July 2, 2014

For once, Frank Underwood will not get what he wants.

Russia's United Nations reps on Tuesday nixed a request from House of Cards to film a couple of episodes inside the international body's Security Council chamber, according to Foreign Policy. The reason: Russia wanted the space to remain available in case of emergency.

"We are of [the] opinion that the Security Council premises should be available at any time and on short notice," a Russian diplomat said in an email obtained by Foreign Policy. "Besides that, we consistently insist that the Security Council premises are not an appropriate place for filming, staging, etc."

It's still possible House of Cards could shoot in another part of the U.N. Or, failing that, the writers could just work this setback into a future implausible script. Jon Terbush

3:21 a.m. ET

Some Bernie Sanders supporters put tape over their mouths at the Democratic National Convention, signaling their assertion that their voices weren't heard by the Democratic Party, or that the organizers of the convention were silencing them. Sanders super-fan Sarah Silverman was actually silenced, sort of, when the convention organizers quashed one of her proposed jokes at Monday night's convention, she told The New York Times:

At the very beginning, when Al said, "I'm Al Franken and this past year I've been hashtag-I'm With Her," and I was going to say, "And I'm Sarah Silverman, and this past year I've been with the possibly agnostic Jew." Because you know the Right is going to use these emails to try to separate them. It's what they want so badly. I just felt like, let the comedian defuse it and just address the elephant in the room. But they were like, no. And they are right. They're right. But I get so indignant. At least I'm aware, and awareness brings change so maybe I'll be less obnoxious. [Sarah Silverman, to The New York Times]

Instead of referencing the hacked and leaked Democratic National Committee emails, Silverman said that "this past year, I've been feeling the Bern," adding: "Relax, I put some cream on it." She told The Times on Tuesday that Jane Sanders had personally invited her to speak at the convention, that she had voted for Ralph Nader in 2000 but she'd "be crazy not to" vote for Clinton this year, and that "the fundamentalists of any group, including fans of Bernie or fans of Hillary or fans of anyone, are a bummer." You can read her full interview at The New York Times, and watch her convention speech below. Peter Weber

2:46 a.m. ET

Through design or happenstance, Donald Trump was the biggest celebrity at last week's Republican National Convention (sorry, Scott Baio). By the end of Tuesday's Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton's party had already showcased prime-time performances by Paul Simon, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, Andra Day, and Elizabeth Bank's all-star ad hoc a cappella group, and speeches from Meryl Streep, Lovato, Lena Dunham and America Ferrera, Sarah Silverman, and Debra Messing — not to mention political stars like Bernie Sanders, Al Franken, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, first lady Michelle Obama, and former president Bill Clinton. Trump was remorsefully unimpressed with the star power:

The numbers aren't in yet for Night 2 of the Democratic convention, but Trump may be a little peeved that on Monday, the Democrats pulled in millions of more viewers than tuned in for Night 1 of the Republican National Convention. As for set design, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but you can't say that the Democrats weren't at least inspired by Trump's aesthetic. Peter Weber

1:52 a.m. ET

Youree Dell Harris, best known for portraying the Jamaican psychic Miss Cleo in late-1990s infomercials, died in Palm Beach, Florida, of cancer. She was 53.

Born in Los Angles, Harris was hired by the Psychic Readers Network in the late 1990s to play Miss Cleo. The infomercials featured her catchphrase "Call me now!" and claimed the readings were free. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission said, the toll-free number clients called was actually a 900 number, and they were charged $4.99 a minute; nearly six million people were charged on average $60 per call. The parent company of the Psychic Readers Network reached a settlement with customers in 2002, and with the Miss Cleo character retired, Harris went on to provide the voice for a character in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

After Harris came out as a lesbian, she became a gay rights activist, and she also appeared in the 2014 documentary Hotline. "She was smart as a whip and very intuitive," Tony Shaff, the film's producer, told USA Today. "There was so much negativity surrounding psychic hotlines that she wanted to tell her personal story." Catherine Garcia

1:48 a.m. ET

On Tuesday, Democrats made history by officially nominating Hillary Clinton as the first female presidential standard bearer of a major American political party. "A hundred years from now, our grandchildren will look back on this day and say, 'Why weren't you more excited? What's wrong with you people?'" Stephen Colbert said on his post-Democratic convention Late Show. Maybe it's because even after 25 years in the public spotlight, we don't really know Hillary Clinton, he suggested, then took Bill Clinton's comment about Republicans "making a cartoon" of Hillary literally, introducing Cartoon Hillary Clinton.

"Thank you for being here, Secretary Cartoon Clinton, and congratulations on your historic achievement tonight," Colbert said. At least on her first night, Cartoon Clinton was less entertaining than Colbert's Cartoon Donald Trump, and that's really the joke. She dodged questions with platitudes and robotic gestures and jokes, and also played a harmonica version of "Low Rider." When Colbert asked about the Democratic National Committee email hack, Cartoon Clinton assured him, "Stephen, Bernie Sanders is a great friend, and has been for days now." Watch Colbert's much less momentous first for Hillary Clinton below. Peter Weber

1:29 a.m. ET

In his new Late Night segment, "Hey!" (spoken in a stern dad voice), Seth Meyers admonished members of the Bernie or Bust movement, letting them know that "the house is on fire," and they need to "stop crying because we're not putting it out with your hose."

When he tuned into the Democratic National Convention on Monday night, "there was more white booing than the Casper movie," Meyers said. "I know you're Bernie or Bust, but the results are in. Bust won." It may seem like the right time to throw a tantrum, but with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, "we're on the cusp of electing a racist demagogue," Meyers said. "That never ends well. I don't know what class you ditched to go to those Bernie rallies, but I have a feeling it was history."

While some Sanders supporters might not be friends with anyone voting for Trump, "the crazy uncle you only see at Thanksgiving" is, Meyers warns, and "it's about to be Thanksgiving all day, every day." Although he did loosen up enough to tell Sanders fans they should "be proud" of what they did to change the Democratic Party, Meyers really, really just wants the Bernie or Bust crowd to simmer down. Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia

1:10 a.m. ET

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:

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.

It is going to be a long few months until the election. Peter Weber

12:51 a.m. ET
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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

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