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July 17, 2014
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A New York congressman invited an interesting guest to his wedding: a drone.

Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney hired a photographer to use a small drone to capture video footage of his wedding, the Associated Press reports. Stephanie Formas, a spokesperson for Maloney, confirmed that he did use a drone at his June wedding, despite the fact that the FAA bans "drone flights for commercial purposes."

However, Parker Gyokeres, the photographer who operated the drone at Maloney's wedding, told the New York Daily News that "there are no laws that prohibit the use of multicopters for photography."

The FAA is currently fining commercial drone users across the country, voicing concern about the safety of drones. On Wednesday, the FAA issued a statement that it's investigating whether "a video of an upstate New York congressman's wedding" violated its ban on drones. Maloney may be a special case, though — he's a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee, which oversees the FAA. Meghan DeMaria

4:11 p.m. ET

Donald Trump didn't exactly have the smoothest Republican convention, but now that he's out of the hot seat, he can safely gloat over the spontaneous combustion that is the current DNC. He weighed in on the Debbie Wasserman Schultz scandal on Monday using the catch phrase from his reality TV show, The Apprentice.

"They said Debbie, you're fired," Trump said, making a finger gun. "Get out, Debbie. Out. Boom."

It's nice to warm one's hands on a dumpster fire, rather than, you know, be that dumpster fire, isn't it, Trump? Watch it all, below. Jeva Lange

3:34 p.m. ET
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Al Gore must've had the words "better late than never" in mind when he finally got around to endorsing Hillary Clinton on Monday. The former vice president's endorsement arrived a whopping 49 days after Clinton clinched enough delegates to claim the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and on the very day that the Democratic National Convention begins:

Gore, who has known the former secretary of state for more than two decades, had said he was waiting until a nominee was officially selected before offering his opinion — though he didn't exactly speak up when Clinton secured the nomination in the beginning of June. When Gore finally endorsed Monday, he was "one of the last Democratic heavyweights" to do so, Politico reported.

Though Gore is a superdelegate, he'd already announced he won't be at the convention this week because of "obligations in Tennessee." Becca Stanek

3:18 p.m. ET
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Nobody is claiming Hillary Clinton's nomination isn't a historic moment for women, but some in her campaign are concerned that all the "ra ra feminism" might be alienating another important group of voters — men.

For the length of her campaign, Clinton has struggled to make inroads with men; male support of Clinton lagged in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll by 13 percentage points (women, on the other hand, supported Clinton by that same margin). And at the Democratic Convention, her campaign has attempted to find a balance between celebrating her historic moment and sidelining those to whom the gender of a candidate is less of a motivating factor, including younger women. As campaign spokesman Brian Fallon dryly told The New York Times before declining to comment, "It will not be lost on anyone that she is a woman."

Already the tricky navigation has begun, with Clinton's campaign launching from New York City, as opposed to the modern women's rights epicenter of Seneca Falls — a location that had been kicked around by some of Clinton's advisers. Likewise, just as Clinton's story is inevitably tied up in the women's movement, at the convention organizers have aimed to address more universal experiences too, such as Clinton's work with the Children's Defense Fund.

That might not be enough for some people, still. "She drives me crazy with this woman thing," said Misty Leach, 43, a Sanders supporter. "'I'm going to be the first woman president' to me just feels like she's entitled." Jeva Lange

3:12 p.m. ET
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In a heated discussion Monday at an event sponsored by the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) compared Jewish Israelis' settlement of the West Bank to termites' quiet destruction of homes. "There has been a steady [stream] — almost like termites can get into a residence and eat before you know that you've been eaten up, and you fall in on yourself — there has been settlement activity that has marched forward with impunity and at an ever-increasing rate to the point where it has become alarming," Johnson reportedly told the group. The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation advocates boycotting Israel.

Johnson also suggested "'Jewish people' routinely steal land and property from Palestinians," The Washington Free Beacon wrote. "You see one home after another being appropriated by Jewish people who come in to claim that land just because somebody did not spend the night there," Johnson said. "The home their [Palestinian] ancestors lived in for generations becomes an Israeli home and a flag goes up."

Head over to The Washington Free Beacon for the full story — including Johnson's comparison of the Israeli defense minister to Donald Trump. Becca Stanek

2:28 p.m. ET

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz probably could've benefited from the foresight one snarky Twitter user had before she fired off a tweet last week chuckling at the woes of her counterpart, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. One week after taunting Priebus with a tweet saying she was available if he needed assistance handling his own convention, the leak of thousands of internal DNC emails implicated Wasserman Schultz in potentially biased actions against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the primary race and prompted her to announce her resignation Sunday. "Regret" is probably a good word for what she might be feeling about this tweet:

With the convention not yet underway, Wasserman Schultz has already been booed by her Florida delegation at a Monday morning breakfast and relinquished her role gaveling the convention to order.

Priebus — probably wisely — has yet to volunteer to help keep the Democratic National Convention "in order." Becca Stanek

1:44 p.m. ET

Bernie Sanders was loudly booed and heckled by his delegates and supporters in Philadelphia on Monday as he addressed them ahead of the Democratic National Convention. "We have got to defeat Donald Trump. We have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine," Sanders said as the crowd broke out in jeers and chants of "we want Bernie."

"Brothers and sisters!" Sanders yelled over the boos, trying to calm the crowd. "Brothers and sisters! This is the real world that we live in. Trump is a bully and a demagogue. Trump has made bigotry and hatred the cornerstone of his campaign."

The crowd finally quieted enough for Sanders to finish speaking, although his supporters have been in a riotous mood all day in Philadelphia, particularly in the wake of the DNC email leak that revealed some officials had wanted to tip the scales during the primary for Hillary Clinton. Earlier Monday, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was booed into silence by crowds waving "Bernie Sanders" and "Emails" signs.

Sanders himself appeared nothing but grateful when speaking to his delegates, though. "This campaign has been a fantastic beginning," he said. "And from today onward, we continue the fight." Jeva Lange

12:25 p.m. ET
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Michael Jordan is famously private — so private, in fact, that he has been accused of being too quiet about social justice issues. "He took commerce over conscious," Kareem Abdul-Jabbar accused in 2015. "That's unfortunate for him, but he's got to live with it."

No longer. On Monday, Jordan released a statement about police violence against the black community. "I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late," he said. "I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent."

Jordan cited the death of his father, who was killed in a roadside robbery in 1993. "I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well," he said.

In an effort to help Americans come together and "achieve constructive change," Jordan said he is donating $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund as well as to the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Institute for Community-Police Relations. "We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers — who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all — are respected and supported," Jordan said.

Terrence Cunningham, the IACP president, was so surprised that he said his team actually vetted the money to confirm it was coming from Jordan, The Undefeated reports. "What an interesting piece: police, race relations and athletics," Cunningham said. "I'm thinking many of the 800,000 police officers were at some point athletes. I'm a white guy from suburbia, and I remember that when I played football it was all about the sport, and racism melted away."

Read Jordan's entire statement here, and more about the impact of his words and donations at The Undefeated. Jeva Lange

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