To those even casually familiar with Donald Sterling's controversial ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, his recorded remarks urging his mistress to not associate with black people were shocking, though not surprising. This is a man who paid $2.725 million to settle a Justice Department lawsuit claiming he drove minorities out of apartments he owned, and who allegedly asked a prospective coach how he would deal with "these ni--ers." And that's just for starters.
Sterling is also an unrepentant sexist. A brief history of his attitude toward women:
* A former employee sued Sterling for sexual harassment, alleging that he ordered her to find him masseuses who "will, you know, let me put it in or who [will] suck on it."
* He hired "hostesses" to work parties, one of whom called it the most "demoralizing, dehumanizing experience of my life," and claimed she was asked to provide semi-nude photos.
* Sterling's own testimony from a lawsuit with a former mistress, to whom he paid $500 every time she "provided sex" for him: "When you pay a woman for sex, you are not together with her... "You're paying her for a few moments to use her body for sex. Is it clear?"
*From the same testimony: "I wouldn't have a child and certainly not with that piece of trash. Come on. This girl is the lowest form."
*And again, in the same testimony: "Every secretary is honey. I'm a flowery man. If you're having sex with a woman you're paying for, you always call her honey because you can't remember her name."
*From an extended audio recording obtained by Deadspin: "If my girl can't do what I want, I don't want the girl. I'll find a girl that will do what I want!"
Donald Sterling, ladies and gentlemen. Jon Terbush
While everyone's eyes were glued to the Democratic National Convention's stage last night, Hillary Clinton and President Obama were practically falling out of their seats laughing backstage. In a private moment between the president and the Democratic presidential nominee Wednesday night, something so funny was said that Obama literally doubled over chuckling:
— Christina Ginn (@ChristinaCNN) July 28, 2016
While only Obama and Clinton seemed to be in on this particular joke, there were a lot more interactions going on behind the scenes.
Vice President Joe Biden, for one, gave lots of hugs:
Vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine practiced his speech:
And Obama and former President Bill Clinton had a good long talk:
Now, if only we knew what that joke was. Becca Stanek
PHILADELPHIA - On the final night of the Democratic National Convention, disgruntled Bernie Sanders delegates mounted a silent protest — by wearing glow-in-the-dark clothes that show up brightly in the blue lights that come up when a video is played:
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) July 29, 2016
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi vowed to fight to restore Democratic majorities in the Senate and House during her speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention.
Pelosi praised the party for looking "like the 21st century," compared to the "restricted club that met in convention in Cleveland last week." She said their mission is much different than the Republican Party's — "we come to public service and to this convention not to trumpet darkness, but to fight a way forward for our country, a bright light forward." Pelosi laid out the Democratic agenda, saying the plan is to fight terror "at home and abroad" and eliminate the Islamic State by being "strong and smart, not reckless and rash."
She also demanded "courage, not cowardice, in the face of the National Rifle Association. For the sake of the 91 Americans killed by gun violence each day, we must break the grip of the gun lobby on Congress and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists. If you're on the no fly list, you belong on the no buy list." The Democrats will work to overturn Citizens United, Pelosi continued, remove barriers to voting, invest in education, and create new jobs with living wages because "every family should be able to buy a home, send their children to college, retire with dignity, and never have to worry that their Social Security will be privatized or Medicare's guarantee will be taken away." Catherine Garcia
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) wondered aloud at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night whether Republicans voting for Donald Trump "are suffering from short-term memory loss." "Unless Republicans are all Native Americans, then they are immigrants too," Cuomo said, slamming Trump's "divisive" immigration policy proposals.
Cuomo: The GOP has "short-term memory loss"; Unless they "are all Native Americans, then they are immigrants too" https://t.co/xrHVm9iBCo
— CNN (@CNN) July 28, 2016
What Trump is doing by inspiring a fear of "people who are different," Cuomo said, is essentially taking America's "greatest strength, which is our our diversity," and making it into a "weakness." "At stake in this election, my friends, is the very soul of America," Cuomo said. Becca Stanek
When she took the stage Thursday afternoon at the Democratic National Convention, Sarah McBride became the first transgender person to ever address a national convention.
The 25-year-old is a press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, and shared that she came out as transgender while serving as her college's student body president. McBride was scared, she said, but while interning at the White House, saw that change is possible. "Despite our progress, so much work remains," she said. "Will we be a nation where there's only one way to love, only one way to look, and only one way to live? Or will we be a nation where everyone has the freedom to love openly and equally, a nation that's strong together?"
McBride also discussed the death of her husband from cancer, four days after they were marred in 2014. "Every day matters when it comes to building a world where every person can live their life to the fullest," she said, before imploring the audience to vote for Hillary Clinton because she "understands the urgency of our fight." Catherine Garcia
Bradley Cooper's appearance Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention shocked some conservative fans who seemed to believe he shared the same views as the Navy SEAL he played in 2014's American Sniper.
Chris Kyle, who in 2013 was murdered by a former Marine with PTSD at a gun range, was an outspoken conservative Republican. Cooper, who is not a composite of all of his movie characters, has supported the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence and made donations to Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign and 2008 presidential run, USA Today reports. Now, he's facing a backlash from some vocal Twitter users, with one writing, "Bradley Cooper, the man who portrayed legend Chris Kyle is supporting a woman who gets funded by people who tried to kill Chris Kyle." Others tweeted "Bradley Cooper is promoting Hillary? Too bad. He's dead to me now" and "Bradley Cooper at DNC?! Guess I've seen my last Bradley Cooper movie. Eww Ick."
For the record, Cooper also isn't a space raccoon or a 1970s FBI agent, and he's never woken up in a Las Vegas hotel room with a tiger in the bathroom (actually, I'm not 100 percent sure about that one). Catherine Garcia
Soon after the Democratic National Convention wraps up Thursday evening, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will sit down for their classified intelligence briefings. While considered a traditional part of presidential campaigns since 1952, concerns have been raised from both sides of the aisle about classified information getting passed around in what certainly marks a less-than-traditional election year.
So, just how much are Trump and Clinton going to know after they sit down with the intelligence community? Yahoo News' Olivier Knox broke it down:
The briefings are top secret, these officials say, but omit truly sensitive information like the sources and methods used to scoop up the intelligence, or ongoing covert operations.
"The candidates are not given the crown jewels, and these are more courtesy briefings," a retired senior intelligence official who served under Bush told Yahoo News.
"So a candidate might hear how concerned we are about Iran's support for [Syrian strongman Bashar] Assad but won't be told we tapped someone's phone or whatever," another former senior official said. "If the SEALs are on their way somewhere, that's also not something they get."
A third former official, who asked not to be quoted, said that the two candidates might not be offered much more than Clapper gives Congress in public at annual worldwide threat assessment hearings — but that the secret nature of the conversation is necessary in order to enable the potential commander-in-chief to get answers to sensitive questions. [Yahoo News]
And, one former intelligence official pointed out, the briefings are as good an opportunity for the candidates to assess the intelligence community as it is for the intelligence community to assess the candidates.