March 2, 2014

Taking a little vacation from all the scandals and spectacles dogging him back home in Canada, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is going to the Oscars. No, Ford won't be accepting a Best Actor award for his repeated denials last year that he'd been caught on tape smoking crack cocaine — he later admitted to the offense — but will instead be hanging out in the audience thanks to a little help from talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

"I am going to the Oscars," Ford, who will be a guest on Kimmel's show Monday, told the Toronto Sun. "It's going to be fun."

Kimmel, dressed as a chauffeur, met Ford at the airport and agreed to show him the city. And judging by Ford's tweets, he seems to be enjoying his stay stateside so far.

8:31 p.m. ET

The youngest speaker at the Democratic National Convention on Monday was Karla Ortiz, an 11-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada, who shared her hopes and fears as the daughter of undocumented parents.

Ortiz is an American citizen and immigration activist, and met Hillary Clinton during a campaign stop in Nevada. "Valiente, brave, that's what Hillary Clinton called me when I told her I was worried my parents would be deported," she said. Ortiz went on to explain that when she was younger, her parents were "always crying," but she didn't understand why. "I was born in Las Vegas," she said. "My parents came here looking for a better life, for the American Dream. I don't feel great every day; on most days, I'm scared. I'm scared that at any moment, my mom and dad will be forced to leave, and I wonder what if I come home and find it empty?"

With her mother, Francisca Ortiz, standing next to her, Karla Ortiz said all she wants is for her parents to "see me do science experiments and help me find my rare rocks in the desert. I want to grow up to be a lawyer so I can help other families like us. I have hope, esperanza. Hillary Clinton told me that she would do everything she could to help us. She told me that I didn't have to do the worrying because she will do the worrying for me and all of us. She wants me to have the worries of an 11-year-old, not the weight of the world on my shoulders." Ortiz received a standing ovation. Catherine Garcia

8:18 p.m. ET

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) had the unenviable job of following singer Demi Lovato on stage at Monday's Democratic National Convention, but he was warmly received by the delegates — both those supporting Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Merkley, the only U.S. senator who endorsed Sanders, began by talking up his blue collar roots, saying that "where I come from, people like Donald Trump are not the solution, they are the problem." Then he offered some words of praise for Sanders. "We owe an enormous debt to Bernie Sanders — speaking of solutions," he said. "Bernie Sanders inspired us to reach for bold solutions," and as for the movement Sanders started, "we need it to continue long after November."

Then he started adding Clinton to the rhetorical mix, saying that Hillary and Bernie together created "the most progressive platform in our party's history," singling out some of Sanders' big themes, like free education and campaign finance reform. "We must say no to bad trade deals, and that includes the TPP," he said, and some delegates chanted against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal (which Sanders and Clinton both now oppose). "Follow the vision of Bernie Sanders, and elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine," Merkley said. "Let's work together, as Bernie and Sanders have," and elect Clinton and Tim Kaine, he concluded.

If there was booing at Clinton's name mixed in with the cheers, it wasn't as audible as with previous speakers. Peter Weber

7:36 p.m. ET

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh gave a surprising opening line during his speech Monday at the Democratic National Convention.

"My name is Marty Walsh, and I'm an alcoholic," he announced. "On April 23, 1995, I hit rock bottom. I woke up with little memory of the night before and even less hope for the days to come. Everybody was losing faith in me — everybody but my family and the labor movement." Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, said the labor community gave his family a chance and offered him a second chance. "There is no doubt in my mind that Hillary Clinton is the champion American workers need," he said, later adding that Clinton will help those struggling with addiction and believes in "an America that's not just for those with advantages, but those who need a helping hand." Catherine Garcia

7:33 p.m. ET

Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, introduced a section highlighting Latino Democrats in Congress, and after a video she took aim at Donald Trump. Trump has called Mexicans "rapists," she said. "What about my parents, Donald?" Trump is setting a bad example for America's children, she said. "And Donald, let me just say this. America is great." She added that Trump has "been vulgar, and he's been intolerant. Or as we say in Spanish, un sin vergüenza." Then, as Sanchez repeated something she said in the video: "Hilary is badass." Peter Weber

7:01 p.m. ET
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The Democratic National Committee was warned about the possibility of hackers in their computer network several months before they attempted to address the issue, U.S. officials told CNN.

In April, consultants from a private security firm were brought in to investigate, and the hackers weren't removed from the network until June, about a year after they gained access, CNN reports. Thousands of stolen DNC documents were given to Wikileaks by an unidentified source, and several were published over the weekend, with officials expecting more data to be released soon. A source tells CNN the DNC was given warnings from the FBI and other agencies that were not very specific and the extent of the problem wasn't clear.

The hackers are suspected of working for Russian intelligence, and the DNC breach took place at around the same time as hackings at the State Department and White House. While looking into those breaches, analysts from the National Security Agency found clues that led them to suspect the DNC's network had also been infiltrated. The Republican National Committee does not appear to have been hacked, and the FBI has been in contact with the RNC to discuss their security measures. Catherine Garcia

6:18 p.m. ET
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The Democratic National Convention got off to a rocky start Monday, as rowdy Bernie Sanders delegates and supporters repeatedly interrupted speeches and proceedings. The first mention of Hillary Clinton during the convocation led to prolonged boos and chants of "Bernie! Bernie!" which happened several more times during the succeeding speeches.

Sanders himself sent a text message to supporters pleading with them not to protest on the convention floor, but some refused to listen, chanting "stop TPP" (referencing the Trans-Pacific Partnership) while Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) gave a speech about his family history.

As the convention proceeded, things calmed down, but mentions of Clinton or procedural votes repeatedly turned into shouting contests between the two factions — Clinton's more numerous, but Sanders more energetic. The overall effect is akin being at a football grudge match, and not an auspicious start to a convention hoped to be a smooth and calm contrast to the Republican convention in Cleveland. Ryan Cooper

4:36 p.m. ET

The Democratic National Convention began Monday in Philadelphia, amid the inner turmoil plaguing the Democrats after a trove of internal party emails was leaked late last week. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation Sunday, after the emails implicated her in seemingly biased actions against Bernie Sanders during the primary race — but she had initially planned to retain her role opening and closing the party's proceedings, until, after being heavily booed by her own constituents Monday morning, she relinquished the honor.

Instead, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had the honor of banging the gavel. Only she forgot to do so:

With Democrats eager to cast their convention in contrast to the chaos of the Republican gathering last week, they should hope Rawlings-Blake's slip-up was not a harbinger of mistakes to come. Kimberly Alters

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