest crack in the glass ceiling yet." She thanked her supporters, and told them "this is really your victory." Clinton also had a special message for any "little girls out there who stayed up late to watch: Let me just say, I may become the first woman president, but one of you is next." Catherine Garcia
After a video touting the successes of his own presidency, former President Bill Clinton took the stage at Tuesday's Democratic National Convention to tell America why it should elect his wife, Hillary Clinton. Much of Bill's long speech was mixture of personal anecdotes, gushing praise, and résumé recitiation, and he began with the personal: "In the spring of 1971, I met a girl."
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 27, 2016
Bill said that he was immediately impressed with Hillary's "strength and self-possession." When she finally approached him in the Yale Law Library to demand why he had been staring at her, Bill said that, while it may shock people today, "momentarily, I was speechless." He said that a few weeks later, he asked Hillary on a walk, and "we've been walking, and talking, and laughing together ever since."
Before Hillary finally agreed to marry him — on his third proposal, after he bought a house she once admired — "Hillary opened my eyes to a whole new world of public service by private citizens," citing her work on school desegregation for the Children's Defense Fund, registering Latino voters in South Texas, fighting to get black teenagers out of prison in South Carolina, and helping getting rights for handicapped students in Massachusetts, among other things.
Bill said that once he and Hillary had Chelsea in 1980, Hillary spent the next 17 years as mother, but before and after Chelsea's childhood, she excelled at every job he gave her. He called Hillary "the best darn change-maker I have met in my whole entire life."
Then Bill asked, "How does this square with what you heard at the Republican convention?" It doesn't, he answered. "One is real, the other is made up." If you're Team Trump, "your real option is to create a cartoon," then run against that two-dimensional caricature. "Good for you, because earlier to day, you nominated the real one," Bill told the delegates, and the convention erupted in cheers.
He tried hard to improve people's lives during his presidency, Bill said, but "for this time, Hillary is uniquely qualified." And he repeated his earlier line:
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 27, 2016
Clinton ended by saying that he hopes America elects Hillary, and "your children and grandchildren will bless you if you do." Peter Weber
While sharing personal stories about his wife during night two of the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton revealed details about the night their daughter, Chelsea, was born.
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 27, 2016
Yes, that was the first time in convention history where the audience was regaled with tales of the nominee's water breaking. That, folks, is progress. Catherine Garcia